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Boomplay Announces Licensing Deal With Warner Music.

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Boomplay, the largest music streaming and download service in Africa, has signed a direct licensing agreement with Warner Music to bring the record company’s diverse global roster of music to the region.

The terms of the partnership allow Boomplay to distribute Warner Music’s extensive catalogue of more than one million songs to its community of listeners in ten countries; Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

The deal will provide Warner Music’s artists with direct access and exposure to Boomplay’s millions of users in the region, while bringing Boomplay one step closer to its goal of bringing all music from around the world to Africa.

Joe He, CEO of Boomplay, says: “Major deals with internationally recognized partners such as Warner Music continue to push us closer to our aim of building the largest and the most reliable online music distribution platform in Africa. We want every music lover in the region to be able to access any song or video, anytime and wherever they are. We are looking forward to a successful partnership and business continuation with WMG in what are truly exciting times for the African Music Industry.’

Alfonso Perez Soto, EVP, Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa, Warner Music, adds: “We’re happy to partner with Boomplay to bring our amazing artists’ music to millions of listeners across Africa. The streaming service already has tremendous reach across the continent, yet they continue to expand exponentially. It’s an opportunity that can’t be missed for our artists to make a whole new legion of fans.”

Perez-Soto continued: “I’d like to thank Warner Music’s Charlie White, Marc Latilla and Reni Adadevoh for their unstinting support in helping pull this deal together and get it over the line.”

In the past year, Boomplay has been on the crest of a wave, announcing landmark deals with global major labels, acquiring millions of new users monthly and releasing an iOS version in December 2018.

With major labels coming on board, Boomplay is now in a strong position to further improve its service offerings and defend its leading position in Africa. Boomplay, which has more than 42 million users as of February 2019, boasts an expansive catalogue consisting of five million songs and thousands of videos from local and international acts.

Boomplay (formally known as Boom Player) is a music and video streaming & download service developed and owned by Transsnet Music Limited.

Boomplay’s vision is to build the largest and most reliable digital music ecosystem for artistes and content creators in Africa. The Boomplay app, which won the “Best African App” at the 2017 “AppsAfrica Awards”, has over 42 million users as of February, 2019. It is currently the biggest and fastest growing music app in Africa with a catalogue of 5 million songs and videos, which is still growing day by day. Users can stream songs and videos online free of charge, subscribe to one of the daily, weekly or monthly plans to save songs and videos to play whilst offline or purchase content to download. The service is currently available on Android, iOS and Web.

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“Inadequate Promotion Diminished The Success Of My Career” – Musician Hans Bekx

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Ghanaian born songwriter and Afropop singer, Hans Enyonam Kwame Brechum popularly known in showbiz circles as, Hans Bekx, has revealed that his debut single "Brita Dae" didn't enjoy the massive airplay due to inadequate promotion from his then management.

According to the multi-talented musician, his former management didn't put enough resource to make publicity for; to try to sell his inspirational first single, ‘Brita Dae’ featuring rapper Sarkodie even though the song picked two awards at the Ghana Gospel Iindustry Awards organized by multimedia.

Singer, songwriter and guitarist, Hans Bekx is a talented musician that has honed his skills over the years either as a solo artiste or as part of a group.  He is drawn to Afro Pop and is motivated by almost every situation he finds himself, particularly God’s words and creations.

Every stroke of the chords on his guitar is motivation that doesn’t only transform into a creation of a wonderful piece of music but also a constant reminder of his God-given talent. Hans Bekx is a  former member of the reggae inspired group, H-Mode.

Replying to a Facebook post by goergebritton.com's Gerrard-Israel and acknowleding the ''less'' effort from his management, the awards winning musician stated that, "Brita Dae" was released in 2010/2011 when the Ghanaian entertainment climate was surrounded with lots of "Azonto" tune.

According to him, even though his former management orchestrated the promotion of his debut single, some Ghanaian entertainment industry moguls tabled some complains,  as they weren't satisfied with the promotion.

Hans Bekx stated that, "Brita Dae" is a great, inspirational and evergreen song which he believe with a new good management, they can reproduce and promote it with other great songs in his catalogue.

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‘Peace Smokers’, Stonebwoy and Shatta Wale to Return to Court on July 15.

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The Adjabeng District Court has adjourned the trial of Reggae/Dancehall artistes Livingstone Etse Satekla, Stonebwoy and Charles Nii Armah Mensah, popularly, Shatta Wale to July 15, 2019, as it has ordered police prosecutors to file all the documents they intend to rely on for the trial of dancehall artistes.

This was after the prosecution led by Superintended Emelia Asante told the court that, they have filed some of the documents and needed time to file the rest. According to her, the state intended to call four prosecution witnesses for the trial of the two musicians.

Prosecutors in the case involving dancehall artistes, Stonebwoy and Shatta Wale have told the court that they will present four witnesses to testify against them. Though the names of the witnesses were not mentioned, it is expected that their testimonies will corroborate the evidence to be presented by the prosecution in the case.

Superintendent Asante told the court presided over Isaac Addo that, they have so far filed the witness statements and exhibits of three out of the four witnesses and were yet to file that of the last witness.

The trial follows disturbances that ensued between the two artistes at this year’s VGMA where Stonebwoy was seen holding a gun after Shatta Wale together with some of his fans approached the stage while Stonebwoy was about receiving his award for dancehall artiste of the year.

