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Kanye West emerges Billboard’s 2020 top gospel artist  

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American superstar rap artiste Kanye West has been named Billboard‘s Top Gospel Artist and Top Male Gospel Artist of 2020.

Although Kanye West started his career as a secular musician, in 2019 he released his first spiritual-themed album, Jesus is King.

According to Billboard, on the list of entertainers for the Top Gospel Artist chart, Kanye beat Kirk Franklin at No. 2, Tasha Cobbs Leonard at No. 3, Sunday Service Choir at No. 4, Travis Greene at No. 5, Marvin Sapp at No. 6, Kierra Sheard at No. 7, Koryn Hawthorne at No. 8, Maverick City Music at No. 9, and Jonathan McReynolds at No. 10.

Also, as for Top Male Gospel Artist, Kanye beat Kirk Franklin who sits at No. 2, Travis Green, No. 3; Marvin Sapp at No. 4, and Jonathan McReynolds at No. 5.

Billboard wrote, “West’s 2019 album, his first spiritual-themed set, Jesus Is King, opened atop Top Gospel Albums, Top Christian Albums and the all-genre Billboard 200. In its opening week on the Nov. 9, 2019, dated lists, the set earned 264,000 equivalent album units, the biggest week ever for a faith-based album. Since its arrival, Jesus Is King has spent more than a year at No. 1 and is the No. 1 album on the Top Gospel Albums year-end tally.

“The No. 2 Christian Album of 2020 also comes from West’s world. Jesus Is Born, credited to the Sunday Service Choir (with production by West), finishes in the runner-up position. The album was released on Dec. 25, 2019. After just a day-and-a-half of tracking, Jesus Is Born entered Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart (dated Jan. 4, 2020) at No. 2 starting with 6,000 equivalent album units earned (3,000 in album sales) in the week ending Dec. 26, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. Jesus Is Born peaked at No. 2 on Top Gospel Albums, not making it to the summit only because West’s own Jesus Is King LP was dominating at No. 1. Sunday Service Choir is also the leading gospel group of 2020.”

Billboard further stated that Kanye West’s, Follow God song was the number one song of the year on Hot Gospel Songs.

“Meanwhile, the lead track on Jesus Is King, ‘Follow God’, is the No. 1 song of the year on Hot Gospel Songs, which is powered by streaming, airplay and sales. ‘Follow God’ has spent more than 40 weeks at No. 1. Concurrently, it is the No. 1 song on the year-end Gospel Streaming Songs list and No. 2 on Gospel Digital Song Sales.

“West’s ‘Wash us in the Blood’, featuring Travis Scott, is the No. 4 Hot Gospel Songs title of 2020. ‘Wash Us’ started at No. 1 on both Hot Gospel Songs and Hot Christian Songs on the surveys dated July 11. It reigned for eight weeks on the former and two frames on the latter. It’s also the No. 1 song of 2020 on Gospel Digital Song Sales,” Billboard stated.

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Why I’m backing Tinubu, not supporting Funke Akindele — Bimbo Akintola

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Nollywood actress, Bimbo Akintola

Nollywood actress, Bimbo Akintola, has explained why she has pitched her tent with the All Progressives Congress, including its presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, for the 2023 elections.

The prominent Nollywood actress revealed this in an interview she granted Television Continental recently.

Akintola said she belong to the APC Presidential Campaign Council.

She said: “I am with the PCC.

“I’m working for Asiwaju.

“And I’m also with CGI (Connecting Grassroots Initiative), which MC Oluomo started.

“What we are doing is going door to door.

“First and foremost, Asiwaju built talent.

“He found people who can do things.

“Look at his cabinet when he was governor.

“Those are the names we call now.

“We see (Babatunde Raji) Fashola, (Yemi) Osinbanjo, Wale Edun.

“And they are the so-called young names we call in politics.

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“And they all came from where?

“It’s because Asiwaju sourced them and brought them on.

“We would be excited about the changes that would happen in this country.”

Akintola said one of the reasons she is backing the former Lagos State Governor to emerge the president of the country was his support for the creative industry.

