Super star Rema is not taking it kindly with fans who are steadily comparing his E.P to Fortuno‘s Stars And Scars E.P, in recent interview Fortuno declared he cares less about these comparisons as he is only making music to make himself happy, well Rema on the other hand is not taking it kindly as he blasts fans for comparing him to Fortuno
Read our interview with Fortuno Here & listen to his E.P, tell us what you think?
Today We are chatting with the buzzing young Nigerian talent for an exclusive interview around his new E.P project STARS AND SCARS , fame, self-doubts and beliefs. In just one EP, Fortuno has established himself as a special new talent. His first release in 2015 was a smash hit & went by the title “Kill Somebody” which was followed up by a Young John produced song titled “Loveena”.
Here is what Fortuno has to say to our questions?
What motivated your E.P title, Stars And Scars?
The stuff I was going through at the time motivated Stars And Scars because in real sense; “every star has a scar”.
On your Stars And Scars E.P, which is your favorite track? Hmmmm, all tracks are my favorite.
In your long run in music, which would you say is your best moment? I will say shooting my first music video at age 16 was like the best moment for me and The love and support the people showed me was amazing, The love I get in the streets, people cheering my name and appreciating my presence is as a result of that first video i shot at age 16, it’s amazing.
Some fans compared your Stars And Scars E.P to Rema’s E.P, do you think its right? Well, People are entitled to their opinions, I believe that I’m unique, I produced, mixed and mastered my E.P all by myself in my bedroom. I believe that I’m called for something beyond the human imagination so I care less about these comparisons.
Star And Scars E.P has different sounds, you trapped, you rapped, you sang. What inspired all that? At the time I made this E.P I was going through a lot, at the time I was learning how to make music myself, I’m not saying I’m good at it yet I’m still learning… While I was learning, it felt like the whole world was against me, a lot went through my mind and I really wanted to turn those thoughts to music so I started recording…
First of all; I will like to explain every track. “Lonely World” as the title implies is a song that explains a mood, I was “lonely” at the time, friends and fans were no where to be found while I went through the hardest times of my life… “I No Believe” was recorded cause at the time I felt alone my best Friend and I had a couple issues and the song explained everything… I thought about how I was lowkey popping and everyone wanted a piece of me, it resulted to a song, once you get Job, everybody wan “Chop“… And offcourse I felt hated so I sang “ They Hate Me”.
Do you feel any pressure as to the kind of music to make? Hahaha No pressure at all, though i usedto be pressured but that was then, now i make music to make myself happy and if it makes you happy too then good for us… I work hard in creating my sound and I have faith in it, it might not be perfect but it is what it is
Who are the artists that motivate you and influence you? I listen to a wide range of music though, especially from up and coming artists. I listen to a lot of Maleek Berry, though I’m mad at him, don’t ask me why. I listen to Wiz, when i was a kid, Psquare was my favourite, well; There’s no particular person I draw influence from.
Have you ever had doubts in your sound? Omo this one eh, normally I make music freely with no doubts whatsoever but every song I ever released usually arise to positive and negative comments but to me music is not that serious, so! No doubts at all.
Between Wizkid and Davido who would you rather feature? I love and respect their influence in the game but no! I don’t have plans for no features whatsoever.
Fortuno, your music is filled with rhymes. How do you come about all that Well, it starts with a sentence, when I’m composing music and I have the first sentence, the next must rhyme and that’s how I create.
What are we expecting from you 2020, any new E.P? Ok, expect great things, More sounds, but don’t expect an E.P, I might not release an E.P again till 2025.
Fortuno, how do you combine recording your music, producing the beats and mixing/mastering for final consumption?
Its no stress for me, it is what I love. When I’m making beats I mostly start with my melodies, it is easier for me to write on melodies… After recording, mixing and mastering is a fun process, I just play around till my music sounds better, though I like originality, so I don’t do too much.
Aside music, what would you rather do?
If I wasn’t making music I don’t know what I’ll be doing cause while growing up I always wanted to make music but it sounded weird to my dad especially, so when they asked me; I told them I wanted to become a banker, hahaha funny cause I wanted to become a banker because of one of my family friends who usedto give me clean naira notes whenever he came around, one day I asked him; “uncle what do you do for a living?” He said “I am a banker” oh wow so this banking job pays ? I thought, in my mind I had adopted the idea of becoming a banker…
Describe yourself in one word?
