COSON Begins Payment Of Royalties Monday, Demands =N=150m Damages From Adversaries Over Frozen Accts.

Chief Tony Okoroji, COSON Chairman The Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) has concluded arrangements to commence the payment of royalties to eligible members from Monday, February 18, 2019. This is in fulfillment of its contractual obligations to right owners as well as carrying out its mandate as the best managed Collective Management Organisation (CMO) in the country. COCON Board Chairman, Chief Tony Okoroji, made the disclosure in a telephone exchange with www.beats-onit.com.ng on Sunday, February 17, 2019, pointing out that the process experienced an unprecedented delay on account of the…

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IGP, 2face Idibia Join To Advocate Peaceful Voting On Saturday

2face Idibia and IGP Mohammed Adamu The initiative, #VoteNotFight, aimed at encouraging violence-free and peaceful voting during the 2019 general elections has been taken to the office of the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Adamu. 2face Idibia, who has been a protagonist of the project, made the stride captured in a video clip shared on the police’s Twitter on Thursday. On Saturday, February 16, 2019, voters are expected to visit polling centers located close to their residences to cast their votes. Strong sentiments from various political camps would appear as…

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MCSN Pledges Adherence To Proper CMO Regulation For Well-Being Of Music Industry

Director-General, NCC, Mr. John Asein flanked by (L-R) CEO MCSN, Mayo Ayilaran; Chairman MCSN, Pupa Orits Williki and General Manager, MCSN, Mr.Louis Udoh during the visit of MCSN officials to the Commission Headquarters, Abuja The Musical Copyright Society of Nigeria (MCSN) has indicated its commitment to partnering with the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) for proper regulation of collective management organisations (CMOs) in the interest of right owners and the development of the creative industry. A statement issued by the Commission’ss Director, Public Affairs, Mr. Vincent A. Oyefeso, on Thursday, informed…

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Music Stakeholders, Copyright Commission Collaborate On Creative Industries Growth

At a music stakeholders’ meeting,DG, NCC, Mr. John Asein (M) addressingRegional Coordinator, IFPI, Mr. Rob Hooijer(4th L); and(Left-Right)Director, Prosecution, NCC, Mr. Obi Ezeilo; representative of Universal Music Nigeria, IsiomaIdigbe; Mr. MichaelUgwu, of Sony Music Entertainment; Director, Legal Services, NCC, Abdul Ter Kohol Esq; Director, Finance and Accounts, Mr. Mark Obasi; Director, Administration, Dr. IdowuOgunkuade; Director, Regulatory, Mr. BitrusDauda; Director, Planning Research and Statistics, Mr. Mike Akpan Development partners and other stakeholders in the music industry have expressed their interest in collaborating with the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) for effective regulation…

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NFVCB Assembles Dons On Movie Empowerment Training

Alhaji Adedayo Thomas, Executive Director of NFVCB Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State has become a beneficiary of a start-up grant extended to 250 young entrepreneurs in the film industry the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB). The incentive was part of a two-day workshop which ran from February 6 to 7, 2019 at the Rontex Hall, Imowo Road. The training session had seasoned industry practitioners and theatre arts lecturers who offered participants insights into a successful career in filmmaking. Anchored by Associate Professor Tunji Azeez of the Lagos State University (LASU),…

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Stop Joking With People’s lives, Wizkid Tells Politicians Ahead Of Polls

Wizkid Singer, Wizkid has called on politicians across the country ahead of the general elections to desist from taking the people’s lives for jokes. Wizkid is the latest celebrity to air his views ahead of the forthcoming general elections and his advising politicians. The music star made this known via his Snapchat page on Tuesday, February 12, 2019. According to him, voters should not be influenced by people who have already collected money from politicians. Wrote he: “Don’t let anybody wen don collect money influence ur vote to tell u…

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Creative Industry Group Pledges Support For Atiku, Obi

Zeb Ejiro speaks as Emeka Ossai, Felix Duke and Queen listen With presidential elections close by on Saturday, February 16, 2019, a huge assemblage of group of entertainers under the aegis of Creative Industry Group, on Monday converged on Lagos to declare their unflinching support for the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar as well as the party’s gubernatorial flag bearer in Lagos State, Mr. Jimi Agbaje. Comprising time tested entertainers and their youthful counterparts and led by Mr. Felix Duke, the group, at a well-attended press…

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Female Acts, Rap Tunes Win Big @ The Grammy Awards

Drake  Women returned at the Grammys on Sunday as female acts won album of the year and best new artist, while rap also triumphed, with Childish Gambino’s “This Is America” becoming the first rap-based song to win record and song of the year. Kacey Musgraves’ “Golden Hour” picked up album of the year, and Dua Lipa won best new artist. “I don’t even know what to say,” Musgraves said. “I am very thankful. Winning doesn’t make my album any better than anybody else in that category.” Gambino was the night’s…

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Quality Sound: Music Research Is Must For Artistes – Label Boss

The need to conduct musical research for originality, by artistes in the music industry to enhance resourcefulness and versatility for it to match other sectors of the economy was on Friday empasised by GMG Records Label. The labels Chief Executive Officer, Right Bright, made this known in Lagos, stating that only research could birth a unique sound. According to Bright, all record labels should key into this aspect of the industry that is being neglected and because it is neglected, it gives room for substandard rhythms. He said that good…

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Frozen Account: COSON Floors Adversaries As Court Orders Reopening

COSON Chairman, Tony Okoroji (m) flanked by some staff and board members after the Court order to reopen the society’s bank accounts The Federal High Court Lagos, on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 ordered the re-opening of all bank accounts of Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) at United Bank for Africa (UBA), Diamond Bank PLC and First Bank of Nigeria, frozen as a result of an interim order issued by him on November 30, 2018. Mr. Justice Mohammed Hassan who gave the order, also struck out Suit No. FHC/L/CS/1819/2018 brought by…

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