Audiomack signs data bundle deal with telco MTN in Nigeria
Streaming service Audiomack has been setting its sights strongly on Africa in recent times, and its latest deal continues that expansion. The company is working with telco MTN Nigeria on an ‘Audiomack+MTN Data Bundle’...
April 23, 2021
Artist Wisekid sparks fake album row with ‘Lasgidi Made’
The latest controversy around ‘fake’ albums is kicking up a rumpus in Nigeria. An artist called Wisekid released an album called ‘Lasgidi Made’, which started generating millions of streams. The only...
April 12, 2021
Music Ally Startup Files: Freeme invests in Afrobeats’ bright future
Freeme - pronounced “free me” - is an independent distributor & label services company based in Lagos. Founder and CEO Michael Ugwu has international industry experience: he was previously general manager at Sony Music...
March 23, 2021
Nigerian musicians await resolution in battle of the PROs
In January 2019 during a panel on Africa’s music industries at NY:LON Connect, Chocolate City group’s Aibee Abidoye talked about one of the challenges in Nigeria: competing collecting societies causing confusion...
January 25, 2021
Apple Music syndicates radio shows to Cool FM in Nigeria
Apple Music was the first global music streaming service to have its own live radio station built in. Now expanded to a suite of stations, some of its shows are now being syndicated to traditional radio stations. Well, one...
January 22, 2021
Why Nigeria has ‘massive’ potential for music streaming
Recorded music revenue in Nigeria will increase at a compound annual growth rate of 5.6% over the next five years to reach $40m in 2023, according to PwC, which is tipping the country to be the world’s fastest-growing Entertainment...
May 7, 2020
Country Profile – Nigeria 2020
Nigeria is bursting with musical talent. But should it also be considered a potential source of revenue for labels?
May 6, 2020
TikTok plans African push in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa
TikTok expects to have 300 million users in India by the end of this year, but now Bytedance’s social app has its sights set on another high-potential region: Africa. Quartz has an interesting report on how TikTok is...
March 12, 2020
YouTube Music and YouTube Premium launch in Nigeria
Africa and African music has been a strategic priority for YouTube for a while now, but it may surprise you to find out that the company’s YouTube Music Premium subscription tier is only now launching in Nigeria. The launch...
March 12, 2020
WizKid sets record for African artists with 8m Spotify listeners
Nigerian artist WizKid came to prominence for many people beyond the core Afrobeats community in 2016, when he was a featured guest on Drake’s track ‘One Dance’. But WizKid’s digital popularity predates that collaboration,...
August 21, 2019
YouTube and Mr Eazi team up to help emerging Nigerian artists
YouTube is already the most significant digital platform for Afrobeats artists looking to build their global audiences. Now the service has teamed up with Nigerian artist Mr Eazi and his emPawa Africa incubator to provide...
July 25, 2019
Nigerian streaming service Naijatastic has a smartphone app
The latest African music-streaming service making headlines is Naijatastic from Nigeria, which has been talking to the news site Music in Africa about its smartphone app. Launched earlier this year, it offers audio and...
July 17, 2019