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Thursday, 24 January 2013

News : HIPHOSSIP GLOBAL: AUTOTUNE NIGHTMARE: CAN NIGERIAN URBAN ARTISTS REALLY SING OR RAP?

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Can Nigerian musicians sing? Since I live in Nigeria now--Which is my country, I have not been excited about our own artists. Everyone seems to be auto tuned! As a global Music Journalist and Executive, It is a nightmare! Do you think Nigerian artists have talent? Aside from the 5 up here I interviewed in 2006 when I was here last, who can really sing or RAP here WITHOUT THE VOCODER?? It is an industry issue which
I asked Don Jazzy, the leading Producer in the Nigerian music industry and possibly the guy with the finger that presses the vocoder button the most. He said it was better than not even trying at all. I get scared to even turn on MTV Africa . Channel O, Trace or Soundcity. This is a bad trend. Where are the real singers?The worst part of this is that the fans seem to love it and wonder why they are not soaring to the global industry. Nigerian artists should strive for international relevance::MsKemi @HipHossip

News : MISS VIP PAGEANTS 2013

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MISS VIP PAGEANTS  is a contest of champions yearly for the battle of  MISS VIP NIGERIA, MISS VIP TOURISM, MISS VIP CULTURE, and 5 VIP MODELS the aim is to use the crown to help the less privilege mostly children in the community who suffer from malaria,


MISS VIP is a crown to be held for 2years

Casting for interested contestant will be done through out the federation from march to july 2013

The contest is open for all females between the age of 16-28 and must be at least 5.6 fit tall to take part

Star prizes are, a brand new car, 1million naira , sponsored gifts items, free make up kits, trip to ghana and represent Nigeria in miss united nations pageant

Visit www.missvipnigeria.com for more

To participate call, 08091102632 08037737664 BBM 221862e5 email pflamezmodelz@gmail.com for directions

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

News : E-WEEK TOP FIVE(5) COMING SOON.. . .....

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Ghost Mood Entertainment is going to be introducing a new feature titled ( E-WEEK TOP 5) which will consist of the most recent music's in Naija every week... please feel free to share your comment on this one.. Thanks......Ghost Mood Team.

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Monday, 26 November 2012

News : Flavour Live On Stage @ The ASAM Awards

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African social awards Malaysia (ASAM) is a uniquely entertainment award organization of the African community in Malaysia.
We are identifying with all the Africans in Malaysia.
The African social awards is mainly to recognize and appreciate all Africans in Malaysia.
We respect you all Africans in Malaysia for your contributions and commitments towards a homogenous society in Malaysia.

The stage is set...lets celebrate...

The huge success of the various African entertaining individuals and groups in Malaysia over the years has made us the organizers come out with African Social Awards Malaysia for 2012.
The African Social Awards Malaysia show, a first of its kind in Malaysia, lets the common man vote for his favorite stars and entertainers in Malaysia.

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Monday, 19 November 2012

Music : HCode – Monster ft Olamide & Shobzy

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 “Wow! This guy sure has a way of getting to the top! Celebrated producer and rapper HCODE who is the brain behind hits like ‘Get Down’ by Vector featuring 2face, Saucekid’s ‘Na Me Be Fine Boy’ & ‘Nejei’s Song’ not forgetting Olamide’s ‘Unite’ to mention a few has built a name for himself over the years with a lot of heavy credit to his name.

    He is set to venture further in his career as he premieres his first single ‘Monster’ from his producer compilation album titled ‘Set For Stardom’ which will feature industry heavyweights like 9ice, Vector, Sinzu a.k.a Saucekid, Olamide, Isolate, Capital Femi, Jaywon, Dr. SID, Zara, Hakym D Dream, Efa, J-Roc, Funbi and a few other surprises in the project.

    The debut single ‘Monster’ features the voice of the streets himself Olamide & Shobzy. This is a very creatively constructed monster hit for sure. ‘If you see my Monster’; catchy tune. Enjoy!”

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News : Nigeria Dominates The Channel O Music Video Awards 2012 (View Winners’ List)

Last night, Nigeria confirmed its current African music dominance by taking home 50% of the Awards at the Channel O Music Video Award Ceremony which took place in Soweto, South Africa.

The show was hosted by our very own Ice Prince and Bonang Matheba (South Africa) and 14 awards in highly contested categories were dished out (and an additional “Special Recognition Award); of which 7 came home. View the full list of winners below.

*O.O*

Most Gifted Video of the Year: D’Banj – Oliver Twist.
Most Gifted Male Video: D’Banj – Oliver Twist
Most Gifted Female Video: Zahara – Loliwe
Most Gifted Newcomer: Davido – Dami Duro
Most Gifted Duo, Group or Featuring Video: P-Square – Chop My Money ft Akon & May D
Most Gifted Dance Video: DJ Cleo – Facebook
Most Gifted Ragga Dancehall Video: Buffalo Souljah & Cabo Snoop – Styra Inonyengesa
Most Gifted Afro Pop Video: BrymO – Ara
Most Gifted Kwaito Video: EES ft Mandoza – Ayoba
Most Gifted R&B Video: Flavour ft Tiwa Savage – Oyi (Remix)
Most Gifted Hip Hop Video: Ice Prince – Superstar
Most Gifted South Video: Cashtime Fam – Shut It Down (Stundee)
Most Gifted West African Video: D-Black ft Mo’Cheddah – Falling
Most Gifted East African Video:  AY ft Sauti Sol – I Don’t Want to Be Alone.

