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PHOTO: PSquare, Bracket, Aki & PawPaw Jets Away

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Here's a photo from Linda Ikeji blog with Peter and Paul Okoye of P-Square along with "Yori Yori" crooners, Bracket, on a private jet for a business trip with Nollywood champions, Aki and PawPaw.
 


The photo at the top left is Paul Okoye and the one to the top right is Peter Okoye. Bottom left photo shows Nollywood's Aki and PawPaw whose real names are Chinedu Ikedieze and Osita Iheme, having business conversations (checking out stuff) with P-Square and Bracket. As for the bottom right photo, well you already know who they are :)

At the moment, we have no idea where our Nigerian celebrities headed to - if for a show or other non-entertainment business. However, whatever what the case may be - we wish them a safe trip!

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By Kevin Onuma for Nigeria Music Network
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Naija Music Blog: May D acquires new Maxima car? (See Photo)

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NAIJA MUSIC BLOG: Information gathered from Linda Ikeji's blog reports former Square Records artist and 'Ile Ijo' crooner, May D to have acquired a new Maxima car.




May D sitting on top of his 2011 Maxima car in the US

May D who recently started his own record label, Confam Entertainment, has acquired himself a 2011 Nissan Maxima with personalized number - "May D". Though Nigeria Music Network has not been able to confirm when the 'Ile Ijo' crooner acquired the car or how much he paid for it, as you can see - his name is personalized on the registration plate tag as pictured above.

Previously, we reported that it is still shocking to many Nigerian music lovers that Mr May D, the 'Ile Ijo' crooner, is no longer with Square Records, following the announcement by Jude 'Engees' Okoye, the manager behind the success of the duo singers P-Square.

See the following post: 'Ile Ijo' crooner, Mr May D, departs Square Records. But Why?


TheNet reported few days ago that May D seems to have moved on with his announcement that he has floated his own record label.

May D says the name of his newly formed label is ‘Confam Entertainment‘. The ‘Ile ijo’ singer while speaking with HipHopWorld Magazine has also hinted about signing a UK based singer – but he’s ‘still watching’.

After his bitter split with Square Records, it was rumoured that the singer who emerged in the Nigerian music scene in 2008 may sign with Davido’s HKN label. Apparently, the move was never made.

May D will be also releasing his new video ‘Gat me high’ which was shot in Atlanta and will feature as the first single off his forthcoming debut album.


Photo source: Linda Ikeji Blog
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Top 7 Naija music videos to watch again and again (As of August 2012)

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Naija music videos are getting better with time, in terms of quality and production. The top 7 Naija music videos to watch again and again listed on this page are chosen based on their quality and popularity on the web and on the Nigeria Music Network platform.




Top 7 Naija Music Videos To Watch Again & Again!

A music video we wish to include on our 'Top 7 Naija music videos to watch again and again' is May D's 'Ile Ijo'. Unfortunately, the Naija music video, which was released just few weeks ago on YouTube, is no more available online because May D is no longer singed to P-Square's record label, Square Records.

Nevertheless, the show must continue. The following top 7 Naija music videos was chosen either based on the strength and love for the song by fans, the video is of great quality and pictures, or the music video went viral on the web when released due to popular demand.

1. NAWTi - Olu Maintain

The Yahooze crooner, Olu Maintain came back into the Nigerian music scene this 2012 with a big bang when he released the official music video and single for NAWTi, starring Natalie Nunn of the Bad Girls Club. The song is the first single released off Olu Maintain's new album, The Choosen One. NAWTi is arguably the best Naija music video of the year or better yet, top naija music 2012 with lots of beauties.

2. Baddest Boy - Wizkid featuring Skales and Banky W

Baddest Boy official music video featuring Wizkid, Skales, and Banky W, is definitely one of the top Naija music videos released this year. The song 'Baddest Boy' is from the "Empire Mates State of Mind" dope album. Legendary Beats was responsible for the production of the song, and the video was directed by Clarence Peters. This song can also be ranked as top Naija music 2012. 

