Thursday, February 18, 2010

Omotola set to release second album - Features Paul Play, Modenine, Tito, others

SCREEN idol, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, is at the moment working round the clock to ensure that her coming album becomes a monster hit. Omotola who dropped her debut album few years ago will be releasing her 13-track album in a couple of months. The album which features Question Mark Records latest signed artiste, Harry Song, also has the signatures of Paul Play, Tito, Modenine and Uche of Pop idols.

Omotola, a mother of four, ventured into music few years back when she released her debut entitled, Gba.

Court dissolves Segun Arinze's marriage

A Lagos High Court, Ikeja presided over by Justice Sybil Nwaka yesterday barred journalists from reporting the final dissolution of the marriage of popular Nollywood actor, Mr. Segun Arinze Aina-Padonou.

The court dissolved the 14-year-old marriage between Segun and his estranged wife, Annette.

At the resumed hearing, the police orderly, Thomas Agwa, with service number 378778, told reporters present in the court not to report the proceedings.

Nevertheless, a reporter with Daily Independent, Dolapo Muraino who defied the order had her writing pad and pen seized by the police orderly, who said he was acting on the orders of the judge.

In her judgment, she granted the custody of the only child of the union, 13-year-old Morenike Chioma Aina-Padonou, to the mother, who did not enter appearance in the suit but ordered that the father should have free access to his daughter.

She also ordered that the couple should maintain status quo on the upkeep of the only child of the marriage.

The Judge accepted the testimony of Arinze that his marriage had broken down irreparably and irreconcilably, adding that his evidence was not controverted by the respondent.

She said the couple have been living apart for the past 11 years which led to the breakdown of the marriage that was solemnized at Ikorodu Local Government Registry on May 10, 2009.

Arinze had on May 25, 2009 during his testimony sought the leave of the court for the dissolution of the marriage so that they can go their separate ways.

Arinze had told the court that his marriage with his wife had "broken down irreparably and irreconcilably," after the couple had been staying apart since May 29, 1998.

He then promised to continue to shoulder the responsibility of the daughter's welfare and education.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Mo' Hits records to release four albums this year

Foremost record label, MO' HITS RECORDS owned by ace producer DON JAZZY will release four (4) albums this year. The albums will be from DR. SID, IKECHUKWU, D'PRINCE and D'BANJ.

The first will be from DR. SID and it is tentatively titled TURNING POINT. Although DR. SID abandoned his trademark rapping genre to experiment on singing on the yet-to-be-released album, the fans are already feeling the new style as singles from the album have been enjoying massive rotation.

The second which will be from IKECHUKWU is tentatively titled THE ALLIANCE. There have been speculations that owing to the death of the rappers dad who passed on late last year, the album might be put on hold, but hopefully now, the album will drop after DR. SID's.

Many are still wondering when K-SWITCH is going to be fully represented in the label's plans as he has been the least visible since he joined, despite being D'BANJ's younger brother.

Femi Kuti not sad about Grammy loss

According to Yeni Kuti, Femi's elder sister, he is not sad about losing the Grammy for the second time.

Femi was said to have been performing at the Afrika Shrine in Lagos when the winner of his category was announced in a pre-telecast event streamed on Grammy's website meaning he did not bother to attend.

"He's not sad he didnt win, its a good thing he was nominated in the first place", Yeni said.

Femi Kuti loses again as Beyonce clears six Grammys!

She entered the night with 10 nominations and emerged with a solid six wins, including gongs for Song of the year and Best R&B song for her hit single ‘Single ladies – Put a ring on it’. That was Beyonce.

Apart from now setting the record for the most awards won in a single year by a solo female, Knowles will now have a total of 16 Grammys sitting on her shelve as she continues to dominate global pop/R&B music.

The six categories Beyonce came tops are : ‘Best Contemporary R&B Album, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, Best Traditional R&B Performance, Best Pop Vocal Performance, Song Of the Year and Best R&B song. Taylor Swift didn’t pack as much prizes as Beyonce, but she went home with four gongs – including the coveted ‘Album of the year’ where Beyonce was also in contention.

Other big Grammy winners include Beyonce’s husband Jay Z, The Black Eyed Peas, Kings Of Leon, Lady GaGa and Eminem. The two Nigerian nominees in the competition were not very lucky.

Femi Kuti lost the Best Contemporary World Music Album category to Grammy veteran Bela Fleck while Seal lost the Best Male Pop Vocal Performance category to Jaso Mraz. Kuti was performing at his ‘Shrine’ in Lagos when his category was announced.

“It’s not sad news. It was good Femi was nominated. So, we are not sad at all; just happy that good music was recognised,” NET reported that Yeni Kuti, the Afro beat singer’s sister said in reaction to her brother’s loss. The 52nd annual Grammy awards held at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles, with performances from Lady GaGa, Pink, Taylor Swift, Eminem, Lil’ Wayne, Drake, Beyonce and many others.