Oxlade (singer)

Ikuforiji Olaitan Abdulrahman (born 22 April 1997), known professionally by his stage name Oxlade, is a Nigerian singer and songwriter signed to Troniq Music, Epic Records in France, and Columbia Records in the UK.[1] He rose to prominence with the release of the song "Away", which appeared on Rolling Stone 50 best songs of 2020.

Oxlade
Born
Ikuforiji Olaitan Abdulrahman

(1997-04-22) 22 April 1997 (age 25)
NationalityNigerian
EducationLASU (drop-out)
OccupationSinger, Songwriter
Years active2018–present
Musical career
GenresAfro-Fusion, R&B, Pop
InstrumentsVocalist
Labels
  • Troniq Music
  • Epic Records
  • Columbia Records UK
Websitewww.oxladeofficial.com

Life and CareerEdit

Ikuforiji Olaitan Abdulrahman was born on 22 April 1997 in Surulere, a residential area of Lagos. After the passing of his mother at a tender age, he was raised by his father and grandmother. His father was a lecturer at Lagos State University, where he gained admission to study History and International Relations. He enrolled for two years before dropping off to pursue his musical career.

In 2018, he was approached by A&R executive Bizzle Osikoya, right after the release of "Mamiwota" by Blaqbonez, off the Bad Boy Blaq ep, released through 100 Crowns, an imprint of Chocolate City. After his meeting with Bizzle, he signed a management deal with The Plug.[2] Thereafter he signed a publishing, licensing and distribution deal with The Plug Entertainment,[3] and a record deal with Troniq Music. On 27 December 2018, Davido allowed Oxlade perform at City of David concert in Lagos,[4] and he opened for Wizkid in London at Star Boy Fest in 2019.

On 13 April 2020, he released the music video for Away, directed by TG Omori for Troniq Music. On 15 April 2020, he tells, Tami Makinde of The Native, he was instructed by TG Omori, to sit on his lady's lap to personify the popular saying "behind every successful man is a woman".[5] On 7 November 2020, Drake posted a screenshot on his Instagram story, listening to Away.[6] Right after the Canadian rapper made the post, he gained 3 million streams with 24 hours.[7] He achieved mainstream recognition with his hit track "Away" which peaked at number twenty three on the Nigeria's TurnTable Top 50 Yearly chart,[8] off his ep Oxygene, released through Troniq Music, and The Plug Entertainment, on 27 March 2020. He released "DKT" independently on 3 September 2020, and peaked at number 13 on Billboard Top Triller Global chart.[9] He released the music video of "DKT" on 10 May 2021, shot and directed by Dammy Twitch.[10]

In January 2021, his collaboration with Dolapo, and Ms Banks on their song "Interest", earned him his first entry on Capital XTRA Airplay Chart at number eleven on 18 February 2021. and also earned him, his first career entry on UK Afrobeats Singles Chart at number ten, and spent twelve consecutive weeks on chart.[11] On 15 January 2021, the music video for "Interest", was released and directed by Capone.[12] In October 2021, he earned his second entry on the UK Afrobeats Singles Chart with his track "Ojuju", which is currently on chart for five consecutive weeks, since 3 October.[13] It also peaked at number thirteen on Nigeria's TurnTable Top 50 weekly chart.[14] On 3 September 2021, he released the official music video for "Ojuju", directed and shot by Ademola Falomo. He was featured on the single "Kolo" by Ice Prince, which spent eighteen consecutive weeks on chart, and peaked at number eight on TurnTable Top 50 weekly chart.[15] On 11 March 2021, the music video for "Kolo", was released and directed by Director UAX.[16]

He was featured on the song "Overdue" from Coming 2 America studio album Rhythms of Zamunda, curated by Sipho Dlamini, and released on 5 March 2021, through Def Jam Africa, and Def Jam Recordings. On 20 August 2021, Troniq Music, and Oxlade, released the four-tracks extended play Eclipse, produced solely by DJ Coublon, through Troniq Music, and Epic Records France.[17] On 24 August 2021, Oxlade performed "Slow Down" by Skip Marley for The Grammy web series popularly known as Reimagined At Home.[18] On 10 March 2022, Oxlade signed a new deal with Columbia Records UK.[1] On 18 March 2022, he released "Want You", his first single in 2022, one month after the sex scander.[19] The song was produced by TMXO, and mixed by Spax.[20] The music video was released on 18 March 2022, and directed by UAX, for Troniq Music, and Epic Records.[21]

