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VIDEO: Philkeyz – Afro-Fusion Session (S01E00)


 Philkeyz – Afro-Fusion Session
Philkeyz – Afro-Fusion Session
Check out the trailer to the first episode of the Afro-fusion studio session series by ace Nigerian Record producer Philkeyz.

The series will be showing the fun studio session with the ace Nigerian Record Producer Philkeyz who has also partnered with platinum vibez music.

Philkeyz promises to bring his fans and African music lovers worldwide more interesting episodes and how their Favorite African music are being created.

Watch and Enjoy


eNEWS: The Headies Awards 2016 : (WINNERS LIST) #theheadies2016

The Headies Awards 2016 took place in Lagos on 22nd of December 2016 at the The award ceremony will take place at Eko Convention Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos.

The show was hosted by Falz the Bahdguy and Adesua Etomi

Here are the winners of the night 

 1. Emergency – D’banj

2. Pray for me – Darey feat. Soweto choir (WINNER)

3. Love don’t care – Simi

4. Orente – Adekunle gold

5. Something Good is Happening – Brymo


1. Dj coublon ‘good time & raba’

2. Pheels – ‘pick up & lagos boys’ – olamide

3. Legendury beats – ‘final – baba nla’ wizkid

4. Young john – ‘mama’ – kiss daniel (WINNER)

5. Mastakraft – ‘fada fada’, ‘connect’ – phyno

6. Oscar herman-ackah – ‘pray for me’ – darey

1. Emergency (D’banj) – Unlimited LA

2. Mary (seyi shay) – Meji Alabi

3. Soldier (Falz tha bad guy) – Clarence peters (WINNER)

4. Made for you – Banky W

5. Bad – Tiwa Savage Feat. Wizkid – Sesan


1. New Era – kiss daniel (WINNER)

2. Wanted – Wande coal

3. Klitoris – Brymo

4. 4. Nak3d – Darey

5. Seyi or shay – seyi shay


1. Love don’t care – simi

2. Made for you – banky w

3. Super woman – wande coal

4. Pray for me – darey (WINNER)

5. Aduke – tjan

6. Smile – shaydee


1. Mama – kiss daniel

2. Final (baba nla) – wizkid

3. Pick up – adekunle gold

4. Osinachi – humblesmith feat. Davido

5. Reggae blues – harrysong feat. Orezi, iyanya, olamide, kcee (WINNER)

6. Emergency – d’banj

7. Fada fada – phyno feat. Olamide

8. Money – timaya feat. Flavour


1. No kissing’ – Patoranking Ft. Sarkodie – (WINNER)

2. Body hot – Praiz ft. Jesse jagz & stone bwoy

3. Jaga love – Jesse jagz

4. Olowo – Cynthia morgan

5. Pam pam – Ketchup

6. Timaya – I like the way

1. Eyan mayweather – olamide

2. Powerful – ill bliss (Winner)

3. Stories that touch – falz

4. Lil’ kesh – yagi


1. Soldier – falz feat. Simi (winnner)

2. Reggae blues – harrysong feat. Orezi, iyanya, olamide, kcee 

3. Osinachi – humblesmith feat. Davido

4. Wait – solidstar feat. Tiwa savage

5. No kissing – patoranking feat. Sarkodie

6. Money – timaya feat. Flavour

1. Eyan mayweather – Olamide (WINNER)

2. Asamalekun – Reminisce

3. Jagaban – Ycee

4. Chukwu agozi gogi – ill bliss

5. Agu ji ndi men – A-Q

6. Show you something – Boogey

1. Brymo – Something good is happening

2. Darey feat. Soweto choir – Pray for me

3. Shaydee – Smile (WINNER)

4. Wande coal – Super woman

5. Ric hassani – Gentleman

1. Simi – love don’t care (WINNER)

2. Seyi shay – right now

3. Aramide feat. Adekunle gold – love me

4. Omawumi feat. Angelie kidjo – play na play

1. Ycee


3. Mr. Eazi (WINNER)

4. Humblesmith

5. Aramide

1. Kiss daniel – new era (winner)

2. Seyi shay – seyi or shay

3. Lil’ kesh – yagi

4. Runtown – ghetto university

1. Ill bliss – chukwu agozi gogi (WINNER)

2. Reminsce – asalamaleku

3. Ycee – jagaban

4. Boogey – show you something

5. A-q – agu ji ndi men’

6. Modenine – no matter what

1. Olamide – Who You Epp – (WINNER)

2. Ajebutter Feat. Falz – bad gang

3. Koker – Ko le werk

4. Ycee – Jagaban

5. Small doctor – Gbera

6. 2T Boys – Customer dada ni

1. Pick up – Adekunle gold

2. Something good is Happening – Brymo

3. You suppose know – Bez – (WINNER)

4. Wait for me – Johnny drille

5. Gentleman – Ric hassani

1. Stories that touch – falz

2. New era – kiss daniel (WINNER)

3. Wanted – wande coal

4. Seyi or shay – seyi shay

1. Wizkid (WINNER)

2. Tiwa savage

3. Falz

4. Yemi alade

