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Best Of Apple 2018 List: Here Are Biggest South African Songs

Drizzy may have been the biggest international artist in 2018. But as far as streaming is concerned, Lady Zamar, Nasty C, Kwesta and more, aren’t far behind. Here’s the full list



Biggest Apple Music songs 2018 South Africa

Nasty C, Lady Zamar, Shekhinah, Kwesta and AKA were amongst the most streamed South African artists in 2018 on Apple Music.

The global digital music streaming platform has unveiled its year-end music charts for an accurate glimpse into the best performing artists, songs and albums from the previous fiscal.

And while Drake had the biggest year out of any artist both global and in South Africa, the list also reveals which local acts achieved the best sales on the platform.

Nasty C appears on Apple Music’s Top 100 biggest song with Particula – a collaborative bop in which he slaps alongside Major Lazor and DJ Maphorisa. Despite not making it to the top of MTV’s controversial Hottest MCs list, there’s no lack of evidence that the young rapper had the biggest year of his massively successful career to date.

Having dropped his critically acclaimed sophomore studio album Strings & Bling earlier this year, Nasty C’s moves included a deal to further his global footprint with Universal Music and, amongst other highlights, his continued clothing deal with Sportscene.

Lady Zamar’s debut album, King Zamar, instantly became one of the biggest albums when it hit the shelves back in 2017.

Two years after its premiere, the 18 track project continues to slap. This year, King Zamar sustained its relevance as Zamar continued churning out scorchers. Unsurprisingly. the best performing out of those is ‘Collide‘, which kept the songstress on top of the charts throughout 2018. Collide is the 16th biggest song overall on the list, the second biggest song with a South African artist, as well as the biggest South African song by a female artist.

Kwesta’s Spirit proved itself to be taking after its older sibling, Ngud, is crafting its own nook of timelessness in the streets. The 2017 scorcher, featuring Wale, made waves all the way into 2018, where it became the 22nd biggest song on Apple Music. The same can be said for Shekhinah’s Suited. Taken from her debut album Rose Gold, Suited has remained a big commercial success more two years after its release.

There’s further proof that the biggest summer smashes have a lifespan that exceeds two years on this chart. People streamed Sun El Musician’s Akanamali well into 2018, despite the song has been quite a strong contender for song of the year the year prior.

Other entries include Distruction Boyz with Omunye, Mlindo with AmaBlesser and amongst others, AKA’s Fela in Versace. The full list is below;

