MIDEM 2019: Troy Carter on the Future of Music, Digital Distribution & More (Video)

Midem 2019 just kicked off and the emerging theme is that of streaming and a focus on digital distribution. Troy Carter, one of the keynotes for this year’s event, addresses these issues in a discussion about the future of music and his new company Q&A. One thing about Troy is that there is never a …

AML 126: The Third Wave: Surfing the Emerging Streaming Landscape #MusicBiz2019

I had the pleasure of attending AML super fan Iredumare (Ire) Opeyemi’s panel session held on May 6, 2019, at the Music Biz 2019 conference in Nashville, produced by the Music Business Association. If you have been following this blog and podcast for a while, then you know seven years ago, Ire stumbled on the …

Tiwa Savage Signs Global Deal with Universal Music, But Can Efe Ogbeni Deliver Results?

Nigerian singer, songwriter, and recording artist Tiwa Savage has just signed an “exclusive global recording agreement” with Universal Music Group (UMG). The excitement and news surrounding the deal has attracted global attention primarily from fans and mainstream music industry trade publications like Billboard.com, and Music Business Worldwide. A day prior to Tiwa’s announcement, however, Burna …

AML 125: First-Ever Nigerian Recorded Music Industry Report (Exclusive)

 The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) releases an annual report that provides a comprehensive state of the global recorded music industry, which includes data and analysis. However, historically, Africa has not appeared on the radar of this report. In 2016, it did. IFPI gave a nod to the recorded music market in …

Yemi Alade Teams up with Rick Ross for “Oh My Gosh!” Remix But are his Wine & Rum Product Placements too Much?

Yemi Alade teamed up with Rick Ross for a remix of her hit single “Oh My Gosh.” The newly released music video is well shot and the visuals are beautiful, with rich textures that showcase Africa’s creativity, especially that of its fashion industry. The pairing, however, seems quite odd and what stands out, even more, …