AML people! This is it! The end of 2016 which means this is the time we take stock of the stories you found most interesting all year-long. These are the top 10 best podcast episodes of 2016 that you loved!
1. All hell broke loose with the complete marriage breakdown of Tiwa and TeeBillz. The couple engaged in a public show down, aired their dirty laundry and boy was it a mess! Thankfully, we had some of the best from the AML community to help make sense of it all, and give them advice, if they cared to listen. I predict these two will unite. However, they will need extensive and intensive counseling to make it work, longterm.
2. Coming in second place was the brouhaha between one of Africa’s largest bands, P-square. All roads pointed to an embittered breakup but I am convinced the One Africa Music Festival was a turning point for the band. I believe that their exclusion from such an historic event was a wake up call to get it together. While they didn’t make history in New York, they got to participate in the Houston event after they got their act together.
3. At number three is the interview with Hollywood’s music industry icons Todd and Jeff Brabec. Today is actually their birthdays! Happy birthday Jeff and Todd. These dynamic duo and twins show it is all about putting in the work and creating a legacy that outlasts you!
4. Drake collaborated with Wizkid for his track ‘One Dance’ off his tingly successful ‘Views’ album, and Nigeria/Africa went wild. Both are now up for Grammy nomination(s). This episode broke down all the possible streams of income for featured artists Wizkid and Kyla.
5. What I love about the AML community is that it is so diverse and includes Hollywood, Nollywood and Africa’s leading executives and talents form key entertainment markets. The fact that Stan Stoocher’s podcast episode makes #5 on the list is a great illustration of the kind of community we foster. It’s a fun interview and you learn a lot about the music business from Stan, one of the best in the game.
6. Earlier this year, AML subscriber Osagie Alonge gave his first ever interview on AML where he opened up about his journey to becoming Editor-in-Chief for one of Nigeria’s leading media house, Pulse Nigeria. Since his interview, 2016 has been an even greater year for Alonge. He got married, was promoted to Managing Director at Pulse, launched a podcast show (Loose Talk), and has received more media attention and recognition for his work. Congrats Osagie. It was good having you.
7. Seyi Shay stayed very controversial this year, including when she revealed that Wizkid was the original owner of Drake’s ‘One Dance’ song. Is there a different side to Seyi? Definitely. Listen up to see her brilliance shine.
8. With all the brouhaha, especially among the P-square brothers, we just had to go into the classroom to learn all about music publishing. Take out your pens and papers and take notes on this one.
9. All hell really broke loose when EricMany Limited dragged recording artist Runtown into court for attempting to walk out of his contract. The Nigerian label wasn’t having it and went as far as dragging the artist into Federal court in New York. The court issue an injunction stopping him from performing in the USA. This of course necessitated a discussion on the 7 deadly sins artist commit when signing recording contracts.
10. Rounding off the list is the historic and successful début of The One Africa Music Festival in New York.
These podcast episodes are the ones you loved the most this 2016. Thank you to all of our guests who gave us some great discussions. Folks, listen, reminiscence and share with your networks.
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