Rank Song Title Artist Name Feat. Artist
1 God’s Plan Drake
2 Havana (feat. Young Thug) Camila Cabello Young Thug
3 rockstar (feat. 21 Savage) Post Malone 21 Savage
4 Silence (feat. Khalid) Marshmello Khalid
5 Psycho (feat. Ty Dolla $ign) Post Malone Ty Dolla $ign
6 Nice For What Drake
7 In My Feelings Drake
8 Perfect Ed Sheeran
9 Particula (feat. Nasty C, Ice Prince, Patoranking & Jidenna) DJ Maphorisa & Major Lazer Nasty C,Ice Prince,Patoranking & Jidenna
10 Young Dumb & Broke Khalid
11 Thunder Imagine Dragons
12 These Days (feat. Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen) Rudimental Jess Glynne,Macklemore & Dan Caplen
13 Body (feat. brando) Loud Luxury brando
14 Shotgun George Ezra
15 Wolves Selena Gomez & Marshmello
16 Collide Lady Zamar
17 What Lovers Do (feat. SZA) Maroon 5 SZA
18 Girls Like You (feat. Cardi B) Maroon 5 Cardi B
19 Youngblood 5 Seconds of Summer
20 Never Be the Same Camila Cabello
21 Love Lies Khalid & Normani
22 Spirit (feat. Wale) Kwesta Wale
23 Suited Shekhinah
25 Akanamali (feat. Samthing Soweto) Sun-El Musician Samthing Soweto
26 Back to You Selena Gomez
27 Shape of You Ed Sheeran
28 Lonely Together (feat. Rita Ora) Avicii Rita Ora
29 Too Good at Goodbyes Sam Smith
30 Dusk Till Dawn (feat. Sia) [Radio Edit] ZAYN Sia
31 I Like It Cardi B,Bad Bunny & J Balvin
32 What About Us P!nk
33 Unforgettable (feat. Swae Lee) French Montana Swae Lee
34 All The Stars Kendrick Lamar & SZA
35 Eastside benny blanco,Halsey & Khalid
36 The Middle Zedd,Maren Morris & Grey
37 Freaky Friday (feat. Chris Brown) Lil Dicky Chris Brown
38 Rise (feat. Jack & Jack) Jonas Blue Jack & Jack
39 Omunye (feat. Benny Maverick and Dladla Mshunqisi) Distruction Boyz Benny Maverick & Dladla Mshunqisi
40 Look Alive (feat. Drake) BlocBoy JB Drake
41 AmaBlesser (feat. DJ Maphorisa) Mlindo DJ Maphorisa
42 Despacito (Remix) [feat. Justin Bieber] Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Justin Bieber
43 Nonstop Drake
44 Club Controller (feat. TNS & Zanda Zakusa) Prince Kaybee & LaSoulMates TNS & Zanda Zakusa
45 River (feat. Ed Sheeran) Eminem Ed Sheeran
46 New Rules Dua Lipa
47 Remind Me to Forget Kygo & Miguel
48 Something Just Like This The Chainsmokers & Coldplay
49 I Miss You (feat. Julia Michaels) Clean Bandit Julia Michaels
50 Him & I G-Eazy & Halsey
51 In My Blood Shawn Mendes
52 MotorSport Migos,Nicki Minaj & Cardi B
53 I Fall Apart Post Malone
54 All Falls Down Alan Walker,Noah Cyrus & Digital Farm Animals
55 One Kiss Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa
56 Running Wild (feat. Jethro Tait) Pascal & Pearce Jethro Tait
57 Candy Paint Post Malone
58 Perfect Duet (with Beyoncé) Ed Sheeran
59 FRIENDS Marshmello & Anne-Marie
60 Better Now Post Malone
61 no tears left to cry Ariana Grande
62 Nevermind Dennis Lloyd
63 Maradona Niniola
64 Let Me Go (feat. Florida Georgia Line & watt) Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso Florida Georgia Line & Andrew Watt
65 Fela In Versace (feat. Kiddominant) AKA Kiddominant
67 You Are the Reason Calum Scott
68 Castle on the Hill Ed Sheeran
69 Ocean (feat. Khalid) Martin Garrix Khalid
70 Bodak Yellow Cardi B
71 IDGAF Dua Lipa
72 Solo (feat. Demi Lovato) Clean Bandit Demi Lovato
73 Congratulations (feat. Quavo) Post Malone Quavo
74 Call Out My Name The Weeknd
75 Finesse (Remix) [feat. Cardi B] Bruno Mars Cardi B
76 More Than You Know Axwell Λ Ingrosso
77 Taste (feat. Offset) Tyga Offset
78 Walk It Talk It (feat. Drake) Migos Drake
79 Boo’d Up Ella Mai
80 Praise the Lord (Da Shine) [feat. Skepta] A$AP Rocky Skepta
81 Believer Imagine Dragons
82 Please Mr Shekhinah
83 Wild Thoughts (feat. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller) DJ Khaled Rihanna & Bryson Tiller
84 Lucid Dreams Juice WRLD
85 Bamthathile (feat. Mlindo The Vocalist) Sun-El Musician Mlindo The Vocalist
86 It Ain’t Me Kygo & Selena Gomez
87 Feels (feat. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean) Calvin Harris Big Sean,Katy Perry & Pharrell Williams
88 SICKO MODE Travis Scott
89 Location Khalid
90 I’m Upset Drake
91 Meant to Be Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line
92 Happier Ed Sheeran
93 This Is Me Keala Settle & The Greatest Showman Ensemble
94 Inde (feat. Bucie & Nokwazi) Heavy-K Bucie & Nokwazi
95 There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back Shawn Mendes
96 Man’s Not Hot Big Shaq
97 Bartier Cardi (feat. 21 Savage) Cardi B 21 Savage
98 All Mine Kanye West
99 OK (feat. James Blunt) Robin Schulz James Blunt
100 FEFE (feat. Nicki Minaj & Murda Beatz) 6ix9ine Nicki Minaj & Murda Beatz



Inside Zahara’s 5 Months Of Sobriety

Zahara has opened up about her 5 months without alcohol, saying she now wants to shine the spotlight on the mental health of local artists, who’d rather “destroy themselves” than face record labels.



