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Shatta Wale receives First RIAA Gold Certification With ‘Already’

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Self-acclaimed “King of Dancehall” Shatta Wale has hit a major milestone in his music career.

On Monday, August 8, the “On God” hitmaker received a Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certification for his feature on Beyoncé’s “Already” after the song garnered over 500,000 unit sales in the United States.

 

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“Already” which features American trio Major Lazer was originally released as a track on Beyoncé’s “The Lion King: The Gift,” a soundtrack album curated by Beyoncé for the 2019 photorealistic animated remake of ‘The Lion King.’ It was then featured in Black Is King, a visual counterpart and television film for the album, released on Disney Plus on July 31, 2020.

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Shatta Wale joins Ghanaian musician, Fuse ODG as the only two artists to achieve this feat. 

In the year 2020, Fuse ODG received a RIAA Gold certification for his collaboration with Major Lazer and Nyla (Brick & Lace) on ‘Light It Up’ Remix.

‘Light It Up’ Remix went Gold on March 1, 2017, moved to Platinum on March 1, 2017, and has since gone 2x Multi-Platinum as of September 15, 2021.

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Meanwhile, fans of Shatta Wale wait in earnest for his much anticipated Gift of God (GOG) album.

Read also: Shatta Wale leaves fans guessing as he hints feature with American musician on GOG album

He has promised fans surprise features on the album and they can’t wait for its release later in the year.

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Ghana: Wendy Shay crowned as Top Female Artist for the third time

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Boomplay Ghana’s user insights for 2023 are officially in and the streaming services’ listeners have spoken: Wendy Shay is again the undisputed Queen of Ghanaian music for the second time in a row. The RuffTown Records star clenched the position of Top Female Artist from Diana Hamilton and Gyakie, who came in at #2 and #3 respectively.

“I am so delighted to have topped this category two times in a row and for a third time,” Wendy Shay shared. “I want to say a big thank you to the fans; this is all them and I don’t take this moment for granted. It means the world to me. Trust me, 2024 will be an amazing year.”

Wendy Shay is not a newcomer to such triumphs. The sensational singer, whose streams on Boomplay sit at a whopping 63.8M, replicated this feat in 2020 and 2022, spotlighting her knack for industry-leading hits. The ‘Survivor’ hitmaker has been terrific since her debut in 2018. She has won multiple awards and nominations, breaking into Ghana’s Top 30 Influential Women in Music as per the 3Music Awards.

As the year draws to a close, music platforms worldwide are accustomed to publishing annual reports of their streaming analytics with fans and Boomplay is no exception. The latest from the platform, dubbed #BoomplayRecap2023, gave a peek into user insights and heralded big wins for the company. This year, the platform’s catalog increased to 120 million songs, with over 10 million artists and 7,500 content providers now a part of what continues to be Africa’s premier streaming platform.

If you’re a fan of Wendy Shay, don’t miss the opportunity to stream her latest song ‘Africa Money’ on all music stores here: https://onerpm.link/africa-money

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Fred Amugi shares early career struggles, recalls accepting roles for a GH₵20 payment

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Renowned Ghanaian actor Fred Amugi shared insights into his early struggles in the industry, recalling a time when he received a meager GH₵20 for a role. (more…)

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Stonebwoy to bring Dancehall superstar Jahmiel to BHIM Concert 2023 at Accra Sports Stadium

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International musician Jahmiel has been announced as the guest headline act for popular BHIM Concert, a Africa-caribbean music concert created by musician Stonebwoy. (more…)

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Black Sherif Shines atop as the most streamed Ghanaian artiste on Boomplay in 2023

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Ghanaian superstar, Black Sherif has once again been named the most streamed artiste for 2023 on the digital streaming platform, Boomplay. (more…)

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From Good Deeds to Grooves: Mr. Drew’s Seleey Concert Lights Up Mallam

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The third edition of Mr Drew’s annual event dubbed Seleey Concert was held last Saturday 25th November, 2023 at the Kokroko Station in Mallam.

 

The musical concert, which was put together by Big Lala Entertainment Ltd, attracted several thousands of avid music lovers from far and near Mallam-Gbawe.

 

Fameye, Bisa KDei, Kofi Mole, Lasmid, Sefa, Keche, Fancy Gadam, Olivetheboy, Krymi, Quamina MP, Kelvynboy and J Derobie were among the many artistes who graced the massive stage with never to be forgotten live performances at the concert, dropping back to back hits which kept the teeming crowd entertained. There were also eclectic dance performances by Incredible Zigi and his Afro Zig crew, the iTwinz and other notable dance groups.

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The man of the night, Mr Drew, also mounted the stage to give live renditions of his hit songs backed by the band masters and crowned it with an amazing delivery of his 2023 hit song Case with the help of the featured artiste; Mophty Legacy, which charged up the crowd for a great ending.

 

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On Friday 24th November, prior to the main event, Mr. Drew donated to the  New Gbawe Cluster of Public Schools as a social responsibility to give back to the society that raised him. Items donated include; bowls and spoons to aid in the school feeding programme, whiteboard markers, board cleaners, exercise books and stationery.  Refreshment was provided by ‘Yah!’ ice cream to over 1000 pupils. Boxes of Indomie noodles from Indomie Ghana were also donated to the school.

 

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A football match between the youth of Mallam and the Gbawe youth Alliance was played at the start of Saturday as part of the activities preceding the main event to foster unity amongst the youth and people of those communities.

 

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Video games were set up by the Canvic Records Esports teams, where young enthusiastic players took turns to battle each other for video game supremacy.  Other physical games were also available including snooker, table tennis and foosball.

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Yhaw Hero hits the ground running with debut EP “Yours Faithfully”

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Yhaw Hero hits the ground running with debut EP “Yours Faithfully”

After garnering so much attention and buzz, Ghanaian artist, Yhaw Hero has finally released his debut EP “Yours Faithfully”. The project is an open letter from the rapper to his fans, as he gives them more insight into his life and his thought process.

Before the EP dropped, fans got served ‘Bra Fie’ and ‘11 Six’. ‘Bra Fie’ was a song of assurance from Yhaw to his mom–who hadn’t seen her son in a while, that he would return once he’s made it on the streets. ‘11 Six’ on the other hand, is a song that delves into the struggles of the youth and the bad leadership that plagues our political space. It’s a song that serves as an advocacy and even a protest of the status quo.

The EP has seven songs and one feature from Nigerian star, Jeriq. It shines nonetheless, thanks to its nifty writing and production. “Yours Faithfully” has been gradually climbing the charts since its release with fans and critics already giving it a positive reception.

Yhaw Hero’s “Yours Faithfully” EP is available on all digital streaming platforms globally here: https://azuri.lnk.to/YoursFaithfully

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