Recent report has shown
a list of top Nigerian artistes who have had issues with their record labels and have in one way or another taken steps to exit the label. The year 2016 has been a very busy one for Nigerian music, the industry has been plagued with a high occurrence of beefs, drama and many more. Top amongst these are the good old label struggles between record labels and their signed artistes. This clash which usually pits art against business had an unusually high occurrence of label splits, wrangles and lawsuits.
For many, everything goes smoothly and amicably. But for many others, it gets messy, involves the police and a huge number of collared executives working their way through legal papers, accusations, public posturing, sobtales, legal suits and court injunctions. Among these according to pulse are:
Skales (Baseline music)
The singer was signed in 2014 to Baseline Music, Record Label that was managed by Veterans Howie T and Dipo Abdul. According to sources, after a year of no investment, he moved on with his career. He is currently being detained by the police and together with his manager, Osagie Osarenkhoe, they are being investigated for fraud by the label.
Runtown (Ericmany Entertainment)
The singer has terminated his deal with Ecrimany Entertainment, in May, citing money problems, threat to life and gross disrespect from his label CEO, Prince Okwudili Umenyiora (a.k.a Dilly), the CEO of Dilly motors.
The rapper was freed from YBNL records, after his two year contract with the Olamide-led label ran out. There was no renewal nor extension with Lil-Kesh who is amicably moving out and setting up his imprint, YAGI, with the help of his ex-boss. He is still managed by YBNL.
Although the rapper’s deal expired with chocolate city two years ago, he stayed affiliated to the label, and this year made it public that he had left. He has currently set up his personal imprint under the label, Super Cool Cats.
The singer was freed from her baseline music contract, due to creative difference. She has with the label and their alleged lack of support for her artistic direction and progression. She is currently working on creating a new imprint and identity.
The former Nigeria Idol contestant acrimoniously split ways with her record label, 800 Records after they repudiated her deal with them, due to her request to see a record of the financial investment carried out in her career.
The rapper departed chocolate city due to his unhappiness at being prevented from releasing music, and dropping his projects. He is currently on the verge of announcing a new record label and movement named up next universe.
Although verbal agreements formed the basis of the singer’s deal with the Ubi Franklin and Iyanya-led made men music group, the label failed to officially hand Baci a contract after he spent 6 years with them.
The singer’s deal with capital hill records was not extended after it expired this year. Both parties chose to keep mute about the affair, but amicably parted ways. There are rumours of her setting up camp with singer Flavor, under his 2 nite entertainment.
Actress and singer Tonto Dikeh announced her departure from D’banj record label DB records, citing ‘business reasons’ as the cause, she has made no return to music since then.
Zeez (DJ Zeez)
The singer was sued by his ex-label, HF music for breach of contract, owing to his alleged refusal to record new music. He lost the case, and was ordered by the court to pay damages to the label to the tune of N22 million.
N20m For Grabs As Burna Boy, Tiwa Savage, Others Contest
Nigerian social media space is bustling with activities as top Nigerian celebrities drawn from music, movies and football sectors lock horns in an online engagement contest hosted by the Nigerian Social Media Awards whose grand finale is slated for December 11, 2021 at Eko Hotel and suites, Victoria Island Lagos.
Celebrities competing in the Naija Game of Thrones category are 2Baba, Davido, Burna Boy, Tiwa Savage, Wizkid, Olamide, Don Jazzy and Genevieve Nnaji, while Phyno, Victor Osimhen, Kelechi Iheanacho, King Rudy, Yemi Alade, Funke Akindele Bello, Timaya and Mr. P are contesting in the Naija x Factor category.
A confirmation of the degree of engagement the celebrities have with their online fans, the contestants involve the fans visiting the website to vote for them to boost the celebrities opportunity to win N20 million grand prize that would be paid to the celebrities to support his/her corporate social responsibility project.
The project manager Nigeria social media awards, Francis Amirize in a statement said the social media which a few years ago started as a fun spot has today metamorphosed into an opinion shaping part of existence which can no longer be ignored in the marketing of brands projects and personalities.
Egwu Ogba Holds, August 9
The Umu-Akoku Family of Erema Town, Egi in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State has fixed 9th of August, 2021 as date for this year’s Egwu Ogba festival.
August 9, according to the family source, falls within eight Nkwo market days from the nineth of July 2021, when the declaration was made.
The declaration of the date was made by Elder Elijah Obulor on behalf of Elder Andrew Nwaoma who is the eldest member of Umu- Akoku family of Erema at the ancient Anamaoji play ground.
Speaking earlier in an interview with The Tide, the oldest member of the Umu-Akoku Family, Erema, Elder Andrew Nwaoma said the festival has no iota of fetism in it, stressing that it is a celebration of the culture of the Egi people.
Elder Nwaoma said Egwu-Ogba also fosters peace and unity, stressing that it is a celebration of all persons irrespective of their religious creed.
Also speaking, the head chief of Umu-Akoku Royal Family of Erema, Chief Ikenna Obulor said the celebration has remained the same despite the influx of different religions into Erema.
Chief Obulor said Egwu Ogba brings peace, prosperity and oneness to the entire Ogba Kingdom.
He used the occasion to refute alleged rumour of fighting during the ceremony, stressing that the entire place is peaceful.
The eldest son of Andrew Nwaoma, Bro. Kayedi Nwaoma said the present generation will ensure that the festival does not die.
Also speaking, the Eze Egi of Ogbaland, Eze (Prof) Anele Uzondu Wokoma said Egwu Ogba represents the feast of passover for the Egi people.
Wokoma said the festival brings bumper harvest to the Egi people as well as fosters unity in the Kingdom.
By: John Bibor
BB Naija Season Six Begins, ’Morrow
Multi Choice Nigeria, Monday, revealed that Season 6 of the Big Brother Naija Reality TV Show will begin on July 24.
Disclosing this while briefing journalists, Multi choice customer officer, Martin Mabudu, said that this year’s edition of the reality show would run for 72 days and end on October 3, 2021.
Recall that Olamilekan Agbeleshe also known as Layon won BB Naija lockdown edition last year. He went home with N30 million cash prize, a two bedroom apartment, courtesy of Revolution Plus, a top of the range SUV from Nigerian automaker, Innoson Motors, a trip to Dublin, courtesy of Guinness and home appliances courtesy of Scan Frost.
Others are trip to Dubai, packaged by Travel Beta, a year’s supply of Indomie noodles, Munch it and Colgate toothpaste, a year’s supply of Pepsi, a branded chiller trip to watch the UEFA Champions League final and a branded new oppo mobile smartphone.
In 2019, BBNaija winner, Mercy Eke, won N30 million prize money as well as other mouth-watering gifts.
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