A Few Artist Vs Record Label Sagas That Shook The Nigerian Music Industry
Time and time again we hear of disputes between Artist Vs Record Label, it’s a bumpy road you know, sometimes it molds the artist and sometimes it cripples the artist. Here are a few conflicts between record labels and artists that went extremely viral.
WIZKID VS E.M.E
Wizkid And Banky W In Intense Fight: “I Made You Who You Are Today” Nigerian artist Ayo Balogun aka Wizkid and his former boss, Banky W of EME fought dirty even on twitter.
Wizkid Ayo Balogun dumped Banky W’s record label to start his own company tagged “Star Boy Entertainment”. It was gathered that Wizkid showed up at Banky W’s love concert that took place at the Civic Center in Victoria Island, Lagos. Wizkid and his then girlfriend, Omotayo showed up as regular guests but the star boy wasn’t comfortable throughout his stay.
He was spotted with his head bowed all through the concert. Minutes later, we learnt star boy walked of the event with his girlfriend without talking to any of his label mates. Few hours later, the pair engaged each other in a tough war of words on Twitter. See the tweets below. Banky W said: “Am not gonna pretend like your absence from the team would not be felt, you will be replaced by a better artiste Never knew you were such an ingrate, I made you who you are today and that fact is something you can never deny. Wish you all the best”
Wizkid Replied with: “I can never be replaced, you mistook my loyalty for stupidity so don’t get mad that I’ve decided to move on with my life Going live on Ustream in a bit #TeamWizkid lets get it!“ The tweets have been deleted. Heya Banky is feeling the impact of the star boy.
A few years ago, Nigerian singer, Kizz Daniel was embroiled in a contractual dispute with his then-record label, G Worldwide.
The issue was his desire to breach the terms of his contract and exit the label without fulfilling the terms of his contract. As a result of the dispute, an injunction prevented him from performing throughout the festive period of December 2017. It also led to him changing his name from ‘Kiss’ to ‘Kizz.’ G Worldwide has trademarked the name, ‘Kiss.’ While on G Worldwide, he released his critically acclaimed and commercially successful Headies-winning 2016 debut album, New Era.
However, starting in 2017, he was able to release music again through his own record label, Flyboy Entertainment and even released his sophomore album, No Bad Songz on the label. But now, G Worldwide has slammed him with another lawsuit totaling N500 million.
In a matter filed by originating summons G Worlwide and its counsel, Dr. Olisa Agbakoba (SAN), it seeks legal redress for breach of recording contract against the artiste and infringement of its intellectual property rights by the artiste. The matter is before a High Court sitting in Lagos.
However, when the matter appeared before the High Court on Monday, October 7, 2019, the claimants prayed the court for a stay of proceedings so it can settle the matter via the alternative dispute resolution method, arbitration – a stipulation of he contract signed between both parties.
Another prayer before the court was for an amendment of originating processes. The label also seeks N200,000,000 in general damages and N179,499,957.00 in special damages for breach of contract and N150, 000, 000 for contract exit fees, among other reliefs.
The matter has since been adjourned till January 21, 2020 to hear the Label’s application.
Cynthia Morgan who now goes by the stage name Madrina, revealed that she relocated to Benin to recuperate and save costs.
She also fell into depression after she found her resources drained. Morgan revealed that she fell out with her former label head Jude Okoye, brother to renowned defunct group PSquare. She alleged that Okoye has taken over her Instagram and VEVO accounts and has also stopped her from using the stage name Cynthia Morgan.
“I went through a lot as Cynthia Morgan that a lot of people didn’t know about,” she told Upfront With Sandra.
Morgan said that Jude Okoye didn’t promote her but was only shooting videos. She said that Okoye claims she is owing him the money spent on shooting the music videos.
Peter Okoye (Mr P):
In a series of tweets, Peter Okoye also chipped in on the controversy between Morgan and Jude Okoye.
“And some people thought i was stupid when I made the right decision. My dear C Morgan! it’s never to late to be what you might have been. God will surely see you through and carry you through the storm. Keep believing”
Mr P revealed that his decision to split from the group was never about money but freedom.
“My dear C Morgan, The decision i made 3yrs ago was never about the firm,money or power! It was for my FREEDOM!💪🏾 Sad you rejected the contract i gave u. Just because they made you see me like the bad egg. I pray you understand that God has a purpose for everything. Never give up
“The Truth shall prevail. God will surely see you through C Morgan”.
Following his own exit from PSquare and Northside Records, Peter offered Cynthia Morgan a chance to join his own label, but she rejected it.
“Peter is an artiste. I would never sign with an artiste, especially Nigerian artistes,” she said in an interview with the Net. Jude is always not the nice guy but I preferred to go with Jude. Because I felt like he understood the business more.”
She said she chose to stay with Jude although it was a tough decision as Peter offered her incentives like a car and a house none of which she got from Jude.
Upfront With Sandra is marshalling the movement to bring Cynthia Morgan back. She stated on her Instagram page that she has set up a GoFundMe account to help finance the singer’s return to the industry.
“We have decided to set up this gofundme to appeal to her fans to please contribute in bringing her back on the scene”, Sandra wrote on Saturday. She has unreleased fire hits that we can’t wait to share with the world. The truth is, she has remained the undisputed queen of dance hall in Nigeria and we need her back”.
Douglas Jack Agu, better known by his stage name, Runtown, shot into limelight with his hit song, Gallardo, featuring Davido, which garnered about 418,000 views on VeVo in two months.
This probably impressed the management of Ericmany Records because they signed him onto the record label shortly after in 2014. All things seemed rosy until two years after when the record label dragged the young artiste to court, claiming that he signed up, and attended musical shows without the knowledge of the label after investing millions of naira on him.
However, few months ago, a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos slammed an injunction against the rising musical artiste. The injunction prevents him from performing at any event or any form of recording for the time being unless with the approval of Ericmany Limited. This judgement would definitely have an adverse effect on his budding career.
On his part, the afro pop singer claimed that Ericmany Entertainment had breached his contract several times. He further claimed that the record label stole from him by not giving him 35 per cent cuts in return among other things. He said that trouble started when he wanted to terminate his contract and also refused to renew a two-year contract because the CEO of the record label, Okwudili Umenyiora, had threatened him with a gun.
Both parties have been going back and forth over the issue till date. When the matter was taken to court, they have still not settled their differences.
When Skales left his former record label, EME, many thought that was the end for the youngster.
However, Baseline Records came from nowhere and gave him a new lease of life. His contract with the label in 2014 was described by some online portal as the biggest record deal in the industry as at then. It was reported that his contract entitled him to a furnished apartment in Lekki, a brand new SUV, some cash in advance and upkeep allowance, all to the tune of N200m. Most people thought everything was okay between the record label and its artiste, especially as Skale succeeded in churning out some hit songs till it was reported that both the artiste and his manager, Osagie, were arrested by the label over allegations of fraud.
Baseline alleged that Skale’s manager, Osagie, committed fraud against the company with monies totalling about N13,374,000. Osagie has denied the allegation, stating that there was never and would never be any basis to conclude that she had been dubious or fraudulent in her dealings with the label.
So that concludes our episode on “A Few Artist Vs Record Label Sagas That Shook The Nigerian Music Industry”