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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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How I helped discover Ayinla Omowura, 88-year-old Apala drummer narrates

One of the members of the musical crew of Ayinla Omowura, the late Yoruba musician who sang a genre known as Apala, has narrated how the band was formed. The 88-year-old Rahmon Adewale spoke to PREMIUM TIMES at a public function in Abeokuta, about 35 years after the death of…

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I’m the first white singer signed to a Nigerian label- Lioness Oyinbo

Lioness Oyinbo is a blogger, journalist, fiction writer and singer. The entertainer whose real name is Lynn Siri Martinussen is Norwegian but an afrobeat singer. Her latest single is a duet with Nigerian singer, Lace, Let's Go Party. She is signed to Slim Entertainment Records, a Nigerian label. In this…

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T​aylor Swift named Global recording artist of 2014

American singer, Taylor Swift, has been named the 2014 International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, IFPI, Global Recording Artist for the most popular recording artist across music downloads, streaming and physical format sales worldwide. No African musician made the top 10 selling artist list as UK/Irish band, One Direction, who…

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Don Jazzy says Reekado Banks’ Kataput not dis at Dbanj

Mavin boss, Donjazzy, has denied insinuations that Reekado Banks’ single, Katapot, was intended as a “dis” towards former Mo’Hits artistes, Dbanj and Wande Coal. Mo’hits dissolved in 2012 following a series of misunderstandings between co-founders, Don Jazzy and Dbanj, Wande Coal, who after the split joined the producer’s new label,…

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Sam Smith wins big at Grammys 2015

The Grammys 2015 took place at Staples Centre Los Angeles on Sunday, February 8. British born singer and songwriter, Sam Smith won big, taking home four awards in four major categories. The categories were Best New Artist, Record of the Year and Song of the Year for his hit song Stay With…