What is a Record Label
A record label also called a record company is a brand/trademark whose business is to market music recordings and music videos. They do the heavy lifting for musicians who don’t have time to promote their music or merchandise.
How Does Record Label Deals Work?
It’s pretty simple. You sign a label contract that states the agreement between you, the artist, and your boss, the label. As stated in the contract, the record label pays you for record sales and helps you secure more life-changing deals in the industry.
The label invests in your music career and development by making, distributing, and marketing your music. Your record label will have a share in your earnings as stated in your contract.
How Does A Record Label Make Money?
Record labels make most of their money when your music is purchased or licensed for use. These organizations also make money from marketing, royalties, album sales, touring, merchandise, gigs, concerts, or anything they could sell.
A List of Nigerian Record Labels And Their Contact Address
1. 1960 Music Group
1960 Music Group is another record label that can sponsor your music. This is a Nigerian record label owned by Mark Redguard. He and his label have been signing a lot of Nigerian artists.
Depending on your contract with them, they can hire you their artiste and still get you signed into a major label like YBNL or DMW. If you are looking for a label that will sign you fast, I’d advise you to send this group a message.
- 1960 Music Group Contact Address: Rio Plaza, Muri Okinola, Victoria Island, Lagos.
2. 5IVE Music Label
5IVE Music Label is currently controlled by three major Nigerian record labels including Chocolate City, Storm 360 Records, and NowMuzik Records. Paul Okeugo is the current CEO of 5ive music. He is a very influential man who can use his resources to boost your music.
This record label is currently endorsing Hip Hop, Pop, and Rap artists but also help promote different genres of music. If you feel like you need a label to support your work, then check out this label.
- 5IVE Music Label Contact Address: 10B Bosun Adekoya Street, Off New Market Road, Oniru, Lagos.
- Contact Website: 5iveMusic.com.ng
3. 5 Star Music Group
5 Star Music Group is one of the biggest record labels in Nigeria. This record label has housed artists like Kcee, Skiibii, and Harrysong.
Kcee the elder brother to the CEO of 5 Star Music, Emeka Okonkwo is also known as E-Money, a successful businessman and entrepreneur. 5 Star Music Group is also looking for artists to sign this year.
- 5 Star Music Group Contact Address: 619 Mobolaji Giwa Crescent, Omole Phase 2, Lagos.
4. Aquila Records
Aquila is also among the best record label in the country. This label can push your music career to the next level, and they need talented upcoming artists. This is one of the best labels for upcoming artistes.
Shina Peller, CEO of the Aquila Records, has helped a lot of artists and entertainers find solid ground in the Nigerian music industry including acts like Beezy, Base One, Mallow Reelz, Phantom, Que Peller, Slymkeyz, and Chaplyne.
- Aquila Records Contact Contact Address: 873, Ozumba Mbadiwe Avenue, Victoria Island, Lagos State.
- Contact Website: AquilaRecordsNG.com
5. April 12 Studios
April 12 Studios is mainly recognized for Audio and Visual Productions but also accepts new music demos, tracks, albums, or promotional materials from unsigned artistes looking for record label deals.
- April 12 Studios Contact Address: 18/33 Woji Alcon Road, ByFederal Housing Estate Junction, Woji, Port Harcourt
- Contact Phone Number: +234 802 889 5962
6. Boy Blac’ Entertainment
Boy Blac’ Entertainment is another Nigerian Record Label and Recording Studio that is looking for an upcoming artist to make famous.
If you have a beautiful track worth listening to, you can forward it to them and begin your career as a professional recording artist once you are signed. You can send them your record.
- Contact Address: 34, Oba Market Road, Opposite Yanga Market, Benin- Edo State
- Contact Phone Number: +234 (0) 7038537837
- Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
7. Camp Music
Cobhams Asuquo is the standing CEO of Camp Music and has signed renowned artists like Timi Dakolo, Bez, and many more. This Nigerian record label is more attracted to RnB, Jazz, and soul artists. You can quickly be signed to Camp Music if you send your tape to their Contact Address.
