Master KG’s Jerusalema track is now diamond platinum in France after 333,333 digital sales in the county but it is not reflecting in the pocket of Nomcebo Zikode who featured on the song.
The song was a global hit track throughout last year, 2020 and still topping charts around the world. It was 3x Platinum in Italy (210,000 sales), 2x Platinum in Spain(80,000), 3x Platinum in Switzerland(60,000) and Platinum in Belgium(40,000).
It was #1 in Belgium, Romania, Hungary, Holland, South Africa and Switzerland. It was number 1 on US Digital sales. Euro digital songs and #9 on Canadian Digital Songs.
Nomcebo Zikode is grateful for these numbers from the huge success of the song but she is not entirely happy. In a heartfelt message she posted on Twitter, she expressed her gratitude to the world for helping her music transcend globally and thriving on various continents.
She continued with the shocking revelation that the record label which she worked with hadn’t paid her “a single cent” after the strides she has made with the track. She revealed that her lawyers have taken up the matter and are handling it.
According to the 35-year-old in the statement above, the global support and response to the song are what has been her anchor through her difficult times.
The public had mixed reactions to the whole issue after she posted her statement on Twitter which has gathered over 6000 retweets and more than 1000 comments.
Some said she was trying to destroy Open mic, the record label that gave her fame. Others clapped back that they were ripping her off with their flimsy contracts and that she should receive some money.
The record label has officially responded to Nomcembo’s tweet, saying that none on the acts have been paid yet because she is refusing to sign their agreement.
Meanwhile, according to other reports, the record label has been sidelining Nomcebo and recently hired another female singer to sing her verse on the song at a concert in France. It is also claimed that she wrote the song
One Twitter user, Kenny Jazzy commented that “South African style of music can really take over the world if they try to be versatile with it. Good vibes but almost everything sounds the same”.
Another user, MametjaTidi, replied; “It’s not the same sound, of course, you won’t understand the difference bcz you’re not South African but our aim is to entertain ourselves. What the world says doesn’t matter”.
Jerusalema was released on November 29th, 2019. It falls under the gospel house, disco dance genre and it has gathered over 450 million views on YouTube so far.
The song which is now coupled with a formation dance for ceremonies, gatherings and choreography in churches has also packed at no. 38 on the Billboard Global 200 and no. 55 in Slovakia and the UK.