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Saturday, 17 November 2012

News : Aluu 4: Port Harcourt stands still as Toku is buried

Photo: UNIPORT 4!
Lloyd Michael Buried Yesterday In Port Harcourt.
**the speech at the grave side.

It was all wailing yesterday once family and friends of 1 of the four students of the University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) killed by a mob in Umuokiri-Aluu community on October five, this year, Lloyd Toku Mike, ordered his remains to rest in Port Harcourt.

“Today, the reality is out that Lloyd and his friends weren't thieves as they were labeled . He (Lloyd) was higher than them, so that they killed him and defamed him to justify their actions.

“Today, his (Lloyd) body is ordered to rest, it's painful, however we should always all locomote with life. we have a tendency to Ijaw National Congress (INC) don't seem to be planning to fight to penalise his death, however we have a tendency to hope that justice are done. 
If justice isn't done to heal the pains of his (Lloyd’s) and his friends, we have a tendency to (INC) can take applicable steps in accordance with the law,” - Ijaw National Congress.

RIP Lloyd.

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Aluu 4:  Port Harcourt stands still as Toku is buried
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Tears flowed freely yesterday as remains of Lloyd Toku Mike, one of the four University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) students, who was brutally murdered in Omuokiri community, Aluu clan, Rivers State, on October 5, 2012, were buried in Port Harcourt City cemetery, opposite Free-Town Street, off Aggrey Road, Port.

Toku was a 200 level engineering student and first son of his parents, Mr.  & Mrs. Toku Mike. His dad is  an Assistant Director of  Programmes, Rivers State Broadcasting Service. As early as 8am, mourners and sympathisers had started gathering in their residence at  No. 29 Captain Amangala Street, Town,  Port  Harcourt. Some sympathisers, who wore black T-shirt with Lloyd’s picture  on it, moved straight  to mortuary, as they  wanted to capture every bit of the action, while other waited patiently at  the  residence.

At exactly 9:59am, the ambulance,  a Ford Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) with a Lagos registration number, BDG 485 AS,  bearing the corpse, arrived the family house  for the last time. “My baby is here,” the grieving mother muttered, as she touched the ambulance bearing the body of her cherished son. After about five minutes, the body was moved to the field, where an open  church service was held, before the remains were taken to the Port Harcourt City  Cemetery for internment.

After some soul-touching songs and choruses by members of Salvation Ministries, one of  the  pastors of the church, Promise Jeremiah, preached a sermon,  taking his theme from   Luke Chapter 16:22-30, which talked about a beggar and Lazarus. He said in life, people must belong to, either, Lazarus’ camp or beggar’s camp, heaven or devil’s camp. The pastor urged his listeners to repent and to turn to God, as they might not have another opportunity to make amends, when they die, just like the rich man, who among others pleaded that Lazarus be sent to his father’s house, to tell the members of his family to live  righteous life. In his tribute, Mr. Toku Mike, regretted that his son never spoke to him for the last time before life was snuffed out of him.

He said: “Lloyd, you called and wished me happy birthday on Thursday,  October 4, 2012. You promised you would come home on Friday, October 5, 2012 after lectures but you never did. Little did I know that your birthday wish was your goodbye to me, your mother, and your younger brother. “Lloyd, why, why and why did you abandon us the way and manner you did? Lloyd, we loved you so very much. Word alone can’t explain how much love we had and still have for you even in death.”

He said if money and tears were enough to bring him back to life, he and his wife wouldn’t have stopped crying, and would have gone  extra mile to borrow without hesitation. Mr. Toku, who later spoke to Ghost Mood said he was sad that he would only be seeing the still picture of his beloved son, instead of seeing and speaking with him  in person.

Most of the people who spoke on the occasion condemned the federal and Rivers State governments, for not sending representatives to the burial ceremony. They also urged the security agencies to fish out the  suspected killers now at large. The students union leaders also condemned  the  authorities of University of Port Harcourt for not doing enough to ensure that the slain students get justice. As result of  the tension and uncomplimentary remarks  made against  UNIPORT authorities, the representatives of the Vice Chancellor of the institution,  Professor Jospeh Ajienka, Professor Bellgam Henry, left the scene without making any comments or remarks. But in the burial programme, the condolences of the Vice Chancellor of University of Port Harcourt, sent to the Toku’s family on October 11, 2012, Professor Ajienka, was published. He described the circumstances leading to the gruesome murder of the students as unfortunate, regrettable and condemnable.

“The entire university community is yet to recover from the shock of that dastardly act. May I, on behalf of the Governing Council, Senate and student of the University of Port Harcourt deeply commiserate with you and your family on the sudden death of your son, Mike Toku,” he wrote. Also, in a condolence message, dated November 1, 2012, and signed by the commissioner, Ministry of Women Affairs, Mrs. Joeba West, Rivers State government expressed shock over the death of Lloyd. West said as  a student of Family Support Primary school, Lloyd was hardworking and promising.


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Friday, 9 November 2012

Gist : The Sky’s The Limit For Kenya’s Camp Mulla



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Kenya's hottest new act Camp Mulla is made up of rappers Taio Tripper, Miss Karun, K'Cous, Shappa Man and manager Mykie Toni. Their musical style is a combination of hip hop and R&B with elements of local Kenyan music. Critics have described their musical style as bubblegum pop.

