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Why A Record Label Should Never Be Blamed For A Musician's Down Fall by lawyer(m): 7:03pm On May 25
I was reading online recently about how Cynthia Morgan claimed Jude Okoye scammed her while she was under his Record Label and May D led credence to her complaints about the Label not giving him his dues and generally cheating him off the good life he was supposed to enjoy as an Artiste. A lot of people immediately sympathized with these Artistes and rained Insults on Jude Okoye and every other record label out there for cheating Artistes. Many Artistes these days have made it a habit to always come on social media to blame the Record Label for stiffing them but is that really the truth? Let's delve into what goes on behind the Music Industry and explain why one Artiste is very rich and famous and the other one famous but broke.

A lot of people are very ignorant about how the Music Industry works. Free Music is everywhere you look today. Everyone can download music for free online from “notjustok.com. , tooxclusive.com etc”. You can listen to free music on any radio station you tune into all over Nigeria. You can watch free music videos on over 20 Music Channels. You can stream free video on YouTube, Spotify, Sound Cloud etc. If you like, you can go to music blog pages and download new music everywhere but the first question you should ask is “WHO IS PAYING FOR ALL THIS FREE MUSIC YOU ARE ENJOYING”? The answer is the Record Label. not the Artiste.

There is nothing like free music on radio or free music on Soundcity or free music in Nite clubs or free music on blog pages. Everything is paid for and subsidized by the Record label to push the Artiste. Do you know how much a Record Label would pay a radio station for you to actually like a song? Most of the songs you hum or sing to daily in your bathroom, cars, office, gym, classroom, kitchen, your couch and finally on your bed has been paid for heavily by the record label. When you tune into your favourite radio station, you hear a song at least 10/ 15 times a day for 1 full week. Automatically this song becomes a hit because you have reluctantly accepted the song in your head from day 1 and by day 7, it's one of your all-time favourite songs.


Do you think it’s by magic that a song from nowhere automatically becomes the flavour of the month and one of your favourite tracks of all time? No. Millions of Naira has been paid to that radio station to promote that song heavily for you to like it by the Record label. The Artiste only performed the song in the studio but the Record Label has to invest millions of Naira to make that song performed by the Artiste a hit so that it can recoup the money back and pay the Artiste from the profits and royalties obtained from promoting the song.


Without the Record Label, the Artiste is nothing. There is no difference between you singing in the bathroom for free and your favourite Artiste without the backing and funds invested in the Artiste. No Artiste alive who invests in himself without the backing of the Record Label has ever made money or profit except foolish fame and we all know fame alone does not pay the bills. The Record Label everyone loves to demonizes when an Artiste runs to Social media to rant and rave about is the only source of their fame, money and lifestyle. The best an Artiste can do is produce his own songs and sell the CDs in traffic. Goodluck to that Artiste turning into Wizkid in traffic or playing songs in beer parlours!!! grin


Coming back to May D and Cynthia Morgan. The Record Label owned by Jude Okoye gave them a contract. Everything about the survival and success of them is in that Contract. What they expected was for the Record Label to turn into their Surrogate Sugar Daddies to dash them money to buy range rovers, live in Lekki, wear exotic clothes, travel first class to every country on the planet to perform in concerts, shoot million Naira music videos in South Africa, stay in 5-star hotels, pay for their limousines, food, take care of their extended family and crew and pump millions of Naira into their account for just singing a song which they consider as a hit.


Cynthia Morgan and May D did not pay over 700 radio stations all over Nigeria to play their song. They did not pay all the Music channel VJs to play their song, they did not pay over 200 bloggers to tweet and write good reviews for their songs, they did not contribute to the cost of shooting the music video from the accommodation, plane tickets, paying video vixens, paying the music director and the crew, scouting for location and wardrobe, transportation, feeding, clubbing and shopping money for themselves, their family and crew. They did not pay for the popping of champagnes in the club to boost their image, pay Djs in Nite clubs to play artistes songs and loads of payments that Cynthia Morgan and May D did not spend a dime on to push and market the Artiste and song. The second question you should ask is “WHO IS PAYING FOR ALL THIS LIFESTYLE AND MARKETING”? Answer The Record Label.


Nobody wants to know where the money is coming from to push this glamourous lifestyle. We all want to see the Artiste driving a lovely car with beautiful women around him wearing fabulous clothes but this comes at a very heavy price. Every dime spent on the Artiste to push this song must be accounted for and recouped before Artiste is going to see a dime. The record Label is not Father Christmas and does not give a rat-ass about the Artiste. It is only interested in the profits and business part. If Record Label spends N5Million on you, it expects nothing less than N10 Million before the Artiste can start seeing some money. You don’t expect the Record Label to spend all that money on the Artiste and end up running at a loss. The Record label must recoup the money spent on Artiste from sales of Cds, concert tickets, shows, endorsements and a host of other mediums to balance their books before Artiste makes 10 kobo. If the label does not make a profit because of limited concert sales, Cds sales or poor show receipts, Label is not bound to pay Artiste a profit. Any agreement Label and Artiste has whether it's 50/50/ or 70-30 must first be offset from the initial amount Label has spent to promote the Artiste. It's not rocket science. It's not wickedness. It’s just business. That’s why it’s called show business. Why would you spend N10Million on a stranger and allow that money to disappear because you love his voice or how she looks?


