Aristokrat Records

Aristokrat Records is a Nigerian record label owned by The Aristokrat Group.[1] The label operates as a subsidiary of The Aristokrat Group, an African Media & Entertainment company. It units includes; Aristokrat 360, Aristokrat Publishing, and Aristokrat Lifestyle. On 11 May 2020, Universal Music France[2] announced its partnership with Aristokrat Records, under the watch of The Aristokrat Group, as the label will now distribute under its label services Caroline France,[3] and publish under Universal Music Publishing Group. As the joint partnership will also help discover and develop exciting new African talent, giving artistes and songwriters the opportunity to reach global audiences with support from Universal Music Group of companies around the world; say's Piriye in an interview with This Day.[4]

Aristokrat Records
Aristokrat Records logo.png
Parent companyThe Aristokrat Group
Founded2010 (2010)
FounderPiriye Isokrari
StatusActive
Distributor(s)
GenreVarious
Country of originNigeria
LocationLagos
Company
Services
  • Music recording
  • Distribution
  • Merchandising
  • Audiovisual content
  • Music publishing
  • Branding
  • Management
Owners
Divisions
  • Aristokrat 360
  • Aristokrat Publishing
  • Aristokrat Lifestyle
SloganAristokrat

It services includes, music recording, distribution, merchandising, audiovisual content, music publishing, branding, and management.[5]

The label is home to recording acts, such as Jujuboy Star, T’neeya, and Ria Sean. It also houses producer Kel-P, and Saszy Afroshii; an disc jockey DJ Bally,[6] who also signed a management deal with Aristokrat 360 in 2018. Artists formerly signed to the label, include Burna Boy, LeriQ, Kamar, Mojeed, Ozone, Pucado, and DJ Consequence, who served as the first official disc jockey signed to the label.

HistoryEdit

Aristokrat Records was founded in 2010 by Piriye Isokrari, under the entertainment company, The Aristokrat Group. It operates as a part of 960 Music Group,[1] a Nigerian music and entertainment company, is known for acquiring forty percent stake in Aristokrat Records. Piriye Isokrari, signed Afrobeats artist, Burna Boy in 2012, with alternative Afrobeat record producer LeriQ. In 2014, Piriye, signed Kamar, Mojeed, Ozone, and Pucado. In 2015, he signed DJ Consequence,[7] and T’neeya, joined in 2018, with a worldwide deal.[8][9] On 13 November 2020, the label unveiled the signing of Jujuboy Star to Aristokrat Records, with a distribution deal with Caroline France.[10] On 6 June 2021, the label unveiled Ria Sean.[11]

Artistokrat divisionsEdit

Aristokrat 360Edit

The Aristokrat Group founded Aristokrat 360, under Aristokrat Records in 2018, as a division for artist management for Aristokrat. In June 2018, DJ Bally signed a management deal with Aristokrat 360.[12] In 2020, Seyi Shay,[13] Saszy Afroshii,[14] TMXO,[15] and DJ Obi,[16] signed a management deal with Aristokrat 360.

Aristokrat PublishingEdit

The Aristokrat Group, and Universal Music Publishing France founded Aristokrat Publishing, under Aristokrat Records via Universal Music France in 2020, as its division for music publishing in Africa. Same year, Saszy Afroshii signed a publishing deal with Aristokrat Publishing,[14] and Seyi Shay joined her in 2021 via Universal Music Publishing Group.[17]

Aristokrat LifestyleEdit

The Aristokrat Group, founded Aristokrat Lifestyle, under Aristokrat Records in 2019, as its division for label branding, and merchandising.

DeparturesEdit

Burna BoyEdit

Burna Boy's departure surfaced after his two years deal with Aristokrat expired in 2014,[18] during his stay with the label, he released and promoted, various projects, and singles including "Like To Party", which was his breakthrough single, and the lead single from his debut studio album L.I.F.E in 2013, exclusively produced by LeriQ, and Piriye Isokrari.

