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Davido– Pop star Graces Cover of Spotify’s Newly Launched ‘African Heat Playlist’

In response to a demand for Nigerian and African contemporary music, Spotify, a Swedish commercial music streaming company, recently launched the ‘African Heat Playlist’ featuring mostly Nigerian songs from artists such as Davido, Ayo Jay, Tiwa Savage, Don Jazzy, Dr. Sid, and P-square. Spotify’s attempt to create more personalized playlists might be driven by the results of its ‘Discover Weekly’ …

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Ice Prince and Chocolate City Clean Up Shoddy Label Exit Announcement, Label Unveils ‘Supercool Cats’ & ‘Jagz Nation’ as Imprints

Last week I couldn’t help but voice my irritation over the long standing pattern and practice most Nigerian music industry stakeholders approach termination of their artist-record company business relationships. At issue, specifically, was Ice Prince’s statement, during a local radio interview in Nigeria, where he announced he was no longer with Chocolate City Records (CC); and that his contract had …

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AML 079: Emeka Mba — (Exclusive) Former DG of NBC Opens Up on his Tenure, Nigeria’s Digital Switchover, EFCC & Alleged Fraud Claim of 15b Naira

Emeka Mba, Former Director General/CEO (DG) of Nigeria’s National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), whose position was akin to that of Tom Wheeler, current Chairman of America’s Federal Communications Commission; appears on the 79th episode of The Africa Music law Show with Ms. Uduak for an exclusive interview to discuss his tenure at NBC. Mba discusses the importance of storytelling and the …

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Seyi Shay — Singer & Songwriter Signs New Endorsement Deal with Samsson Group

R&B singer and songwriter Seyi Shay has signed an endorsement deal with Samsson, a middle eastern telecommunications company that is a service provider for Etisalat and Cloud 9 in Nigeria. Her endorsement deal will require promotional activities to help expand the brand reach of Samsson;  and includes  selecting a “lucky” fan, on a monthly basis, to spend time with Seyi Shay, …

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BET Awards 2016 — Prince to be Honored, Drake Leads with 9 Nominations, Wizkid & Yemi Alade also Nominated + Complete List of Nominees

BET Networks, a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIA.B), today announced the nominations for the 2016 “BET Awards,” taking place at Microsoft Theater on Sunday, June 26. This year’s broadcast marks 16 years of spectacular performances, must-see moments, outstanding talent, and exquisite music: from Alicia Keys performing during the Prince Lifetime Achievement Award tribute and Michael Jackson taking the …

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Ice Prince — Rapper Allegedly Claims Chocolate City Record Deal Expired 3 years Ago, Why are Nigerian Labels & Artists So Shoddy with Announcing Label Exits?

I honestly don’t know what it will take in the Nigerian music business to have artists and the record labels that represent them take a more professional approach to announcing the termination of their relationships. It is frankly, at this point, just ridiculous to observe the crass approach most labels and their artists take to announcing termination of their business …

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Video: Minister of Works, Power & Housing Fashola on Nigeria’s Power Shortage

Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN is Nigeria’s Federal Minister of Power, Works and Housing and was Lagos State Governor from May 29, 2007 to May 29, 2015. He answers pressing questions on Nigeria’s Power Sector in this Channels TV interview. There is unfortunately no Part 2 but discussions are still worth viewing. Part 1 Part 3 Part 4 Photocredit: The Punch