- Camp Music Contact Address: 26 Salauden Akano Street, Ogudu G.R.A, Ojota, Lagos.
8. Capital Hills Records
Capital Hills is one of the biggest Nigerian Record labels today. This label is mainly interested in music video shoots and distribution. But they are also looking for artists to sign.
Clarence Peters, a veteran video director, is the current owner of Capital Hills Records. He has worked with superstars like Chidinma Ekile, Phyno, Olamide, Don Jazzy, Davido, Tesh Carter, and many music bosses.
Getting signed into this record label holds a bright future for you.
- Capital Hills Contact Address: 12b Ladega Str, Omole Phase 1, Ojodu, Lagos.
9. Chocolate City Records
Chocolate City is a home of some of Nigeria’s most celebrated rappers including Milli, Ice Prince, Victoria Kimani, Nosa, Dice Ailes, Loose Kanon, Jesse Jagz, and M.I Abaga.
With MI Abaga as the president of Chocolate City and Loopy Music, Chocolate City is one of the best record labels for upcoming Nigerian rappers.
C-City is mainly interested in rap artists but also promotes and sign hip hop artists. You can join them by contacting them today.
- Chocolate City Records Contact Contact Address: Plot 102, Johnson Omorire Street, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos
- Contact Website: ChocolateCityGroup.com
10. DB Records
DB Records is another prominent record label in Nigeria. It is the home to artists such as Dbanj, 2kriss, and Kayswitch. They are also out to sign new talented artists and musicians. You can apply by contacting them.
Send your music to email@example.com
- Contact Website: DBanjRecords.com
11. Davido Music Worldwide (DMW)
DMW is another record label that is looking for artists. DMW is another top record label in Nigeria that broke out from HKN Music.
DMW was founded by Adeleke David and has housed some of the most talented artists in Nigeria including Mayorkun, Dremo, Peruzzi, Idowest, and Yonda.
DMW record signing is mostly based on referral and hand-picking, so getting close and sending your music to a prominent member of the group will favor you.
Contact Phone Number: +234 706 961 1153
12. E.M.E Records
The Empire Mates Entertainment (E.M.E) is one of the most successful record labels in Africa and has housed artists like Wizkid, Skales, Shaydee, Niyola, and DJ Xclusive.
E.M.E is owned by Bankole Wellington [Banky W], who is exceptionally talented in artiste management, talent building, and branding. He can sign you if you reach out to him now.
Empire Mates Entertainment (E.M.E) has been dissolved and is now a full-fledged media agency.
- E.M.E Records Contact Contact Address: 106, Rasheed Baruwa Street, Omole Estate, Ojodu, Lagos.
13. Edge Records Studios
You can also send your music to Edge Record and start your music career. This record company though small can offer you a good deal that will take your job to its peak. Just contact them using any of the following means below.
- Contact Address: 44 Isaac John Street, Fadeyi, Lagos.
- Phone Number: +234 1 8754885, 08023576693
14. Gary Studios
Gary Studio is another Nigerian record label looking for good music and promising upcoming artists to promote. This label is into Hip Hop, upbeat, high tempo, afro-pop, rap, trap, and pop music.
Gary Studio also does Music Recording, Sound Effects, Recording Audio, Mix & Mastering, Recording Engineer, Music Production, and Promotion.
- Contact Website: garystudios.com
15. Grafton Entertainment
Grafton Ent is a Nigeria and UK based record label looking for good musicians and promising upcoming artists to promote. This label is into Hip Hop, upbeat, high tempo, afro-pop, rap, trap, and pop music.
- Contact Website: graftonentertainment.com
16. Grand Style Entertainment Ltd
Grand Style Entertainment Ltd is a record label that is also into Music & Video Production, Artist Promotions, Marketing, and Promotion & Album Sales. This record label can make any average songwriter become a superstar.
If you can contact them now, you can be the next star.
- Contact Address: 33, Yaounde Street, Zone 6, Abuja.
