Hip-Hop Is the Most Dominant Genre in Music for the First Time in U.S. History, Dethroning Rock Music

Move rock ‘n’ roll, get out the way. There’s a new popular genre in town. Following a comprehensive mid-year report released by Nielsen Music, hip-hop has reportedly surpassed rock ‘n’ roll as the most dominant genre in the music industry. It’s the first time in U.S. history that the genre has risen to the top of the musical food chain.

The annual report includes statistics for the combined genre of R&B and hip-hop. The genres reportedly make up 25.1 percent of all music consumption in the U.S., while rock only claims 23 percent of music consumption. The change in rank is most likely attributed to streaming services, which have reportedly played a huge factor in securing sales, according to Forbes. In fact, hip-hop is the most popular on streaming services, including Spotify and Apple Music, just above rock and pop music.

It should come as no surprise that hip-hop has rightfully taken its crown on top. In the past year, at least seven of the top 10 songs on the named streaming services are considered to be under the hip-hop/R&B genre, Forbes reports. More specifically, Drake became the most streamed artist in Spotify history in 2016 and Kendrick Lamar’s latest album, DAMN., is reportedly the album that the entire country is obsessed with, the report states.

After being dubbed a fad or a thing of the past, it’s probably great for all those in the hip-hop community to finally be getting the respect and recognition they deserve.

It’s official, hip-hop and R&B isn’t going anywhere.

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See the most streamed song of all time of 4.6 billion plays (pic)

It’s no secret nor surprise that “Despacito” has taken over the world, but what is shocking is just how much the song has been played on streaming platforms.

Between the original version and the remixed cut that features Justin Bieber, which is the one millions of people are familiar with and which has topped the charts in many English-speaking countries, “Despacito” has now racked up an incredible 4.6 billion plays.

What is perhaps most surprising about the amazing rise to the top that the Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee-fronted track is how quickly it has been able to earn that many streams. The original version of “Despacito” was released in mid-January, and the remixed version with Bieber stepping in to add his two cents on the Spanish tune was shared just three months later. In just over six months, “Despacito” has been streamed well over four and a half billion times, which speaks to its insane popularity and the true potential of a great song (regardless of what language it is sung in).

Today’s announcement, revealed by Universal Music, also underlines how many people have adopted streaming platforms as their go-to way to listen to music. The label hasn’t yet commented on which platforms are included in the count being touted, but a quick look at just a few of the larger players proves that the 4.6 billion number is highly plausible.

“Despacito” has been an incredible success in every way and on every platform available, making it an ideal candidate to become the most-played song of all time. On Spotify alone, two different versions of the single (the original and the Bieber take) have a combined 1.183 billion streams, and the official video just recently became the clip with the fastest climb to two billion plays on YouTube.

According to Universal Music’s revelation, “Despacito” has now blown past Justin Bieber’s “Sorry,” which previously held the record for the most streamed track of all time. That means that the Canadian heartthrob can now claim to own the two most streamed songs in history, something any artist dreams of.

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The song, which was originally entirely in Spanish, but which became a bilingual smash once pop star Bieber hopped on, has been ruling the Hot 100 in the United States for 10weeks in a row, and it will likely tack on at least a few more frames onto that already impressive count. It has hit No. 1 in almost every country on the planet, and it has made history by doing so, proving that the world truly is ready for music that doesn’t need lyrics to convey a message. With the song still ruling tallies all around the world and reaching new ears all the time, it won’t be long before that 4.6 billion figure becomes five, and there is no telling how many millions of plays it will earn before its ride finally slows down.

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Senator Adeleke responds to critics of his dancing’s prowess (pic)

In an interview with National Assembly TV, dancing senator, Ademola Adeleke, who was sworn into office last week to represent Osun West in the senate, says he loves to dance and takes it as a form of exercise.

