Olamide’s YBNL Signs Joint-Venture Deal With Empire Distribution

 

Nigerian rapper and YBNL boss Olamide Adedeji has signed a joint-venture deal with American music distribution and record label Empire Distribution.

The legendary Nigerian rapper popularly called Olamide announced his label’s new feat via a brief statement on Twitter.

Excited about the news, Olamide wrote “Happy to announce that YBNL and Empire got a joint venture deal. Myself and Fireboy with any other act I sign next ready to shake the world.”

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He also thanked his fans for their patience, “Big thanks to the fans for holding on for so long and believing.. Switching it up n f***ing the world up is the motive. So make nobody fear when gobe start…”

Olamide also hinted that he and Fireboy DML each have an album coming on the way:

“Time to get to work and serve you guys new Baddo album and new Fireboy album 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 who’s ready ? #YBNLEMPIRE,” the rapper said.

Similarly, Empire released a statement via its Twitter page.

After first acknowledging that “Nigeria going global” the music distribution and record label stated that it is  excited to continue its journey with Olamide and the YBNL family.”

 

Charges Against Empire Actor Jussie Smollett Dropped

US actor Jussie Smollett 
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US prosecutors dropped all charges Tuesday against television actor Jussie Smollett, who was accused of fabricating a racist and homophobic hate crime, his attorneys said.

“Today, all criminal charges against Jussie Smollett were dropped and his record has been wiped clean,” Tina Glandian and Patricia Brown Holmes said in a joint statement.

The 36-year-old actor had denied 16 felony counts of allegedly masterminding a false attack on the streets of downtown Chicago to gain publicity and win a bigger paycheck.

“He was a victim who was vilified and made to appear as a perpetrator as a result of false and inappropriate remarks made to the public causing an inappropriate rush to judgement,” the attorneys said.

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Smollett was accused of sending himself a threatening letter and hiring two acquaintances to stage a street attack, complete with homophobic and racial slurs, while invoking Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan.

The case invoked widespread sympathy for the actor and outrage over the attack.

But the actor was later written out of the last two episodes of the Fox Network television program “Empire,” amid uproar over the accusations against him.

The producers of the program said they had no comment about the latest developments.