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TÖME Brings Along Wavy The Creator, King Promise, Zlatan & Runtown On ‘BT4W’

For the past few weeks, Canadian-based Nigerian singer, TÖME has been giving us several tastes of the material she’s been working on for a while now. Each week came with its own teaser single, all building up to the big release; a new album.

She had spent the bulk of 2019 touring Europe with Afrobeats globetrotting star, Mr Eazi. That same year, TÖME also opened for Burna Boy on his sold-out Wembley show. Well, it’s been almost a year since her debut album, “TÖMESROOM Chapter 1” and she’s following this up with a fitting sophomore, “Bigger Than Four Walls”.

This sonically ambitious LP contains just 10-tracks with an all-star cast of some of Africa’s finest acts. The guest list cuts across generations as it includes afrobeats stapel, Runtown, Zlatan, Ghana’s King Promise as well as alte luminary, Wavy The Creator. One interesting thing about this album is how TÖME explores different sounds and genres across the project, which plays as a testament to her artistic range and palette.

This album comes highly recommended from us at the PGM Club. Enjoy above and tell us what you think.

Joeboy, Fireboy, Rema Scoop Soundcity MVP Awards

One of the things 2019 would be remembered for as far as the Nigerian music industry is concerned is that it was a year that witnessed a change of guard in the local scene. It was the year that saw Rema, Joeboy, Fireboy grow from obscurity into household names; scoring hits and pulling huge numbers. And this was reemphasised yesterday as the trio picked up nods at the 2020 Soundcity MVP Awards which held yesterday, Saturday 11 at the Eko Convention Centre. Other big winners of the night were Davido, Teni as well as the star of the night, Burna Boy who went home with the Song of the Year, Best Male MVP and African Artist of the Year awards.

The Empawa-backed singer Joeboy picked up the award for Best Pop while the YBNL-signed Fireboy secured the Listener’s Choice award for his monster hit, ‘Jealous‘. However, it was Rema that went home with the coveted Best New MVP Award, coming just months after he bagged the Next Rated award at the 2019 Headies.

Check out the full list of winners below.

African Artiste Of The Year

Burna Boy (NG) – Winner

Davido (NG)

Diamond Platnumz (TZ)

Shatta Wale (GH)

ShoMadjozi (SA)

Tiwa Savage (NG)

Wizkid (NG)

Yemi Alade (NG)

Best Pop

Innos B [CG]

Nandy [TZ]

JoeBoy [NG] – Winner

Otile Brown [KE]

Kizz Daniel [NG]

Teni [NG]

Mayorkun [NG]

Rayvanny [TZ]

Naira Marley [NG]

Song of the Year

Jealous – FireBoy DML (NG)

Killin Dem – Burna Boy (NG) – Winner

Malwhede – King Monada (SA)

Soapy – Naira Marley (NG)

Tetema – Rayvanny (TZ)

Zanku (Legwork) – Zlatan (NG)

Baby – JoeBoy (NG)

Case – Teni (NG)

Dumebi – Rema (NG)

Fetch Your Life – Prince Kaybee (SA)

Jama – DJ Mic Smith(GH)

Best Duo

Black Motion (SA)

Blaq diamond (SA)

DopeNation (GH) – Winner

Ethic (KE)

Show Dem Camp (NG)

Toofan (TG)

Best Hip Hop

BlaqBonez (NG)

Falz (NG)

KHALIGRAPH Jones (KE) – Winner

Kwesta (SA)

Medikal (GH)

Shinski (KE)

Sarkodie (GH)

Reminisce (NG)

Ricky Rick (SA)

Zakwe (SA)

Digital Artiste of the Year

Cassper Nyovest [SA]

Davido [NG] – Winner

Diamond Platnumz [TZ]

Kizz Daniel [NG]

Mr Eazi [NG]

Yemi Alade [NG]

Wizkid [NG]

Best Female MVP

Betty G (ETH)

Daphne (CMR)

Nandy (TZ)

Sho Madjozi (SA)