That’s why the Record Label ALWAYS signs a contract with Artiste to specify all these things. 90% of musicians don’t read these contracts and if they do, they hurriedly sign it because they are already dreaming of the immediate fame coming to them and money to be advanced to them to buy a car, rent a house, shoot videos, pay for their clothes, hotels and up-keep. To them, it’s as if they have hit the lottery but unknown to them, all these money given to them is just an advance that must be deducted before they start seeing 10kobo in their account.


Have you noticed no Artiste has come out to complain about a Record Label and point to the section in the contract that the Record Label has breached? Never. They know they have no case so they come to the court of public opinion to rant to gain sympathy for their carelessness, greed, ignorance and apathy. They would never employ a music lawyer to comb over the fine details of the contract. They would never sit down to be prudent to receive small money at first to reap millions later. They want to live the Cubana high chief life now and when it goes bust, they expect the Record Label to bail them out. It would never happen.


Rather the Record Label sues them to court and ALWAYS WINS because at the end of the day the truth would always come out. If Jude Okoye was to sue Cynthia Morgan and May D, I bet my house, Jude Okoye would win over and over again because everything is in the contract which they signed. Jude Okoye owes them nothing apart from what they agreed would be the sharing formula after deducting all that was spent on them previously. The Record Label is not Sinzu Money; neither is it a Sugar daddy. It's an alternative bank. What it gives the Artiste, it takes back double. It’s just part of the business and only savvy, smart and intelligent Artistes understand this game. It's not about putting the microphone on your mouth, it's about having the brains to understand the music business.

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Re: Why A Record Label Should Never Be Blamed For A Musician's Down Fall by dominique(f): 8:37pm On May 25
I agree to an extent. The labels have a bit of part to play in an artist's downward spiral

Those record labels spend millions to package an artist and want to recoup their investments in multifolds shortchanging the artists in the process. The artists seeing how much is being made off them will want to break free and make money on their own. It's only after they go solo that they realize that performing and promoting are different ball games. After some time, they start to decline. If only the record labels can make these contract more lucrative, maybe the artists won't have to quit on them before their contract expires

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Re: Why A Record Label Should Never Be Blamed For A Musician's Down Fall by Brendaniel: 11:03pm On May 25
hmmmm...

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Re: Why A Record Label Should Never Be Blamed For A Musician's Down Fall by Mac2016(m): 11:03pm On May 25
Everyone is profit driven but it becomes so delicate when the urge for gain is furious. You already salivating for a bowl of pap from a seed of corn that's yet to sprout out of ground. We all know such seed won't see the light of the day cos the drive to eat it will overwhelm the rate at which it can produce. Death is instant for such a crop! A

Recording companies and artistes are to be blamed!

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Re: Why A Record Label Should Never Be Blamed For A Musician's Down Fall by WIZGUY69(m): 11:04pm On May 25
wink

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Re: Why A Record Label Should Never Be Blamed For A Musician's Down Fall by Ubykcee(m): 11:05pm On May 25
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Re: Why A Record Label Should Never Be Blamed For A Musician's Down Fall by Hezmatosky: 11:05pm On May 25
I know some people will come and blame it on Buhari grin

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Re: Why A Record Label Should Never Be Blamed For A Musician's Down Fall by money121(m): 11:06pm On May 25
Ok

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Re: Why A Record Label Should Never Be Blamed For A Musician's Down Fall by xxxtedyxxx(m): 11:06pm On May 25
Na me den go blame?


A record label can make or mar an artiste.

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Re: Why A Record Label Should Never Be Blamed For A Musician's Down Fall by vibbb: 11:06pm On May 25
Practically they promote whatever you have in stock and when you are off stock, they can only encourage you to build more fire. Most time greed set in and become a major bomb.

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Re: Why A Record Label Should Never Be Blamed For A Musician's Down Fall by gurunlocker: 11:06pm On May 25
grin

The thing is most upcoming artists are overly excited when they see a record label is trying to sign them.

They won't even read the contract they are signing thoroughly or use a lawyer which can put them through... They are always too eager because they see it as an avenue to reach the top. It is after they sign the contract they will know the soup they are in.


I just hope the upcoming artists won't be desperate in getting signed and at least go through the contract they are signing so they won't be a Modern slave shocked shocked shocked

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Re: Why A Record Label Should Never Be Blamed For A Musician's Down Fall by Trailblazer1(m): 11:06pm On May 25
In this part of the world, we've mastered the art of absconding from our responsibilities and trying to blame the entire universe when we fail while exonerating ourselves of any wrong doing.

Every contract comes with terms and conditions.


Artists are not usually blindfolded when signing up contracts neither have there been any reports of artists signing contracts under duress.

