There’s too much money in music - Shallipopi



By Taiwo Okanlawon

Nigerian singer Crown Uzama, popularly known as Shallipopi has disclosed how lucrative the music industry is and likened it to returns in ritual.

The ‘Elon Musk’ crooner made this revelation in an interview with the Zero Conditions podcast, where he shed light on how the abundance of music money has transformed his financial situation.

He also explained how he balances his finances and also gives back to his family.

“How do you find a balance between giving to family members, saving for yourself, and knowing when to draw the line?” the show host asked.

Responding to the question, Shallipopi expressed the profound profitability of the music industry, asserting that his financial resources seem inexhaustible despite generous contributions to family and friends.

“You will never understand music money. Music money is like a ritual, and there’s too much money in music that you cannot understand at all. Even if you’re an artist that came out in one month and your song is just big, no worry.

“Me now, I no dey balance anything; if my family request, I dey give because I know that, the music will not stop. Even if I stop singing, the music I’ve dropped will continue giving me money.”

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The artiste further revealed how he made 50k from a show in Port Harcourt after he spent four days squatting with someone.

He said his first-ever show came at a time when he was still struggling to get accommodation after relocating to Lagos.

Speaking on the challenges he faced in the early stages of his career and the triumphs, Shallipopi revealed that most people he depended on in Lagos turned him down.

He said: “When I got to Lagos, I was looking for who to stay with; I wasn’t lost but couldn’t find anyone. Eventually, I found somebody and told them I would only stay for four days; I dey try corner them.

“After four days, I got a show in Port Harcourt for N50K. I never met any distribution company, I was doing everything with my phone,” he said.

Shallipopi gained recognition with the release of “Elon Musk” in 203. He signed to Dvpper Music Distribution, a Nigerian music record distribution founded by Damillola Akinwunmi.

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