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
- Beyoncé, HOMECOMING: THE LIVE ALBUM
- 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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