In Summary

  • She becomes the youngest South African musician to grace this chart.
  • The song has taken Tiktok community by storm
  • One of Tyla’s TikTok dance videos garnered over 70 million views

South African artist  Tyla achieves a historic debut on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart with her song “Water.”

The viral sensation, which has been trending on TikTok for several weeks, now sits at No. 67 on the Hot 100.

She becomes the first South African solo musician to appear on the Billboard Hot 100 since jazz legend Hugh Masekela’s “Grazing in the Grass” 55 years ago.

The Artist Expresses Gratitude

Photo courtesy of Sony Music
Photo courtesy of Sony Music


Tyla expressed her excitement on X (formerly Twitter), stating, “I’m a South African girl born and raised in Johannesburg. This is crazy.”

In addition she wrote , “This is a win for the whole of Africa unity will give us the power to go further. let’s take our sound to the world”

At just 21 years old, Tyla,  becomes the youngest South African musician to grace this chart.

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Her journey to The Billboard

Tyla’s journey to the Billboard Hot 100 began when “Water” started gaining traction in August, thanks to TikTok .

Its infectious appeal led to the creation of the viral water dance challenge, with the song being used in over 500,000 TikTok videos.

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Top Dance Video

One of Tyla’s TikTok dance videos for her song amassed over 70 million views, while the song’s music video received more than one million views on YouTube within a day of its October 6th release.

This achievement marks the first time a South African female artist has accomplished this feat, according to the World Music Awards. “Water” has garnered over 4 million YouTube views and boasts 10.7 million monthly Spotify listeners for Tyla.


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