Hip Hop, R&B Surpass Rock As Biggest U.S. Music Genre

Hip-hop and R&B surpassed rock for the first time in 2017 as the biggest music genre in the United States, but British artist Ed Sheeran’s romantic pop album “Divide” was the year’s biggest single draw, according to a Nielsen Music report.

Powered by a 72 percent increase in on-demand audio streaming, eight of the top 10 albums came from the world of rap or R&B, including Kendrick Lamar’s “DAMN,” Drake’s “More Life” and “24K Magic” by Bruno Mars, according to Nielsen Music’s 2017 year-end report, released on Wednesday.

Rap and R&B also dominate the Grammy awards later in January, with rapper Jay-Z and Lamar leading nominations.

In a reflection of the demise of rock among young people, the Coachella music festival line-up announced earlier this week featured no rock headliner for the first time in the 19-year history of the three-day Southern California event.

Pop star Taylor Swift had the biggest album of 2017 in terms of sales with “Reputation,” with 1.9 million units sold, Nielsen said. The album, Swift’s first in three years, was kept off streaming for the first three weeks after its release in November.

But it was Sheeran whose music dominated radio, digital and streaming in 2017. “Divide” notched up 2.7 million units, including sales and streaming activity, and the 26-year-old singer-songwriter’s single “Shape of You” spent 33 weeks on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart and was streamed one billion times.

Billboard charts tally units from album sales, song sales (10 songs equal one album) and streaming activity (1,500 streams equal one album).

Vinyl sales surged for the 12th year in a row – up 9 percent in 2017 -, especially among older fans. The top-selling vinyl albums were The Beatles “Sgt.Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” powered by a 50th-anniversary reissue, and the British band’s 1969 release, “Abbey Road.”

Ice-Prince Releases ‘Trillions’ Music Video

Ice-prince, trillions, Rapper, Ice-prince Zmani has released the music video for his track, ‘trillions’, off his newly released ‘Jos To The World’ album.

The ‘Super Cool Cat’, as named after his record label, features rapper Phyno, on the track.

The visual interpretation was created by Clarence peters.


Artist Megaloh Brings German-Nigerian Vibes To Lagos

megaloh, nigerian, german, lagosIt’s a full moon homecoming to remember for Rapper Uchenna Van Capelleveen, better known by his stage name Megaloh as he brings his German-Nigerian vibes to Lagos.

Uchenna, an acclaimed name already within the German hip-hop circle, presented his craft to Nigerians and received impressive response even though delivery was in a foreign language.

The artist who was bred in Germany but Born by a Nigerian, admitted that leading a multiracial life initially came with a bit of identity crisis.

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(Megaloh) German-Nigerian Artist

However, at a crucial period in his life, he found rap music and that eventually helped him define his personality.

Through his music, he transformed the perceived negativity associated with him being multiracial, to his advantage.

Although hip-hop isn’t a mainstream genre in his home country Germany, according to him, he has been able to record impressive success that has gotten him mainstream attention.

While he grew as an artiste, he continued to think about his roots in Nigeria as well as monitor from a distance, the Nigerian music industry and at some point he created the track ‘oyoyo’ as an ode to Nigeria.

Seeing the incredible growth of hip-hop music in Nigeria, the artist has resolved to initiate his integration into the Nigerian music circle.

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Ade Bantu and Megaloh

As his career advanced, Megaloh found an associate, Ade Bantu, who is also a German-Nigerian entertainer, and one who he says he will help him realise his dreams.

Megaloh has taken the bold step to bring his music back to his roots and although it is impossible to pre-determine how this would pan out, he has gone ahead to start a new chapter in his life.

He said he hopes to connect more with the Nigerian language and people.

“Chocolate City Is Doing Well, Not Imploding”- Dice Ailes

nigerian music industry, dice ailes, chocolate city, Chocolate City artiste, Dice Ailes, has joined M.I. in reiterating the fact that the music imprint, is not imploding as suggested by many.

Following the exit of ice-prince and rapper, Milli, from the group Chocolate City, the ‘Telephone’ singer told Channels Television that they left amicably and nevertheless, still maintained a good relationship with the record label.

“We’re doing well at Chocolate City, I think it’s just growth. People are pretty much growing and evolving into new things. Ice-prince left but he’s still a part of the family.

“Everybody is doing their own individual thing but we’re still a collective family at the end of the day,” he said.

Highlighting the progress of his career in Nigeria, the performing artiste talked about his latest single, ‘Machinery’. “It is doing pretty well… really accepted by the streets”.

He also mentioned that his new single, ‘Miracle’, featuring Lil Kesh, would drop sometime between late August and early September.

Although, he started performing in Canada, until he was introduced to the Nigerian mainstream music in 2014 by the Chocolate City label, the artist said it was not much of a task.

He has,however, switched his style, to the dominant Nigerian hip-hop, because according to him, he grew up in a typical Nigerian home and listened to typical Nigerian music.

“I like to believe that I’m a very versatile artist. I can band however I choose. So it wasn’t really much of a task.

“I just knew that the Nigerian commercial market wanted to hear a certain thing and I gave it to them with ‘Machinery’,” he said.

Here is a video of the song, Machinery.

Victor Essiet Not Working With ‘Arrogant’ Hip-Hop Artistes

essietNigerian reggae music veteran, Victor Essiet has said he may not be working with Nigerian hip-hop acts on his new project because the reigning younger artistes are arrogant.

The Rat Race crooner who is working on a return to mainstream music after having been out of the country for many years, said the now reigning artistes are too arrogant so he would not be inviting any of them for collaboration.

