Top 5 Record Labels in Nigeria
We at the TheAfricanmedia HQ have compiled a list of the top 5 record label in Nigeria.
Ever since the emergence of music as a foremost means of prime entertainment and a huge money-making venture, record labels have played a critical role in housing, grooming, and propelling artists to stardom.
These label imprints are the domain of music artists, and just like a businessman owns an empire or conglomerate, a record label owner also owns similar conglomerates, but in form of music artists signed under his label.
Over the years, some labels in Nigeria have proven to be so prodigious, releasing every collaboration and singles as major hits year after year.
Some of these labels are worth billions of Naira when the entire caliber of its constituent music acts are priced.
They are household names in the Nigerian entertainment scenes and ashore.
For upcoming artists, getting signed into one of these record labels marks a major breakthrough testimony.
Below are the top 5 record labels in Nigeria
1. Mavin Records
Mavins Records was founded by Michael Collins Ajereh popularly known as Don Jazzy in 2012 following a split with his former co-partner D’Banj.
The split was actually a top gist in the entertainment scene, the duo of D’Banj and Don Jazzy co-founded “Mo’Hit Records”, a record label that rocked the Nigerian music scene prior to 2012 with top sensational albums coming from some of the finest and talented artists from its platforms like D’Banj himself and Wande Coal.
Post-2012, The Mavin Records is the biggest and most influential record label in Nigeria and arguably West Africa.
It houses top artists like Rema, Koredo Bello, Johnny Drille, Crayon, Ladipoe, Di’Ja and Ayra Starr.
As a team, they have occupied the music airways with their songs starting from their debut scintillating collaboration in “Dorobucci” and then to “Adaobi”.
2. YBNL Nation
YBNL is an acronym for Yahoo Boy No Laptop.
It was founded by Lagos indigenous rapper and indeed one of the greatest rappers in the Nigerian contemporary times Olamide aka Badoo.
After Olamide shot to dazzling limelights in 2011 from the stables of ID Cabasa’s Coded Tunes, he went solo in 2012 to establish his own label imprints YBNL.
Today, his imprint prides itself as one of the biggest in Nigeria even though the likes of Lil Kesh, Adekunle Gold, Viktoh have all gone solo.
Currently, it has DJ Enimoney and Fireboy DML signed into it.
3. Davido Music Worldwide (DMW)
Davido was once a member of the HKN gang, a label that seemed more like a family business co-owned by the OBO himself and his brother Wale and having two of their cousins signed unto it with stage names B-Red and Shina Rambo.
He however left the record to establish his own, hence the Davido Music Worldwide entertainment outfit and label.
Currently, he has Dremo, Mayorkun, Liya, Peruzzi, Yonda, Dj Ecool and Fresh VDM (producer) signed onto his record label.
DMW stands as one of the biggest and hottest record labels in the country at the moment.
4. StarBoy Entertainment
After leaving EME to pursue a solo prodigious career, In 2013 Nigerian A-list music act Wizkid launched his label imprint the StarBoy Entertainment.
According to Wizkid, he established his own record label to give upcoming musicians a chance at success.
Talk about giving back to society. His record label is one with a glaring identity in the Nigerian Music scene.
Some of the associated music acts in his label include Legendary Beatz And Terri.
5. Spaceship Records
Spaceship Record Label is owned by A-list Nigerian singer and songwriter, Burna Boy.
Burna Boy announced the launch of his label, Spaceship on February 18, 2015. This came after his two-year deal with the Piriye ‘Peedi Picasso’ Isokrari owned label, Aristokrat Records ended in June 2014. A lot thought the label was going to be named Burna Boy Goons, but Burna Boy opted for Spaceship Entertainment.
Some of the associated music act in his label include Buju.
Source: The African Media