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Kanye West retires from music

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In a surprising turn of events, iconic rapper and music producer Kanye West has announced his retirement from music.

The multi-award-winning artist made the revelation during a recent public appearance, sending shockwaves through the entertainment industry and his legion of fans worldwide.

“I’m retiring from music,” Kanye stated succinctly, marking the end of an era for one of the most influential figures in contemporary music. Known for his innovative approach to hip-hop and his boundary-pushing projects, Kanye’s career has been nothing short of legendary.

Spanning over two decades, Kanye’s influence in the music industry is unparalleled. From chart-topping albums to groundbreaking production techniques, his work has continually redefined the genre. Beyond music, Kanye has made significant strides in fashion, politics, and business, always staying in the public eye with his bold and often controversial statements.

This decision comes after a tumultuous period in Kanye’s personal and professional life, which has seen him navigate various challenges and controversies. In his announcement, Kanye hinted at a desire to shift focus towards his business ventures, philanthropic efforts, and personal growth.

While fans may feel a sense of loss at this announcement, it’s also a moment to reflect on the immense impact Kanye has had on the music world. His legacy includes not just his own prolific body of work, but also his influence on countless other artists and the broader cultural landscape.

As Kanye West steps away from music, the world will be watching closely to see what the next chapter holds for this multifaceted artist. His retirement marks the end of a significant era, but also the beginning of new possibilities for one of the most dynamic figures in modern entertainment.

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Simi makes U-turn, says she should not have said she doesn’t listen to music

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Following the backlash faced for saying that she does not really listen to music, and her angry reaction to it, Nigerian singer Simi has made a U-turn and acknowledged that her statement was “weird”.

Taking to X, she wrote on July 18, 2024, the singer acknowledged that her initial remarks might have been misunderstood and admitted that she should have approached the conversation more thoughtfully.

She clarified, “In hindsight, I should have had this conversation more carefully. I didn’t because I honestly didn’t consider that it could be something that some might consider as cocky. I’ve never been proud of it. I don’t even see how it’s something to be proud about.”

Simi went on to explain that her comment about not listening to anything was not meant to be taken literally.

“I do see how saying ‘I don’t listen to anything’ repeatedly can come off as weird, but it was not literal. I’m always tweeting about songs I like or sounds I discovered. I’m just terrible at keeping up with things that most other people know. Not just with music. I don’t remember names. I don’t know what charts or shows are trending, I’m always singing the wrong song on the wrong beat, so my friends dey always tell me ‘You no dey ever know anything,’ she explained.

Going on, she reflected on the context in which her comments were made during the show and attributed the misunderstanding to the casual nature of the interview. She also expressed her heartbreak over the way the viral video was circulated in an out-of-context manner.

“It was banter. In the wrong place. This is why I know I should have had this convo more carefully. It was a 2-hour interview with drinking and cussing, so I was chatting like I would with my friends. It does hurt that whoever cut that clip and wrote that headline did it with intention. It’s impossible to watch the entire interview and come away with the feeling that you would have watching the clip that everyone was sharing,” she said.

“It’s all good though. All is well. My friends did say to leave it alone, but things linger. And I really hate being called a liar. But e don finish now,” she concluded.

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Rema’s ‘HEIS’ sets record for biggest opening week on Spotify Nigeria in 2024

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In another milestone, Rema’s ‘HEIS’ has become the project with the biggest opening week streams on Spotify Nigeria after it garnered 12.3 million streams.

Rema’s sophomore album surpasses Olamide’s ‘Ikigai’ which tallied 7.92 million streams on Spotify Nigeria in its opening week.

The album released on July 10, 2024, becomes the second album with the most opening week streams on Spotify Nigeria only behind Davido’s record-breaking album ‘Timeless’ which totaled 14.4 million streams.

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Young Jonn reveals the hardest part about becoming a full-blown artiste

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Nigerian singer Young Jonn has confessed that the hardest part of transitioning from a producer to a full-blown performing artiste was convincing himself that he could do it.

In a recent interview with media personality Isi Ijewere on her Backstage Banter trivia YouTube segment, the singer was asked a series of questions after his performance in Canada.

Isi asked, “What has been the hardest part of transitioning from a producer to a full-blown performing artiste?”

After some thought, Young Jonn responded, “The hardest part was self-conviction, actually convincing myself that I could do it. That was the hardest part, where I was on stage asking myself if I really wanted to do this or not. It was really hard for me to convince myself that I got this.”

Next, Isi asked the singer, “When was the last time you cried?” to which he responded, “The last time I cried was when I lost my mum. I don’t think I have cried since then.”

She also asked, “Are you lying to yourself about anything?” and the singer acknowledged that people often lie to themselves.

In his words, “I think everyone lies to themselves about one thing or the other just to make themselves feel better.”

“What is your biggest ick?” Isi asked.

“I don’t like people who are not true to themselves. I detest them.” He continued, “Let me not say ‘detest’ because it’s probably not that serious. I feel like when you are true to yourself, that’s when you can be true to anybody else but if you’re not true to yourself, you’re living a lie.”

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Bodex F. Hungbo, SPMIIM is a multiple award-winning Nigerian Digital Media Practitioner, Digital Strategist, PR consultant, Brand and Event Expert, Tv Presenter, Tier-A Blogger/Influencer, and a top cobbler in Nigeria.

She has widespread experiences across different professions and skills, which includes experiences in; Marketing, Media, Broadcasting, Brand and Event Management, Administration and Management with prior stints at MTN, NAPIMS-NNPC, GLOBAL FLEET OIL AND GAS, LTV, Silverbird and a host of others

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