Jidenna Starts Scholarship Scheme In ESUT To Honour Late Dad

 

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Nigerian-born American rap artiste, Jidenna Mobisson and his sister, Nneka, have endowed a scholarship in Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT), named after their late father, Professor Oliver Mobisson.

The late Professor Mobisson was one of the pioneer lecturers at old Anambra State University of Science and Technology (ASUTECH), the parent University of ESUT.

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Song Theft Issue:- I Have Not Settle My Fight With 2Face & Wizkid – Blackface Insists

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Dancehall act and a former member of the singing trio, Plantashun Boyz, Ahmedu Augustine, popularly known as Blackface has disclosed that his song theft rift with former band mate, 2face and songster, Wizkid has not been settled yet.

It would be recalled that Blackface, had slammed 2face for allegedly stealing his song (Somebody Loves You) and had threatened to sue him.

According to the ‘Erima crooner’, he was out there in the wilderness and 2Baba never called because he wanted him dead so that he (2face) could take his ‘properties.’

Blackface had also accused Wizkid of copying many of his songs but he decided to keep quiet just to let peace reign.

The Benue State-born raga songster had called on the hip-hop artiste to ‘stop stealing’ his songs.

Blackface stated that he wrote the songs and therefore deserves to get the credit and royalties from them.

In a chat with Vanguard, Blackface said, “I don’t want to talk about those allegations anymore, though they are not yet settled.

“Copyright will take care of itself at the right time. I’m not worried about issues right now.”

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Make them self show the guy way on how he can make hits and blow again na.. Who that kind thing no go pain. lol

 

FIVE NIGERIAN ARTIST YOU SHOULD WATCH OUT FOR THEIR ALBUMS

 

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This year has been a very amazing and fulfilled for so many Nigerian musicians and we their fans can testify to that. Alot of Nigerian musicians too have dropped there albums. Many of the albums are now floating to the International charts.

Artiste like Kiss Daniel, Lil Kesh, Adekunle Gold and Patoranking are doing good on the charts but there is still more to come.

Here are Five albums from five of Nigerian finest artists that would be dropped this year;

1. Wizkid

Ayodeji Balogun popularly called Wizkid or Starboy has announced that he will be dropping his third studio Album this year with a lot of foreign collabos, Wizkid who just returned to Lagos from his world tour has been one of the most busiest Nigerian musician this year so far. The title of his third studio album is Sound From The Other Side (SFTOS).

2. CDQ

CDQ who has been in the limelight for sometime now has earlier this year talked about him dropping his album this year and he has lived up to his house word.

Few days ago he unveiled the album art for his studio album which he calls “Quality”.

Alongside dropping the artwork the rapper expressed on his Instagram page gratitude to his fans.

“A dude from the ghetto, slum, floor, project resting on the shoulder of success all because you gave me chance and believe in me…I can’t thank you all enough my fans and well wishers God bless you #Woss #QUALITY #ALBUMCOVER #GRL”#7DaysTo Go.”

3. Olamide

Baddo!!, It has been confirmed that Olamide will be dropping his 6th studio album this year I repeat this very year and boy will I say that it is obvious that baddo has not stepped on the breaks.

The name of the album has not yet confirmed, but it has been said that songs like Konkonbility and Abule Sowo will not be on the album. Kudos to Baddo!!!

4. Cynthia Morgan

Northside INT artiste, Cynthia Morgan is getting ready to drop her #Madrina album, which will drop this very year too. When asked what the fans should expect she said:Five Nigerian Albums You Should Watch-Out For.

‘Looking back at what I’ve been putting out as an artiste, I think I’ve tried for myself, and then I’ve proved myself to an extent for people to trust and believe. I’m gonna do my part, I’m working hard to make sure my fans feel the album, and then I wanna be closer to my fans.’

‘Let tell you I’m gonna be dropping like 25 songs on my album, it’s something new, something that’s never happened in Africa.

‘Because I wanna be closer to my fans, I wanna be able to relate, I wanna be able to talk to them in different ways what they’re going through in their lives, what I’ve been through… Most times I write about experience and stuff like that. So, just trust me’.

