2 years ago, Nigeria’s Ycee was one of the four artists signed to Tinny Entertainment label that grabbed an exclusive deal with Sony Music. A deal that saw the rapper’s first E.P, ‘The First Wave,’ released under the Sony Music Africa umbrella, giving them the exclusive rights to market and distribute his songs all over the world.
But after a strained relationship, continuous disagreements and social media outbursts where Ycee aka Jagaban accused Michael Ugwu of Sony Music Entertainment Africa of ripping off artists in the name of distribution deal last year, the Tinny Entertainment has announced that Ycee’s distribution deal with Sony Music has ended leaving them – Tinny Entertainment as the sole distributor of Ycee’s music all over world.
In a statement released on their website on Sunday, Tinny Entertainment revealed that the deal was terminated in December and they now have the sole right to all materials by Ycee.
The Statement reads:
“We would like to state officially that we terminated our contract with SONY through our lawyers, Olaniwun Ajayi LP, by a letter dated 5 December 2017. Henceforth, we are the sole owners of the copyright in any and all of our music and can exploit our music on any and every platform. We have realised that it is best to undertake the distribution of our records by ourselves, as a Record Label and that Made in Nigeria across board, is the only way to be above board. As a Label, we are pushing out great music this year starting with “Say Bye,” “I Wish” and our YCEE and Bella Collabo EP, “Late Night Vibrations.”
Sony Music is yet to publicly react to the statement but if Ycee’s accusations against Sony Music is anything close to the truth, then it’s the best interest for Tinny Entertainment to market it’s signed artists songs by themselves.