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Burna Boy leads Apple’s 2019 top 10 streamed songs

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Afro-fusion artiste, Damini Ogulu aka Burna Boy, has topped the 2019 list of Apple Music most-streamed artists.

The data, recently released by Apple Music, featured Artists in sub-Sahara Africa whose songs were streamed via the platform.

In the heavyweight list, Burna Boy had five songs leaving the other five top slots to other artists including Davido, Wizkid, Joeboy and Rema.

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Burna Boy’s songs ‘On the low’, ‘Gbona’, ‘Dangote’ and ‘Anybody’ occupied top five alongside his heavy collaboration with Zlatan ‘Killin Dem’.

The Grammy-nominated artist has had a stellar year, leading in every musical front culminating in his 2020 Grammy nomination in the World Music category alongside Angelique Kidjo.

The list also featured Joeboy’s ‘Baby’. The young artist has been on a steady rise since the release of his song.

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Rema was another young artist that made the list with his song, ‘Dumebi’. The catchy tune garnered airplay in the first half of the year and shifted the same enthusiasts to streaming platforms.

Wizkid, Beyonce and Blue Ivy’s collaboration, ‘Brown Skin Girl’ was the number one motivation song for black women around the world. This showed in its streaming numbers on Apple Music.

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David ‘Davido’ Adeleke appeared twice on the list in two interesting collaborations.

The first, ‘Blow My Mind’ with Chris Brown and ‘One Ticket’ with Kizz Daniel. Both songs have remained fan favourite till date.

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Reminisce ft. Fireboy on new song ‘Ogaranya’

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Remilekun Safaru, a Nigerian rapper-songwriter better known as Reminisce, has enlisted Fireboy, a YBNL-signed singer, for his collaborative single titled ‘Ogaranya’.

The song, which was released on Monday, is produced by Sarz, a showbiz mogul, as part of Reminisce’s upcoming six-track EP ‘Vibes and Insha Allah’.

In ‘Ogaranya’, which doubles as an Igbo title describing a person of financial influence, Reminisce brings aboard his Yoruba-Pidgin rap flows as Fireboy croons about romantic stints in the background.

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While the song comes as Fireboy’s first feature outside YBNL since he joined the label, it also doubles as one of Reminisce’s followups to ‘Prosperity’, his collaborative track with Falz, a colleague rapper.

Reminisce had his first song in 2006, recording a hardcore rap album at Coded Tunes but the project was never released. He thereafter decided to focus on his studies and complete schooling.

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In 2008, he had a rap verse on a track titled ‘Bachelor’s Life’ off ‘Gongo Aso’, 9ice’s sophomore album. ‘Ever since’ and ‘If Only’, his first and second singles, would later establish him in the country’s music industry.

With four albums to his name, the rapper has snagged multiple awards, worked with notable musicians across Nigerian, and made a slew of critically acclaimed tracks.

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Tanzanian singer, Vanessa Mdee, quits music, says its demonic

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Tanzanian singer, Vanessa Hau Mdee, has announced her decision to quit her music career.

The 32-year-old songstress said it on her 29 minutes Podcast “Deep Dive with Vanessa Mdee”.

According to Mdee, the music industry is demonic and she is currently working on being an advocate of honesty, beauty and what facing your demons can do for you.

She said,

“I don’t know who needs to hear this, but my mission is to be a light. I know that I would probably disappoint a few people and that’s okay.

”I know that my fans don’t wanna hear this but guess what am never be too far away from you, trust me. The reason why I had to leave the industry is that I needed to choose my life, the music industry is demonic.

”People will tell you half-truth about what really goes on, and the truth is I just wanna be an advocate for honesty and beauty and being a sincere advocate for what facing your demons can do for You.

“Now my fans are probably asking themselves right now; Are you gonna never sing again? Are we gonna never see you perform? Let me reiterate, I love music, I love to create, I love to perform, I’m a vessel, this is what I was brought on earth to be.

Mdee also recalled becoming an alcoholic who could drink herself to sleep after becoming depressed.

“My advice to someone out there is that be true to who you are. I used to say this in many interviews but not really understand any of it, because then again it sounded like the right thing to say.

”But be true to who you are, I had to look at myself, face myself that it was pain, it was shameful, it was scary but I had to do it because there was no other way and in that I found peace and in that I found elevation, I found desire and passion for life.

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Rema named Apple Up Next Artist

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Apple Music on Wednesday announced Nigerian Afropop star, Divine Ikubor, known professionally as Rema, as the latest addition to its Up Next program, Apple Music’s monthly artist initiative geared towards identifying, showcasing and elevating rising talent.

The global singer and rapper is at the forefront of Nigerian pop music, with a youth-led sound connecting across all corners of Africa and beyond. Since the debut of his Rema – EP in March 2019, Rema has become the #18 World Artist across Apple Music based on lifetime plays. To date, his music has been featured across Apple Music playlists like Afrobeats Hits, Today’s Hits, Future Hits, Agenda, Shazam Discovery Top 50, Home Office DJ, Breaking R&B, The New Africa, It’s Lit!, and many more. Across Apple Music’s Beats 1 global livestream, Rema has been featured on major programs, including Joe Kay’s Soulection and Kendall Jenner’s ZAZA WORLD RADIO, and has been Shazamed in over 180 countries.

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“Getting recognised by Apple as their Up Next artist is a huge deal for me,” said Rema. “I want to take Afrobeats to the world and now the world is listening, it’s an honour. This has come during a time when across the world people are uniting and coming together to fight for justice. This generation, my generation, are standing up and speaking out and it’s amazing to see, I am standing right beside them.”

“Rema embodies the youth movement emerging from the continent of Africa,” said Apple Music’s Global Editorial Head of Hip-Hop and R&B Ebro Darden.

“His voice has carried him from Benin City, Nigeria to Barack Obama’s 2019 Summer Playlist. He’s been cosigned by Drake and Rihanna and has remixes to his music with Becky G, Matoma and Major Lazer. Rema is a shy, young artist who has managed to capture the world’s attention with his art. We are excited to amplify him further and can’t wait to see what he’ll do with his platform next.”

Rema’s Up Next short was shot remotely in Lagos by the artist himself on iPhone 11 Pro and comes to Apple Music exclusively today. In the short, Rema opens up, talking about his earliest introductions to music through church groups and sharing how faith helped him overcome tragedy.

“The goal is to take Africa to the world, if the world can’t come to Africa,” Rema tells Apple Music. “That’s the plan.”

In an interview with Apple Music’s Darden, also available today, Rema discusses the origins of his genre-bending sound, the cultural significance of Lagos, and received the presidential seal of approval from Obama.

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