3. Chop My Money remix - PSquare featuring Akon and May D

Just few weeks after news broke that P-Square has been officially signed by Akon, a US based Senegalese musician; the duo released the remix of Chop My Money, a video that went super viral on YouTube the same week it was released.

P-Square finally drops the video for 'Chop My Money' with special appearance from Akon of Konvict Music, you best believe that cause he featured on this track. The video was shot in multiple locations including in the club scenes.

4. Molowo Noni - Samklef ft. WizKid, D'Prince & Ice Prince

In the music video 'Molowo Noni', hit making producer Samklef teams up with Naija's finest Wizkid, D'Prince and Ice Prince on one of the hottest collaboration in the new Nigerian music scene. The music video was directed by the multi-talented Clarence Peters, the man behind the success of many Nigerian music videos seen on the web.

Samklef, who is not a rapper, and merely sings; did a wonderful job on this collaboration.

5. Beautiful Onyinye - PSquare featuring Rick Ross

Once again P-Square proves to be ahead of the game by this classy music video titled 'Beautiful Onyinye' featuring Rick Ross of Maybach Music. Apart from the remix of Chop My Money with Akon, Beutiful Onyinye is pretty much the first song that P-Square did with an American rapper. The music video also went viral on the web, and many believe the song and video is dope.

6. Kele Kele Love - Tiwa Savage

Kele Kele Love by Tiwa Savage is a music video that officially brought the beautiful singer into limelight in the Nigerian music scene. Kele Kele Love means 'Small Small Love', and it's a great song that almost every woman can relate to. No doubt, the now first lady of MAVIN Records, Tiwa Savage, did a marvelous job on this music video. Kele Kele Love currently ranks #3 on our top 20 video countdown.

7. Mr. Endowed Remix - D'Banj featuring Snoop Dogg

Let's be frank, don't you just love D'Banj? The popular UK-based Nigerian artist who sees himself more as an entertainer, did an amazing job by bringing Snoop Dogg to collaborate on the remix of Mr. Endowed. The video went viral the same week it was released, and also brought more light to the Nigerian music scene. Ooshe!!!

The music video for D'banj's Mr Endowed (remix) featuring Snoop Dogg was shot on location in Los Angeles and directed by Sesan. Cameos was by Don Jazzy, Wande Coal, K-Switch and Chris Aire (Ice Man).

To conclude, the top Naija music videos mentioned on the Naija Music Blog section of Nigeria Music Network are great songs that anyone can dance to at any given time, in any occasion - again and again. We hope to continue helping people discover good Nigerian music by writing about top Naija music videos from time to time. This is also a unique way to promote our Nigerian artists and their music.  


-Composed by Kevin Onuma (Nigeria Music Network Editor-In-Chief) 
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What do you think of the Top 7 Naija Music Videos featured in this article? Would you agree that the music videos chosen are worthy to be classified as top Naija music? Share your opinion using the comment box below. 

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'Ile Ijo' crooner, Mr May D, departs Square Records. But Why?

by Mercy Duru / 3,394 Views

It is still shocking to many Nigerian music lovers that Mr May D, the 'Ile Ijo' crooner, is no longer with Square Records, following the announcement by Jude 'Engees' Okoye, the manager behind the success of the duo singers P-Square.



 
Paul and Peter Okoye and May D. 

Nigeria Music Network gathered that May D was signed to Square Records just some months ago and has released few hit tracks under the label including ‘Ile Ijo’, ‘Soundtrack’ that went viral, and the remix he did with Akon and P-Square 'Chop My Money'.

Below is the press statement released by Jude 'Engees' Okoye regarding the break-up:

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN

"I, JUDE ‘ENGEES’ OKOYE of Square Records Limited and Northside Entertainment Limited hereby announces to the general public that Mr. Akinmayokun Awodumila, otherwise known as MAY D is no longer an artiste under the aforementioned outfits due to irreconcilable differences.