Photo: Sowetan/Veli Nhlapo

It’s been 5 months since Zahara has consumed any alcohol.

The Afro-Pop songbird revealed to TshisaLive that she decided to quit after “one night I finished a whole bottle of wine by myself.”

This personal milestone attends to negative portrayals of the singer, who’s had to fight persistent reports of a drinking problem that is out of control. It’s a reputation she’s keen to challenge. “I want to show people that those stories aren’t true.”

It’s also a reputation, says the singer, that has been engineered to undermine her credibility amid her fight for album royalties.


Her breakthrough moment, however, happened last year in October, when her mother and sister fasted in prayer as a means to intervene. She hasn’t had any since then, and doesn’t miss it.

The 30 year old afro-soul songstress has recently detailed rough patches she’s endured in recent months, most of which are related to the alleged heated disputes between her and her previous labels.


“I won’t be a statistic, I want my money”, says Zahara in a new Instagram post, in which she also gives out her personal mobile number. Repurposing lyrics from her hit single, Umthwalo (My baggage), she went on to clarify that the account was not hacked. Instead, she’s decided to use her platfom to expose unspoken realities in the music industry.

Speaking to IOL Entertainment, Zahara said she’s adamant to be heard.

“Some of my peers are suffering from depression, some have thrown themselves into drug abuse, others into the arms of men simply because they are afraid of admitting that they have no money, because the record labels are not paying us”, says the Loliwe hitmaker.

Zahara also said that she’s now pursuing legal action for said album royalties.


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Nasty C Opens The Industry With ‘Lift As You Rise’



Nasty C, Tellaman, Rowlene for Lift As You Rise

More and more of Mzansi’s hip-hop artists are climbing the ladder of success with the support and mentorship of hip-hop collectives.

This phenomenon brings to life a gripping narrative that the local hip-hop space is overloaded with inherent quality and talent. With this in mind, Red Bull Music and Tall Racks Records have joined forces to form Lift As You Rise; a music project that is aimed at uplifting artists across South Africa and subsequently catapults them into success.

Made up of unstoppable forces Nasty C, Tellaman, Gemini Major, Rowlene, Lastee and Zino D, the Lift As You Rise project will see these artists come together to produce multiple open tracks.

These tracks will incorporate verses from the collective artists, excluding 16 bars that will allow Mzansi’s aspiring artists to add their verses and subsequently completing the tracks. As a result, SA’s budding musicians can contribute to the songs and add their parts so as to complete the tracks.

The musicians will then need to upload their tracks onto their respective social media platforms with the correct tags.

Red Bull Music and Tall Racks Records will then select the best artists. Successful artists will get an opportunity to go into the Red Bull Music Recording Studios in Cape Town where songs will be recorded culminating in complete tracks released to the public.

“A much-undervalued part of the music industry is collaboration, especially in the world of fresh and independent hip-hop artists,” Nasty C comments.

“At the moment, our music culture in SA is becoming more and more open to sharing and collaborating and this is the culture the Lift As You Rise project looks to achieve. This is the era where budding artists need to catch up with the understanding that they must collaborate to take their gift one step further.”

Rowlene adds, “Collaboration is the biggest uplifting force driving music today. To young and upcoming artists looking to project their talents onto a bigger audience, the Lift As You Rise project is the powerful stepping stone.”

For more information on the Lift As You Rise project, visit


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Beyoncé’s Homecoming Doccie To Premiere on Netflix

Beyonce’s Coachella documentary is coming to Netflix



Beyonce Homecoming Netflix

Beyoncé has premiered the first look into her looming documentary, and the streets are shaken.

The promo for ‘Homecoming‘ landed on the internet on Monday. The South African beyhive is in for a treat as the documentary will surface on Netflix, April 17th.

The picture is set to chronicle the journey to one of Beyoncé’s most iconic performances – Beychella.

The doccie will feature the actual performance – which means you can now stop scouring the internet for that pixelated footage obtained from the live stream – as well behind the scenes preparations for the critically lauded show.

The piece is said to offer an “intimate, in-depth look” at the concert, revealing “the emotional road from creative concept to cultural movement,” Netflix said.

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