Dapo Oyebanjo  ‘D’banj’ who recently parted ways with his former Mo’Hits label partner Don Jazzy has signed with Mercury Records, an imprint in the UK under the Mercury Records Group of Universal Music UK. Mercury Records is a record label operating as a standalone company in the UK and as part of the The Island Def Jam Music Group in the US; both are subsidiaries of Universal Music Group.

Mercury Records lists D’banj on their official website as one of their acts alongside the likes of UK rock singer-songwriter Elton John, Soft Rock singer Taylor Swift Irish rock group U2, former The Beatles musician Paul McCartney and others. Mercury record handles the distribution of works produced by Island Def Jam Music Group, outside the US.

D’banj confirmed the news by updating his twitter bio –  DB/Good Music/ Mercury/IDJ’ (IDJ – Island Def Jam).

The 31 year old whose recent split with long time co record label owner, Don Jazzy, caused quite a stir a few weeks ago is certainly on to bigger and better things now.

 

 

 

 

 

other artistes signed to the label

 

D’banj, a singer-songwriter and one of Nigerian’s most celebrated superstar released his debut album, No Long Thing, in 2005 which yielded some good singles, with Tongolo as the lead single. This proved to be his breakthrough single and a hit. It also provided his Koko Master persona, with the term, koko, taking on a variety of meanings. D’banj’s debut success led to collaborations with other artists, this includes Dare Art-Alade’s album track, Escalade Part 2 and Ikechukwu’s album

Here is one of D’banj’s first hit video from his debut album titled ‘Tongolo‘;

Since then he has made his mark as an artiste to watch with collaborations with other talented artistes spanning round the globe. Last year, he released a video of the remix of his hit single, Mr Endowed, which featured American rapper, Snoop Dogg. Soon after this, in June 2011, D’banj along with his producer Don Jazzy of the Nigerian record label, MoHits Records, were both signed to Kanye West’s G.O.O.D Music record label as artiste and producer respectively. On June 9, 2011, D’banj wrote on his twitter account, @iamdbanj, “Just like yesterday, myself and my brother did Tongolo. 7 years later, Mo’Hits signs with GOOD Music. Best Birthday gift ever. God thank you”

Here is “Mr Endowed” by D’Banj featuring Snoop Dogg and Don Jazzy

He continues to stir his ship further from the shores by recently releasing another big hit, Oliver Twist whose video featured appearances by Big Sean and Kanye West; noticeably absent was his former Mo Hits producer and “brother”, Don Jazzy.

Check it out;

The award- winning star has certainly come a long way from his ‘No Long Thing‘ days and we wish him nothing but the best.

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