Davido Music Worldwide

Davido Music Worldwide (commonly known as DMW), is a Nigerian record label owned by Afrobeats singer Davido. The label is home to recording acts, such as Dremo, Yonda, Peruzzi, Idowest from Lagos Island, DJ Ecool, Danagog, B-Red, Deekay, May D, Deinde, Ayanfe, Liya, Morravey, and Logos Olori. It also houses producers Fresh vdm and Speroach Beatz. Artists affiliated and formerly signed to the label, include Ichaba, Lola Rae, Lil Frosh, and Mayorkun.

Davido Music Worldwide
TypePrivate
Industry
GenreVarious
Founded2016 April 18; 7 years ago (18-04-2016)
FounderDavid Adedeji Adeleke
Headquarters,
Nigeria
Area served
Worldwide
ProductsMusic
Websitehttp://dmwhq.com

History Edit

On 18 April 2016, Davido founded Davido Music Worldwide, following his exit from HKN Music with his music acts Mayorkun, and Dremo over an issue with his cousin B-Red, for hating on him over the success of Mayorkun.[1] On 29 September 2016, Ichaba signed a joint venture between Davido Music Worldwide, and APPE Music Entertainment.[2] On 5 November 2016, Davido signed Lola Rae to DMW, as its first lady.[3] On 20 January 2017, Davido signed Yonda,[4] and also welcomed Peruzzi on 16 November 2017 to DMW.[5] On 24 May 2018, Davido signed Idowest to DMW,[6] and Deekay was welcomed on 27 September 2018, with a single "Hangover"[7] featuring Peruzzi. On 26 October 2019, Davido signed Lil Frosh to DMW.[8] On 15 January 2020, Davido signed Ayanfe to DMW,[9] and Davido welcomed B-Red on 22 February 2020 to DMW.[10] On 18 July 2020, Davido signed May D to DMW.[11] On 27 September 2020, Deinde joined DMW artist roaster, following his deal with DMW.[12] On 2 October 2020, Davido signed Liya, his first female artist to DMW.[13] Same day, Lola Rae, tweeted "Excited to hear Davido is signing a new female artist!!! This is amazing amazing news! I was never signed to Davido; he was just incredibly kind enough to help push & promote an upcoming artist aka myself! God bless him forever for that so grateful".[14]

In 2018, DJ Ecool, who also serves as Davido official disc jockey, became a member of DMW.[15] In March 2023, Davido announced the signings of Logos Olori and Morravey to DMW, and made a change to the label's logo.[16]

Departures Edit

Ichaba Edit

On 1 November 2019, he uncovered his record deal with DMW, according to him on Catch Up, he tells City 105.1 FM, "I was about to get signed to them at some point but, there were some little distractions on my end. Presently it just like I’m signed because I get all the perks of a signed artist. I don’t have plans to get signed to another record label".[17]

Lola Rae Edit

On 2 October 2020, Lola Rae, tweeted she was never signed to DMW, but she is forever grateful to Davido.[14]

Lil Frosh and allegations of domestic violence Edit

On 6 October 2020, Davido terminated Lil Frosh contract with DMW, over an allegations of domestic violence by his girlfriend Gift Camille, which went viral on Monday, 5 October.[18]

Mayorkun Edit

In 2021, Mayorkun announce his exit from DMW with a release of his single "Let Me Know" off his second album "Back In Office", released through Sony Music West Africa.[19][20]

Accolades Edit

DMW won Record Label of the Year at The Beatz Awards 2019,[21] and City People Music Awards 2017/2018, and was nominated at City People Music Awards 2016.

Year Awards ceremony Award description(s) Results
2016 City People Music Awards Record Label of the Year Nominated
2017 Won
2018 Won
2019 The Beatz Awards Won

Roster Edit

Current acts Edit

Act Year
signed
Releases
under the
label
Davido 2016 4
Dremo 3
Yonda 2017 1
Peruzzi 3
Idowest 2018 2
DJ Ecool 1
Danagog 1
B-Red 2020 1
Deekay
Deinde
May D 1
Ayanfe 1
Liya 1
Morravey 2023
Logos Olori

Former acts Edit

Act Year
signed
Year
left
Releases
under the
label
Ichaba 2016
Lola Rae 2016
Lil Frosh 2019 2020
Mayorkun 2016 2021 2

Producers Edit

  • Speroach Beatz
  • Napji
  • Magicboi
  • Fresh VDM

DJ's Edit

DJ Ecool

Discography Edit

Albums/Mixtape/EP Edit

Artist Album Details
Davido Son of Mercy (EP)
  • Released: 21 October 2016
  • Chart Position: 4
  • Certification: —
A Good Time
  • Released: 22 November 2019
  • Chart Position: 40
  • Certification: —
A Better Time
  • Released: 13 November 2020
  • Chart Position: 4
  • Certification: —
Timeless
  • Released: 31 March 2023
  • Chart Position:
  • Certification: —
Mayorkun The Mayor of Lagos
  • Released: 16 November 2018
  • Chart Position: 15
  • Certification: —
Geng (EP)
  • Released: 10 April 2020
  • Chart Position:
  • Certification: —
Dremo Codename, Vol. 1
  • Released: 20 July 2018
  • Chart Position:
  • Certification: —
Icen B4 the Cake (EP)
  • Released: 26 August 2019
  • Chart Position:
  • Certification: —
Codename, Vol. 2
  • Released: 17 April 2020
  • Chart Position:
  • Certification: —
Yonda Wild Blue
  • Released: 11 December 2020
  • Chart Position:
  • Certification: —
Peruzzi Heartwork
  • Released: 21 December 2018
  • Chart Position:
  • Certification: —
Huncho Vibez
  • Released: 8 November 2019
  • Chart Position:
  • Certification: —
Rum & Boogie
  • Released: 9 April 2021
  • Chart Position:
  • Certification: —
Idowest Mafia Culture, Vol. 1
  • Released: 29 March 2019
  • Chart Position:
  • Certification: —
Mafia Culture, Vol 2
  • Released: 8 March 2021
  • Chart Position:
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DJ Ecool NewSide (EP)
  • Released: 13 March 2020
  • Chart Position:
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B-Red The Jordan Album
  • Released: 8 October 2020
  • Chart Position:
  • Certification: —
Liya Alari (EP)
  • Released: 20 August 2021
  • Chart Position:
  • Certification: —

References Edit

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  2. ^ "Davido Music Worldwide Unveils New Act Ichaba | Listen to his New Song "Jisoro" featuring Mayorkun". BellaNaija. 29 September 2016. Retrieved 25 July 2021.
  3. ^ "Davido signs first female artist, Lola Rae". Premium Times Nigeria. 5 November 2016. Retrieved 25 July 2021.
  4. ^ "Davido has Signed a New Artiste Yonda to his "Davido Music Worldwide" Record Label". BellaNaija. 20 January 2017. Retrieved 25 July 2021.
  5. ^ "Davido signs new artist Peruzzi to DMW". BellaNaija. 16 November 2017. Retrieved 25 July 2021.
  6. ^ Idowu, Tomi (24 May 2018). "Idowest Inks Davido Music Worldwide Contract". The Culture Custodian. Retrieved 25 July 2021.
  7. ^ "Listen: Deekay Collaborates With Davido And Peruzzi On Impressive New Single "Hangover"". The Guardian Nigeria News. 27 September 2018. Retrieved 25 July 2021.
  8. ^ "Davido signs Lil Frosh to DMW record". Premium Times Nigeria. 26 October 2019. Retrieved 25 July 2021.
  9. ^ "Davido Is Increasing The DMW Cartel As He Signs New Artiste, Ayanfe". NotjustOk. 15 January 2020. Retrieved 25 July 2021.
  10. ^ "Davido's cousin B-Red joins DMW". P.M. News. 22 February 2020. Retrieved 25 July 2021.
  11. ^ "Davido signs May D to his DMW record label". Vanguard News. 18 July 2020. Retrieved 25 July 2021.
  12. ^ "Davido signs new artist to DMW". P.M. News. 27 September 2020. Retrieved 25 July 2021.
  13. ^ says, Latest news (2 October 2020). "Davido, DMW sign first female artiste, Liya". P.M. News. Retrieved 25 July 2021.
  14. ^ a b Odozi, Amaka (2 October 2020). "'I Was Never Signed To Davido's Record Label' – Lola Rae Lays Rumors To Rest (Photo)". Information Nigeria. Retrieved 25 July 2021.
  15. ^ "Davido's disc jockey narrates what actually happened at the Wireless Festival in London". Pulse Nigeria. 1 August 2018. Retrieved 25 July 2021.
  16. ^ Adeayo Adebiyi (29 March 2023). "Davido signs two new artists to DMW". Pulse Nigeria. Retrieved 30 March 2023.
  17. ^ "'I'm not signed to DMW'- Ichaba". CITY105.1FM. 1 November 2019. Retrieved 25 July 2021.
  18. ^ "Davido terminates contract with Lil Frosh over domestic violence allegations". Vanguard News. 6 October 2020. Retrieved 25 July 2021.
  19. ^ "Mayorkun drops first single in 2021 'Let me know' under Sony Music". Tribune Online. 21 August 2021. Retrieved 4 December 2021.
  20. ^ "Mayorkun drops "Back In Office" album under Sony Music - P.M. News". P.M. News. Retrieved 4 December 2021.
  21. ^ "The Beatz Awards 2019: Don Jazzy to reward renamed award category 'Don Jazzy New Discovery Producer' with him". Pulse Nigeria. 25 November 2019. Retrieved 28 July 2021.