Top 10 Best Music Record Labels in Nigeria + Founder
Over the years, Nigerian Music Industry has grown tremendously into something bigger and better . Nigerian Music Industry is no doubt one of the fastest growing sector in the country with alot of new artistes springing up everyday and looking for the top Music Record Labels in Nigeria to join to enhance their career .
It no longer news that to make it to the top of your music career in Nigeria you have to be signed to one of the Top Music Record Labels in Nigeria . In the past years, we have seen many artists rise to stardom after joining Music Record Label but not necessarily a top Music Record Label . One thing to note is that they are all interested in the fame and money . One common phenomenal with artistes signing record deal with Music Record Labels is constant misunderstanding which normally leads to break up .
Are you an upcoming artiste searching for the most influential and top record labels in Nigeria 2016/2016 ? you are welcome to the right place as we are about to reveal them right now .
Top Music Record Labels In Nigeria
1. Mavin Records (SUPREME MAVIN DYNASTY)
When you heard Mavin Records you will always catch a glimpse of how they use to call it on songs ”MAVINS” . The most popular and respected record label in Nigeria is Mavin Records and this record was founded by artist and Producer Micheal Collins Ajereh popularly known as Don Jazzy.
Mavin Records came into play after Mo’Hits Records ended , a label that was owned by the afromentioned poducer and D’banj. The artistes that are currently signed to Mavin Records are Tiwa Savage, Dr Sid, D’Prince, Di’ja, Reekado Banks and Korede Bello. The music label became popular after the release of their chart topping single Dorrobucci.
2. Y.B.N.L (Yahoo Boy No Laptop)
Y.B.N.L is the acronym for “Yahoo Boy No Laptop”. The second best Music Record Labels in Nigeria is Y.B.N.L , a music record that is owned by Nigeria’s hottest rapper , Olamide Adedeji popularly known as Olamide Badoo Neh. Y.B.N.L is home for some Nigeria finest singers and rappers like Lil Kesh, Viktor,Adekunle Gold and Xino and Chinko Ekun. Some of the names that may not ring a bell include Xino and Chinko Ekun why the rest of them are popular but trust me Chinko Ekun is a tiger when it comes to rap.
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3. Square Records
On the third spot we have Square Records,ownd by the music duo, Peter and Paul of Okoye family , they are popularly called as P_square. According to them , Peter and Paul they be one no be two . Square Records don’t really have that hype the reason is because they are only twn in the label and haven’t signed any artiste to the label .
The only artiste that they have ever signed to Square Records was Mr May D but it didn’t end well . After some time May D left the label due to some irreconcilable difference. The fact that Square Records is the only label in Nigeria that doesn’t have many artistes doesn’t cover the fact it is one of the biggest label in Nigeria .
4. Chocolate City
This is another influential music record label in Nigeria that has opened doors for several other music record label . Chocolate City was founded in 2005 by Lawyer Audu Maikori along with Paul Okeugo and Yahaya Maikori. It operates as a subsidiary of Chocolate City group. Some of the artistes that are currently signed on to the label are MI, Femi Kuti, Ice Prince,Jesse jags, Dj Caise, Pryse, Nosa, Victoria Kimani, Dice Ailes and Koker.
Do you know that most people thought MI and Ice Prince are the co owner of Chocolate City , please that is incorrect .
5. Empire Mates Entertainment (E.M.E)
This music label use to be home for singers like Wizkid and Skales before they went on to establish their own record label .Empire Mates Entertainment (E.M.E) is owned by Banky W and Segun Demurin and it currently has artistes like Banky W (Mr Wellington, Mr Capable ) himself, Shaydee, Niyola and the delectable Dj Xclusive . Needless to say,Dj Xclusive Official Dj of the Label.
Rumor has it that Skales left due to expiration of his contracts and some people also said they had it hot due to some disagreement . Wizkid left the label following the release of his second studio album and expiration of his 5 year contracts . This label has produced alot of stars in Nigeria making it one of the best in Nigeria today .
6. HKN Gang/Davido Music World
This label is owned by Davido and it was formally called HKN Gang. This years, Davido rebranded the label and changed it to Davido Music World . He parted ways with B Red and signed new atistes Mayorkun and Dremo . Davido Music World is undoubtedly one of the leading and best record labels in Nigeria today and it more or less like a family label .
7. Star Boy Entertainment
This record label is owned by Young Wizkid and he has signed several artistes to the label including Efya, Mr Eazi, R2Bees and LAX . Sorry ,LAX has left the label sometime this year.
8. Made Men Music Group (M.M.M.G)
The truth is that Iyanya’s Made Men Music Group is suppose to secure the number 6 spot but we all know that Iyanya has left the label as his career was going down the drain . He left the lebel to Join Mavin Record to save his career before it too late . Made Men Music Group was founded by the duo of Iyanya Mbuk a.k.a Iyanya and his manager, Ubi Franklin. It is home for artiste like Tekno, Emma Nyra, Selebobo, and Baci. At the time of creating this article , Emma Nyra is no longer signed on to the label .
9. Five Star Music
This is another popular and top music record label in Nigeria . You effortlessly recognise their signatory voice when you hear “Five star music” at the beginning of their song. Five Star Music owned by Kcee’s Billionaire brother E Money . Five Star Music is home to Kcee, HarrySongz, and Skibii Mayana . E Money is a stylish , opulent young man that no one has been able to know the real secrete of his enviable success.
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When you hear the name Hypertek what come to mind first is “TUFACE IDIBIA INNOCENT”, one of the top and humble musicians who carved a niche for other Nigerian musicians to follow . The huge success in the Nigeria Music Industry is the work of 2face Idibia and some other Nigerian singers like Idris Abdukareem, Black Face, Faze, Tony Tetuila and mnay others .
Apart from the Music Record Labels listed above , there are also other top record label that are worthy of mention .
Dem Mama Soldiers
Cobhams Asuquo Music Production e.t.c