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Watch Burna Boy’s Historic Performance At UEFA Champions League Final

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Grammy award-winning artist, Burna Boy made history as the first African artist to perform at a UEFA Champions League Final, held in Istanbul during the 2023 European Club football final.

The stadium, filled with 80,000 fans, witnessed Burna Boy’s captivating performance during the match between Manchester City and Internazionale Milan.

Since his international breakthrough in 2018 with the hit single “YE”, Burna Boy has gained global recognition and established himself as one of the world’s biggest artists. His album ‘Twice As Tall’ earned him a Grammy award, solidifying his position as one of the most celebrated artists on the African continent.

Burna Boy’s music continues to attract a diverse international audience, and he has sold out arenas worldwide.

It is worth noting that previous Champions League finals featured performances by American DJ Marshmello in 2021 and Cuban Pop star Camila Cabello in 2022. However, in 2023, Burna Boy took the stage in Istanbul, delivering an electrifying set of his hit songs, further bolstering the global influence of Afrobeats music.

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Reekado Banks Says Don Jazzy Changed His Life

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In the Nigerian music industry, artists often leave their record labels due to conflicts or disagreements. However, Reekado Banks is an exception to this trend. In a recent interview with media personality Daddy Freeze, Reekado clarified that his departure from Mavin Records was amicable.

During the interview, Daddy Freeze asked Reekado about his decision to leave the label. Reekado expressed his disapproval of the general assumption that his departure was caused by bad blood. He emphasised maintaining a positive relationship with Mavin Records and its founder, Don Jazzy.

“That man took me from absolutely nothing. I wonder why anyone would think it wasn’t amicable. The end of the contract came, I wanted to leave and he (Don Jazzy) gave me his blessings,” Reekado said concerning his departure.

Reekado also spoke about how the frequent conflicts between artists and record labels in Nigeria might be why people thought he fought with Mavin Records.

“I feel like it’s a tradition in the Nigerian record label business for artists to breakout angrily from their record labels and this is being imposed on my relationship with Jazzy.” Reekado Banks said on the assumptions surrounding his departure.

Reekado further emphasised the positive nature of his departure. He described Don Jazzy, the founder of Mavin Records, as a “blessing” and someone he remains “eternally grateful” to. This statement highlights the mutual respect and appreciation between Reekado and his former label, further dispelling any rumours of a negative split.

Reekado Banks’ departure from Mavin Records stands out as a positive example in the Afrobeats industry, which has often seen messy breakups between artists and labels. Unlike Reekado’s amicable split, other artists haven’t been as fortunate.

For instance, Brymo’s legal battle with Chocolate City was a long and drawn-out affair. Similarly, Skales and Baseline Records ended their relationship on a sour note, taking each other to court. Runtown’s highly publicised dispute with Eric Many paints a similar picture.

In 2022, the industry was rocked by the very public fight between Marlian Records and Mohbad, which gained even more attention after the artist’s tragic passing. These cases highlight the contrasting situations in the Afrobeats world, where Reekado’s smooth departure from Mavin Records is a welcome exception.

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Drake Makes Spotify History With 95 Billion Streams Across All Credits

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Canadian rapper and singer Drake has reached another major milestone in his career, solidifying his position as a global music powerhouse. He has become the first artist ever to reach 95 billion streams on Spotify across all the songs he has appeared on. The music chart platform Chart Data announced this great achievement.

Drake has been a dominant force in the music industry for over a decade. His albums consistently top the Billboard 200 chart, and he has amassed a massive following online, with over 84 million monthly listeners on Spotify, placing him third globally.

In 2023, he tied Michael Jackson’s record for the most number-one singles (13) by a solo male artist with his hit “First Person Shooter,” featuring J. Cole. He also held the title of the most streamed artist on Spotify globally in 2015, 2016, and 2018, competing with giants like Ed Sheeran, Bad Bunny, and Taylor Swift.

While he ranked third and fourth for most streamed artists on Spotify in 2022 and 2023, respectively, Drake has now surpassed Taylor Swift as the platform’s all-time most streamed artist across all credits.

This incredible feat further cements his legacy as one of the most commercially successful and influential musicians of the 21st century.

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Lojay & JAE5 Set To Drop Collaborative EP

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Nigerian artists collaborating with international stars have been a major force in bringing Nigerian music to the global stage. This trend continues with the exciting news of a joint EP between Nigerian singer Lojay and British producer JAE5. Their project, titled “Loveless,” drops on February 8th, 2024.

Fans are eagerly anticipating this collaboration. Lojay is known for his impressive songwriting and captivating melodies, while JAE5 has a successful history of working with other Afrobeats artists.

 

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Lojay has been a prominent figure in the music industry since his 2021 breakthrough with the collaborative EP “LV N ATTN,” featuring the hit song “Monalisa.” He continued his success in 2023 with the acclaimed “Gangster Romantic” EP, which spawned tracks like “Moto,” “Leader,” and “Available.”

Notably, he also featured alongside Davido on Chris Brown’s “Sensational,” marking their first entry on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

In 2022, he worked with BNXN and Dave on “Propeller” and with Blaqbonez on “Back In Uni” from his album “Emeka Must Shine.” More recently, JAE5 and Nigerian street pop star Portable were featured by Skepta on the track “Tony Montana.”

With the combined talents of Lojay and JAE5, this upcoming EP is expected to push the boundaries of Afrobeats even further; and offer a unique blend of Lojay’s acclaimed songwriting and JAE5’s celebrated production. Fans are already buzzing with anticipation for this exciting release.

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