5. Olamide

1. Final (baba nla) – wizkid

2. Osinachi – humblesmith feat. Davido

3. Pick up – adekunle gold

4. Reggae blues – harrysong feat.

5. Fada fada – phyno feat. Olamide (WINNER)

1. Sauti sol

2. Casper nyovest

3. Dj maphorisa

4. Stonebwoy

5. Sarkodie

 Headies Hall Of Fame – Laolu Akins

Special Recognition – Flavour

eNEWS: Headies Awards Releases 2016 Rookie Of The Year Nominees List

We are days away from the headies and the last batch of Headies Awards nominees list is out. The last category where nominees were not revealed until now is “Rookie of the Year”. We have been anticipating it all along and now it’s here.

The Headies Secretariat today released the list of nominees for the Headies 2016 Rookie of the Year.

The list, in no particular order, comprises:

1. Mayorkun @iammayorkun 

2. Dice Ailes @dice_ailes 

3. Terry Apala @terry_apala 

4. Mz. Kiss @officialmzkiss 

5. Dremo. @dremoapg 

Who among these nominees will win The Rookie of the Year 2016?

eNEWS: Google 2016 Trends: Top 10 Most Searched Nigerian Songs On Google

With less than 2 weeks left on the calendar year of 2016, one can confidently say it has been a successful year for the Nigerian music industry. The year which kicked off with several controversies from The Headies to the P-Square saga has also birthed several hits, no lies about that.
So check out the top 10 most searched Nigerian songs on Google.

Produced by Pheelz (Mista Producer), YBNL boss, Olamide, made this his first solo track of 2016. Coincidentally, Baddo-Sneh premiered the hit track on his birthday while he celebrated in grand style. Just incase it’s not on ur playlist
We just have to give it to the twins cos they know exactly how to win the hearts of their fans after a nasty dog fight. Bank Alert is currently the anthem in vogue and with the current recession and yuletide season, we would really love to get bank alerts like “Chakam!!!”.
Wizkid bagged a huge one on this track. With Canadian rapper Drake featuring him and Kyla on his hit track One Dance, it further elevated his international recognition, most notably his nomination at the 2017 Grammy Awards for the “Best Album” category. We wish him luck.
Another hit banger produced by Pheelz, Ready crooner and YBNL act, Adekunle Gold has fed the media with nothing but exceptional music. Also, the GOLD album which was released this year, has received rave reviews so far.
Coming off his debut album “Stories That Touch” and produced by Sess (The Problem Kid), Soft Work is also jam to remember. Falz the Bahd Guy did what he does best and that’s creating a hit which kept the parties alive.
Y.A.G.I boss and affiliate YBNL act, Lil Kesh has been a bit quiet this year but Ishe is a jam we can work with and has remained one of the most searched songs of 2016. Another hit production by Pheelz, is being capped with exclusive visuals directed by Adasa Cookey.
A cliché that still remains on the lips of Nigerians, Olamide has appeared twice on the list with Who You Epp?. Produced by Shizzi, this particular track has had one too many covers from various acts thereby making it the fourth most searched song on google.
With an exceptional voice and his debut album “New Era“, G-Worldwide lead act Kiss Daniel has earned the number 3 spot with Jombo. The track which was given its Midas touch by Masterkraft, had visuals directed by Ani James.
I could have a logical argument why this should be number one but well, this is googles list. Tekno’s Pana is currently one of the most popular jams this year. An epic jam produced by Krizbeatz and visuals by the highly revered Clarence Peters, Tekno is currently one of the artistes with a strong likelihood to have a long and successful industry lifespan.
He’s on the list for the second time and has claimed the number one spot. Kiss Daniel’s Mama is Nigeria’s most searched song of 2016. The hit track was produced by Young John(The Wicked Producer) while visuals is accredited to AJE Filmworks.
Here’s googles’ top 10 most search songs for 2016. Lets do this again next year. Merry Xmas and a happy new year in advance