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News: Boko Haram commander escapes from custody

Inspector-General of Police, Alhaji Abubakar Mohammed


A top Boko Haram commander, Sani Mohammed has reportedly escaped from police custody in Abuja on Thursday.
The suspect who was arrested with another Boko Haram operative, Kabir Sokoto in January, 2012, allegedly escaped from the cell where he was kept with other terror suspects.
Though, the Force Headquarters claimed that no terror suspect escaped, security sources confirmed that Mohammed absconded from custody.
The details of his escape was however sketchy as at the time of filing this report.
A similar incident happened early this year when Sokoto, the alleged mastermind of the Christmas Day bombing of Saint Theresa Catholic Church, Madalla, Niger State, escaped from police custody at Abaji, a satellite town in the Federal Capital Territory.
Arrested at the Borno State Governor’s Lodge, Abuja, Sokoto was said to have escaped while being taken for a search of his apartment 24 hours later.
But Deputy Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, said no terror suspect escaped from its custody, adding that a check of its records showed no such name as Mohammed on its list of detainees.
He said, “The police authority hereby informs the public that the information being circulated by TV Station is totally untrue and should be disregarded in its entirety.”

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

News : P-Square member having baby

P-Square member having baby

Paul Okoye expecting first child!

P-Square member Paul Okoye and his girlfriend are expecting their first child. The announcement was made by his brother Peter, who posted the news on Twitter.

"Congrats 2 my brother @rudeboypsquare and his long-term girlfriend who are expecting a baby soon...Trust me bro its a good feeling." he tweeted.

From all of us at Ghost Mood Ent: congratulations!

News : Wizkid and Don Jazzy hit the studio

Wizkid and Don Jazzy hit the studio
 
 
Wizkid and Don Jazzy have recently recorded a track together. According to their Twitter, the song was recorded on Saturday (3 Nov). "Baddest boy @wizkidayo causing a frenzy in the studio on a don jazzy beat," the Mavin Records boss tweeted.

We can't wait to hear it!

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News : President Obama Wins, Seals Victory With A Tweet Shortly after 11:15 p.m. major news outlets confirmed that Obama had secured re-election thanks to key win in Ohio.

Photo: Four more years.Barack Obama 
Photo: Grab a few friends to join you when you vote today! Confirm where you vote here: http://OFA.BO/DEKHf2 Photo: Help turn out voters in key states where just a few votes could make the difference: http://OFA.BO/crWt35
Photo: We've come too far to turn back now. Let’s go vote. Let’s go do this. http://OFA.BO/9PMpkY Photo: President Obama is fighting for the American Dream because he's lived it. http://OFA.BO/kV8SNu

U.S. President Barack Obama delivered a blistering victory speech to a cheering crowd of supporters in Chicago early Wednesday morning after winning another four years in the White House.
After walking on stage with his family to Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered,” Obama waited for the crowd to finish chanting “four more years,” before promising them that “the best is yet to come.”
After trailing in both Electoral College votes and the popular vote to Republican challenger Mitt Romney, Obama surged ahead with victories in key battleground states of Ohio and Virginia to win the election.
He told supporters that, “Tonight, more than 200 years after a former colony won the right to determine its own destiny, the task of perfecting our union moves forward, it moves forward because of you.”
Obama said the election result reflects “the belief that while each of us will pursue our own individual dreams, we are an American family and we rise and fall together as one nation and as one people.”
Obama thanked campaign workers and voters, and praised the nation’s teachers, soldiers, workers, and vowed not to squander the opportunity given to him to continue his work for a second term.
“I believe we can build on the progress we've made and continue to fight for new jobs and new opportunities and new security for the middle class,” Obama said.
“I believe we can keep the promise of our founding, the idea that if you're willing to work hard, it doesn't matter who you are or where you come from or what you look like or where you love. It doesn't matter whether you're black or white or Hispanic or Asian or Native American or young or old or rich or poor, abled, disabled, gay or straight. You can make it here in America if you're willing to try.”
Obama also touched on the divisiveness of the campaign, saying Americans “are not as divided as our politics suggests.
"We are not as cynical as the pundits believe. We are greater than the sum of our individual ambitions and we remain more than a collection of red states and blue states. We are, and forever will be, the United States of America."
The president thanked his wife, Michelle, his running mate, Vice President Joe Biden, and also congratulated his opponent on “a hard-fought campaign.”
Obama pulled ahead late after Romney was ahead in Electoral College votes for much of the night. Romney also had a slight edge in the popular vote, but even that lead eventually slipped away and Obama led by nearly a million votes.
Hours after polls closed, Virginia was finally declared for Obama early Wednesday, which gave Obama 303 electoral votes to Romney’s 206.
In the U.S., the popular vote does not decide who wins the election. Rather, the winner of each state gets that state’s Electoral College votes, and 270 are needed to win.
Romney emerged shortly before 1 a.m. Wednesday to address his supporters at his campaign’s headquarters in Boston.
“I have just called President Obama to congratulate him on his victory,” Romney said.
“His supporters and his campaign also deserve congratulations. I wish all of them well.”
Romney also thanked his wife, Ann, and his running mate, Paul Ryan.
"I believe in America. I believe in the people of America,” Romney said to cheers and applause from the crowd.
"Paul and I have left everything on the field...I so wish that I had been able to fulfill your hopes and lead the country in a different direction, but the nation chose another leader."
Obama’s headquarters in Chicago erupted in wild cheers after he was declared the winner shortly before 11:30 p.m. ET Tuesday.
“This happened because of you,” Obama tweeted. “Thank you.”
Prime Minister Stephen Harper issued a statement early Wednesday to “congratulate President Barack Obama’s re-election as President of the United States of America.”
Harper said he is looking forward to working with Obama over the next four years on the economy, jobs and border security issues.
Obama will once again face the challenge of leading the country with a divided Congress, as Democrats retained control of the Senate and Republicans maintained their hold over the House of Representatives.
Indeed, Obama will be tasked with turning around a sluggish economy and reining in a national debt that tops $16 trillion and a budget deficit that has reached $1 trillion.
When it comes to the issue of most concern to voters, a national exit poll found that 59 per cent of voters believe the economy is the top issue facing the nation.
Tuesday’s exit poll of more than 19,000 voters conducted by Edison Research for The Associated Press and the major U.S. networks also found that:
  • Just under four in 10 voters said unemployment was the biggest economic problem they are facing.
  • Four in 10 voters said the economy is improving, while 3 in 10 said it is getting worse.
As voters headed to the polls earlier Tuesday, long lines at polling stations and concerns that some residents affected by Hurricane Sandy would be left disenfranchised raised the spectre of a protracted court battle like the one that marred the 2000 vote.
More than 45 million voters had cast ballots before election day in early voting. However, voters in several states complained of long lineups, while others encountered technical glitches, including one voting machine in Pennsylvania that indicated a vote had been cast for Romney when the Obama button was pressed.
In other precincts, voters complained of robocalls giving them false voting information.