Teni (NG) – Winner

Tiwa Savage (NG)

Yemi Alade (NG)

Best Male MVP

Burna Boy (NG) – Winner

Davido (NG)

Diamond Platnumz (TZ)

King Promise (GH)

Sjava (SA)

Wizkid (NG)

Zlatan (NG)

Listeners’ Choice

Baby – JoeBoy (NG)

Dumebi – Rema (NG)

Fetch your Life – Prince Kaybee (SA)

Jealous – Fireboy DML (NG) – Winner

Jama – DJ Mic Smith (GH)

Kainama – Harmonize (TZ)

Killin Dem – BurnaBoy (NG)

Kpo K3K3 – StoneBwoy (GH)

Oil & Gas – Olamide (NG)

Viewers’ Choice

49-99 – Tiwa Savage (NG)

Able God – Chinko Ekun (NG)

Banomoya – Prince Kaybee (SA)

My Level – Shatta Wale (GH)

On The Low – Burna Boy (NG)

Soapy – Naira Marley (NG) – Winner

Tetema – Rayvanny (TZ)

Zanku (Legwork) – Zlatan (NG)

Video of the Year

49-99 – Tiwa Savage by Meji Alabi (NG) – Winner

Dangote – Burna Boy by Clarence Peters (NG)

Jericho – Simi by Adasa Cookey (NG)

Ngwa – Blick Bassy by Tebego Malope (SA)

Ohema – Kuami Eugene by Rex (GH)

Best New MVP

FireBoy DML (NG)

JoeBoy (NG)

Marioo (TZ)

Rema (NG) – Winner

Simmy (SA)

Wendy Shay (GH)

Best Collaboration

Blow My Mind – Davido [NG]

Daz How Star Do – Skibii [NG]

Gugulethu – Prince Kaybee [SA] – Winner

Jama – DJ Mic Smith [GH]

Killin Dem – Burna Boy [NG]

Inama – Diamond PlatNumz [TZ]

African DJ of the Year

DJ Creme De La Creme (KE)

DJ Kaywise (NG)

DJ Neptune (NG)

DJ Spinall (NG) – Winner

DJ Vyrusky (GH)

DJ Zinhle (SA)

Davido’s Sophomore Album “A Good Time ” Is Finally Here

As promised, Davido has finally released his highly-anticipated sophomore album “A Good Time” today, November 22. This is the long-overdue follow up to his hit-packed 2012 debut album, “Omo Baba Olowo (O.B.O).” It also comes three years after his 5-track “Son Of Mercy” EP with was met with middling success despite appearances from Nasty C and Tinashe on the project. Even Davido was quick to put the project behind him as it appeared that he really didn’t have really his heart in it after all. But “A Good Time” already looks poised for commercial and cultural success. This is given its impressive roll-out, premium packaging and far-reaching lead singles.

This new album isn’t a brief one as it’s 17 tracks long with a total runtime of an hour. It also boasts big-name collaborations with Chris Brown, A Boogie With Tha Hoodie, Popcaan, Gunna, Summer Walker, Zlatan, Naira Marley, WurlD, Dremo, Yonda and frequent collaborator, Peruzzi.

Listen to the album here.

Davido Unviels Appetizing Tracklist For Sophomore Album, “A Good Time”

The project we’ve all been waiting for is almost here. In less than 120 hours, we’d finally have our hands on one of the most anticipated tapes in recent years: Davido’s sophomore album, “A Good Time.” This would be the long-overdue follow up to his culturally and commercially successful debut album, “Omo Baba Olowo (OBO).” A groundbreaking album that housed hits like ‘Dami Duro‘, ‘All of You‘, ‘Ekuro‘ as well as his Naeto C-assisted debut, ‘Back When‘.

Just yesterday, the DMW boss took to his social media accounts to share the tracklist of the album scheduled for release on Friday, November 22. The tracklist pays respect to his late mother, as the tracks are listed over an illustration of Davido and his dad admiring an effigy of his late mom. Davido also promised that the album cover art would even be more elegant.

