“Essence” (Remix) – WizKid – [feat. Justin Bieber & Tems]

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Wizkid’s “Essence” Becomes First-Ever Nigerian Top 10 Song on Billboard Hot 100

Four years ago, Wizkid was introduced to the world through his feature on Drake ‘s smash hit, “One Dance.” The spotlight gave the Nigerian singer a chance to broaden his audience and quickly garnered international recognition. Now, the Afrobeats pop star has made his way to the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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Wizkid’s ‘Essence’ is first Nigerian song to crack Billboard’s top 10 [watch]

Nigerian-born singer-songwriter Wizkid is undoutedly one of Africa’s best exports. Not only has he collaborated with an array of South African artists but he has also collaborated with the likes of Drake, Beyoncé, British rapper Skepta and R&B artist Ella Mai.

Wizkid Celebrates Soul Train Nominations with New Album

Ferdinand Ekechukwu Superstar singer, Wizkid, last Tuesday night, bagged five nominations at the 2021 Soul Train Awards. His partner in “Essence,” Tems also bagged four nominations. Wizkid’s and Tems’ nominations come in the Song of The Year, Video of The Year, The Ashford and Simpson songwriter’s Award and Best Collaboration for the groundbreaking single, ‘Essence.’

With ‘Essence,’ Wizkid Wants to Chart a Global Course for African Artists

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Wizkid Announces Title, Release Date Of Next Album

Afrobeats superstar singer Wizkid announced the title and release date of his fifth studio album on Sunday. Fondly referred to as Big Wiz, the Grammy award-winning singer took to Instagram to celebrate the first anniversary of his previous album Made In Lagos, announcing that his next album would be titled More Love, Less Ego.

 

[Intro: Wizkid]
Ohh naa naa
Omo je ka shi ge ge woah
Ohh naa naa
Omo ge wa j’ogede
Ohh naa naa
Girl, I no go let you go
Ohh naa naa
Omo je ka shi ge ge woah

[Verse 1: Tems]
Say I wanna leave you in the mornin’
But I need you now, yeah, yeah
I find you, I give you all you needin’
I know you what you like

[Chorus: Tems & Wizkid]
You don’t need no other body
You don’t need no other body ( Woah, woah, woah)
Only you fi hold my body
Only you fi hold my body ( Woah-woah, woah-woah)
You don’t need no other body

 

[Verse 2: Wizkid]
Say na me dey mess up your mind
And na me dey make you free up your mind
Say your body talk to me nice
Say na my love, you dey need for your life
Yeah our love no be lie
See yeah we dey together yeah day and night
Yeah, if I leave you go kpai
Yeah, if you leave I go kpai (Oh, oh woah)
I’m strokin’ your body, baby
Lovin’ your body, baby
As you’re whinin’ your body, baby
So crazy
Lovin’ your body, baby
Gyal iwo ni temi
I just wanna let you know, oh woah
Hope every day that I dey by you

[Chorus: Tems & Wizkid]
You don’t need no other body
You don’t need no other body ( Woah, woah, woah)
Only you fi hold my body
Only you fi hold my body ( Woah-woah, woah-woah)
You don’t need no other body

[Verse 3: Justin Bieber]
I prayed for this moment
I would be by your side
And I don’t wanna forget
Those lonely nights
Ooh, so tell that you gon’ ride with me
Tell me that you’ll never lie to me (Mm-hmm)
I just wanna make you proud of me
Want you lovin’ every side of me
I love the rhythm of your heartbeat
The way you pushin’ up on me
I can tell that you want me
Let me show you how it’s gon’ be

 

[Chorus: Justin Bieber & Wizkid]
You don’t need no other body
You don’t need no other body ( Woah, woah, woah)
Only you fi hold my body
Only you fi hold my body
You don’t need no other body

[Bridge: Tems & Wizkid]
Baby, baby
Everybody used to say
No one loves you like this
No one wants you the same way
Love ’til the mornin’
My head wan’ to turn from your lovin’
I just wanna get you beside me (Woah-woah, woah-woah)

Gave you all you need, gave you all you need
Gave you all, you give me all you need, give you all you need, gave you all
Make ah give you all you need
Every touch you need, give you all
Make ah give you all you need, baby
Yeah-yeah, yeah-yeah

[Chorus: Justin Bieber]
You don’t need no other body
You don’t need no other body ( Woah, woah, woah)
Only you fi hold my body
Only you fi hold my body ( Yeah-yeah, yeah, yeah-yeah)
You don’t need no other body

[Outro: Wizkid]
Baby girl I want you there
Girl I want you there
Promise to treat your love fair
Woah-woah, woah-woah
When we touch our world connect
Woah-woah, woah-woah
Said this love, have no regret
Woah-woah, yeah-yeah

‘Essence,’ featuring Bieber and Tems, rises from No. 11 to No. 10.

The Kid LAROI and Justin Bieber‘s ‘Stay’ returns to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart, from No. 2, for a seventh week at the summit.

Plus, Walker Hayes‘ country crossover hit ‘Fancy Like’ hits a new No. 3 high on the survey and Wizkid‘s ‘Essence,’ featuring Bieber and Tems, reaches the top 10, rising 11-10.

The Hot 100 blends all-genre U.S. streaming (official audio and official video), radio airplay and sales data. All charts (dated Oct. 16) will update on Billboard.com tomorrow (Oct. 12). For all chart news, you can follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram.

‘Stay,’ released on Raymond Braun/Columbia Records/Def Jam, drew 86.4 million radio airplay audience impressions (up 4%) and 23.2 million U.S. streams (down 6%) and sold 7,400 downloads (down 14%) in the week ending Oct. 7, according to MRC Data.