5. Reekado Banks

Reekado Banks has announced his debut album will be dropping in August 2016!!! Reeky has twitted that his album is going to be massive and the best album for the next ten years. We are anticipating it Reeky!!

There are other artists set to drop their albums too but these are the few we can make out yet. So expect massive hits to come this 2016!!

US Court Grants Injunction Against Singer, Runtown Over Battle With Record Label

On Friday June 3, 2016, Lydia Obasi Hills, Esq., a New York litigator and entertainment lawyer, secured a temporary injunction, on behalf of Eric Many, Ltd., in the Eastern District of New York against Runtown and his manager, Bugu Aneto Okeke,?barring all U.S. performances and appearances by the Nigerian pop star.

Runtown has been hit with a court injunction in the US, a new twist in the battle between him and his record label.

On Friday June 3, 2016, Lydia Obasi Hills, Esq., a New York litigator and entertainment lawyer, secured a temporary injunction, on behalf of Eric Many, Ltd., in the Eastern District of New York against Runtown and his manager, Bugu Aneto Okeke,?barring all U.S. performances and appearances by the Nigerian pop star.

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Ms. Obasi Hills argued before United States District Judge Kiyo A. Matsumoto, who found that “Nigerian music is on the verge of crossing over into North American popular music as demonstrated by Nigerian musical artist Wizkid’s performance on the number one single ‘One Dance’ by Drake,” and that the “totality of potential losses that EricMany will likely face from Runtown’s actions are incalculable.”? Judge Matsumoto found that a “Nigerian court issued an interim injunction dated May 20, 2016, that enjoins Runtown” and that it “will be virtually impossible to quantify the losses that EricMany will suffer if it is not affiliated with Runtown during this critical time for Nigerian music.”

Lydia Obasi Hills, Esq., a New York litigator and entertainment lawyer, secured a temporary injunction, on behalf of Eric Many, Ltd., in the Eastern District of New York against Runtown and his manager, Bugu Aneto Okeke.Lydia Obasi Hills, Esq., a New York litigator and entertainment lawyer, secured a temporary injunction, on behalf of Eric Many, Ltd., in the Eastern District of New York against Runtown and his manager, Bugu Aneto Okeke.

Ms. Obasi Hills?presented evidence to the Court that Runtown was not only in breach of his record contract, but was also planning a U.S. tour, titled “Ghetto University USA Tour,” without the consent of his label, which would have been in violation of the May 20, 2016 Lagos Federal High Court injunction.? Ms. Obasi Hills also presented evidence that Runtown was making false and malicious defamatory statements against EricMany and its CEO, Prince Okwudili Umenyiora.? Judge Matsumoto ultimately entered an Order restraining and enjoining Douglas Jack Agu (Runtown), Bugu Aneto Okeke,??Bug Media Limited, and Bug Entertainment and Media Limited,?from “singing, appearing, hosting, performing, promoting, arranging, facilitating, scheduling, advertising or permitting the performance of Douglas Jack Agu “Runtown” at any venue on or after June 3, 2016.”

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According to Ms. Obasi Hills, she hopes “Runtown’s injunction sends a message to Nigerian artists that it’s important to respect the sanctity of contracts, and to work with their labels who often invest large sums into promoting their careers.”?Runtown sought to breach his contract with EricMany, Ltd., to which he was the sole artist on the label.

A screenshot of the temporary injunction, on behalf of Eric Many, Ltd., in the Eastern District of New York against Runtown and his manager, Bugu Aneto Okeke,? barring all U.S. performances and appearances by the Nigerian pop star .A screenshot of the temporary injunction, on behalf of Eric Many, Ltd., in the Eastern District of New York against Runtown and his manager, Bugu Aneto Okeke,?barring all U.S. performances and appearances by the Nigerian pop star.

A screenshot of the temporary injunction, on behalf of Eric Many, Ltd., in the Eastern District of New York against Runtown and his manager, Bugu Aneto Okeke,? barring all U.S. performances and appearances by the Nigerian pop star .
A screenshot of the temporary injunction, on behalf of Eric Many, Ltd., in the Eastern District of New York against Runtown and his manager, Bugu Aneto Okeke,?barring all U.S. performances and appearances by the Nigerian pop star.

