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Interesting Facts And Records Set On Shazam As It Turns 20 Years

Shazam turned 20 yesterday, and as of this week, it has officially surpassed 70 billion song recognitions.

A mainstay in popular culture, the platform has changed the way people engage with music by making song identification accessible to everyone. For more than 225 million global monthly users, to “Shazam” is to discover something new.

To mark the occasion, Shazam invites fans to take a trip down memory lane with a special playlist comprised of the most Shazamed song of each calendar year for the past 20 years. Featuring everything from Train’s “Hey, Soul Sister” to Sia’s “Cheap Thrills,” the playlist is a true reflection of the music fans across the globe actively searched for over the past two decades. Listen now exclusively on Apple Music.

Over the years, Shazam’s global charts have played a crucial role in helping to identify breaking new talent like Masked Wolf, who was one of Shazam’s 5 Artists to Watch in 2021 and ended up having the most Shazamed track globally that year with “Astronaut In The Ocean.”

“The fact that people all over the world took time out of their day to pull out their phone and Shazam my songs is a huge honour for me as an artist,” said Masked Wolf. “You know you’ve got something special if you see the Shazam stats moving.”

Shazam’s charts have also become a barometer for unexpected pop culture moments. Kate Bush’s 1985 song “Running Up That Hill” being featured in “Stranger Things” led to an all-time peak in Shazams of the singer, and the track took No. 1 on the Shazam Global Top 200 for 10 days. It ended up reaching the top of 25 national charts — more than any other song in 2022.


Keeping its finger on the pulse of music, Shazam has also played a key role in bringing local artists to a global audience. The longest-running global No. 1 song of 2021 was “Love Nwantiti [Remix]” by Nigerian artist CKay, which became the second song to ever surpass one million Shazams in a week.

“Shazam has played an impactful role in my career,” said CKay. “It allowed millions of people all over the world to discover me and my unique Nigerian sound. It made me a global sensation even before I started to perform all over the world. The story of CKay cannot be told without Shazam connecting me to the world.” 

With its continued commitment to innovation over the past two decades, Shazam is pioneering new ways to bring fans closer to the music and artists they love with new tools like the concert discovery feature, which spotlights concert information and tickets on sale for shows nearby, simply by Shazaming a song, or by searching for it in the Shazam app or website.

While Shazam remains focused on the future of music discovery, today’s anniversary offers an opportunity to look back at the notable moments and milestones that make up its two-decade history.

Important Dates

  • August 2002: Shazam launches as a text message service based in the UK. At the time, users could identify songs by dialing “2580” on their phone and holding it up as a song played. They were then sent an SMS message telling them the song title and the name of the artist.
  • July 2008: Shazam launches on the brand-new App Store. Shazam later launched its Android version in October 2008.
  • April 2015: Shazam becomes available on the first Apple Watch.
  • September 2018: Shazam joins the Apple family.
  • June 2021: Shazam surpasses 1 billion Shazams per month.
  • May 2022: Shazam surpasses 2 billion lifetime installs.
  • August 2022: Shazam celebrates 20 years of music discovery and hits 70 billion all-time Shazams.

Notable Firsts

  • First-ever Shazamed song: “Jeepster” by T. Rex (April 19, 2002)1
  • First Shazamed song on the iOS app: “How Am I Different” by Aimee Mann (July 10, 2008)
  • First track to reach 1,000 Shazams: “Cleanin’ Out My Closet” by Eminem (September 2002)
  • First track to reach one million Shazams: “TiK ToK” by Ke$ha (February 2010)
  • First track to reach 10 million Shazams: “Somebody That I Used to Know” by Gotye feat. Kimbra (December 2012)
  • First track to reach 20 million Shazams: “Prayer In C (Robin Schulz Radio Edit)” by Lilly Wood & The Prick and Robin Schulz (October 2015)
  • First artist to hit 1 million Shazams: Lil Wayne (February 2009)
  • First artist to hit 10 million Shazams: Lil Wayne (June 2011)
  • First artist to hit 100 million Shazams: David Guetta (May 2015)

Fastest Tracks to Accumulate Shazams

  • Fastest track to reach 1 million Shazams: “Butter” by BTS (nine days)
  • Fastest track to reach 10 million Shazams: “Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran (87 days)
  • Fastest track to reach 20 million Shazams: “Dance Monkey” by Tones And I (219 days)

Most Shazamed of All Time

  • Drake is the most Shazamed artist of all time with over 350 million Shazams across songs the artist has led or featured on. “One Dance” is Drake’s most popular track at over 17 million Shazams.
  • “Dance Monkey” by Tones And I is the most Shazamed song ever with over 41 million Shazams.
  • “Crazy” by Gnarls Barkley was the most Shazamed song using the “2580” text service.

