David Adedeji Adeleke (born November 21, 1992), better known by his stage name Davido, is a Nigerian-American singer, songwriter, and record producer who was born in the United States.
Following the release of “Dami Duro,” the second song from Davido’s debut studio album Omo Baba Olowo, the singer gained widespread attention (2012).
Davido was the winner of the Next Rated award at the 2012 Headies Awards. The singer also released a number of successful singles between 2013 and 2015, and in January 2016, he secured a recording contract with Sony Music.
After that, he formed the record company Davido Music Worldwide (DMW), which has signed acts such as Dremo, Mayorkun, Peruzzi, and Liya to its roster. Davido secured a record deal with Sony’s RCA Records in July 2016, marking his first major-label signing. In October 2016, he released the five-track EP Son of Mercy, which was accompanied by the singles “Gbagbe Oshi,” “How Long,” and “Coolest Kid in Africa.” In addition, he released the single “Coolest Kid In Africa” in November 2016.
Davido re-negotiated his contract with Sony in April 2017 because of concerns with creative autonomy, and later that year he released five singles, including “If” and “Fall.”
“If” sparked widespread discussion on social media platforms around the world, while “Fall” became the longest-charting Nigerian pop single in Billboard history.
Davido has been dubbed “the king of modern-day afrobeats” and “the king of contemporary afrobeats.”
He launched his second studio album A Good Time in November of this year, which was preceded by the release of hits such as “Blow My Mind.” In 2019, New African magazine named Davido as one of the Top 100 most influential Africans, and he was also named as one of the Top 100 most influential Africans in 2018.
On Friday, November 13, 2020, he will release his third studio album, titled A Better Time. When it comes to the social media app Instagram, Davido is the second most followed African, according to data from August 2021.