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Tiwa Savage dumps Marvin Records for Universal Music Group

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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.

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Yemi Alade covers Guardian Life magazine’s issue

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Nigerian Afropop singer, Yemi Alade grace the cover of Guardian Life magazine’s latest issue to share her experiences on how she gets to the pick.

The ‘Mama Africa’ singer with several landmark achievements, including BET, MTV African Music Award, and MOBO Awards, as well as changing the narratives with her music outside the shores of Africa, and more recently listed as one of the most influential people in Africa in 2018.

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SZA who adopts Nigerian name features in DJ Khaled album, ‘Father of Asahd’

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This year, DJ Khaled plays with fire again by sampling OutKast’s “Ms. Jackson” for his new record “Just Us,” featuring SZA. While it’s good to hear some new SZA — especially since this marks her first solo cut in two years — it’s hard to ignore the impact of “Ms. Jackson” and Andre’s timeless hook.

The 28-year-old SZA in April made a name change on the Instagram page to ‘Amarachi Chinonso‘ — a name from the eastern part of Nigeria.

But it’s uncertain if the African-American music artist would choose to stick with the name outside social media.

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3 Nigerian artists Burna Boy, Teni, Mr Eazi gets BET Awards’ noms

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Nigerian music artists Burna Boy, Teni the entertainer and Mr. Eazi have been nominated in different categories for the BET Awards.

Teni was rewarded for her amazing musical growth in 2018 with a nomination in the best new international act category.

Burna Boy and Mr. Eazi were both nominated in the best international act category alongside AKA (South Africa); Aya Nakamura (France); Dave (U.K.); Dosseh (France) and Giggs (U.K).

The two artists, alongside Teni, were the biggest stars of 2018 dropping fan-favorites all year long. Burna Boy And Eazi also performed at Coachella festival in April.

The BET Awards were established in 2001 to celebrate African Americans and other American minorities in music, acting, sports, and other fields of entertainment over the past year.

The 2019 BET awards will take place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on June 23.

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