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5 Proven Formulas To Making A Hit Song by mantosa(m): 5:09pm On Jul 29
Getting noticed is hard work and as a music artist you now have your competition cut for you on a global scale because everyone consumes music on that level. So the choice to stream your banging fresh music will be weighed alongside streaming Adekunle Gold’s new EP, for example.

Scary, right? We have help.

If you’re a music artist trying to make a name for yourself, this is for you. Here are 5 vital ingredients every Nigerian hit song should have to stand a chance at making it into the mainstream.

1. A SLANG OR A CATCH PHRASE

To warm your way into the average Nigerian’s playlist takes more than vocal dexterity; you need to be a linguist of some sort. Because to acquire the ever-elusive hit song status, you need to give Nigerians something to talk about.

Literally.

Something easy, fun to say, catchy and most preferably ridiculous will do. Slangs like “Something light”, “Pepper them” “Banana fall on you”, “Isakaba Iselebete Isokolotobo” “Robo SkeskeRobo Skeske”, has been known to transform otherwise ordinary-sounding songs into mega hits!

So be it an already existing street slang or its home-made equivalent, always give people something to keep in their mouths. If you do it right, forgetting you or your song will be a very, very difficult task.

2. GET YOUR TEMPO RIGHT

The first thing you’ll notice about almost every Nigerian hit song is that they all play at the same tempo! Strange? Not at all.

It’s actually a proven formula that you should seriously consider, if you’re planning to make an impression of some sort in the Nigerian music scene. It’s safer to keep the tempo of your song above 160 BPM, however trends are changing and hit song tempos are beginning to swing between 115 BPM and 120 BPM. Want some advice? Pay attention to trends and join the bandwagon. This is not the time for you to stand out or try to be different.

3. BECOME A DANCE EXPERT

If you must give people what to dance to, the least you can do is teach them how to dance. From the early 2000s, Nigerian music stars have stolen new fans through exciting dance moves; from Galala to Shoki to Yahuze to Alanta to Azonto, Shoki, Shakiti bobo, Shaku Shaku and finally to the latest of trends, the athletic-driven Zanku. This is how it has been and the trend isn’t going anywhere soon. Making a hit song goes well beyond the song itself, it goes as far as everything the song represents, including how it is enjoyed. Things as little as this keep songs memorable, socially relevant and unforgettable.

4. HOOK UP WITH THE BIG GUYS

You might have heard it before but if you haven’t, then hear it now “Success is contagious!”, if you want to swim to the top then you must learn to do a few breast strokes with Phelps! Leveraging on the influence and popularity of the big names in the industry works like magic. From hooking up with the big producers to hooking up to the big artists for track collaborations, down to getting the big names to direct and shoot your video, is a sure way of getting noticed in record time.

5. SHOVE IT DOWN THEIR THROATS

No matter how magical, artistic or groundbreaking you think your song is, you need to really put in work into getting your audience to listen. With the rise in activity in the industry and the ceaseless flow of artistes, singles and albums; making it into the average Nigerian’s playlist today takes a stroke of genius. You must set aside an intelligent marketing strategy and an accompanying befitting budget to follow it up, from budget to cover airplay to budget to cover online marketing, digital distribution, media features and lots more. You must be determined to shove your very good or very bad work of art down the throat of your audience, till they have no other choice than to surrender in love and awe at your craft.

That’s it, five proven formulas to use as a music artiste to make your body of work stick.

source: https://tushmagazine.com.ng/5-proven-formulas-to-making-a-hit-song/

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Re: 5 Proven Formulas To Making A Hit Song by evansjeff(m): 7:33pm On Jul 29
Too long.

Pack naked women in the video, you don blow

Check my signature

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Re: 5 Proven Formulas To Making A Hit Song by Slawormir: 7:33pm On Jul 29
Damnnnnn niggarrr
All this na long story

Nigeria artist dey sing nonsense...na rubbish them dey sing. No talent... nothing nothing
We don't need hit song. We need good songs
Them need to learn more especially that frogged Voice called Davido....
No need for them to follow those your formulas
Make them settle down listen to artist like
The weekend
Imagine dragons
Sia
Burna boy
2face
Katty pery
Passenger
Bruno Mars
Avicii( rest in peace)
Twenty one pilot
The Chainsmokers
Dig the kid
Cold play
Khalid
Maroon 5
Calum scot
John legend
Selena Gomez
Post malone
Ellie Goulding
Christiana aquilera
A great big world
Rita ora
Clean bandit
Dua lipa
Martin garixx
Major Lazer
The night
Edsheeran
Taylor swift
One direction
Lewis capaldi
Sam smith
Ariana Grande
Kehlani
Billie eilish
Camilo Cabello

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Re: 5 Proven Formulas To Making A Hit Song by Jerusalem1(m): 7:33pm On Jul 29
6: be a cultist

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Re: 5 Proven Formulas To Making A Hit Song by DamnNiggar: 7:33pm On Jul 29
Damn Niggarr

Isoright

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Re: 5 Proven Formulas To Making A Hit Song by IduNaOba: 7:34pm On Jul 29
Facts only

Especially number 5

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Re: 5 Proven Formulas To Making A Hit Song by sorsor(m): 7:34pm On Jul 29
OP OP


You no go like use this your formula give us hit and Banger.....

