2014 Most Anticipated Sophomore Albums
They are young, celebrated and adored cats in the modern Nigerian music industry. They have all churned out hits after hits to the amazement of the public and music lovers worldwide. Two of them have often been compared to each other in terms of their music and achievements time and time again, but this isn’t a comparison, it’s about the most anticipated sophomore albums of our time.
Ever since his monster hit debut album ‘superstar’ dropped in December 2011, he has kept his fans waiting for his sophomore. We’ve heard hit singles like ‘on top your matter’, ’the matter’, ‘one question’ and ‘jaiye jaiye’. Even notable international collaboration ‘Drop’ with famous US based Nigerian rapper Wale . So, Wizzy’s challenge is definitely not lack of good songs or talent but that of administrative and managerial one.
We all know about the break-up and make-up romance wizkid had with his record label EME sometime last year, his international music deals with Akon’s Konvict music and Disturbing London. Now that he owns his own music outfit ‘Starboy’, it could seem that Wizkid is caught up in a web of ownership and rights issues with all those involved, hence the delay in the sophomore project.
Davido dropped his ‘O.B.O’ album in July 2012, with hits like ‘Damiduro’, ‘back when’, and ‘all of you’. The album was well received in the country but definitely wouldn’t be received as much as his sophomore if it includes his recent monster hits ‘Gobe’, ‘skelewu’, and ‘Aye’. Davido has won over fans among the young, middle-aged and even the old! My 50 year old mum dances to his music whenever it comes on. He claims he intends on focusing on his label mates B-red and Sina Rambo before releasing another project, but if the successes of his recent singles are anything to go by, the best time to drop his sophomore project is now! His singles are still rocking the airwaves, clubs, parties and even international shows. Omo baba olowo would do no wrong by giving his fans his sophomore album pretty soon.
Wande coal’s emergence into the Nigerian music scene in the mid 2000s was like a breath of fresh air. His unique voice, style and well crafted hits like ‘pere’ and ‘booty call’ alongside the mohits crew won him lots of fans in the country and beyond. Then came his solo press play album ‘Mushin to mohits’ in 2008 which boasted hits like ‘bumper to bumper’, ‘you bad’ and ‘ololufe’. Six years down the line and we’re yet to get a sophomore album from Wande. In comparison to Wizkid, Wande’s challenge obviously isn’t lack of songs or talent, but also an administrative one.
During the wait then came the famous split between mohits records heads; D’banj and Don jazzy. He remained with Don baba while they formed mavin records alongside Tiwa savage, Dr sid , and D’prince.
He dropped singles like ‘go low’, ‘the kick’ and ‘my way’ which rocked radio airwaves. He even formed his own music label ‘Black diamond’ which was rumoured caused the famous twitter rift between him and Don-jazzy. Wande is no longer a part of the mavins, so he’s free from rights and ownership issues. Well, that is, if he pays Don jazzy production credits and royalties. I hear W.C is currently working on an international collaboration to wrap up the sophomore project, but the big question is how much longer can we wait?
I’m sure that I’ll be speaking for a lot of music lovers out there when I say that these wonderful talents should get their acts right and bless us with their respective sophomore albums. Peace. Please leave your comments below.