Ahmed Ololade, popularly known as Asake, has been named Audiomack’s 2022 Artiste of the Year.
According to the popular streaming platform, Asake earned the honor because of his dedication to delivering hit songs in 2022 and his excellent musical outputs in featured tracks.
According to a press release posted on the streaming platform’s website on Thursday, December 15, 2022:
“In September, Asake released his debut album, Mr Money With The Vibe, a 30-minute barrage of party starters that amassed over 330 million streams on Audiomack and debuted at No. 66 on the Billboard 200.
Mr Money With The Vibe broke the record for the highest-charting debut album by a Nigerian artist.
The fuji-amapiano fusion drew Burna Boy to join a remix in March, which was re-upped by Audiomack in April. Burna Boy’s endorsement propelled Asake to new heights, cementing him as Nigeria’s first big breakout of 2022. It was a lofty achievement at the time, but there was more to come.
Asake’s tone is centered on using his journey as a case study for overcoming the struggles of young Nigerians. Prior to this year’s breakthrough, he spent many years working in the entertainment industry.
When he first appeared on the scene, it appeared that streaming and local radio charts were waiting for him to take his place at the top, which his songs did.
With hits like “PBUY,” “Bandana” with Fireboy DML, and then a deal with independent juggernaut EMPIRE to sing “Terminator,” Asake’s accomplishments quickly became superfluous.
This year, Asake redefined what it means to be a breakout artist. Amidst an explosion of amapiano and the continued global rise of West African music.
Asake has conquered cross-cultural fusion like no one else, to the point of putting South African music heavyweights on notice.”
We’ve approached one of the busiest seasons of the year for the entertainment industry, and as always, Lagos, Nigeria, is the greatest location to be.
It’s no longer a rumour that Lagos’s best entertainment takes place in December, and this year, Detty December is only going to get bigger after a highly successful year for Afrobeats and the Nigerian music scene in general.
The best time of the year to visit Lagos is in December, often known as “Detty December,” when there are constantly entertaining events and concerts going on. In Lagos, Nigeria, the month of December is typically characterized by intense celebration and high-intensity activity. This year’s Afrobeats movement was dominated by Nigerian performers, thus it’s believed that the concert culture will be further developed.
Naturally, December 2022 promised to be another hit, especially with the enormous influx of Nigerians from the diaspora, sometimes known as the “IJGBs” (I just got back), coming home.
The major concerts that will be held in Lagos in December 2022 are listed below since we love you so much and want you to have the ideal holiday schedule.
See Concert Details below
1/12/2022: The Cavemen TRACE Live | Venue: Terrakulture, V.I, Lagos
1/12/2022: Davido Fans Concert | Venue: Wonderland, Eko Energy City, V.I Lagos
On the 18th of November 2022, Ibadan experienced a whole atmosphere of vibes. Thanks to Nowsoundsfriday, a division of THEREALNOW company.
If you were present at the Premiaxfaaji party, it was a festival, and if you were in Ibadan on this day and missed it, you missed a major event.
We know Nowsoundsfriday for (Youth, Relate, and Network), and believe me, on November 18th, 2022, they gave out the best of the best to the city of Ibadan.
For the first time in Ibadan, one of the largest cities in West Africa, Nowsoundsfriday hosted a 14-hour party, and believe me, it was a blast. Grab some popcorn and join me as I walk you through the event’s journey.
The event, which began at 2 p.m. in the city of Ibadan, began with these extreme bike men and their hot wheels. There was a bustle as they entered the event grounds. The roar of their bikes drew the attention of others on the event grounds. This spectacle caused everyone to wonder, and the majority of those present took videos of it.
The top hype-men from all over Nigeria, DJs, and other Nigerian artistes performed at the event. There were games, refreshments, a photo booth, and lots of activities.
Taking you to the event’s most exciting part. It was only a few minutes before 12 a.m. when the mysterious rain began. Yes, it rained in Ibadan today. We were shocked because rain falling during this time of year is unusual. But that didn’t stop the most thrilling part of the event from happening. Before I tell you what happened, let me say that these Ibadan folks don’t like to party in the rain. They all hurried to the nearest available tents to shelter themselves from the rain. Well, the rain stopped a few minutes later, and guess what. The event was restarted, and there came in the fireworks.
Moving to the time where one of Nigeria’s top DJs (DJ PHATT), also known as The Spirit Of Dance, on stage. You will lose your home training on the dance floor whenever this guy is on stage. To be honest, this guy ‘na bad guy’.
The party did not stop there, o. Let’s not forget the hype men and hype lady who kept the party going all night, including the uncontested and undisputed hypeman Olamisky, mc crystal, superstar mc billin, and hot dj Hallomer. I’m not sure if this hallomer sef is a hypeman or a DJ anymore. But trust me, this guy does his job with 100% commitment and passion.
The people of Ibadan and all other youths that came from other cities for the event on the other hand, did not want to return home. They wanted the party to last forever, but the party wasn’t themed to last forever.
That’s all I have for now. Just so you’re aware. If you missed this event, you missed something a major thing, and I don’t think you should miss the next one Nowsoundsfriday is planning.