Tracklist for "A Good Time" (Instagram/Davidoofficial)

Tracklist for “A Good Time” (Instagram/Davidoofficial)

According to the released tracklist, “A Good Time” will contain 17 tracks with features from an all-star cast of local and international acts. The project boasts big-name collaborations with Chris Brown, A Boogie With Tha Hoodie, Popcaan, Gunna, Summer Walker, Zlatan, Naira Marley, WurlD, Dremo, Yonda and frequent collaborator, Peruzzi. The album is led by pre-released singles ‘Risky‘, ‘Assurance‘, and the Chris Brown-assisted ‘Blow My Mind‘.

It’s been a journey to get to this point and I am so grateful to God and everyone who has contributed to my success.
This album was recorded between Lagos, Atlanta, Accra, London and Los Angeles and I had the best time of my life creating it.

To all the producers, songwriters, engineers and featured artistes I am eternally grateful to you guys for working with me.
November 22nd we let the world know why it’s “A Good Time”. LETS FUCKING GO !!!!!!” he posted on Instagram alongside the tracklist.

You can pre-order the album here.

Listen To Bella Alubo’s New EP “Summer’s Over”

As promised, Bella Alubo has released her new EP, “Summer’s Over” today, November 1. This is a follow-up to her “re-Bella” EP released to good reviews in 2018 with ‘Aiya‘ and ‘Ask Bolaji‘ as highlights.

This new EP contains eight tracks and two bonuses, both remixes to the TUC-produced ‘Agbani‘: a dance-centred record released in celebration of her birthday in August. This highly collaborative project features appearances from Mr Eazi, Zlatan, Ajebutter 22, Fresh L, T’neeya, Ezi Emela, Poe, Tengo John and Ko-jo cue.

Across the 10 tracks, “Summer’s Over” enjoys brilliant production from Que Beat, Syn X, Blaise Beatz, Guilty Beatz, Tuan Malik, and TUC.

Enjoy the album here and tell us what you think.

Zlatan and Rexxie Have A Lot To Thank ‘Able God’ For

In September 2018, Chinko Ekun finally scored his long-sought hit. The Dek-Niyor rapper fielded a team of Lil Kesh and Zlatan Ibile over a scintillating Rexxie production and released ‘Able God’ to the warm embrace of the streets. Over hard-hitting percussions, the three rappers call on to God for goodwill and blessings while running slang-laced commentaries on street hustles. Its accompanying church-themed video featured a new dance routine that entailed repeated rhythmic hopping, occasionally punctuated with a faux jump kick. ‘Able God’ became an instant street hit and before long, the record found its way to the clubs, dominated the airwaves and attained mainstream dominance. Chinko Ekun had finally scored that hit. 

The single which recently picked up the Street Hop award at the 2019 Headies was such an enormous success that ushered in the Zanku dance as the successor of the globetrotting shaku-shaku. For Chinko, it was the much-needed hit single that had eluded him since his YBNL days. But over time, the biggest winners of the hit record has been Zlatan and Rexxie the producer for whom the club banger served as a launchpad to stardom. 

Yes, Chinko Ekun had a hit to his name, he was now included in conversations he never existed before. He also had a good run of bookings and stage performances in the last quarter of 2018. It even got him his first Headies award. But he has since struggled to replicate the success of ‘Able God’ or even present something even close. His last two singles, ‘Calling‘ and ‘Mafo‘ have been met with middling success – and that’s being generous. 

But for Zlatan, ‘Able God’ was the beginning of something way more massive.

Before its release, Zlatan was a balmy indigenous rapper seeking to thrust himself into mainstream consciousness. He had had a couple of hot street tunes but nothing strong enough to propel him to stardom. But with the release of the smash, Zlatan whom many never knew existed just a year ago grew into a household name. His scene-stealing verse on the record was the first of his run of killer-features that is still on at the moment. It was on that record many of us first heard his tongue-twisting mantra, ‘kapaichumarimarichopaco’ that left us probing for its meaning till the year’s end. Along with his heralded Zanku dance being the dominant step in the country for almost a year now, Zlatan has simply moved from obscurity to stardom in the space of just a year.