ControversyEdit

2020-present:EndSARS, and Sex TapeEdit

On 8 February 2022, Oxlade sex tape was leaked from Snapchat, and became a trending topic on Twitter.[22] Shortly after, UNILAG students went viral, as they where seen celebrating his sex skills, which many tag "The Spider-Man Style".[22] The female partner was later identified as Rachyyveer or Tammy. On 10 February 2022, she publicly disclose her plan to sue Oxlade for 20 Million naira, right after her boyfriend dumbed her.[23] On 12 February 2022, he apologized on Twitter to his fans and the lady on the viral video.[24]

On 12 October 2020, Oxlade was injured during the EndSARS protest in Surulere, a commercial area in Lagos. Residents and fellow protesters reported the situation with the hashtag #EndSARS, with a video clip of Oxlade manager Ojah'B, who was seen beating and treated like a criminal, as the police invaded the peaceful protest, into violent protest.[25]

ArtistryEdit

His voice as described by Efe Ukpebor of Nigeria Entertainment Today, is "smooth", with a seamless blend of musical genres.[26] He describes his sound as a bridge between the Alte (Afro-fusion/experimental music expressions) and the mainstream.[3] His lyrics are a mixture of English, and Pidgin English, often exploring contemporary topics such as love.

DiscographyEdit

EPsEdit

List of extended plays with selected details
Title EP details
Oxygene
Eclipse
  • Released: 20 August 2021
  • Label: Troniq Music, Epic Records
  • Formats: Digital download, streaming

SinglesEdit

List of charted singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
NG
UK
[27]
US
"Away" 2020 23[A] Oxygene
"DKT" [B] Non-album single
"Ojuju" 2021 13[28][C] [D] Eclipse
"Want You" 2022 [E] [F] TBA
List of charted singles as a featured artist, with selected chart positions
Artist Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
NG
UK
Dolapo "Interest" (with. Ms Banks, & Oxlade) 2021 [G] TBA
Ice Prince "Kolo" (feat. Oxlade) 8[H] TBA

FilmographyEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2020 Like Someone's Watching Oxlade Main cast

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominee/Work Result
2021 African Entertainment Awards USA Best New Artist "Oxlade" Nominated
All Africa Music Awards Best Artist, Duo or Group in African RnB & Soul Nominated
2020 City People Music Awards Next Rated Artiste (Male) Nominated
The Headies Next Rated Nominated
2019 The Headies Rookie of the year Nominated