Dinma (002) one of the best host in Nigeria has something for you guys!
Watch a recap of the event below.
To download the Premiaxfaaji theme song click on the link below.
“Something must kill a man,” a wise man once said. That thing is bumbum for Wizkid. Wizkid’s latest album, More Love, Less Ego, is heavy on the seduction and follows up on his acclaimed 2020 album, Made in Lagos. Other musicians would be influenced by the demands of winning a Grammy and the Song of the Summer award, but Wizkid appears firmly set in his “no stress” ethos.
Wizkid doesn’t aim to surpass himself on his latest album, but is that truly a good thing?
These are the initial impressions we had after hearing each song on More Love, Less Ego for the first time.
Money & Love
From Sweet One on 2017’s Sounds From the Other Side to Reckless on 2020’s Made in Lagos, Wizkid has a history of producing strong album openers. Money & Love, the first track on the new album, is a strong start from Big Wiz. Wizkid establishes the framework for his next album by singing about his sex game and cash account while mentioning all the Bujus he is familiar with.
Money & Love isn’t particularly innovative, but that doesn’t make it a poor song. It’s basically Wizkid taking a cruise, as he does throughout the entire album.
Balance has been played four times, and each time I dozed off. But sadly, I never managed to come up with anything that stuck. Balance might someday join my list of favorite Wizkid songs, but for now, nothing will do.
Bad to Me
When Wizkid released Bad to Me back in September , I didn’t like it like I didn’t like most of his lead singles (remember Smile with H.E.R?). The singles from Wizkid have a tendency to grow on you when you least expect it.
Bad to Me is a wonderful party opener that will get everyone pumped up in the club and taps into the amapiano sound that Nigerians have refused to abandon. It’s not the best Wizkid lead single, but it’s also not the worst (Daddy Yo will take that spot).
Sugar (featuring Ayra Starr)
Get ready to be stunned by 2 Sugar, my darling, if you thought Wizkid and Ayra Starr would attempt to recreate the magic of Wizkid and Tems on Essence. Even though Wizkid performs the verses on 2 Sugar, Ayra Starr is the star of the show.
In contrast to Essence’s summer love segment, 2 Sugar emphasizes setting boundaries and avoiding letting negative energy disrupt your inner peace. This song, which features Ayra and Wizkid, will essentially make you want to unwind, sink into the positive energy, and tell the negative energy to stay far away.
I never imagined combining the names of Wizkid and Maya Angelou, yet here we are. The great poet opens Everyday with a heartfelt monologue about love before Wizkid enters to sing about challenges that everyone, famous or not, can identify with.
From the songs to the background “Yebo” chants, every day is sheer pleasure. Among the songs on the record, this one is arguably the most reflective.
Slip N Slide (featuring Skillibeng and Shenseea)
Wizkid is at his horniest in Slip N Slide. Wizkid goes all out with all the fornication vibes you can think of, dropping lines like, “24 days we dey fuck with no brakes,” with the help of Jamaican performers Skillibeng and Shenseea. Exactly 24 days? What kind of agbo are you drinking, Ayodeji? I merely need a friend.
Slip N Slide would be a wonderful addition to my sex soundtrack. But I don’t have one since I don’t fornicate like the rest of you do.
I admire sincerity, and on Deep, Wizkid is open and honest about wanting your body rather than your affection. If Slip N Slide was caught for adultery, Deep was caught for the enticing dancing and whining that would eventually result in the pant coming off.
Wizkid uses the lyrics of Flower Pad to declare to the world that he enjoys a little bit of cunnilingus, just like Harry Styles did on Watermelon Sugar. Wizkid once again demonstrates his ability to make baby-making music by encouraging his partner to “wrap their legs around his neck,” and I’m fully here for it.
PS: The Spanish at the song’s conclusion somehow makes it 1000 times more sexy.
Wow (featuring Skepta and Naira Marley)
One of my favorite musical collaborations right now features Skepta and Wizkid. These two have given us back-to-back smashes since Energy and Made in Lagos’ Longtime, and Wow is no exception. However, despite Wiz and Skepta’s and their collaboration on the Wow, the song’s beat and flow have a Rexxie-produced Naira Marley jam-like quality to them.
Having said that, I feel confident boarding a song featuring Wizkid, Naira Marley, and Skepta. Choo! Choo! Choo!
One of my favorite songs on the album is Pressure, a jovial bop. The music thumps. The sound he makes just following the chorus slaps, “beep beep beep.” His singing-talking performance in the second verse is shocking. Damn, this song slaps in every direction, and I just have to give it tenss overall.
Wizkid once again incorporates amapiano on Plenty Loving. Actually, I think I like this song better than Bad to Me. Perhaps it’s because Plenty Loving is still new or because it contains a hint of the distinctive Wizkid sax that made Made in Lagos such a smash hit.
Special (featuring Don Toliver)
How should I put this? Special sounds Mid AF for a song with Don Toliver and produced by Juls. Perhaps Special will grow on me, but for now I’m skipping it because it’s not providing what it should.
