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Kirk Franklin Bags Best Gospel Album : Grammy Awards 2017

The Grammy Awards 2017 held in Los Angeles Sunday night and amongst the early winners in Christian categories include singer Kirk Franklin, actor and singer Tamela Mann, country music group Hillary Scott & The Scott Family,  and country singer Rory Feek and his late wife, Joey.

Kirk Franklin won the Best Gospel Album Award for Losing My Religion, which was released in November 2015.

Singer and actor Tamela Mann, known for her recurring role as Cora in Tyler Perry‘s plays, took home the Best Gospel Performance/Song Award for “God Provides.”

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See the full list of winners in the Christian/Gospel session below:

Best Gospel Performance/Song

“God Provides,” Tamela Mann; Kirk Franklin, songwriter

Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song

“Thy Will,” Hillary Scott & the Scott Family; Bernie Herms, Hillary Scott & Emily Weisband, songwriters

Best Gospel Album

Losing My Religion, Kirk Franklin

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album

Love Remains, Hillary Scott & the Scott Family

Best Roots Gospel Album

Hymns, Joey+Rory

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Simi Joins The Etisalat Family

Nigeria singer, songwriter and one of the best vocalist, Simi, seems to have bagged an ambassadorial deal with international telecommunications brand, Etisalat.

The singer posted the news on instagram earlier today. While the photo doesn’t tell us all about the news, the caption filled with hashtags says it all and more. It shows the artist is happy to be a part of the Etisalat family. See captions;

“#EtisalatisFamily #LetzGetiT#0809jaforlife #SIMIARMY#SoHelpMeGod”

Congrats Simi on this deal as we look forward to more deals to your name.

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Iyanya joins Roc Nation

After days of hints on signing a deal deal with Jay Z Roc Nation, Iyanya’s management, Temple Management Company, in a statement craftily confirmed the deal.
Please read below:

TMC and Mavin Records are focused on building bridges globally for the benefit of our talents. Both Companies’ primary objective is to continually maximise the opportunities in the African continent as well as explore and develop new frontiers across the globe. Strategic international partnerships are key in achieving these objectives aimed at raising the profile of Mavin’s talents and our other talents. As the world is a global village, we are positioned as global players in the industry in bridging all divides globally. We will provide a detailed press release in due course’.

Congrats Iyanya, keep soaring.

Nathaniel Bassey

No Marriage, No SEX – Nathaniel Bassey

Renowned gospel singer Nathaniel Bassey, In his recent post on social media shared a photo captioned ‘No Marriage No Sex’.

‘This isn’t old school.

Rather, it’s a sound biblical doctrine‘ He said, as he encourages Parents to tell their children, Pastors tell their congregation. Fiancées to their Fiancé, and vise-versa.

Don’t mortgage your birth right on the bed of fornication young people! When you are faced with a situation of compromise, let this be your motto. No marriage, No Sex. – He added
Going further, The IMELA crooner took to a new post to share a deep knowledge on how sexual immorality affect our lives and time of Worship.
Sexual activity is in itself an act of Worship – Nathaniel Bassey

Read Full Post Below!

SEX AND WORSHIP : There’s is a connection between sexual purity and a healthy “life of worship and time of worship”. First, worship has to be in the beauty of Holiness, that is, holiness of heart, mind and body. In motive and action, because God is Holy.

That’s the reason one of the biggest hinderances to true worship is sexual immorality. You must understand that a sexual activity is in itself an act of worship. In fact, it is the earthly parallel of our spiritual and highest form of relationship with God, worship.

Many of you would agree with me on this, if you are a Christian, I mean, A born again Christian, who loves God and eschews evil, you would have noticed that worshipping God becomes difficult after you fall into a sexual sin. Note, I said sexual sin, as this may not only be limited to just sexual intercourse with the opposite sex. Because sexual sin is one that not only involves your body, but you mind and spirit.

In fact, you may have cried and repented, and God being who He is will always forgive, but you would notice having that sweet fellowship and communion becomes a struggle for some time. You know why? Because the soul which is the seat of our feelings and emotions was disturbed and corrupted. And while God has forgiven you, you nonetheless enter into a struggle within you. Deep in your soul, which is now grappling with a NEW personality. What is referred to as a soul tie. I’m not talking about people who are habitual sexual sinners here, who have learnt and mastered the act of shrugging off any feeling of conviction, because after a while their conscience become insensitive and unresponsive. If you are here, please run back to Jesus quickly. I’m talking of sincere lovers of God who have made mistakes or have struggles in this area, and battling to be free.

Have you ever wondered why the scripture urges us to FLEE when it comes to sexual sins? The reason is not far fetched.
But here is the good news, there is a way out. JESUS. The blood of Jesus is available to set us free. And as we make a choice to live in holiness, God’s grace comes to strengthen. But we must make a choice and decision as free moral agents. Shalom”

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Wizkid Shows Off Billboard Award For Writing Drake’s ‘One Dance’

Despite earlier refuting claims by Seyi Shay that the song ‘One Dance’ wasn’t written by him, Wizkid posted a picture of a Billboard award showing he had indeed written it.

The award, given to him by The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ascap) was for the achievement of having ‘One Dance’ a song by Drake featuring Wizid and Kyla on the Billboard top 100 for ten weeks.

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Harrysong Begged Us To Sign Him – Five Star Music

When Five Star Music told Saturday Beats that the record label would soon unfold the plans they have in stock for their former artiste, Harrysong, it probably wasn’t a fluke. Saturday Beats gathered that the Reggae Blues singer was arrested by his former record label on Friday for “contract breach.”

Since the controversy started, the record label had kept mum concerning the issue but in a press release signed by C.C Chris of Five Star Music Limited and made available to Saturday Beats, the record label disclosed that Harrysong “begged” them to sign him before they finally caved in to his pleas.

