‘Squid Game’ is officially Netflix’s most-watched series!

South Korean drama ‘Squid Game’ has officially broken the record as Netflix’s most-watched television series of all time. According to the streaming giant in a tweet on Tuesday, the series had hit 111 million worldwide views knocking off 2020 series ‘Bridgerton’ with its record of N82 million views.

The dystopian series premiered to instant acclaim on September 17 and has continued to the set viral trends on social platforms.

Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos had earlier predicted that the show stood a ‘very good chance’ at being the platform’s most-watched show of all time, a huge feat for a non-English series.

Interestingly, the series was not always a potential hit. Show creator and director, Hwang Dong-hyuk revealed in an interview that the streaming giant first turned down the script which was originally written as a feature film.

‘Squid Game’ has remained on Netflix’s top 10 list in 94 countries and is also the first-ever Korean series to reach number one in the United States.

It is noteworthy to add that Netflix views are recorded per two minutes of view which is long enough to imply the choice was intentional.

Burna Boy says that he pioneered Afro-Fusion, hints at a possible collaboration album with Polo G

On October 9, 2021, Grammy winning Nigerian superstar, Burna Boy appeared on Home Grown Radio with Chuck Dizzle and DJ Hed.

During the conversation, Odogwu himself, who had just become the first Nigerian artist to perform an arena show this side of the millennium and sold out a whopping 17,000 tickets, spoke about his performance at the Hollywood Bowl, pioneering Afro-fusion, winning a Grammy for Best World Music Album and more.

When Burna Boy was asked about the wildness of his teenage years, he says that it turned him into the artist that he is today.

He then continues, “My genre of music that I started is called Afro-Fusion; which is like a fusion of Afrobeats with… I feel like Afro-Fusion was only able to come out of me because I experienced all these sounds and genres.

During the interview, Burna Boy also clarified that his new single, ‘Want It All’ featuring Polo G has a clean version. On the clean version, he says, “Back in 09, I was feeling so low…

When DJ Hed asked Burna Boy asks that which artist would he love to do a collaboration album with, the Grammy winner smile brightly and so did an unnamed woman in the background.

With the mischievous smile, he then says, “I don’t want to give you that… But you’re smart though.”

When DJ Hed tried to press the Port Harcourt indigene about the possibility of a collaboration album with Polo G, he says that, “I don’t know. I don’t even speak English… [laughs].”

Hed then jokes, “So Polo G collab album coming soon.”

There has also been word of a possible Wizkid and Burna Boy collab album or EP round the block since Q4 2020.

But on the actual version, he sings that, “Back in 09, I used to sell dope…”

You can watch the full interview below.

Ckay’s ‘Love Nwantiti’ moves 15 places into No. 35 on Billboard Hot 100

On October 10, 2021, Nigerian singer, Ckay’s global smash hit, ‘Love Nwantiti’ moved up 15 places to No. 35 on the Billboard 200. One week earlier, it sat at No. 50.

On September 27, 2021, the Warner South Africa act, recorded his first Billboard Hot 100 record.

On September 21, 2021, the record charted at No. 23 on the Official UK Top 40 and peaked at No. 4 just a week later.

On September 11, 2021, Nigerian singer-songwriter and music producer, Ckay‘s ‘Love Nwantiti’ became the No. 1 song on Shazam’s global charts. The chart tracks the most-searched songs in the world and ranks them on a chart.

The song sat above global smash hits from major superstars like ‘Stay‘ by Kid Laroi and Justin Bieber, which is currently the No. 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100.

The version of ‘Love Nwantiti’ which sat atop the charts features Axel and DJ Yo.

Initially released on Ckay’s sophomore EP, Ckay The First in 2019, the song blew up when its video version featured Joeboy and Kuami Eugene. Ckay has since created several remixes of the record for mileage. Since then, Winnie Harlow has danced to the song on her Instagram stories.

The singer has since released another EP, left Chocolate City and signed to Warner Music GroupSouth Africa.

This comes after Wizkid’s ‘Essence‘ became the most-shazamed song in the US, and after Master KG‘s ‘Jerusalema’ also became the most-shazamed song in the world in Q4 2020.