Romney Took Early Lead
As polls began closing at the dinner hour on the East Coast, Romney took a handful of states, including Kentucky and its eight electoral votes, followed by West Virginia, Indiana and South Carolina.
Obama was quickly declared the winner in Vermont, taking its three electoral votes, and sat there until nine states came through for him, including his home state of Illinois and its 20 electoral votes.
Unlike Obama, Romney lost his home state, with Massachusetts’ 11 electoral votes going to the president.
Romney had been ahead for much of the evening, bolstered by wins in Texas, Arizona and North Carolina, the latter being the only battleground state the GOP candidate ended up winning.
However, results posted shortly before 10 p.m. ET gave Obama Pennsylvania and its 20 electoral votes, shortly after he won Michigan and its 16 electoral votes, as well as New York and its 29 votes and New Jersey’s 14 votes. Romney took Texas as expected and its 38 electoral votes.
Romney attended a last-minute rally in Pennsylvania Tuesday afternoon in what turned out to be a fruitless bid to appeal to undecided voters in the state.
But hours after polls closed, a victor had yet to be declared in major battleground states such as Ohio, Virginia and Florida, which left the outcome unclear for some time. Of the big three battleground states, Florida had yet to be called early Wednesday.
Obama surged ahead with a victory in Colorado and Wisconsin, as well as California, Washington and Minnesota.

Thursday, 1 November 2012

News : D’Prince Releases Official Artwork For Album “Frenzy”!

D’Prince Releases Official Artwork For Album “Frenzy”!


Ladies, D’Prince has something very special for you – his very provocative debut album artwork.
The pretty boy of Mavins, poses near naked on the cover of “Frenzy” which will be finally be released on 5th November.
Will you be grabbing a copy?

Interview : GIVE THE PEOPLE WHAT THEY WANT – GHOST MOOD ENT. INTERVIEWS IYANYA


GIVE THE PEOPLE WHAT THEY WANT – GHOST MOOD ENT. INTERVIEWS IYANYA

His songs are played on every radio frequency. His videos are on every TV station. Heck, he probably performs at every show. He’s the man with the monster hit “Kukere” and the party banger “Your waist“. He’s one of the hottest artistes right now.
He’s also the winner of the 2008 MTN Project Fame and the guy who spent 4 years after that pursuing a career as an R&B singer. 
But what do you do when you’ve spent 4 years of your life trying to get people to listen, and all they want to do is dance?  What do you do when you’re tired of trying and seemingly on your way to being forgotten? 
You “Give the people what they want,” he says.
ghostmood.blogspot.com had this very honest interview with him. Turns out he needed to talk.
Another time, another place, who would you be?
 Some weeks before Project Fame I was to go to the UK for an engineering course. And then Project Fame just came. I remember my uncles were like, “Guy, you’re already going to the UK!” And I was like, “No let me just try this thing, I feel that it will work.” And I just did it. So if I were not a musician I would probably be in one of these oil companies. Because me, I love money die. There’s no how I wouldn’t have found myself in one of these companies. *laughs*
 What’s it like being finally famous?
 Bruv. It has the good days, it has the bad days, man. There are times when I’m like: this is me. This is life. This is good.
And then there are times when it’s like there’s really nobody. But there are so many people around. I mean there’s so many people with you right there. But deep inside you feel like there’s nobody really with you. You feel lonely. There are things you wish you could do, you just can’t do em anymore because you’re a star.
Your small mistakes become big mistakes. But It has its good days, especially when you get paid. It’s amazing you know…you just go on stage, spend 5 minutes- sometimes do only a song- and they pay you money. It feels good. Yeah, it feels good.
 And is it worth it?
 Yes it is worth it. It’s worth it. I can say boldly that musicians are making more money than bankers. I’m just saying, looking at how much bankers put into their work compared to what we do… At the same time you have to understand that being a successful artiste is really not easy. Because your creativity has to… it has to fit your environment. There’s so many people out there doing music. So for you to come out and stand out it takes a whole lot of work. For you to stand out and be unique. Especially in Nigeria where EVERYBODY wants to sing.
 How long did it take for you to figure out your music style?
Me, I’m a Soul singer. If you let me, I’d just do Soul. I’ve been singing R&B for the last 4 years and it was like people were not listening. In Nigeria if you’re a singer, it’s like you don’t have talent. Some people try to brand it, calling it ‘good music’, but you end up broke, and you’ll die broke, you know what I’m saying?
But if you give the people what they want. You’ll stay. You’ll eat. You’ll survive.
About a year ago, me and my manager, we just sat and said “You know what? We’ve been doing this R&B thing and it’s not working. Let’s look for a producer who can give us a sound that’s just different.” And then we met DTunes. We made ‘Kukere’. It took us three months to complete it. Because I was still struggling. Still thinking: “Shit mehn, I’m an R&B artiste, how will people see this?” So when I did the song I didn’t even mention my name in it. I didn’t want anybody to know it was me. And I remember when we dropped the song on the internet, some people were dissing it. They were like: “Bullshit! Crap! I’m disappointed in this guy, he’s joined the band wagon.” And mehn we just kept pushing, we just kept pushing. And it’s a blessing right now to see people have accepted it.