Top Shazamed Songs by Genre

  • Top Hip-Hop/Rap: “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton
  • Top Dance: “Prayer In C (Robin Schulz Radio Edit)” by Lilly Wood & The Prick and Robin Schulz
  • Top R&B/Soul: “All of Me” by John Legend
  • Top Latin: “Mi Gente” by J Balvin and Willy William
  • Top Pop: “Let Her Go” by Passenger
  • Top Alternative: “Dance Monkey” by Tones And I
  • Top Singer/Songwriter: “Take Me to Church” by Hozier

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BET Hip Hop Awards 2022 Winners: See The Full List Here

BET Hip Hop Awards 2022 ha taken place.

As is customary, some of the biggest names in rap music were honored, though the night’s only awards were given to

Glorilla (Breakout Artist), Drink Champs (Hip Hop Platform), and DJ Drama (DJ of the Year).


Kendrick Lamar, on the other hand, took home six awards, including Album of the Year, Artist of the Year, Lyricist of the Year,

Best Live Performer, and Best Hip Hop Video. Drake received three awards.


The complete list of winners can be found below.


A star-studded Loud Records tribute featuring Wu -Tang Clan, Dead Prez, Lil Kim, and Fat Joe was among the show’s performances.

Pusha T’s performance included a surprise reunion with Clipse.


Best Hip Hop Video

A$AP Rocky: “D.M.B.”
WINNER: Baby Keem & Kendrick Lamar: “Family Ties”
City Girls ft. Usher: “Good Love”
Cardi B, Kanye West & Lil Durk: “Hot Shit”
BIA & J. Cole: “London”
Future ft. Drake & Tems: “Wait for You”
Drake ft. Future & Young Thug: “Way 2 Sexy”

Best Collaboration

Baby Keem & Kendrick Lamar: “Family Ties”
City Girls ft. Usher: “Good Love”
Cardi B, Kanye West & Lil Durk: “Hot Shit”
Drake ft. 21 Savage: “Jimmy Cooks”
Benny the Butcher & J. Cole: “Johnny P’s Caddy”
WINNER: Future ft. Drake & Tems: “Wait for You”
Drake ft. Future & Young Thug: “Way 2 Sexy”

Best Duo or Group

42 Dugg & EST Gee
Big Sean & Hit-Boy
Birdman & Youngboy Never Broke Again
Blxst & Bino Rideaux
DaBaby & Youngboy Never Broke Again
Styles P & Havoc

Best Live Performer

Cardi B
Doja Cat
J. Cole
Kanye West
WINNER: Kendrick Lamar
Tyler, the Creator

Lyricist of the Year

Baby Keem
Benny the Butcher
J. Cole
Jack Harlow
WINNER: Kendrick Lamar

Video Director of the Year

Benny Boom
Burna Boy
Cole Bennett
Colin Tilley
Director X
WINNER: Kendrick Lamar & Dave Free
Teyana Taylor

Song of the Year

WINNER: Latto: “Big Energy”
Hitkidd & Glorilla: “F.N.F. (Let’s Go)”
Jack Harlow: “First Class”
Cardi B, Kanye West & Lil Durk: “Hot Shit”
Kodak Black: “Super Gremlin”
Future ft. Drake & Tems: “Wait for You”
Drake ft. Future & Young Thug: “Way 2 Sexy”

Hip Hop Album of the Year

Latto: 777
Drake: Certified Lover Boy
Kanye West: Donda
Future: I Never Liked You
Pusha T: It’s Almost Dry
Nas: King’s Disease II
WINNER: Kendrick Lamar: Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers

Hip Hop Artist of the Year

Cardi B
Doja Cat
Kanye West
WINNER: Kendrick Lamar
Megan Thee Stallion

Producer of the Year

ATL Jacob
Baby Keem
WINNER: Hitmaka
Kanye West
Metro Boomin
Pharrell Williams

Best Breakthrough Hip Hop Artist

Baby Keem
Fivio Foreign
WINNER: Glorilla
Nardo Wick
Saucy Santana

DJ of the Year

DJ Cassidy
DJ Kay Slay
DJ Premier
Nyla Symone
L.A. Leakers: DJ sourMILK & Justin Credible

