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Tiwa Savage dumps Marvin Records for Universal Music Group



Tiwa Savage signing UMG deal

Nigerian singer, Tiwa Savage has signed an international recording deal with Universal Music Group (UMG).

The group announced through their official Instagram account that they were “thrilled to welcome Tiwa Savage, one of Africa’s biggest stars to the Universal Music Group Family”.

Under the agreement, Savage’s future music will be released internationally through UMG’s operations in more than 60 countries worldwide.

Following the deal, Savage said: “My biggest goal is to make Africa proud. I’m so excited for this moment and I’m thankful to Sir Lucian Grainge and my new UMG family for their belief in my dreams.

“I’m looking forward to this next chapter in my career and I’m more ready than I have ever been.”

On how she felt about the deal, she said, “It’s like a dream and more importantly it means that I’m part of the legacy, I’m part of a huge engine and it’s definitely an honor.”

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UMG is an American global music corporation and is the world leader in music-based entertainment.

The deal marked the end of her seven years contract with Mavin Records owned by renowned producer, Don Jazzy.

In 2018, she made history by being the first female to be awarded the Best African Act at the MTV European Music Awards.

That same year, she became the first African female act to sell out London’s Indig02.

In December 2018, she was picked by Coldplay’s lead singer Chris Martin to perform alongside Beyonce, Ed Sheeran and Jay Z live at the Global Citizen Festival in Johannesburg to a 70,000 in celebration of the centenary of Nelson Mandela’s birth.

The “Kelekele’’ crooner has described the deal as a “new era” for her and her music career.


Opera singer Abiodun Koya launches ‘Lift Up Nigeria’



Abiodun Koya

Classical and opera singer based in the United States, Abiodun Koya has presented an album, ‘Lift Up Nigeria’, to the public.

According to Koya, the song is a wake-up call to all Nigerians, especially the youths to bring to fruition the works their founding fathers started.

She said the song was given to her in a dream by God, noting that it was inspired out of the innermost desire to see Nigerians speak positively with hope, courage and pride about the nation at all times.

“’Lift up Nigeria’ is a message from God and it is for a time like this,” said Koya.

“I believe that the power of positive confessions, when activated at a national level through songs like ‘Lift Up Nigeria’ would fast track the recovery of the lost years we have had as a nation and amplify our efforts and desires as citizens to reposition the country both as the Giant of Africa in all ramifications and as the undeniably fastest developing nation in the world at large.”

She said the power does not only lie with the government, but lies more in our tongues and hearts, noting that singing is one of the effective ways of making people consciously and unconsciously make effective positive confessions.

She urged Nigerians to love themselves, work hard and create a new Nigeria for the generations unborn, adding that we should let the positive outward appearance of the country be paramount in our consciousness and be portrayed in our dealings across the globe.

“It is the responsibility of all Nigerians to ‘Lift up Nigeria’ in all aspects of our endeavors both at home and in the world at large,” she said.

“If we cannot and do not, outsiders will not glorify our country for us, hence we would have failed.”

The chairman of the occasion, Prof Pat Utomi, who was represented by a Communications Consultant, Oba Akin Fatunke, commended the song.

Her producer, Wole Oni, said the song is a good one, saying it preaches that Nigerian’s brings back positivity about the country.

“The song is about doing what you know how to do best and representing the country well anywhere you find yourself. There are good and trust worthy Nigerians and there is positivity in Nigeria. Being negative is not the best way to make it,” he said.

He urged Nigerians to do songs of quality that will last decades, rather than songs that will be hit once and die.

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Burna Boy teases new album ‘African Giant’



Burna Boy

Nigerian star Burna Boy will release his debut album, titled ‘African Giant‘, later this month.

The project will feature previous releases, including ‘Anybody’, ‘Dangote’, ‘Gbona’ and ‘On The Low’.

In October and November, he will embark on the European leg of his ‘African Giant‘ tour, with stops in Brussels, Amsterdam, Wembley, Manchester and Leicester already announced and more to come.

The Nigerian recently teamed up with British artist Mahalia on the Playground Riddim-sampling ‘Simmer’, which will feature on her debut album, ‘Love and Comprimise’.

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Apple Music names Nigeria’s Burna Boy ‘Up Next’ artist



Burna Boy

Nigerian afro-fusion artist Burna Boy has been selected by Apple Music to become the latest artist for their ‘Up Next’ program.

The exclusive documentary with Apple Music will be dropping on the 16th of July after which his new album, African Giant, which is currently on pre-order, will drop on July 26.

“The boy is out here with @applemusic the exclusive film drops 16/07,” posted Burna Boy on Instagram.

The ‘Up Next’ program is created by Apple to support rising artistes. Each month ‘Up Next’ selects a rising artist for which Apple Music uses all its resources to give their music visibility to new audiences. This will include an introductory documentary shot on the artiste, an audio EP from a live session which will include an interview and live performance on Beats 1 and an appearance on The Late Show with James Corden which Apple Music partnered with.

Speaking about the collaboration in his Beats1 interview with Julie Adenuga, Burna Boy expressed his excitement to be a part of the campaign.

“I’m super excited to be part of the Apple Music Up Next campaign,” he said.

“Apple continuously comes up with new initiatives to support artists globally and push the African culture. It’s an honor to be a part of this and with my African Giant album coming out soon, the timing is perfect.”

From a snippet of the documentary, Burna talked about the birth of his relationship with music.

“My granddad was a DJ in Lagos,” he said.

“All the records would come to him first … I would find myself being inspired by things that I’ve heard as a kid: Nigerian music or African music, some French music or some Jamaican music. When it’s time for music to be made, it’s almost like my ancestors just come into me and then it’s them.”

Speaking about Burna’s collaboration with Apple Music, Apple Music’s Global Editorial Head of Hip-Hop and R&B, Ebro Darden, said, “Burna Boy has built his brand his way and has been on fire all over Africa and the UK. He does things his way and Apple Music is honoured to be able to connect with Burna Boy on this moment and help make the name even more well known!”

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