If you are making a list of Nigeria’s top music producers, Ben’Jamin Obadje, aka Spellz, will definitely make the cut.The beat maker who has produced songs for artistes such as Tiwa Savage and Wizkid, told Saturday Beats that his synergy with both artistes makes it possible to come up with hit records. He said, “It’s been an amazing journey. Tiwa Savage, Wizkid and I have a synergy that works every time. We understand what needs to be done on a record and go all out for it.”
Asked about his ‘recipe’ for making hit songs, Spellz stated, “Apart from possessing the unique skill to make good music, I would say experience, and understanding one’s audience works. I make sure I bring out the best in individual artistes, and this takes a lot of discipline. But, most producers don’t have that patience.”Speaking further, he added that success didn’t come for him overnight. “Honestly, I knew I had something special to offer and I worked hard to get to where I am today. Success didn’t come overnight or by accident. It took hard work and dedication,” he said.
Davido’s ‘Blow My Mind’ debuts at No. 3 while Wizkid hits No. 1 on his second week.
Wizkid, Davido’s top Billboard sales charts. (Daily Post)
Premier Nigerian acts, Wizkid and Davido currently top Billboard’s World Music Sales Charts.
Billboard’s World Music Song Sales Charts. (Billboard)
‘Brown Skin Girl,’ Wizkid’s collaboration with Beyonce, Blue Ivy and Saint Jhn, hits No. 1 of the charts in its second week. ‘Blow My Mind,’ Davido’s collaboration with Chris Brown debuts at No. 3 on the charts.
‘Blow My Mind,’ keeps waxing strong. In just one week of release, its video has garnered 6.8 million views on YouTube. Davido is now set to go on a ‘Blow My Mind’ tour which will visit New York, Lebanon, Marbella, Mykonos and Cape Verde.
Wizkid on his own is set to go on a tour that will hit Paris, the o2 Arena in London, Manchester and a few other locations. Wizkid is also set to feature on a new single with British rapper and singer, Kojo Funds.
Davido will also feature on a remix of Lyta’s ‘Monalisa. He also paid for the video to be shot by Director Kay.
The list includes Wizkid, Davido, Tekno, Tiwa Savage and other acts.
Nigeria might be the poverty capital of the world, but we still consume copious amounts of data.
Yes, YouTube numbers of our major artists are not as impressive as that of some of their western or latin counterparts, but some still have good numbers. Due to one thing, YouTube numbers are now more important than they were; YouTube content monetization – Creatives now get paid for their content.
That’s why it is worth celebrating that Yemi Alade hit one million subscribers and Davido hit 500 million in total views.
On the matter of subscribers, here are the most followed Nigerian artists on YouTube as of 2:09 pm on August 1, 2019;
10) Tiwa Savage
Subscriber: 401,238 subscriber
Mummy Jam Jam is the songbird that thrills with the lyrical maneuver of a veteran and the soul of a teenager. She makes things seem easy and sometimes, it feels like she doesn’t get enough credit.
Nonetheless, her fans appreciate her. Her numbers on YouTube are not to be messed with. Her most watched video, ‘Ma Lo’ featuring Wizkid and Spellz has been streamed over 38 million times on YouTube.
Her 2017 smash hit, ‘All Over’ has also been streamed more than 30 million times.
In 2016, the singer had what was possibly the biggest African song. He was crooning, but had to slow down after roadblocks blocked his ascension.
The smash hit, ‘Mad Over You’ has been viewed more than 91 million times on YouTube.
Subscribers: 451,893 subscribers
The modern king of the streets is slowly hitting veteran status. After seven albums and one collaboration album with Phyno, he deserves some break. Nonetheless, with two songs and one other collaboration, he boasts of three videos that have passed the million mark.
His most viewed video remains the 2016 mega-hit, ‘Wo,’ has more than 26 million views on YouTube.
7) Burna Boy
Subscribers: 452,695 subscribers
He launched, he got fans, then he soiled his hands in infamy. But now, he’s back churning out quality songs and albums.
There is no stopping him. His equal parts love, equal parts unbridled lewd talk single, ‘On The Low,’ has been watched over 40 million times on YouTube.
6) Mr Eazi
The Nigerian artist most likely to hit a billion self-made dollars, the man has been waxing stronger, using his music as a canvas on which to writer a timeless story.
Born Tosin Ajibade, his most viewed video on YouTube is ‘Leg Over.’
Wizkid is arguably the greatest Nigerian act of his generation. His claim might even threaten to have Africa in its grasp. What we can’t debate is his impact as an artist.
After launching on to the scene with smash hit, ‘Holla At Your Boy’ and his classic debut album, Superstar, he had an unprecedented three-year run – from 2011 – 2013 – where everything he touched turned to gold.
This culminated in featuring on Drake’s 2016 chart topper, ‘One Dance.’ Since then, he has worked with a lot of foreign acts.