NotesEdit

  1. ^ "Away" peaked at number 23 on the TurnTable Top 50 Yearly chart.[8]
  2. ^ "DKT" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number 13 on the Billboard Top Triller Global Chart.[9]
  3. ^ "Ojuju" peaked at number 13 on the TurnTable Top 50 Weekly chart.[14]
  4. ^ "Ojuju" did not enter the UK Singles Chart, but peaked at number 19 on the UK Afrobeats Singles Chart.[13]
  5. ^ "Want" did not enter the UK Singles Chart, but peaked at number 18 on the UK Afrobeats Singles Chart.[11]
  6. ^ "Want" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number 47 on the Billboard U.S. Afrobeats Songs.[15]
  7. ^ "Interest" did not enter the UK Singles Chart, but peaked at number 10 on the UK Afrobeats Singles Chart.[29]
  8. ^ "Kolo" peaked at number 8 on the TurnTable Top 50 Weekly chart.[30]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Oxlade signs new deal with Columbia Records". The Nation Newspaper. 10 March 2022. Retrieved 19 March 2022.
  2. ^ "Oxlade signed to The Plug". plugng.com. Retrieved 10 November 2021.
  3. ^ a b "Oxygene… A Bold Beginning For Oxlade". The Guardian Nigeria. 9 May 2020. Retrieved 10 November 2021.
  4. ^ "Oxlade of Afrobeats". www.redbull.com. Retrieved 10 November 2021.
  5. ^ "Oxlade's latest video "Away" is a celebration of a woman's power". The NATIVE. 15 April 2020. Retrieved 10 November 2021.
  6. ^ "Why should anyone care that Drake is listening to Oxlade". The NATIVE. 8 November 2020. Retrieved 10 November 2021.
  7. ^ HipHopDX (27 October 2021). "Drake Co-Sign Gave Nigerian Artist Oxlade 3M Streams In A Day". HipHopDX. Retrieved 10 November 2021.
  8. ^ a b "Official Afrobeats Chart Top 20 | Official Charts Company". www.officialcharts.com. Retrieved 10 November 2021.
  9. ^ a b "Top Triller Global Chart". Billboard. Retrieved 10 November 2021.
  10. ^ Onabanjo, Adedamola (11 May 2021). "Watch The Dramatic Dammy Twitch Directed Video For Oxlade's 'DKT'". The Culture Custodian (Est. 2014.). Retrieved 10 November 2021.
  11. ^ a b "Official Afrobeats Chart Top 20 | Official Charts Company". www.officialcharts.com. Retrieved 30 March 2022.
  12. ^ Tv, Bn (16 January 2021). "New Video: Dolapo feat. Ms Banks & Oxlade – Interest". BellaNaija. Retrieved 11 November 2021.
  13. ^ a b "Official Afrobeats Chart Top 20 | Official Charts Company". www.officialcharts.com. Retrieved 10 November 2021.
  14. ^ a b "Turntable Top 50: Kizz Daniel holds steady at No.1 with "Lie"". The NATIVE. 23 August 2021. Retrieved 10 November 2021.
  15. ^ a b Cusson, Michael (29 March 2022). "Billboard U.S. Afrobeats Songs". Billboard. Retrieved 30 March 2022.
  16. ^ Tv, Bn (11 March 2021). "New Music + Video: Ice Prince feat. Oxlade – Kolo". BellaNaija. Retrieved 11 November 2021.
  17. ^ Alake, Motolani (23 August 2021). "Oxlade serves a timely reminder of his potential on 'Eclipse' [Pulse EP Review]". Pulse Nigeria. Retrieved 11 November 2021.
  18. ^ "Oxlade Performs Skip Marley's "Slow Down"". GRAMMY.com. 24 August 2021. Retrieved 11 November 2021.
  19. ^ "Oxlade Makes Comeback With 'Want You'". The Guardian Nigeria. 18 March 2022. Retrieved 19 March 2022.
  20. ^ "New Music: Oxlade – Want You". BellaNaija. 18 March 2022. Retrieved 19 March 2022.
  21. ^ "Oxlade Teases Video Snippet Of New Song 'Want You' | WATCH". NotjustOk. 16 March 2022. Retrieved 19 March 2022.
  22. ^ a b "How Oxlade's nude photos, sex tape leaked on Snapchat". Premium Times Nigeria. 9 February 2022. Retrieved 19 March 2022.
  23. ^ "Oxlade in another trouble!". AlimoshoToday. Retrieved 19 March 2022.
  24. ^ "Sex tape: Singer Oxlade apologises to fans, lady in video". Punch Newspapers. 12 February 2022. Retrieved 19 March 2022.
  25. ^ "Oxlade injured, manager arrested as #EndSARS protest turns violent". TheCable Lifestyle. 12 October 2020. Retrieved 19 March 2022.
  26. ^ "Meet Oxlade, the Nigerian Pop Artiste You Should Look Out For". Nigerian Entertainment Today. 11 May 2020. Retrieved 10 November 2021.
  27. ^ "OXLADE | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". www.officialcharts.com. Retrieved 10 November 2021.
  28. ^ "Turntable Charts Top 50 Chart". Turntable Charts. Retrieved 10 November 2021.
  29. ^ "Official Afrobeats Chart Top 20 | Official Charts Company". www.officialcharts.com. Retrieved 11 November 2021.
  30. ^ "TurnTable Top 50: Teni's "For You" returns to No. 1". The NATIVE. 12 April 2021. Retrieved 10 November 2021.