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The Weeknd Blasts Grammy’s for Snubbing Him

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R&B and Pop Superstar, The Weeknd aired out his annoyance and disgust over being snubbed by the Recording Academy Grammy Awards 2021.

Abel Tesfaye aka The Weeknd released one of the most (if not the most) acclaimed albums of 2020 in “After Hours” and had singles “Blinding Lights”, “Heartless”, “In Your Eyes”, “Alone”, “Too Late” off the album to notion the claim for Album of the Year and Song of the Year category.

With the way he dominated the Billboard charts in 2020, he well should have been in contention for Artist of the Year also he released crisp videos which could have been in line for the Video of the Year category but the organizers of the Grammy’s decided to turn blind eyes and deaf ears toward the singer’s contribution to the music scene in 2020.

“After Hours” positive reviews by critics and Billboard records.

The Weeknd did not let this grand omission pass him by as he voiced out his annoyance in form of tweet and told the organisers and everybody in charge of the award, the he deserves an apology alongside his fans and the entire industry for the way the have chosen to neglect his works.

He also made the bold accusation of them being corrupt and their lack of transparency, he tweeted: “The Grammys remain corrupt. You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency…”

The Weekend won’t be the first artist to publicly criticize the Grammy Awards in recent years; Drake, Tyler the Creator, J. Cole, Kanye West and Eminem have all openly come out to air out their disgust at the way the award show is being operated.

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Olamide becomes the first African rapper to surpass 100 million streams on Audiomack

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Olamide Adedeji, simply called Olamide career wise, continue to show his magnificence over the Nigerian rap sector of the music industry. His 2020 released album — Carpe Diem — has surpassed over 100 million streams on Audiomack, becoming the first African rapper to achieve such feat.

Carpe Diem, Olamide’s tenth studio-album in eleven years was released last year on the 7th of October and immediately started gaining tractions and streams upon release, pushing it to positive reviews from many music critics.

Carpe Diem is also the only Hip-Hop/Rap Nigerian and African album and sixth overall to surpass the 100 million streams mark on Audiomack, joining:
Twice as Tall – Burna Boy
A Better Time – Davido
A Good Time – Davido
Get Layd – Omah Lay
Laughter, Tears and Goosebumps – Fireboy DML

All stats are gotten via @AlbumTalksHQ on Twitter

Carpe Diem currently has 100,391,785 streams on music streaming platform, Audiomack.

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Wizkid’s “Come Closer” is certified Platinum by Music Canada, becoming the first Afrobeat song to achieve that milestone

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Wizkid keeps reaching and creating milestones upon the sands of time of the Nigerian music industry and Africa at large, cementing himself as one of the greatest musicians, Africa has ever had. His 2017 single, “Come Closer” recently got certified as Platinum according to Music Canada standards.

Music Canada certifies “Come Closer” Platinum.|PC: @GoldPlatCA (Twitter).

For a record to become Platinum by Music Canada, it must have or have surpassed 40,000 units in sales and this Wizkid’s March 31, 2017 released single with Canadian-born Drake titled “Come Closer” clearly accomplish and is duly certified as one.

This makes it Wizkid’s first Platinum certified single and the first Afrobeat song to achieve such milestone.

“Come Closer” becomes first Afrobeat song to become Platinum certified.|PC: screenshot from https://musiccanada.com/certification/

“Come Closer” also appears on Wizkid third studio-album — “Sound From The Other Side” as the second track.

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Before I started singing, “I was actually a rapper” — Omah Lay

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2020 breakout music star from Nigeria, Stanley Omah Didia, better known professionally as Omah Lay granted an interview with American magazine – Teen Vogue – speaking on music, life and the #EndSARS protest which took the country by storm last year.

Omah who got his mainstream breakthrough with his debut project, an EP with the title – “Get Layd” – revealed he was not too sure on how much people would gravitate towards his style of music which he tags “Omah Lay Music”. When asked if he had any fears about his debut EP, he told Teen Vogue: “Actually before I put out Get Layd I wasn’t sure if it’ll be accepted. I wasn’t so confident about it but I enjoyed making the project.” but said he put it out nonetheless because he liked what he created and those around him were supportive and also enjoyed his music.

Speaking on why he chose to use his social media as a voice for help during the massive #EndSARS protest against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), he revealed he had had three different tormenting encounters with the SARS force; one back at Porth Harcourt and the remaining two in Lagos, one of which he barely survived because some people recognised his face because of his music.

He added he his still very much devastated from the October 20, 2020 Lekki Massacre, “ I honestly can’t say I’ve gotten over the #LekkiMassacare and I don’t [think] I’ll ever get over it. I still dream about it, write lyrics about it”, Omah Lay discloses.

Omah Lay who also happen to be a music producer, with production credits on his own personal songs — “Bad Influence”, “Confessions”, “Damn” — and a few others, shockingly reveals: “I’ve been a producer for a very long time. I was actually a rapper, then I switched to being a music producer and I did just that for about three years.”

While sadly admitting, nowadays he barely has anytime to produce his own personal music, talk more of producing for others. Stating his primary focus right now is own making his album which is to be released in 2021 (but no date is set yet).

You can catch the full Teen Vogue Omah Lay interview here: Teen Vogue: Nigerian Afrobeat Star Omah Lay on Music, #EndSARS and More:
https://www.teenvogue.com/story/nigerian-afrobeat-star-omah-lay

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