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.

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’;

 

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.

YouTube deletes R Kelly’s channel and songs over sex trafficking conviction

According to YouTube the action was taken in line with the conviction of the musician who was recently convicted of operating a sex crimes ring that saw him, abuse women and children, for decades. Two of his channels, RKellyTV and RKellyVevo, have been removed from YouTube and the singer will no longer be able to create or own any other YouTube channel, YouTube said in a statement sent late on Monday, following Reuters’ request for comment.

We can confirm that we have terminated two channels linked to R. Kelly in accordance with our creator responsibility guidelines,” a YouTube spokesperson told Reuters in a statement.

However, the ‘If I Could Turn Back The Hands Of Tim’ singer, who for years reigned over the world of R&B, still has music available on YouTube music and third-party uploads of his songs are still allowed.

The removal comes to add to the years of protest from the #MuteRKelly movement. Long before the singer was indicted in four separate jurisdictions, there’s been calls to ban his music over long-standing abuse allegations.

Regardless, his catalogue is still available on major platforms, including Spotify, Apple Music, and Amazon Music.

The R&B star, real name, Robert Sylvester Kelly, was found guilty in September of nine criminal counts, including the most serious of racketeering, following six weeks of testimonies accusing him of systematically recruiting women and teenagers for sex, before grooming and brutally abusing them.

He is currently in custody and faces up to life in prison, with his sentencing hearing scheduled for May 4.

Rihanna and Asap Rocky attend Wizkid’s show in LA

On Sunday, October 3, 2021, Grammy-winning Nigerian superstar, Wizkid performed at The Novo, Los Angeles, California, for the latest leg of his commercially successful Made In Lagos tour.

At the celebrated LA show, Wizkid was joined by several celebrities including Tems on stage and Alicia Keys, Swizz Beatz as well as celebrated couple, Rihanna and Asap Rocky, in the crowd.

Wizkid is set to perform at the O2 Arena on November 28, 2021.

You can watch a video of Rihanna and Asap Rock at the event below;

Wizkid’s ‘Essence’ hits a new peak of No. 11 on Billboard Hot 100

On Monday, October 4, 2021, Grammy-winning Nigerian superstar, Wizkid’s smash hit single, ‘Essence’ featuring Tems hit a new peak of 11 on the Billboard Hot 100. On August 31, 2021, the record hit its old peak of 13 on the Billboard Hot 100, before dropping after Drake clogged the charts with records from his album, Certified Lover Boy. The record then went back up to No. 17 before hitting its new peak.…

Wizkid’s ‘Essence’ becomes the first African song to be certified platinum in the US

On October 5, 2021, it was reported that ‘Essence,’ Wizkid and Tems’ summer banger has been certified platinum in the US. It also becomes the first African song to hit that milestone.

This was revealed by Charts Data, via its Twitter account.

To be clear, this is the version that features only Tems, and peaked at No. 54 on the Billboard Hot 100, not the version which features Justin Bieber, and has since peaked at No. 13 on the same chart.

On September 2, 2021, Nigerian superstar, Wizkid’s groundbreaking single, ‘Essence’ was certified Gold in the US.

Ckay’s ‘Ckay The First’ debuts at No. 158 on the Billboard 200, ‘Love Nwantiti’ rises to No. 50 on Billboard Hot 100

On Monday, October 4, 2021, the Billboard Charts report for the week revealed that the rave-of-the-moment in African music, Ckay has seen his 2019 EP, Ckay The First debut at No. 158 on the Billboard 200.

This comes after an eventful month, which has seen Ckay become the most streamed African artist for September 2021.

Initially released 2019, Ckay The First produced ‘Love Nwantiti,’ which currently sits at No. 50 on the Billboard Hot 100. 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.

You might remember that…

On September 27, 2021, Nigerian singer and Warner South Africa act, Ckay recorded his first Billboard Hot 100 record. His viral smash hit, ‘Love Nwantiti’ hit No. 80 on the Billboard Hot 100.

This came barely one week the record charted at No. 23 on the Official UK Top 40. Currently, Ckay also sits in the top 10 of Billboard’s Global 200 while he tops Shazam’s US list.

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.