Is Ayo Jay the Hottest Afrobeats Artist in America? See Facts.

Ayo Jay is that guy that’s been in the game for some time, but nobody seemed to have taken notice. However, when everybody finally did take notice, they did it at the same time! He’s like the Naija version of Jeremy Lin during Linsanity, Tim Tebow during his legendary 2011 season, or Fetty Wap when “Trap Queen” debuted. On the topic of Fetty Wap, he was Ayo Jay’s first international feature, appearing on his debut single, “Your Number.” Prior to the feature, the single picked up traction on youtube, soundcloud, and in the clubs, camouflaging as a reggae tune. The song became so popular that another remix was created featuring Chris Brown and Kid Ink.

What makes the RCA Records/One Nation signee’s story so unique is the irony of him being embraced by an American audience and not yet securing the African market, whereas popular Nigerian artists garner an African fanbase first and then dream to achieve acceptance from The States. He is only just getting started and it is highly likely that he is on the path to superstardom. Here are five reasons why Ayo Jay is the most important player in the Nigerian music scene right now.


Other African artists have not yet penetrated the US market. Ayo Jay’s leap to stardom can be credited to the large reception of his hit, “Your Number,” in the regions of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. It has since spread out from that radius. Your Number is in regular rotation on radio, appears on top 10 countdowns, receives regular club spins, etc. Rolling Stone placed Boy Wonder in their category of “10 Artists You Need to Know.”


Ayo Jay’s accolades are well deserved because he reached such heights with no industry endorsements, heavy backing from labels, but solely off of the demand of his song. Your Number strongly debuted at number 24 on the Billboard charts. Although Ayo Jay is Naija and of the afropop genre, American publications market him as a singer. This allows for him to be universal and not pigeonholed as a Nigerian, afropop artist.



It is utterly amazing that Ayo Jay is perpetually booked for performances on live urban radio shows because of his popular single. He has yet to release a full length project, but is being booked at the rate of an industry juggernaut. At the 105.1 Powerhouse 2016 Concert, Ayo Jay shared the stage with A-list artists like Desiigner, Young Jeezy, Young M.A, Remy Ma, Usher, Kehlani, Wiz Khalifa, and Bryson Tiller. He was the sole act representing afropop, and even Africa for that matter.


Ayo Jay has not only received standout numbers on the Youtube and Soundcloud music platforms, but Spotify as well. He has amassed an astounding 17 million plus streams in his recent rise to stardom. These numbers are unprecedented for African acts. The only artist with comparable numbers is Wizkid, which was earned with an assist from Drake(One Dance).



The year 2016 has proven to be a great time for young Nigerian talent and Sony Music. In the same year, Davido, Wizkid, and Ayo Jay have all been signed to Sony Music’s subsidiary, RCA Records. However, there is a misconception that all three signed the same deal. The distinction is that both Davido and Wizkid signed under Sony Music Global/RCA, whereas Ayo Jay’s deal is with Sony Music/RCA. Sony Music Global more or less signs international artists they would like to be consumed by an American demographic. Ayo Jay was signed directly by Sony Music, which alludes to their confidence in him being ready to be accepted by the US market.



