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Nigerian Star Adekunle Gold Joins Def Jam Recordings

Adekunle Gold's fifth studio album will be released in June under Def Jam Recordings.

Adekunle Gold joins Def Jam Recording
Adekunle Gold joins Def Jam Recording [Twitter/@adekunleGOLD]

Adekunle Gold joins Def Jam. The renowned Nigerian Afropop singer, has joined Def Jam Recordings, a renowned American record label, according to an announcement made by the company. Def Jam CEO/chairman Tunji Balogun expressed his admiration for the artist’s music, noting how it has evolved over the years to include refined songwriting, stronger vocals, and a distinct fashion sense.

Tunji Balogun praised Adekunle Gold for his growth in songwriting, artistry, fashion, and performance. Balogun said, “He’s stepped into stardom on his own terms and is completely comfortable being his true self.”

Balogun further stated that he saw Adekunle Gold as the ideal candidate for bringing the label into the Afrobeats space, citing his existing fan base and the potential for expanding it through the partnership. The artist’s fifth studio album is set to be released by the label in June. This is a significant move for both the artist and the label as they continue to expand their reach in the global music industry.

Adekunle Gold joins Def Jam following how prominent he appear to be in the Nigerian music industry since his breakout single ‘Sade’ in 2016. The artist has since refined his songwriting, expanded his artistry, and grown his vocal abilities. He has also made a name for himself in the fashion world, and his showmanship and performance ability have grown exponentially.

“When I started at Def Jam, I knew I wanted to bring the label into the Afrobeats space tastefully, with the right artists and partnership. Adekunle felt like the perfect fit – he’d already done so much work on his own to build a base, but I knew that we could scale his audience to an even bigger level if we combined our energies and worked together,” Balogun said.

Adekunle Gold’s signing with Def Jam Recordings is significant not only for the artist but also for the Afrobeats music scene. The genre has experienced rapid growth in recent years, with artists such as Burna Boy, Wizkid, and Davido gaining international recognition. Def Jam’s entry into the Afrobeats space with Adekunle Gold is expected to open up new opportunities for other Afrobeats artists to expand their reach globally.

Fans of Adekunle Gold are eagerly anticipating his fifth studio album, which is set to drop in June under Def Jam Recordings. The collaboration promises to be a success, with Adekunle Gold’s unique style and Def Jam’s industry expertise complementing each other perfectly.

Today marks Adekunle Gold’s official debut on Def Jam Recordings as he releases ‘Party No Dey Stop’ featuring Zinoleesky. This new single is now available on all platforms. The dynamic and fast-paced song celebrates the perseverance and success of Adekunle and Zinoleesky in the music industry. Its vibrant energy matches the culturally-rich and buzzing Agege neighborhood in Lagos where both artists grew up.

The lyrics, “When we pop, Yeah we up, Plenty spending, Like it’s nothing,” capture the celebratory spirit of the song. Grammy Award-winning producer Kel-P and Monro produced this club hit.

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