9 Nigerian Artists featured in British tv series ‘Sex Education’ soundtrack.

In sex education’s third season, released on the 17th of September 2021, saw soundtrack contributions by several artists. Among the rock and punk rhythms of Ezra Furman and The harpoons, Afrobeat is not left out.

In the fourth and sixth episode, records by WizkidDavido, Tiwa savageSkalesFela KutiDavidoBurna boyPrince Nico Mbarga, and Odunsi the engine are featured making the wedding scenes, and general Nigerian experience authentic and memorable.

1. Shake body by Skales: This is played in season three, episode three, as Eric shows off energetic dance moves in front of a front mirror.

2. Oyejo by Fela Kuti: what’s an afrobeat compilation without its pioneer. Fela Kuti’s classic ‘Oyejo’ was played in the sixth episode when Eric Effiong and his family arrived in Lagos, Nigeria, from Mordale, England.

3. Joro by Wizkid: 2019’s party jam ‘Joro’ also had its moment in episode six while Eric and his new love interest ‘Oba’ thrilled themselves till dawn.

4. Fall by Davido: Currently sitting on two hundred million views and counting, its views are expected to rise after being the opener to the exclusive wedding reception of a Nigerian wedding in a British teen drama. It was played when Eric left the reception with Oba and boarded a taxi to an undisclosed location.

5. Anybody by Burna boy: The instrumental beat of ‘Anybody’, a track included in his grammy-nominated ‘African Giant’ album, was also played at the wedding reception in episode six.

6. Sweet mother by Prince Nico Mbarga: ‘Sweet Mother’ included in a British drama proves its evergreen nature since its release in 1976. It was played in episode six while Eric prepared for the wedding in the presence of his mother.

7. Star sign (feat Runtown) by Odunsi the engine: In queer night bar, it only fits that an alte track is played; Reflecting on the liberal theme being preached. As Eric and Oba walk into the club in episode

Rema says 6lack, AJ Tracey and Mahalia will feature on his upcoming debut album

On September 28, 2021, MAVIN Recording artist appeared on Capital Xtra with Manny Norte, where he spoke about cutting his air and his upcoming debut album, Raves and Roses.

When Norte asked him about the album, Rema says, “I would say it’s done… It’s done. I listen to my records more than I listen to other things and everyday, I have something to add. Sometimes I mix my songs like five to seven times because when it’s out, it’s out.

Rema also adds that stars like 6lack, Mahalia, AJ Tracey and some more will be on the album.

Rema then adds that, “But that’s not all…”

You might remember that…

On July 1, 2021, Nigerian star, Rema announced the title of his new album as he celebrated a Spotify milestone.

All of this came via a Tweet which reads, “Album – Raves and Roses.” He also tweet that, “Just did 200 Million streams on @Spotify without an Album, I’m spoiling myself today cause I deserve it.

This comes off the back of his latest single, ‘Soundgasm’ – his third of 2021, just as he continues to excel on features across the world.

He also released three EPs in his career; Rema EPRema Freestyles EP and Bad Commando EP.

Watch the full interview below;

Rotimi and Vanessa Mdee welcome baby boy

American music star Rotimi has welcomed a baby with his wife, Vanesaa Mdee.

The multi-talented actor and singer took to his Instagram page on Wednesday, September 29, 2021, where he announced the big news.

“Seven Adeoluwa Akinosho,” he captioned the photo of his baby and wife’s fingers.

The couple first announced that they were expecting their first child together some weeks ago.

Rotimi proposed to Mdee back in December 2020 at a very colorful ceremony.

They made their relationship public back in 2019.

The ‘Power’ actor hinted to everyone about their relationship after he posted a photo of himself and Mdee all loved up.

Interestingly, after the photo went viral, Mdee confirmed their relationship during an interview.

Jason Derulo and girlfriend Jena Frumes break up 4 months after birth of their son

American singer Jason Derulo and his girlfriend Jena Frumes have ended their relationship four months after giving birth to their son.

The music star announced their split via his Twitter page on Thursday, September 23, 2021.

“Jena and I have decided to part ways. She is an amazing mother but we feel being apart at this time will allow us to be the best versions of ourselves and the best parents we could be,” he tweeted.

