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Nigeria: Top 10 Entertainment Stories of 2013

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Don Jazzy threw the first punch in this war of words on Twitter, which took place early November. The ace producer accused Wande Coal of not giving him credit for the latter's single, Baby Face. Wande Coal, staggering under the unexpected punch, expressed disappointment in Don Jazzy for taking their private fight to a public place (Twitter) when the latter had all his contact information. There were more counterpunches culminating in an official statement from Mavin records announcing the departure of W Cizzy from the label. According to reports, the artiste, who now operates on his own Black Diamond label, had left Mavin quietly months before the Twitter fight.

6. Chocolate City sues Brymo

Of the entire record label versus artiste fight, the one between Chocolate City and Ara singer, Brymo, seemed the fiercest. After leaving Chocolate City before the expiration of his contract - a departure he announced on twitter - Brymo apparently inspired by his experience with the label, released his third album with a telling title, Merchants, Dealers and Slaves. The record label, outraged by the artiste's audacity in releasing an album independently while still signed to it, unceremoniously took him to court. Brymo followed this with enraged messages directed at Chocolate City boss, Audu Maikori, via Twitter. He got support from his former label mate, Jesse Jags, who also left Chocolate City in a huff - although Jesse waited till his contract expired. Meanwhile, the court case rages on.

7. Glo dumps actors for musicians

Telecoms company, Globacam, known for promoting Nollywood by co-opting actors to be its brand ambassadors, in September, did an about face, dumping most of the actors on its roster for the more influential musicians.

8. Kanye West's rants

With the release of his eight studio album, Yeezus, in June - and even before - self-described genius, Kanye West, decided to bless his fans and haters alike with his stream of consciousness rants. No platform was too grand or too inconspicuous for him. From radio shows, to Twitter, to the stage at his shows, Kim Kardashian's boyfriend complained about everything and threw mud at friends and enemies alike. He lambasted Nike, the footwear company he once collaborated with to produce the Air Yeezy sneakers; compared himself to Steve Jobs and Michael Jackson; and called out President Barack Obama for playing it safe and turning on him. He also went on and on about how he and his girlfriend, Kim, were god's gift to brand marketing students. When one of his rants was parodied by comedy talk show host, Jimmy Kimmel, West took to Twitter to deliver dirty punches on the comedian, attacking everything from Kimmel's weight to his past relationship with fellow comedian, Sarah Silverman.

9. Miley's Twerkgate

In a bid to throw out her squeaky clean Hannah Montana image, Miley Cyrus made 2013 her year of outrageous, over the top, trying too hard, sexy antics. Rihanna's good-girl-gone bad actions since her break-up with Chris Brown seemed tame and tasteful in comparison to Miley's. The peak of the Miley wild-out came at the MTV Video Music Awards, where dressed in plastic underwear, she twerked against Robin Thicke while he sang his hit song, Blurred Lines. The trashiness of Miley's performance more than the actual dance move caused the singer a lot of ire from American viewers who deemed the award show, a family programme watched by impressionable kids. Not long after the twerking failed, the unrepentant 21-year-old broke up with her actor fiancé, Liam Hemsworth.

10. BON/IBAN ban on artistes

At an industry event early December, COSON Chairman, Tony Okoroji, read out a letter from the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria announcing the ban of the music of several top-flight Nigerian artistes from the airwaves. The artistes soon responded to the ban by coming together to demand formally that radio and TV stations pay them for the use of their music.

BONUS: Paul Walker's death

When Fast and Furious actor, Paul Walker, met his death in a car crash, some were befuddled: 'Paul Walker, who?' But once a face was attached to the name, even those that have never seen one movie from the franchise lamented the death of a very 'beautiful' man. Walker, who died November 30 in a car driven by his friend and business manager, Roger Rodas, is survived by his parents, siblings, and daughter, Meadow.

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