Master KG has made history by becoming the first African artist to top the Shazam Global Chart with his smash hit Jerusalema featuring Nomcebo Zikode. The American music-identification application owned by Apple Inc confirmed to Sowetan that not only did Master KG top the chart, but it was also a history-making feat as no African artist has ever topped the Shazam Global Chart.
Apple’s Shazam generates its own charts based on how many shazams a song gets. The more people Shazam a song, the higher it climbs on the charts. There is a global chart that features the top 200 most shazamed tracks in the world, and also country-based and city-based charts, featuring the most shazamed tracks in select cities and countries.
Users can discover popular songs through the Shazam charts. The word shazam is used to introduce an extraordinary deed, story, or transformation. The Shazam charts are used as a popularity metric to pre-determine hits by radio and TV stations, and by labels to spot rising talent.
“It means a lot to me. It validates the path I’m on. It means the world is moving to Jerusalema and they want to know more about the song and the artists behind it,” Master KG, whose real name is Kgaogelo Moagi, told Sowetan. “It’s a big deal to me and Nomcebo. It’s blessings on top of blessings. God is amazing.”
According to the latest data breakdown by Shazam, Jerusalema spent 18 consecutive weeks on the chart before climbing to No. 1. Furthermore, the song has charted in 35 countries on Shazam, reaching the top spot in nine of them – SA, France, Italy, Romania, Belgium, Spain, Switzerland, Bulgaria, and the Netherlands.
The song has been most Shazamed in France, Italy, Nigeria, SA, and Romania. In February 2018, Master KG was first Shazamed in SA with his other hit, Skeleton Move. It has been a busy month for Master KG as he continues to take over the global market. Currently, Jerusalema song has reached over 125 million views on YouTube.