In Nigeria and across the globe, many entrepreneurs and companies are hard at work, striving to launch the next big digital innovation that will push the music industry to new frontiers.
Last week, we presented you with NotJustOK, Spinlet and iRoking, three websites that not only provide its many users with the latest Nigerian music, but also focus on the promotion of local up-and-coming talent and the booming Nollywood industry.
For the second time around, we have decided to showcase another set of forward-thinking mavens also aiming to bring Nigerian music to the forefront of the world wide web through robust blogging, curation and music and video distribution.
Noble Igwe, Tonia Soares and Oye Aikeinde make up the team behind the Nigerian entertainment and lifestyle blog, 360noBS.com. Every week, this jam-packed website delivers Nigeria’s top 10 most downloaded songs and the top 10 most viewed music videos, along with the top 10 360Freshman. The latter list is based on actual statistics gathered from the website’s downloads. In addition to consistently churning out weekly top 10 chart lists, 360noBS.com also showcases rising stars and established acts in their columns “360Fresh,” “360 Hawt” and “Get Familiar.” Users can also check out a plethora of new music videos and mixtapes posted on the website.
With the “noBS” representing both a frank attitude and nobility, the small, yet passionate team strives to continually dish out authoritative, well researched and seasoned up-to-the-minute news on the country’s hottest parties and entertainment circles.
Geared more towards the artists, Freeme Digital‘s mission is to help African performers succeed by offering “the best deals in the business.” The premier digital distribution company guarantees that through their affordable and all-access distribution solution (which includes top digital stores like Spotify, iTunes and Google Play,) artists can begin to earn revenue in at least 10 business days while keeping 100 percent of their ownership rights.
As stated on the Freeme Digital website, the company likes to keep things simple and transparent: “We are all about getting your content heard or watched but most importantly bought so you can get paid; we want you to make a living doing what you love.” Popular acts like Tiwa Savage, Olamide, Phyno, Samklef and SolidStar have teamed up with Freemthee to boost their distribution, promotion and content monetization strategies.