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My First Project Under Sony Music Felt Like A Failure – Davido

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Afrobeat music is taking the world by storm, and one of its leading stars is Grammy-nominated Nigerian artist Davido. In a recent interview on “The Bride” alongside celebrities like footballer Aurelian Thouameni, Davido opened up about the struggles he faced early on in his career with Sony Music.

Davido signed with Sony Music in 2016, right after selling out a massive stadium in Mali. However, he revealed that he still had to prove himself to people at the label who weren’t familiar with his achievements back home in Nigeria.

Davido talked about the transition from being a massive star in Africa to having to rebuild his recognition as an up-and-coming artist in the US market. He said,

“When we come to sign record deals overseas, they don’t know we are superstars back home. When I signed my first deal, I just did a 60,000-capacity stadium in Mali. So when you signed a new deal, they’re asking you ‘What’s your name? What type of music do you make?”

Davido went on to say that Sony Music paired him with well-respected producers to work on a new project. This resulted in his 2016 EP “Son of Mercy,” but by his admission, it fell short of his expectations.

“When I first came they put me with some producers but it didn’t work out. We dropped an EP under Sony which was my first project but it felt like a failure to me. Some people might see it as success but that wasn’t it for me.”

In the interview, Davido reflected on his early days with Sony Music. Despite signing with them after a massive concert sell-out in Mali, he still felt pressure to prove himself as an artist unfamiliar with the label. He collaborated with top producers on a project—the 2016 EP “Son of Mercy.” It included popular tracks like “Skelewu,” “How Long” featuring Tinashe, and “Coolest Kid in Africa” featuring Nasty C.

However, by Davido’s standards, the EP didn’t quite meet his expectations as a hitmaker. Among the songs, only the Afrobeats-inspired “Skelewu” truly resonated with local audiences, suggesting the EP, intended to launch him in the US market, missed the mark.

Following this, Davido returned to Lagos and created new music with his usual producers. This resulted in the song “IF,” produced and co-written by Tekno. “IF” achieved the international success that Sony Music had originally hoped for with “Son of Mercy.”

The interview stretched beyond Davido’s personal experiences. He also discussed the global rise of Nigerian music, acknowledging the sacrifices made by the first generation of stars who paved the way, and the ongoing efforts by himself and other current stars to ensure success for future generations.

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See How Tems, Wizkid, Other Nigerian Artistes Showed Up At Coachella

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Coachella, the undisputed king of summer music festivals (and some would say the entire year!), wasn’t just about the music this year. Nigerian artists came to slay, not only with their incredible performances but also with their on-point fashion sense.

From show-stopping stage outfits that shimmered under the desert lights to effortlessly cool looks that dominated street-style snaps, these talented Nigerians made sure all eyes were on them.

Here’s a closer look at how they brought their A-game and stole the show at Coachella!

Fireboy DML brought a fresh, Gen Z vibe to Coachella. He rocked a loose-fitting jersey that proudly displayed the Nigerian coat of arms, paired with super baggy pants. It was a cool and casual look that felt perfect for the festival atmosphere.

Joining the Nigerian takeover at Coachella was DJ Spinall! He wasn’t there to perform with a band, but he kept the party going with a hot DJ set. Staying true to his signature style, DJ Spinall rocked a classic white shirt and trousers, finishing the look off with his well-known cap and scarf.

Nigerian superstar Tems absolutely blew everyone away at Coachella! Channelling the legendary Diana Ross, she looked like royalty in a stunning black sequined gown. With her voluminous, fluffy hair, she absolutely commanded the stage. But Tems didn’t stop there. She surprised the audience (and the entire internet!) with an epic performance alongside Wizkid and even Justin Bieber. Needless to say, the crowd went wild!

 

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Wizkid brought a chill vibe to Coachella with his outfit choice. He went for a relaxed yet confident look, sporting a statement varsity jacket and baggy pants. It was all about comfort and effortless style.

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Young Jonn Drops Debut Album, “Jiggy Forever”

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Jiggy Forever” is a fun and varied album with 16 tracks that take listeners on a journey through different moods and places.

The album starts with love songs. “Hold On” featuring Sean Paul has a deep and longing feel, inspired by the Caribbean Islands.

Next, the album shifts gears to celebrate success. Tracks like “50 Million” and “Full My Tank” (featuring Zlatan and Don Jazzy) boast about financial achievements and the Lagos lifestyle.

“Maya Maya” with Ya Levis is a stylish song about a passionate young romance, with a French-Congolese twist.

The album also includes some previously released hits:

  • “Aquafina” (an Amapiano love song with 30 million streams and 1 million YouTube views)
  • “Sharpally” (a popular track with over 30 million streams)
  • “Big Big Things” (a confidence anthem featuring Seyi Vibes and Kizz Daniel)

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“This album is really special to me. I feel like most people don’t really know who I am. They just have an idea,” Young Jonn said. “But this project uncovers the real me. Each track is like a snapshot of life’s roller coaster, touching on love, hustle, and finding my way in a world that sometimes feels upside down.”

Young Jonn’s transition from being a producer to a music artist began in 2021 when he signed an Artist Recording Agreement with Nigeria’s leading record label, Chocolate City Music. He released his first project, Love Is Not Enough Vol. 1, which received critical acclaim.

He also collaborated with popular Afrobeats artist Davido on a remix of his debut single, ‘Dada’. Following the success of Vol. 1, he released Love Is Not Enough Vol. 2. On April 12, 2024, he released ‘Jiggy Forever’, showcasing his talent for creating hit songs.

Listeners can now enjoy Young Jonn’s musical expertise through this latest release.

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Spotify’s 100 Greatest R&B Songs Include Songs By Wizkid, Tems, And Oxlade

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Spotify released a list of the greatest R&B songs according to things like how good they are, how popular they are, and how much cultural impact they have.

Wizkid’s “Essence” with Tems is the highest-ranked African song at number 21. It’s a huge hit, with over 230 million streams. Tems also has a solo song on the list, “Free Mind,” at number 29 with over 144 million streams. That song was a big deal in the US and UK.

Wizkid shows up again on the list with Chris Brown’s song “Call Me Everyday” at number 71. Oxlade also made the list with his viral hit “Kulosa” at number 88.

There are a few other African artists on the list, too. Tyla’s song “Water” won a Grammy in 2023 and is at number 60 with over half a billion streams. Libianca, a Cameroonian-American singer, has her song “People” at number 99 with nearly 600 million streams.

SZA’s “Snooze” is number one on the whole list, followed by Frank Ocean, Daniel Caesar & H.E.R., Beyonce, and Bryson Tiller. The rest of the top 10 include Solange, Summer Walker, Rihanna, Jazmine Sullivan, and Chris Brown with Drake.

Also, check out the full list of the greatest R&B songs on Spotify on their website.

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