New Billboard Afrobeat Chart too Lumping Says Stonebwoy
Ghanaian dancehall sensation Stonebwoy has criticized the newly released Billboards Afrobeat Chart for being overly lumping.
According to him, the initiative does not address the diverse musical styles generated in Africa.
He made this remark on France 24 before the Accra in Paris exhibition, hosted in France.
The Billboard Afrobeat Chart was created to provide budding musicians with a platform to gain new fans while displaying their abilities to the rest of the globe.
In cooperation with Afro Nation, Billboard announced the introduction of the first-ever Afrobeats music chart in the United States in March.
The 50 most popular Afrobeats songs in the United States would be ranked on the Afrobeats Songs Chart. On March 29, the chart went online on Billboard.com.
The ranking is based on a weighted system that includes official streams from prominent audio and video music services' subscription and ad-supported tiers and download sales from key music stores.
This report chronicles the spread of Afrobeats from Africa's coastlines to the rest of the world. In recent years, the genre has produced some of the most important success stories of the new decade.
While applauding the idea, the award-winning musician emphasized that the necessity to trim only benefits a subset of creatives.
"I think some of the criteria they use is when you trend on TikTok, but sometimes some of us are coming from schools where you just the music and the music lives with people," he said.
However, tying their performance worldwide to social media trends may be unfair as "trending might be cool, but class is imperial."