Adekunle Gold hits it big: Signs with Def Jam, to release album in June

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Adekunle Gold

By Nehru Odeh

Popular Nigerian artiste, Adekunle Kosoko, better known as Adekunle Gold, has hit it big on the international music scene as he has officially signed with American music label, Def Jam Recordings, Billboard reports on Tuesday.

According to The Punch, Billboards’ Chief Executive Officer/Chairman, Tunji Balogun, made this known in a statement, hailing Gold for his songwriting, artistry, vocals and showmanship.

“I’ve been following Adekunle Gold since I first heard his record ‘Sade’ in 2016,” he said. “Over the years, everything in AG’s world has elevated — his songwriting has refined, the scope of his artistry has widened, his vocals have strengthened, his approach to fashion is more distinct, and his showmanship and performance ability have grown exponentially,”

“He’s stepped into stardom on his own terms and is completely comfortable being his true self.

Balogun also revealed that he had been nursing plans to bring Def Jam label into the Afrobeats space as soon as he started working at the label in 2022

“Adekunle felt like the perfect fit – he’d already done so much work on his own to build a base, but I knew that we could scale his audience to an even bigger level if we combined our energies and worked together,” he continued.

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“He understands it,” Gold said. “So signing to Tunji makes sense. He’s like my studio buddy that just comes everywhere I go. The day he doesn’t have time to be there, I know he must’ve been like stupidly busy. He’s great.

“The track record is there. The history is there. They break artists, and they have niche, unique artists like me, so I think it’s the right move for me. All of the things that I’ve done for myself already, they know already and that’s why they’re on board.”

Def Jam Recordings is owned by Universal Music Group and boasts of superstar alumni like Jay Z, Rihanna, and Kanye West.

Gold broke into the Nigerian music scene with his debut hit, “Sade”, in 2015. He signed his first record label deal with YBNL Nation in the same year, and released his debut studio album, “Gold”, in 2017.

Two years after the deal expired, the father of one started his own label, Afro Urban Records. He thereafter released two albums, “About 30” in 2018 and “Catch Me If You can” in 2022.

He is set to release a new album under Def Jam in June, 2023.

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