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AML 126: The Third Wave: Surfing the Emerging Streaming Landscape #MusicBiz2019

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I had the pleasure of attending AML super fan Iredumare (Ire) Opeyemi’s panel session held on May 6, 2019, at the Music Biz 2019 conference in Nashville, produced by the Music Business Association. If you have been following this blog and podcast for a while, then you know seven years ago, Ire stumbled on the blog, became a super fan …

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Tiwa Savage Signs Global Deal with Universal Music, But Can Efe Ogbeni Deliver Results?

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Nigerian singer, songwriter, and recording artist Tiwa Savage has just signed an “exclusive global recording agreement” with Universal Music Group (UMG). The excitement and news surrounding the deal has attracted global attention primarily from fans and mainstream music industry trade publications like Billboard.com, and Music Business Worldwide. A day prior to Tiwa’s announcement, however, Burna Boy, “Mr. African Giant,” put …

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AML 125: First-Ever Nigerian Recorded Music Industry Report (Exclusive)

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 The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) releases an annual report that provides a comprehensive state of the global recorded music industry, which includes data and analysis. However, historically, Africa has not appeared on the radar of this report. In 2016, it did. IFPI gave a nod to the recorded music market in Africa, but in a few …

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Yemi Alade Teams up with Rick Ross for “Oh My Gosh!” Remix But are his Wine & Rum Product Placements too Much?

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Yemi Alade teamed up with Rick Ross for a remix of her hit single “Oh My Gosh.” The newly released music video is well shot and the visuals are beautiful, with rich textures that showcase Africa’s creativity, especially that of its fashion industry. The pairing, however, seems quite odd and what stands out, even more, is the glaring product placements …

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Davido’s Performance at Idris Elba’s Wedding Over the Weekend Shows how Far Nigerian & Afrobeats Music has Come

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Once upon a time, it didn’t matter whether you were an American or British celebrity (even of African heritage). During your wedding, if you decided to hire a performer to serenade your bride, you most likely were not looking to hire an African artist. You often and most likely opted for an American musician. In 2019, we have seen the …