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The groovy tune produced by Timi Jay which gives off a cool vibe that shows the Artiste’s vocal flair and dexterity is the latest in the string of outstanding singles the burgeoning music act has delivered since his foray into music.

Buju’s storytelling ability is palpable in his swaggering delivery of lyrics in pidgin English and Yoruba draped with his fresh new age sound of slow and sexy Afrobeats.

Buju’s silky smooth voice is undeniable in its charm as it is welcoming to the ears.

‘So lovely’ is simply the beacon for wooing the ladies in this new age music.

Buju loves to sing; it’s crystal clear in the song’s hook ‘She say she dey lonely and she go like to boogey down on me. She dey relationship but he don’t ever keep you company’.

With songs like ‘So lovely’, as a young pianist and songwriter, one can see why Buju is viewed as one of Nigeria’s freshest music acts.

It is clear he’s well on his way to becoming one of the greatest Nigerian stars with this new succinctly delivered cool track that has no dramatic instrumentation whatsoever.

It goes to show how clever Spaceship Collective tidied up the Afrobeats sounds into an evolution of music precocity.

For ‘So lovely’, Buju attests to the fact that most times musically, less is indeed more.

Buju, whose name is an acronym for “Beauty Underneath Just Understood”, Tye ( is an acronym for to your ears) was born Daniel Benson.

Buju is a fast-rising 22-year-old Nigerian Afro-beats singer and songwriter who draws inspiration to create his music, ranging from his personal experiences, his environment or the experiences of his friends.

His ability to tell stories effortlessly in his music whilst including vivid melodies and harmony is something that has made his music a ‘must-listen’, as it is unexplainably enjoyable.

He has released a series of singles, including “Spiritual” featuring indigenous rapper Zlatan, “Lenu” and “Ohema”.

In 2019, he bagged a nomination for the “Rookie of the Year” category at the HipTV Headies Awards.

In April 2020, he released ‘Lenu’ remix, a chartbuster featuring legendary Burna Boy.

His ability to freestyle on any instrumental gained him exposure on social media, coupled with his music making him an unstoppable wave.

Buju’s ‘So Lovely’ was released on December 3, 2020, and available on all music platforms.

Posted On Saturday, 05 December 2020 02:11 Written by

Afrobeats superstar Davido has released his highly anticipated third studio album “A Better Time”.

The 17-track album features an array of international artistes such as Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, Young Thug, Nas, Lil Baby, Hitboy, Sauti Sol, Mugeez and Sho Madjozi. Nigerian stars on the project include Tiwa Savage, Mayorkun, C Kay and Bella Shmurda.

A Better Time track list | Image: Instagram/davido

A Better Time tracklist | Image: Instagram/davido

Speaking on the album, Davido said in spite of the happenings of 2020, he found hope of a better time: “I won’t keep you any longer. This year we’ve been through crazy times. Real crazy times. And through it all, we’ve all had to look inwards to find our unique hopes of better times ahead. I found a few. In human form and creative form. I’m so glad I can finally share them with you. I present to you ‘A Better Time’”

“A Better Time” is coming a year after his second studio album, “A Good Time”, was released.

Davido recorded the album after his tour was cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. “I got back in the studio, and funny enough, I was making better music than I had previously dropped, and we just kept going,” he told Rolling Stone.

“My sophomore album was called A Good Time, so, obviously, A Better Time, it’s a better album. I took my time. Better visuals, better production, everything as a whole package.”

Posted On Friday, 13 November 2020 02:54 Written by

Reported by Reuters

Sean Connery, the Scottish movie star, who shot to international stardom as the suave, sexy and sophisticated British agent 007 James Bond, is dead.

He was 90 years old.

The BBC and Sky News reported his death today.

Connery was raised in near poverty in the slums of Edinburgh and worked as a coffin polisher, milkman and lifeguard before his bodybuilding hobby helped launch an acting career that made him one of the world’s biggest stars.

He will be remembered first as British agent 007, the character created by novelist Ian Fleming and immortalized by Connery in films starting with ““Dr. No” in 1962.

As Bond, his debonair manner and wry humor in foiling flamboyant villains and cavorting with beautiful women belied a darker, violent edge, and he crafted a depth of character that set the standard for those who followed him in the role.

He would introduce himself in the movies with the signature line, “Bond – James Bond.” But Connery was unhappy being defined by the role and once said he “hated that damned James Bond.”

