Music in Nigeria generates certain amount of influence as in any known country. Digging deep into the industry, you can easily see that certain things add up for a popular song to emerge. One of such is the record label the song emanates from.
The record label can be described as the house structure of the musician and his/her musics. In place of the musician, the label to some extent represent the music and even the musicians. The money derived from the tunes in a recording house is shared as stipulated by the management of the music label.
A tune from a well known record label gains certain advantages. The tune would be hugely anticipated in the face place. It would be highly aired and loved. This would also expose the musician giving him/her the desired influence sought for.
This article focuses on the current standing best record labels in the country, who is the brain behind them and the members which make up these record labels. The isn't that static as one might see elsewhere, it is highly dynamic in terms of consistency. One might be a popular music lord because of a nice hit today buy in the long run might fail to live up to it.
The singers themselves aren't consistent to a record label. They prefer creating their own new record label making it difficult to track the to a record label.
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Record labels in Nigeria and their members ...
|1.||Mavin Records||Don Jazzy||Iyanya,Tiwa Savage, Korede Bello, Di’Ja, D’Prince, Dr Sid, Reekado Banks, Johnny Drille, Poe and DNA Twins|
|2.||Chocolate City||Audu Maikori||Femi Kuti, Ice Prince, Caise, Pryse Nosa, Jesse Jagz Victoria Kimani |
|3.||Y.B.N.L (Yahoo Boy No Laptop)||Olamide|| DJ Enimoney, Temmie Ovwasa, Adekunle Gold(left), Lil kesh(left), Davolee|
|4.||Capital Hill||Clarence Peters||Ill Bliss, Tha Suspect, Chidinma(left), Fefe and Mz Kiss|
|5.||Empire Mates Entertainment (E.M.E)||Bankole Wellington (Banky W)||Niyola, Shaydee6,Wizkid(left),Skales(left)|
|6.||Star boy entertainment||Wizkid||Maleek Berry, Legendury Beats, LAX, Efya, R2Bees.|
|7.||DMW (formally HKN)||Davido||B-red,Shina Rambo, Mayourkun, Dremo, Danagog Deekay|
|8.||Hypertek Digital||2face Idibia||Victor Uwaifo, Dammy Krane, RockSteady|
|9.||Five Star Music||Emeka Okonkwo popularly called E-Money||Xbusta,Kcee,Harrysong(left)|
|10.||Loveworld Records||Chris Oyakhilome||Sinach, Frank Edwards, Joe Praize, Ada Ehi, Chris Shalom, Eben, Buchi Jahdiel|
1. Mavin Records
The Mavin Records has it's root from Mo’ Hits which was also popular as at that time. It was founded by Don Jazzy and D’Banj. They later splitted in 2011.
Not ready to back down so easily, Don Jazzy came up with Mavin Records, also known as the Supreme Mavin Dynasty back in 2012. Their top hit is Dorobucci which was an influence avenue to some of the Mavin artistes like Korede Bello, Reekado Bank and D’ija.
Popular female singer, Tiwa Savage is one of the artiste on this label and has even been labelled as the first lady of Mavin. Iyanya, Korede Bello, Di’Ja, D’Prince, Dr Sid, Reekado Banks, Johnny Drille, Poe and DNA Twins are all under this popular label.
2. Chocolate City
Lawyer Audu Maikori along with Paul Okeugo and Yahaya Maikori in 2005 conceived the idea of founding the popular record group, Chocolate city.
It is widely admired as the most biggest and most successful record labels in Africa. They are the first music company of nigerian origin to attain a global music award and recognition by the British Council [International Young Music Entrepreneur of the year (IYMEY) 2007].
Chocolate City Music operates as a subsidiary of Chocolate City group. Other arms of the group are Chocolate City Distribution, Chocolate City events and Chocolate City Media. They have stars like MI, Femi Kuti, Ice Prince,Jesse jags, Dj Caise, Pryse, Nosa, Victoria Kimani, Dice, Ailes and Koker in their label.
3. YBNL Nation
Olamide Adedeji simply known as Olamide started the record label in 2012. The Yahoo Boy No Laptop(YBNL) label is one of the reknown act in the country haven had popular acts like Adekunle Gold and Lil Kesh who were since gone for their seperate labels.
Young John and Pheelz are the producers at YBNL while DJ Enimoney, Temmie Ovwasa, Davolee and Olamide are the current acts there.
4. Capital Hill
The owner of this label is the renown director in Nigeria, Clarence Peters. He is one of the best music video directors in the country and his record label deserves a place in the top 10 list.
He is patnered by Illbliss and the label houses artistes like Tha Suspect, Chidinma, Fefe and Mz Kiss.
5. Empire Mates Entertainment (EME)
Bankole Wellington (Banky W) founded empire mates entertainment in 2002. The recording artistes at EME include Banky W, Niyola and Shaydee.
DJ Xclusive is the official DJ for this record label. Wizkid and Skales were once members of the label but has since gone for their separate own after the expiration of their contracts. Read more!
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6. StarBoy Entertainment
Haven moved on from EME, Wizkid started his own Starboy Records. This was in 2013 and some of the acts on this label include producers Maleek Berry and Legendury Beats as well as singer LAX.
7. David Media Worldwide(DMW)
This record label was formally known as HKN - Honourable Kings of New-School. the record label is popular and so is Davido himself. Davido has a couple of his cousins, Shina Rambo and B-Red signed on to this record label. Mayourkun, Dremo are all in this record label.
8. Five Star Music
Five star music is owned by Emeka Okonkwo popularly called E-Money. He is the younger brother of popular musician, Kingsley Okonkwo popularly called K-Cee.
Harrysong was also among the dignitaries of this record label until the recent feud between the management of Five Star Music and him and which later led to his exit.
9. Loveworld Records
This is a gospel music record label owned by pastor Chris Oyakhilome. Established in 2009, notable gospel musicians like Sinach, Frank Edwards and Joe Praize graces this label. Others include Ada Ehi, Chris Shalom, Eben, Buchi and Jahdiel.
The vision of Loveworld records is to take God’s divine presence to the people of the earth through Gospel music.
10. Hypertek Digital
Nigeria's iconic singer 2face Idibia owns this record label. It was established following Idibia’s departure from Kennis Music.
The label was founded in 2006 and has artistes like Victor Uwaifo, Dammy Krane and RockSteady as it's members. Hypertek label is a subsidiary of 960 Music Group.
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