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Burna Boy’s ‘Last’ Is First on U.S. Afrobeats Songs Chart

The genre's new top tune revives a 2000 Toni Braxton classic and surges on the global charts.

Burna Boy achieves his first No. 1 on the Billboard U.S. Afrobeats Songs chart as “Last Last” advances from No. 3 to lead the list dated July 16. The single is only the fifth leader on the new genre chart, which launched in April.

The Billboard U.S. Afrobeats Songs chart ranks the 50 most popular Afrobeats songs in the country based on a weighted formula incorporating official streams on both subscription and ad-supported tiers of leading audio and video music services, plus download sales from top music retailers.

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“Last Last” registered 4.2 million official U.S. streams in the week ending July 7, according to Luminate, a 14% increase from the 3.6 million collected in the week prior. The track also logged 1,000 downloads sold in the same period, up 46% from the previous week.

Burna Boy’s new champ also revives a prominent hit from more than decades ago. “Last Last” samples elements of Toni Braxton’s “He Wasn’t Man Enough,” which peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2000. Its use didn’t come cheap; in an interview on Gillie Da King and Wallo267’s podcast Million Dollaz Worth of Game, the global superstar said that 60% of “Last” royalties were going to the creators behind Braxton’s hit.

“Last” may soon begin its own Hot 100 journey, as the song sits at No. 13 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart. Further attention may come in the wake of the release of parent album, Love, Damini, on July 8.

Elsewhere, “Last” surges into the upper half of both the Billboard Global 200 (123-81) and the Billboard Global Excl. U.S. (140-94) charts, which rank songs based on streaming and sales activity garnered from more than 200 territories around the world, as compiled by Luminate. (The former includes U.S. activity, while the latter excludes stateside involvement.)

In addition to the reigning champ, Burna Boy also has seven more songs on the latest Billboard U.S. Afrobeats chart. Here’s a full recap of his current standings:

  • No. 1, “Last Last”
  • No. 11, “Jerusalema,” Master KG featuring Burna Boy & Nomcebo Zikode
  • No. 13, “Ye”
  • No. 17, “Sungba,” Asake featuring Burna Boy
  • No. 25, “On the Low”
  • No. 35, “Ginger,” Wizkid featuring Burna Boy
  • No. 45, “Kilometre”
  • No. 47, “B. D’or,” with Wizkid