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5 Nigerian Artistes Who Had Issues With Their Record Labels

See More Reactions To The Issue Between Kizz Daniel and Demmie Vee

The Nigerian music industry is not devoid of its own drama as since time immemorial we have always heard of one issue or the other between Artistes and their record label.

Here are 5 Nigerian artistes who have had issues with the label at one point.

Demmie Veee Vs Kizz Daniel’s Fly Boi Record Label

Trouble started a couple of days ago when a viral video of singer and label boss Kizz Daniel surfaced online. Daniel was allegedly seen mobilizing SARS operatives to arrest his former signee, Demmie Vee, who has since called him out on social media. According to Demmie Vee, he asked for a refund of his money back from Daniel, the reason Kizz decided to come to his home with armed policemen. In his words;

@iamkizzdaniel !!! With all due respect. You are a Traitor @iamkizzdaniel. I can’t believe you have the gut to bring police to me because I asked for a refund of my Money. You tricked us and collected my 15million naira to boost your own shaking career. I wasn’t a struggling artist when you approached my boss for help which results to a recording deal/contract and I remember you promised heaven and earth that day.

*TIFF* was doing well and was already a big song when you came to beg me to join fly boy INC not knowing your real intentions. On two different songs. You edited my Voice to make my voice sound awful and I still kept quiet and never say a word. { *SOMEBODY DEY* AND *YOU GO WAIT *}.

I have the real versions of this two songs..You are too fake that the likes of “Bharry Jay , Phil Kez, wickedest dj zino , Slizzy , expression, etc can’t cope with you in space of 3 months. Time will surely tell. I know one day, the world will know the truth of it all. *Don’t Judge each day by the harvest you reap now but by the seeds that you plant.*

Things May look rosy now but Karma is a Tricky thing.

Kiss Daniel Vs G-Worldwide

Since the release of his hit song Woju in 2014, Kiss Daniel has continued to churn out hits upon hits while under his then G-Worldwide until the young act who now goes by the name Kizz Daniel decided it was time to leave the label.

News surfaced in no time that the label was trying to sue Kizz as he had signed a 7-year contract with them in 2013 which means he must be with the label until 2020. According to a letter that was been circulated around then, a Federal High Court Judge signed an injunction which stopped Kizz from performing or doing any musical business till the court sits in January. Kizz, of course, responded with his own counter-suit.

Wizkid and Banky W’s EME record label

Long before Wizkid launched his Starboy imprint, he was signed to Banky W’s EME records but had issues with them due to the unfavorable sharing formula which alleged that the singer was getting 25% of what he made despite being the main act at the label. Wizzy then asked for a review of the contract but left due to an agreement not been reached.

This caused Banky W to state online that Wizkid will be replaced by a better artiste in no time, a statement Wizzy, replied saying;“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.”

They have since settled their issues.

Brymo Vs Chocolate City

According to singer Brymo following the release of his debut album – Son of A Carpenter, Chocolate City Music did not promote the body of work. The singer accused them of not fulfilling their part of his contract. Choc City on their part claimed the issues stemmed from the fact that  Brymo was stubborn, was always promoting Indian hemp on his social media accounts which cost him a N20million endorsement deal with a telecoms company.

Brymo later dumped the label before taking to Twitter to call out Audu Maikori, founder and then CEO of Chocolate City. Unhappy about this, the label sued the artiste, they claimed he breached a five-year contract which required that he releases three albums between 2011 and 2016. An injunction was gotten to Brymo from exiting the label and to lay claim on every one of his recordings. This affected Brymo for a very long time as he could not release any song or make money. The injunction was lifted in 2014. The case continued until 2016, the same year his contract was supposed to end. Choc City claimed they invested N20million in Brymo and were yet to make up to N3million, they went on to ask for N100million in damages from Brymo.

Kelly Hansome Vs Kennis Music

5 Nigerian Artistes Who Had Issues With Their Record Labels

Music star Kelly Hansome like a few of his contemporaries in the industry also had issues with his record label. Hansome who was signed to Kennis Records back then claimed the label was not paying him.

“Right from my last album, Maga Don Pay, Kennis Music has not paid me. They promised to get me a house, car and other necessary things I needed as stated in our contract but they didn’t. 70 percent of the shows I did were, as I was made to understand free. When I later found out that they have been collecting money from these people, they now assured me that they were going to pay me. They have being collecting money from them and claiming that the shows were all complimentary. 30 per cent of the shows I did for Kennis came through my manager, Pental. Even the show they did for Glo…one laughter whatever, featuring Basket Mouth, they were paid, but nobody gave me a dime. Apart from that, Kennis used to block my shows. People who wanted me to do a show for them were turned down; they were often told that I was not in town, meanwhile, I’ve been in town since December 24 last year. Kennis has been chopping my money; why? What have I done to them? Is it wrong for me to believe their words?”

The label owners Kenny Ogungbe and Dayo Adeneye, told all third parties and media not to do business with him, as Hansome still had a valid 6-year contract with them. Kelly Hansome eventually issued an apology to them.


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