The African Diaspora music awards Afrimma was held on the 15th October 2016 in Dallas, Texas. Phyno, Olamide, Flavour, Harrysongz, Tekno and music video director Patrick Elis all won awards  in their categories. The biggest loser of the night was Tiwa Savage who lost out in all categories she was nominated.

Take a look at the comprehensive list of winners.

Best Male West Africa                          

  • Wizkid – Nigeria
  • Bisa Kdei – Ghana
  • Serge Beynaud – Ivory Coast
  • Olamide – Nigeria      (Winner)
  • Flavour – Nigeria
  • Carlou D – Senegal
  • Davido – Nigeria
  • Sarkodie – Ghana

Best Male North Africa

  • Amr Diab – Egypt        (Winner) 
  • Tamer Hosny – Egypt
  • Chawki – Morocco
  • Mohammed Hamaki – Egypt
  • Douzi – Morocco
  • Saad Lamjareed – Morocco
  • Khaled – Algeria
  • Saber Rebai – Tunisia

Best Female West Africa

  • Tiwa Savage – Nigeria
  • Yemi Alade – Nigeria
  • Efya – Ghana              (Winner) 
  • Vivian Chidid – Senegal
  • Mz Vee – Ghana
  • Dobet Gnahore – Ivory Coast
  • Adiouza – Senegal
  • Almok – Togo

Best Female North Africa

  • Samira Said – Morrocco
  • Ibtissam Tiskat – Morocco (Winner) 
  • Angham – Egypt
  • Sandy – Egypt
  • Amal Maher – Egypt
  • Latifa – Tunisia
  • Amani Swissi – Tunisia
  • Jannat Mahid – Morocco

Best Male East Africa

  • Diamond Platnumz – Tanzania (Winner) 
  • Eddy Kenzo – Uganda
  • Jacky Gosee – Ethiopia
  • Ali Kiba – Tanzania
  • Bebe Cool – Uganda
  • Sauti Sol – Kenya
  • Dynamq – South Sudan
  • Jose Chameleon – Uganda

Best Female East Africa

  • Victoria Kimani – Kenya
  • Vanessa Mdee – Tanzania
  • Ester Aweke – Ethiopia
  • Tsedenia Gebremarkos – Ethiopia
  • Linah – Tanzania
  • Knowles Butera – Rwanda
  • Sheebah Karungi – Uganda
  • Akothee – Kenya          (Winner)

Best Male Central Africa

  • Fally Ipupa – Congo
  • Magasco – Cameroon
  • Ferre Golla – DRC
  • C4 Pedro – Angola       (Winner)
  • Stanley Enow – Cameroon
  • Franko – Cameroon
  • Fabregas – Republic of Congo
  • Kyaku Kadaff –Angola

Best Female Central Africa

  • Anna Joyce – Angola
  • Laurette La Perle – Congo
  • Betty Akna – Equitorial Guinea
  • Charlotte Dipanda – Cameroon
  • Chikune – Namibia
  • Daphne – Cameroon       (Winner) 
  • Rennis – Cameroon
  • Arielle T – Gabon

Best Male Southern Africa

  • AKA – South Africa          (Winner) 
  • Black Coffee – South Africa
  • The Dogg – Namibia
  • Vee Mampeezy – Botswana
  • Dj Bongz – South Africa
  • Emtee – South Africa
  • Roberto – Zambia
  • Cassper Nyovest – South Africa

Best Female Southern Africa

  • Zonke – South Africa
  • Miss Lira – South Africa
  • Ice Queen Cleo – Zambia
  • Lizha James – Mozambique
  • Pah Chihera – Zimbabwe
  • Nnunu Ramo Gotsy – Botswana
  • Busiswa – South Africa
  • Chikune – Namibia       (Winner)