According to the release, before the singer could get on board Five Star Music, the label had to pay about N5m to his former record label, Question Mark Allstar, where they claimed he also left in a controversial manner.

The press statement read in part, “It has become both imperative and necessary to state our position on the ongoing misguided and fallacious news making the rounds in the media between our esteemed record label and Mr. Harry Tare Okri. Sometime in 2008 when Mr. Harry first approached our record label for a music contract, we immediately declined the request when we found out that he had a subsisting contract with one Mr. Kevin Luciano of ‘Question Mark Entertainment Label’. All efforts then by Mr. Harry to influence our management proved abortive as our position was maintained on grounds of equity, fairness and professionalism.

“For further avoidance of doubts on the true facts of the present situation, our management has decided to officially set the records straight, because of negative and pervasive influence being foisted on the psyche of our numerous and well meaning fans. Our first encounter with Mr. Harry was sometime in 2008 when he approached our management for a music contract. As stated above, according to our findings at that time, his contract with ‘Question Mark Entertainment Record Label’ was still subsisting and valid. Obviously we declined when we found out that Mr. Harry’s plans were ill orchestrated against his employers, by walking out on them without fulfilling the obligations clearly contained in his running contract with them. When Harry’s employers (Question Mark Entertainment) got wind of his frantic efforts to desert his contract, a stern and official public statement was issued against Mr. Harry and a certain clause establishing his existing contract was clearly published for full consumption by the general public.”

According to the record label, the tussle continued between Harrysong and his employers till sometime in 2014 when they claimed Harrysong once again “desperately” approached them.

“We opened preliminary discussions with him but demanded an official document from his former employers relieving him of any obligation or liability with regards to his contract with them. Our move to do things right and professionally with Mr. Harry earned us a N20m suit from Mr. Kevin Luciano of Question Mark Entertainment (Records are there for confirmation). We were joined as co-defendants with Mr. Harry. Juxtaposing the above with what is going on now, it is quite unfortunate because “Good intention counts as much as good actions, and the person seeking to do good is as good as someone who actually does it. Knowing the vulnerability of Mr. Harry on the impending legal suit, we solicited the help of certain well respected individuals in the music industry to wade into the matter, one of which was our dear veteran Daddy Showkey. Mr. Luciano having found out our intention from inception to act in good faith, agreed to withdraw his suit against Mr. Harry and our company But, not without consequential and settlement fees N5m. We paid this amount solely without Mr. Harry contributing a dime!”

The record label claimed that the singer also breached the three-year contract that he signed.

“Because we are known for running our affairs professionally and legally, we signed a three-year contract with Mr. Harry and certain conditions and obligations were specifically and properly spelled out apart from the terms of the contract. Most important of these were his obligations to our music label, which amongst others include: That he must deliver at least, three (3) full music albums on or before the expiration of the first term of his three year contract, otherwise the label solely reserves the right either to rescind or extend the contract. These conditions were never met.

“While in the employment of the Five Star Music Label, he must not engage himself in anyway whatsoever, whether directly, by proxy or through a third party in any music or recording business other than that of Five Star Music. This condition was also repeatedly breached as Mr. Harry has been releasing music, going on tours locally and internationally without our consent or paying the agreed percentage to the label,” the statement read.

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Police Arrest, Release Pop Singer, Harrysong

Pop singer Harrison Tare Okiri popularly called Harrysong was reportedly arrested yesterday in Lagos, by men of the Nigeria Police Force in connection with the lingering face off between him and his former management,Five Star Music owned by Kcee and his younger brother, e-money.

According to reports, Harrysong was picked up by mobile policemen yesterday morning at his residence.

He was said to have been arrested for alleged breach of contract, fraud among other issues.

However, at press time, the “Better Pikin” crooner could not be reached as his cell phone was switched off. But his publicist, Desmond Ika who was uncomfortable when Saturday Vanguard reached him on the telephone promised to get back to us. He never did. But our source later confirmed that he has been released.

Meanwhile, when contacted, Acting Public Relation Officer, Lagos State Police, ASP Famous-Cole Olarinde said, they were not aware of the arrest.

It would be recalled that, the Delta State-born singer who announced his exit from Five Star Music last November, to set up his own record label, Alterplate, has been embroiled in a cold war with the record label over the breach of contract. But Harrysong severally had denied, having any issues with his former label owners, claiming that the quest to express himself in a new platform informed his decision to part ways with his former management.

Speaking after he parted ways with the label, Harrysong said, “My contract with Five Star Music has expired and I decided to unveil my own record label. I have learned a lot after I left Question Mark, the first record label I worked with before I moved to Five Star Music. And when the contract expired, I aspired to grow and to express myself in another platform. That’s why I set up the Alterplate and you would see that it is not just a record label, but also a lot of things. This is a dream I have nurtured for many years now. I am very grateful to God that it has become a reality.”

Explaining further, the “Better Pikin” crooner said, I will always respect Five Star Music where I learnt the ropes. I can still do some stuffs for them such as writing songs or anything they want me to do for them.

M.I Abaga

MI Abaga Comes Under Fire For Extending Love To Muslims – “Christ Doesn’t Reject Anyone”

Rapper MI Abaga has been criticized by some Christians on social media for speaking up against religious ideologies as the basis for terrorism.

MI opines that a terrorist is one because he chose to be radical and not because his religion permits the act of terrorism.

Replying a tweet that questioned his premises, MI said the terrorist who drove a truck through “hundreds of people” did it because he is a terrorist and not because he is a Muslim. He said all religion has the potential of being violent and that is not because of what the precept entails.

Read the thread of the conversation below:
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