What was it like being an R&B singer at the time?
I was doing a lot of R&B and all I was getting was “Hey bros… Nice voice, bros… Nice one.” And even when I go: “Can I be on your show?”, they’d go “Ahn ahn… For what now? What can you sing?”. Sometimes they’d say, “You’ll perform oh but I won’t pay you.”
And I was tired of just being a show starter. I craved for headlines. I craved for… You know when you walk into a crowd… And you see the place full…and they’re waiting for you, anticipating. I wanted that to be me. I was tired of just going upstage with a guitarist and  having girls just scream…and then that’s all. And even while you’re still trying to sing and run scales you can see the show organizer back there signaling you to cut it short and get off.
 What would you like to see happen? 
I was telling somebody yesterday… I crave to be in a show- like in Eko hotel- and sitting down at one of those tables and 4 guys come out and do the Druhill R&B thing: harmonies and the soft choreography. Ah mehn… I couldn’t really do that. Nigerians were not ready for that. I remember when I would do campus shows. Once you start doing all those R&B things the students start shouting “Thank you, thank you…” You know, it was depressing.
So right now… I feel the pain of so many talented singers. A lot of them are finding it hard to transit from r&b to pop. It’s very hard.

 Do you think Nigerians will ever care bout R&B?
Bruv. I pray for that time. I pray for that time mehn. But I don’t really know. I think the problem is that…you see, Nigerians take what you give them. The radio, TV guys play more of the pop than the R&B. Nigerians are hearing the pop on radio and watching it on TV so every time they see an R&B guy they go: “This song is nice oh, but no be wetin dey reign now.”  Nigerians will go mad if trey songs is in Eko hotel. Nigerians will die if Ryan Leslie comes… or Tyrese or Mario. The venue will be packed. Girls will be singing every song word for word. But if a Nigerian does good music like that, they’ll be like, “What’s this one, what is he feeling like?” I don’t know if that time will come but…I hope. 
 I think if a group comes… 4 boys who are like 18 and can sing and dance very well… I think they’ll make it. People will love them: “Cute kids. Ok,  they can sing…” and it’ll help. But if its grown men… Omo… E go hard. They will work hard.
I pray it comes. Almost 200million people. And you can’t say this is an R&B album. You can’t say this is complete pop album. We don’t even have a complete Reggae artiste. You find reggae artistes singing Alanta. Or somebody that says he is a soul artiste has an r&b song called Azonto. That’s madness now.
 This is what we do in Nigeria: The label that signs an artiste says: “You have to do 2 songs. One R&B, one pop.” Every promo CD you see now has the artiste and the song for the people. But what can I say mehn. You have to give the people what they want. You see, my example of a true artiste is R Kelly. I’m inspired every time I listen to R Kelly. Every time I go back and watch his videos. The fact that he has done everything means that artistes should be able to challenge themselves.  We should be able to say this is me, for the people who love that ‘me’.  And for the other people, okay, take this one and pay me.
That’s how it’s gotta be. R Kelly has done classics. He’s done reggaeton, he’s done …there’s nothing he hasn’t done. Right now he’s on that Isley Brother level… Now appealing to the older crowd. So I would love to follow that lane. That’s what’s up.
 How are you going to stay relevant?
It’s not easy. But because of the passion I have, I see myself staying. I’ve been able to decode those small small tips. There are small things that once you get them, sound-wise, lyrics-wise: Good sound. Good producer. Simple lyrics. Nice melody, you’re good.
If you sing a song, explain too much, talk too much…people go like: “You’re not serious.”
 Nigeria…I feel like there’s too many problems…too many problems…people don’t have time to sit and think… The shocking thing even the big boys that you expect to want to hear serious music…when they’re calling for there shows in banks and companies they call the guys that will make them dance.
 I see myself staying. Been around for a while… I believe I’ll be around for more years.
Do you have those people that right now you’d like to rub it in their faces?
 There are plenty mehn…but I don’t rub it in their faces… Everybody that looked down on me… Everybody that did not believe in me, I’m thankful to them. I’m thankful to them. You know why? They’re the reason I’m here.
All those people I did shows for, who said they were not gonna pay me. All the ones that I said you can you play my song on your station? And they were like: “mshew, people don’t listen to this music, this is crap.
I’m more thankful because they’re the same people calling me back. The same people seeing me and taking pictures, the same people saying: yeah, I’m proud of you. So you know, it’s all good. Cuz in life yeah, when people underrate you, it’s your decision to…say, “Ok, maybe I’m really fucked and full of shit.” Or say, “I have to disappoint this guy, I have to show them there’s something in me.”
See bruv. In the last two years…all the people that looked down on me…all the people that rubbished me I can tell you that all of them, completely, all of them have called me back. Not one left out. All of them. Somebody, 2years ago, was like: “Guy you’re full of shit, anything I do for you is because of a certain person…because I just want him to help me do something.”
And the same person calls me back and says guy: “I just want you to know you’re the bomb. You’re the shit right now. I’m proud of you.”
 So I’m not like: “Oh this is me. How’d you like me now?” I’m just getting challenged. And the fact that I’m only a year in the spotlight right now and those same people are back. Means that if I don’t work harder, these same people are waiting to laugh at me. Look back a few years ago. We had other artistes rocking. The same people that used to see them and go…Please can we get an interview? They see these same people and let them pass. I’m in the club an old artiste comes in. I see the way bouncers treat them…I see the bartenders look at them and go mchew..this one.
 So I just realized mehn its more than getting caught up in the whole hype. Nothing in this whole thing is real. It’s just hype. It’s just entertainment. There’s a whole lot of work needs to be done.
 Look at me now…5 years ago…same people that would see me and wouldn’t interview me…same people that would see me and pass…same people now see me and go ahhh… Same clubs I used to go and couldn’t get into VIP, same bouncers that used to stop me and say you cant go in, and somebody has to say: you don’t know this guy, he won Project Fame now,” And they’d go, “So what? Same bouncers see me now and start to hail.
There’s no going back on this mehn. Ice prince said “We go wash their eye till they cry soap.” Whatever it’s gonna take mehn to keep moving, we do it. That’s what’s up.