“Like we normally say there is time for everything. There is time to laugh. There is time to cry but most of the time I love dancing and I take it as an exercise. My kids got it(dancing) from me, Sina Rambo and B-Red and of course my nephew Davido. I train them and as a matter of fact, they will tell me that Dad, we can’t catch up with you. I love dancing”he said

According to him, he became the face of APC campaigns some years back because of his dancing skills.

“When I joined APC briefly, I campaigned with Aregbesola and my late brother. As a matter of fact, we put what is called interload into the campaIgn because you go to most campign, it is so dry but when you put an interload into a campaign where you dance, laugh and everything, As a matter of fact, I became the face of the campaign. Without me, there is no campaign. Now that they messed up and I went to my former party, they are now using it against me that I am dancing. I even danced with my daughter. They never knew it was my daughter. They thought it was someone else but I told them that that is a lesson to all fathers, You have to be close to your daughters. I am very close to my children and that is why I dance” he said

10 Nigerian Celebrity Couples Who Had Children Together Before They Tied The Knot

The practice of celebrities welcoming babies outside the confines of marriage is not a new phenomenon in entertainment circles across the world.

However, some had even happier endings as they later tied the knots.

Stargist.com presents 10 Nigerian celebrities who had kids together before officially getting married

1. Annie Idibia And Tubaba

She became an icon for all baby mamas by turning into a celebrity wife. 2Face married her in 2013. They have been dating for approximately a decade before this happy event. So she became Annie Idibia , no longer Annie Macaulay. Now they are married and have two kids together.

2. Lola And Peter Okoye

Lola Omotayo entered the world of Nigerian celebrities when she started dating P-Square’s Peter Okoye. Soon, she got pregnant for the popular singer and they had a child. The couple finally married in the end of 2013. Now they have two kids: a son and a daughter.

3. Omawumi And Tosin Yusuf

The singer had a child but she and the father of the kid, Tosin Yusuf, decided to. tie the knot not long after the birth of their child.

4. Busola And Timi Dakolo

Busayo Amupitan used to work as an ordinary bank clerk. But once she met West Africa Idol winner Timi Dakolo. They dated for more than 5 years and had a baby together. In 2012 they tied the knot. They have 3 children together now.

5. Anita And Paul Okoye

The other half of the music duo shared almost the same story. Anita dated another Okoye brother, Paul, and was his baby mama. Despite having another baby mama, the star singer married Anita in March 2014.

6. Kaffy And Joseph Ameh

Live band drummer, Joseph Ameh may not be as well-known as his dancer wife, Kaffy but he certainly knows a thing or two about putting a ring on it. The couple who have two children tied the knot shortly after the birth of their first son, Lil Jay.

7. Elsie Okpocha And Basketmouth

On the 6th of November 2010, a romance that began years ago was solemnised as Bright ‘Basketmouth’ Okpocha married his sweetheart Elsie who already had a son for him. They presently have two children.

8. Josephine And Victor Moses

Super Eagles and Chelsea star Victor Moses just recently tied the knot to his long-time girlfriend and the mother of his two children.

9. Ifunanya Igwe And Mike Ukpabia

Nollywood actress Ifunanya Igwe got married to the love of her life, Mike Ukpabia who is a business man based in Malaysia  in Enugu early this year. The duo already welcomed a child the previous year.

10. Damilola Adegbite And Chris Attoh

Damilola Adegbite and Chris Attoh, The Nigerian-Ghanaian celebrity couple have welcomed their first child – a baby boy a year before they tied the knot.

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Kemi Olunloyo Compares Seyi Law’s Daughter To A Cartoon Character (pics)

It seems the war of words between Comedian Seyi Law and controversial Journalist Kemi Olunloyo is yet to end. It all center around Seyi Law’s baby Tiwa whom Kemi Olunloyo claims she’s obese cos she has fat cheeks. This led to the Comedian blasting madam by saying she’s Such A Shame To The Name She Bears.

