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Nicki Minaj, Sam Smith, others win ​2015 ​BET Awards

It was a fun-filled night with amazing performances. Some of the winners incl ​u​ de…

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Iconic Nigerian musician, DanMaraya Jos, is dead

One of the most respected Nigerian musicians from the north of the country, Adamu Wayya,…

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Best ​African ​Artist​​ to get $1million at Kora Awards

The organizers of pan-African music awards, Kora Awards, have revealed that the winner of the…

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MTV MAMA 2015: Davido, Wizkid, Yemi Alade, others lead nominations

Nigerian music stars, including Davido, Wizkid, Yemi Alade, PSquare, once again continue their dominance of the African music scene as they featured in 11 categories at the 2015 MTV Africa Music Awards nominee list. The nominee list, which was revealed on Thursday night at a reception held in Harem, Johannesburg, South Africa,…

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Mtv Base to sponsor 4 ‘creative minds’ to African Music Awards event

MTV has said it will sponsor four creative minds to the forthcoming MTV African Music Awards in Durban South Africa on July 18. According to the music channel, the four creative prodigies to work at the MAMA will include a dancer, a photographer, a social media journalist and a videographer.…

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I don’t want “shoki”, “shake your bum” that all Nigeria musicians are doing – Singer, Jah Bless

Rapper, Jah Bless, who started out from the Coded Tunes clique, is, along with his colleague, Lord of Ajasa, one of the pioneers of rapping in local languages in Nigeria. The Yoruba language rapper talks to PREMIUM TIMES about the trend of spitting rhymes in local languages, how bright the…

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MTV Africa Music Awards 2015 holds in Durban on July 18

The 2015 edition of the MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA) will once again hold at the International Convention Centre (ICC) of Kwazulu-Natal Province of Durban, South Africa, on July 18. This is disclosed at a news conference held simultaneously in Lagos and Durban on Thursday by representatives of Viacom International…

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I’m more of a story​teller, says DNA Baba

Budding rap artiste, Adeyemi ‘DNA Baba’ Ayomide, has said that he is more of a storyteller than a rhyme or metaphor rapper. He said this in an interview with PREMIUM TIMES at the media launch of his music career in Lagos. The Ibadan-born rapper who also released the video of…

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Wizkid, Yemi Alade nominated for Best International Act Africa at BET awards

Pop artistes, Wizkid and Yemi Alade, have been nominated alongside Ghana’s Sarkodie and Stoneboy, South Africa’s AKA, DRC’s Fally Ipupa and Kenya’s Sauti Sol for the award of Best International Act Africa category. According to BET, their nominations were selected by BET’s Voting Academy, which is comprised of fans and…

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Ice Prince, Patoranking, MTV Shuga cast campaign for safe sex among students

At the Indoor sports hall of the University of Lagos, music super stars, Ice Prince, Reminisce and Patoranking ​, ​joined actors of the award winning series, Shuga, to call for safe sex among students and young adults who gathered for the On Tour With Shuga show. The event which held…

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T​aylor Swift wins big at the Billboard Music Awards 2015

The highly anticipated Billboard Awards 2015 took place at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas on Sunday. The star studded event was hosted by Chrissy Teigen and Ludacris. Taylor Swift emerged as the star of the night with six awards including the Top Artist award. Other winners were Sam…

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Eldee denies quitting music, moved on to music management

Afro pop star, Eldee, has denied quitting music following his noted absence from the Nigerian music scene. Eldee, whose given name is Lanre Dabiri, clarified that he had only made a shift from singing to online digital music management. The former Trybesmen frontman told the News Agency of Nigeria that…

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We can never break up — Tunde and Wunmi Obe

Music stars, Tunde and Wunmi Obe, popularly known as TWO, have said they cannot break up as a music group, not even for publicity sake. The duo, who spoke at a press conference in Lagos, said they were not just best friends, but happily married with kids and are seen…

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​W​e​’​re partnering with Jay Z’s Roc Nation – Chocolate City’s Audi Maikori