Summarize by saying anything you feel right now.
OK, uhmm God bless you guys for sticking with me during my stars and scars. Stars And Scars is a free playlist I curated for you and you can get it on YouTube, SoundCloud, audiomack or softcontinentent.com Bye!
The manager to Nigerian veteran singer, Majek Fashek has revealed how Olamide assisted the singer financially when he was sick. In a recent interview, his manger, Umenka Uzoma revealed that Olamide was the only artiste that reached out to him when Majek was sick. According to him, Olamide paid the medical bills and made him vow to keep it a secret. “He called me up in England and he said, Bros, sorry oh, I wan support Baba, don’t discuss this with anybody and he said I must not mention this. He is the only person that supported.” He went on to say that other artistes came forward but he refused because of controversies. “calm down and wait for Majek to come back. I decided to stop some of them because when money comes in, so many controversies arise, people you don’t know from any corner start raising some dirty voices,” He, however, refused to speak on the singer’s current health explaining that the singer’s family wants it to remain a private matter. “It is a private matter right now and his family is handling it. You don’t want to wash you dirty linen in public. He is not in the hospital though, I am communicating with his son.”
Nigerian singer, Mr Eazi has playfully tackled Joeboy for acting too sexy on the gram. The singer took to his Twitter page to playfully call out Joeboy for acting “wayward” after making a million dollars. Eazi also revealed that the “Baby” singer has been posting several sexy pictures in order to attract people’s daughters. He wrote “Since Joeboy made a million $ he has become wayward everyday posting pictures & licking lips trying to attract people’s Daughters”.
Since Joeboy made a million $ he has become wayward everyday posting pictures & licking lips trying to attract people’s Daughters
Davido and Chioma have started following each other again on Instagram after the controversy that trailed report of them unfollowing each other. Recall that the report of the couple unfollowing each other led to speculation of an unconfirmed claim of “trouble in paradise”. This came just after Golden Boys Record CEO, King Patrick alleged that Chioma was Peruzzi’s Side Chick but got introduced to Davido as his cousin.
Nigerians have reacted to Davido and Chioma unfollowing each other on Instagram shortly after Golden Boy CEO, King Patrick alleged that Chioma was Peruzzi’s side chick. The recent development has led to speculation of an unconfirmed claim of ‘trouble in paradise” even though the couple welcomed a son together few months ago.
Mavin boss, Don Jazzy has revealed the reason for his inactivity on social media. Don Jazzy who is an active user of social media was inactive for a while and fans feared something might have happened to him. Turns out he was a bit under the weather and decided to take a rest from social media. He took to his Instagram page to announce this with a cute picture to assure fans that he is doing okay. According to the Mavin boss, he was sick for a couple of days and has completely recovered He wrote, The watch is dead. No time to check time. Been sick for a couple of days. Told myself I have to get out the bed today coz I don’t need that break dance this year. I’m strong now we thank GOD. Back in my fave slippers. See his post below:
Triple MG boss, Ubi Franklin has been appointed as that special adviser to the governor of Cross River State on Tourism. The music mogul took to his Instagram page to make the announcement vowing to work diligently and efficiently to ensure that the state returns to the summit of the world’s tourism index.