It’s almost irrefutable that Zlatan is the hottest rapper right now -perhaps rivalled only by his friend and frequent collaborator, Naira Marley. Both are gradually unseating Olamide as the go-to guy for street anthems, haunting verses, candied ad-libs and pop slangs. As it stands, they both could even give Burna Boy a run for his money as the hottest Nigeria act in 2019.

And just like the YBNL general, the coloured-hair rapper has comfortably positioned himself as a staple for both the gritty corners of Agege and the wavy waters of Lekki. He has been on a spree of killer-features, laying the Midas touch to almost every single he blesses particularly with his infectious ad-libs.  Even our biggest superstars — scrambling to get a slice of the Zanku pie — have continued to tap him for assists. Zlatan has now teamed up with Davido, Tekno and even Burna, in their award-winning duet ‘Killin Dem’ which is still one of Naija’s biggest songs at the moment.

The other winner is Rexxie who has now moved from a producer seeking validation to a certified hitmaker. Ever since ‘Able God‘, Rexxie has crossed some things off his bucket list, having worked with some of Nigeria’s biggest acts like Davido and Tiwa this past year. He has also been on a streak of bangers especially on his team-ups with Naira Marley. Even his bio on Twitter says it all: “Hits Only”. Now when you hear his ‘Yo Rexxie pon dis one‘ tag on any song, you know that you’re in for a treat. 

The young producer has been behind smash hits like Naira Marley’s ‘Soapy‘, ‘Am I a Yahoo Boy‘ as well as the most recent DMW‘s ‘On God‘ with Dremo, Mayourkun and label boss, Davido. 

Able God’ is more than just another hit. It was the ignition that propelled several acts into the mainstream consciousness after years of underground dominance. This doesn’t imply that it is single-handedly responsible for their present successes. No, but it gave them the visibility that Zlatan and Rexxie particularly have since leveraged upon to take their careers to the next level.

Bella Brings On Mr Eazi, Poe, Zlatan, et al On “Summer’s Over” EP

Singer and rapper, Bella Alubo has unveiled the album art and tracklist for her “Summer’s Over” EP which has been re-scheduled for release on Friday, November 1 but is now available for pre-order. This would be a follow-up to her “re-Bella” EP with standouts ‘Aiya‘ and ‘Ask Bolaji‘ which was released to good reviews last December.

According to the tracklist shared on Twitter, the EP is set to contain 10 tracks (two bonus inclusive) with appearances from Mr Eazi, Ajebutter 22, Zlatan, T’neeya, Ezi Emela, Poe, Tengo John, and Ko-jo cue. In fact, Bella appears solo twice throughout the highly collaborative tape on the second track ‘Fire‘ and on eighth track, ‘Follow Me‘.

For the production of the tape, Bella recruits a highly competent team of Que Beat, Syn X, Blaise Beatz, Guilty Beatz, Tuan Malik, and TUC .

Check out the tracklist below.

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Erigga Brings Along Zlatan, Magnito, M.I, Ice Prince, Victor AD And More On His “The Erigma II” Album

The self-ascribed paperboy, Erigga has released his new full-length tape titled “The Erigma II.” This is the long-awaited sequel to his stellar album, “The Erigma I,” which was released to good reviews in 2012. On this new project, the Warri-based rapper brings along a super team of household names like M.I, Ice Prince, Zlatan, and Victor AD.

This album which Erigga describes on Instagram as “historic” contains 18 tracks, with its total runtime spanning just over an hour. Other acts featured on the highly collaborative tape include Sami, Sipi, Funkcleff, Oga Network, Dr. Barz, Prinx Emmanuel, Graham D and Yung Zee Onos.

With “The Erigma II“, Erigga – whom many have dubbed as the King of the South – seeks to solidify his legacy and secure his rightful place in the Nigerian Hip-hop pantheon. Give this Warri-inspired album a spin and let us know what you think.