Best Hip Hop Platform

Big Boy’s Neighborhood
Breakfast Club
WINNER (tie): Caresha Please
WINNER (tie): Drink Champs
Million Dollaz Worth of Game
NPR Tiny Desk

Hustler of the Year

WINNER: 50 Cent
Cardi B
DJ Khaled
Kanye West
Megan Thee Stallion

Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse

WINNER (tie): Drake: “Churchill Downs” (Jack Harlow ft. Drake)
J. Cole: “Poke It Out” (Wale ft. J. Cole)
J. Cole: “London” (BIA & J. Cole)
Lil Baby: “Girls Want Girls” (Drake ft. Lil Baby)
Kanye West: “City of Gods” (Fivio Foreign, Kanye West & Alicia Keys)
WINNER (tie): Drake: “Wait for You” (Future ft. Drake & Tems)
Jadakiss: “Black Illuminati” (Freddie Gibbs ft. Jadakiss)

Impact Track

WINNER: Lizzo: “About Damn Time”
Fivio Foreign, Kanye West & Alicia Keys: “City of Gods”
Baby Keem & Kendrick Lamar: “Family Ties”
Nas ft. Ms. Lauryn Hill: “Nobody”
Latto: “Pxssy”
Kendrick Lamar: “The Heart Part 5”
Doja Cat: “Woman”

Best International Flow

WINNER: Benjamin Epps (France)
Black Sherif (Ghana)
Blxckie (South Africa)
Central Cee (UK)
Haviah Mighty (Canada)
Knucks (UK)
Le Juiice (France)
Nadia Nakai (Zimbabwe)
Tasha & Tracie (Brazil)


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Black Sherif Drops Trailer Ahead Of His Album Debut

Mohammed Ismail Sherif, better known as Black Sherif, has released the trailer for his debut album ‘The Villain I Never Was.’


The ‘Second Sermon’ hitmaker  took to Twitter to share the video ahead of his debut album



The Villain I Never Was will be released on all digital platforms on October 6, 2022.

This announcement of his album came a week after he released ‘Soja’, a song which seems to chronicle his struggle with fame and the burden of high expectations.

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Nektunez Signs To Akon’s Konvict Kulture

Nektunez, a music producer and artist, has a new family.


Noble, known widely as Nektunez, an Atlanta-based Ghanaian producer and musician, has signed a label deal with Akon’s Konvict Kulture. He has a knack for excellence

and has lived it throughout his blossoming music career.


With a successful blueprint in the music industry globally, Lady Gaga, T-Pain,

Wizkid, P-Square, Davido, French Montana, David Guetta, and DJ Khaled to name a few. Under the Konvict Kulture brand,

Akon will provide professional expert services aimed at projecting and propelling Nektunez to the next stage of his career.


The signing comes at a time when Akon has spoken highly of the continent’s enormous talents and how they are

gradually taking over the world with their sound.


Ameno Amapiano (Remix), a casual mix he did to the globally acclaimed song by French new-age musical project Era, blew up debuting at number 7 on the Afrobeats US Billboard charts in 2021.


Currently sitting with over 10 billion views on Tik Tok as of February 2022, Ameno Amapiano (Remix) went straight to Number 1 on the Billboard world digital sales chart for a historical 8 weeks, Number 1 on global Shazam, Number 1 song on iTunes in 22 countries including UK, Germany and USA.


The song also topped the Apple Music charts in 39 countries.

Speaking on the signing, Akon said;

“I’m honoured to be able to add Nektunez to the KONVICT movement”. I’ve never met a more humble, hard-working, and talented producer like Nektunez. I was even more impressed by his artistic talents! He represents the new Africa and I’m determined to show the world his contribution to the beautiful sounds of Afrobeat and Amapiano”


Nektunez also expressed his excitement at the new partnership and promised to deliver to the expectation of everyone.

“I am excited to start my next chapter with Akon; someone I have always looked up to growing up. He shares my vision and has a passion for the brand of music I’m creating. I can’t wait to continue sharing my music on a global scale. Now it’s time to go to work and I can’t wait to see what we accomplish together,” he said.