A record producer who claims to have helped Peruzzi go back to medical school and signed him to his record label, has accused the singer of betrayal and narrated how this happened. According to King Patrick, the record producer behind Golden Boy Entertainment, he met Peruzzi in 2014 after he dropped out of medical school because of his father’s financial problems. He also claimed that he paid for Peruzzi to go back to school. “I paid for his ticket and visa, he was like a brother to me.” he said However, he noticed the artist was more interested in his musical career than in his studies so he set him up in the entertainment industry. He wrote: “He was more interested in music, so my investment in his education was a failed project but I still decided to support his music career. I clothed him, fed him and gave him allowances, I also made sure he had comfortable accommodation. “I had another artist called “BONDO KRAZZY” who peruzzi moved in with. There he worked on his music, while waiting for me to sign him by November 2016, as I had promised.” He said he eventually signed Peruzzi and they moved to Lagos. He allegedly got him a 5-bedroom accommodation in Lagos then shot 3 music videos for him. According to King Patrick, only one of the videos was released and it caught Davido’s attention. This is where problem started as Peruzzi allegedly signed with Davido’s DMW without telling Patrick and without respect for the contract he already signed with Patrick. Patrick wrote: “I bought Peruzzi’s ticket to meet Davido for the performance, but instead of performing he got signed to DMW, without my consent, therefore breaching his contract. “I woke up to the news of the signing and I was mad and that marked the beginning of my depression. If only you know how it feels to be cheated by someone you truly loved and supported with all your heart.” Patrick, who tagged his thread #SurvivingPeruzzi, said the case is currently being delayed in court. He alleged that Peruzzi has even threatened to kill him. He said all he wants is the royalties and credit that Peruzzi and Davido owe him. He added that Peruzzi’s action has left him depressed. He went on to share an audio recording of Peruzzi screaming at him, saying that what he owes him is “chicken change”. He also shared screenshots of his conversation with Davido. He concluded his thread, writing: “I have been patient for 2 Years and @davido or @Peruzzi_VIBES have refused to pay me despite all my efforts. I had to bring this issue here because e Don reach. Peruzzi needs to be exposed! It’s been a depressing 2 years! And I can’t hold it in any longer #SurvivingPeruzzi. “@Davido knew peruzzi was signed to Goldenboy yet he went ahead to “Audio Sign” Peruzzi without following due process. I reached out to him, look what a so called boss had to say in my dm. Fact: @Peruzzi_VIBES is not Signed to DMW.” Below are Patrick’s tweets and the audio recording of Peruzzi threatening him.
“ Quilox” crooner, Zlatan claims to just realize his Superstar status after he deleted his Instagram account. The rapper who took to the unusual move of archiving the whole posts on his Instagram account today as reacted to it on his Snapchat. See what he posted below:-
Adekunle Gold has penned a heartwarming message to his wife, Simi to celebrate their first wedding anniversary. How time flies! Adekunle Gold and Simi are celebrating a year of becoming man and wife today and the have decided to celebrate in a special way. The singers tied the knot last year in a very private ceremony with only 300 guests in attendance. Their wedding became the talk of the town as they never released official photos or videos from the wedding ceremony. Although they are just a year in their marriage, they have become role models to other couples with the way they keep their marital matters private and how they live life on their own terms. Adekunle Gold took to his Instagram page to share a beautiful picture of his wife making his hair. The singer wrote about how Simi makes him smile and he feels blessed to have her in his life.