Burna Boy, Teni and Adekunle Gold Top 2019 Headies Nominations List

Considered by many to be the biggest and most prestigious Nigerian music award show, The Headies has released the highly anticipated nominations list for its 13th edition set to hold on October 19. As expected, Burna Boy who has been enjoying an amazing run since 2018 tops the nominations list with eight personal nominations including Artiste of the Year, Album of the Year and Song of the Year. Making him the artiste with the highest nominations ever in just an edition since the inception of the award show 13 years ago. The African Giant is closely followed by Teni who secured six nominations and Adekunle Gold, competing in five categories.

For the coveted Next Rated award, newcomers Rema, Victor AD, Lyta, Zlatan, Joeboy and Victor AD battle it out in the category which traditionally comes with a car. It is important to note however that the year in view stretches from January 2018 to June 2019.

Check out the full nominations list below.

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

1. About 30 – Adekunle Gold

2. Outside – Burna Boy

3. Moral Instruction – Falz

4. No Bad Songz – Kizz Daniel

SONG OF THE YEAR

1. ‘Ye’ – Burna Boy

2. ‘Dumebi’ – Rema

3. ‘Wetin We Gain’ – Victor AD

4. ‘Fake Love’ – Starboy ft Duncan Mighty, Wizkid

5. ‘Case’ – Teni

6. ‘Leg work’ – Zlatan

7. ‘Baby’ – Joeboy

8. ‘Jealous’ – Fireboy DML

ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

1. Burna Boy

2. Wizkid

3. Davido

4. Tiwa Savage

5. Falz

BEST RECORDING OF THE YEAR

1. Adekunle Gold – Ire

2. Patoranking – Heal D World

3. Brymo – Olanrewaju

4. Teni – Uyo Meyo

5. Burna Boy – Ye

HEADIES’ VIEWER’S CHOICE

1. Mr Eazi

2. Burna Boy

3. Teni

4. Fireboy DML

5. Rema

6. Joe Boy

7. Wizkid

8. Davido

BEST RAP SINGLE

1. ‘Talk’ – Falz

2. ‘We Don’t Do That Over Here’ – Hotyce

3. ‘40ft Container’ – Illbliss ft. Olamide

4. ‘Sacrifice’ – Payper Corleone Ft. Alpha Ojini

5. ‘Gang Gang’ – AQ and Loose Kaynon

BEST RAP ALBUM

1. ‘Moral Instruction’ – Falz

2. ‘Crown’ – AQ and Loose Kaynon

3. ‘A Study On Self Worth: Yxng Dxnzl’ – M.I Abaga

4. ‘Clone Wars, Vol. IV (These Buhari Times)’ – Show Dem Camp

LYRICIST ON THE ROLL

1. YCEE – ‘Balance’

2. Boogey – ‘Implode’

3. Paybac – ‘Implode’

4. Ghost – ‘Crown’

5. Tec – ‘Crown’

6. AQ – ‘Crown’

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

1. Phantom – ‘Ye’ b Burna Boy

2. Ozedikus – ‘Dumebi’ by Rema

3. Spellz – ‘Askamaya’ by Teni

4. Killertunes – ‘Fake Love’ by Starboy ft Duncan Mighty and Wizkid

5. Kel-P Vibes – ‘Killing Dem’ by Burna Boy ft Zlatan

BEST MUSIC VIDEO

1. ‘Dangote’ (Burna Boy) – Clarence Peters

2. ‘Available’ (Patoranking) – Clarence Peters

3. ‘Ire’ (Adekunle Gold) – Aje Films

4. ‘Talk’ (Falz) – Prodigeezy

5. ‘Jaiye’ (Ladipoe) – 88 Factor

BEST COLLABO

1. ‘Like’ – Reekado Banks Ft. Tiwa Savage, Fiokee

2. ‘One Ticket’ – Kiss Daniel ft. Davido

3. ‘Fake Love’ – Starboy ft Duncan Mighty, Wizkid

4. ‘Killin’ Dem’ – Burna Boy Ft. Zlatan

5. ‘Amaka’ – 2baba Ft. Peruzzi

BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (MALE)

