Nigerian music sensation, Adekunle Kosoko, popularly known as Adekunle Gold has officially signed with popular American music label, Def Jam Recordings.
The latest development was made known by the company’s Chief Executive Officer, Tunji Balogun.
Balogun heaped praises on Adekunle Gold for his growth since he started his career.
“I’ve been following Adekunle Gold since I first heard his record ‘Sade’ in 2016.
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“Over the years, everything in AG’s world has elevated — his songwriting has refined, the scope of his artistry has widened, his vocals have strengthened, his approach to fashion is more distinct, and his showmanship and performance ability have grown exponentially.
“He’s stepped into stardom on his own terms and is completely comfortable being his true self”.
Balogun also made it known that he had planned to introduce Def Jam label into Afrobeats space when he started working there in 2022.
“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.”
Adekunle Gold expressed excitement on signing with the label and having the opportunity to work with Balogun who shares Nigerian values.
“He understands it,” Gold said. “So signing to Tunji makes sense. He’s like my studio buddy that just comes everywhere I go. The day he doesn’t have time to be there, I know he must’ve been like stupidly busy. He’s great.
“The track record is there. The history is there. They break artists, and they have niche, unique artists like me, so I think it’s the right move for me. All of the things that I’ve done for myself already, they know already and that’s why they’re on board.”
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Owned by Universal Music Group, Def Jam Recordings boasts of superstar alumni like Jay Z, Rihanna, and Kanye West.
He is set to release a new album under Def Jam in June, 2023.
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