Stella Dimoko Musician 9ice Explains Why He Does Not Sign Artistes To His Record Label


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Thursday, February 20, 2020

Musician 9ice Explains Why He Does Not Sign Artistes To His Record Label

Veteran Singer Abolore Akande a.k.a 9ice, who is the CEO of House of Ancestors, a label imprint he founded in 2008, revealed to Hip TV why he does not sign acts to his record label.....

The 40-year-old singer, who once signed with Edge Records said he would rather engage talented singers, promote their brands in projects, and let them leave on their call.

He says signing an artiste comes with challenges, including realities on investment returns, that could leave the label and the artiste locking horns when the latter wants out.

“When veterans take up new artistes, there’s always issues like arguments which cause the artiste to leave, willingly or unwillingly. That’s the reason why I never officially signed any artist,” 9ice said.

“What I did with them was, ‘I have a label, come under this platform. If you have a song that I feel is good enough, I'll support you, we’ll shoot the video and get it promoted.’ I mean, do your thing!

“When you feel you’re ripe enough to stand alone, I let you go. Signing artistes take a lot. They can claim their own right saying, ‘I’ve been under this label for long and they ‘re doing nothing for me.’

“But, in the end, both parties have their wrongs. The record label will tell you something like, ‘We’ve invested N40 million and haven’t even gotten back N30 million and he said he wants to go.’

“And the artiste would defend himself saying ‘You invested 40 million but we signed two years. Whether you make your N40 million or not, it’s my time to go.’ So, both parties have their rights.

“So, to avoid these issues, I think it’s better one gets investors and record companies on a larger scale, that can invest money and spread it in the long term, so it won’t be just from the music scales.

“Maybe also merchandise and all that but, if you don’t have enough funds, you can’t do all these. If you’re not making money from the record sales, you can tap into merchandise and other areas.”
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*Wise man!!!


  1. By "sign", I suppose he means to an actual recording contract. I mentioned this thing about investments and expectations when Iyanya was behaving like someone they used Calabar juju to swear for as he was dragging Ubi up and down.

  2. Has he


    has he finished?


    This cough sef! Allow me finish wetin I wan talk😁😁😁

  3. Please what makes nice a veteran? Maybe it's me that don't understand ooo. Veteran bawo?

  4. He signs yoruba songs / mixture of yoruba and english songs is now veteran?!


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