Well, Madam Kemi Olunloyo has responded via tweets in which she compared Seyi Law’s daughter to cartoon characters Droopy and also Jo Black in Kungfu Panda. She tweeted…

”Shame #SeyiLaw has hired celebrities to promote his fat obese baby on Instagram. “Baby of the day, week, month, year” SO TACKY!! #Tiwagate”

APC Replies P’square On Ban On Video Shooting Abroad: You Are A Son Of Darkness

The All Progressives Congress(APC) youth renaissance group has fired a stinker at Peter Okoye of P-square for insulting the Federal government of Nigeria.

In a statement signed by the group’s national secretary, Mr Collins Edwin and made available to PoliticsNGR, the APC described Okoye as a ‘son of darkness’.

The statement read in full;

We read the scurrilous remarks credited to Mr Peter Okoye of the Psquare group against the Federal Government’s job-saving policy in the entertainment industry with great anger and vexation.

Least of all persons to make scathing remark against the government is the Psquare group which the local content policy of the Federal Government dusted-up from the valley of obscurity.

Where was Peter Okoye or Psquare brand in 1999 when foreign music dominated our airwaves? If not for the government policy which mandated all broadcast stations in Nigeria to pay attention to Nigerian music by playing 95 percent of Nigerian songs every day, would Peter Okoye or Psquare be known to anybody in Nigeria today? Or would they have competed with better American music which dominated our airwaves then?

After the government have used its policy to brush them up from nothing to something; instead of giving opportunity to other people, they are taking Nigerian jobs to foreign countries through the shooting of music videos abroad.

Now that government have intervened to raise great and better entertainers again, Peter Okoye has the gut to insult the entire Federal Government by calling our great leaders ‘Ndi Ala’ which means mad and stupid people. How dare you say that Psquare?

We, therefore, urge the security agencies in the country to arrest Mr Peter Okoye for disrespecting our government and bringing it to a disrepute. If you cannot produce in Nigeria and hire Nigerians, then leave the industry.We must export Nigerian culture to the outside world through our music and videos.

P-square And Jude Okoye Slam FG Over Plans To Ban Artistes From Shooting Abroad

The P-Square twins (Peter and Paul Okoye) and their elder brother, Jude Okoye, has reacted to Federal Government plans to stop production of Nigerian movies and music videos outside the country.

Well, Paul dropped a funny one;

”Our behaviour when we hear say FG dey plan stop something…. soon dem go tell us how and which style we go dey use de Kpakam our wife dem let me come and be going”.

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AMAA 2017: Osuofia bags Lifetime Achievement Award

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Nollywood actor, Nkem Owoh popularly known as Osuofia was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the organizers of Africa Movie Academy Awards, AMAA, for his immense contribution to the development of the Nigerian film industry.

The award was presented to  him at this year’s ceremony, held Saturday night at the Convention Hall of Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Presenting the award, which went to another veteran actor, Pete Edochie last year, to Nkem Owoh, a member of the AMAA jury, Shaibu Husseini said, Osuofia deserved the honour, having being in the industry for more than three decades,  as he wrote scripts for the now rested late Ken Saro Wiwa’s soap, ‘Bassey and Company’  and TV drama, The New Masquerade.

Accepting his statuette, Owoh dedicated his award to peacemakers all over the world.

Recalling the previous attempts he made at setting up an award platform, the actor commended the founder of AMAA, Peace Anyiam-Osigwe for her consistency and dedication to promoting the African film makers and their works.

Owoh, who won his first AMAA in 2008, was not the only big winner of the night. Though Nigeria won nine awards in all, Senegal ruled the night by carting away major awards with its film, ‘Felicite.’

The film coast home to victory with six awards, winning in three of the five major categories, including Best Film,  Best Actress in a Leading Role and Best Supporting Actor, beating Nigerian historical film, ‘76’ which won three awards from its eight nominations, including Lagos State Award for Best Nigerian Film.