“Pls respect our privacy in this time.”

The pair of exes welcomed son Jason King on May 8, with Derulo calling it, “The happiest day of my life.”

Derulo and Frumes meet in 2020 just before the pandemic, he told People in a recent interview.

Korede Bello’s ‘Like That’ gets certified Gold in the US

On Wednesday, September 23, 2021, Nigerian singer, Korede Bello‘s 2017 single, ‘Do Like That’ has been certified Gold in the US.

By so doing, the MAVIN Records product becomes the sixth Nigerian record to be certified Gold this decade, after records by Burna Boy, Davido and Wizkid.

Currently, the song has 120 million streams on YouTube. This comes after news that Wizkid’s ‘Essence’ has been certified platinum in the US. ‘Do Like That’ has also become MAVIN’s first gold record in the US.

The Fugees are set to visit Nigeria

On September 21, 2021, Grammy-winning Hip-Hop/R&B supergroup, The Fugees announced an international reunion tour to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their landmark 1996 album The Score.

This will bring the group, consisting of Ms. Lauryn HillWyclef Jean and Pras Michel together for the first time in 15 years. Despite only releasing two albums together, their legacy is filled with classic records, which have become a staple for sampling in Hip-Hop.

Their tour, which will be produced by Live Nation will visit 12 locations, including Lagos, Nigeria – on an unannounced date – and Ghana, on December 18, 2021.

As part of the tour, then will make stops in New York, California, Georgia, London, Paris and more.

After the group went on their first hiatus, Ms. Lauryn Hill went on an incredible early solo run, which produced the classic album, Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, which won five Grammy awards in one 1999 night.

Wyclef Jean has also become a cultural staple, with several platinum records, and strong affiliations to Nigeria.

Wizkid’s ‘Essence’ set to become the first Nigerian record to hit platinum in the US

On September 21, 2021, Grammy-winning Nigerian superstar, Wizkid’s groundbreaking Billboard Hot 100 hit, ‘Essence’ was rumored to have hit one million in sales equivalent.

This news was broken by the reliable Chart Data. This comes barely two weeks after the record was certified Gold in the US, becoming Wizkid’s second Gold record after ‘Come Closer’ featuring Drake. With this milestone, ‘Essence’ becomes the first Nigerian song to go platinum in the US.

After it fell last week, ‘Essence’ is back to No. 17 on the charts. Recently, Nigeria’s premier music chart publication, Turntable Charts also reported that ‘Essence’ has been the third biggest Nigerian song of 2021, so far.

Tems talks about Drake, new album, her mom and more as her ‘Interference’ perfomance goes viral on social media

On Monday, September 20, 2021, Nigerian singer, Tems appeared on Hot 97‘s Ebro In The Morning, to discuss with Laura Stylez and Ebro Darden – who also works for Apple Music.

After some humorous reluctance during the chat, she admits that her rise has been meteoric. She also spoke about her mom’s reaction to her current success.

When she was asked about ‘Fountains‘ featuring Drake, she says, “Drake played me a beat and he was like, “Would you hop on this?”

“I was like, “Yeah, of course.” And that was basically how it went. That song was recorded [virtually]. I recorded my part in Nigeria.

When she appeared on Africa Now Radio with Lootlove, she says that, “Honestly, it’s unbelievable, literally. When I said I wanted to work with Drake, I just said it. I wasn’t thinking about it. I used to listen to Drake all the time when I was in high school and growing up and it was just the first thing that came to my mind.

“And for me to actually meet him, work with him, it’s just crazy. It’s crazy and that’s a full testament to God’s blessings, honestly. I can’t quantify how grateful I am, because it’s not anything I did, I’m just making music. And it just seems like I’m attracting all these people and I’m just so grateful honestly.

She also spoke about her EP, IF ORANGE WAS A PLACE and how it would be different from her album.

She says, “The album is going to be a different thing, definitely. I don’t do the same… I’m someone who likes to do new things all the time.. I have so many experiences that I need to release through my songs. Definitely all new…

On the EP title

When Tems spoke with Lootlove, she says that, “First of all, orange is my favourite fruit. And if you find a very sweet orange and you really dig into it, it’s just busting with brightness and like