Tall and handsome, with a throaty voice to match a sometimes crusty personality, Connery played a series of noteworthy roles besides Bond and won an Academy Award for his portrayal of a tough Chicago cop in “”The Untouchables” (1987).

He was 59 when People magazine declared him the “sexiest man alive” in 1989.

Connery was an ardent supporter of Scotland’s independence and had the words “Scotland Forever” tattooed on his arm while serving in the Royal Navy.

When he was knighted at the age of 69 by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth in 2000 at Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh, he wore full Scottish dress including the green-and-black plaid kilt of his mother’s MacLeod clan.

Some noteworthy non-Bond films included director Alfred Hitchcock’s “Marnie” (1964), “The Wind and the Lion” (1975) with Candice Bergen, director John Huston’s “The Man Who Would be King” (1975) with Michael Caine, director Steven Spielberg’s “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” (1989) and the Cold War tale “The Hunt for Red October” (1990).

Connery retired from movies after disputes with the director of his final outing, the forgettable “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” in 2003.

“I get fed up dealing with idiots,” he said.

The Bond franchise was still going strong more than five decades after Connery started it. The lavishly produced movies, packed with high-tech gadgetry and spectacular effects, broke box office records and grossed hundreds of millions of dollars.

After the smashing success of “Dr. No,” more Bond movies followed for Connery in quick succession: “From Russia with Love” (1963), “”Goldfinger” (1964), “”Thunderball” (1965) and ““You Only Live Twice” (1967).

Connery then grew concerned about being typecast and decided to break away. Australian actor George Lazenby succeeded him as Bond in “”On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” in 1969.

But without Connery it lacked what the public wanted and he was lured back in 1971 for ““Diamonds Are Forever” with temptations that included a slice of the profits, which he said would go to a Scottish educational trust.

He insisted it would be his last time as Bond.

Twelve years later, at age 53, Connery was back as 007 in ““Never Say Never Again” (1983), an independent production that enraged his old mentor, producer Albert “Cubby” Broccoli.

Born Thomas Connery on Aug. 25, 1930, he was the elder of two sons of a long-distance truck driver and a mother who worked as a cleaner. He dropped out of school at age 13 and worked in a variety of menial jobs.

At 16, two years after World War Two ended, Connery was drafted into the Royal Navy, and served three years.

““I grew up with no notion of a career, much less acting,” he once said. ““I certainly never have plotted it out. It was all happenstance, really.”

Connery played small parts with theater repertory companies before graduating to films and television.

It was his part in a 1959 Disney leprechaun movie, “Darby O’Gill and the Little People,” that helped land the role of Bond.

Broccoli, a producer of the Bond films, asked his wife to watch Connery in the Disney movie while he was searching for the right leading actor.

Dana Broccoli said her husband told her he was not sure Connery had sex appeal.

“I saw that face and the way he moved and talked and I said: ‘Cubby, he’s fabulous!’” she said. “He was just perfect, he had star material right there.”

Connery married actress Diane Cilento in 1962. Before divorcing 11 years later, they had a son, Jason, who became an actor. He married French artist Micheline Roquebrune, whom he met playing golf, in 1975.

Reported by Reuters

Posted On Sunday, 01 November 2020 00:28 Written by

By Ogochukwu Snooker, Abakaliki/ THE NATION

Popular musician David Adeleke aka Davido has fired Sanni Goriola aka Lil Frosh, one of the artistes signed on his record label for allegedly battering his girlfriend, Gift Camille.

Frosh, a rapper who is signed to Davido’s record label, Davido Music Worldwide (DMW), was called out by the brother and manager of the girlfriend Camille on Monday, October 5, 2020 for allegedly battering her.

According to Camille’s brother, Michael, Lil Frosh has been assaulting his sister for a while now.

Pictures of the swollen face and bloodshot eyes of the beautiful Lady trended on social media.

As reactions and condemnations continued to trail the incident, DMW in a statement by its founder and supremo, Davido on Tuesday said the record label had served tires with the rapper.

Adeleke, while nothing there is no justification for domestic violence, said the company does not condone such actions.

“Upon internal investigations carried out by the label, we are left with no option than to terminate the recording contract that exists between the label and Lil Frosh, effective immediately. We hereby severe all affiliations with Mr Sanni Gorilla Wasiu aka Lil Frosh”.

Posted On Tuesday, 06 October 2020 16:53 Written by
By Jennifer Okundia/ PM NEWS

To mark the 2020 Green October Event, reality TV stars Lilo and Nengi, stepped out in a white and lemon outfit, which saw them looking radiant.

