Ayra Starr has made a monumental achievement by becoming the first Nigerian female artist to appear on the U.S. Billboard 200 Album chart. Her sophomore album, ‘The Year I Turned 21,’ debuted at No. 195 on Monday, marking a significant milestone in her career and in the Nigerian music industry.

The Billboard charts announced the debut with a tweet: “Debuts on this week’s #Billboard200: No. 2, @ATEEZofficial Golden Hour : Part.1 (EP) No. 5, @ShaboozeysJeans Where I’ve Been, Isn’t Where I’m Going No. 17, @themarias Submarine No. 102, @crowdermusic The Exile No. 169, @carinleonofi Boca Chueca, Vol. 1 No. 195, @ayrastarr The Year I Turned 21.” This tweet not only highlighted Ayra Starr’s entry but also placed her among an eclectic mix of global artists making waves on the chart.

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Ayra Starr’s accomplishment is particularly noteworthy as it underscores the global reach and increasing influence of Nigerian music. Her album ‘The Year I Turned 21’ has been a critical and commercial success, resonating with fans worldwide. This debut on the Billboard 200 signifies the international community’s growing appreciation for Afrobeats and the unique sounds coming out of Nigeria.

Moreover, ‘The Year I Turned 21’ is also the first project by a female Nigerian artist to debut on the UK Official Album chart, entering at No. 80. This dual success in both the U.S. and UK markets demonstrates Ayra Starr’s broad appeal and the universal relatability of her music. The album also debuted at No. 72 in France, further cementing her status as a global artist.

This achievement follows in the footsteps of other Nigerian artists who have made significant impacts on the global music scene. Burna Boy’s album ‘Love, Damini’ remains the highest-peaking Nigerian album in the U.S., reaching No. 14, and was the first Nigerian album to top the UK album chart. Ayra Starr’s success continues this trend, showcasing the diverse talent emerging from Nigeria and the country’s ability to produce artists who can compete on the world stage.

Ayra Starr’s historic Billboard debut not only highlights her talent and hard work but also paves the way for future Nigerian female artists to achieve international acclaim.