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Universal Music Group Announces Exclusive Global Recording Deal With “Tiwa Savage”

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SANTA MONICA, May 2, 2019 — Universal Music Group (UMG), the world
leader in music-based entertainment, today announced an exclusive global
recording agreement with acclaimed Nigerian singer-songwriter Tiwa
Savage, one of Africa’s biggest stars and an artist whose success spans
music, fashion, film and television. Under the agreement, her future
music will be released internationally through UMG’s operations in more
than 60 countries worldwide. Projects will be executively produced by
Efe Ogbeni of Regime Music Societe and Vannessa Amadi-Ogbonna.

The acclaimed singer-songwriter was born in Lagos, Nigeria, and later
received a scholarship to study Professional Music at Berklee College
of Music in Boston, Massachusetts before embarking on a career that has
seen her achieve creative success across a multitude of mediums.

2018 was her most successful year to date, which saw the
singer-songwriter, philanthropist, entrepreneur and fashion icon crowned
Best African Act by the MTV European Music Awards, making history as
the first female to win the accolade. In the same year, she also became
the first African female to sell out London’s IndigO2. In December, Tiwa
was handpicked by Coldplay’s lead singer Chris Martin to perform
alongside Beyonce, Ed Sheeran and Jay Z live at the Global Citizen
Festival in Johannesburg to a 70,000 strong audience and millions across
the globe in celebration of the centenary of Nelson Mandela’s birth. An
accomplished live musician, she has performed around the world,
including a notable performance at Jay-Z’s Made In America festival in
Philadelphia in 2017.

Tiwa was named one of the world’s Top 100 Inspirational Women in
Fashion by Vogue US then later featured in British Vogue’s December 2018
issue as one of 10 women that are changing the face of music globally.
She has released a string of singles including ‘Mr Lova Lova’ ft Duncan
Mighty, ‘Diet’ and ‘Tiwa’s Vibe’ all of which hit the No. 1 spot across
charts within Africa, securing her position as one of Afrobeats leading
artists. A resilient force within Africa’s ever-growing entertainment
industry, she has also managed to carve a career as a reputable
songwriter, conquering the charts in Africa whilst balancing her roles
as an entrepreneur, mentor and mother.

Throughout her career, Savage has been active in her philanthropic
endeavours, supporting various youth engagement organisations and breast
cancer screening projects across Nigeria and further afield. Through
her work with MTV’s Shuga, Savage is also keen to share further
knowledge of HIV/ AIDS prevention and awareness within the continent.
One of Africa’s most followed women on social media, Savage was the
first African female to represent Pepsi as an ambassador and represents
leading global brands including Nike, MegaGrowth Hair, MTN and Star
Beer.

Throughout summer 2019, Tiwa will play a string of international
festivals including the UK’s Wireless Festival, Afropunk in Paris and Oh
My! Festival in Amsterdam.

Tiwa Savage said, “My biggest goal is to make Africa proud. I’m so
excited for this moment and I’m thankful to Sir Lucian Grainge and my
new UMG family for their belief in my dreams. I’m looking forward to
this next chapter in my career and I’m more ready than I have ever
been.”

Adam Granite, EVP Market Development, Universal Music Group said, “We
are looking forward to partnering with Tiwa and her team to help her
music reach new audiences around the world. As one of Africa’s most
successful, influential and dynamic singer-songwriters, Tiwa has truly
global ambitions and UMG is committed to helping her in achieving them.”

Efe Ogbeni & Vannessa Amadi-Ogbonna of Stealth Management said,
“We’re very proud to be a part of this ground-breaking partnership
between Tiwa Savage and Universal Music Group. Tiwa is undoubtedly the
most hardworking and talented female artist crossing over from Africa to
the rest of the world, and UMG has demonstrated its commitment to the
Continent by placing its formidable machinery behind her amazing career.
Partnerships like these symbolise the hopes and dreams of so many
talented artists back home in Africa and it is an honour to be the
executive producers of her project.”

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Mr Eazi proposes to Temi Otedola!

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For what seemed like a long while, celebrity power couple—Mr Eazi and Temi Otedola—are finally engaged as Oluwatosin Ajibade better known as Mr Eazi pops the heartwarming “Will you be my wife?” question to his girlfriend of 2 years Temiloluwa Otedola and she responded favourably in the affirmative “Yes” tone.

Fashion mogul and Icon Temi Otedola began dating artiste and music label CEO Mr Eazi in the year 2020 and have been living together ever since in their London apartment, sharing intimate moments, even meeting respective family members. This they’ve both shared in detail on their How Far? With Mr Eazi And Temi Otedola podcast.

Temi announced her engagement by posting the sea-side proposal of Mr Eazi on one knee asking the important question. The video goes by the simple caption of the infinity logo connoting they’re both locked in for life.

Congratulations to Temi Otedola and Mr Eazi!

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Nicki Minaj agrees “Essence” should be song of the year at the Grammys

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American superstar rapper, Nicki Minaj, shares the same sentiments as myriads of Wizkid fans and well-wishers worldwide, in that she concurs to the argument the trendsetting crossover record-breaking single from Wizkid’s 2020 released “Made In Lagos” album, Essence should be in the conversation for the coveted “Record of the Year” plaque at this year’s Grammy Awards.

Although “Essence” did not receive the much desired nomination in the category for “Record of the Year” at the 2022 Grammy Awards, it did get a nod for Best Global Music Performance, the first of its kind.

Irrespective of the snub, Nicki whilie on Joe Budden TV (YouTube) as a guest on the special episode tagged A Conversation With Nicki Minaj & Joe Budden agreed with the host (Joe Budden) when he said “We need people on the Grammy board that know that “Essence” was song of the year” with an exclamatory “Right! Right!” response. She even proffered, “We should have our own Grammy Board“, in support of many and the popular believe that Black Americans or black artistes in general are always stereotyped to a particular category at the award show, if indeed they made it to the top categories, they barely win; Nicki Minaj does not have a Grammy Award herself and that is still a shock to many, especially when considering her refined catalogue of music.

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Pheelz & Buju (BNXN) live the carefree lifestyle on “Finesse”

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After much teasing, the anticipated Finesse by Pheelz and Buju (now BNXN) hit DSPs across the globe and just like the teaser gave off, Finesse is a banger! It is produced by young producer under Pheelz’s wing known as Miichkel.

On Finesse, Pheelz and Buju live their life to the fullest, the carefree lifestyle is what they desire and they are determined to stay on that track for the time being. “I’ve been living the fast life but I see it in slow mo / And you see my lifestyle, I got Gs in the turbo / . . . / Bad girl sey she want Netflix & Chill / So I ja ticket give her warning / If you fall in love, girls it’s certain / You go chop breakfast, I’m not capping“, Pheelz explains on the first verse, even saying love and relationship cannot stop him from living the ‘ballers’ lifestyle; “I’d be dammed if there’s anybody that could be like me / I be like Mo’ Salah, coming up the right wing / I cut through your defender, you no need to tell me / I must finesse / And you know sey me I must net“, Buju braggingly adds on the second verse, saying he can score any chick that catches his eye and dish her the next minute.

listen to the popular joyous chorus “Ah finesse / If I broke na my business / Ama shana e go bright o / Folake for the nighr ohere or on Apple Music.:

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