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Ariana Grande becomes most followed woman on Instagram

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Renowned American singer Ariana Grande, 25, has racked up yet another spot with over 146.3 million followers surpassing Selena Gomez as the most followed woman on Instagram.

Previously, Gomez,26, held the title with about 146.2 million.

However, the most followed person on Instagram still remains superstar footballer, Cristiano Ronaldo, 34, who has 155.9 million followers and still counting, says Billboard.

Grande is likely to close the gap to Ronaldo by drawing more followers from Britain following news that she would be a headliner at a concert in Manchester in August.

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Grande’s latest social-media achievement hardly comes as a surprise, considering that she’s gained more than 13 million new Instagram followers in the last four months and maintains a hyperactive presence on the platform.

Her new Instagram title comes on the heels of her record-breaking success with the release of her fifth full-length LP, Thank U, Next, which is spending a second week at No0.1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.

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Even though, Gomez posting on the photo-sharing app has been minimal since her announcement in September of taking a major break from social media before subsequently checking into an inpatient facility to seek mental health treatment.

Grande, is also a songwriter and actress began her career in 2008 in the Broadway musical 13, before playing the role of Cat Valentine in the Nickelodeon TV series, Victorious and in the Spinoff Sam & Cat

She made her first musical appearance on the Soundtrack for Victorious and was signed to Republic Records in 2011 after music executive Monte Lipman came across one of her YouTube videos covering songs.

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She has released several albums and singles including, “Yours Truly’’My Everything, “Dangerous Woman, “Sweetener; “Thank you, Next.’’

She is the recipient of several awards and nominees including: Grammy, BRIT, MTV Video Music Awards, American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, Teen Choice Award, Billboard’s Woman of the Year and others.

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Nigerian Afropop songstress Merci-Lisa unveils new single

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Nigerian Afropop-soul musician Merci-Lisa has debuted her new track titled “Love Potion” taken from her recently released debut EP Appetizer,

Released via Golda-Amit, The Appetizer EP was composed and written entirely by Merci-Lisa, and according to her, is inspired by her:

“Journey and experience as a young female artist. I started her career at a low point, with disappointments, betrayal and a lack of path to success, and at that low point, I felt like my world was coming to a screeching halt.

“However, everything changed when I met the guys at Golda-Amit because my career and talent were given a flourishing environment and the support I need to succeed as a female Afro Pop-Soul artist in an industry dominated by well-resourced male performers.

“All the tracks on this ‘Appetizer’ EP are written with deep passion, emotion, admiration for true love, admiration for conquering life’s adversities, and satiation for good music that transcend the test of time.”

Listen to “Love Potion” below and listen to Merci-Lisa’s Appetizer EP on your usual streaming platform here.

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Copy of Cynthia Morgan’s contract with Jude Okoye hits the net (Photos)

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The 2013 contract between dancehall singer, Cynthia Morgan and Northside Entertainment, headed by music executive, Jude Okoye, has surfaced online.

A copy of the contract was sent to Tunde Ednut by Jude Okoye, in response to the allegations made against him by Cynthia Morgan.

Recall that Cynthia who now goes by the stage name Madrina alleged that she was not allowed to use her stage name and that she no longer had access to her social media accounts following her exit from Jude Okoye’s Northside Records.

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She also claimed that she lost all she had, including her name, VEVO account, and royalties after they had some issues centring on her contract.

In an Instagram live chat with Tunde Ednut, Jude stated that he doesn’t have the right to take Cynthia Morgan’s name because it is her birth name.

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He also explained that Cynthia Morgan, who has been free since 2017, changed her name to ‘Madrina’ while still signed to his record label.

Jude also denied taking over her Instagram and Twitter account but admitted that he took over her VEVO account, adding that it was a means of recovering over N40m he spent on her.

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He further stated that he paid Cynthia Morgan’s house rent, bought her a Range Rover and even gave her money to buy land for her mother in Benin.

Check out the contract below as signed by both parties in 2013:

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Sanyeri eulogises Antar Laniyan on his birthday

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Nollywood actor, Olaniyi Afonja, popularly known as Sanyeri, has revealed that fellow actor and director, Antar Laniyan, directed his breakout movie, Opa Kan, for free.

The 45-year-old made this known on Tuesday when he shared a birthday message to Antar on Instagram.

“This day reminds me of when I came to you seeking for you to direct my movie Opa Kan without me having a means of paying you…You promised to help me and you did…To God be the glory that movie Opa Kan brought me to the limelight…,” he wrote.

The movie, Opa Kan, which was released in 2009, also stars Odunlade Adekola.

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Sanyeri and Antar Laniyan also appear together in Obirin and Aworan.

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