Ghanaian Dancehall singer Shatta Wale has received his first-ever gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
The award is for Shatta Wale’s collaboration with Beyonce on Already, one of the songs on the American’s Lion King.
The Gift album which also featured Major Lazer By this feat, Shatta Wale has become the first Ghana-based musician to receive to be certified by RIAA and the second Ghanaian ever
Dancehall music star Shatta Wale has made history as the first Ghana-based musician to receive a gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
Shatta Wale has achieved the feat through his collaboration with Beyonce. The American superstar featured Shatta Wale and on Already which also had Major Lazer on it.
The song off her 2019 ‘Black Is King’ album had received a Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) Gold certification.
Essentially, the American singer’s track had surpassed 500,000 units in sales. In as much as this was great news for the Beehive whose leader had recently topped that album with her new renaissance project, there was a Ghanaian twist to be elated about.
And the Shatta Movement family would not relent in highlighting that, their king had a slice of the pie.
Ghanaian dancehall musician, Shatta Wale’s vocals were predominantly impactful on the track. Together with Major Lazer, they provided a perfect feature adding to Already’s global buzz.
In retelling the story about the exploit, Shatta Wale has been reported to be the first Ghanaian in history to achieve this feat.
Some local outlets have carried out similar reports as social media users also bask in the adulation of the dancehall musician’s exploits.
However, checks with the RIAA leave prove otherwise when it comes to the pioneering Ghanaian recipient of the recognition. Here is why.
In 2015, Major Lazer released the remix of ‘Light it up’. The song featured Jamaican songstress, Nyla and and UK-based Ghanaian musician, Fuse ODG.
On September 15, 2021, Light It Up (Remix) sold over two million units.
By virtue of his collaboration, Fuse ODG became Ghana’s first musician to bring home such recognition (Double-Platinum) as against Shatta Wale’s Gold certification.