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Mega Slash Promo

Sell Your Music With Freeme Digital and Keep 70% of your Revenue

FreeMe Digital introduces the 2018 Mega Slash Promo. Get your music on both international and local digital stores at pocket-friendly prices.

Mega Slash Promo

To signed up with Freeme Digital simply follow these easy steps:

– Fill our Artistes Details Form http://bit.ly/2mAIfdC or in our office which will be used to setup a contract
– Select any of our packages according to your needs (Classic, Silver, Gold, Record Label or Videos Only)
– The contract will be setup and sent to you or if in our office you can sign immediately
– The company’s account will be given to you for payment of the package selected
– Submission of content (songs, artworks, pictures, videos, lyrics)
– Account setups/uploads on the digital platforms e.g. iTunes, Spotify, Deezer, MTN music plus, Boomplay, VEVO, YouTube etc.
– Links will be generated and sent to you via fanlink (a single link that contains your other links for ease of promo)

Contact us:
Phone – 08179905358 (Timi or Stephanie), 08110029085 (Ugo)
Instagram, Facebook, Twitter @freemedigital
email – info@freemedigital.com, distribute@freemedigital.com

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A major disaster contained on time!

In the early hours of Thursday, 10th April, the VEVO platform came under attack by hackers who targeted major official artists’ channels, one of which happened to be Luis Fonsi’s.

 

People began noticing early Thursday morning that music videos from some of the most popular artists in the world — including Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito”, the most-watched video on YouTube Vevo were taken down. The videos were replaced with messages from hackers and eventually were taken offline while Vevo investigated.

Vevo is a video platform that’s owned by the three biggest record companies in the United States: Warner Music Group, Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment.

Unlike YouTube where anyone can upload contents to, VEVO is specifically run by administrators who upload videos to the website and the Vevo YouTube channel.

This also isn’t the first time Vevo has been hacked. Vevo was hacked in September 2017, where roughly “3.12TB worth of internal files” were published online, according to Gizmodo. The attack was coordinated by OurMine, the same group behind the BuzzFeed and TechCrunch hacks, as well as that of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s Twitter and Pinterest accounts.

That attack, which targeted the company’s internal documents, didn’t affect YouTube either. “Despacito” is currently the most-watched video on YouTube, with more than 5.02 billion views since its debut in January 2017.

It’s easy to look at Vevo and YouTube as being one company. Vevo accounted for “50 million unique views on YouTube in May 2013, after purchasing a 7 percent stake in the company in the same year, which is why Vevo videos are syndicated on YouTube.

Vevo said in their own statement. “We are working to reinstate all videos affected and our catalogue to be restored to full working order. We are continuing to investigate the source of the breach.”

Many of the videos targeted in the original attack have been re-uploaded to YouTube at this time — including “Despacito.”

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Same OG

PRESS STATEMENT:

In 2017 she was UNVEILED and by now I BELIVE you all know who Same OG is – the I BALL crooner.

OH GOD, Same OG is just TOO MUCH, she’s got the POWER to GIVE IT ALL. Her music dey CARRY ME DEY GO and I can’t wait till 21st of April to CELEBRATE her in her first Live Music and Networking Session tagged ONE ON ONE with Same OG!!!

Did someone just use all the tracks on Same OG’s recent musical project ‘UNVEILED the LP‘ to hype her forthcoming concert ‘ONE ON ONE with Same OG’?

This is for the Culture! This is for the Kingdom! This is LIVE HIP HOP like never before.

Venue is CLUB VEGAS, BEHIND SHERATON HOTEL, OPEBI U-TURN ROAD, MARYLAND, IKEJA, LAGOS.

Date: Saturday, 21st of April, 2018

Time: 1pm

You don’t want to miss this!

Download the project here – www.sameog.com/unveiled.

Follow her on Instagram and Twitter – @its_sameog

Get ready for LIVE HIP HOP like never before! Save the date!

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YouTube is set to launch Official Artist Channels that bring together all artists’ contents from different YouTube channels into one place. The channel automatically programs their music catalogues on two new shelves, including music videos, songs, and albums.

Music is hugely popular on YouTube and artists with VEVO-branded channels are among the most-followed channels on the platform. Now, YouTube is about to consolidate the millions of subscribers to VEVO’s channels — as well as those on “unofficial” artist-related channels — under a single account for each artist.

An Official Artist Channel is not a new channel—it’s a new layout that can be used on any channel that’s owned and operated by an artist, their manager or their label. The sections on an official artist channel will include Featured Video, Artist-Curated content, Channel Layout, Official Music, Albums, and customizable sections.

As an artist, what does this mean for you? According to YouTube, uniting your subscribers under one channel means you have more reach to promote your latest releases. It also gives you (and your team if you’ve got one) control over your presence and the opportunity to engage directly with your fans through YouTube features like community posts, mobile live and ticketing. Anyone who has had a chance to use both platforms will definitely agree that YouTube is more user-friendly than VEVO. 

 

VEVO Channel for Artist

VEVO channels will still be accessible via the advanced channel filter in search, and they will also be available if a user is specifically searching for the Vevo channel. In addition, if an artist has only a Vevo channel (and not an Official Artist Channel), the Vevo channel will still appear in search.

 

Official Artist Channel

As a user, if you’re currently subscribed to an unofficial artist channel, you will soon be subscribed to their Official Artist Channel and your subscription to any unofficial artist channels will become inactive. The Official Artist Channel is a single destination that gives you access to an artist’s full body of work, so you’ll now receive notifications solely from the official artist channel whenever new videos are uploaded or when an artist wants to send a message to their fans.

The roll-out of these channels will begin taking effect on the platform in coming weeks.

How to get an Official Artist Channel

To be eligible for an Official Artist Channel, make sure you already have a YouTube Channel that’s owned and operated by you as an artist, your manager, or your label, and have at least 3 music videos on YouTube. YouTube will contact you as soon your channel has been upgraded to an Official Artist Channel.

Watch out for more updates!

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Make Money on YouTube

YouTube Monetization

What compels most creators to create is rarely the money. It’s the thought of making something for the world to enjoy. But ironically, that puts them in a great position to actually make money in a content-obsessed world.

While the hard part for many businesses is getting and keeping their audience’s attention, most YouTubers have already figured that bit out. All that’s left is to get creative—to channel the entrepreneurial drive to explore ideas—with how you choose to monetize your passion.

Just like being an Instagram influencer or a blogger, your audience might unlock your earning potential, but it’s the creation of multiple revenue streams that help you actually make money. However, let us focus on how to make money without veering off the YouTube Platform. 

Inasmuch as YouTube keeps tweaking its algorithm when it comes to monetization, there is a need to understand that unless your channel is “Monetized”, you will not earn a dime from YouTube. Your views count or subscribers do not make you money on YouTube, rather it is the ads that run on your videos that bring the money.

So, if you have, say, 1 million views on a particular video and your channel isn’t monetized, you cannot make any money. You have to be a YouTube Partner to be eligible to activate monetization on your channel. The YouTube Partner Program lets creators monetize their content on YouTube. Creators can earn money from advertisements served on their videos.

Here is how to activate monetization on your channel:

  1. Sign in to YouTube.
  2. In the top right, select your account icon > Creator Studio
  3. In the left menu, select Channel > Status and features.
  4. Under “Monetization,” click Enable.
  5. Follow the on-screen steps to accept the YouTube Partner Program Terms.

Below is an example of a channel that is enabled for monetization.

Status and Features

Once your monetization is enabled, you’ll notice a green “$” next to your videos in the “Video Manager”, indicating whether it’s been enabled for monetization, which you can click on to access the monetization settings for each video.

A monetized video means you can earn money from the video when it is watched. 

NOTE: For channels that are yet to meet the new monetization eligibility threshold set by YouTube, there is still a way for you to retain your monetization without hitting 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 hours watch time. Find out in my next post!

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Top 10 Songs

Must Have: Top 10 Songs for Your Playlist.

So here’s a compilation of songs we feel have made some mark this year and should be on your playlist, if you don’t have them on your playlist Simply click on any of the song images to listen or download. This compilation was made by our very own Ekene Nsofor.
Simply click the images to listen or download. Enjoy!

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Song – Rara
Artiste – Tekno
Everybody seems to be in the Afro beat spirit lately but Tekno killed it in RARA, he was simply off the hook as he addressed vital issues in Nigeria. We are sure Fela Kuti would agree to the fact that he did justice to that song.

Top 10 Songs

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Song – You suppose know
Artiste – Bez Ft. Yemi Alade
Bez is known for his extraordinary delivery and he didn’t fail to deliver in this lovely jam produced by veteran Cobhams Asuquo in which he featured Voice of Nigeria Coach and Judge Yemi Alade, the connection was simply superb from the lyrics, to the notes and keys. If you don’t have this song on your playlist then you must be joking.

Top 10 Songs

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Song – Celebration
Artiste – Same OG
Having released her Unveiled LP early this month, Celebration which is the first song on the music project continues to keep the ears wanting more. I hope the one lady army goes ahead to shoot a video for this song as it has a way of getting you up on your feet.

Top 10 Songs

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Song – Smile for me
Artiste – Simi
From the texture of her voice to the beats of the drum to everything about this song, we can tell without a doubt that x3m music act Simi has something going on there. This song is one love jam that is hard to get over.

Top 10 Songs

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Song – Most High
Artiste – Nosa ft Nathniel Bassey
There is no doubt Nathaniel Bassey has made the headlines this 2017. Coupled with his ground breaking Hallelujah challenge which grabbed the attention of the entire world that CNN had to even cover it we have seen a lot of Nathniel Bassey collaborations this year and one of them was his combo with Nosa. This song is Heavenly and its just the perfect song to get in that perfect worship mood.

 

Top 10 Songs

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Song – Your Smile
Artiste – Tjan
Here we see another love tune taking the spotlight. Tjan is known for very effective deliveries on love songs coming into the limelight last year with Aduke, in 2017 he has released two love singles “Your smile” and “Omo yi” but i choose your smile over the latter though, anyway you can have both.

Top 10 Songs

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Song – I’ll Find You
Artiste – Lecrae Ft. Tori Kelly
Lecrae serves nothing short of dopeness and greatness together. He Featured talented Tori Kelly in l’ll find you. This song is one that would keep you going and fighting no matter the situation. Listen to l’ll find you and find faith too.

Top 10 Songs

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Song – Love no go die
Artiste – Olamide

Well what can we say; Olamide has been giving it to us back to back hits this year. He comes out every single time with something different and dope. For someone like Olamide, the cartoon animation was out of the box and simply dope.

Top 10 Songs

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Song – All Over
Artiste – Tiwa Savage
Late last year we saw some drama from Roc Nation’s Tiwa savage but this boss lady came through with this hit song. “E get as things dey do us for body” at Truth Music because we had our share of the goose bumps lool.

Top 10 Songs

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Song – Joromi
Artiste – Simi
Simi again? Yes you’re right. As we anticipate the release of her debut album “Simisola” due for release on the 8th of September, we have here Joromi to anticipate with.
If you have ever had a crush on someone and he/she isn’t seeing all the green light then Simi sang this song specially for you! Everyone was head over heels with this song and it doesn’t seem to be leaving our lips soon.

Top 10 Songs

Watch Joromi Video below

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When it comes to choosing a digital music distributor to get your music on sites like iTunes, Amazon MP3 and Spotify, you want to feel confident in your choice.  If music is important to you, you want to know who’s handling your music assets, the quality of the service and the value you’re getting for the distribution fees you’re paying.

Here are 10 questions you should ask any digital music distributor before you entrust your music to them.  Choosing the right distributor is just as crucial as picking the right guitar (or microphone or drum set or, well, you get the point).

1. Is music distribution their primary business?

Many companies provide other products and services in addition to distribution.  That’s not a bad thing, but you want to make sure that they equally support and invest in the distribution portion of their business and are not using it as marketing “hook” to build other parts of their business.

2. Do they take any portion of the sales revenue your music generates from distribution?

Different distributors have different business models.  Some distributors will charge so much for distribution to cover their overall cost but we (Freeme Digital) will take a cut of the distribution revenue you earn from the downloads and streams of your music.

3. Do they have a dedicated Customer Care team? 

Let’s face it. We all need a little help sometimes.  If you run into trouble during the distribution process is there a team that can answer all of your questions quickly and get your music back on track and headed to stores? That’s exactly what you’ll get by distributing with Freeme Digital.

4. Do they have an online help tool so you can easily find answers to questions you might have?

Many of your distribution questions can likely be answered very quickly, and without the help of a living, breathing human. An easily searchable help section can often get you the answers you need to get through a few minor hiccups.

5. Do they provide guidelines on how to format your release so you have smooth distribution to stores?

The digital stores have very specific requirements when it comes to the format of your release (audio files, artwork, and release information). You’ll want to know these details ahead of time so you won’t experience any holdup on distribution.  Does the distributor monitor the assets being delivered to double check that everything is formatted correctly? Freeme Digital will always make sure your materials are in the right format before any digital distribution.

6. Do they support their artist community?

As an artist, you want to feel like you’re part of a large, creative community.  The distributor you choose is lucky to have you, and should provide you with the kind of support you deserve.  Are there opportunities for you to increase your fan base?  Or do they give you tips from other artists to help your career move forward? Freeme Digital gives talented artists the opportunity to enjoy more exposure in the music industry on our weekly production “ZoneOut Session” , a platform set aside for rappers to showcase their talent. We go further by hyping it on social networks giving the artists a voice.

7. Do they offer iTunes trend reports so you can see how your music is selling in stores soon after it goes live?

When your music goes live in stores you’ll likely be very eager to see how it’s selling, so you want to make sure the distributor offers iTunes trends reporting. Ask them if the reporting is updated daily or just weekly.  Do you view the data in csv files? Or do they offer a dynamic web-based tool so you can sort and view sales by release, track, geolocation and more? Freeme Digital provides quarterly report to let you see how your music is performing or upon request.

8. How transparent and detailed is the sales reporting?

It’s important for your digital distributor to be completely transparent with respect to your digital sales and streaming revenue from all the stores you sent your music to. You should know exactly which songs/albums were downloaded and streamed where, and for how much (to the penny).  Do you have access to your sales information 24/7? Is it presented in a way that is easy to understand, filter and sort? Freeme Digital provides artists with all of these and more.

9. Do they offer Publishing Administration to help you collect your worldwide songwriter/publisher royalties?

If you’re a songwriter, you earn additional royalties from the sales, streams, and use of your music around the world.  When a distributor offers a publishing administration service, there’s a built-in audit trail that lets the distributor make sure you’re receiving the correct amount of songwriter royalties.  Also, ask them if the service is in-house or if they use a third party.

10. Do they offer Ringtones?

Ringtones are a great way to make more money from your music by turning a 30 second snippet of a song into a ringtone to sell in the iTunes store. Why not make a little extra money and let your friends hear your music whenever someone calls?

Obviously there’s a lot to consider when it comes to choosing a digital music distributor.  Getting your music for sale online is a big deal!  We urge you check out our website for answers to all these questions and more, and always feel free to reach out if you can’t find what you’re looking for ugo@freemedigital.com, info@freemedigital.com.

Did we forget some critical questions to ask?  Let us know in the comments.

 

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Stars of the African and international music industry came out in force to witness the fifth edition of the MTV Africa Music Awards which held in the city of Durban, South Africa on the 18th of July 2015.

Nigerian artists did not fail to impress as our very own Yemi Alade went home with Best Female as did Davido who bagged Best Male.

The “Koko Master” D’Banj made a name for himself by emerging the first winner of a new category The Evolution Award which he dedicated to former business partner and friend Don Jazzy.

 

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It was indeed a night of so much fun and excitement as the best artists around the continent had an opportunity to entertain their fans.

Check out full list of winners for the prestigious award below…

Best Male

AKA (South Africa)
Davido (Nigeria) – WINNER
Diamond (Tanzania)
Sarkodie (Ghana)
Wizkid (Nigeria)

Best Female

Bucie (South Africa)
Busiswa (South Africa)
Seyi Shay (Nigeria)
Vanessa Mdee (Tanzania)
Yemi Alade (Nigeria) – WINNER

Best Group

B4 (Angola)
Beatenberg (South Africa)
Black Motion (South Africa)
P-Square (Nigeria) – WINNER
Sauti Sol (Kenya)

Best New Act Transformed by Absolut

Anna Joyce (Angola)
Cassper Nyovest (South Africa)
Duncan (South Africa)
Patoranking (Nigeria) – WINNER
Stonebwoy (Ghana)

Best Hip Hop

Cassper Nyovest (South Africa)
K.O. (South Africa)
Phyno (Nigeria)
Olamide (Nigeria)
Youssoupha (DRC) – WINNER

Best Collaboration

AKA, Burna Boy, Da LES & JR: “All Eyes On Me” (SA/Nigeria) – WINNER
Davido featuring Uhuru & DJ Buckz: “The Sound” (Nigeria/SA)
Diamond & Iyanya: “Bum Bum” (Kenya/Nigeria)
Toofan & DJ Arafat: “Apero Remix” (Togo/Ivory Coast)
Stanley Enow & Sarkodie: “Njama Njama Cow Remix” (Cameroon/Ghana)

Song of the Year

Cassper Nyovest: “Doc Shebeleza” (South Africa)
Euphonik featuring Mpumi: “Busa” (South Africa)
DJ Fisherman & NaakMusiQ featuring DJ Tira, Danger & Dream Team: “Call Out” (South Africa)
K.O featuring Kid X: “Caracara” (South Africa)
Lil Kesh Featuring Olamide & Davido: “Shoki
Remix” (Nigeria)
Mavins: “Dorobucci” (Nigeria) – WINNER
Sauti Sol: “Sura Yako” (Kenya)
Toofan: “Gweta” (Togo)
Wizkid: “Show You The Money” (Nigeria)
Yemi Alade: “Johnny” (Nigeria)

Best Live

Big Nuz (South Africa)
Diamond (Tanzania) – WINNER
Flavour (Nigeria)
Mi Casa (South Africa)
Toofan (Togo)

Video of the Year

“Crazy” – Seyi Shay Featuring Wizkid; Director: Meji Alabi
“Doors” – Prime Circle; Director: Ryan Kruger
“Love You Everyday” – Bebe Cool; Director: Clarence Peters
“Nafukwa” – Riky Rick; Director: Adriaan Louw – WINNER
“The Sound” – Davido Featuring Uhuru & DJ Buckz; Director: Sesan

Best Pop & Alternative

Fuse ODG (Ghana)
Jeremy Loops (South Africa)
Jimmy Nevis (South Africa) – WINNER
Nneka (Nigeria)
Prime Circle (South Africa)

Best Francophone

DJ Arafat (Ivory Coast) – WINNER
Jovi (Cameroon)
Laurette Le Pearle (DRC)
Tour 2 Garde (Ivory Coast)
Toofan (Togo)

Best Lusophone

Ary (Angola) – WINNER
B4 (Angola)
Nelson Freitas (Cape Verde)
NGA (Angola)
Yuri Da Cunha (Angola)

Personality of the Year

Basketmouth (Nigeria)
Bonang Matheba (South Africa)
OC Ukeje (Nigeria)
Trevor Noah (South Africa) – WINNER
Yaya Toure (Ivory Coast)

 

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