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Davido on the set of D'Prince's "Gentlemen" music video shoot in January 2014
Background information
Birth nameDavid Adedeji Adeleke
Born (1992-11-21) 21 November 1992 (age 27)
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
Years active2011–present
Associated acts
  • B.Red
  • Sina Rambo
  • Shizzi
  • Dakay
  • Danagog
  • Dremo
  • Runtown
  • Mayorkun
  • Tekno

David Adedeji Adeleke (born November 21, 1992),[1][2] better known by his stage name Davido, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, and record producer. His 2011 single "Dami Duro" was well-received throughout Nigeria. Along with his elder brother Adewale Adeleke, Davido is the co-owner of HKN Music (a record label home to Sina Rambo, B. Red and DeeKay).[3][3][4] He has produced songs for Naeto C, Skales, Tiwa Savage and Sauce Kid. In April 2012, he signed an endorsement deal with MTN Nigeria.[5] On October 23 2013, Davido partnered with Guinness Nigeria for the "Guinness World of More" concert.[6]

Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Davido relocated to Lagos at a young age. His debut album Omo Baba Olowo, released in 2012, was supported by the singles "Back When" featuring Naeto C, "Dami Duro", "All of You", "Overseas" featuring Sina Rambo, "Ekuro", "Gbon Gbon" and "Feel Alright" featuring Ice Prince. Between 2013 and 2015, Davido released the singles "Gobe", "One of a Kind", "Skelewu", "Aye", "Tchelete (Goodlife)" featuring Mafikizolo, "Naughty" featuring DJ Arafat, "Owo Ni Koko", "The Sound" and "The Money" featuring Olamide. The aforementioned singles were reportedly intended to be singles off the album, The Baddest.

In January 2016, Davido announced via Twitter that he signed a record deal with Sony Music. His announcement was met with mixed reactions.[7] The record label put out a press release to confirm the deal.[8] Davido started his own label, Davido Music Worldwide (DMW), few months after signing with Sony.[9] Dremo and Mayorkun are currently signed to the label.[10] In July 2016, Davido signed a record deal with Sony's RCA Records.[11]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Davido – Full Biography". MTV Base. Archived from the original on 17 December 2013. Retrieved 24 December 2013.
  2. "Dami duro for launch today". The Punch. 22 July 2012. Archived from the original on 17 March 2014. Retrieved 16 March 2014.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Family Over Everything: B.Red, Sinarambo return to Davido's HKN Gang". Nigerian Entertainment Today. 16 July 2013. Retrieved 24 September 2017.
  4. "Davido Signs His First Ghanaian Artist DeeKay to HKN Music". Bellanaija. 6 March 2013. Retrieved 25 September 2017.
  5. Osagie Alonge (16 September 2013). "NET EXCLUSIVE: MTN splashes N500m on endorsement deals". Nigerian Entertainment Today. Retrieved 25 September 2017.
  6. Joey Akan (24 October 2013). "Olamide, Wizkid & Davido Sign Endorsement Deals With Guinness Nigeria". Pulse Nigeria. Retrieved 25 September 2017.
  7. Rotimi Agbana (23 January 2016). "Mixed reactions greet Davido's new deal with Sony Music". Vanguard. Retrieved 25 September 2017.
  8. Daniel Anazia, ed. (30 January 2016). "Sony Music Entertainment Confirms Deal With Davido". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 September 2017.
  9. Joey Akan (6 April 2016). "End of HKN Music as pop star launches new label, fights with B-Red?". Retrieved 25 September 2017.
  10. Joey Akan (20 February 2017). "Lola Rae and Dammy Krane are not signed to singer's record label". Retrieved 25 September 2017.
  11. Joey Akan (23 July 2016). "Singer signs new deal with RCA Records under which he dropped his best single so far "if"". Pulse. Retrieved 25 September 2017.