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Kofi Kinaata Has Been Named Music Man Of The Year At The 2022 EMY Africa Awards

Kofi Kinaata, a Ghanaian music star, has been named Man of the Year – Music at the 7th EMY Africa Awards.


On Saturday, October 1, 2022, at the Grand Arena in Accra, Ghana, several people, including Adjetey Annan, Tony Tometey,

Ezekiel Yartel, and others, were honored for their efforts in various fields.


South African star Zahara, Akwaboah & Cina Soul, Kwabena Kwabena, and others performed.


Below is the full list of winners.


Man of The Year (Health) – Dr. Elikem Tamakloe


Man of The Year (Agriculture) – Alhaji Mashud Mohammed


Man of The Year (Technology) – Andrew Takyi-Appiah


Man of The Year (Sports) – Benjamin Azamati


Humanitarian Award – Alex Dadey


Discovery of the Year Award – Free The Youth (FTY)


Guardian Guard Award – Lanre Olusola


Lifetime Achievement Award – Joe Lartey


Designer of the Year – Ezekiel Yartel


Young Achiever (Female) – Audrey Maame Esi Swatson


Settler Award – Amaar Deep S. Hari


Man of Courage Award – Nii Quaye Brown


Creative Arts and Support Award – Tony Tometey


Actor of The Year – Adjetey Annan


Media Excellence Award – Ayo Animashaun


Group of the Year – Rotary Club


Man of the Year (Music) – Kofi Kinaata


Brand of the Year – Caveman Watch


Young Achiever (Male) Award – Richie Mensah


Continental Film Icon Award – Richard Mofe Damijo


Continental Music Icon Award – Michael C. Ajereh (Don Jazzy)


Man of Style – Trevor Sturrman


Green Corporate Star Award – Coliba Ghana


Magnate of The Year – Kwame Ofosu Bamfo


Man of the Year (Africa)- Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina


Woman of the Year – Professor Elsie Effah Kaufmann


Man of the Year – Ibrahim Mahama


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Baba Sadiq Steps Down As CEO Of 3Music

After years in office, Baba Sadiq Abdulai Abu has resigned as Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of 3Media Networks.


He tweeted: “Today is officially my last working day as the CEO/MD of 3Media Networks (3Music TV) an organisation I founded in 2017 and had the rare privilege to lead for 5 years. The time has come to extend my quest for excellence and remarkable experience to other sectors of society.”






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Amerado To Drop GINA Album On 25th October 2022

Derrick Sarfo Kantanka, a celebrated rapper and performer from Ghana known professionally as Amerado has announced 25th October 2022 as the day to release his first studio album.
Since breaking through to the music industry, the brilliant rapper and head of “Yeete Nsem” has been the center of attention, releasing back-to-back singles including “Abotr3” with Black Sherif, a 2022 BET Hip Hop Awards candidate, Back To Sender, Metua and Grace with Lasimd which happens to be on the album.

The multidimensional recording artist, songwriter, and performer announced the completion and release date of his debut studio album, titled “G.I.N.A,” on his official social media pages.




The abbreviation “G.I.N.A.” stands for “God Is Never Asleep.” According to information he provided on his verified social media pages, the album will start to be sold and streamed from Tuesday, October 25, 2022.

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Coolio, Grammy-Winning ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’ Rapper, Dies At 59

Coolio apparently suffered a heart attack at a friend’s house, his manager said.

Rapper Coolio, known for hits including “Fantastic Voyage” and “Gangsta’s Paradise,” has died at age 59, his manager confirmed Wednesday evening.

The news was first reported by TMZ.

Coolio, whose real name was Artis Leon Ivey Jr., had a music career that spanned more than three decades.

“As far as what I know now is that he was at a friend’s house and was in his bathroom and had a heart attack,” said his manager, Jarez Posey.

Additional details were not immediately available.

Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded to the home around 4 p.m. for a death investigation, the department said. It would not confirm the identity of the person who was deceased.

The Los Angeles Medical Examiner’s Office will officially release the identity, officials said. No foul play is suspected, a Los Angeles Police Department spokesperson said.

Coolio won a Grammy for “Gangsta’s Paradise,” which was released in 1995 and spent three weeks at the top of Billboard’s Hot 100 list.

He shot to fame with the hit and won a Grammy for best solo rap performance the next year.

The song was included on the soundtrack for the 1995 Michelle Pfeiffer film “Dangerous Minds.”

