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list of nigerian Artistes that have fallen out with record labels – No 4 label have not find a replacement for him since he left in 2013


list of nigerian Artistes that have fallen out with record labels – No 4 label have not find a replacement for him since he left in 2013

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list of nigerian Artistes that have fallen out with record labels – No 4 label have not find a replacement for him since he left in 2013

list of nigerian Artistes that have fallen out with record labels - No 4 label have not find a replacement for him since he left in 2013

When singer , Cynthia Morgan , recently railed against her former record label , Northside Entertainment , headed by Jude Okoye , not many were taken by surprise . Sadly , disputes between artistes and their record labels have become all too common in the Nigerian music industry .. let takes a look at music artistes who have fallen out with their record labels

Kizz Daniel
It has often been stated that there is nothing like ‘ overnight success’ . But if there were, Kizz Daniel would certainly be in that category . The music business is generally regarded as expensive because record labels have to fork out a lot of money to pay for studio sessions , music videos , promotion , public relations and other things.
However , G – Worldwide Entertainment ‘ struck gold ’ with Kizz Daniel ( formerly , Kiss Daniel ) as they didn ’ t have to spend so much to publicise his works . As it is believed that a good product sells itself , Daniel ’ s debut single , ‘ Woju ’ caught on like wildfire among fans .
The relationship between both artiste and record label seemed to go on smoothly for a while until Daniel probably felt the company was taking the lion ’ s share off the fruits of his labour. In November 2017 , the ‘ Laye ’ singer announced that he was quitting his contract with G – Worldwide and starting his own record label , Flyboy Inc . Considering that his contract hadn ’ t elapsed , G – Worldwide took the singer to court and the legal battle is still ongoing . The graduate of Water Resources Management and Agrometereology later changed his stage name to Kizz Daniel , ostensibly because G – Worldwide had legal ownership of Kiss Daniels .
Both parties don’ t seem to be ready to back down anytime soon .

Record labels and artistes ’ fallouts have been likened by some to romantic break -ups and singer , Douglas Agu , aka Runtown ’ s separation from his erstwhile record label , Eric Manny , was as messy as it gets .
Runtown inked a two year deal with the company in May 2014 . But , after releasing his debut album , ‘ Ghetto University ’ , Runtown was allegedly asked to extend his contract by another two years .
At the height of their squabble , Runtown alleged that Eric Manny boss , Okwudili Umenyiora , pulled a gun on him , threatened to shoot him , ‘ destroy his career ’ and blackmail him with a sex tape. Eric Manny has since denied the allegations but it is obvious that there is no love lost between both parties.

When rapper , Olanrewaju Ogunmefun , aka Vector , got a record deal with YSG Entertainment, he must have felt a huge sense of relief and fulfillment that he had found a ‘ backbone’ in the gruelling music industry. However , the honeymoon between him and YSG didn ’ t last for long before it started unravelling at the seams like a badly sewn dress .
Vector bitterly complained that the label was not devoting enough resources to promote his career and that he had to do many things himself . The label later accused Vector of ‘ breach of contract ’ and he was arrested by the police .
After some back and forth , Vector eventually apologised to the company and both parties went their separate ways .

Ayodeji Balogun , aka Wizkid , came into the industry with a bang . Backed by the Banky W and Tunde Demuren – led Empire Mates Entertainment, the young singer was evidently destined for the big leagues . The relationship between artiste and record label was so cordial and non – toxic that people began to tag it as a perfect example of how such partnerships should be .
However , like the late American rapper , Christopher Wallace , aka Notorious BIG , once sang, ‘ More Money , More Problems ’ and as the fortune grew, division reared its ugly head .
When Wizzy signed the contract back in 2009 , he was allegedly offered 25 per cent of his earnings , while the rest was shared between the owners of EME and his manager. But in 2013 , as the singer began to make more money , he demanded for an upward review of the contract in his favour . The label was initially adamant but Wizkid was a cash cow they weren ’ t ready to let go of. They eventually reviewed the contract upward but not the exact percentage that the artiste wanted .
Both continued their warm relationship and Wizkid went on to found his own record label , Star Boy Entertainment.

Cynthia Morgan
Cynthia Morgan can be said to have the total package when it comes to being the ideal female singer . Talented and beautiful with a ‘ hot ’ body , the world was hers for the taking.
And she indeed took it initially . But some singles down the line , her relationship with her record label , Northside Entertainment’ s boss , Jude Okoye, sputtered and shut down .
The singer came back to public consciousness last week when she alleged that Northside didn ’ t allow her access to her YouTube account and stage name . She claimed that the ‘ problem’ between the Okoye brothers had affected her career . Jude denied the allegations and just like a poorly scripted Nollywood movie , Morgan added a twist when she apologised to the label .
She wrote on Instagram , “ A lot has happened in the past . I erred, other parties involved had their fair share of blame, but we all make mistakes . I was younger and new in the industry and in retrospect , some things could have been done differently instead of left unresolved. However , in telling my story, I have not lied but only shared my story as it happened from my point of view . Also , I allowed the hurt and pain from past dealings take over my emotions but moving on, I won ’ t take this new opportunity for granted . ”

After Empire Mates Entertainment refused to renew his contract , Skales found a new home in Baseline Entertainment. He signed a well – publicised deal with the record company in 2014 but about two years later , the relationship turned awry .
The singer and his manager, Osagie Osarenkhoe , were locked up in 2016 , after the company wrote a petition against them to the police alleging fraud. A deal was later reached and Skales continued with the label but with a different manager.

Brymo ’ s voice on Ice Prince ’ s hit song , ‘ Oleku’ , can be likened to icing on a cake — it put a perfect finishing to the melodious tune . Brymo went on to release singles and an album with Chocolate City Entertainment and everyone seemed to be happy .
However , a spanner was thrown into the works when Brymo went on Twitter to state that he had left the company . Choc City responded by maintaining that Brymo still had an existing contract . The label tried to do some damage control but the relationship had sunk too low to be rescued. Brymo left the label in 2013 .

Singer , Harrysong , was the perfect companion for his record label boss , Kcee. A talented composer , Kcee quickly put him to good use and the former allegedly wrote some hit songs for the latter.
However , their relationship soon went on a downward spiral and it ended with Harrysong being picked up by the police for a breach of contract . Some concerned parties intervened and flared tempers seemed to cool for some time but for Harrysong , it was the end of that particular road . He didn ’ t return to Five Star Music .

Iyanya and his friend and co – owner of Made Men Music Group , Ubi Franklin , seemed to have the sort of friendship that many wish for . Iyanya made a number of hits and Ubi marketed him to the world .
However , Iyanya later came out to tell the world that Franklin had extensively defrauded him over the years . Ubi denied and the back and forth continued for a while until people stopped paying attention .
The singer said he had learnt his lesson and would be more painstaking when next he signed a contract .

It doesn ’ t take long for anyone to notice that rapper , Ycee, is very bitter at his former record label , Tinny Entertainment.
When the going was good , the ‘ Jagaban ’ rapper gleefully called the name of the label in his songs . But their union soured considerably along the line and Ycee has been telling anyone who cares to listen that the record label cheated him .

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