It becomes the second Nigerian record to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2021 after Wizkid’s ‘Essence.’

Boomplay streams now count towards Billboard Charts

This will be effective with data for the tracking week of October 15 through October 21 (Billboard charts dated October 30).

With millions of African songs being streamed on the platform globally, the inclusion of Boomplay’s stream data in the iconic charts provides African and international artistes and music on the platform the opportunity for more exposure on the global stage.

Within MRC Data’s Music Connect platform, Boomplay streams will be included in the ‘Others’ data bucket under Audio On-Demand with data visible on October 12, 2021 for streams beginning on October 8, 2021.

According to Billboard, ‘‘MRC Data’s foundation is built on providing the music industry and our clients with the most complete view of music consumption. We are excited to announce additional data being captured from Boomplay.’’ 

Boomplay’s Director of Content & Strategy, Phil Choi described Boomplay’s addition to the charts as “a significant step in ensuring African artistes on the platform are fairly and equally represented where it matters and that they have access to similar opportunities available to their international counterparts.

“While this might have seemed far-fetched in the past, we now have one foot in the door already following our partnership with Billboard Charts.”

Boomplay’s streaming data added to the Billboard charts represent streams from its subscription tier and logged-in streams from its ad-supported tier, with streams from each tier weighted appropriately.

Boomplay currently has over 60 million Monthly Active Users & over 60 million tracks.

Billboard is an entertainment magazine published weekly by the Billboard-Hollywood Reporter Media Group, a division of MRC Media & Info. The magazine provides music charts, news, video, opinion, reviews, events, and style related to the music industry. Its music charts include the Hot 100, Billboard 200 and Global 200, tracking the most popular albums and songs in different genres of music.

Hypocrisy is the reason why marijuana is illegal in Nigeria – Burna Boy

Grammy award-winning singer, Burna Boy has said that hypocrisy is the reason why marijuana has not been legalized in Nigeria. Though Marijuana, also known as weed, skunk or Igbo is still illegal in Nigeria, it hasn’t stopped its widespread use.

A 2018 report by the United Nations Office on Drug and Crime revealed that marijuana is the most consumed ‘drug’ in Nigeria, being consumed by an estimated 10.8% of the population.

During a conversation in an interview with Home Grown Radio in Los Angeles, Burna Boy said he believes that hypocrisy is the reason it has not been legalized in Nigeria. He said, “It’s not a zero tolerance.

“It’s like everybody does it, but no one wants to be the one that is seen with it.

“It’s just kind of hypocritical out there. “Everybody smokes weed.”

Burna Boy also said that misconception around the drug is another reason why it has not been legalized.

“It’s like some dumb shit, bro. You know those old shit when they talk about it frying your brains.

“They try to make it seem like if you smoke it, you will go mad.” “Right now, everybody is relaxed, everybody does it, and everybody knows that. “It’s just a topic no one wants to talk about. “No one wants to talk about it; everybody is cool. Nobody wants to make it a thing.”

Asked if people get arrested for possession of marijuana in Nigeria, the 30-year-old singer says it depends on who you are.

He said, “If you can please the person that is stopping you at a time.” Burna Boy, in the interview, also said he likes coming to Los Angeles because weed is free in the state and that the best one he has had was in the city.

Fast rising female compere, MC Eve, dies in Lekki auto crash

Fast rising event compere, Evelyn Adewunmi, popularly known as MC Eve, the energy goddess, is dead.

Sources confirmed that MC Eve died shortly after a car crash along Lekki-Epe Expressway in Lagos on October 12, 2021.

She was rushed to a nearby private hospital, but little or nothing could be done to save her life.

Her boyfriend, who drove the car, was unhurt. The Ekiti State University graduate is a talented MC that has worked with various celebrities such as top Nigerian actress, Mercy Aigbe. Evelyn is also niece to Otunba Mike Adenuga’s close pal, Chief Niyi Adewunmi.

Among MC Eve’s record of high profile event engagement was Toyin Lawani’s wedding in June this year.

