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Music on the rise



The music industry gained momentum as different artistes, and record label were springing up. The industry has become business venture. The depth, the abilities to make music has taken music from Nigeria to boundaries.
With different genre, Nigerian artiste’s make music from a variety of spaces, fusing sounds across genres to make the best melodies.
Within the industry, pop music has a place with history; artistes replicate different style, flow and delivery to now vibe. With the likes of Tu Baba, P Square, Flavour, Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, Burna Boy, Omawumi, Waje, Tekno, Wande Coal, Davido, which have succeeded in giving Nigerians new vibe, and flavor to song production.
While the up-an-coming artistes are still struggling to grace the stage, only a few percentage of them have find a way to the big stage one of such is Simi. She has demonstrated that hard work pays. She has had a remarkable year. The X3M Music Queen started the year on a very good note with the release of the song, Smile For Me and later Joromi.
Apart from her, Yemi Alade also did not disappoint, she made herself relevant, gracing every stage, billboard. Her notable piece, Mama Afrique keeps the industry alive. Not so much was seen from Kiss-Daniel who rocked last years with hit songs, and videos.
Artistes like Ycee, Runtown, Olamide, Maleek Shoyebi aka Maleek Berry, command huge presence with several collaboration and shows across Nigeria and Africa.
Falz came from the blue and entertain Nigerians with his comedy like style. He surprised his fans with an unexpected album release on his birthday titled “27. The album features a number of top acts such as Burna Boy, Olamide, Wande Coal, Ycee.
Though, the industry is currently being dominated by dance-pop, with few fusion of Highlife, most of the songs are mostly sex appeal, but the artistes have find a way round the songs to make it more acceptable this is in the area of colourful pictures, heavy songs among others.
In as much as the artistes are doing great with music creation, the aspect of royalty’s collection is a big problem which need to be eradicated.
The Copyright Society of Nigeria is an organization, which ensures that musicians get paid their royalties for airplay within Nigeria. They also assist with music licences. But what the industry is witnessing presently is revise no structure, distribution network.
Only if the right modality is put in place the industry will become one of the biggest earning in the country compared to oil.

It was a sad year too…
Nigeria lost some of the key players in the sector: former Minister of National Planning, Chief Rasheed Gbadamosi, and Sammy Olagbaju. Gbadamosi, who was a leading industrialist, art collector and writer, died on Wednesday at the age of 72. Olagbaju was one of Nigeria’s biggest art collectors and promoters.

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BBNaija 2018: I only had one-night stand with you – Rapper, CDQ Olowo replies Ifu Ennada



Nigerian entertainer, CDQ Olowo, has responded to Big Brother Naija’s housemate, Ifu Ennada, saying he only had a one-night-stand with her.

Yesterday, Ifu Ennada had called out the popular rapper, accusing him of dumping her after sacrificing so much for his music career.

She claimed the singer forgot about her after attaining stardom.

According to Ifu Ennada, she was just 17 when she “sponsored” CDQ, gave him money meant for her handouts, school fees, and also gave him tickets to VIP event. Only for her to be used and dumped.

She said it was not about the money but about the sacrifices she made for him.

But reacting to Ifu’s claim, the musician described her as a one-night-stand, asking her to seek for promo the right way instead of talking “bullsh*t.

CDQ Olowo wrote on his Instagram, “I’m a self made. Dm or contact my management if you need free promo not by saying bullshit (sic).

“You were just a one night stand.”


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BBNaija: Efe blasts Nigerians who regret voting for him



Winner of last year’s Big Brother Naija, Efe Ejeba, has lashed out at Nigerians who say they regret voting for him.

Efe, who has ventured into music since the show ended, took to his Twitter page to blast fans who have been criticizing his songs from the EP, ‘AmSorryAmWinning’.

He wrote: “For all those saying they regret voting for me, i entertained you and your money expired the day the show ended. #AmSorryAmWinningEp

“Thank you to those who have been 1000% with me from day one… your genuine support has kept me thus far through God’s grace… keep supporting the music… so we keep winning… #AmSorryAmWinningEp”

Efe won the coveted N25million prize money and an SUV after three months in the Big Brother house.


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Banky W shutdown EME, re-brands record label



Pop artiste Bankole Wellington (aka Banky W), has announced the rebranding of his record label, Empire Mates Entertainment (E.M.E.).

E.M.E. was the starting record label for popular names in the music industry including Wizkid, Skales and Niyola.

He said the E.M.E is now a full-fledged Media Agency which will focus on creative Marketing, Advertising, PR, Brand Events/Activation’s, and talent management.

The singer on Tuesday shared the news in a two-part Instagram post via his account @bankywellington, where he recounted the history of the label and the decision to redefine it.

After nine years of operation in Nigeria’s music industry, the singer and actor said it became necessary to shutdown the label in January 2017, due to the restructuring.

According to him, E.M.E.’s business venture will now be marketing, advertising, public relations, branding, shooting of television commercials and documentaries.

He also added that the agency is not restricted to music artists, but will also cater for creative people in other areas such as sports, radio and television; and acting.

Banky W named his wife Adesua Etomi, DJ Xclusive, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, Host of the BBNaija 2018 `Double Wahala’ TV show and Tolu ‘Toolz’ Oniru as the first set of clients of the rebranded company.

He wrote: “We have played our little part in helping discover/boost the careers of a number of talents in the music business (some of your favourite artists, producers and engineers).

“In January, 2017, after nine years of being in the Nigerian music industry, we decided it was time to quietly close the record label arm of our business.

“Essentially, we have restricted our business and instead of operating just as a record label, we have expanded and changed our focus a bit.

“This switch in focus has been amazing and fulfilling behind the scenes, we have been able to impact the launching and marketing of a number of brands and companies the way we did artists.

“But even in the talent management side, we are no longer restricted to working with just music artists.

“We still work with musicians, but also work with On Air Personalities, actors, and evaluating sports management as well.’’

E.M.E. was founded by Banky W and his best friend, Tunde Demuren in 2002 while they were at the university in New York.

Wizkid reportedly parted ways with E.M.E in February 2013, to start his own label ‘Starboy’.

Skales also moved on from E.M.E. following the expiration of his contract.

The label was best known for its 2013 compilation album ‘Empire Mates State of Mind’.


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