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Olamide, others emerges most streamed Hip hop artistes on Spotify



Spotify, global online streaming platform, says Olamide, Odumodublvck, Blaqbonez, Zlatan and Ice Prince are most streamed Nigerian Hip hop artistes on its platform.


Victor Okpala, Spotify’s Artiste and Label Partnerships Manager for West Africa, disclosed this in a statement on Friday. According to Okpala, Hip Hop has achieved global prominence and this triumph extends to Nigeria where it has profoundly influenced the evolution of afrobeats.


He said it was not surprising that Nigeria occupies a significant position within Africa’s Hip hop listenership landscape, securing the second spot after South Africa. He noted that this position underscored the genre’s popularity within the country and reflected the widespread impact of Nigerian Hip hop on the African music scene.


“The spotlight falls on Olamide, Odumodublvck, Blaqbonez, Zlatan and Ice Prince as the most streamed within the realm of Nigerian Hip hop.


“Nigeria’s patriotism in music is evident as most streamed Hip hop artistes are Nigerians, unlike regions such as Kenya and South Africa where international hit-man, Drake, leads.


“Hip hop is one of the most popular music genres in the world and it continues to have an input in newer genres and music movements springing up in Nigeria and around the world.


“Its ability to evolve and stay relevant is a testament to its power as a form of artistic expression that resonates with listeners worldwide,” he said.


Okpala said according to Spotify’s data, Nigerian Gen Z individuals aged between 18 and 24 constituted a sizable segment of Hip hop listeners, accounting for 55% of the total streams. He said this is followed by listeners aged 25 to 29, contributing 19% of the streams.


According to him, the age brackets of 0 to 17 and 30 to 34 both hold a 9% share.


He said from a gender perspective, Nigerian Hip hop music predominantly resonates with males, commanding a substantial 75% of the recorded streams, while females account for 24%.


“Nigerian Hip hop gained popularity in the 1990s with artistes such as Modenine, Naeto C, Bouqui, Ruggedman, Gino, Eedris Abdulkareem, eLDee, Sasha P, Ikechukwu and a whole lot more.


“These artistes pioneered the sounds and culture of Hip hop that have influenced Nigerian tracks and has grown to gain substantial traction within the continent.


“It is interesting to see how Nigerian listeners who are Hip hop enthusiasts are contributing to the elevation of the Hip hop genre and the sounds that tapped influences from it.


“The Gen Z demographic is playing a significant role in this trend,” he said.


According to Okpala, Hip hop has continued to thrive in the streaming era as a new crop of rappers are creating rap music that appeals to Gen Z consumers.


He said accessibility of streaming platforms like Spotify had enabled Gen Z to explore and embrace music from around the world, with Nigerian Hip hop resonating strongly due to its energetic, relatable lyrics, and cultural authenticity.

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Funke Akindele, Chidi Mokeme, Chioma Chukwuka headline inkblot’s crime thriller “No Way Through” premiering on Amazon Prime Video



Funke Akindele, Chidi Mokeme, Chioma Chukwuka headline inkblot's crime thriller "No Way Through" premiering on Amazon Prime Video

Inkblot Productions, a trailblazer in the Nigerian film industry, has unveiled the much-anticipated crime thriller, “No Way Through,” set to exclusively premiere globally on Amazon Prime Video this December. The star-studded cast includes Nollywood luminaries Funke Akindele, Chidi Mokeme, Chioma Chukwuka, Ikechukwu, Nengi Adoki, Seun Ajayi, Jnr Pope, Eso Dike, Roberta Oroma, and Sheggz Olusemo.


Directed by Inkblot CEO Chinaza Onuzo, the film explores the intricate balance between family, survival, and the risks taken in the pursuit of freedom. The storyline revolves around Jolade Okeniyi, a single mother employed as a driver for a local drug cartel. When confronted by the authorities, she faces a dilemma—become an informant against the cartel to secure her freedom and protect her daughter, risking deadly consequences.


Onuzo, who also penned the screenplay, expressed his enthusiasm for the project, stating, “I loved making No Way Through because it was an opportunity to explore the lengths people will go to for the people they love. In the film, we see this through the lens of a mother’s love for her daughter.”


The director commended the cast for delivering exceptional performances, especially highlighting the trio of Funke Akindele, Chidi Mokeme, and Chioma Chukwuka. Onuzo extended appreciation to collaborative partner Film One Studios and acknowledged Amazon Prime Video for providing a global platform for the film’s premiere.


