Prominent Nigerian music company; EME (Empire Mates Entertainment) responsible for launching the careers of music heavyweights – Wizkid and Skales has shut down operations as a record label.
The company’s co-founder Banky W made this revelation on Instagram with a lengthy two-part post explaining that EME is now an advertising, PR, media, and talent management agency.
His text revealed that some of the talents under the new EME agency include; Ebuka Echendu, DJ Xclusive, and ToolzO.
Read full statement below;
“Empire Mates Entertainment (EME) was started by @captdemuren & I, way back in 2001/2002 – in my dorm room at my University in NY.
The reason we used the word “Empire” was because Tunde and I were crazy enough to dream that we could build a company that would eventually become an Empire.. one that would serve as the launching pad for not only my career goals in music, movies, and other interests… but one that would also serve as a stepping stone for other talents to become more successful and achieve their goals as well.
We started the record label part of it right there in my room, which we relocated to Lagos around Vals day 2008 – and we thank God for guiding and crowning our efforts thus far; we’ve played our little part in helping discover/boost the careers of a number of talents in the Music business (some of your favourite Artists, Producers & Engineers..) and we are forever grateful for the opportunity to live out our dreams by giving others a platform to shine as well. In January of 2017, after 9 years of being in the Nigerian Music Industry, we decided it was time to quietly close the Record Label Arm of our business.
Essentially we have restructured our business.. and instead of operating just as a record label, we have expanded and changed our focus a bit… we are now a full-fledged Media Agency that focuses on Creative Marketing, Advertising, PR, Brand Events/Activations AND a talent management firm.
This switch in focus has been amazing and fulfilling.. behind the scenes, we have been able to impact the launching and marketing of a number of brands and companies the way we did artists.. but even in the talent management side, we are no longer restricted to working with just Music Artistes. We still work with Musicians, but we also work with OAP’s, Actors and are evaluating sports management as well.
The goal was always to find talents and brands we believe in, and partner with them to help them become more successful… now we have expanded to do that for more than just the Music business. We are excited about our client portfolio: the corporate brands we rep, as well as the talents. At the moment, our clients are: @djxclusive83, @ebuka, @toolzo, @adesuaetomi, and of course yours truly Mr. W. (And a few corporate brands as well)
Talk to us for all things Marketing/Advertising/PR/Media/Entertainment. We shoot tvc’s and documentaries just as great as we do music videos. We launch brands and products as well as we have launched Artists.
Need some help with your digital marketing? Need an ad campaign? Influencers for your next launch? Finding the right brand ambassadors for your product? We are your one-stop shop for the marriage between corporate Africa and Entertainment. For a simple reference, it’s kind of like how Jay went from Rocafella to Roc Nation. Just.. same name, new targets. @theofficialeme_ is our IG page, and for booking any of our clients pls holla at us directly. Grateful for our past, and excited about our future.. this is EME. God bless you all and thanks for the support.”
Some concerts you go through life reliving – 100 Percent Live was one of those. It was a night of beautiful performances and a generally enjoyable ambience. Grab a pack of popcorn because it’s story time.
The show started with normal sound check from the media team and live band, while the audience were busy networking, taking pictures (but what’s an event without pictures and lot of selfies) and spending their money on some good food because there were lots of vendors to patronize.
Sunny Naija, an upcoming artist, kicked off the show with an awesome performance which set everyone in the right mood for some good music.
Just when we were getting over Sunny Naija’s stunning performance, guess who came on stage? Mr. Rich and Famous! If that name doesn’t ring a bell then I put it to you that you’re not of this world.
Praiz‘s vocal range is a force to be reckoned with and he gave it all in performing all his hits – Folashade, Sisi, Stupid Song and our all time favorite, Rich and Famous. We just couldn’t get enough of him and the crowd kept cheering, it was just so beautiful.
After Praiz’s performance, we were fully ready to be simified as much as possible and thank God the first lady of X3M Music didn’t disappoint, she even gave us jara.
Simi came on stage looking gorgeous in a two-piece red outfit paired with a white shoe. Her red outfit made us realise Valentine is still in the air. She started the evening with some afro juju vibe, it’s safe to say she came with enough energy for the night.
Simi serenaded the audience with her soft beautiful voice and showed us she’s the life of the party.
Now it was time for Adekunle Gold, but I have to say something at this point. If you’ve ever wondered why Adekunle is Gold, then you need to watch his live performance because he’s a wonder on stage. Pure gold!
AG shining bright in a gold coat, black pants and his signature hat started his performance with a Fuji cover of ‘Stay With Me’ by Sam Smith that totally blew us away. He took us through Sade, Money, Ariwo Oko, Ire and ended the show with a cover of Bob Marley’s hit song “One Love” which he performed alongside Simi and Praiz.
