Skillibeng Earns Second Entry On UK Singles Chart

Skillibeng‘s Jump collab with South African songstress Tyla and American rapper Gunna has debuted on the UK Singles chart.

Released on March 20 on Tyla’s self-titled debut album, the song has opened at No. 80 on the Official Singles chart, which reflects the UK’s biggest songs of the week, based on audio and video streams, downloads, CDs and vinyl, compiled by the Official Charts Company.

This is Skillibeng’s second entry on the Official Singles chart, following Crocodile Teeth, which spent one week at No. 75 in May 2021.

The song has also debuted at No. 1 on the Official Afrobeats Chart, which tracks the UK’s biggest Afrobeats songs of the week. Art, another song from Tyla’s album, was the only other new track from the project to enter the two charts at No. 85 and No. 2, respectively. Water, the album’s lead single, is currently at No. 57, down from its peak at No. 29.

Elsewhere on the UK chart, YG Marley’s Praise Jah In The Moonlight is at No. 52 for its 11th week of the chart, down from its peak at No. 5.

Jump currently has over 1.2 views on the official YouTube lyric video and 5 million plays on Spotify.

Speaking with Apple Music, Tyla explained the inspiration for the song: “I really just wanted to tell people who I am, and I had to show my confidence through the song.”

She highlighted Skillibeng’s powerful intro — “Original gyal, you aren’t a replica (No) // Smooth, dean, no regular degular (No)” — and how it set the stage for her own declaration of self-worth.

“That intro was already perfect, and it segues to that line of me saying, ‘They’ve never had a pretty girl from Joburg/They see me now and that’s what they prefer,’” she said. “That line is just-it’s too iconic for me, and I’m just so excited to hear all the girls sing it, all the Joburg girls sing it, all the girls from home.”

According to her, the addition of Gunna on the track adds another layer of cool. His verse complements Tyla’s energy, boasting about showering her with diamonds and indulging her every desire. “I really feel like it [Gunna’s verse] took me into that world further, making it even more raw and cool,” she added.

Skillibeng, who is signed to Sony Music’s RCA Records in partnership with Eastsyde Records, has collaborated with several international artists over the last two years, including DJ Khaled on These Streets Know My Name (2022), Coi Leray on Radioactive (2023), Busta Rhymes on Bulletproof Skin (2022), and Wizkid on Slip N Slide (2022), and Nicki Minaj on the Crocodile Teeth (Remix) (2021) and Forward From Trini (2023).

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