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Re: 5 Proven Formulas To Making A Hit Song by pickatyou: 7:34pm On Jul 29
Mine is just be good at what you do and be hardworking. You would also need money also to push your career.

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Re: 5 Proven Formulas To Making A Hit Song by paulolee(m): 7:35pm On Jul 29
good but the points should include...
6..you need strong connection so you can feature a big A-list start for example davido and wizkid
7.._record with a top producer like legendary beats, sarz, chizzi, coublon, etc..
8..follow a catchy yahoo boy kinda motivational line or pattern...
8..dont forget to keep excess money for radio stations, top d.j, event promoters to keep playing and hyping the song..
9..you also need online hype too, plead or pay top artists to tweet ur music and help you preach it to thier large fan base..
10..most importantly you gat wash you head and "belong", jus as oritse femi said "if u are new in the game, u better pay ur tithe"....they are so many dirty things you gat do behind the screen....

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Re: 5 Proven Formulas To Making A Hit Song by pabon(m): 7:35pm On Jul 29
Anyone can make it with the right connection. Music these days is just about connection.

Anyway, check out my new book. It's cheap. Link's on my signature.

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Re: 5 Proven Formulas To Making A Hit Song by eazisky(m): 7:35pm On Jul 29
7, be a Yahoo boy

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Re: 5 Proven Formulas To Making A Hit Song by PoliteActivist: 7:35pm On Jul 29
Ok
Re: 5 Proven Formulas To Making A Hit Song by anochuko01(m): 7:35pm On Jul 29
ojpio
Re: 5 Proven Formulas To Making A Hit Song by Trivas: 7:35pm On Jul 29
Too long jare
Check my signature
Re: 5 Proven Formulas To Making A Hit Song by Triangles1(m): 7:36pm On Jul 29
OP your head dey forbid to blow abi try the format let's see first.

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Re: 5 Proven Formulas To Making A Hit Song by Iamvetlander(m): 7:36pm On Jul 29
Damnnnnn niggarrr

Isoright

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Re: 5 Proven Formulas To Making A Hit Song by Abilistic(m): 7:36pm On Jul 29
Okay

Me I wanna hit money undecided
Re: 5 Proven Formulas To Making A Hit Song by teshiam(m): 7:36pm On Jul 29
In Nigeria
Re: 5 Proven Formulas To Making A Hit Song by Yakade(m): 7:36pm On Jul 29
ok o

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Re: 5 Proven Formulas To Making A Hit Song by Friendlyjoe: 7:37pm On Jul 29
Omah Lays Tempo is my new favorite

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Re: 5 Proven Formulas To Making A Hit Song by McAustin92(m): 7:37pm On Jul 29
The only formula to a hit track is Money, you need money for good studio session(mixing and mastering) from reputable sound engineer, you need to pay an in game hit beat maker, you need good quality visuals(that comes with lots of money) .... You need money for commercials and to run ads online(promotions) ,if you no get money, you no fit connect with the Big Boyz in the game

.. To make music for naija, real cash is involved my guy, unless dem go underrate you, and depression go set in and you go nearly give up on your music career

The most talented ain't the super stars in this part of the world, only who can run the game with money are Known and established superstars.

So Man in reality this your formula no hold water, if money is not involved

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Re: 5 Proven Formulas To Making A Hit Song by mperornero: 7:37pm On Jul 29
Airforce1 come and see o. cheesy

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Re: 5 Proven Formulas To Making A Hit Song by vicoloni(m): 7:38pm On Jul 29
Omo grace and divine providence should be no 1 factor. for instance starboy and davido no sabi dance!

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Re: 5 Proven Formulas To Making A Hit Song by etrange: 7:38pm On Jul 29
Nice.

These things aren't easy (guys don't have the budget nor the connection as listed above), they may not work for some people even if they have it all and some people may be lucky to hit success without them but the fact remains that the factors OP listed above have a great impact on the success of one's song. A thoughtful post in my opinion.

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Re: 5 Proven Formulas To Making A Hit Song by BLUELemon(m): 7:39pm On Jul 29
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Re: 5 Proven Formulas To Making A Hit Song by etrange: 7:39pm On Jul 29
vicoloni:
Omo grace and divine providence should be no 1 factor. for instance starboy and davido no sabi dance!

Those ones aren't your work. The OP is talking about what you have to do as an artist. Do your part and let God do his part.

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Re: 5 Proven Formulas To Making A Hit Song by helinues: 7:39pm On Jul 29
grin

Mtceeeeww... An artiste wey dey sing nonsense also get ears now
Re: 5 Proven Formulas To Making A Hit Song by cassidy1996(m): 7:39pm On Jul 29
do your best, na GOD get power

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Re: 5 Proven Formulas To Making A Hit Song by Gabe427: 7:40pm On Jul 29
if you didn't have a set of guys that rapped or sing in your school either for fun or to blow

Your school sucked

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Re: 5 Proven Formulas To Making A Hit Song by jericco1(m): 7:40pm On Jul 29
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Re: 5 Proven Formulas To Making A Hit Song by jamalnation(m): 7:40pm On Jul 29
1. GOOD BEAT 2. MONEY 3. MONEY 4. MONEY 5. MORE MONEY TO PUSH YOUR SONG

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