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Wednesday, 31 October 2012

News : Why You Might Never Be Famous

Why You Might Never Be Famous

Why is it that some artists catapult to stardom almost instantaneously and stay there while others never seem to get their big break or hover somewhere between being completely unknown and a household name?
There are a number of contributing factors to superstardom in the entertainment industry, talent no doubt is a necessity. Good A&R, management and promo as well, of course.
But, the one thing that separates a superstar from his peers is the X-factor.  The X-factor is not something that can be quantified or explained as a specific thing. It is unique to every individual and believe it or not, everyone has an X-factor, something that makes you unique and special. Something that, no matter how hard anyone tries, they can never duplicate. The key is, channeling that unique edge to the right industry & profession.
The X-factor is what made Wizkid a superstar, it is also what has made Oprah the queen of television and Warren Buffett the king of investing in modern times.
When an artist makes their debut, it’s often easy to tell whether they have “it” or not. This will contribute to the length and extent to which an artist will be successful.

To illustrate, I’ll use a real world example about two artists signed to the same label who started at the same time. One became a mega star, the other eventually faded into obscurity.
In 2005, singers Teairra Mari & Rihanna were signed to Roc-a-Fella Records. Both artists released singles, shot videos & enjoyed much of the same promo and exposure.
At some point, Teairra Mari’s career began to fade & eventually she was dropped from Roc-a-Fella while Rihanna’s career skyrocketed.
Although there is much speculation and finger pointing as to what happened with Teairra’s career, in my opinion Rihanna had the makings of a star from the beginning, Teairra Mari did not.
Even if the label continued to invest in her, she would never have experienced the same success as Rihanna.
Can you be a successful artist without the X-factor?
Yes, in some cases you can. However, typically this requires a significantly larger investment in other aspects of the artist’s career to make up for their lack of edge. For example, a label can take a lack lustre singer and spend money on their image and looks, hire the best producers and spend tons of money on promo and air play essentially forcing a mediocre artist down our throats. Sometimes this pays off, other times it doesn’t. The most successful example I can think of is Britney Spears.
As for the Nigerian music industry it appears as though some labels sign their artists half-heartedly expecting them to succeed. Often times a label will sign an artiste and it’s up to the artiste to prove that they are worth increased investment even before releasing their first single. It’s almost as though the labels sign their artists as a bet; “if they can make a hit single largely on their own, we’ll increase our investment and commitment. But, if they can’t come up with anything, we’ll just leave them there to continue fending for themselves, whatever we gave them as their initial signing bonus was our loss”.
This is contrary to other music industries that will inject enough of an investment into their artists to see that at least their first and follow up singles are released and well promoted, the artist has a good image and is properly groomed for stardom. If consumers are not receptive to those efforts then they decrease their investment in the artist.
The key point to understand is that in both cases, if an artist has an edge, the x-factor that will catapult them to stardom, they will still be successful and will receive increased investment from their team helping them solidify their superstar status.
A lot of people want to be famous entertainers… singers, rappers, producers, etc. But, the truth is that most of these people will never reach the pinnacle of success they hope for. Indeed, there are many factors contributing to  someone’s success, how much effort they put in, their level of dedication & commitment, how much they invest in improving themselves, etc.
However, lest we forget that the X-factor, or as the French might call it , “je ne sais quoi” is the silent indicator guiding your career in the course of superstardom or obscurity.

