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Mohbad: 5 Nigerian Artist That Fought With Their Record Labels

The suicide of teenage singer Mohbad has shown many people the dark side of the Nigerian music industry and the occultic grip some record firms have on creatives.

But this isn’t the first time a young musician has a major falling out with their record label, resulting in a strained relationship.

However, until Mohbad’s unexplained death case, none of the notable earlier incidents resulted in the death of any artist.

HowNG lists some of the greatest and most popular feuds between singers and record labels in the article.

1. King Sunny Ade and Chief Bolarinwa Abioro

For years, cases of record labels and artists going to war with each other have occurred in the Nigerian music industry.

One of the most notable was between King Sunny Ade and Chief Bolarinwa Abioro, the former Balogun of Ipokia.

Africa Songs Limited was owned by Chief Abioro. The label used to employ musicians such as Ayinde Bakare, Sikiru Ayinde Barrister, and others.

The case involving KSA and Chief Abioro was the first to shed light on some of the music industry’s activities.

In 1975, the Federal High Court of Chief Dosunmu liberated King Sunny Ade from a slave contract he had signed with ASL.

 

2. D’Banj and Don Jazzy

Another well-known record label saga that shook the Nigerian music business was that of D’banj and his former employer, Don Jazzy.

The dispute nearly tore the fabric of the music industry, as many people supported both Don and D’banj.

The two were co-founders of the now-defunct record company Mo’Hits. The two superstars parted ways in 2012, and such a power couple has yet to reign over the music business again.

 

3. Wizkid and Banky W

Wizkid was formerly the crown gem of Banky W’s Empire Mates Entertainment record company. The legendary Afrobeat superstar rose to prominence in 2010 with the release of his single Hola At Ur Boy.

Wizzy has been the toast of the Nigerian music business since the release of his critically praised albums Superstar 2011 and Ayo 2014.

However, Wizzy’s love affair with EME ended shortly after the publication of his platinum-selling album Ayo.

Wizkid left EME on bad terms in 2014 to start his own company, Starboy Music.

 

4. Kizz Daniels and Emperor Geezy

This is yet another high-profile issue between Kizz Daniels and his previous label, G-Worldwide.

Emperor Gizzy used to own the label Kizz and began his music career, releasing only one album, New Era.

Kizz Daniels’ most successful body of work to date is this 17-track album. However, Kizz’s contract with G-Worldwide was that of a master and a slave, not that of partners.

Kizz Daniel dropped his first name, Kiss, in order to leave the label. However, after months in court, the young Kizz discovered a way out of his contract and was freed from the clutches of G-Worldwide.

In 2017, he quit the company to launch his own brand, FLYBOY INC.

 

5. Harrysong and Five Star Music

Another well-known example of an artist at odds with his record label is Harrysong and his old label, Five Star Music, which is owned by E-Money and his brother KC.

This one did not elicit as much public indignation, but it did result in a strained relationship between all parties concerned.

 

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