She compered the event alongside Kenny Black.

Few people that have heard about the unfortunate passing away of MC Eve are still in shock.

She had a very promising career ahead of her but it is all gone now.

She was even slated for an ambassadorial deal before the car accident.…

Watch the official trailer for Izu Ojukwu’s ‘Amina’

Netflix has premiered the official trailer for Izu Ojukwu’s long anticipated film ‘Amina’ ahead of its November premiere. Starring Lucy Ameh in the lead role alongside Clarion Chukwurah, Ali Nuhu, the feature film follows the coming of age story of the 16th century warrior queen.

The trailer which first debuted in 2017 hints on the plot which takes on Queen Amina’s personal journey through love, failures and triumphs.

News of the Izu Ojukwu directed film finally landing a public release met a warm reaction from film lovers last week. The long-awaited film was due to be released in 2017.

While no reason was given for the delay, the film’s trailer sparked positive reaction online due to its impeccable production design and picture quality.

The film was sponsored by Nigeria’s Bank of Industry (BOI) and shot in 2015. Post production was reportedly done in Europe.

IG dancer Janemena sues Tonto Dikeh for N500M

Popular Instagram dancer Janemena has sued movie star Tonto Dikeh for N500M. It would be recalled that Dikeh had revealed that her ex-boyfriend, Prince Kpokpogri had Janemena’s sex tapes in his possession.

In a petition filed by the Instagram influencer through her lawyers, Janemena said Dikeh’s claims were damaging and malicious. “These malicious publications and in the context in which it was made, meant and Janemena understood it to mean the following amongst other things: Janemena who is a married woman had and is still having an amorous or sexual relationship with Prince Kpokpogri (referred to in the publications as Joseph Egbri) who is not Jamena’s husband,” part of the petition read. 2. Janemena is cheating on her lawful husband. 3. Janemena has sex tapes. 4. Janemena distributes sex tapes. 5. Janemena’s sex tapes (old and very recent ones) are in possession of PRINCE KPOKPOGRI (Joseph Egbri) with which he will use to blackmail our client any moment from now.”

Janemena demanded an immediate retraction of the said publications by Tonto Dikeh on her social media handles and a publication of the retraction in four national dailies in Nigeria.

She also asked that the actress tenders an unreserved apology to her and pay the sum of N500,000,000 (Five Hundred Million Naira) as exemplary damages for the malicious publications.

Actress Foluke Daramola Salako’s husband denies reports their marriage has crashed

Nollywood actress Foluke Daramola’s husband, Olukayode Salako, has debunked the rumours that their marriage has crashed.

Salako made this known in a lengthy post via his Facebook page on Monday, October 11, 2021.

“Foluke Daramola Salako and I still share the same bedroom. In fact, we woke up on that same bed this morning. Let those silly merchants of beer parlor and pepper soup joint journalism continue to write their rubbish about us. They have been doing it since we got married,” he wrote.

“They have started circulating another false and unfounded silly-gossip information about our marriage this time again. They will continue to write their rubbish and we will continue to bond better and better in it for the celebration of the fantasy of our 10 years anniversary, which is coming in 4 months time.”

“Our 10th anniversary as a couple is loading. We will invite them to come and see how okay we are and how good we shall continue to be together in it.”

“They want it to break by force. They have tried and tried it for the 10 years through so many media blackmail, means and sources, but little do they know that we have decided to continue to be unbreakable. Foluke Daramola Salako and Olukayode Salako are good and are still okay together.”

He went on to shower praises on the movie star while dispelling the rumors about the cracks in their marriage.

“Foluke is a very good and responsible woman. The two of us are still good together and we do not intend to end it any time soon for any reason, because it is a divine project of God that is beyond the two of us,” he added.

“And, that is why it is still possible for us to be running, maintaining and sustaining it until now. She is still Mrs. Foluke Daramola Salako and I am still her proud husband.”

Salako said their marriage is still intact and advised those spreading the rumors to desist from doing so.

