Ayra Starr’s Sophomore Album Debuts on French Charts


Ayra Starr has made history as the first female Nigerian artist to debut an album on the official French albums chart.

Her sophomore release, The Year I Turned 21, entered the chart at an impressive #72 position. This album, which is a deeply personal coming-of-age story, highlights Ayra Starr’s versatility by blending emotions and genres. It narrates the journey of a 21-year-old African woman navigating love, loss, and self-discovery.

The album includes a surprise appearance by Starr’s brother Milar on the introspective track “1942,” and features collaborations with artists such as Giveon on the smooth breakup anthem “Last Heartbreak Song.”

How Did Ayra Starr Reach This Level of Stardom?

Ayra Starr has been making waves in the music industry, becoming the first Nigerian female artist to reach 20 million monthly listeners on Spotify earlier this year. Her debut album 19 & Dangerous paved the way for her historic achievement as the first solo female artist in Nigeria to dominate the TurnTable Top 50 chart with the viral hit “Bloody Samaritan.”

The success of “Rush,” a single from 19 & Dangerous, catapulted Starr to international fame, earning her a Grammy nomination for Best African Music Performance at the 66th Annual Grammy Awards.

As she continues to make history, Starr’s debut on the French albums chart marks a significant milestone, showcasing the growing influence of Nigerian music on the global stage.

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