The dress code was Green or a white outfit or a mixture of both colours. Captioning her post, Nengi wrote “A little spice of elegance to brighten your day. All glammed up for today’s media rounds.”

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While Lilo said “Happy Independence Day. My look for the Green October Event 2020 @lamodemag ” See some pictures:

Lilo

Lilo

Posted On Friday, 02 October 2020 19:02 Written by

By Samuel Oamen/ THE NATION

Winner of the Big Brother Season 5 Lockdown edition, Olamilekan Agbeleshe popularly known as Laycon has expressed delight joy at winning the show.

Speaking during the prize presentation moments ago, he thanked his fans and everyone who supported him throughout the show.

“I came to promote my song and go maybe after two weeks. But fans saw something in me to keep me in the house to win.

“I love them all,” he said.

He was presented with a cheque for N30million, an SUV from Innoson motors and a two-bedroom house from Revolution Properties.

Posted On Wednesday, 30 September 2020 16:01 Written by
By Jennifer Okundia/ PM NEWS

Nollywood actress Iyabo Ojo is still in shock, after her goddaughter got her the car she has been dreaming to have: a Range Rover Evoque.

The mother of two got the surprise of her life today, when she got a white Range Rover Evoque from her goddaughter, whose name is Ololade.

Ojo revealed that she just returned from Turkey unhappy, due to the way she was extorted to pay for COVID-19 test at the airport, and then she got home to receive the amazing gift.

Iyabo Ojo and goddaughter Ololade

“2 weeks ago I prayed for a car on my page, @ololadeabuta_gracias my first god daughter called me and after we gisted for some minutes she asked me the kind of car I wish to buy, I jokingly told her range rover Evoque, next thing she started praying for me that God will provide an Evoque for me, I come say i no get money now oooooo make i jeje buy Vensa she said don’t worry before the end of this month God will bless me with an Evoque, we both laughed over it but I didn’t read any meaning to it, last week Sunday she called me that she will be coming to my house with a client that wants to do interior decor but I told her I wouldn’t be home because I was travelling to Turkey, I didn’t know she had a car gift for me Lolade my God will really bless you”

Posted On Tuesday, 29 September 2020 15:16 Written by

Nominees for the 2020 Hyundai Mercury Prize have seen significant increases in streaming and sales since the shortlist was announced in July.

The annual ceremony is being held tonight (September 24), with Sports Team, Georgia, Charli XCX, Porridge Radio, Michael Kiwanuka, Dua Lipa, Stormzy and more all nominated.

As Music Week report, every nominated artist has seen an increase in sales since the shortlist was announced. Crunching data between July 23 and September 10, figures show that Moses Boyd has received the biggest boost in sales, with his album ‘Dark Matter’ getting a 37.8% increase.

Newcastle post-rockers Lanterns On The Lake have also seen a 37.1% increase on their sales for their ‘Spook The Herd’ album, while Laura Marling‘s ‘Song For Our Daughter’ is up 33.3%.

See the full list of figures below.

Anna Meredith – ‘Fibs’ (Moshi Moshi)
SALES: 2,880
INCREASE: 15.1%
PEAK CHART POSITION: N/A

Charli XCX – ‘How I’m Feeling Now’ (Atlantic)
SALES: 5,465
INCREASE: 24.5%
PEAK CHART POSITION: NO.33

Dua Lipa – ‘Future Nostalgia’ (Warner Records)
SALES: 186,287
INCREASE: 27.7%
PEAK CHART POSITION: No.1

Georgia – ‘Seeking Thrills’ (Domino)
SALES: 8,464
INCREASE: 12.4%
PEAK CHART POSITION: No.33

Kano – ‘Hoodies All Summer’ (Parlophone)
SALES: 35,435
INCREASE: 6%
PEAK CHART POSITION: No.8

Lanterns on the Lake – ‘Spook the Herd’ (Bella Union)
SALES: 2,249
INCREASE: 37.1%
PEAK CHART POSITION: No.168

Laura Marling – ‘Song for Our Daughter’ (Partisan/Chrysalis)
SALES: 18,348
INCREASE: 33.3%
PEAK CHART POSITION: No.6

Michael Kiwanuka – ‘Kiwanuka’ (Polydor)
SALES: 74,507
INCREASE: 6.4%
PEAK CHART POSITION: No.2

Moses Boyd – ‘Dark Matter’ (Exodus/The Orchard/Proper)
SALES: 3,826
INCREASE: 37.8%
PEAK CHART POSITION: No.110