4) Yemi Alade
Some will deem it arguable, but it’s not. Yemi Alade is the modern day, premier African female act. She had been bubbling under before, but her single, ‘Johnny’ which now has over 100 million views on YouTube was her claim to fame.
A few weeks ago, she was celebrated for hitting the one million subscriber milestone.
This might be a bit surprising to a few Nigerians, but facts are facts. After his 2016 run where he had five hits back-to-back within 12 months, Nigerians should learn not to underrate this man.
A few weeks ago, he was one of the few Nigerians to feature on Beyonce’s The Lion King: The Gift album. While the multi-talented musician and performer has slightly slowed down, the checks must still be rolling in.
2) P Square
Although now separated, brothers Peter and Paul Okoye otherwise known as P Square got divided by what many can’t confirm.
At the height of their reign, they are not just the top music acts from Africa, they had legitimate claim to be named the top African acts. With performances brimming with boundless energy and impeccable vocal capabilities, they serenaded women with love songs and men with their artistry.
When P Square had YouTube videos with 20 million views, most Nigerian acts were struggling to hit one million.
In 2010, a precocious 18-year-old literally jumped onto the scene with a Naeto C feature on a single, titled, ‘Back When.’ Since then, hits have fought to displace one another, accolades keep rolling in and so is acclaim.
With his status as an act with incredible success comes following. He tops this list as the Nigerian act with the most subscribers. One could wager that his numbers skyrocketed after his unprecedented 2017 run.
Jada Pollock says she is done with Wizkid as she alleges that he beats her up.
Wizkid’s third baby mama, Jada Pollock has announced that she has stopped working with Wizkid as his manager after been physically abused by the music star.
The former manager took to her Instagram stories on Tuesday, July 16, 2019, where she shared a long epistle about her abusive relationship with Wizkid. According to her, she has been covering up for him for years and can no longer keep quiet about it.
“From today I and Ayo no longer work together. I’ve been in an abusive relationship with him for years covering for him time and time again. And I’m tired. Wiz continuously puts his hand on me, leaves me with bruises that I cover up from the world including my family and friends. It often feels like we are war in the same house. I have done all I can do to keep this all together but from today I let go. You can support someone as much as you can but at some point, you have to value yourself. I can’t raise my son in this kind of environment,” she wrote.
Wizkid’s third baby mama, Jada Pollock has announced that she has stopped working with Wizkid as his manager after been physically abused by the music star [Instagram/Instablog9ja]
Michael reached out to Wizkid’s manager, Sunday Are for a statement and he declined to comment on the issue. This latest allegation is coming at the same time Wizkid celebrated his 29th birthday. Wizkid’s second baby mama, Binta Diallo was among the early birds who commented on Jada’s post on Instagram.
Wizkid’s second baby mama, Binta Diallo was among the early birds who commented on Jada’s post on Instagram [Instagram/Instablog9ja]
A look at Jada Pollock’s Instagram page shows that she still represents Wizkid as his management. Even the photos of Wizkid and their son still flood her Instagram timeline.
Wizkid’s third baby mama, Jada Pollock has announced that she has stopped working with Wizkid as his manager after been physically abused by the music star
Wizkid has had a no love relationship with his three baby mamas over the last few years. At one point or the other, they have dragged him on social media over various claims.
Shola Ogugudu explodes! Shares private chats, drags Wizkid on Instagram
Shola Ogudu appears to be the blunt type in a comment which hints at Wizkid’s abandonment of his fatherly role.
If you think you’ve read and heard enough of Wizkid’s baby mama drama then please take a pause and go through the detailed chat conversation his baby mama, Sola Ogudu posted on her Instagram page on Thursday, September 20, 2018.
Wizkid with his son Boluwatife
Let’s allow you guys to be the judge and jury over the chat conversations between Sola and Wizkid and the fight for the upkeep of their son, Boluwatife. According to Sola, she decided to release these chat messages just to debunk the claims that she is just after the singer’s money.
Binta Diallo says she was begged by family from suing Wizkid
Binta Diamond Diallo and son, Ayodeji
Binta Diallo who is Wizkid’s second baby mama has revealed that she was begged by the singer’s family from suing him to court to avoid immigration issues. The music star’s baby mama recently shared documents about the custody and support of their son, Ayodeji Jnr. In the documents, it was agreed that Wizkid would pay child support of $2000 monthly.
However, Binta revealed that since the agreement took effect on February 2018, she hasn’t been able to get anything from Wizkid. Every move made to reach Wizkid through his lawyers has proved abortive as his legal team insists that they haven’t been able to reach him.
Binta Diallo’s legal agreement with Wizkid
She revealed that she has refused to sue him in court because his family members begged her to avoid him from having immigration issues. Binta didn’t end it there, she took to her Instagram stories on Monday, September 10, 2018, where she posted several posts, calling Wizkid a deadbeat dad.