Davido: The Year Of The Comeback King
2023 will be remembered as the year Nigerian superstar Davido reclaimed his throne in the global music scene. Following a string of remarkable achievements, including the release of his critically acclaimed album “Timeless,” Davido has solidified his status as a pivotal figure in Afrobeat and beyond.
Rihanna, the global pop icon, declared Davido’s single “Unavailable,” featuring Musa Keys, as her best song of 2023, a testament to the track’s universal appeal and Davido’s artistic prowess. This endorsement is a significant accolade in a year filled with milestones for the Nigerian artist.
Davido’s fourth album, “Timeless,” released in early 2023, marked a triumphant return to the music industry. The album was not just a commercial success but a critical darling, earning three Grammy nominations for 2024, including Best Global Album. Its eclectic mix of joyous love songs and dance hits, like the Grammy-nominated “Unavailable,” resonated with audiences worldwide.
In a heartfelt social media post, Davido reflected on the whirlwind of successes in 2023, expressing gratitude for the overwhelming reception of “Timeless.” He acknowledged the support of his fans and the divine guidance that fueled his journey, making 2023 a year of personal and professional triumphs. He celebrated the “music, memories, and magic” that defined his year, calling it truly “TIMELESS.”
Davido’s influence was further cemented with his win at the maiden edition of the Trace Music Award ceremony. Alongside Musa Keys, he bagged the Best Collaboration of the Year award. This victory was echoed by ABC’s crowning of Davido as the King of Afrobeat, a title that speaks to his unparalleled impact on the genre.
Adding to his list of accolades, Davido’s “Timeless” ranked thirty-ninth on Billboard’s “Top 50 Best Albums of 2023: Staff List.” The album was lauded for its vibrant blend of Afrobeat rhythms, amapiano beats, and global sounds, showcasing Davido’s unique ability to transcend cultural and musical boundaries.
Forbes estimated Davido’s earnings in 2023 to surpass $20 million, drawn from diverse income streams like royalties, brand endorsements, merchandise sales, and extensive concert tours. His comeback concert was a resounding success, and his partnership with brands like Martell Cognac, Infinix Mobile, and Puma only bolstered his financial and brand stature.
On a personal note, Davido welcomed a set of twins with his wife, Chioma Rowland, adding another layer of joy to his extraordinary year. The arrival of their twins, a boy and a girl, in the United States, was celebrated by fans and well-wishers globally.
As 2023 draws to a close, Davido stands tall as a dominant force in the music industry. His journey through the year has been nothing short of spectacular, marking him as not just an Afrobeat icon but a global music sensation. His resilience, creativity, and undying passion for music have rightly earned him the title of ‘The Comeback King.’
Ntianu Obiora is a versatile creative professional with over a decade of experience in publishing, marketing, communications, and digital strategy. She is the Online Editor at THEWILL DOWNTOWN