Yesterday, Nigeria singer Oludemilade Martin Alejo, known better by his stage name YCee, took to social media to call out the CEO of his former record label Tinny Entertainment.
According to YCee, the management of Tinny Entertainment does not share revenues generated from streaming services with their artists.
This comes after Tinny (the CEO of Tinny Entertainment) shared a post announcing the label has hit over 100 million streams across all platforms. Tinny captions the post, “Grateful“.
YCee, who took issues with the post, notes that the post has “no mention of the artistes whose content generated those streams.” In YCee’s opinion, the only thing the Tinny is “is grateful for is the fact that he has yet again, seemingly gotten away with profiting off of other people’s sweat.”
According to YCee, his post is not meant to generate negativity but rather to protect future artists from “suffering the same fate and falling into the hands of this manipulative and delusional human being.”
Here is YCee’s post in full:
“Before I start I would first like to apologize to every one of you all that I hold in high regard because I’ve tried my possible best to not let my social media be used as a point of negativity or conflict but I’ve been left with no choice
So the CEO of TINNY ENTERTAINMENT took to his Instagram page yesterday to show gratitude for 100million plus streams (across all platforms) and this was brought to my attention which left me confused because the post as seen above was accompanied with the caption “Grateful” and the handle of the label and no mention of the artistes whose content generated those streams.
“LET IT BE KNOWN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT NOT A SINGLE DIME GENERATED FROM THOSE STREAMS GOT INTO THE POCKET OF ANY OF THE ARTISTES RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CONTENT THAT GENERATED THOSE STREAMS AND TO ALL THAT HAVE MADE CONGRATULATORY COMMENTS ON THE POST, THE ONLY THING THE CEO IS GRATEFUL FOR IS THE FACT THAT HE HAS YET AGAIN, SEEMINGLY GOTTEN AWAY WITH PROFITING OFF OF OTHER PEOPLES SWEAT (like he has been well known to do so many times in the past)
“I have been silent as I have quietly been focused on rebuilding my life and career and also out of respect to my previous employer but he, in turn, has not accorded me that same respect. Actions ranging from attacks on my reputation by spreading falsities about me, saying I betrayed him by leaving his label (knowing fully well the terms on which our business relationship ended) to leaking my music which he absolutely has zero rights to release but unfortunately happens to possess in order to delay and destabilize my debut album release.
“Before anyone asks why I’m doing this, it is simply to protect any other artistes from suffering the same fate and falling into the hands of this manipulative and delusional human being.
“I have spent the most part of the last 24hours on set shooting the first single off my album and I am going to get some rest at this juncture so nobody should call my phone.