Audu Maikori is the founder and CEO of Chocolate City Music Group. Established in 2005, the music label nurtured the careers of rappers, MI, Ice Prince, Jesse Jagz and singer, Brymo among others. Recently, Chocolate City announced that Mr. Maikori would step down as CEO in June. The label would…

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Lauryn Hill misses show in Lagos, apologises to Nigerians

Nigerian fans were disappointed on Friday night as U.S. music star, Lauryn Hill, failed to show up for the much advertised May Day Live concert in Lagos. The artiste was billed to perform alongside other Nigerian musicians like Flavour, Yemi Alade, Chidinma, Patoranking and DJ Jimmy Jatt at the Eko…

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Project Fame prepared me for a bigger stage – Niniola

Budding singer, Niniola, first came to prominence on the music reality show, MTN Project Fame. Born and raised in Lagos state, Niniola attended Apata Memorial School and the University of Lagos were she studied Biology Education. The afro-pop singer talks to PREMIUM TIMES about her stint on Project Fame, and…

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​​2face, Davido, ​others to perform at Star Music Trek

Nigerian music super stars, Davido, 2face, Wande Coal, M.I have been unveiled as headliners for this year’s edition of Nigeria’s foremost nationwide music concert, Star music trek. The unveiling which took place on Friday, April 24, 2015 at a party held at the Federal Palace Hotel in Lagos also saw…

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Maikori to step down as CEO of Chocolate City in June

Following a merger between Loopy Music and Chocolate City Music, lawyer and chief executive of Chocolate City, Audu Maikori, will step down as the record label’s head in June to give room for the appointment of a new CEO. The merger was announced by Chocolate City Vice President, rapper M.I…

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​Digital music sales worldwide hits US$6.9 bn — Report

Revenues from digital music services worldwide ​​have ​for the first time match​ed​ those from physical format sales, ​a report by ​​the ​International Federation of the Phonographic Industry​ says. ​T​he London-based body ​​said digital revenues rose by 6.9 per cent to US$6.9 billion. The amount represented 46 per cent of all…

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I’m a “boy wonder” – Ayo Jay

Budding music star, Ayo Jay - real name, Ayoola Ogundeyi, is known for his debut single, Available. He speaks to PREMIUM TIMES about his career and how he was inspired by Wande Coal and Wizkid. PT: How did you start out as a musician?  Ayo Jay: Growing up, I used…

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PSquare’s Peter Okoye debuts dance reality show

Peter Okoye, one half of Nigeria’s afro-pop duo, PSquare, has launched dance television reality show, Dance Nigeria with Peter. According to initial promos, the show has been designed to raise the dance bar in Nigeria. It would feature Peter as a judge/mentor backed by dancer, Kaffy, and dance choreographer, Flex. “This…

Olamide, Reminisce headline Dagrin memorial concert

The 5th memorial concert for late rapper, Dagrin – real name, Olaitan Olanipekun – will be headlined by rappers, Olamide and Reminisce. The concert, which holds on April 22 at Spice Route, Victoria Island, Lagos, will also feature Seriki, Lord of Ajasa, YQ, Sossick, WondaBoy, BaseOne, JahBless, PoslyTD, Chinko Ekun…

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Afro-pop is the next big thing in the world – Black Chiney

Four-time Grammy award winning DJs, Black Chiney, made up of four Chinese-Jamaicans – DJ English Fire, Bobby Chin, Willy Chin and Walshy Killa, have revealed they would like to work with Nigeria’s music star, Wizkid. The DJs, who were in Nigeria over the weekend for the Heineken Green Light party…

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I abandoned oil firm job for music – Mr 2kay 

Singer Mr. 2Kay – real name, Abinye Jumbo – broke onto the music scene in 2013. Known for his hit, Bubugaga, 2kay has performed with artistes such as May7ven and Moelogo. In 2012, he started a charity event where he goes to the waterside in Port Harcourt to give food…

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My imagination is very wild – ​Nigerian artist, ​Toby Grey

Nigerian Pop/ R&B singer, Toby Grey, born Tobiloba Adeyemi in this interview with PREMIUM TIMES talks about her budding music career and why she did a Gboju, a cover of Kiss Daniel’s hit single, Woju. The 20-year old final year student of the University of Lagos, who is also a…