The dream of every young and upcoming artiste is to get signed by a good record label which would be responsible for marketing and promotion of his/her music recordings and videos.
If you’re currently searching for a list of the top 10 record labels in Nigeria, then you’re currently reading the right article as we would be showing you a lust of these labels and some basic information about them.
According to Wikipedia, a record label is a brand or trademark that is saddled with the responsibility of marketing music recordings and music videos and sometimes, a publishing company that manages such brands and trademarks, coordinates the production, manufacture, distribution, marketing, promotion, and enforcement of copyright for sound recordings and music videos.
Music record labels in Nigeria are some of the most important organizations in the Nigerian music industry because they conduct various talent scouting events and also develop new artists while maintaining contracts with recording artists and their managers.
Although the country is full of garbage record labels who exploit artiste without impacting positively in their careers, there is still a handful of good record labels in Nigeria who have produced well-known music artistes in the country.
Without wasting more of your time let’s take a look at the top 10 best record labels in Nigeria and see why these record labels made it to this list.
Best Record Labels In Nigeria: Top 10
1) Mavin Records
Supreme Mavin Dynasty which is also known as Mavins records is a top record label in Nigeria which was by record producer and recording artist Don Jazzy on May 8, 2012. It was formed after the closure of Mo’ Hits Records, a record label owned by the aforementioned producer and D’banj.
Mavin Records as produced many top Nigerian music acts that have made waves both back home in Nigeria and abroad. The label is home to artists such as Korede Bello, Dr SID, D’Prince, Di’Ja, Johnny Drille, Ladipoe, DNA Twins, Rema and Crayon.
Tiwa Savage, Wande Coal, Reekado Banks and Iyanya are top Nigerian musicians who were in the record label some time ago. Mavin Records still retains its spot as the biggest and best music record label in Nigeria and getting signed into this label would be a dream come true for upcoming Nigerian artistes.
Davido Music Worldwide is a record label owned by Davido who is a very popular and respected musician in Nigerian. This record label was founded by Davido after his departure from HKN Music in May 2016.
DMW is the second biggest record label in Nigeria and the label is home to some top Nigerian music acts like Mayorkun, Perruzi, Dremo, Idowest, Ichaba, Yonda, Lil Frosh and Davido himself.
3) YBNL Nation
Yahoo Boy No Laptop which is popularly referred to as YBNL is an independent Nigerian music record label which was founded by Olamide in 2012 after his departure from Coded Tunes Music in the same year.
The label is currently home to some Nigerian musicians like Fireboy, DJ Enimoney, Temmie Ovwasa, Yomi Blaze and Olamide himself. YBNL’s former acts include Lil Kesh, Adekule Gold, Lyta, Viktoh, Xino and many others.
YBNL sill retains the third spot on this list of the top 10 music record labels in Nigeria and top YBNL current acts like Fireboy DML have been giving hits this year and even an album to round up the year.
4) Spaceship Entertainment
Spaceship entertainment is a record label owned by one of Nigeria’s most respected musicians – Burna Boy and it was founded in 2015. Burna boy is one of Africas most sensational musicians and he has won a numerous number of awards this year.
He songs are some of the most popular Nigerian songs of 2019 and he was recently nominated for a grammy award for his album which is titled “African Giant“.
5) Dr Dolor Entertainment
Dr Dolor Entertainment is another top Nigeria music record label which is owned Osadolor Nate Asemota who is popularly known as Dr Dolor. The label and produced some Nigerian musicians like Ryan Omo and Teni.
The record label led the talented singer and songwriter Teni to three awards in 2018 (including the Headies Awards) and a 2019 BET awards nomination. Teni joined Dr Dolor Enttertauinment in 2017 and since then, she has become of of the top female acts in the Nigerian music industry.
6) Star Boy Entertainment
Star Boy Entertainment is a record label which was founded by WizKid in March 2013 after he left Empire Mates Entertainment (a record label owned by Bank W). For now, WizKid is the only well-known artist in the label and he has also made some great tunes to promote it.
Other artistes signed into Star Boy Entertainment include Maleek Berry, Legendary Beatz, L.A.X, Efya, R2Bees and Mr Eazi.
7) Chocolate City
Chocolate City is a Nigerian record label founded in 2005 by lawyer Audu Maikori along with Paul Okeugo. It is regarded as the biggest and most successful indigenous record labels in Africa and it operates as a subsidiary of Chocolate City Group.
The label is home to some top Nigerian recording artists such as M.I Abaga, Femi Kuti, Nosa, Dice Ailes, Blaqbonez, Ruby Gyang, ClassiQ, CKay, Candy Bleakz, Lemon Adisa, Mr Gbafun and Ijay.
Chocolate City former acts include Victoria Kimani, Ice Prince, DJ Caise, DJ Lambo, Jeremiah Gyang, Pryse, Brymo, Koker and Jesse Jagz, Kahli Abdu & VHS Safari. The label is known to have produced (and is still producing) to Nigerian rappers and singers and it is ranked as the 7th best record label in the country.
8) PentHauze Music
PentHauze Music is an indigenous Nigerian record label owned by Nigerian rapper and singer who is professionally known as Phyno. Popular artistes in Ohyno’s Penthauze Music include Nuno, Rhatti, Cheque and others.
9) DM Records
DM Records limited is a Nigerian record label which was founded by Timaya. The record label is believed to have groomed to Nigerian artistes like Patoranking & Runtown and just recently, Timaya signed young Dancehall/Afro-Fusion artiste, King Perryy to the DM Records imprint.
His recent signee known as King Perryy has not let his boss down as he recently released a massive hit with Teni titled “Murder” and many other songs in 2019. Timaya on the other hand also had a great 2019 as he also released a couple of hut songs for his fans.
10) X3M Music
X3M Music is a record label which was founded by Steve Babaeko in 2008. It is one of the oldest record labels in the country and the label as produced many top Nigerian artistes since its establishment.
The label is currently home to some Nigerian artists and they Praiz, Simi, D-truce, and Dapo amongst others.