Billboard Triggers Nigerians With List of 14 American Songs Burna Boy Sampled, Including MJ’s Hit

Billboard Triggers Nigerians With List of 14 American Songs Burna Boy Sampled, Including MJ’s Hit

  • Billboard has caused a buzz on the Nigerian social media space after releasing 14 songs Burna Boy sampled
  • The Nigerian Grammy award winner has sampled songs by Toni Braxton, Brandy and the late Michael Jackson, among others
  • While sampling music is a positive attribute in the US, some Nigerians have seen it as an avenue to taunt Burna Boy
  • In a chat with, a Burna Boy fan from Belize shared her take on the music star sampling American songs

Nigerian music star Damini Ogulu, better known as Burna Boy, is trending on the country's social media space following a recently released list by American magazine Billboard.

On Monday, May 6, the Billboard published a story about 14 American songs Burna Boy had sampled or interpolated.

Billboard releases list of 14 songs Burna Boy has sampled.
Burna Boy sampled Michael Jackson on Monsters You Made. Credit: @burnaboygram
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According to Billboard, Burna Boy's most celebrated songs borrowed elements from recognisable US pop, soul and hip-hop favourites.

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The list revealed Burna Boy sampled Toni Braxton's He Wasn't Man Enough on Last Last, Jeremih's Birthday Sex on City Boys, and the late Michael Jackson's Dirty Diana on Monsters You Made.

Other US stars Burna Boy sampled included; Fred Wesley and The Horny Horns, Fabolous, Pat Boone, Minnie Riperton, The Jackson 5, T -Pain, Marc Anthony, Sade, and Enchantment.

Reactions trail Billboard's list

The revelation about Burna Boy, among the top three in Nigerian's music industry, has left people talking as it comes amid criticisms about Davido using songwriters. captured some of the reactions; read them below:


"But Davido giving credit to his writers are Nigeria problems lmao."


"Billboard knowing you as the world best sampler is so funny."


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"Odogwu and sampling 5&6."


"King of sampling slander? I’m there jor."


"Odogwu you fit sample my life right now for US agba sampler."


"Why you wan cast our BOD of AFROBEATS."


"14 American songs keh."


"Na burna boy be the real pant washer."


"They can't come for Burna for sampling but you guys can come for Davido that he's using songwriter in 2024. Fooling at it peak lol Sample master @burnaboy."

Burna Boy is a genius - a fan Nelly said.

Nelly, a Belizean, stated that sampling songs was not a negative attribute as American singers have been sampling since the beginning.

According to her, Burna Boy is a genius and remains the best thing to happen in the Nigerian music industry.

Siri names Burna Boy best artist

Meanwhile, also reported how some Nigerians consulted Apple digital assistant Siri about the best singer in the Nigerian music industry.

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Burna Boy was named among those who ace the entertainment space. This came amid the clash between Davido and Wizkid.

The video of the man who quarried Siri prompted many to react differently. Siri also named Wizkid and Davido among those regarded as the best artists in the country.


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