1. Tay Iwar – ‘Utero’

2. Johnny Drille – ‘Finding Efe’

3. Nonso Bassey – ‘411’

4. Funbi – ‘Serenade’

5. Wurld – ‘Wishes & Butterfly’

BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (FEMALE)

1. GoodGirl LA – ‘Bless me’

2. Waje – ‘Udue’

3. Teni – ‘Uyo Meyo’

4. Tems – ‘Mr Rebel’

5. Falana – ‘Repeat’

BEST ALTERNATIVE SONG

1. ‘Cash’ – Lady Donli

2. ‘Mr Rebel’ – Tems

3. ‘Finding Efe’ – Johnny Drille

4. ‘Heya’ – Brymo

5. ‘Ire’ – Adekunle Gold

BEST PERFORMER.

1. Falz

2. Tiwa Savage

3. Brymo

4. Yemi Alade

5. Adekunle Gold

BEST STREET-HOP ARTISTE

1. Erigga – ‘Motivation’

2. Chinko Ekun – ‘Able God’

3. Zlatan – ‘Leg Work’

4. Barry Jhay – ‘Aiye’

5. Lyta – ‘Time’

HIP HOP WORLD REVELATION

1. Odunsi

2. Mayorkun

3. Wurld

4. Humblesmith

NEXT RATED

1. Rema

2. Joeboy

3. Fireboy DML

4. Victor AD

5. Lyta

6. Zlatan

BEST COLLABO

1. ‘Like’ – Reekado Banks Ft. Tiwa Savage, Fiokee

2. ‘One Ticket’ – Kiss Daniel ft. Davido

3. ‘Fake Love’ – Starboy ft Duncan Mighty, Wizkid

4. ‘Killin’ Dem’ – Burna Boy Ft. Zlatan

5. ‘Amaka’ – 2baba Ft. Peruzzi

BEST R&B SINGLE

1. ‘Tipsy’ – Odunsi ft. RAYE

2. ‘Serenade’ – Funbi

3. ‘Uyo Meyo’ – Teni

4. ‘Wishes and Butterflies’ – Wurld

5. ‘Gimme Love’ – Seyi Shay ft. Runtown

BEST POP SINGLE

1. ‘Ye’ – Burna Boy

2. ‘Wetin We Gain’ – Victor AD

3. ‘Fake Love’ – Starboy ft Duncan Mighty, Wizkid

4. ‘Case’ – Teni

5. ‘Jealous’ – Fireboy DML

6. ‘Baby’ – Joeboy

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

1. Crayon

2. Buju

3. Barry Jhay

4. Oxlade

AFRICAN ARTISTE RECOGNITION

1. Master KG – Skeleton Moves (SOUTH AFRICA)

2. Afro B – Drogba (Joanna) (IVORY COAST)

3. Sauti Sol – Melanin (KENYA)

4. King Promise – CCTV (GHANA)

5. DJ Maphoriza – iWalk Ye Phara (SOUTH AFRICA)

Bella Alubo Announces New Project Coming In Just Three Weeks

In the wake of the release of her Zlatan-assisted ‘Agbani‘ remix, singer and rapper, Bella Alubo has announced the release of her next EP scheduled for release on Friday, October 18. The project titled “Summer’s Over” would be the follow-up to her “re-Bella” EP which was released to good reviews in December last year.

The 7-track project housed standouts like ‘Aiya‘ and ‘Ask Bolaji‘ and featured appearances from acts all over Africa including BOJ, Efya, Victoria Kimani and Sho Madjozi.

Bella revealed this on Twitter as she posted “EP out in 3 weeks ❤️” alongside a stunning picture of herself.

This coming project is expected to contain her 2019 releases including ‘Agbani’, the Lady Donli-team-up on ‘Unavailable‘ and her duet with Fasina, ‘Your Way (Long Time)‘.

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