Kel Walks Out on Capital Hill Music, Termination Of Record-Deals

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(Republished article from September 2010.) In this article, my focus is on the recent official announcement of the departure of artist Kelechi Ohia aka Kelfrom Capital Hill Music (CHM). Before I get into the business/legal shenanigans, let’s get one thing straight. It is What It Is There is a tendency, especially in Nigeria (Naija’s) music industry, when an artist “walks …

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Toni Payne Terminates Artist-Management Contract with Olamide?

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Join my Africamusiclaw.com movement or stand on the sidelines and be left behind. It’s your choice. But, to quote one of my favorite rap lyricist, X.O Senavoe, “I am always on the money like in God we trust . . .aaaaaaaaaaaaha!” So, what’s the latest legal story to hit the news? Nigerian Entertainment Today reports Toni Payne, allegedly, just terminated …

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P-Square Accused of Copyright Infringement, Again!

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In December of 2010, singer Waje accused Africa’s biggest stars P-Square  of copyright infringement of their hit song “Do me.”(This was the second time the press had repeated her story.) I covered the legal issues raised by her allegations and you can read it here. Barely a year since those allegations, and after a very successful recent album launch for …

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Singer Waje Accuses P-Square of Copyright Infringement

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NOTE: Article republished from December 2010 Alleged Facts: This music news resurfaces again, after being published last month here. Waje, a rising vocalist/singer, according to the news, alleges copyright infringement by P-Square in their hit song ‘Do Me.’ Key facts according to the aforementioned news are as  follows: 1) Waje collaborated with P-Square to produce ‘Do Me;’ 2) She was …

How to Negotiate an Artist-Manager Contract (The Manager)

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By far the most common relationship present in Nigeria’s (Naija) music industry is the Artist-Manager relationship. Only a handful of artists are signed to record labels but when it comes to managers, almost all artists seem to have managers. Indeed it is not uncommon to hear artists say, “talk to my manager” or showoff that they have managers. Because this …