Best African Group

  • Sauti Sol – Kenya       (Winner) 
  • Radio & Weasel – Uganda
  • Os Moikanos – Angola
  • Bracket – Nigeria
  • Mi Casa – South Africa
  • R2Bees – Ghana
  • Bana C4 – Congo
  • Yamoto Band – Tanzania

Crossing Boundaries With Music Award

  • C4 Pedro – Angola
  • Wizkid – Nigeria       (Winner)
  • Maitre Gims – Congo
  • Tinie Tempah – Nigeria
  • MHD – Senegal
  • Ayo Jay – Nigeria
  • STL – Kenya
  • Rotimi – Nigeria

Best African DJ USA

  • Dj Tunes – Nigeria
  • Dj Amin – Ethiopia
  • Dozzy Ross – Nigeria
  • Dj Deemoney – Nigeria    (Winner)
  • Dj Akua – Ghana
  • Dj Silent Killer – Caribbeans
  • Dj Fully Focus -Kenya
  • Dj Rell – Sierra Leone

AFRIMMA Video of The Year

  • Flavour – Champion
  • Emma Nyra ft Patoranking – For My Matter (Remix)
  • Sauti Sol ft Ali Kiba – Unconditional Bae
  • Bisa Kdei – Brother Brother  (Winner)
  • Akothee ft Diamond – My Sweet Love
  • Stanley Enow ft AKA and Locko – Bounce
  • Phyno ft Olamide – Fada Fada
  • Korede Bello ft Tiwa Savage – Romantic

Best Gospel

  • Frank Edwards – Nigeria
  • Uche Agu – Nigeria
  • Willy Paul – Kenya    (Winner) 
  • SP Koffi Sarpong – Ghana
  • Icha Kavons – Congo
  • Ntokozo Mbambo – South Africa
  • Sinach – Nigeria
  • Sonnie Badu – Ghana

Best Newcomer

  • Adekunle Gold – Nigeria
  • Reekado Banks – Nigeria
  • Harmonize – Tanzania    (Winner) 
  • Falz – Nigeria
  • Locko – Cameroon
  • Nathi – South Africa
  • Kofi Kinaata – Ghana
  • Humblesmith – Nigeria

Best Video Director

  • Justin Campos – South Africa
  • Godfather – South Africa
  • Clarence Peters – Nigeria
  • Patrick Elis – Nigeria     (Winner) 
  • Mysta Adrenalyne – Cameroon
  • Enos Olik – Kenya
  • Phamous Films – Ghana
  • Savy Filmz – Uganda

Music Producer of The Year

  • Young John – Nigeria
  • Masterkraft – Nigeria     (Winner) 
  • Dr Fizol – Uganda
  • Kaywa – Ghana
  • Visita – Kenya
  • Tweezy – South Africa
  • Tud Thomas – Tanzania
  • Dj Coublon – Nigeria

Best African Dancer

  • Kaffy Dancequeen – Nigeria
  • Ezinne CEO – Nigeria
  • Brenda Derry – Cameroon   (Winner) 
  • Sherrie Silver – Rwanda
  • La Petite Zota – Ivory Coast
  • Eddy Wizzy – Uganda
  • Moses Iyobo – Tanzania
  • Roxy Roberts

Best Rap Act

  • Phyno – Nigeria    (Winner)
  • Olamide – Nigeria
  • Aka – South Africa
  • Sarkodie – Ghana
  • Cassper Nyovest – South Africa
  • King Kaka Sungura – Kenya
  • Octopizzo – Kenya
  • Prodigio – Angola

Best Collaboration

  • Reggae Blues – Harrysong , Kcee , Iyanya, Olamide and Orezi   (Winner) 
  • Finally by MasterKraft , Flavour and Sarkodie
  • Mr. Eazi ft Efya – Skin Tight – Ghana
  • Diamond Platnumz ft Aka – Make Me Sing
  • Wizkid X Dj Maphorisa – Soweto Baby
  • Kiff No Beat ft Dj Arafat – Approchez Regardez
  • Lil Kesh ft Patoranking – Is it Because I Love You
  • J Martins ft Yousosour Ndour – Time is Now