The annual Soundcity MVP Awards held last night at Eko Convention Centre. The event was attended by African artists all over the world. Performers at the event were announced as Diamond Platnumz, Prince Kaybee, Shatta Wale, Rema, Stonebwoy and so forth. While Burna Boy cemented his throne as the new king of afrobeats with his second successive win for African Artist of the year, Naira Marley also went home with his first award. See the list of winners below… Best New MVP FireBoy DML (NG) JoeBoy (NG) Marioo (TZ) Rema (NG) – Winner Simmy (SA) Wendy Shay (GH) Best Collaboration Blow My Mind – Davido [NG] Daz How Star Do – Skibii [NG] Gugulethu – Prince Kaybee [SA] – Winner Jama – DJ Mic Smith [GH] Killin Dem – Burna Boy [NG] Inama – Diamond PlatNumz [TZ] Best Pop Innos B [CG] Nandy [TZ] JoeBoy [NG] – Winner Otile Brown [KE] Kizz Daniel [NG] Teni [NG] Mayorkun [NG] Rayvanny [TZ] Naira Marley [NG] Best Hip Hop BlaqBonez (NG) Falz (NG) KHALIGRAPH Jones (KE) – Winner Kwesta (SA) Medikal (GH) Shinski (KE) Sarkodie (GH) Reminisce (NG) Ricky Rick (SA) Zakwe (SA) Best Duo Black Motion (SA) Blaq diamond (SA) DopeNation (GH) – Winner Ethic (KE) Show Dem Camp (NG) Toofan (TG) African Producer of The Year Cracker (NG) Prince Kaybee (SA) Jay Synth (NG) Kel P (NG) MOG (GH) Ozedikus (NG) Pheelz (NG) Rexxie (NG) – Winner S2Kizzy (TZ) Best Female MVP Betty G (ETH) Daphne (CMR) Nandy (TZ) Sho Madjozi (SA) Teni (NG) – Winner Tiwa Savage (NG) Yemi Alade (NG) Best Male MVP Burna Boy (NG) – Winner Davido (NG) Diamond Platnumz (TZ) King Promise (GH) Sjava (SA) Wizkid (NG) Zlatan (NG) African DJ of The Year DJ Creme De La Creme (KE) DJ Kaywise (NG) DJ Neptune (NG) DJ Spinall (NG) – Winner DJ Vyrusky (GH) DJ Zinhle (SA) Digital Artiste of The Year Cassper Nyovest [SA] Davido [NG] – Winner Diamond Platnumz [TZ] Kizz Daniel [NG] Mr Eazi [NG] Yemi Alade [NG] Wizkid [NG] Listeners’ Choice Baby – JoeBoy (NG) Dumebi – Rema (NG) Fetch your Life – Prince Kaybee (SA) Jealous – Fireboy DML (NG) – Winner Jama – DJ Mic Smith (GH) Kainama – Harmonize (TZ) Killin Dem – BurnaBoy (NG) Kpo K3K3 – StoneBwoy (GH) Oil & Gas – Olamide (NG) Viewers’ Choice 49-99 – Tiwa Savage (NG) Able God – Chinko Ekun (NG) Banomoya – Prince Kaybee (SA) My Level – Shatta Wale (GH) On The Low – Burna Boy (NG) Soapy – Naira Marley (NG) – Winner Tetema – Rayvanny (TZ) Zanku (Legwork) – Zlatan (NG) Video of The Year 49-99 – Tiwa Savage by Meji Alabi (NG) – Winner Dangote – Burna Boy by Clarence Peters (NG) Jericho – Simi by Adasa Cookey (NG) Ngwa – Blick Bassy by Tebego Malope (SA) Ohema – Kuami Eugene by Rex (GH) Song of The Year Jealous – FireBoy DML (NG) Killin Dem – Burna Boy (NG) – Winner Malwhede – King Monada (SA) Soapy – Naira Marley (NG) Tetema – Rayvanny (TZ) Zanku (Legwork) – Zlatan (NG) Baby – JoeBoy (NG) Case – Teni (NG) Dumebi – Rema (NG) Fetch Your Life – Prince Kaybee (SA) Jama – DJ Mic Smith(GH) African Artiste Of The Year Burna Boy (NG) – Winner Davido (NG) Diamond Platnumz (TZ) Shatta Wale (GH) ShoMadjozi (SA) Tiwa Savage (NG) Wizkid (NG) Yemi Alade (NG) Excellence in Philanthropy: DJ Cuppy – Winner Excellence in Sports: Anthony Joshua – Winner Excellence in Social Entrepreneurship and Digital Influence: Bright Jaja – Winner Community and Socio-Political Development: Adebola Williams & Jude Jideonwo – Winner Excellence in Music: Innocent Idibia (2Baba) – Winner
Sensational rapper, Zlatan has done the unbelievable by signing his pet to his newly created record label, Zanku. The singer took to his Instagram page to share the good news of his latest signee and shared a picture of the animal. Zlatan welcomed him to the family and threw shade at humans stating that some human beings actually do act like animals. “ WELCOME TO ZANKU RECORDS @astalavi_thadog HUMAN BEINGS sef they do like ANIMAL this days . ! Welcome to the family ! Love you brother” See the post below:
Davido seems to have uncovered Ubi Franklin’s plan, as he jokingly told him to stay away from Chioma’s sister, Jennifer Rowland who he wished a happy birthday. The exchange ensued after Ubi Franklin who wished Jennifer a happy birthday, also asked her to make him a dress they will be wearing to Davido’s son, Ifeanyi’s first birthday party. See the exchange below;
Sophia Momodu has hit back after Davido spoke up to clear the air amidst rumours that he flew her to Ghana Davido said he did not take his first daughter Imade’s mother to Ghana on a holiday as implied. He explained that they both had business in Ghana and because he didn’t want her stranded in Lagos with his daughter, he decided to give her a “lift”. He said it was either that or “she flies economy.” Shortly after Davido’s explanation, Sophia hit back. She shared photos of herself and her daughter Imade at the airport waiting lounge in Lome and added in the caption that she flies first or business class with her daughter and not economy as her daughter’s father claimed. She wrote: “Entering 2020 just how I like it… With my best girl & on the move. #2020WeMoveNoMatterWhat #BreakingLimits #WeFlyFirstOrBusinessClass.”