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According to Ms. Obasi Hills,?“EricMany’s victory is a victory for all Nigerian record labels, which sends a clear message to all artists that a record deal is a binding agreement. It’s wrong for an artist to reap the benefits that signing to a label provides, only to leave thereafter to the detriment of the label, and after the artist has achieved fame and success in large part due to the label’s investments in the artist’s career.?

“EricMany has invested over $600,000.00 USD into Runtowns career and has yet to re-coup the totality of its investment.? While the media has been aflame with rumors that Runtown has left EricMany, the hope is that Runtown and EricMany will be able to settle their differences and enter into a new record contract, leaving the past in the past.”

The temporary injunction will lasts for a specified period of 10 days (June 3, 2016 ? June 14, 2016). On expiration, a hearing will be heard from all parties involved, with a view to getting a permanent one, or resolving the case out of court.

Ms. Obasi Hills, EricMany’s U.S. counsel, is also the founder of the Nigerian American Entertainment Alliance and currently serves as Vice President of the Nigerian Lawyers Association – the National Voice of the Nigerian U.S. Legal Community.

See Full List Of Nigerian Artistes Who Have Left Their Record Labels in 2016

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The year 2016 has been a very busy one for Nigerian music. The industry has been plagued with a high occurrence of beefs, drama, and many more.

Top amongst these are the good old label struggles between records labels and their signed artistes. This clash which usually pits arts against business has had an unusually high occurrence of label splits, wrangles, and lawsuits,.

Futa Unplugged, travels through the industry, and presents you with all the top artistes who have had issues with their record labels, and have in one way or another taken steps to exit the label.

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[PHOTOS] EXPERIENCE The Party

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May 21st, 2016. Something went down in the land of Akure. It was the #EXPERIENCE brought by Dope City & Team Reespect at FingerLicking restaurant and bar. The event was a sold out, to futarians’ greatest surprise it recorded the highest ladies turn out as girls were sharing boys to them selves. . lol. It also featured a lot of artists performance such as Odibay, Joel Prodigee, Leksy Jay , Yomziny, dope city’s new acts ( Jayson & Dutch ) and many more. . .

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Chocolate City splits into two New Labels Super Cool Cats & JagzNation

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Chocolate City Group this morning, at an earlier announced press conference, unveiled two music labels Super Cool Cats and JagzNation as record label imprints under the popular Chocolate City Music label; becoming the first African record label to follow in the footsteps of international heavy weights such as Universal Music and Sony Music Group. The two labels are owned and headed by Ice Prince and Jesse Jagz respectively. Arguably the most powerful record label on the continent and now the most structured; Chocolate City Music CEO – Jude “MI” Abaga, answered the questions of an impressive gathering of press men and tackled live questions from fans on social media who were keen to know how the relationship between Chocolate City Music, Ice Prince and Jesse Jagz would unfold going forward. The press were eager to know about the breaking away of two of the most popular artistes on the label, to which M.I replied by saying it was not a destruction of Chocolate City, but an investment in the two new imprints towards building an empire emphasizing that this announcement has been in the works for months and it is easier for both prolific artistes to keep up with the pace of their creativity when under their own independent labels. According to Ice Prince “Super Cool Cats is beyond a music label, as we are already working with fashion designers, video directors etc.; it is in fact a full platform for different expressions of the arts” He also mentioned that he is already working on an urban line with Seyi Sanusi popularly known as “Sneaker Boy”. Jesse Jagz was cool, calm and all smiles as he told the press that being an artist under a large label limits his creativity, but that having his own record label gives him more creative freedom and control on his content. MI, who gave an illustration of the relationship between Aftermath Entertainment, Records, Shady Records and G Unit Records, encouraged the press to do more research on music labels globally to find out how well structured and diverse they all are. He also responded to a question that he is still a recording artiste and has been in the studio working on new singles and an album to be released very soon. M.I wrapped up the conference by responding to a fan tweet about Milli’s exit; explaining that the rapper was not dropped from the label, but left amicably and that Milli will be in the best position to answer about what he is up to now. With the press conference anchored by Ehiz Okoeguale of MTV Base, the record label was able put to rest rumours about an ugly spat with Ice Prince, and gave fans and industry watchers information about the various upcoming releases and events from the Chocolate City family to look out for.