ArtistsEdit

ManagementEdit

Act Year signed
DJ Bally 2018
Seyi Shay 2020
Saszy Afroshii
TMXO
DJ Obi

Current actsEdit

Act Year
signed
Releases
under the
label
T’neeya 2018
Jujuboy Star 2020
Saszy Afroshii
Ria Sean 2021

Former actsEdit

Act Year
signed
Year
left
Releases
under the
label
Burna Boy 2012 2014 3
Kamar 2014 1
Mojeed 2014 1
Ozone 2014 1
Pucado 2014 1

ProducersEdit

Current producersEdit

Former producerEdit

DiscographyEdit

Albums/Mixtape/EPEdit

Artist Album Details
Burna Boy L.I.F.E
  • Released: August 12, 2013
  • Chart Position: 7
  • Certification: —
Burn Identity
  • Released: November 11, 2011
  • Chart Position: —
  • Certification: —
Burn Notice
  • Released: April 25, 2011
  • Chart Position: —
  • Certification: —
Pucado Pukie The Great E.P.[19]
  • Released: April 15, 2014
  • Chart Position: —
  • Certification: —
Kamar The Audition E.P.[20]
  • Released: June 5, 2014
  • Chart Position: —
  • Certification: —
Ozone Superiority Complex[21]
  • Released: July 29, 2014
  • Chart Position: —
  • Certification: —
LeriQ The Lost Sounds[22]
  • Released: August 28, 2015
  • Chart Position: —
  • Certification: —

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Magazine, Tush (2014-10-26). "The Aristokrat Nation". Tush Magazine. Retrieved 26 June 2021.
  2. ^ "This Nigerian Label Just Took a Step Toward Global Success". Billboard. Retrieved 26 June 2021.
  3. ^ Idowu, Tomi (2020-05-11). "Aristokrat Group Teams Up With Universal Music Group To Develop Talent". The Culture Custodian. Retrieved 26 June 2021.
  4. ^ "Piriye Isokrari: We're Working with UMG to Discover Exciting New African Talents". THISDAYLIVE. 2020-06-06. Retrieved 26 June 2021.
  5. ^ "Aristokrat Records". Music In Africa. 2015-07-15. Retrieved 26 June 2021.
  6. ^ "Aristokrat Records artiste remixes 'Fourfiveseconds'". Pulse Nigeria. 2015-03-11. Retrieved 26 June 2021.
  7. ^ "Aristokrat Records Signs DJ Consequence". Pulse Nigeria. 2014-08-25. Retrieved 26 June 2021.
  8. ^ "Aristokrat Records Presents: T'Neeya - Low Battery". NotjustOk. 2018-05-30. Retrieved 26 June 2021.
  9. ^ "Young budding singer T'neeya signs with Aristokrats records -". Muse Africa. 2018-05-30. Retrieved 26 June 2021.
  10. ^ "Aristokrat Records unveil Jujuboy Star". NotjustOk. 2020-11-13. Retrieved 26 June 2021.
  11. ^ "Aristokrat Records' new signee, Ria Sean releases new single, 'Lemonade'". Pulse Nigeria. 2021-06-06. Retrieved 26 June 2021.
  12. ^ "#BBNaija's DJ Bally signs Management Deal with Aristokrat 360". BellaNaija. 2018-06-21. Retrieved 26 June 2021.
  13. ^ "Aristokrat, UMG Deal Will Attract FDI, Jobs For Nigeria – Isokrari". Leadership News. 2020-06-07. Retrieved 26 June 2021.
  14. ^ a b "Meet Aristokrat 360's First Female Producer – Saszy Afroshii". BellaNaija. 2020-05-12. Retrieved 26 June 2021.
  15. ^ "Aristokrat 360 Signs Music Producer TMXO". AccelerateTv. 29 July 2020. Retrieved 25 July 2021.
  16. ^ "DJ Obi signs Management Deal with Aristokrat 360". BellaNaija. 3 July 2020. Retrieved 25 July 2021.
  17. ^ "Seyi Shay seals deal with Universal Music". Vanguard News. 2021-05-02. Retrieved 26 June 2021.
  18. ^ "Burnaboy leaves Aristokrat Records". TheCable. 2014-07-24. Retrieved 26 June 2021.
  19. ^ "Aristokrat Records Presents: Pucado – Pukie The Great E.P". Pulse Nigeria. 2014-04-15. Retrieved 26 June 2021.
  20. ^ "Aristokrat Records Presents: Kamar - "The Audition" E.P « tooXclusive". tooXclusive. 2014-06-05. Retrieved 26 June 2021.
  21. ^ "MIXTAPE: OZone – Superiority Complex". HWING. 2014-06-26. Retrieved 26 June 2021.
  22. ^ "LeriQ creates unique art by finding 'The Lost Sounds' of Nigerian Music". Pulse Nigeria. 2015-09-14. Retrieved 26 June 2021.