Wizkid’s ‘Essence’ cracks top 10 of Billboard Hot 100

On Monday, October 11, 2021, Grammy-winning Nigerian superstar, Wizkid’s smash hit single, ‘Essence’ hit a new peak of No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Just week ago, the record at at No. 11. The record is also looking good on the Shazam and Urban Radio charts. This comes after ‘Made In Lagos’ hit one billion streams across all streaming platforms.

You can watch thoughts around the song on ‘Facts Only’;

 

A real-life ‘Squid Game’ is reportedly being organized in Abu Dhabi

The Korean cultural center in the United Arab Emirates is reportedly set to launch a reenactment of the games in Netflix’s hit series ‘Squid Game’.

According to multiple reports, the event tagged ‘Squid Game’ will see participants explore games from the show devoid of the murder and bloodshed.

The event set to hold in two sessions on October 12 in Abu Dhabi will see two teams of 30 participants. Games expected to feature at the event include ‘Red Light, Green Light’, ‘Dalgona Candy’, ‘Marbles’ and ‘Ddakji’.

Interestingly, there will be no prize money as the winner is expected to take home a customized green tracksuit.

‘Squid Game’ hit Netflix on September 17 to instant reviews, kicking off multiple online reactions including TikTok trends.

The show follows the story of desperate debtors who discover themselves invited to play a series of Korean children’s games to win a jackpot prize of $38 million or die trying.

Actress Ireti Doyle distances herself from daughter’s business over fraud allegations

Nollywood actress Ireti Doyle has distanced herself from her daughter, Ngozikachi Abimbola Onyeulo popularly known as Kachi’s business after she was accused of scamming people.

The movie star took to her Instagram page on Monday, October 11, 2021, where she blatantly distanced herself from her daughter’s business.

“I reiterate and write to inform all parties concerned and the general public that I am in no way connected to Kachi beauty products. I do no have and never owned a share, been a director, been on the payroll or received any financial benefits from the said business,” part of her statement read.

She said the CEO of Kachi Beauty is “one of my biological offsprings and that is the extent of the relationship.” The movie star asked those affected to reach out directly to her daughter or the appropriate authorities equipped to deal with such issues.

Doyle’s statement came on the heels of the accusation mounted on her as the mother of the businesswoman.

Kachi who deals in beauty products has on several occasions been accused of defrauding unsuspecting customers.

Liquorose plans to write books and re-open her salon

Big Brother Naija Shine Ya Eye first runner-up, Roseline Afije, better known as Liquorose says she is ready to bring some of the talents she was unable to display in the house to light.

The popular dancer in an interview on Wazobia FM on Friday, October 8, 2021, said she plans to make movies, write books and restart her beauty salon soon.

She said, “I have done some short films in the past; I have recorded some contents for my dance crew which have yet to be released, but most people only knew about my dancing career before I participated in the Big Brother Naija show.

“I applied to be on the show to unveil my talents because Big Brother Naija is a big platform where one could promote themselves. That was why I showcased some of my other talents which also helped me win so many games in the Big Brother House. I will soon bring to light the other talents that I was unable to display on the show since I’m now out of the house. I write poems and songs, so I’ll unleash my music talent — make movies, and write books. I’ll also restart my salon which I lost sometimes back.”

When asked if she learnt hairdressing from anyone, she said she learnt the skill at the age of six when she used to braid her grandmother’s hair.

“I didn’t learn hairdressing from anyone, I started practicing by braiding my grandmother’s hair when I was about six years old,” she said.

She added that the skill earned her some money when she started braiding her neighbors’ hair.

Liquorose, who braided hair for many housemates during the show, said she mastered the skill for survival.

Whitemoney promises to drop a single before the end of the year

The winner of Big Brother Naija ‘Shine Ya Eye’ Season 6, Hazel Onou better known as Whitemoney has promised to release a single before the end of the year.

He said the single will feature veteran Nigerian singer, Duncan Mighty.

The 29-year-old announced his readiness to go into full-time entertainment and business on a radio show recently.

He said, “I am focusing on doing businesses, and I want to do full-time entertainment too. I will drop a single before the end of the year, and it will feature Duncan Mighty. Although I have not reached out to him about it, however, I am using this medium to make my plans known.”