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Tuesday, 23 October 2012

News : D’banj voted ‘Best African Act’ for the 2012 MTV EMA!


D’banj has been announced as the ‘Best African Act’ for the forthcoming MTV Europe Music Awards.
The DB Records boss beat Four other African nominees Camp Mulla from Kenya, Sarkodie form Ghana and South Africa’s Mi Casa as well as Nigerian counterpart Wizkid to come tops. Wizkid was nominated last year but lost to  25-year-old Moroccan, Abdelfattah Grini.
D’banj, as announced by MTV, received the most votes from fans across sub-Saharan Africa.
He has previously won Best African Act at the 2007 MTV EMA, ‘Artist of the Year’ at both the 2008 and 2009 MTV Africa Music Awards, and ‘Best International Act: Africa’ at the 2011 BET Awards which he shared with 2face.
He will now go on to contend with other music artistes India’s Alobo Naga & the Band and Ahmed Soultan from the Middle East for the chance to represent the region in the Worldwide Act category.
The 19th edition of the awards which will be hosted by supermodel Heidi Klum will take place in Frankfurt on November 11, 2012.

News : ‘I have been blessed’ – Tiwa Savage

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Tiwa Savage
The first lady of the Mavin crew explains how eager she is to release here debut album and how she’d love to work with her favourite female artiste Brandy…
At what point did you decide to go into music as full time career?
I started singing in my early teens and almost immediately after, I got a gig to sing back up for George Michael. That’s how I transitioned into making music a profession, not just a hobby or passion.
Having lived abroad for a while, how were you able to break into the Nigerian music industry?
It was through the grace of God. I wrote Kele Kele as a demo song and played it for some people. A very close friend of mine, Bizzle Osikoya, believed in the song and played it for couples of DJ’s and radio station and it just caught on really fast. Ladies especially love it and from there I started getting some buzz. God has just been opening more doors for me ever since then.
You recently signed up for MAVIN records. Why did you leave your former record label to join MAVIN?
I haven’t left my label. I am still signed to 323 Entertainment, which is owned by Tunji Balogun and myself. We now have a partnership under MAVIN  records. This kind of partnership is very common in the United States. For example you have Young money under Cash money label, you also have G.O.O.D Music under Def Jam and so on.
You have four singles out, when should we expect an album?
Very soon, I am working so hard on putting finishing touches to the album. I want to show the different side of Tiwa Savage. I honestly don’t think I can capture it all on one album but I want people to see a glimpse of what different genre of music I can bring to the table.
I have been blessed because my audience is very wide; I have people that love Tiwa for her ballads, some for her up tempo club songs, and some for her jazzy neo-soul songs. So now, I need to create an album that has all those elements but still has a common thread running through it from the first to the last song.
You are one of the few leading ladies in the music industry; do you think the Nigeria music industry isn’t one which favours the female musicians?
I think the commercial aspect of the Nigeria music industry is still growing but it is growing fast and with every growing industry, new things take a while to catch on. Nigerians love female artistes and I believe we as females have been stepping out of our shell and so now there is a demand market for us. It is only going to get better for us. I have a lot of faith.
You are a very pretty lady, how do you deal with your male fans?
I appreciate their support. A lot of them love me more for my music and my gift and that means more to me than physical admiration.
What defines your sense of style?
I usually just wear what I like and feel comfortable with. I also have an amazing style team Veronica Ebi-Odeka (stylist), Debola Falana (hair), and Ify Ijeoma (make-up) that are constantly working hard to build an image that suits my music and personality.
You have few collabos with other Nigerian artiste, what should we expect in that angle on international scene?
I am focusing on my album right now, as it is my first. I haven’t reached out to any international artiste yet. But if I have to choose, I would love to do a song with Brandy as she is my all-time favourite.
You are also a songwriter, who is at the top of your list to write song for?
I would like to write for Beyonce, Brandy, Kim Burnell and Rihanna.
What’s next for Tiwa Savage?
More music, videos, shows, album and just using my music as a gift for people.

News : Jim Iyke Opens Up On Alleged 11-Year-Old UK Love Child

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Few days ago, the internet was abuzz with news involving Nollywood 'bad boy' actor, Jim Iyke and a UK-based lover named Chantelle Nkechi Benson. It was reported that some years ago, Jim Iyke and Chantelle reportedly had a romantic affair while the latter was an Abia
State University undergraduate. Now, the lady is presently a barrister in the UK. 

The report claimed that Chantelle has an 11 years old child for the actor which he (Jim) was never aware of until recently. 

However, Jim was reported to have only spoken with child, who is a boy named Mario, on the phone but is yet to meet him. 

Reacting to the story, Jim Iyke, through his publicist, Mitch Ngaman, said the talented actor is still trying to get to the root of the matter just because of the innocent boy involved. 

This was made known through a statement made available to the media on the matter. The unedited statement reads; 
"Jim Iyke is aware of the viral story currently making the headlines and wishes to state that this is not the first time that issues of this nature have arisen. Friends and fans who follow his activities closely will recall a number of occasions in the past when baseless claims of paternity and even marriage were made. 

