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- No Music Day!!!
In protest against widespread piracy, the Nigerian Music Industry Coalition has slated Monday, September 1 as another day for its ‘No Music Day’ campaign.
The event which will be in its 6th year, will focus attention on the widespread infringement of the rights of composers, song writers, performers, music publishers and other stakeholders in the Nigerian music industry.
As part of activities of ‘No Music Day 2014’, the coalition as usual has requested all broadcast stations and the major users of music across the country not to broadcast music between the hours of 9am-10am on Monday September 1, 2014 as a mark of solidarity with the nation’s creative industry being devastated by massive copyright infringement. All stations sympathetic to the plight of the music industry are being requested to dedicate the time belt to interviews, documentaries, debates and discussions that focus on the rights of creative people and the state of intellectual property rights in Africa’s most populous nation. Newspapers and magazines are also being encouraged to do special features on the industry to mark the day.
- Wale parts ways with Roc Nation
Nigerian/American rapper Wale has parted ways with Roc Nation, the management company built by JayZ which has been managing him for about 5 years.
According to XXL, the split between the rapper and the company was amicable. Wale is reportedly signing up with 77 Management Group, which is run by Leonard Brooks, Rich Paul, and Maverick Carter, and also represents LeBron James.
So far, Wale’s bio has also been taken down from Roc Nation’s official site.
- My presence may threaten Tiwa Savage and Seyi Shay – May7ven
UK-based Nigerian singer May7ven is back in the country for the promotion of her new single, ‘What Ya Feeling’ produced by Tee-Y Mix.
In a recent interview, she revealed that the likes of Seyi Shay and Tiwa Savage were learning from her while all three lived in London years ago. According to her, “I know when I started, I know why a lot of females are now here. The likes of Seyi Shay and Tiwa Savage were all with me in London when I did ‘Bo Aso Lara mi’, so I influenced majority of them to be doing what they are doing now. There always has to be a leader, someone who starts and creates things, and that’s how I see myself already. So the style I’m doing now, I guarantee you in another two years you’ll find another set of Tiwa Savage doing what I’m doing. I’ve always been an innovator and you can interview any of them, they’ll tell you the same thing so they maybe threatened that I’m around and not the other way round”.
Is Tiwa’s title as Queen of Nigerian Pop about to be hijacked by her former bandmate way back May7ven?
- L.A.X graduates with masters in the UK.
Starboy Entertainment singer Damilola AbdulRazaq Afolabi popularly known as L.A.X, has graduated from the University of Manchester with a Master’s degree.
The artiste who is signed under Wizkid’s label with two smash hits Ginger and Caro under his belt, shared a photo of his final thesis project with the caption “Finally!! Done!” Congratulating his protege, Wizkid also took to twitter to celebrate writing, “My lil bro @izzlax finally done with his masters! Big up my g! Now game time! More music nd turn up! It’s abt to be real. Proud of u!”.
This August makes it a year since L.A.X signed on to the record label.
- Olamide, Phyno and Eva for #MadeofBlack
Rappers Olamide, Phyno and Eva Alordiah have been selected by Guinness for its ongoing Made of Black campaign.
Explaining the idea behind the campaign, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Guinness Nigeria Plc, Mr. Seni Adetu said, “#MadeofBlack is part of the global Guinness Made of More campaign. Guinness embodies the mindset of Nigerians who are not afraid to express themselves and who are carving their own path in life. It is an iconic beer that has the darkest liquid, but the brightest flavours. A beer that has lived in the hearts and minds of millions in Africa and across the world for over 250 years, Guinness has always had the authenticity, boldness and vision to do things differently.”
The trio thrilled at the launch of the campaign on Tuesday at Bheer Hugz, Ikeja City Mall, and also took part in a dramatic 45 seconds commercial for the campaign, which also featured American music star, Kanye West.
- Tinie Tempah and Asa to feature on track together
From all indications, it seems like Asa and Tinie Tempah will be thrilling music lovers with collaboration off Asa’s Bed of Stone album.
During a call-in session on Fade’s Mid-day show on Beat 99.9 FM, Asa selected “Pass Out” rapper Tinie Tempah when asked which international artiste she will like to collaborate with. She further went on to say they were already cooking up something together.
As we anticipate the release of her album, it seems we are to be treated to a live concert before the year runs out.
- Wizkid and Dr Sid spotted in the studio
Based on whisperings in the cyberspace, we should be on the lookout for another collaboration between Wizkid and Dr. Sid.
The duo were seen hanging out together in a photo posted on IG by Dr Sid’s DJ, DJ Big N with the caption, “Be afraid….. very afraid of what we cooking. Last night studio sessions. Cc @iamdrsid @wizkidayo Blessed”.
- Patoranking and Fuse ODG also hit the studio!
Although he flew to the UK for Julius Agwu’s ‘Crack Ya Ribs’ UK Tour, Patoranking apparently chose to kill two birds with one stone.
The “Girlie O” crooner stepped into the studio with British/Ghanian star Fuse ODG for what promises to be a sure chart topper. The duo are working together on a collaboration in Fuse’s studio right there in London. At the studio with them also were Ghanian singer Tiffany, top producer Killbeatz and Vox/Factory 78’s Adesope.
- Aristokrat Records signs DJ Consequence
Aristokrat records has announced the signing of DJ Consequence onto Aristokrat/960MG.
Making the announcement via Twitter, Facebook and all media platforms, Aristokrat Records will reportedly be his label and RG5 Music Management; a subsidiary of REITIGH GROUP will handle his management. The University of Lagos graduate has played at big clubs and gigs and is presently the resident Disc Jockey at Club Rumors and Quillox Nightclub.