Porridge Radio – ‘Every Bad’ (Secretly Canadian)
SALES: 3,099
INCREASE: 27.4%
PEAK CHART POSITION: No.111

Sports Team – ‘Deep Down Happy’ (Island)
SALES: 17,809
INCREASE: 14.7%
PEAK CHART POSITION: No.2

Stormzy – ‘Heavy is the Head’ (Merky/Atlantic)
SALES: 274,882
INCREASE: 6.1%
PEAK CHART POSITION: No. 1

Last night (September 23), a number of nominees for this year’s Hyundai Mercury Prize performed special live sessions from London’s Bush Hall venue in a special show broadcast on BBC Four.

The winner of this year’s prize will be announced live on The One Showon BBC One tonight. The programme will also feature the first interview with the winning artist.

Tomorrow, a special edition of Later… with Jools Holland will air on BBC Two, serving as the first episode of a new series of the iconic show. It will also see the prize winner in conversation with Jools Holland.

Posted On Thursday, 24 September 2020 13:49 Written by

Kanye West has revealed that he’s giving all artists signed to his label, G.O.O.D. Music, the 50 per cent share he holds in their masters.

West has spent the majority of this month advocating for artist ownership over their own masters, as well as calling out major record labels like Sony and Universal for restrictive contracts.

On Twitter, West announced that “I’m giving all Good music artist back the 50% share I have of their masters”.

He later shared a screenshot of the text message conversation with Elon Musk where they discussed making the change, with Musk saying “this will be powerful”.

West seems to have referred to the contracts of his own label, saying “I don’t think those contracts are good either”.

West captioned the screenshot with “Now let’s have Universal match me”.

Some artists signed to the label have already begun to thank West for the change, including Desiigner who was signed to G.O.O.D. Music following the release of his debut single ‘Panda’ in late 2015, which West then sampled on his 2016 album ‘The Life Of Pablo’.

Earlier this week, West began outlining on Twitter what he believes to be new and fair guidelines for recording and publishing deals in the future.

He even reached out to Taylor Swift, saying that he’ll help her get her masters back after they were infamously sold to a company managed by Scooter Braun last year.

Posted On Thursday, 24 September 2020 01:22 Written by

His most recent Instagram post included a picture of a Rolls-Royce with the caption: “[T]hank you lord for the many blessings in my life” followed by some praying-hands emojis and “continue to shame those waiting for me to be shamed.”

Well, those waiting to shame Ramon Abbas need not wait any longer. Abbas, who goes by “Hushpuppi,” has long flaunted his wealth to his 2.5 million Instagram followers. Helicopters, Gucci, Fendi and fancy cars — it’s all part of his social-media persona.

Apparently, this kind of stuff resonates:

It turns out that lavish lifestyle wasn’t the result of his savvy as a real-estate developer, as his self-billing claims. No, according to CNN, a federal affidavit alleges that his riches were financed by hacking major companies across the U.S. and Europe.

Abbas, a Nigerian national, was arrested in his luxe Dubai residence last month and flown to Chicago on July 2, where he awaits transfer to Los Angeles. There he is to face accusations of conspiring to launder hundreds of millions of dollars through cybercrime schemes, CNN reported.

Along with multiple alleged co-conspirators, Abbas allegedly used computer intrusions, business email compromise schemes and money laundering to steal hundreds of millions of dollars. Snap Inc. SNAP, +2.67% , Facebook FB, +0.45%unit Instagram and Apple AAPL, -0.20% reportedly helped the FBI make connections among chat histories, phone contacts and email addresses.

CNN explained that this birthday post, for instance, helped authorities track him down, with federal law enforcement reportedly using it to verify his date of birth on a previous visa application:

Investigators reportedly seized during its arrest of Abbas and 11 others some $41 million along with 13 luxury cars worth almost $7 million. The investigation reportedly uncovered the email addresses of nearly 2 million possible victims.

The alleged cybercrime victims include a paralegal at a New York law firm said to have wired about $923,000 meant for a client’s real-estate refinancing to a bank account controlled by Abbas and his co-conspirators. The wire instructions were fraudulent, and the bank’s email address was “spoofed.”

Abbas is also accused of trying to steal $124 million from an unnamed English Premier League soccer club, though CNN reported that it’s unknown whether he was successful.

If convicted of money laundering, he would face up to 20 years in prison.

Posted On Saturday, 18 July 2020 15:19 Written by
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