Song of The Year

  • Sauti Sol ft Ali Kiba – Unconditional Bae
  • Franko – Coller La Petite
  • Reggae Blues – Kcee, Harrysong, Orezi, Iyanya and Olamide
  • Bisa Kdei – Mansa
  • Tekno – Duro       (Winner) 
  • Kiss Daniel – Mama
  • Phyno ft Olamide – Fada Fada
  • Diamond Platnumz ft Aka – Make Me Sing

Artist of The Year

  • Flavour – Nigeria    (Winner) 
  • Diamond Platnumz – Tanzania
  • Sarkodie – Ghana
  • Wizkid – Nigeria
  • Aka – South Africa
  • Tiwa Savage – Nigeria
  • Sauti Sol – Kenya
  • C4 Pedro – Angola

Dancehall Act of the Year

  • Timaya – Nigeria
  • Stonebwoy – Ghana
  • Buffola Soldier – Zimbabwe
  • Burna Boy – Nigeria
  • Mc Norman Ganja -Uganda
  • Samini – Ghana
  • Patoranking – Nigeria
  • Shatta Wale – Ghana     (Winner) 

AFRIMMA Caribbean Artist of The Year

  • Morgan Heritage
  • Alaine
  • Machel Montano   –    (Winner) 
  • Sean Paul
  • Konshens
  • Busy Signal
  • Tarrus Riley
  • Olatunji



The eleventh edition of the Nigerian Entertainment Awards [NEA], took place on Sunday September 4, 2016 at Tribeca Performing Art Center in New York.

The event, saw the likes of Kiss Daniel, Olamide, winning big at this year’s edition.

See Full List of Winners below:


Album of the Year: Eyan Mayweather (Olamide)

Hottest Single of the Year: Mama (Kiss Daniel)

Best Song: Pick Up (Adekunle Gold)

AfroPop Artist of the Year: Kiss Daniel

Rap Act of the Year: Olamide

Best RnB Artist of the Year: Seyi Shay

Dancehall Artist: Ketchup

Best Collabo of the Year: My Woman, My Everything – Patoranking ft Wande Coal

Best Live Performance: 2Baba

Best Music Video of the Year (Director): Unlimited LA (Emergency, Dbanj)

Best New Act to Watch: Adekunle Gold

Alternative Artist: Aramide

Indigenous Artist of the Year: Flavour

Diaspora Artist of the Year: Ayojay

Gospel Artist of the Year: Frank Edward

Most Promising Act to Watch: Mr. Eazi

Music Producer of the Year: Masterkraft

African Male Artist of the Year (Non Nigerian): Shatta Wale

African Female Artist of the Year (Non Nigerian): Efya

4 Things Upcoming Musicians Can Learn From Beyonce


Beyonce is always on the next level. Her fans lovingly call her “Queen B,” and many people think of her as “flawless.” However, Beyonce’s fame is certainly not unattainable, and here are four ways that you can reach her level of success!

1. Surprise your fans.

One of biggest things that sets Beyonce apart from other artists is her constant surprise factor. Beyonce loves surprising her fans, and she’s had musical breakthroughs come out with absolutely no warning. She released two of her albums, Beyonce and Lemonade, by total surprise, and the former made Itunes crash from the constant and rapid downloads.

Not only is Beyonce surprising with musical releases, but also with personal announcements, such as when she revealed her pregnancy at the VMA’s in 2011. Her pregnancy reveal became one of the most tweeted events in history. Beyonce teaches aspiring musicians to surprise their fans because fans get extremely excited over the spontaneity. If you give your fans surprises, then they will also be excited to follow you because they’ll constantly be thinking, “What will he/she do next?”.

Check out the iconic video of Beyonce performing “Love on Top” and revealing her pregnancy at the end. Look closely at the hints that she gives during the performance!

2. Care for the less fortunate.

Beyonce is an artist who truly cares about her fans and her community, and she shows this through the kind things she has done for her less fortunate fans. She has visited many hospitals and spent time with sick fans, and she has even sung and danced with sick fans at her concerts. Since so many people idolize Beyonce, she gives them some of their greatest memories simply by spending time with them.