100 Percent Live didn’t start at the time scheduled but we can ignore that because we enjoyed every bit of the night.
Since she made her debut on the music scene in 2005, Rihanna has released chart topping singles year after year. While thirty jams might be a stretch for your everyday pop star, Rihanna’s music catalog is rich enough to provide a sufficient amount of jams. In honor of her 30th birthday, here are thirty Rihanna songs that we will forever bop to.
Rihanna‘s debut single will forever be a jam. Riri’s island inspired tune gives us all the grooves and vibes that made 2005 party tunes. This is the song that made us fall in love with the pop princess and after listening its not hard to remember why.
Rihanna had successful created an image of herself as a party queen so ‘Unfaithful’ was a delightful departure from the songstress’ usual party ready jams. It was a love ballad with a twist and it will continue to hit the spot till tomorrow.
Arguably Rihanna’s most iconic single of all time, this song was the soundtrack of the lives of many millennials. The Grammy award winning ‘Umbrella’ signified a shift in the songstress’ career as she left the group chat of upcoming pop star and donned the crown of certified international pop star.
One of the reasons why ‘Umbrella’ is arguably Rihanna’s most iconic song is because this song exists. Catchy, groovy and energy filled, Rihanna and her music making team had seemingly found a perfect formula for groovy party jams that would work on radio and still sound uniquely Rihanna.
Ne-Yo and Rihanna are frequent collaborators but for the first time, Ne-Yo comes out from behind the scenes to feature on a Rihanna track. Its a cute duet with an adorable music video. Whats not to love?
Another memorable duet, Rihanna and Justin’s collaboration was the final single from Rihanna’s 2007 album, ‘Good Girl Gone Bad’. Although the song sounded like a JT track, Rihanna was able to bring enough of her personality into the track to make truly hers.
Chris Brown helped Rihanna write this ‘Thriller’ esque for the reissue of her ‘Good Girl Gone Bad’ album in 2008. Brown and himself had worked on the song for himself but then felt the song would fit a female singer better. He was right. He gave Rihanna one of her biggest songs.
TI featured Rihanna one of the biggest songs of 2008 and got himself his second highest charting and most successful single. Rihanna had a phase where she was a guest artiste on a significant number of chart toppers, ‘Live Your Life’ is one of the shinier gems from this phase.
Following her assault incident with Chris Brown, Rihanna released her darkest musical project, ‘Rated R’. Rihanna was a different person and the album signified this shift in persona change. ‘Hard’ showcased the earliest version of Riri as a real bad girl and we loved it.
In case we needed a reminder that Rihanna’s days as a cute pop princess were over, she reminded us with the graphic visuals in ‘ROCKSTAR 101’. It was bold, it was dark and it was daring. It was the new Rihanna.
By the time Eminem got Rihanna to sing the chorus for his 2010 jam, ‘Love The Way You Lie, Rihanna was already tried and tested hit maker. What made the collaboration magical was the fact that both artistes had both been in difficult relationships and of course, the fact that Rihanna was a part of the song.
After the darkness comes sunshine, red colorful sunshine. Rihanna’s ‘Rated R’ came to an end and we got the glorious dance pop record that is ‘Loud’. Rihanna donned on red hair, made music with Europeans and gave us the forever jam that is ‘Only Girl In The World’.
‘Loud’ was a party record so there weren’t many somber moments on it but with ‘California King Bed’, Rihanna knocked it out of the park. It was soaring ballad that rose on the back of some cool guitars and a very unique metaphor. Brava!
While Rihanna is able to pull off a plethora of musical styles, there is nothing cooler than Rihanna singing a reggae track. This reggae murder ballad reportedly cost a million dollars to make and peak on the number 59 spot on Billboard Hot 100.
The coolest thing about Rihanna’s voice is its ability to own any genre without trying. Who can else can fuse Reggae and dubstep into one song and still manage to make it sound pop? If not Rihanna, then tell us who?
Last weekend, American singer Fergie had the task of singing her country’s national anthem at the NBA All-Star game. However, her performance was far from being conventional; she added several twists to the song and was heavily criticized by fans, basketball players and fellow musicians.
Kevin Hart: “I just engineered the biggest pre-game disaster in television history.” Fergie: “Hold my beer.”
Responding to critics in a statement, Fergie defended her choice to sing the anthem the way she did. ‘I’ve always been honoured and proud to perform the National Anthem and last night I wanted to try something special for the NBA. I’m a risk taker artistically, but clearly, this rendition didn’t strike the intended tone. I love this country and honestly tried my best,’ she said.
Watch the performance above and rate her.
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