Arguably,one of the honorable ways to be your own boss even at home in Nigeria is by owning a record label. Although it is not an easy one to own a record label especially because of the legal duties one has to go through.
In Nigeria, there are several wealthy men who are owners of record labels, some of these men are not just bosses but also musicians.
You may have been wondering how many notable record labels do we have in Nigeria or which of these record labels are most outstanding?
This is why we have compiled a list of the top 10 record labels in the country.
This is a well known Record label in the country. This label is owned by Nigerian producer and artist Don Jazzy.
Established on the 8th of May 2012 after the closure of Mo’hits records.
There are several artists out there who are products of Marvin Records. Most of these artists are well known not just in the country but also in other countries of the world.
Some of these artists are Di’ja, Dr. SID, D’prince, Johnny Drille, DNA Twins, Rema, Ladipoe, Korede Bello and Crayon.
Besides these, there are other notable artists who were formerly under the Marvin record label, artists like Wande Coal, Reekado Banks, Tiwa Savage, Iyanya.
Presently, Mavin records are highly reputable and most upcoming artiste will see it as a dream come true to be signed under this record label.
2. DMW (Davido Music Worldwide.
This is a well known Nigerian record label owned by famous Nigerian artiste Davido.
This label was established in the year 2016 by Davido, aka Omo Baba Olowo, following his exit from HKN Music.
This is currently the second biggest and highly respected record label in the country. Artists signed to this record label are Yonda, Lil Frosh, Peruzzi, Dremo, Mayorkun, Idowest, Ichaba, and the boss himself, Davido.
3. YBNL (Yahoo Boy No Laptop.
On this list of top 10 record labels in Nigeria, the record label YBNL occupies the third position.
YBNL also is known as Yahoo Boy No Laptop is a music record label widely known in the country, it was established in 2012 by famous indigenous artiste Olamide after his exit from Coded Tunes Music.
Presently, this record label has some very talented artists signed on. Some of these awards winning artists are Fireboy DML, Temmie Ovwasa, Yomi Blaze, Dj Enimoney, and others.
The notable artists who were formerly signed to this record label includes Lil Kesh, Lyta, Adekunle Gold, Viktoh, Xino amongst others.
4. Spaceship Entertainment
This record label was founded in the year 2015 by one of Nigeria’s most commendable music artiste- Burnaboy.
Burnaboy is a Nigerian artiste well known for his energetic and sensational hit songs.
Little wonder he has earned several awards and honors in recognition of his hard work in making good music.
When speaking of some of the most popular songs over the last few years, Burnaboy’s hits will definitely be amongst the top songs.
African Giant is one of his super amazing hits released in 2019 which earned him a grammy nomination.
5. Dr Dolor Entertainment
This is a Nigerian top record label established by Osadolor Nate Asemota, better known as Dr. Dolor.
Dr. Dolor Entertainment has produced major award-winning artists like Teni and Ryan Omo.
Under this record label, super talented singer and songwriter Teni has gotten three awards, including the Headies Awards.
Since 2017 when she joined Dr Dolor Entertainment, Teni has experienced a mindblowing movement from obscurity to prominence, and hardly can anyone denies the fact that she is one of the top female artistes presently trending in the Nigerian Music Industry.
6. Star Boy Entertainment
This is a record label owned by the outstanding afrobeat star- Ayo Balogun, better known as Wizkid.
After his exit from Banky W’s Empire Mates Entertainment, he started his own record label in March 2013.
Some of the notable artists that were under the Empire Mates Entertainment are Shaydee, Skales, Wizkid, etc.
Wizkid is one of the top musicians that has successfully taken the Nigerian music to the world, he stands out as one of the best singers Nigeria has ever produced as his fame goes far beyond the shores of Africa but to the world at large.
Some of the artists signed under Star Boy Entertainment are Maleek Berry, L.A.X, Mr. Eazi, Efya, R2Bees, Legendary Beatz.
7. Chocolate City
This is a record label established by lawyer Audu Maikori and Paul Okeugo in the year 2005.
Chocolate City, which functions as a subsidiary of Chocolate city Group, is highly regarded as the most successful and greatest record label in Africa.
A proof of its success is the number of famous artists under it, some of them are Femi Kuti, Dice Ailes, Blaqbonez, Candy Bleakz, Lemon Adisa, Ruby Gyang and Ijay.
Also, some of the artists that were formerly under this record label are Ice Prince, Victoria Kimani, Jeremiah Gyang, Kahli Abdu, VHS safari, Dj Lambo, Jesse Jagz, etc.
This record label has produced several outstanding rappers and singers in Nigeria, and that is why it occupies the 7th position on this list of the top 10 record labels in Nigeria.
8. PentHauze Music
This is a Nigerian record label founded by a well known indigenous singer and rapper Phyno.
Notable artists under this record label are Nuno, Cheque, Rhatti, amongst others.
9. DM Records
DM records limited is a record label owned by famous Bayelsa born singer and songwriter Timaya.
It is believed that this record label is responsible for the success of the likes of Patoranking and Runtown.
Asides others, Timaya signed a young talent known as King Perryy in 2019.
This talented artiste’s King Perry, has released several songs, including the hit song he did with Teni dubbed “Murder”.
10. X3M Music
This is a record label owned by Steve Babaeko and established in the year 2008.
X3M is regarded as one of the ancient record labels in Nigeria.
Since its establishment, X3M has helped several upcoming artistes and young talents find their way into prominence.
Artistes under this record label include Praiz, Simi, Dapo, D-truce and others.