Burna Boy’s ‘African Giant’ makes Billboard ’50 Best Albums of 2019′
Nigerian Afrofusion star, Damini Ogulu popularly known as Burma boy has made Billboard Magazine’s ’50 Best Albums of 2019′.
Billboard, an American entertainment media brand owned by the Billboard-Hollywood Reporter Media Group, on Tuesday, released its list of 50 best albums from across the globe in the year 2019.
‘African Giant’, Burna’s 19-track project, which was released in July, snagged the 14th place on Billboard’s list.
“Burna Boy has been delivering Afro-fusion hits since the start of the decade, but the Nigerian artist truly stepped into his power with a fourth album, African Giant,” said Billboard while lauding the body of work.
“By refusing to dilute his raw sound to please a mainstream audience, Burna Boy tackles all the issues his nation faces oppression, poverty and corruption (seen on tracks like “Dangote”) to raise awareness.
“Despite the grim underbelly, the album’s hip-shaking grooves (“On The Low”), doses of flirtation (“Secret”) and commanding vocals (“Anybody”) give a sense of hope.”
Other works that also made the list are Ariana Grande’s ‘Thank You, Next’ at number one; Taylor Swift’s ‘Lover’at number three; Beyonce’s ‘Homecoming’ at number 12; and Celine Dion’s ‘Courage’ at number 50.
See the full list below:
Billboard’s 50 Best Album of 2019
Ariana Grande, Thank U, Next
Billie Eilish, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
Taylor Swift, Lover
Lizzo, Cuz I Love You
Maggie Rogers, Heard It in a Past Life
Lana Del Rey, Norman F–king Rockwell
Tyler, the Creator, IGOR
The Highwomen, The Highwomen
J Balvin & Bad Bunny, Oasis
Vampire Weekend, Father of the Bride
Beyoncé, HOMECOMING: THE LIVE ALBUM
Post Malone, Hollywood’s Bleeding
Burna Boy, African Giant
Angel Olsen, All Mirrors
Jonas Brothers, Happiness Begins
Brittany Howard, Jaime
Mark Ronson, Late Night Feelings
FKA twigs, Magdalene
Carly Rae Jepsen, Dedicated
Summer Walker, Over It
Megan Thee Stallion, Fever
Karol G, Ocean
YBN Cordae, The Lost Boy
Maren Morris, GIRL
Solange, When I Get Home
Sharon Van Etten, Remind Me Tomorrow
Bruce Springsteen, Western Stars
Bad Bunny, X 100pre
Khalid, Free Spirit
Ari Lennox, Shea Butter Baby
Better Oblivion Community Center, Better Oblivion Community Center
Sturgill Simpson, Sound & Fury
Jamila Woods, Legacy! Legacy!
Luke Combs, What You See Is What You Get
Nilüfer Yanya, Miss Universe
The Raconteurs, Help Us Stranger
MUNA, Saves the World
Oso Oso, Basking in the Glow
Young Thug, So Much Fun
Miranda Lambert, Wildcard
Madonna, Madame X
Danny Brown, uknowhatimsayin¿
Kim Petras, Clarity
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Ghosteen
Celine Dion, Courage