African Giant’, a critically acclaimed 2019 body of work by Burna Boy, Nigerian Afrofusion star, has made Billboard Magazine’s ’50 Best Albums of 2019′.


Billboard, an American entertainment media brand owned by the Billboard-Hollywood Reporter Media Group, on Tuesday, released its list of 50 best albums from across the globe in the year 2019.

‘African Giant’, Burna’s 19-track project, which was released in July, snagged the 14th place on Billboard’s list.

“Burna Boy has been delivering Afro-fusion hits since the start of the decade, but the Nigerian artist truly stepped into his power with a fourth album, African Giant,” said Billboard while lauding the body of work.


“By refusing to dilute his raw sound to please a mainstream audience, Burna Boy tackles all the issues his nation faces — oppression, poverty and corruption (seen on tracks like “Dangote”) — to raise awareness.

“Despite the grim underbelly, the album’s hip-shaking grooves (“On The Low”), doses of flirtation (“Secret”) and commanding vocals (“Anybody”) give a sense of hope.”

Other works that also made the list are Ariana Grande’s ‘Thank You, Next’ at number one; Taylor Swift’s ‘Lover’at number three; Beyonce’s ‘Homecoming’ at number 12; and Celine Dion’s ‘Courage’ at number 50.


See the full list below:

Billboard’s 50 Best Album of 2019

  • Ariana Grande, Thank U, Next
  •  Billie Eilish, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
  • Taylor Swift, Lover
  • Lizzo, Cuz I Love You
  • Maggie Rogers, Heard It in a Past Life
  • Lana Del Rey, Norman F–king Rockwell
  • Tyler, the Creator, IGOR
  • The Highwomen, The Highwomen
  • DaBaby, Kirk
  • J Balvin & Bad Bunny, Oasis
  • Vampire Weekend, Father of the Bride
  • Post Malone, Hollywood’s Bleeding
  • Burna Boy, African Giant
  • Angel Olsen, All Mirrors
  • Jonas Brothers, Happiness Begins
  • Brittany Howard, Jaime
  • Mark Ronson, Late Night Feelings
  • FKA twigs, Magdalene
  • Carly Rae Jepsen, Dedicated
  • Summer Walker, Over It
  • Clairo, Immunity
  • Megan Thee Stallion, Fever
  • Karol G, Ocean
  • YBN Cordae, The Lost Boy
  • Maren Morris, GIRL
  • Solange, When I Get Home
  • Sharon Van Etten, Remind Me Tomorrow
  • Rapsody, Eve
  • Bruce Springsteen, Western Stars
  • Bad Bunny, X 100pre
  • Khalid, Free Spirit
  • Ari Lennox, Shea Butter Baby
  • Better Oblivion Community Center, Better Oblivion Community Center
  • Sturgill Simpson, Sound & Fury
  • Jamila Woods, Legacy! Legacy!
  • Maluma, 11:11
  • Luke Combs, What You See Is What You Get
  • Nilüfer Yanya, Miss Universe
  • The Raconteurs, Help Us Stranger
  • MUNA, Saves the World
  • Oso Oso, Basking in the Glow
  • Young Thug, So Much Fun
  • Miranda Lambert, Wildcard
  • Ozuna, Nibiru
  • Madonna, Madame X
  • Danny Brown, uknowhatimsayin¿
  • Kim Petras, Clarity
  • Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Ghosteen
  • Celine Dion, Courage

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