Inkblot Productions, known for its commitment to storytelling excellence, has enjoyed recent success with critically acclaimed titles like the romantic comedy “Big Love” and the gripping thriller “A Weekend to Forget,” which recently concluded its successful cinematic run.


As “No Way Through” gears up for its Amazon Prime Video debut, audiences can anticipate a compelling narrative that delves into the complexities of love, sacrifice, and the unyielding spirit of those facing the challenges of life in the bustling cityscape of Lagos. Inkblot’s legacy of producing captivating stories continues to captivate audiences globally, cementing their reputation as a cinematic powerhouse in Nigerian cinema.

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‘Get some rest, King’ – Davido throws support behind Rema amidst health concerns



'Get some rest, King' - Davido throws support behind Rema amidst health concerns

In a heartwarming display of camaraderie, international music sensation Davido has extended his support to fellow artist Rema, who recently announced a break from performances in December 2023 due to health concerns.


Davido took to his Instagram story on Wednesday, November 29, 2023, sending words of encouragement to Rema. In the post, he acknowledged the physical and mental challenges of the industry, praising Rema’s outstanding contributions to African and global music. Davido urged the rising star to prioritize his well-being, stating, “The Job ain’t easy physically and mentally!! … You’ve done Africa and the world proud .beyond expectations… get some rest King @heisrema come back stronger.”


Rema’s decision to take a break was revealed through an Instagram story post on the same day, where he candidly shared the importance of prioritizing his health. The announcement left fans expressing mixed emotions on social media.


“Breaks my heart to say that I won’t be performing Anywhere this December, been years of touring I’ve ignored my health & I need time to recuperate. 2024 we go again,” Rema expressed.


The young artist has enjoyed an exceptional year in his career, achieving milestones such as selling out the prestigious O2 Arena and completing successful tours across Europe, Asia, and North America. His mega-hit, the Calm Down remix, further solidified his global presence by becoming the first by a Nigerian Afrobeats artist to feature on Spotify’s top 10 chart of most streamed tracks globally.


While acknowledging the necessity of the break, the news of Rema’s absence from December performances has left many Nigerian fans disheartened, as they had hoped to celebrate the festive season with his electrifying performances. However, the overwhelming outpouring of support from fellow artists like Davido emphasizes the importance of prioritizing health in the demanding world of entertainment. The music community rallies behind Rema, wishing him a swift recovery and anticipating his return in 2024.

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Tina Knowles defends Beyoncé against skin bleaching allegations



Tina Knowles defends Beyoncé against skin bleaching allegations

Tina Knowles, mother of global music icon Beyoncé, took to Instagram to vehemently refute claims that her daughter was bleaching her skin after recent photos from the premiere of “The Renaissance” sparked controversy.*

The Instagram post, shared on the evening of Tuesday, November 28, 2023, was a detailed clapback at those suggesting that Beyoncé was attempting to alter her skin color. Knowles, clearly infuriated, addressed the accusations head-on, emphasizing that the controversy stemmed from ignorance and baseless hate.

The post began with a photo from the Renaissance premiere, where Beyoncé appeared in a silver-themed ensemble, complete with a silver wig. Knowles, in her caption, expressed her frustration with the unfounded claims circulating online. She stated, “Came across this today and decided to post it after seeing all of the stupid, ignorant, self-hating racist statements about her lightening her skin and wearing platinum hair wanting to be white.”

Knowles passionately defended her daughter, explaining that the silver wig was a deliberate choice to align with the theme of the event. She dismissed the accusations as absurd and attributed them to jealousy and hate. “How sad is it that some of her own people continue the stupid narrative with hate and jealousy. Duh, she wore silver hair to match her silver dress as a fashion statement clown. ALIEN Superstar duh!” she added.

In the post, Knowles also revealed that TMZ, a prominent media outlet, had reached out to Beyoncé’s hairstylist, Neal Farinah, seeking a statement on the alleged skin bleaching. The outraged mother condemned the audacity of the media outlet to discuss Beyoncé’s blackness with a white woman. “Well, that made my blood boil, that this white woman felt so entitled to discuss her blackness… I am sick of you losers,” Knowles expressed.

Knowles further defended Beyoncé’s character, asserting that she minds her own business, helps people whenever she can, and consistently uplifts and promotes black women and underdogs. Despite the passionate defense, neither Beyoncé nor her team has officially addressed the matter.

The controversy underscores the challenges faced by high-profile individuals in the public eye, where even their artistic choices become the subject of unfounded and harmful speculation. Tina Knowles’ candid response serves as a powerful defense against baseless allegations targeting her daughter’s personal choices and artistic expression.

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