You should do kind things for your less fortunate fans not to gain success, but because it is simply a nice thing to do. Successful musicians love, appreciate, and care for their fans, and they show this through their music. Your fans are the ones that keep you going, and doing nice things for them could literally change their lives.

Here’s an incredibly sweet video of Beyonce singing and dancing at a concert with a terminally ill fan named Taylon. (Warning: this video will probably make you cry.)

3. Inspire your fans to get moving.

Everyone knows that sedentary and unhealthy lifestyles are a big problem in the United States and around the world, and Beyonce is working to fight that issue by inspiring her fans to get active! She has created a few dance workouts set to her songs that have been very influential. These videos promote her music and help her fans get moving and have fun. Also, fans love to see musicians who care about societal issues.

It’s a great idea to create workout dance videos set to your music, but you can also make videos that relate to any issue that you care about. If you are passionate about a societal issue, address it in your music!

Take a look at this awesome video that features a group of kids from Harlem dancing to “Move Your Body,” a workout dance cover of Beyonce’s “Got Me Bodied.” This video is great because Beyonce makes a surprise appearance and dances with the kids!

4. Use your music to empower your community.

Another social issue that Beyonce is very passionate about is women’s rights. Beyonce is a strong feminist, and she uses her music to empower women. Many of her songs depict women in powerful positions and encourage women to seek power and do whatever they want. She teaches aspiring musicians to use music to empower fans in whatever way applies to them.

Here’s one of Beyonce’s songs, called “Run the World (Girls),” which inspires and empowers young women.

Beyonce is truly a queen in the music industry, but aspiring musical stars can definitely get on her level. If you surprise your fans, care for the less fortunate, inspire your fans to get moving, and empower your fans, you’ll definitely “slay” like Beyonce.

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5 Unconventional Ways The Weeknd Got Famous


The Weeknd is one of many major musicians who have gained a huge following through YouTube. His method of releasing music is different than that of most aspiring artists. By exposing himself to the world in an edgy and captivating way, he challenges the mainstream criteria for promoting music. However, he has proven that anything is possible.

Any musician can use these unconventional techniques to get more attention on YouTube.

1. Put the sound first.

The Weeknd’s first videos consisted of still, black and white, fuzzy images, which ensured that the viewers are really listening to the songs. His incredible voice and the eclectic production of the songs are enough to keep his audience engaged.

Before creating a video, the song should first be enjoyable without the visuals.

2. Create an edgy stage name.

Making a unique and abnormal stage name is a memorable way to start a music career. In Abel Tesfaye’s case, the name “The Weeknd” was just as mysteriously satisfying as his songs.

When he first began posting videos on YouTube, viewers were left wondering why the “e” wasn’t there and if The Weeknd was a band or a single person. An edgy stage name is a great way to spark curiosity and to stand out.

3. Be mysterious (to an extent).

His channel is strangely empty, which is usually not a good way to attract attention. However, this era of mystery intrigued viewers. He didn’t show his face or even reveal his real name until months after his popularity exploded.

Incorporate some mystery by not giving away certain details about yourself. If there’s something interesting about you, wait a while to reveal it to your viewers.

4. Don’t focus on money right from the start.

The first three mixtapes The Weeknd created were released for free online. Typically, this is a wrong move for artists who want to make money. But, that’s just it; The Weeknd didn’t care about money at the time.

In order to gain traction and promote his music, he allowed for all of his fans to have access to these mixtapes. The Weeknd was motivated by the music before the money.

5. Test the standards.

According to many professionals, The Weeknd has done all of the wrong things to promote himself as a musician. Nowadays, many of the most successful people step outside of the box to reach a new audience. There are no set rules to do anything, especially as an artist.

Each person’s talent is different and can become popular in different ways. Test alternate techniques to create and release your music to find a way that works for you.

Sometimes, the best way of doing something is the way that no one has done yet. The Weeknd revealed that musical success can emerge mysteriously. What will your music reveal?

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