Artists have a right to use legal representation to sign a contract, but they use paparazzi instead.

In fact, some contract signings are televised to put up a show.

Cynthia Morgan is a victim of her own foolishness.

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Re: Why A Record Label Should Never Be Blamed For A Musician's Down Fall by MajorOvakporaye(f): 11:07pm On May 25
if I was an artiste, I would rather go for a bread label than go for Jude Okoye's label.

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Re: Why A Record Label Should Never Be Blamed For A Musician's Down Fall by futurerex: 11:07pm On May 25
Nothing but the hidden truth. That's why some artist will go out of fame immediately they partway with their record label because they can't affort the bill.

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Re: Why A Record Label Should Never Be Blamed For A Musician's Down Fall by abobote: 11:08pm On May 25
While music label have a major role to play in packaging and marketing an artist, if you are good, nothing can bring you down, not even the force of gravity

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Re: Why A Record Label Should Never Be Blamed For A Musician's Down Fall by Lexusgs430: 11:08pm On May 25
Greed & Pride....... Bad combo...... cheesy

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Re: Why A Record Label Should Never Be Blamed For A Musician's Down Fall by princebeatzz: 11:09pm On May 25
Thats If you really have a really management /manager so without a record label the artist still have what it takes.....

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Re: Why A Record Label Should Never Be Blamed For A Musician's Down Fall by DWJOBScom(m): 11:10pm On May 25
Well that doesn't make the label owners saints too

They exploit the Artists themselves without mercy

It's a dog eat dog syndrome and it's without mercy

The label owners and the artists themselves aren't honest alot of times and you never know until you work with them.
An artist you pushed and cleaned from the gutter can leave at anytime and run off to another label the moment he or she sees a breakthrough.

It's not an easy thing

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Re: Why A Record Label Should Never Be Blamed For A Musician's Down Fall by Orces: 11:10pm On May 25
Jude okoye and artiste drama go hand in hand nowadays
Ibos..... angry

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Re: Why A Record Label Should Never Be Blamed For A Musician's Down Fall by Ask4bigneyo(m): 11:10pm On May 25
Kenny's Music

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Re: Why A Record Label Should Never Be Blamed For A Musician's Down Fall by Nobody: 11:10pm On May 25
ODJ123:
Check my dp
Why?

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Re: Why A Record Label Should Never Be Blamed For A Musician's Down Fall by esthel(f): 11:11pm On May 25
Ok
Re: Why A Record Label Should Never Be Blamed For A Musician's Down Fall by noble71(m): 11:12pm On May 25
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Re: Why A Record Label Should Never Be Blamed For A Musician's Down Fall by Devops: 11:12pm On May 25
No mind them.
It's easy to prey on the emotions of Nigerians.
Very dumb set of people. Attaching emotions to Business.
They think Record Label is a charity organization.
Owing a record label is like a gamble, you cast a dice and wait for the outcome, if you sign like 10 artists only like 3 are likely to blow, the other 7 still under contract will now be a stress on resources.

Do Artists even know the politics that comes with getting air time or getting a platform to perform. If a label gives you a deal, you failed to read blame your self, it's business, a contract not a poverty eradication or charity organization . When she was balling hard and flying with the fame she didn't complain.
Now she is coming to blame her failure on a contract she signed which she rode on to fame.

Trust Nigerians now, easy to manipulate their emotions.
Contract is contract. You think the industry is easy?
Na charity organization them dey run na. Nonsense

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Re: Why A Record Label Should Never Be Blamed For A Musician's Down Fall by EmzyT(m): 11:12pm On May 25
Na all these things I wan come dey read? Abegi sad

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Re: Why A Record Label Should Never Be Blamed For A Musician's Down Fall by maestroferddi: 11:12pm On May 25
lol...

Which one be foolish fame?
Re: Why A Record Label Should Never Be Blamed For A Musician's Down Fall by Mindlog: 11:12pm On May 25
Insightful read.

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Re: Why A Record Label Should Never Be Blamed For A Musician's Down Fall by freethinker01: 11:14pm On May 25
We'll done op, this is nicely put... This is the same thing I explained to folks around me but they were so adamant despite all my explanation.

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Re: Why A Record Label Should Never Be Blamed For A Musician's Down Fall by Nobody: 11:15pm On May 25
Record label go spend 5# on u .. hoping to realize 5 million....

At some point den go don make 500k over your head but still continue to dey pay u d 2kobo u signed in the deal from day 1 cos of your naivety and desperacy...

If u con para scatter all..


Record label go rush to media say u dey owe Dem 4.5 m....ever wonder why all d hell den dey promise artist wey vex Comot bfr d end of hin contract no dey happen laslas and most times den go settle outside of court

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Re: Why A Record Label Should Never Be Blamed For A Musician's Down Fall by GoofyDapo: 11:15pm On May 25
This is true...

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Re: Why A Record Label Should Never Be Blamed For A Musician's Down Fall by Jeffi7: 11:16pm On May 25
Cynthia Morgan needs to settle down and harness her talent before accusing the record label.

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