Felicite’ is a 2017 French drama film directed by Alain Gomis. It was selected to compete for the Golden Bear in the main competition section of the 67th Berlin International Film Festival. At Berlin, the film also won the Jury Grand Prix award.

Other winners of the night were “Oloibiri,” which won the Achievement Make-up award, Opa  Williams’ “3 Wise Men” (Best Comedy),  and  Angelique Kidjo who won Best Actress in a  Supporting role for role in Kunle Afolayan’s ‘ÇEO.

South Africa was represented by Akin Omotoso, whose critically acclaimed movie, “Vaya” earned him the Best Director award.  The movie also won the Achievement in Screenplay  and  Achievement in Sound awards.

Receiving the award, Omotoso said it took him about eight years to produce the movie, which  was screened in the Contemporary World Cinema section at the 2016 Toronto International Film. “Based on the true story of a group of homeless people, it took seven scriptwriters a total of six years to bring the “Vaya” story to life,” he revealed.

Mali was represented by Daouda Coulibaly’s “Wulu,” which won the Best First Feature Film by a Director and an Achievement in Sound. Tunisia emerged one of the top winners of the night with Jahwar Soudan winning Best Actor award for his role in “Last of Us.” The movie also won an Achievement in Visual Effect award.

Other countries include Rwanda for Best Short Film, the Democratic Republic of Congo for Best Documentary and Uganda for Achievement in Costume design. Ghana and Kenya were not visible at AMAA, this year.

Meanwhile, speaking at the glamorous event, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State represented by his Deputy, Dr Idiat Adebule stated that his administration would continue to provide platforms for showcasing and celebrating creative arts, talents and originality.

The governor said every successful stakeholder in the industry found Lagos State to be a home as it was the hub of the entertainment industry in Africa.

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FG is stopping production of local movies, music, abroad

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has reacted to criticisms trailing his recent pronouncement on steps being taken by the government to discourage the production of Nigerian movies and music outside the country.

In a chat with PREMIUM TIMES, on Sunday, he said it was to tackle the exploitation of perceived loopholes in the Nigerian Broadcasting Code, NBC.

“The NBC code today as it stands has been exploited and not defined and that’s why movies being directed by Nigerians with Nigerian actors, actresses can be shot in South Africa and then brought back to be consumed in Nigeria.

All we are saying is that we are going to amend the code in a manner that it will not be possible for you to exploit any loophole there to go and shoot outside Nigeria film, music or programs that are meant to be consumed in Nigeria,” Mr. Mohammed said.

Mr. Mohammed on Saturday said the government had taken steps to get the Nigeria Broadcasting Code, NBC to put an end to the trend of producing Nigerian music, movie and programs abroad.

This however drew criticism from Nigerians who asked the minister to address the issue of government officials going for medical treatment abroad first before sanitising the movie industry.

However, the minister said the government had no ill-feeling in its move to dissuade Nigerian films from being produced abroad.

“It is not directed at any particular incident, every country should respect the local industry of other countries.

For example, in Ghana they introduced a law today that demands visiting actors to pay a thousand dollars to the government coffers while visiting directors and producers pay 5,000 dollars.

We must create an enabling environment and also generate revenue from our creative industry. The argument is simple, when you go to shoot a film offshore, you use the work force of that country to develop the capacity of that country and you improve the economy of that country and that is what we are trying to do here.”

AMAA 2017 Red Carpet: See Photos Of Nollywood Stars At African Movie Academy Award 13th Edition

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Here are the first photos from AMAA 2017 award which took place at Eko Hotel & Suites on Sunday the 16th of July.

Celebrities spotted at the event’s red carpet include Hilda Dokubo, Stephanie Okereke Linus, Iyabo Ojo, Nkem Owoh, Sambasa Nzeribe, Bimbo Akintola, Funke Adesiyan, Sola Kosoko, Enyinna Nwigwe, Ayo Makun, Nse Ikpe Etim, Ramsey Nouah, Chinedu Ikedieze and Saidi Balogun.

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