Nigeria is blessed with so many talented upcoming and established singers, songwriters, rappers and composers who are doing different genre of music ranging from Hip-hop, Afro-pop, R&B, Reggae among others.
Many artists have paved way for most of these new generation Nigerian singers while many others are still trying to come to the limelight so the World can have a feel of the fire inside of them.
However, it is important to also point out that many artists have fallen victim of signing a deal that later resulted in the messy drama between them and their record label.
The most recent of such dramas is what happened between famous dancehall Musician, Cynthia Ikponmwenosa Morgan, popularly known as Cynthian Morgan and Jude Okoye, the former manager of the defunct P Square.
You will recall that the singer had during an Instagram live video with Ex-Miss Globe Nigeria, CASSANDRA revealed that Jude Okoye deprived her of many things including her stage name, social media account among others.
Cynthian, who gained public sympathy after revealing the deal she signed disclosed that she was not ready to work under any record label given her experience.
Though Jude Okoye later released copies of the contract between the singer and his record label, Northside Entertainment with the claim that she lied about the content of the contract.
Also, many Nigerians and other fans of Kiss Daniel won’t forget in a rush what ensued between the singer and his record label, G-Worldwide before he later unveiled his record label, Flyboy INC.
Meanwhile, many artists desire to have a good record label that can help their music career but with the recent happenings, many artists will not only look for a good record label but such that won’t backfire at the end.
However, there are many popular record labels in Nigeria, but Everyevery.ng has compiled the top three among them.
Popular Record Labels In Nigeria
1.Mavin Records: This record label was founded in May 2012 by Music producer and Singer, Michael Collins Ajereh, popularly known as Don Jazzy after the closure of Mo Hits Records.
Mo Hits record label was owned by Don Jazzy and Oladapo Oyebanji, popularly known as D’banj before it was abandoned.
According to Don jazzy, who is the founder of the record label, Mavin means someone gifted and skilled in any field as he also expressed optimism that it will become the powerhouse of music in Africa in the shortest possible time.
Artistes under the label include Dr SID, Korede Bello, D’Prince, Di’Ja, Johnny Drille, Ladipoe, DNA Twins, Rema and Crayon.
You will recall that Tiwa Savage, Wande Coal, Reekado Banks and Iyanya were all formerly signed to the label which is considered as one of the biggest and richest record labels in Nigeria.
After the departure of Tiwa Savage and Reekado Banks, it seems Don jazzy found solace in Rema who has released many hit singles including Dumebi.
2.YBNL: Famous indigenous rapper, Olamide Adedeji, popularly known as Olamide Badoo in 2012 founded the record label, Yahoo Boy No Laptop, YBNL.
The record label which was rated as the 4th biggest and richest record label in Nigeria in 2019 has been topping charts on every streaming platforms with after Olamide released a song titled Oil and GAS in 2019 singles and Jealous by Fireboy.
You will recall that Fireboy, who was signed in 2018, has earned an AFRIMA nomination.
Current artistes under the label include the founder Olamide, DJ Enimoney, Fireboy DML and B.Banks, while former acts under the label include Lil Kesh, Viktoh, Chinko Ekun and Adekunle Gold.
Others include Xino, Davolee, Lyta, Picazo Rhap, Pelepele and Limerick.
3. DMW Entertainment: Davido Music Worldwide (DMW) was founded after David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido announced his break from HKN.
In 2019 the record label was crowned as the biggest and richest record label in Nigeria displacing Mavins Records then.
You will recall that David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido discovered Mayorkan in 2016 and handed him his first-ever concert Mayor of Lagos within two years.
Mayorkun released a cover of Davido’s The Money single and was discovered by the singer on Twitter.
Apart from Mayorkun, other singers and songwriters under the DMW include Sir Banko, Dremo, Ichaba, Yonda, Perruzi, Dj ECool and Idowest.
The DMW record label is managed by Asa Asika.
Other popular record labels in Nigeria include Star Boy Entertainment, Chocolate City Record Label, DM Records, Pent Hauze, and Effyzzie Music Group under which Yemi Alade released her King Queens debut album in 2014.
Also, Capitol Hills Records, Five Star Music, HKN, Alapomeji Ancestral Records, Kalakuta Republic, Dr Dolor Entertainment and Spaceship Entertainment are among the popular record labels in Nigeria.