Coolio was also known for hits including “Fantastic Voyage,” “1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin’ New)” and “C U When U Get There,” among others.

Overall, he has sold more than 17 million records, according to his website. He was nominated for five other Grammys, including for “Fantastic Voyage” and “1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin’ New).”

He was also in a number of television shows and films, including “Futurama,” in which he voiced Kwanzaa-bot. He also appeared in “Robbery Homicide Division” and “Malcolm & Eddie,” among other shows. He was a contestant in “Fear Factor” in 2001.

In 2009, the entertainer wrote “Cookin’ with Coolio,” which was also the title of a cooking show he starred in.

Coolio was born in Monessen, Pennsylvania, and grew up in Compton, California.

Rapper Ice Cube was among those mourning Coolio’s death Wednesday. “This is sad news. I witness first hand this man’s grind to the top of the industry,” Ice Cube tweeted.

“Rest In Peace.”

Source: NBC News

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Feli Nuna Readies Next Single “BumBum”

Feli Nuna, Ghanaian female rapper and singer, is getting ready to release her next single.
Following the success of her “Towel” song, which is about self-care, she will soon release another smashing hit titled “BumBum.”
A preview of her yet-to-be-released song “BumBum” was shared on her Instagram page, which piqued the interest of fans.
Watch it here.


Feli Nuna is currently signed to the Off Da Ground record label, which is run by UK singer Fuse ODG. Under the record label, Feli Nuna has released “Wanted”, Anadwo and Towel.


Connect with Feli Nuna on these handles below.

Facebook: Feli Nuna

Twitter: @FeliNuna

Instagram: @FeliNuna

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Feli Nuna Nominated For Best Female Rapper At The 2022 Afrimma Awards

Feli Nuna,  female singer signed to Off Da Ground, has been nominated for a major award.
The celebrated female rapper, who has become a household name in the Ghanaian music industry, has been named the only female rapper shortlisted to represent Ghana at the 2022 Afrimma Awards.
To vote for Feli Nuna as the best female rapper, click here:
Feli Nuna has established herself as a distinct and golden female rapper and singer over the years by producing well-written and structured hit songs such as Dream, Gelaway, Love Me Now, and others.
Ghanaians applauded her for her creativity in the media space recently with her released single “Towel,” which spoke about self-care, reminding them that it is always the best option to take very good care of one’s self.
Watch the video below.
The AFRIMMA Awards will take place on November 19th at the Gilley’s Event Center in Dallas, Texas.
This year’s event, themed “This is Africa,” aims to build on the success of previous award ceremonies and the massive growth of African music culture.

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Kirani Ayat Calls Out The President For Using His Creative Property Without His Permission

Kirani Ayat, a Ghanaian musician, has chastised the Presidency for using parts of his music video in an advertisement without his permission.


On Tuesday, September 27, H.E. Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo, President of Ghana, shared a video to promote tourism in Ghana in honor of World Tourism Day 2022.


Some portions of Kirani Ayat’s music video for his hit song “Guda” can be seen in the video,which captures beautiful

scenes of the country with a VoiceOver by the President.


“Beneath the deep blue sky, the Black Star is calling. Follow the stars and let them take you on a journey of our people. I invite everyone to the country at the centre of the world – #Ghana . #VisitGhana2022,” the caption of the video reads.




The video, which was shared on Twitter, piqued Kirani Ayat’s interest, and he has since chastised the Presidency for using his

music without his permission.


According to Kirani Ayat, the President used a portion of his “Guda” video in the advertisement, despite the fact that in the 2018/2019

fiscal year, he received no response after contacting the Ministry of Tourism to request permission to use the video

to promote tourism in the north.


“In this ad, the president of Ghana has used my video “GUDA” to promote Ghana.” I actively reached out to the Ministry of

Tourism in 2018/19 to use this video to promote tourism in the North and received NO response, yet it’s in an ad today.

The singer, who is entitled to royalties for his music and intellectual property, chastised the video’s creator, claiming that 
he/she should have reached out and done due diligence before using his creative property.


“Whoever worked on this video should have contacted the proper content owners first.” gave my all to make GUDA reality; 
I’m sure you were compensated for your efforts; where is my cut?” He continued.


Meanwhile, Kirani Ayat’s debut album, Aisha’s Sun,’ is now available.
Sarkodie, Worlasi, and others appear on the 29-minute project.
Aisha’s Sun” is available on all music streaming platforms.

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