Shatta Wale is facing a charge of offensive conduct conducive to breach of peace while Stonebwoy is on trial for offensive conduct conducive to breach of peace as well as display of fire arm in public without permission.

Earlier, Shatta and Stonebwoy have faced public criticism for their roles in the incident, and were arrested before being granted bail of GHc50,000 each. They all pleaded not guilty to the charges levelled against them.

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‘Men in Black: International’ Heads for Disappointing $24 Million Launch

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Sony’s “Men in Black: International” is heading for a disappointing $24 million opening weekend in the top spot at a mild North American box office, early estimates showed Friday.

The fourth iteration of the sci-fi comedy franchise is performing well under modest expectations, which had been in the $30 million range at 4,224 locations. “Men in Black: International” stars Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson, replacing Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones as the black-suited agents dealing with a baffling series of alien attacks against Earth.

New Line’s launch of its “Shaft” reboot is also showing little traction at multiplexes with Friday estimates coming in around $8 million at 2,952 sites, far below forecasts in the $16 million to $24 million range for the weekend. And Amazon’s widened release of its Mindy Kaling-Emma Thompson comedy “Late Night” was also falling flat at about $4 million at 2,218 venues.

The sole bright spots for the weekend appear to be Universal’s second weekend of “The Secret Life of Pets 2,” declining about 53% to around $22 million, and Disney’s fourth frame of “Aladdin” with about $17 million. The live-action reboot of “Aladdin” should finish the weekend with approximately $262 million domestically.

“Men in Black: International” takes place in the same universe as the previous trilogy, with Emma Thompson reprising her role as Agent O. Kumail Nanjiani, Rebecca Ferguson, Rafe Spall and twins Laurent and Larry Bourgeois also star. The film, set in the London bureau of the top-secret Men in Black organization, is directed by F. Gary Gray and written by Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, based on the Malibu comic by Lowell Cunningham. The budget for “Men in Black: International” is $110 million, co-financed by Hemisphere and Tencent.

The previous three “Men in Black” films combined for more than $1.6 billion in worldwide box office. All three scored North American debut weekends of more than $50 million. “Men in Black: International” is also launching in most international markets. Reviews were dismal with a 25% score on Rotten Tomatoes.

“Shaft,” the fifth film in the franchise, stars Jessie Usher playing John “JJ” Shaft Jr., an FBI agent and a cybersecurity expert with a degree from MIT. Samuel L. Jackson plays his estranged father and Richard Roundtree plays his grandfather, the original Shaft, as he did in the first three “Shaft” movies in the early 1970s. Critics were unimpressed, resulting in a 35% Rotten Tomatoes score.

“Late Night” had generated forecasts in the $5 million to $9 million range. The film was acquired by Amazon following its Sundance premiere for a record $13 million and launched in four locations last weekend with a solid $246,035. It benefits from more positive reviews, sitting at 80% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Focus is seeing moderate returns on its launch of Jim Jarmusch’s “The Dead Don’t Die” with around $3 million at 613 locations. The zombie comedy, starring Bill Murray and Adam Driver, was the opening night film at the Cannes Film Festival last month. Reviews have been mixed with a 51% score on Rotten Tomatoes.

Year-to-date domestic box office as of June 12 has hit $4.93 billion, down 6% from the same point last year, according to Comscore. “Avengers: Endgame,” which has topped $826 million in seven weeks, and “Aladdin” had helped narrow the gap — which should widen again this weekend, thanks to overall business falling short of last year’s $182 million opening for “Incredibles 2.”

Disney’s “Toy Story 4” should rescue the box office next weekend. Early tracking had placed the animated comedy with a debut in the $150 million range.

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NEW RELEASE: Lynx Signees Link To Welcome ”Ohemaa”.

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Lynx Entertainment, Highlife and Afro-Fusion signee, Kuami Eugene has released the much anticipated tune dubbed ''Ohemaa'' with record label confrere, Kidi.

The 4 minutes contemporary highlife tune was produced by Ghanaian producer and engineer, John Kwesi Dosunmu-Mensah better known as M.O.G Beatz and was unleashed to the public domain in the early hours of Wednesday prior to earlier publicity from the management.

According to the 2019 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards(VGMA) ''Highlife Artiste of the Year'', he's garnered an unflinching and stable love for ''Ohemaa'' that cannot be replicated by none, with an outrageous number of critics claiming, a spell has been casted on him to the brim.

Kuami Eugene assured 'Ohemaa' that, he is ready to sacrifice and contribute his quota to keep their love story bonded for none to put no assunder.

However, Vodafone Ghana Music Awards ''Male Vocalist of the Year'' Kidi on his side also guaranteed a strong love to ''Ohemaa'' stating that, he'll gold-mine to enhance the beauty of his lover, adding that, he will love her to death, despite the hate encounted from people.

Meanwhile, Lynx Entertainment has released the visual components of the ''Ohemaa'' single, as way of not denying patrons the flamboyant taste of the potential banger. The video was directed by Rexford Kyei-Sarkodie popularly known as Rex and it features actress Salma Moomin.

https://youtu.be/_UE5729fnn4

The video depicts the true Ghanaian indeginous culture and a blend of African narratives. Its a kingship centred video speculated to have been shot in the Eastern part of Ghana, precisely Akosombo and its environs, taking into consideration, the river.

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