Come Closer (Wizkid song)

"Come Closer" is a song by Nigerian singer Wizkid, featuring vocals from Canadian rapper Drake.[3] The song was released as the third single from Wizkid's third studio album, Sounds from the Other Side.[4] In September 2020, Wizkid became the first African artist to be certified Gold (both) as a featured and lead artist in the United States, as Come Closer sold 500,000 units.

"Come Closer"
Come Closer cover art.png
Single by Wizkid featuring Drake
from the album Sounds from the Other Side
ReleasedMarch 31, 2017
Recorded2016–2017
Genre
Length3:31
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Sarz
Wizkid singles chronology
"Sweet Love"
(2017)
"Come Closer"
(2017)
"African Bad Gyal"
(2017)
Drake singles chronology
"Passionfruit"
(2017)
"Come Closer"
(2017)
"Free Smoke"
(2017)
Music video
"Come Closer" on YouTube

BackgroundEdit

Wizkid revealed the song was recorded in early 2016 at the same time as he and Drake's other collaborative single, "One Dance" (2016),[5] which peaked at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 as well as the UK Singles Chart and the Canadian Hot 100. The song was released as the third single from Wizkid's third studio album, Sounds from the Other Side, and was the album's most commercially successful track.[6] The song marked Wizkid's third official collaboration with Drake.

Commercial performanceEdit

The single peaked at number 58 on the UK Singles Chart, becoming Wizkid's first charting single as a lead artist, and the best-performing African record of 2017 at large.[7] The single peaked at number 54 on the Canadian Hot 100.[8] In August and November 2017, the song was certified Gold and Silver by Music Canada and the BPI respectively, making it his most commercially successful international single till date. In 2021, Wizkid extended his record as the first Nigerian, Platinum-certified artist in Canada, with Come Closer's second certification in the country. It's the most streamed Nigerian song ever on Spotify with over 96 million streams as at November 2020, and is the most successful song by an Afrobeats artist commercially.

AccoladesEdit

In November the same year, the song was awarded AFRIMA 2017 Song of the Year. 2baba & DJ Jimmy Jatt handed over the trophy to Wizkid. On the night, the Nigerian took two of the most important awards—Artist of the Year and Song of the Year—along with the Best Male West Africa award.

Year Awards ceremony Award description(s) Results
2017 All Africa Music Awards Song of the Year Won
Soul Train Awards Best Dance Performance [9] Nominated

ChartsEdit

Chart (2017) Peak
position
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[10] 54
France (SNEP)[11] 107
Netherlands (Single Tip)[12] 15
Scotland (OCC)[13] 96
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[14] 98
UK Singles (OCC)[15] 58
UK R&B (OCC)[16] 14
US Rhythmic (Billboard)[17] 38
US R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay (Billboard)[18] 29

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[19] Platinum 80,000 
United Kingdom (BPI)[20] Silver 200,000^
United States (RIAA)[21] Gold 500,000 

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.
  Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Nigeria: Wizkid's 'Come Closer' Video Hits Over a Million Views in 24 Hours". allafrica.com. Retrieved 24 September 2020.
  2. ^ "'One Dance'and its impact on Wizkid's career". pan-african-music.com. Retrieved 24 September 2020.
  3. ^ "Watch WizKid's Kaleidoscopic 'Come Closer' Video Featuring Drake" Check |url= value (help).
  4. ^ "Wizkid 'Come Closer' #ft# Drake#" Check |url= value (help). exclaim#ca. Retrieved 10 April 2017.
  5. ^ "Wizkid: Drake always shows me love" Check |url= value (help). Retrieved 2017-04-21.
  6. ^ "Wizkid 'Come Closer' ft Drake". exclaim.ca. Retrieved 10 April 2017.
  7. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". officialcharts.com. Retrieved 26 September 2020.
  8. ^ "Canadian Music: Top 100 Songs Chart" Check |url= value (help).
  9. ^ "Nigeria: Wizkid Nominated for 2019 Soul Train Awards". allafrica.com. Retrieved 26 September 2020.
  10. ^ "Wizkid Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 18 April 2017.
  11. ^ "Lescharts.com – Wizkid feat. Drake – Come Closer" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved 25 March 2017.
  12. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Dutch Single Tip – 13/05/2017" (in Dutch). MegaCharts. Retrieved August 31, 2017.
  13. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 15 April 2017.
  14. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Wizkid feat. Drake – Come Closer". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 17 April 2017.
  15. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 15 April 2017.
  16. ^ "Official R&B Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 25 March 2017.
  17. ^ "Wizkid Chart History (Rhythmic)". Billboard. Retrieved 7 June 2017.
  18. ^ "Wizkid Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay)". Billboard. Retrieved 6 July 2017.
  19. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Wizkid – Come Closer". Music Canada. Retrieved August 17, 2017.
  20. ^ "British single certifications – Wizkid – Come Closer". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 27 November 2017. Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type Come Closer in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  21. ^ "American single certifications – Wizkid – Come Closer". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 17 September 2020. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH.