Joseph Akinwale (born 21 May 1997), known professionally as Joeboy, is a Nigerian singer and songwriter.[1] Mr Eazi of record label emPawa Africa discovered him in 2017. His genre of music is that of Afro pop and R&B. He was born in Lagos State, Nigeria.

Joeboy
Joeboy
Background information
Birth nameJoseph Akinwale Akinfenwa-Donus
Born (1997-05-21) 21 May 1997 (age 25)
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Years active2017–present
LabelsBanku Music / emPawa Africa

Early life and careerEdit

Mr Eazi-assisted track "Fààjí" on October 26, 2018; he used his portion of the grant he received from emPawa100 to shoot a video for the song.[2][1] Joeboy's single "Baby" was released on March 1, 2019; it garnered 20 million streams across YouTube and Spotify in 2019.[3] The visualizer music video for "Baby" surpassed 31 million views on YouTube.[4] Joeboy released the Killertunes-produced track "Beginning" on August 15, 2019. The visualizer music video for "Beginning" surpassed 23 million views on YouTube. In it, he finds himself developing feelings for a friend whose advances he had initially dismissed.[5] Joeboy released his debut extended play Love & Light in November 2019.[6] It was released by emPawa Africa and was supported by the singles "Baby" and "Beginning".[7] The EP also contains the Mayorkun-assisted track "Don't Call Me" and "All for You".[8]

Joeboy won Best Artiste in African Pop at the 2019 All Africa Music Awards, and Best Pop at the 2020 Soundcity MVP Awards Festival.[9][10] He was nominated for multiple City People Entertainment Awards and The Headies.[11][12] Joeboy released the Dera-produced track "Call" on April 10, 2020.[13] Described as a "catchy love song",[by whom?] "Call" is the lead single from his upcoming debut studio album. The TG Omori-directed video for "Call" features dystopian sci-fi themes.[14]

In January 2021, Joeboy announced his debut album Somewhere Between Beauty & Magic, It was released in February 2021 to moderate commercial success.[15]

ControversyEdit

Singer, Bukola Elemide, also known as Asa, issued a copyright infringement notice to Joseph Akinfenwa, aka Joeboy in October 2022, over his recently-released song, “Contour”, over claims that the composition of the song was originally recorded by her and the producer of the song “Tempoe”, earlier in September 2020 during a recording session.[16] Asa, through her legal counsel made a notice to Joeboy via mail, which was shared by Joeboy on his Instagram story on 3rd October 2022, revealed that Asa demanded the sum of N300 million and gave a 24-hour ultimatum for the song to be removed from all digital streaming platforms. Asa through her management, also asked for a 60 per cent publishing split on the song, and a written apology, as seen in the notice.[17]

DiscographyEdit

AlbumEdit

  • Somewhere Between Beauty & Magic (2021)[15]

EPsEdit

  • Love & Light (2019)

SinglesEdit

Title Year Album
"Realest" (featuring Triple N) 2017 Non-album singles
"Fire" (featuring King Promise and GuiltyBeatz) 2018
"Fààjí" (featuring Mr Eazi)
"Gbese" (featuring Oxlade and DJ Voyst) 2019
"Baby" Love & Light
"Beginning"
"Don't Call Me Back"[18] (featuring Mayorkun)
"Blessings"
"All For You"
"Call" 2020
"Lonely" Somewhere Between Beauty & Magic
"Empty My Pocket"[19] 2021
"Alcohol"
"Contour" 2022

As featured artistEdit

List of singles, showing title and year released with selected chart positions
Title Year Chart positions Certifications Album
NG
[20]
AUS
[21]
FRA
[22]
GER
[23]
NLD
[24]
NOR
[25]
NZ
[26]
SWE
[27]
SWI
[28]
UK
[29]
US
[30]
"No D"
(DJ Voyst featuring Joeboy & Brainee)
2018 Non-album singles
"Nobody"
(DJ Neptune featuring Joeboy & Mr Eazi
2020
"Love Nwantiti (Ah Ah Ah)"
(CKay featuring Joeboy and Kuami Eugene)
2020 14 8 1 6 1 1 2 4 1 3 29
"Kele"[35]
(Laycon featuring Joeboy)
2021 ...Shall We Begin...
"Yawa No Dey End"
(Majeeed with Joeboy)
2022 41 Non-album single

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Event Prize Recipient Result Ref
2019 The Headies Next Rated Himself Nominated [12]
Best Pop Single "Baby" Nominated
Song of the Year Nominated
Viewer's Choice "Beginning" Nominated
All Africa Music Awards Best Artiste in African Pop Himself Won [9]
City People Music Awards Popular Song of the Year "Baby" Nominated [11]
Most Promising Act of the Year Himself Nominated
Best New Act of the Year Nominated
Revelation of the Year Nominated
2020 Soundcity MVP Awards Festival Best New MVP Himself Nominated [10]
Best Pop Won
Listeners' Choice "Beginning" Nominated
Song of the Year "Baby" Nominated

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Nadia Neophytou (1 November 2019). "Why Joeboy, With Help From Mr Eazi, is Nigeria's Next Big Thing". Billboard 2. Retrieved 1 February 2020.
  2. ^ "Fààjí (feat. Mr Eazi) - Single by Joeboy". Apple Music. 26 October 2018. Retrieved 28 February 2020.
  3. ^ Elias Leight (24 October 2019). "Joeboy Reckons With Heartbreak on 'Don't Call Me Back'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 22 February 2020.
  4. ^ Kam Tambini (24 October 2019). "Interview: Joeboy On Blowing Up and His New 'Love & Light' EP". OkayAfrica. Retrieved 22 February 2020.
  5. ^ Civonne Ray (21 August 2019). "Nigeria's newest Afrobeats star, Joeboy's new single "Beginning"". Retrieved 22 February 2020.
  6. ^ James Keith (17 January 2019). "Premiere: Nigeria's Next Star Joeboy Revisits Recent 'Love & Light' EP For "All For You"". Complex. Retrieved 22 February 2020.
  7. ^ Motolani Alake (8 November 2019). "Joeboy sparks conversation with 'Love and Light' [EP Review]". Pulse Nigeria. Retrieved 22 February 2020.
  8. ^ Emmanuel Esomnofu (14 November 2019). "Is Joeboy All For You? – "Love & Light" EP Review". NotJustOk. Retrieved 22 February 2020.
  9. ^ a b "Burna Boy, Nasty C, Stonebwoy, Nadia Nakai & More Win 2019 AFRIMA Awards". OkayAfrica. 24 November 2019. Retrieved 21 January 2020.
  10. ^ a b Damola Durosomo (13 January 2020). "Burna Boy, Tiwa Savage, Rema, Teni & More Win Big at 2020 Soundcity MVP Awards". OkayAfrica. Retrieved 19 January 2020.
  11. ^ a b "#CityPeopleMusicAwards: Nominees List Out". City People Magazine. 25 October 2019. Retrieved 21 January 2020.
  12. ^ a b Gbenga Bada (20 October 2019). "Headies 2019: Here are all the winners at the 13th edition of music award". Pulse Nigeria. Retrieved 20 October 2019.
  13. ^ "Call - Single by Joeboy". Apple Music. 10 April 2020. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  14. ^ Durosomo, Damola (10 April 2020). "Watch the Music Video for Joeboy's New Single 'Call'". OkayAfrica. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  15. ^ a b Ruiz, Matthew Ismael (18 January 2021). "Joeboy Announces Debut Album, Shares New 'Lonely' Video: Watch". Pitchfork. Retrieved 18 January 2021.
  16. ^ "Asa slams N300m copyright infringement suit on Joeboy". Punch Newspapers. 4 October 2022.
  17. ^ "Asa Demands N300m For Copyright Infringement". Channels Television.
  18. ^ Leight, Elias (24 October 2019). "Joeboy Reckons With Heartbreak on 'Don't Call Me Back'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 20 January 2020.
  19. ^ Mike, Steven. "Joeboy Empty My Pocket". RetroNaija. Retrieved 22 June 2021.
  20. ^ "Turntable Top 50 Chart". TurnTable charts & TurnTable magazine. Retrieved 25 May 2022.
  21. ^ "ARIA Top 50 Singles Chart". Australian Recording Industry Association. 11 October 2021. Retrieved 8 October 2021.
  22. ^ "Top Singles (Week 39, 2021)". SNEP. Retrieved 6 October 2021.
  23. ^ "Discographie CKay". offiziellecharts.de. Retrieved 8 October 2021.
  24. ^ "CKay discography". lescharts.com. Retrieved 25 September 2021.
  25. ^ "VG-lista – Topp 20 Single 2021-39". VG-lista. Retrieved 2 October 2021.
  26. ^ "NZ Top 40 Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. 11 October 2021. Retrieved 9 October 2021.
  27. ^ "Veckolista Singlar, vecka 39". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 1 October 2021.
  28. ^ "CKay discography". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 26 September 2021.
  29. ^ "CKay | full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 8 October 2021.
  30. ^ "The Hot 100 Chart: January 15, 2022". Billboard. Retrieved 11 January 2022.
  31. ^ "ARIA Top 50 Albums for week of 15 November 2021". Australian Recording Industry Association. 15 November 2021. Retrieved 11 December 2021.
  32. ^ "British certifications – CKay – Love Nwantiti (Ah Ah Ah)". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 27 February 2022.
  33. ^ "American certifications – CKay – Love Nwantiti (Ah Ah Ah)". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 16 January 2022.
  34. ^ "New Zealand single certifications – CKay – Love Nwantiti (Ah Ah Ah)". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 11 December 2021.
  35. ^ Kele, 30 April 2021, retrieved 23 October 2021