Frames (Who’s Gonna Know)
The album’s 40+ minute duration is perfectly wrapped up by Frames (Who’s Gonna Know), in which Wizkid forgoes seduction techniques and the initial gragra in favor of an open discussion with his girlfriend. But all of that is hidden behind Wiz’s desire for his lover to give him more of them, something he could never lose. Don’t get me wrong, shaking bumbum is still a priority here.
Stormzy not only realized it was Wizkid season, but he also sent the singer flowers in response to his More Love, Less Ego album. Read Stormzy’s comments in our story.
In response to Wizkid’s new record, “More Love Less Ego,” British rapper Stormzy complimented the chef and gave him his flowers.
Stormzy, who evidently enjoyed the project as much as many other music fans, shared a screenshot of the album while listening to it along with an ecstatic review directed at Wizkid. Stormzy remarked:
“My bro @wizkidayo you are too special my brother. Made In Lagos was the soundtrack for 2020/2021 and you’ve done it again. This guy is ridiculous.
The fifth studio album by Wizkid is titled “More Love Less Ego.” The record, which was released on November 11th, has since gained popularity in the music community and has topped charts around the world.
Wizkid continues to break records, and his smash track “Essence” has accomplished a first for African music.
With his collaboration with Tems, “Essence,” the Grammy-winning singer, songwriter, and performer Ayodeji Balogun, better known by his stage name Wizkid, has reached a new professional milestone. It is the first African song to set an unheard-of record in the US.
After selling over 3 million copies in the US alone, the hit song “Essence” is now officially the first and only African music to ever receive a 3X platinum certification from the RIAA. Big Wiz has demonstrated that with good music, the globe will always tune in, as seen by the records “Made In Lagos” and the smash song “Essence” have continued to shatter.
The singer’s effort, “More Love Less Ego,” aims to meet and exceed the standards set by the Popsi himself on his fourth studio album, “More Love Less Ego.”
The Afrobeats megastar has other ideas he’d like to pursue besides music.
Ayodeji Balogun, better known as Wizkid, is a multi-award-winning singer, songwriter, and performer from Nigeria. He has stated that he has interests outside of music.
The Grammy-nominated musician provided extensive insight into his work, family, future plans, and other relevant subjects during an interview with the American fashion and entertainment publication Flaunt. The father of three revealed that he has a talent for fashion and family, which he would love to fully explore, when asked about additional goals he hasn’t yet achieved. He stated:
More music. I don’t know if I’ll ever stop doing that. That’s what I love most. Career-wise, let’s see where else the music takes me. I really like clothes and fashion, so I’ll definitely be doing something big in that regard, just exploring my options and interests at the moment when it comes to that. There are some personal things that I’d like to accomplish for myself, at home, and with the family too.
On November 11, 2022, the heavyweight singer is set to release his fifth studio album, “More Love, Less Ego,” a follow-up to the critically acclaimed and commercially successful “Made in Lagos.” The album, which has thirteen songs, features heavyweights like Skillibeng, Shenseea, Ayra Starr, Skepta, Naira Marley, and Don Toliver.
Burna Boy became the first and only African musician to accomplish a new achievement, continuing his streak of record-breaking on the international stage.
Burna Boy, a Grammy-winning singer and songwriter, just accomplished something that has never before been done in African music. The entertainment portal 626blaze is always lauding the enormous successes of afrobeats around the world.
The great singer that never gets tired of placing Africa and the afrobeats sound on the map established a new record with the gold RIAA certification received by ‘Last Last.’
‘Last Last’ has currently sold over 500,000 units in the US alone, and it is the third solo song by the singer to reach this record. Burna Boy receives the RIAA gold certification for his solo tracks “Last Last,” “On The Low,” and “Ye,” making him the first and only African musician to do so.
A number of the biggest music markets in the world have certified “Last Last.” Additionally, it is certified as gold in France after selling more than 100,000 pieces, platinum in Canada after selling more than 80,000 units, and gold in the UK after selling more than 400,000 units.
Tiwa Savage responds to her fans with something more meaningful after delivering the stunning song Jaiye Foreign with Zinoleesky. She collaborates with the current rave king Asake for her newest release, Loaded.
Asake, on the other hand, teams up with Tiwa Savage for “another one” (in DJ Khaled’s voice), fresh off the success of his several hit songs and, of course, his critically acclaimed debut album, Mr. Money With The Vibe.
‘Loaded,’ Tiwa’s second release of the year, was produced by Magicsticks, Asake’s right-hand man. The song is enhanced by an appropriate music video helmed by TG Omori, the typical suspect.
The much awaited duet would delight the afrobeats singer’s followers.
The official release date for Tiwa Savage’s collaboration with Asake has been announced by the talented Nigerian singer, songwriter, and performer Tiwatope Savage, better known by her stage name Tiwa Savage.
The vocalist is preparing to release a new smash after releasing “Jaiye Foreign,” which was her debut song for 2022 and included superstar street-hop singer Zinoleesky.
On Tuesday, November 8, 2022, Mama Jam Jam will release the song “Loaded,” which she co-wrote with popular YBNL signee Asake and which was produced by gifted Nigerian beatmaker Magic Sticks.