Davido has responded to reports that he took his first daughter’s mother to Ghana. The singer said he did not take Imade’s mother, Sophia Momodu for a “holiday” to Ghana as claimed. He explained that he was traveling to Ghana and since she also had business in Ghana, he gave her a “lift” for their daughter’s sake. He reminded everyone that he recently proposed to Chioma and pointed out that the false news reports are disrespectful to his fiancee and her family. He wrote on his Instagram Stories: “I just want to drop a quick comment on the headlines of the silly blogs I’ve been seeing circulate about me ‘taking the mother of first child on a trip to Ghana’ and really wish y’all will quit with it. “You ALL know that I just proposed to Chioma recently and it would make no sense whatsoever for me to be doing such. “My daughter’s mother had her business in Ghana with Afrochella selling Imade’s hair products at stalls and I was obviously booked to perform at Afronation. I simply gave her a lift for the sake of Imade who I didn’t want to be left in Lagos without her mom. It was either that or she fly economy. “I don’t understand why you all would spread such rumours you know would do nothing but hurt my fiance and disrespect her family. 2020 is for positive energy. Get it with it.”
Nigerian Singer, Raoul John Njeng-Njeng, popularly known as Skales, has revealed what Wizkid told him about Mavin rising star, Rema. Skales spoke on Rema’s Influence in music and making a lasting impression, and further revealed that Wizkid believes the Mavin Singer is a star and was going to last in the industry. Read what he wrote on Twitter below:-
Nigerian entertainer and billionaire daughter, DJ Cuppy has disclosed that she is still single amid being linked to some notable personalities. In her Insta-story post, DJ Cuppy stated that she is still wondering how it is 2020 and she is still single. See her post below;
Singer, Rihanna stripped down to model her Valentine’s Day Savage X Fenty lingerie collection. The 31-year-old Umbrella hitmaker flaunted plenty of flesh as she was pictured posing in red lingerie, matching heels, socks, and oversized long puffer coat. See full photos below.
Zlatan has followed in the footsteps of his friend and industry colleague; Naira Marley, as he announces his own record label. Zlatan made this known some hours ago via all his social media pages as he posts the artwork that would be representing the imprint. However, unlike Naira Marley who has already signed four artistes to his record label, Zlatan is yet to sign any. At least he is yet to announce that he has got anyone on the record label. However, since Zlatan made the announcement, questions have been asked by many music observers about Zlatan’s ability to be able to manage a record label. Many feel he is yet get to that level of independence and decision-making stage as he is still growing as an artiste. What do y’all think? See his record label logo here:
Naira Marley has been given his last chance to appear in court over car theft charges levelled against him. Chief Magistrate Tajudeen Elias who gave the order today December 31, said a bench warrant would be issued for the rapper’s arrest if he fails to appear before the court on January 14, 2020. The singer is standing trial over an alleged car theft alongside his two brothers; Idris Fashola, 18; Babatunde Fashola, 24 and one Kunle Obere, 22. The defendants who are facing a four-count charge bordering on conspiracy, stealing, assault and obstructing the arrest of Naira Marley were first arraigned on December 16, but the rapper wasn’t present. Three of the defendants were granted N500,000 bail with two sureties in like sum, as Mr Elias ordered the Investigative Police Officer (IPO) to produce Naira Marley in court today, December 31
Singer Davido has shared a screenshot of his Whatsapp chat with his father who attended his headline concert, ‘A Good time’, last night, December 28th. Davido’s dad who must have enjoyed the show, showered praises on his son after the show had ended.