We at Northside and Square records wish him all the best in his career and life.

Yours Faithfully Signed: Jude 'Engees' Okoye, CEO, Northside Ent. Ltd/Square Records"


However, information gathered on the web reportedly says May D is not aware of his being booted out of Square Records.

According to the 'Ile Ijo' crooner, he woke up to hear that he is no more officially with the label.

No one really knows the relation between Paul and Peter Okoye and Mr. May D, but that Akinmayokun Awodumila is the first signed recording artist to the Square Records label. Ever since the signing of May D, fans have grown to love the Afropop singer and his swaggerific dance moves displayed in the 'Ile Ijo music video.

The breaking news about May D departing Square records, came days after the Okoye's buried their late mother, Mrs. Okoye on the 2nd of August 2012.

According to Jude 'Engees Okoye, the CEO of Square Records/Northside Entertainment, the reason for dropping May D from the record label is due to "irreconcilable differences".

Further more, to investigate the depth of the situation, Nigeria Music Network observed that May D's YouTube Channel (OfficialMayD) has been closed down and all music videos disabled on the platform. See for yourself by visiting www.youtube.com/user/officialmayd

May D, who was initially scheduled to perform at the LoveAfroBeats festival in London alongside P-Square and Wande Coal, was missing in action.

What is the reason behind the split?

According to information gathered from NotJustOk, May D never signed an official contract with Square Records. They only had a verbal agreement. So, when it was time to sign the contract, May D made some demands that Square Records were not willing to meet. For this reason, their relationship dissolved.

What sort of demands did you think May D was asking for? A mansion? A Bentley? 100 million Naira in cash? It's kinda sketchy and hard to pinpoint at the moment, but we hope they settle their "irreconcilable differences" and go back to making good Naija music.

What are fellow Nigerians saying about the split?

Nigeria Music Network observed few interesting, yet controversial comments posted on several Naija blogs and musical sites. Below are what some have said regarding May D and P-Square parting ways:

Kofoworola Kadebian Adebiyi: They probably had artistic differences about what May D's brand should be. Might not have been personal. And honestly I think May D will be fine. He's got talent and should know the industry by now. Wish him all the best. Can't wait to see how he blossoms.

BONARIO NNAGS: Knew it will happen someday,Square records is all about the twins and the twins alone. May D never blended with their style,and he was as unnoticed as d Linesman. Wishing him d best sha.~BONARIO~.

Jessica Okojie: Hmmmmm....it always cum as "irreconcilable" differences....square records is obviously a family business tin....

Warri Girl: I wish MayD a sucess in his career, now we are going to see if he is realy talented without square records.

Make-Up by Teju: This seems like they Fired him tho...na wao...I believe the guy will do well, coz he's @ least Original....compared to them them.

MNC_Critic: When davido didnt sign a contract with a company that bought him a car n gave him an apartment at 1004, he was praised for it. May D's case should not be different. if they can't meet his terms, fine, he can do well on his own. i'm pretty sure they'll pay him off plus he can perform his HITS on his own meaning more money for HIM ALONE. its business, it should be nothing personal. he should even be happy that square records did not do to him what some record labels do, holding him on d same spot and sucking him dry, cos that would have been terrible.

Lets wish him d best cos he got a lot of potential.


Shanaboi: CONGRATULATIONS MAY 'D... First of all why did they wait this long in getting you signed, Doubting Thomas?. Now d boy's finally feeling his worth, na now dem know say dem go sign am mscheewwww.

Secondly, Square records should stop this their pending life style of self centeredness. They went far on May'd though, still I detest their reputation ever since d prime of the track Do Me with WAJE being d best song Ever from Psquare. Ask how much they paid her or why she never appeared on the video. SHARING GLORY HAS BEING SO IMPOSSIBLE FOR DIS GUYZ 'Simple', and for loosing MAY'D, i believe you guys have long way to go in running artist.


Do you think May D should settle the matter and go back to Square Records? 

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