- Phone Number: +234 (0)803 638 051
- Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Contact Website: myspace.com/grandtso
17. HKN Music
The HKN Gang is a prominent Nigerian Record Label owned by the Adeleke family, and it’s home to big names like Orezi, Shina Rambo, and B Red. This record label is looking for the artist and can sign you if you reach out.
- HKN Music Contact Address: 6A Wole Ariyo Street, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos
- Contact Website: HKNRecords.com
18. Hyperteck Digital Record
The Hyperteck Digital Record is a famous Nigerian record label owned and controlled by the veteran artist. Innocent Idibia is popularly known as 2Baba. If you get signed into this record label, you can become a star instantly.
Hypertech is another record label that is looking for an artist, the thing is that the team in charge of receiving recording artiste is not very active and does not respond to calls.
If you have really good music, try to forward it to them for them to listen to.
- Contact Phone Number: 08133115108 (SMS only)
19. Kennis Music
Kennis Music has been branded “Africa’s No 1 Record Label“. It is a record label that is into R&B, pop, and hip-hop music.
Kennis Music was founded by famous Nigerian radio DJ Kenny Ogungbe but owned Kehinde “Keke” Ogungbe and Dayo “D1” Adeneye.
They have signed many popular artistes, including K.C. Presh, OJB Jezreel, Mike Aremu, Tony Tetuila, 2face, BANTU, Goldie Harvey, and Sound Sultan. Kennis Music is also a Nigerian record label is looking for new artists to sign.
- Contact Website: Kennismusic.com
20. Leisuretyme Production
Leisuretyme Production is another indigenous record label that focuses on Music Production, Album Sales (retail and wholesale), Sound Design, Audio Recording, Mix and Mastering.
This label is owned by CHINEDU PAUL OHACHU, a music producer and songwriter based in Anambra State, Nigeria.
But if you own an excellent sound, they are willing to sign you and help you get an offer from a big record label.
- Contact Address: Shop A335/F2403, New Electronics, Onitsha, Anambra State.
- Phone Number: +234 046 491 5195
21. Livespot360 Studios
This Nigerian record label is owned and managed by a woman, Mrs. Deola Art Alade. She is the Chairman of LiveSpot Studios, one of the biggest record labels in Nigeria.
If you can link up to this record label with a good song, I assure you that you’ll get signed immediately and start your musical journey with one of the best records in Nigeria.
- Live spot Studios Contact Address: 17B Fatai Arobieke Street, Lekki, Lagos.
22. Made Men Music Group
The Made Men Music popularly known as Triple MG is one of the biggest record labels in Nigeria. This label has housed some of the biggest names in the Nigerian music industry such as Tekno, Inyanya, DJ Cublon, Emma Nyra, and Selebobo.
This Nigerian record label is owned by Ubi Franklin [Nigerian businessman and philanthropist]. This record label is mostly interested in Young and talented Afro-pop artists.
- Contact Email: email@example.com
23. Mavin Records
Mavin Records has known the biggest and most successful record label in Nigeria. Mavins Record is a cut out from Mo hits and has signed more than a dozen successful artists.
Every artiste here is thriving. The Big M has trained superstars like Tiwa Savage, Dija, Reekado Banks, D Prince, Korode Bello, DNA Twins, Dr. Sid, Johnny Drille, and Poe.
Just send your CD to their address, and your music will be in Don Jazzy’s ears in no time. If It is good, well get ready for a significant record label deal. This record label has also been known to offer the best deal to upcoming artistes.
- Mavin Records Contact Address: 27a, Akwuzu Street, Off Providence Drive, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos.
- Contact Website: MavinRecords.com
24. Maxibeats Inc
Maxibeats Inc is another indigenous record label that focuses on Music Production, Beat Sales, Sound Design, Audio Recording, Mix and Mastering. But if you own a perfect sound, they are willing to sign you into their music group.
This record label has helped a lot of upcoming artistes get an offer from a big record label without breaking a sweat. This label is owned by Benjamin Nnonah, a music producer and songwriter based in Enugu State, Nigeria.
- Contact Address: 9 Ogui Road, P.O Box 1446 Enugu, Enugu State.
- Phone Number: +234 48 481831, 08064113238
- Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Contact Website: http://www.maxibeats.com
25. Mo’Hits Records
Mo’Hits Records Limited was a Nigerian record label owned by D’banj and Don Jazzy. Founded in 2006, it was one of the most recognized record labels in the land, after signing D’banj as its first recording artist.
The label was producing a lot of excellent tracks back to back. Although they have ceased operations, you should get in touch with the promoter if you need help promoting your song.
- Phone Number: +234 (0) 8033480122, 08032127898
- Contact Email: email@example.com
- Contact Website: http://www.mohitsrecords.com
26. Now Muzik
The Now Muzik Group is a dedicated promotional and management team set up to build your Music career. This label is owned by Efe Omorogbe and has worked with a lot of big names in the Nigerian Music Industry including Reminisce, Olamide, Burna Boy, 2 Face, and Tiwa Savage.
- Now Muzik Contact Address: 26 Beckley Estate, Abule Egba, Lagos.
- Contact Website: NowMuzik.com
27. Osh Productions
Osh Production is a mini label in Nigeria. This group is into Music production, recording, sound engineering, mixing, and mastering but also does song marketing and promotion.
- Contact Address: 2 Femi Asiwaju Close, Ojodu, Lagos State, Nigeria
- Phone Number: +234 (0) 8074595818
- Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Contact Website: http://www.oshprouction.com
28. Premier Music Nigeria
Premier Music is another successful record label in Nigeria. This Record Label is always on alert for talented and promising artists. You can be a part of the team if you contact them today.
- Contact Website: www.premiermusicnigeria.com
29. Shawl-X Studio
If you are looking for an A-rated Nigerian record label that you can join easily, then this is the record label for you. Shawl X Studio is into music production, marketing, distribution, and adverts.
If you join this record label, then you might be a superstar faster than you think. They are really good when it comes to developing young talents and making sure that upcoming musicians hit the limelight.
- Contact Address: 4, Shibiri Road, Iyana-Ilemba, Oto-Awori, Lagos
- Phone Number: +23414034354, 08052801922.
- Email: email@example.com
30. Starboy Music
Starboy Music is another successful record label in Nigeria owned by Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun, it is home to artists like Terri, Legendury Beatz, Mr. Eazi, Maleek Berry, Efya, Ahmed, and many others.
This is the best record label of any upcoming artiste using the Afropop genre. The Starboy Music is always on alert for talented and promising artists. You can be a part of the team if you contact them today.
- Starboy Music Contact Address: 9C Ayinde Akinwande Street, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos.
- Contact Website: StarboyMusic.com
31. Storm Records
Storm 360 Records is owned by the older brother to Asa Asika, Mr. Obi Asika. Storm 360 Records is a great avenue for Music promotions and talent building. Storm 360 Records have worked with M.I Abaga, Sasha P, Naeto C, Illbliss, Elajoe, Ikechukwu, and Overdose.
- Contact Address: Plot 77, 22b Admiralty Way, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos.
32. Super Cool Cats
This Nigerian record label is owned by the record-breaking artiste, Ice Prince Zamani.
SCC is also affiliated to Chocolate City, and they are attracted to upcoming artistes who are into Hip Hop, upbeat, high tempo, afro-pop, rap, trap, and pop music.
Some of the acts include A’fan, Jilex Anderson, Ice Prince himself, and many others.
- Contact Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
33. Tams Records
Tam Record is another Nigerian based Record Label housed in Port Harcourt. This label is mostly interested in Hip Hop, Rap, Trap, Dancehall, RnB, and Afro music.
This is one of the hottest record labels in PH because it is filled with a university student who has an extensive network and good music.
- Contact Address: Off Lt. Col. Larry Crescent, Agip Estate, Mgbuoshimini, Rumueme, Port Harcourt.
- Phone Number: +234 804 4194 945, 0803 6678 593
- Contact Website: tamsrecords.com
34. Tinny Entertainment
Tinny Entertainment is one of the fastest rising record labels in Nigeria thanks to the likes of Ycee, DaboTurner, Bella, and Damilare. Tinny Entertainment is one of the best record labels for new & upcoming Nigerian songwriters especially those interested in Rap and Hip Hop.