Timi Dakolo took to Twitter to share his encounter with his entitled cousin who thought N30k was too small for him. The singer disclosed that he sent his cousin the money without him asking for it, but instead of being grateful he told him that N30k is too small for him. The bank however reversed the transaction. Timi Dakolo tweeted;
Wizkid has made a shocking but exciting revelation to his fans and general music observers. Starboy has revealed the time has come that he starts making plans to leave bachelorhood and create a family of his own. He has revealed he would be getting married next year so he could become a husband to someone. The singer took to his Twitter page some hours ago to make a post of this that is already causing massive engagements on the social media platform. Although he has since deleted the tweet. “I am getting married next year!!!” Wizkid wrote.
Nigerian singer, Solid Star has warned about the dangers of drug abuse. He said drugs are “cool” until they wreck the user’s life. He wrote: “Drugs are kind of cool I mean, they are cool before they wreck your skin, your life and your family. That’s when they get uncool. It’s actually a very narrow window of cool.”
The Nigerian police has released Shina Peller after he was reportedly arrested and detained yesterday for breaching traffic rules and not working on past warnings from the Lagos State traffic authorities. The House of Representatives member has now been released and he has quickly dashed to his Instagram page to release a shirt statement indicating that he is fine and the situation that led to his alleged arrest and detention yesterday is being currently sorted out. The billionaire socialite also took the opportunity to inform the public that he is currently on his way to his constituency to celebrate the Christmas season. He wrote; “Hello my people, I want to thank everyone for the outpour of love and support over the events that occurred yesterday. I am fine and in good spirits. Currently heading to iseyin to spend xmas with my constituents. All issues are being addressed at the appropriate level and I will release a formal statement in due course..” See post below:
Prolific Afro-pop performing artiste, songwriter, music producer and ace sound engineer Selebobo also known as Mixx Monsta launches a brand new record company. This is comes just days after his former record label boss Mr Ubi Franklin, the CEO of Made Men Music Group , posted a picture of himself, Selebobo and his manager on his Instagram page wishing his former artiste well to which the artiste also responded by taking to his Instagram to write a heartwarming farewell message to his former boss. Oku Udoka Chigozie was known to have been signed to Made Men Music Group sometime in 2014 on a five-year contract which should have expired sometime in 2019- a contract which is believed to have ended amicably, hence, the social media romance between the former boss and artiste. Selebobo took to his social to announce his new record company called “Vault Records” , with a sure promise of giving his waiting fans, whom he hashtagged #Selebrities , and promised fire music in the year of 2020. The news of his new imprint Vault Records has seen him receive congratulatory messages from well-wishers and brought an end to the numerous questions of his tactical absence from the music scene for a couple of months. In which time, he had obviously been recording new stellar music and audio engineering for the likes of Davido, Wizkid, Burna Boy, Tekno, Flavour, Phyno, Tiwa Savage as Mixx Monsta. Most certainly it is no over hype to say that Vault Records is set to engulf the Nigeria Music sphere and leave an indelible footprint on the sands of the industry.
Shina Peller, a member of the House of Representative and owner of popular club, Quilox, has been arrested and detained by the police in Lagos. Peller, who represents Iseyin/Itesiwaju/Kajola/Iwajowa Federal Constituency, Oyo State, was arrested while allegedly trying to bail some clubbers from the police station this morning December 23rd. A statement released by Kola Popoola, his Press Secretary, reads in part “Peller was at Moroko Police Station to bail some of Club Quilox’s customers who had allegedly parked on the road during a show at the club. Prior to the kickoff of the 36 hours non-stop show which usually holds every year at Quilox, Peller had informed the concerned Lagos traffic authorities to avoid unnecessary traffic gridlock. On getting to Moroko Police Station, the police started harassing Peller and even went as far as seizing all his phones for no reason. “The continuous harassment and unjust detaining of a member of House of Representatives,Peller, by the police calls for urgent attention of the media, and the Commissioner of Police.”