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Peter Okoye Makes Solo Debut with ‘Cool it Down’ Music Video, Samples Mya and Blackstreet’s ‘Take Me There’ Song

In the midst of the P-Square brouhaha and without any information to P-Square fans on the status of the band, Peter Okoye (bandmate) launches his solo career with the debut of his first official music video, ‘Cool it Down.’ If ‘Cool it Down’ sounds familiar, it is because Peter sampled Mya’s ‘Take Me There’ featuring Blackstreet, Mase and Blinky Blink.

A little about ‘Take Me There’ by Mya culled from Wikipedia

“Take Me There” is an R&B song by American quartet Blackstreet and singer Mýa featuring Bad Boy rappers Ma$e and Blinky Blink. The track was produced by Teddy Riley for the soundtrack for the motion picture film The Rugrats Movie and featured on Blackstreet’s third studio album Finally. “Take Me There” was written by Mason Betha, Michael Foster, Madeline Nelson, Teddy Riley, (Mark Allen Mothersbaugh, Berry Jr. Gordy, Alfonzo Migell, Frederick Perren, Deke Richards) and Tamara Savage. The song also serves as the theme song for The Rugrats Movie.

“Take Me There” was released November 17, 1998 in the United States as the lead and only single from The Rugrats Movie soundtrack. The single was a commercial success, peaking at number fourteen on Billboard’s Hot 100 and number ten on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs chart…” 

The lyrics are copyrighted and owned by  Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC and Universal Music Publishing Group.

Mya’s Hook for ‘Take Me There’

Take me there, I want to go there
Take me there. Let’s go there
Take me to that great place with wonders and wishes
Take me there, I want to go there
Take me there. You know where
Just take me to that great place with wonders and wishes

Peter’s Hook for ‘Cool it Down’

Take me there, I want to go there
Take me there. Let’s go there
Take me to that great place with wonders and wishes
Take me there, I want to go there
Take me there. You know where
Just take me to that great place with wonders and wishes

Ms. Uduak’s Legal Commentary

AML artists, as a general rule, under U.S. Copyright Law, when an author (the creator) creates work that is fixed in a tangible medium of expression e.g. written or recorded music, there are six legal rights that are automatically triggered. They include the right to perform, publicly display, reproduce and make derivative copies of the author’s original work.

A derivative work is a work based on or derived from one or more already existing work. The right to create a derivative work belongs, exclusively, to the original author of the work, with certain limitations.

Where music sampling occurs, there are two rights that are affected under the law. They are:

  1. the copyright in the composition which is usually owned by either the artist or the music publisher; and
  2. the copyright in the sound recording, i.e. the version of the song (the masters), which is typically owned by the record company or the recording artist.

There is nothing wrong with sampling so long as you obtain consent from the rights holders of the song and pay the requisite fees. While Nigerian artists are not very good at following this practice, presumably Peter is an exception to the rule and he obtained the requisite copyright clearance. In fact, so far, there is nothing to suggest otherwise so what we do is to wish him well and enjoy the music and video which is actually not bad, at all.

-Ms. Uduak

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