Album Review: Ice Prince Has Grown As A Lyricist – M.I

Following the release of Ice Prince’s sophomore album, Fire of Zamani, label mate and popular rapper, Mr Incredible reviewed the album in an exclusive interview with Channels Television and said the new album was evidence that Ice Prince had grown as a lyricist.

Ice Prince hit mainstream recognition with his party banger ‘Oleku’ after which he released several other rave tracks in his debut album, ‘Everybody Loves Ice Prince.’

His second album, which was unveiled on November 28,has garnered much applause from music lovers and critics in the music industry.

While doing a critique of FOZ, M.I disclosed the inspiration behind some of the tracks on the album including the song entitled ‘Whiskey,’ which M.I described as ‘great music.’

“The flow on the album is on point,” he added.

The 18 tracker album is a compilation of works from different prominent artistes and producers such as Sunny Neji, Wale (MMG), M.I, Chip, Ruby, Wizkid, French Montana, Jesse Jagz, Olamide, Sound Sultan, Burna Boy, Yung L, Jeremiah Gyang, Shaydee, Morell, Chopstix, Don Jazzy, Sammy Gyang, J Sleek and E-Kelly.

M.I also said that Ice Prince “brought out the best from Wale, Chip and Sunny Nneji.”

As far as M.I is concerned, there were not enough tracks on the album as “that kind of music should never end.”

He also thinks there should be a way the music could be embedded in human skin…

Watch the video here:

IBK Spaceshipboi Releases Album Art, Track List

IBK Spaceshipboi has officially unveiled the art work and track list of his debut album entitled ‘I Come In Peace.’

IBK Spaceshipboi gained recognition when he emerged as the winner of the Don Jazzy’s Enigma Beat Competition in 2011. Thereafter, he produced the first ever BET Nigerian Cypher in 2012.

The album which will be released on November 25th 2013 under his own production company Martianship Music Company, will feature tracks like ‘Light in Me’ featruing Tychi, which has bagged award nominations.

Speaking about the album, IBK Spaceshipboi said “I guarantee the world that this is an album you would want to have.”

Album art was created by Raphael Kazeem (Blue Box Media INC).


Teezee Drops ‘High Roller’ Video

Afro pop singer, Teezee has dropped the video for the song entitled ‘High Roller,’ featuring DRB Lasgidi mate, Boj.

The song was produced by Canada based producer, Yinolu with the help of BOJ (BOTM) mixing Yoruba with street slangs that will have you singing ‘Farabale Farabale’.

The video was directed by Dalia Dias.

PICTURES: Ill Bliss, Tha Suspect, Chidinma Thrill ‘At The Club’

Nigerian music stars, Ill BlissTha Suspect and Chidinma partied with music lovers and fans a few weeks back at Club Ace (The Place) in Ikeja GRA, performing their bevvy of hit singles.

The party also featured the Remy Martin Dance Off hosted by Bovi.

Check out pictures of the celebrities at the event.

Naeto C, D’Prince, Skuki and DJ Zeez are lined-up to perform at this month’s edition of ‘At The Club’ with Remy Martin.

Creddy F Drops Video For ‘Scooby Scooby’

Upcoming rap artiste, Creddy F has released the video for his song titled, Scooby Scooby, which was initially released in 2012 and featured popular act, LKT (Alaye).

Crescent Patrick Nwanagu,  who is also known as Creddy F is now back with the video directed by one of Nigeria’s ace music video directors, Patrick Elis.

Patrick Ellis has directed several other music videos including Eva’s ‘Lights Out,’ Baba Dee’s ‘Gum Body,’ Tillaman’s ‘Ko Ma Roll’ to mention a few.

DJ Xclusive Drops “No Time” Video Featuring Skales May D, Tillaman

DJ Xclusive has released the video for his popular single, ‘No Time,’ featuring Skales, May D and Tillaman.

Directed by Squareball AdasaCookey, the video depicts DJ Xclusive as the debonair party-starting hero, adroitly incorporating his signature style.

The video features guest appearances from a few celebrities including May D, Banky W, Skales, Shaydee, Niyola, Tillaman, Uti Nwachukwu, and a host of others.

The video comes right after Xclusive’s hosting of Big Brother Africa: The Chase live eviction show last weekend where he thrilled crowds in South Africa as well as the entire African continent with his famed repertoire. He took his place in the DJ’s booth at the Channel O Party for the Chase Mates last.

Lola Rae Features Iyanya In Brand New Single, “Fi Mi Le”

Following on from just being nominated for a Nigerian Entertainment Award as ‘Most Promising Female Act To Watch’ and with her music video for “Watch My Ting Go” recently picked as ‘Video of the Week’ on BET’s 106 & Park, British Nigerian Pop star Lola Rae is back with her brand new warm-up titled “Fi Mi Le.”

The song features Iyanya and  is produced by P2J, who also produced “Watch My Ting Go”. “Fi Mi Le” is an instantly captivating and unforgettable tune with its infectious drum-heavy musical backdrop supported by lush synths and catchy hand-claps, over which Lola Rae and Iyanya both bring their A-game – Lola Rae with her amazing vocals and Iyanya with his heart-melting harmonies and undisputed smooth flow.

With several taste makers continuing to praise Lola Rae and describe her as “one to watch”, it is not hard to see why. Her debut music video has already garnered over 450,000 views on YouTube and her singles are on constant radio rotation, both in Nigeria and in the UK, with “Fi Mi Le” featuring Iyanya bound to continue in the same vein!

You simply cannot argue that Lola Rae – who has just been confirmed as supporting Davido on his forthcoming UK tour in September – is a huge star in the making, join her on her next step into super stardom and enjoy “Fi Mi Le” featuring Iyanya below: