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Davido Music Worldwide signee ‘Ichaba’ has released the visuals to his hit sinlge ‘Aduke’. In the video, he acts out an enviable love story with his very beautiful and interesting leading lady.


Shot by Director Q, the video is great start to what is looking like a sparkling career for Ichaba!

Enjoy: Aduke by Ichaba.

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The Misfits

We are proud to present our first ever ‘Cypher’ on ZoneOutSessions. Performed by Joel Prodigee and The Real Dayve, a duo that calls themselves ‘The Misfit’.
This performance is an impressive blend of styles and lyrics. Their delivery is very catchy and coupled with the interesting animations, this Cypher is truly wonderful.

Click to watch: The Misfits ZoneOut Cypher

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Lagos City

‘Isah’ styles himself the messiah of smooth sound on this side of the world. Signed to the aptly named ‘Savior Sound’, the artiste releases this video in honor of Lagos City and the track is titled ‘Lagos Nights. Director ‘Wankynd’ does a good job and showing the beauty and vibrancy of Lagos State in this very visually appealing video. For anyone who hasn’t been to Lagos, Isah and Wankynd have done a good job to convince you to visit and enjoy the amazing ‘Lagos Nights’.

Click to watch: Lagos Nights by Isah.

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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 [email protected], [email protected]

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


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Oats Entertainment presents a three tracker EP titled #TheUnveiling from its signee, OGEH. Ogeh born Ogechi Adiele is a talented singer and songwriter known for her creativity and versatility which has earned her much respect from fellow colleagues in the entertainment industry.

The three tracks namely: NOBODY, RIGMAROL and AWAY,  produced by DaPiano, Shockin’ Vyb and MUNO respectively is a representation of Ogeh’s style of music which cut across Afro pop, R&B, Soul and Hip Hop. It is worthy of mention to say, Ogeh is an embodiment of talent having pass through several musical platform including Glo Naija Sings and MTN Project Fame.


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We wanted to let you know of some changes that will be affecting how long it takes to get your music onto iTunes from November the 24th.

Around November time iTunes starts to get a lot busier with more artists wanting to distribute their music for the Christmas/holiday period. iTunes has laid down the following timescales for when you can expect to see your music online.

For example if you upload your music on November 24th you can expect that to be for sale on iTunes by December the 5th. The table below marks out the temporary release time scales you can expect for November, December and January.

Date Uploaded Date Online
November 24th, 2014 December 5th, 2014
December 8th, 2014 December 12th, 2014
December 15th, 2014 December 31st, 2014
January 1st, 2014 January 9th, 2015

We hope this helps with the planning of your releases over this busy and festive period.



Freeme Digital Team


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EME First Lady Niyola continues her hot streak with the eagerly-anticipated remix to her Headies award-nominated single “Love To Love You.” The remix, produced by New York based producer IExist, sees the singer/songwriter paired with rap heavyweights Phyno, Lynxxx, Sarkodie, and Poe. Eschewing a traditional online single release, Niyola teamed with a revamped Made Magazine and the fashion photographer and Africa’s Next Top Model judge Remi Adetiba to create a visual experience that embodied the edgy, sexy, yet playful vibe of the track.

Styled by Made creative director Tokyo James, the fashion film and photos were shot at multiple locations in Lagos and are, according to Adetiba, “a different, more multidimensional way to approach the single release in Nigeria’s increasingly digital music market.”

Watch the fashion film here, and head over to http://bit.ly/1zvXt10 to see the photos and hear the

remix in full.

Connect with Niyola

Twitter: @iamNiyola | Facebook & Instagram: @Niyola | Email:[email protected] |

SoundCloud: Niyola | Hulkshare: OfficialNiyola | Vevo: NiyolaVevo

For bookings: +2348180000000 or [email protected]





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The relationship between an artist and their manager is the most vital relationship in the music business. The joys of having a manager or managing an artist can be amazing. It’s why some choose to work in the music industry. However, the lines can be easily blurred between the artist and their manager because the nature of the relationship can be unorthodox at times. Like any other relationship, clear communication and definition of roles and responsibilities are the key to making the most the artist/manager relationship. Sari Delmar gives amazing insight on how to do that.

Artists are, by nature, designed to create. They create music and that does not always yield for crunching numbers and negotiating contracts. Likewise, managers got into the music business because they want to do the things that artists do not have the time or capacity to do on their own.They may not have the knack to create music, but can be very essential in creating more opportunities for their artists.

It is easy to forget as a busy artist or manager the large and very important differences that make artists artists and industry industry. We work together closely every day, but to truly maximize the greatness of this partnership it’s important we all keep in mind the very real differences.

Who is an Artist? 

Artists operate from a place of creativity. Great artists find what they need to do their best work and aim to spend the majority of their time creating and sharing their art with others. This beautiful vision of a life of art does not usually have a huge monetary payoff. It is pure and peaceful and has a lot to with the genuine ability to create and share something magical so that it has positive effects on those around them. Most artists start making art because of this feeling. Sometimes they need to be in a dark place in order to extract that greatness. Sometimes they need to go away for months and turn off their phones, sometimes they don’t. Whatever they do is necessary for the benefit of the art.

They are special and hard-working humans.

When an artist’s career begins to flourish and a manager comes into the picture, all of the sudden they are thrown into discussions about money, marketing, strategy, competition, and logistics. This is not natural for the artist. It is like petting a cat backwards. All its hair will stand up and if you pet it too many times it will hiss in your face and may try to claw your nose right off.

Now bare with me, artists. I know it’s not that black and white and that you are complex humans capable of understanding business – but that is not my point. My point is that the very nature of the music industry and business that surrounds art goes against EVERYTHING inside of you and against the very principles that started you down this path. At the very root of it, the industry that surrounds music is ironic to the heart and soul of most musicians. So there is a war of sorts going inside of every artist whether they admit it or not.

It’s always there, peeking its head out from corners and jumping in to conversations. It is all about how the artist controls this tendency.

Managers and industry people are quick to forget this and they love to whine about how difficult it is to work with artists and that ‘they don’t understand’, but I always see this as silly. The artists’ hearts and souls don’t WANT to understand. If they were to embrace the industry and its sometimes disheartening ways, what would that mean for the the artist’s creative place of peace? Would it be tainted? Artists need to protect this space.

Who is a Manager? 

Unless they were artists before moving over to the industry side, industry people fell in love with music at a young age and are driven by the idea of sharing art and building something into a success. They work endlessly, have millions of meetings, network like crazy, and pour their hearts and souls in to your project. They think in terms of databases, deals, and new contacts – and that is how they measure success and growth. They’ve operated this way from a young age. They are resourceful as hell, always calling in favours to people they know in order to help out the artist. When a connection or meeting leads to a deal, a festival gig, a press opportunity, etc., this is a win and feels as good to the industry person as getting on stage and performing or releasing a new record does to the artist. For them, connecting the dots and making your career happen is what they live and breathe. Seeing guarantees climb and offers come in is a genuine thrill.

They are special and hardworking humans.

As a manager, it’s easy to assume when you’re managing a band who are fighting you on something that they are self-sabotaging and don’t actually want to be successful. Coming from what we know about being managers – it is incomprehensible that a win wouldn’t be seen as a win to the artist. But that just isn’t it. The artist’s initial inclination is to feel uncomfortable about this. Sometimes artists need to wrap their head around something, comes to terms with it, and understand that it does in fact have positive implications for their art and creative vision (more money means more freedom and studio time, etc.). It also has a lot to do with the manner in which a manager brings an opportunity to a band.

That’s not to say compromise isn’t needed. If the artist truly feels their creative vision can not be achieved with the opportunity in front of them then the manager must show true care in addressing those concerns and altering the situation. After all – managers are here to carry out the artist’s vision and without them and their constant stream of great work we have nothing to hang our hats on.

At the same time, artists need to trust that the manager is good at their role of creating business opportunities and try to see it from their end as well.

Artists who do well in the industry and manage to keep their creative heads straight are true and genuine artists BUT have had to learn to accept the fickle beast that is the industry. They have had to take a few backwards cat pats and swallow them whole. It can feel uneasy and nerve-wracking when its happening but in most cases you are surrounded by a team you trust, not just with your business affairs, but trust that they understand your vision. The artist then must decide to take a leap of faith and hope it will all work out, despite their gut reaction to the situation.

What about when it doesn’t work out though? This is specifically troubling for an artist as it validates their initial concerns. It is important when this happens that the artist separates their gut reaction and emotions and looks at things diplomatically – they need to remind themselves that everyone wanted what was best and thought that was where this decision would take them. They approved this decision, and sometimes things do not go as planned. It doesn’t mean all is lost. The manager also needs to be sensitive to this disappointment and it may help to take a moment to review what happened with the artist to ensure it doesn’t happen again.

It has taken me years to realize and embrace this philosophy above. After many mistakes and frustrations, I know the learning will never stop and the very tricky relationship between artist and manager is something that will constantly evolve for me and for all my fellow managers out there. But I do hope – if you’re an artist or a manager – that this general concept, or pieces of it, will help you to work together more successfully.

Some quick tips to help make this happen:

5 Ways Managers Can be Sensitive to Artists’ Natural Inclinations and Work With Them More Fluidly: 

– Be patient.

– Understand where they are coming from and explain your side after acknowledging theirs.

– Leave time for decisions to be made as a team over a few days.

– Ensure the artist gets the creative time they need and protect that space for them.

– Don’t raise your voice or get frustrated when an artist doesn’t ‘get’ something. Be understanding and explain.

5 Ways Artists Can Be Sensitive to Managers’ Natural Inclination and Work With Them More Fluidly: 

– Remind yourself why you’re doing what you’re doing and your goals of being successful. If there is a photo or lyric or memory that brings great inspiration, bring it out to help centre yourself and keep things in perspective.

– Give yourself time to digest news or decisions instead of making decisions based on your gut reaction. Always thank your manager for the opportunity they have brought to you, even if you’re unsure it’s something you like yet.

– When you feel like you’re being led down a path by a member of your team, ask yourself if you trust them and their intentions whole-heartedly. Do they have the same goals in mind?

– Give up a bit of control to someone you trust and know that they have your best interests in mind.

– Give your team space to do great work. Just like you need space and time to be creative and write/record, they need space – to strategize and do business – and time for those efforts to pay off. You want to empower them to own the project and pour their hearts in to it.

An artist/Manager relationship is a fine balance of give and take. When it works well it truly works. When it doesn’t it can really blow up in everyone’s face.

That being said, keep yourselves in check and don’t fall into some of the traps above. Sometimes a simple misunderstanding can ruin a whole relationship that otherwise could have been quite perfect.

Meet at the crossroads of art and business for high fives and to trade notes with your manager/artist often. Celebrate the wins together and learn from the disappointments. Allow each other to do your best work and support each other other through the ups and downs.

Best of luck on your path!

Credits: Sari Delmar


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Freeme Digital is the premier music distribution company in Africa that assists artistes in distributing and monetizing their audio and video materials to digital platforms like iTunes, Spotify, Vevo, Shazam etc. With a large array of artistes from across the continent on its clientele, Freeme Digital is your one-stop point if you are a content producer/owner and are looking to start earning revenues.

At Freeme Digital, we are bounded by the following characteristics:

  • We have the technical expertise to do what we do.
  • We have a strong belief in transparency.
  • Relationships are the lifeblood of the business and without utmost respect for you our client and partner; we jeopardize our opportunity to foster a long term sustainable relationship.
  • We have direct relationships with many digital platforms (no middle man)
  • Complete neutrality – we do not own our proprietary streaming or download platform, so our job is to only act in a third-party capacity, engaging with services that can generate for your digital content locally and internationally.

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Our services are being rendered as follows:

For Audio

iTunes & other Music Services:-

We offer Single, EP, Mixtape or Album distribution services to many digital platforms including iTunes, Spotify, Google, Rdio, Deezer, Sony Music, Beats Music, Muve Music, Media Net, Shazam, Soundcloud.

Tracks can be on iTunes within 12-24 hours MAX (Available in the US, UK, Nigeria Stores plus 110 other iTunes stores across the world)

Pre-release (pre-order) links can be generated before the official release so you can market with live links along with the release.

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NB: Charges – #7,500 for a single release, #12,500 for an EP (4 tracks package) and #15,000 for an album release.

Movie & Music Video Services:-

VEVO: – We are capable of setting up an artist VEVO channel either for an independent artiste or label signed artist. Set up takes 12 days from date of name, image, data submission (cost $250)

YouTube (Movies & Music) – We can help set up or simply manage your content on YouTube and carry out the following:

  • Channel Monetization (Premium Adverts)
  • Channel Management (Upload, annotation, editorial and other)
  • Distribution
  • Audience Growth (views/subscriptions)
  • YouTube Audio Match Licensing

Copyright Infringement Services

We can remove content infringing on your rights across the web.

  • YouTube Video/Audio Content Removal
  • iTunes Content Removal
  • VEVO Content Removal
  • Google Search/Blog Link Removal via our DMCA Link Takedown services

Our aim is to offer a holistic and transparent service to our clients.

We believe in offering a value for money service based on mutual benefit and transparent cooperation.


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Etiquette,according to Merriam-Webster, is the conduct or procedure prescribed by authority to be observed in social or official life. In plain language, this means behaving well and simply being more socially aware.

Email etiquette is a veritable tool that musicians and artists alike may use to improve response rate but today, we shall be focusing on social media. Here are five simple reminders of how to keep it cool, professional, and non-spammy:

1. Use tags wisely

Don’t tag people in pictures or statuses they have nothing to do with. Unless the person is a rabid fan of yours, and they’ll love you no matter what, doing this tends to piss people off.

2. Get personal

Address industry folks by their names when sending a message or link to one of your songs, and make sure to include how you know them. Tell them how clicking your link and listening to your song will benefit them. Sending a link with the line, “Yo, check out my song” is unacceptable and will likely get deleted immediately.

3. Avoid public conflict

Don’t let yourself get dragged into an argument by those angry people online who hide behind anonymous usernames. If you notice someone criticizing your posts or using profane language, and these actions have no real benefit to your readers, simply send the person a message with some posting guidelines, set him or her straight in a factual post backed by real data, or delete the post and block that person for good. See ya.

4. Be yourself – literally

Don’t hire people to handle your social media and pretend to be you. Fans are not as stupid as you may think. Be honest instead, and do your own work. If there are five people in a band, each person can be in charge of a different social network and post once a day.

5. Upload a profile photo

Unless you attend parties regularly with a bag over your head, don’t send friend requests if you don’t have a profile picture. That blank, default head on Facebook is totally impersonal. At the very least, use your band logo, for God’s sake.


Credits: Bobby Borg



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Voice of the streets rapper, Olamide aka Badoo is set to drop his fourth album on the 14th of November, 2014 (14-11-14). Over the years, Olamide has shown his prowess of rapping in his native language – Yoruba – which has made him to be likened to Da Grin (RIP) although you just can’t dispute the fact that Olamide is exceptionally talented and creative in his own ways.


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After dropping his debut album Rapsodi in 2011 under ID Cabasa’s imprint (Coded Tunes) which didn’t receive so many reviews. Olamide undeterred, kept on working and released singles like: Ilefo Illuminati, First Of All and Stupid Love off his second studio album “YBNL”. After the release of First Of All, Olamide’s reputation soared higher and the song became a national anthem making him a brand to be associated with. A collabo with Phyno on Ghost Mode that same year further stamps Olamide’s greatness as a Nigerian artiste. Upon the release of the YBNL album in 2012, every car, bar, lounge, mall and even commercial buses had Olamide’s YBNL in its stereo playing and you cannot but help appreciate the talent embedded in him.

In 2013, Olamide surprised the media world, fans and Nigeria when he announced he would be releasing a third album. Criticisms followed the announcement with many suggesting Olamide take a break and allow us enjoy the YBNL album; Alas, Olamide went ahead as announced and yet again, he performed beyond fans’ and critics expectation. The album art which had the gun pose became viral with colleagues, fans and personalities striking the gun man pose. The album had great hits like: Turn Up, Sittin’ on the Throne, Eleda Mi, Yemi My Lover and many other hits.


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After unveiling Lil Kesh and Viktoh as signees under his self-owned YBNL Nation, Olamide again announced the release of a fourth studio album choosing 14th November, 2014 (14-11-14) as the release date. Unlike BGEL, no criticisms came through rather, the anticipation of hearing and having a new Olamide album became a source of joy for fans and music lovers all over.

Named “Street OT” a street slang for street orientation, the eagerness of having that album is trending on social media amongst fans.  True to its name, Olamide has released singles off the album such as: “Awon Goons Mi”, “Story For the gods” and “Up in the club” featuring label mate Viktoh.


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Anticipate the album.

YBNL Nation.

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Credits:  Anslem John for Freemedigital

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After the release of “Killing Me” produced by Legendary Sleeky Young D in 2013. Asharpiszy is back with a Monster Dance Hall Hit Titled PARTY HERE Ft Viktoh of YBNL Nation filtered to get you on your feet and dominate your playlist for hours. He also delivered a Striking Tune Titled “She Likes” produced by FlipTyce Which was played as Background Music on BBATheChase 2013.

The Song is new with natural instruments used for the production, all made to whet your appetite because there are more to be premiered by Asharpiszy, Don’t Dull On This One Because Without No Record Label Asharpiszy Is Making a History With Sound Remarkable Lyrics That Has Never Being Used By No One.







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