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I had the pleasure of attending AML super fan Iredumare (Ire) Opeyemi’s panel session held on May 6, 2019, at the Music Biz 2019 conference in Nashville, produced by the Music Business Association. If you have been following this blog and podcast for a while, then you know seven years ago, Ire stumbled on the blog, became a super fan ...

The post AML 126: The Third Wave: Surfing the Emerging Streaming Landscape #MusicBiz2019 appeared first on Africa Music Law™.

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Nigerian singer, songwriter, and recording artist Tiwa Savage has just signed an “exclusive global recording agreement” with Universal Music Group (UMG). The excitement and news surrounding the deal has attracted global attention primarily form mainstream music industry trade publications like Billboard.com, and Music Business Worldwide, and fans. A day prior to Tiwa’s announcement, however, Burna Boy, “Mr. African Giant” put ...

The post Tiwa Savage Signs Global Deal with Universal Music, But Can Efe Ogbeni Deliver Results? appeared first on Africa Music Law™.

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 The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) releases an annual report that provides a comprehensive state of the global recorded music industry, which includes data and analysis. However, historically, Africa has not appeared on the radar of this report. In 2016, it did. IFPI gave a nod to the recorded music market in Africa, but in a few ...

The post AML 125: First-Ever Nigerian Recorded Music Industry Report (Exclusive) appeared first on Africa Music Law™.

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Yemi Alade teamed up with Rick Ross for a remix of her hit single “Oh My Gosh.” The newly released music video is well shot and the visuals are beautiful, with rich textures that showcase Africa’s creativity, especially that of its fashion industry. The pairing, however, seems quite odd and what stands out, even more, is the glaring product placements ...

The post Yemi Alade Teams up with Rick Ross for “Oh My Gosh!” Remix But are his Wine & Rum Product Placements too Much? appeared first on Africa Music Law™.

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Once upon a time, it didn’t matter whether you were an American or British celebrity (even of African heritage). During your wedding, if you decided to hire a performer to serenade your bride, you most likely were not looking to hire an African artist. You often and most likely opted for an American musician. In 2019, we have seen the ...

The post Davido’s Performance at Idris Elba’s Wedding Over the Weekend Shows how Far Nigerian & Afrobeats Music has Come appeared first on Africa Music Law™.

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Last week Thursday, Warner Music Group and Nigeria’s Chocolate City Record Label announced an “innovative (partnership) deal”. You can read the press statement below but before you do, here are my thoughts on the deal: 1. Nigeria’s music industry has been open for business for a long time, and this partnership deal reaffirms the obvious. As I have said before, ...

The post Warner Music Group Signs Partnership Deal with Nigeria’s Chocolate City – What it Really Means appeared first on Africa Music Law™.

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Nigerian R&B singer Waje recently released a short reality tv styled documentary where she declared that she is “tired,” and ready to quit music. She explains that she has invested her monies in the music industry but is yet to see a true return on her investment. The video has since gone viral, and many have questioned and even blamed ...

The post Waje says she is tired and ready to quit music, but has she really done enough to make her tired? appeared first on Africa Music Law™.

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In February of this year, I brought you exclusive news on the music streaming licensing deal to be brokered by Boomplay and Warner Music Group. Actually, you heard it on the Africa Music Law Podcast show directly from Iredumare Opeyemi, Boomplay’s Director of Legal and Business Affairs. Last week Friday, the news officially hit the press and made global headlines. ...

The post Boomplay, Africa’s Largest Music Streaming Service Announces Licensing Deal With Warner Music appeared first on Africa Music Law™.

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Last month, the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) announced they were bringing a pro league to Africa, The Basketball African League. According to the duo, the initial plan is for a 12-team league from across the continent to begin playing in January 2020. To create awareness for the new league, the NBA enlisted some of Africa’s ...

The post AML 124: Sports Industry & Law in Africa | Entertainment Law Roundtable appeared first on Africa Music Law™.

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Music streaming and artist royalties are at the forefront of conversations in the global music industry. On the 123rd episode of the Africa Music Law Show, Graeme Gilfillan (copyright lawyer and forensic expert) and Iredumare Opeyemi (Director of Legal and Content Acquisition at Boom Play Music) join Ms. Uduak, host and producer of the show to take on music streaming ...

The post AML 123: Music Streaming & Artist Royalties in Africa | Entertainment Law Roundtable appeared first on Africa Music Law™.

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