"Nonetheless, as a responsible man, he is always disposed to verify any such development(s) brought to his attention and when any satisfactory outcome has been ascertained, the general public will be duly informed without ambiguity. The only specifics at the present time is that at the age of 22yrs-23yrs old he dated for a brief period the lady at the center of the story who subsequently left Nigeria for the UK. 

"There had been no contact between them ever since and by implication no linkling of the existence of a living product of that encounter. Since this is more about an innocent child than the star himself we advise caution and respect for privacy.
 

News : The Headies

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In 2011, Ice Prince won the Best Rap Single and Song of the Year for the 2010 smash hit ‘Oleku’
The Headies, aka Hip Hop World Awards are here again. Arguably Nigeria’s biggest music awards, The Headies has indeed come a long way, from the small gathering of entertainers which began in March 2006, to a international platform for the reward of achievements and recognition of talent in the Nigerian music industry.
This edition will be hosted by singer Omawumi and rapper M.I, and will  hold at the Expo Hall at the Eko Hotel and Suites this Saturday. As we gear up for the sixth edition of the prestigious Headies Awards ceremony, let’s take a quick look at what to expect this year. Who will win big? What major performances should we be looking forward to? And finally, who takes the NEXT RATED prize? Your guess is as good as ours. But let us take a peek into the nominees list and see if we can predict a few winners of the coveted Headie statuette.
Nominees
Top on the list of the nominees are Psquare and Bez with six nominations each, closely followed by Wizkid, Davido and Ice Prince who have 4 nominations apiece. Psquare and Wande Coal are still the biggest winners in the history of the Headies Awards (Single event) with 5 awards each. Psquare won 5 awards at the maiden edition of the Headies in 2006, then known as the Hip Hop World Awards, while in 2010 ,following the success of his debut album, Wande Coal collected all 5 awards. The overall most decorated artiste in the history of the Headies award is rapper and Lyricist Mode 9, who has an impressive collection of 9 awards in total. He won’t be adding to that collection this year, as he wasn’t nominated, due to his failure to release a track during the year in review.
Psquare is up for Album of the year, Song of the year, Artiste of the year, Best pop single, Best Collabo and Best R&B Album. The super duo look likely to sweep these categories, but they have some big names like D’banj, Wizkid, and Davido to contend with in categories like, Album of the year,  Artiste of the year and Song of the year. We see them walking away with at least 4 awards.
Bez is up for Recording of the year, Best R n B Single, Best R&B/Pop Album, Best Collabo, Best Vocal performance and Revelation of the year. Bez is also expected to do well, but he will be facing stiff competition from artistes such as Wizkid, Tiwa Savage and Psquare in categories such as Best R n B Single of the year, Best R n B/Pop Album of the Year and Revelation of the Year. We see Bez going home with at least 2 awards.
Others
Wizkid will be good competition in categories such as, Album of the Year, Best R&B/Pop Album and Revelation of the Year. Davido is looking good in categories such as, Best Pop Single, Song of the year and Next Rated. For Ice Prince, we think he’s got a good chance in the Best Rap Album and Revelation of the Year Categories.
The Next Rated category happens to be the biggest, and everyone is eager to see who gets the brand new ride that comes with the award. Competing in this category are Davido, Flowssickk, Praiz, Eva Alordiah. The major contender in this category will be Davido, who has everything going for him due to the major success of his hit single ‘Dami duro’.
Performances
This Headies will, for the first time ever, witness the performance of Afrobeat King, Femi Kuti. The grand patron of the New Afrika Shrine will be live on stage, and will be inducted into the Headies Hall of Fame, joining Dayo D1 Adeneye, Kenny Ogungbe, Phillip Trimmel, Olisa Adibua, Obi Asika, Femi Akintunde Johnson, Sir Shina Peters and DJ Jimmy JATT. Other performances to look out for will be that of the Project fame star girl Chidinma, O.B.O (Omo Baba Olowo) Davido, Eva Alordiah and others. The winners of the Rookie Competition, Dammy Krane and Burna Boy will also be performing. Burna Boy’s single ‘Like To Party’ is enjoying massive airplay, while Dammy Krane’s ‘My Dear’ is still getting love from fans.
It’s already here people; you too can make your predictions and watch out to see how the night turns out!
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Monday, 22 October 2012

News: The Headies 2012 + Full List Of Winners

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Full List of Winners at the 2012 Headies

Best RnB Single – May D – Soundtrack
Best Pop Single – Iyanya – Kukere
Best Rap Single – Angeli -Vector ft 9ice
Best RnB/Pop Album – P Square
Best Street Hop – Chuddy K
Best RnB Pop Album – P-Square
Best Rap Album – Ice Prince – E.L.I
Best Vocal Performance (Male) – Wande Coal – Private Trips
Best Vocal Performance (Female) – Tiwa Savage – Love Me Love Me Love Me
Best Collaboration – Sound Sultan ft Excel and Flavour – Orobo
Revelation of the Year – Wizkid
Recording of the Year – Brymo – Ara
Best Label Head – Banky W
Producer of the Year – TY Mix – Super C Season (Naeto C)
Lyricist on the Roll – Vector – Angeli
Next Rated – Davido
African Artist of the Year – Sarkodie (Ghana) Azonto
Artiste of the Year – Wizkid
Album of the Year – Psquare – The Invasion
Best Music Video (Director) – Jude Okoye – Chop My Money
Song of the Year – D’banj – Oliver Twist
Headies Hall of Fame – Femi Kuti

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