- Tinny Entertainment Contact Address: 9 Kunsela Str, Ikate Elegushi, Lagos, Nigeria to contact them.
- Contact Website: TinnyEnt.com
35. Penthauze Music
Penthauze Music is another Nigerian Record Label that is looking for talented musicians to sign this year. This label is owned by rapper Phyno and houses other starts like Runtown, Shugaboi, Superboi Cheque, Storm Rex, and Flipside on its bill.
If you are a talented artist, you should send your song to PentHauze Music using their contact.
- Phone Web Address: penthauzerecord.net
Toplink Ent is another fast-rising record label that is into Music production and Marketing. But this label is looking for a recording artist to give a record deal to start his Music Career.
If you are interested in joining this record label, you can send your song & album to them.
- Contact Address: 35 Igbogbo road Ikorodu, Lagos state
- Phone Number: +234(0)8027636640
37. Bahd Guys
Bahd Guys is another record label that you can join if you can rap, sing, or trap. This record label is owned and controlled by Folarin Falana also known as Falz the Bad Guy.
If you feel like you are a bad guy and would like to join this record label, then send Falz a shout out using the label’s official contact.
- Contact Phone Number: 0815 787 3242
- Contact email: email@example.com
38. Trybe Records
The Trybe Records is owned by eLDee the don and has been existing since the early 2000s at the University of Lagos [UNILAG]. It was one of the most prominent record labels in the early 2000s.
Trybe Records is Nigeria’s first indigenous record label, and it’s one of the most respected Nigerian record labels. This record label has had deals with superstars like M.I Abaga, Sarz, Kemistry, Eva Alodia, Freestyle, Kaboom, and Sasha P.
- Trybe Records Contact Address: Plot 17b Adesola Akinnifesi Street, Lekki, Lagos.
- Website: TrybeRecords.com
39. X3M Music
This record label has had contracts with artistes like Simi, D’Truce, Sammy, and Praiz and is owned by Steve Babaeko. X3M Music is one of Nigeria’s foremost record labels in Nigeria and easily pick you as their crucial artiste if you contact them.
- X3M Music Contact Address: 6a Folusho Alade street, Off Omodara Awuse street, Opebi, Lagos
- Contact Website: X3MMusic.com
YBNL is the home of some of the most prominent Nigerian artists from Lil Kesh to Viktoh, Davolee, Fireboy DML, Limerick, Adekunle Gold, DJ Enimoney, Temmie Ovwasa, and Olamide [CEO].
If you want to join this record label, you need to send your song to their contact Email or Website. The website admin will contact you and direct you on the next step to take.
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
How to Send Your Song to a Record Label
If you want to send your song to a record label, you first need to get the label’s manager contact and build a relationship with him/her. Get her to squeeze out time to listen to your music.
Here’s a step by step guide on how to reach out to your dream record label.
1. Look for their Contact – I have provided some of their contacts, so get the contact of your preferred label and reach out to them.
2. Contact The Label – When you contact them, Don’t flash or send SMS. Go straight to the point. They value every second. Do not greet or ask any stupid questions. Just send them your song and details.
3. Follow up the matter – Call and text the agent from time to time and follow up on the project. Don’t just send the song and abandon it.
How to start a Record Label
Did you know that you can start a record label with no money? There are so many ways to start a record label that you may not be aware of. If you’re not interested in joining a record label, you can start one and run it on your own.
Here’s a step by step guide on how to start a record label.
1. Choose a Good Name, Logo, and Brand Look.
2. Set up a Website
3. Register The Name
4. Register the record label
5. Set up Contracts and Legal Details
6. Sign Artists
How to Join a Record Label
If you want to get a record deal fast, you have to follow this step by step.
1. Find a Good Studio and Record a Demo.
2. Share and Promote your Music.
3. Contact a record label or an agent.
4. Follow up the agent [Become friends with the agent].
5. Sign the record contract and go with the flow.
This is how to approach a record label, contact a record label, and start a record label.