Speaking about his love life, Whitemoney said he has never has never had a girl friend or any serious relationship since 2015.

He added that it was now tougher to find true love since he won the N90m grand prize.

“My singleness is now worse since I got out of the house because every woman now tells me, ‘Oh Whitemoney, you know I’ve been there for you. So if there’s love in the market, I’ll buy it. I have been single since 2015, and I’ve never had a girlfriend or any serious relationship since then. My time on the Big Brother Naija show helped me learn how to talk to and know women more and better,” he said.

However, the reality TV star said he was flattered by the love Nigerians showered on him while on the show, saying it was my first time he saw them coming together for just one person’s success.

‘My last relationship was a disaster’ – BBNaija Mercy Eke

Mercy Eke the winner of the fourth season of popular reality TV show, Big Brother Naija, has revealed that her last relationship was a disaster. Mercy Eke the winner of the fourth season of popular reality TV show, Big Brother Naija, has revealed that her last relationship was a disaster. This came after her former boyfriend and reality TV star, IK granted an interview where he said that his relationship with Mercy Eke “wasn’t it” because many people had an opinion. “I’ve been in a couple of relationships but this one (with Mercy) wasn’t it; having a relationship where people have a million opinions just isn’t it,” he said.

Eke and Ike became an item after their time during the fourth season of Big Brother Naija.

By 2020, it became obvious that there were cracks in the highly publicized relationship.

By November of that year, Eke revealed that she was now married.

She also advised fans to stop asking her about her ex-boyfriend.

Helen Paul shares photo of badly bruised face, says she was involved in a car accident

Nigerian comedian Helen Paul has revealed the reason behind her badly bruised face.

The doctorate degree holder made this known via her Instagram page on Sunday, October 11.

“Sometime ago, I was involved in a car accident in Abuja. I suffered a concussion to my head and had to wear sunglasses for a while. When taking pictures with others, I would leave my sunglasses on and many complained that I didn’t want my face to show in pictures with them,” she wrote.

“Some even assumed I was being proud, being a star 😃 They were totally oblivious of the true situation. Not all things are truly what they appear to be. Many are hiding alot and showing the best side on social media.”

She broke out as a naughty comic character on the radio program Wetin Dey on Radio Continental 102.3FM, Lagos.

Actress Adunni Ade reveals how she was molested on set

Nollywood star actress, Adunni Ade has recounted her horrid sexual harassment experience on a film set.

The actress recently took to her Instagram LIVE chat with details of how a sound engineer on an undisclosed set harassed her.

Ade claimed the crew member tried to pin a microphone lapel to her dress but decided to push the lapel to her lower back, making for her underwear.

She said that while she tried not to create a scene, the crew member remained adamant about not harassing her. She further revealed that she got an apology from other crew members and discouraged from reporting to the relevant authorities.

Meanwhile, Adunni Ade is set to debut a brand new production titled ‘Soole’ and directed by Kayode Kasum.

The feature film which premieres November 26 also stars the actress, Sola Sobowale, Shawn Faqua, Lateef Adedimeji, Femi Jacobs among others.

How Hennessy is keeping the Rap culture alive in Nigeria

From the likes of Junior and Pretty, to Weird MC’s Allen Avenue, to Rap cliques such as Thoro BredsRuffRugged and RawTrybesmen, and stand-alone artistes like Nigga RawCyrus Tha Virus and Black Masqueradaz from the late 90s.

This also gave rise to more rappers like RuggedmanModenineTerry Tha RapmanSixFootPlus and Pherowshuz of the early 2000s, and the genre has continued to grow stronger especially with the infusion of indigenous elements atypical of the Rap styles of the late Dagrin, and Phyno.

However, Rap music wasn’t always celebrated in Nigeria. In the era of the 80s when the genres of Highlife, Fuji and Juju music were mainstream, the emergence of Rap music in Nigeria was like a fish out of water.

Research shows that Rap music made a debut in the Nigerian music industry in the 70s with Ibrahim Salim Omari, a member of a defunct American music group Sugar Hill gang, was exiled to Nigeria.

