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Music & Entertainment Industry News Roundup: Beyonce may sue Nigerian beauty company, Ayo Jay’s ‘Your Number’ now RIAA Certified Gold etc.


Happy new week AML people. Here’s the latest music and entertainment news roundup:

1. Beyonce Allegedly Threatens to sue Nigerian Beauty Company

2. Fantasia Hospitalized After Burn Incident; Cancels Memphis Tour Stop

3. WizKid Signs Multi-Album Deal With RCA Records/Sony Music International: Exclusive

4. Wizkid Singer wins first iHeartRadio Awards 2017

5. King Sunny Ade KSA no longer performing at Coachella Festival

6. Ayo Jay’s Hit Single ‘Your Number’ Now RIAA Certified Gold.

7. Don Jazzy Signs POE, DNA and Johnny Drille to the Supreme Mavin Dynasty

8. Banky W: Fire destroys parts of R&B singer’s Lekki home

9. Audu Maikori will be prosecuted for false tweets said Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, during a Q&A session at the 2017 Social Media Week Lagos. Excerpt of his statement follows:

“Audu Maikori rushed to publish a false story without checking with anyone. But before then, he had been posting fake pictures by posting Boko Haram attacks, Rwanda genocide as Southern Kaduna killings which elicited a lot of emotions on social media. But more than that, what he posted may have led to killings and we are trying to link the dates of the posting to attacks that may have happened the next day on Fulanis and if we are able to establish that causation, as lawyers, we know what it means.

It is totally irresponsible to do that. And even when pointed out to him that this information is not true that the College of Education does not run a mass communication programme and that the school had been closed down since November, he still posted that he stands by his story. He questioned the authenticity of the press statement. He was totally and completely irresponsible. He is going to be prosecuted. He was arrested. His statement has been taken. His fate will be decided by a judge. It’s not Nasir El-Rufai. It’s nothing personal. I have nothing against him. He has worked with the state government in the past. Since we started going after people that are posting these fake pictures, we have had some sense of moderation. You cannot rush and use a platform like that without checking because there are two sides to this conflict because anything you post can elicit a reaction from one of the sides. So we should at least be sure that what we are posting is true. And there are ways of checking, call the police or other authorities. You are rushing to get retweets and followings without regards to the fact that what you are doing could lead to more violence or loss of lives. I am the governor of the state. I am not in this game to get following. My responsibility as governor of the state is to ensure the security of lives and property of the state and I will not allow anyone, even my own son, to do that kind of thing without consequence.

10. Tiwa Savage grants NotJustOK TV an interview where she explains her deal with Roc Nation etc.

Photocredit: Beyonce Facebook Fan page

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