She said: “I know he has a vision for Nigeria, which is crucial.

“Where we are in the world right now, if you know you don’t have a picture, you shouldn’t try to serve.

“He has an idea.

“Tinubu has supported so many people.

“Our industry for one.

“You don’t need to know him to get support.

:When we lost Moji Olaiya, and she wasn’t in the country, he flew her in, he paid for everything.

“So many actors have received help from him.

“And he doesn’t know them from anywhere.”

When asked about her colleague, Funke Akindele, who is Peoples Democratic Party deputy governorship candidate for Lagos State, Akintola said: “I think more and more people who feel they have a service to give to this country need to step up.

“Nigeria needs all the help.

“They should step up.”

She noted that she has currently been speaking up because of how other people try to downplay her choices.

Akintola added: “Normally, I don’t share my politics or what I believe on social media, but because of how people are attacking others, I said no, we won’t be bullied.

“Every Nigerian has the right to make a choice.

“My choice might be different from yours, but it doesn’t change the fact that we are both Nigerians.”

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Toyin Abraham beats Funke Akindele, others as highest grossing actress for 2022

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Actress Toyin Abraham has emerged the most paid Nigerian actress for the year 2022.

Beating Funke Akindele, Mercy Johnson, Mercy Aigbe, Iyabo Ojo, and other colleagues to the feat, Toyin Abraham proudly shared the information on her Instagram page hours ago.

According to the Nigerian Box Office yearbook released by Film One moments ago on Instagram, Toyin Abraham’s King of Thieves and Ijakumo, the movie earned her over N611 million thus becoming the highest-paid Nigerian actress for 2022.

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Jubilating about the win, Toyin Abraham wrote “Verified Congratulations to #ijakumo team , Thanks to everyone who has seen IJAKUMO pls IJAKUMO is still showing in cinemas in Nigeria,USA and Uk . @lolade_okusanya I’m super proud of you,you performance is IJAKUMO is extremely nice,your first cinema movie and you became no 5

@kunleremiofficial woow my darling,thank you for making it easy to work with you and for giving your best on and offset, more to come kunle. @adebayotijani Egbon mi atata you are underrated and I’m happy people are beginning to see how good your are, welldone Egbon more box office smash. @stevesodiya baba m.

Thank you for everything,thanks for loving me,thanks for putting this project on your head,thanks for being a backbone,thank you uncle Steve Akanbi more box office for us to smash together. @toyin_abraham no 1 emi dada Awuru”

Kemi Filani recalls that in 2021, , Toyin Abraham’s the Ghost and the tout too, the prophetess and Aki and pawpaw movie earned her over N357million thus becoming the highest paid Nigerian actress for 2021.

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Threesome: Lady begs Nedu for rich friend’s contact

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An on-air personality, Nedu Wazobia, has said that following his controversial comments that he once walked in on his rich friend having sex with two female celebs at the same time, a lady reached out to him, pleading for the rich man’s contact.

He told Saturday Beats, “After the release of the podcast where I talked about one of my friends who gave a lady N3m before even sleeping with her, another lady sent me a message on social media, saying that she had school challenges. She asked me to introduce her to that same man, so she could also collect money from him.”

The chat, which Nedu forwarded to our correspondent, read in part, “After seeing the video, I decided to reach out to you, (to know) if you could link me up with your rich friend, so I could get enough money for my tuition fees.”

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The broadcaster also maintained that women who thought they could only appear sexy when they exposed themselves were insecure. He said, “There is no one that can ever say I did anything immoral to get a job. I have got all the jobs I did because I was qualified for then. Women who feel that they are only sexy when they reveal body parts are insecure, and they have nothing to offer other than their bodies. If your primary aim is to be sexy, the only people that will come to you are those that want to have sex with you and leave.

“Nobody keeps a woman that is for the public. Those who have something to offer are always decent. But, that is not to say that those who cover up themselves don’t engage in immoral activities too.”

Revealing the lowest amount he had ever been paid as a master of ceremonies, Nedu said, “For my first MC job around 2010/2011, I was paid N30,000. It was an Igbo wedding, and they really stressed me a lot.”

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