His style of Rap was not highly acknowledged due to the existing music genres of the 70s, but with time, Rap music became a more accepted genre in the Nigerian music scene and grew to develop a unique personality of its own.

Many platforms have helped promote the art form that is Rap music in Nigeria. From Sprite Triple Slam which combined the edginess of a Rap battle with basketball and dance, to Coke Studio. However, none of these platforms have been able to hold their own like Hennessy, which is the embodiment of urban and pop culture in Nigeria.

Hennessy, through the Hennessy Artistry platform celebrates urban lifestyle which identifies with the distinguished edginess that is Nigerian Rap. The focus of the brand on Rap music is due to the genre’s association with urban culture, and because it is one of the quadruple touchpoints (Deejaying, Rapping, Graffiti and B-boying) of Hip-Hop.

The platform was launched to celebrate the best of musical talent, spur the growth of

Tiwa Savage says she’s being blackmailed with her sex tape

Nigerian music star Tiwa Savage has revealed that she’s being blackmailed with her sex tape.

The singer made this known during a chat with Power 105.1 FM‘s Angie. According to her, she got to find out about the blackmail after her road manager sent her the tape.

“Yesterday I was leaving a radio station in my car and my road manager sent me a message and was like ‘Yo check your phone’ and I’m like okay, then I checked it and I’m like where did you get it from and he like I just got it like 20 minutes ago. It’s a tape of me and the person I’m dating right now,” she said.

“The first I got of the phone and sent it to my manager and she was like ‘Oh my God’ and I was like what are we gonna do. So the person is asking for money now.”

When asked if the blackmailer was the person he was dating, Savage cleared the air about her current partner’s reaction to the news.

“No. He is going crazy too. I’m like what are we gonna do and my manager is like ‘How much are they asking for?’ So I woke and I was like no – I pay now, two months time you gonna come back again and two years and who knows if I do send you the money you are gonna release it anyway,” she added.

“Like the fact that I’m not going to allow anyone to blackmail me for doing something that is natural.”

Tiwa shared that the person who contacted her threatened to release the tape if she does not pay them the bitcoin amount that they asked for.

It is not clear if the mother of one has reported the case to the police.

Nigeria Army explains reason for Chiwetalu Agu’s arrest

The Nigerian Army has given the reason behind the arrest of movie veteran, Chiwetalu Agu. In a statement released on its official Facebook page on Thursday, October 7, 2021, the army said the actor was arrested for inciting members of the public and soliciting for support for the Proscribed Indegenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

“Troops of Nigerian Army(NA) have arrested one Chiwetalu Agu while inciting members of the public and soliciting for support for the proscribed Indegenous People of Biafra (IPOB),” part of the statement read.

TROOPS ARREST CHIWETALU AGU WHILE SOLICITING SUPPORT FOR PROSCRIBED IPOB
Troops of Nigerian Army(NA) have arrested one Chiwetalu Agu while inciting members of the public and soliciting for support for the proscribed Indegenous People of Biafra (IPOB). Dressed in a very well known attire of the proscribed group, Chiwetalu Agu was picked up for questioning while inciting members of the public to join the proscribed group. Though he attempted puting up some resistance when troops made effort to take him into custody, he was not assaulted or subjected to brutalization.
While the NA recognizes the inalienable rights of the citizenry to freedom of movement and expression as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, it is apparently a violation for any individual or group to incite the public to cause mayhem or break down of law and order. It is therefore pertinent to state that while exercising such freedoms, it must be done within the confines of the law, bearing in mind the imperative for peace, and national security.
For the avoidance of doubt and emphasis, the Indigenous People of Biafra(IPOB) remains proscribed . Therefore, any individual or group seen to be projecting and advancing the cause or activities of the group is viewed as brazenly challenging the constitutionality of Federal Republic of Nigeria. More worrisome, was the fact that considering the prevailing security situation of the region, coupled with the ongoing Exercise GOLDEN DAWN , his action could be a tacit endorsement and support for the proscribed group. We have