Ayra Starr Breaks YouTube record with ‘Rush

Oyinkansola Sarah Aderibigbe, known professionally as Ayra Starr, makes YouTube history.

The Beninese-born Nigerian singer since breaking into the mainstream in 2019 has risen to commercial success to become one of Nigeria’s biggest artists.

She has achieved a significant milestone by being the first female Nigerian artist to have her music video for the hit song “Rush” cross 300 million views on YouTube.

‘Rush’ was released in 2022 and it instantly received commercial acclaim both locally and internationally. In Nigeria, ‘Rush’ reached the summit of the TurnTable Top 100. Internationally, it charted in several countries including Canada, Lebanon, Belgium, Netherlands, South Africa, Hungary, Ireland, and France where it peaked at NO. 5. It also charted on the UK Singles Chart which makes Ayra Starr the first Nigerian lead female artist to appear on the chart.

The song’s huge success is captured by its high YouTube number which places it among the most watched Nigerian music videos on YouTube.

Ayra Starr is getting ready for the 2024 Grammy Awards, where her hit single is being nominated for the first-ever Best African Song Performance, along with hit songs by Davido, Burna Boy, and fellow Nigerian superstars Asake & Olamide.

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