Music is a melodious sound which often entertains and helps in calming the mood of an individual. Over the years, music has undergone a lot of face-lift all over the world. #Top Record Labels in Nigeria

In the past, musicians in Nigeria especially were seen as hopeless individuals who had no plans for the future. Today, with the vast improvements and money which has been pumped into the music industry, musicians are now the talk of the town and their songs now play continually on radio and TV.

As the money and fame accrued to the music industry continued to burgeon, it became a normalcy for record labels to spring up here and there, to help musicians achieve their dreams, by sponsoring their music careers and promoting their music.

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We take a look at some record labels who have grown to become the movers and shakers of the music industry, due to their massive productivity.

Below are some of the top record labels in Nigeria, do well to check them out.


Chocolate City

Choc Boys Nation aka Chocolate City was formed by wrapper MI Jude Abaga and his younger Jesse. Chocolate city has since blossomed like a flower and has become a leading record label in the country. Super star artists such as Ice Prince and Victoria Kimani are currently signed to the recording label.


Kennis Music

Kennis Music is the record label which absolutely redefined the idea behind running a record label in Nigeria. They achieved this with they way they managed their first set of artists which included the likes of Tu Face Idibia, Sound Sultan, Tony Tetuila and Eedris Abdulkareem.

Kennis Music was founded in 1998 by the duo of Kenny Ogungbe and Dayo “D1” Adeneye. Artists signed to the record label presently includes, Kenny Saint Brown, Essence, Jaywon, Capital F.E.M.I, Joe El to mention but a few.


Capital Hill Records

This record label is the record label owned by the boss himself,Ill Bliss in partnership which A-list music video director Clarence Peters. Some of the artists signed under Capital Hill records include: Da Suspect, Chidimma, Ayoola and Ill Bliss himself.


Five Star Music

Owned by Nigerian billionaire, Emeka Okonkwo, Five Star Music has risen to become one of the top record labels in Nigeria due to the success which have been garnered by its top artist KCee -the Limpopo crooner. Other artists signed to Five star music includes Harrysong and Skiibii.


Empire Mates Entertainment (EME)

This record labels was formed by Pop singer Bankole Wellington aka Banky W. As we all know, EME was the record label which discovered and nutured Wizkid into his Star-boy status as well as Skales. Artists signed to EME includes Shaydee, Niyola, Cobhams, DJ Xclusive and numerous others.


StarBoy Records

This is a record label made popular by the Star boy himself Wizkid! Wizkid left EME in 2014 to form his own record label and named his new brainchild ‘Star-boy record’. Wizkid’s record label is not doing badly and there is scarcely any upcoming artiste that wouldn’t want to be signed with StarBoy Music. Musician Laxx is also signed to StarBoy music.


Northside Inc.

Who doesn’t know this record label? Well, if you do not, it is the record label that manages the duo of Peter and Paul Okoyo -The singing twins who have got millions of fans across Nigeria and the world. Despite the recent problem between the Okoye brothers, Northside music is still waxing strong. Singer Cynthia Morgan is currently signed to Northside Inc.


YBNL record

Owned by Olamide Badoo Sneh! The ‘Lagos Boys’ crooner burst into the limelight in 2011 with his hit single ‘Eni Duro’. Olamide later formed the YBNL record label which has been a successful venture since then. The likes of Victor, Lil-kesh,  Xino and Chiko Ekun are currently signed to YBNL record.



Omo baba olowó controls this record label. For those who do not know who Omo baba olowó is, he is none other than the David Adeleke aka Davidoo. The ‘Gobe’ crooner formed the HKN record label alongside his cousin B-Red. Ever since then, the record label has been doing well ever since.



We all know who Don Baba J aka Don Jazzy is. He amongst a few of his friends, D’Banj inclusive formed Mo’Hits record but they later disagreed and disbanded the record after nearly a decade together. Din Jazzy them formed Supreme Mavin Dynasty with a few artists from Mo’Hits who were still loyal to him

Today, SMD has grown to become one of the leading record labels in the country. Top recording artists such as Tiwa Savage, Dr Sid, D’Prince, Di’ja, Reekado Banks and Korede Bello.


Although many people have argued that record labels are milking artists dry, one truth that cannot be hidden is the exposure, finance and promotion that these record labels give to their artists. The fact is – Record labels in the music industry are here to stay.