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Industry News: May D Launches New Record Label, After P-Square Split – How to Start Your Own Record Label

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Industry, I discussed the May D and P-Square split with you all weeks ago. If you recall, Jude Okoye of P-Square was simply tacky with the unilateral announcement that May D was no longer a part of Square Records. I subsequently followed up with alleged news that May D was considering legal action against P-Square. Now, Hip-hop Magazine reports an exclusive news that May D has launched his own label called Confam Entertainment. May D is clearly entrepreneur minded. Does he have what it takes to operate a successful indie label? Time will tell.

What is an important as May D’s case illustrate is artists, you gotta have your own website that YOU own. Own your domain names etc. Have your music uploaded on all of your social media websites and have a deal in place that permits me you to retain your copyright ownership that you create in situations like these. This ensures you are not shot in the foot and have your fan base waiting when the carpet is pulled from underneath you. May D did a poor job of building his fan base, independent of P-Square. Also, P-Square controlled all of his videos and his channel on IROKO. So, when that relationship terminated, they deleted all that including the Official May D channel. Now, May D fans have nowhere to really go to, and no videos including the ones not involving P-Square to check out. (He has to build this base all over again.) Stand on your own independent of a label. A label is there to enhance what you already have.

AML artists, two articles from AML archives to check out:

1. Termination of Record Label Contracts 

2. How to Start Your Own Record Label

Hip Hop World Magazine has the full story.

May D’s Ile Ijo

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-Uduak
@uduaklaw

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1 Comment

  1. Good advice, and yes May D definitely needs a personal website and even one for his own record label.

    Ibe – http://www.nigeriamusicnetwork.com

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