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Nigerian artist Wisekid under fire for stealing millions of streams from Wizkid

Nigerian artist Wisekid has been accused of stealing streams from Wizkid and his latest album, Made In Lagos.

Wisekid appears to have uploaded a replica version of Wizkid’s Made In Lagos titled Lasgidi Madethe only other difference being the album artwork and the track list order.

The album has amassed 9.3 million streams, due to many mistaking the album for the Wizkid original.

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In a since deleted tweet, Wisekid confirmed that he has amassed 9.3m streams.

Many streaming platforms have also distributed traffic to both Wizkid and Wisekid, regardless of which artist users listen to.

As such, Wisekid has reportedly amassed N30m (around £60,000).

Wisekid even changed his social media handles to imitate those of Wizkid, adding ‘aya’ to the end of his Twitter and Instagram handles, instead of Wizkid’s ‘ayo’.

Wizkid’s Made In Lagos was released in October 2020, breaking several African streaming records and debuting at no. 15 on the UK Albums Chart.

The Nigerian artist, real name Hosea Yohanna, is now facing copyright infringement charges for the deceitful act.

Once the news began to spread of Wisekid’s actions, he was very quick to deny all knowledge of the fraud.

Wisekid wizkid fraud copyright infringement made in lagos album

Wisekid wizkid fraud copyright infringement made in lagos album

The artist even tried to throw his distribution company, Freeme Digital, under the bus, but they were having none of it…

Wisekid wizkid fraud copyright infringement made in lagos album

Safe to say it’s not looking good for Wisekid…

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