You hear the name Oluwatobilola Danial Anidugbe and it barely gets any bells ringing. When you hear Kiss Daniel though, all manners of bells begin to ring – hit records bells, crushing ladies bells, and rather dramatically, record label lawsuit bells.
The past year has been a trying one for the Nigerian music star who has been embroiled in a bitter legal tussle with his former record label, G-Worldwide Entertainment, over rights to songs and the seemingly ridiculous but utterly serious matter of the stage name, Kiss Daniel.
When the singer left G-Worldwide to go independent last year, he was hit with the reality of being unable to release new material largely because he could not make use of his stage moniker, Kiss Daniel. He defiantly performed at a few shows but he had to deal with the matter of rights to the stage name.
As it became obvious he would lose that battle, since G-Worldwide owned the rights to the Kiss Daniel moniker, Daniel Anidugbe decided to play smart in his bid to find a way around the copyright saga – the birth of Kizz Daniel.
Kizz Daniel now had the freedom to release records he’d been itching for so long to release, including “4 Dayz” and “For You” which features Wizkid. Or so he thought. Turns out dear Anidugbe did not trademark his new stage name either, G-Worldwide beat him to it and now, he has to figure a new stage name for himself.
How Anidugbe has managed to play himself yet again in this mess with G-Worldwide when he had a wide-open window to get one on his ex-label is baffling and it’s all on him and his team.
That said, it’s mighty saddening to see such a talented singer who’s consistently delivered trendy records find himself caught in such a web that could stifle his music career for longer than necessary.
It makes for a bitter but absolutely important lesson for all artistes, especially the up and coming, to always read and understand the terms and conditions of whatever contract that’s being signed before inking that deal with a record label.
Having the right people around you at all times will do your career – not just for people in entertainment but all spheres now – an entire world of greatness as someone or all of them would spot certain elements which would end up being stumbling block(s) to your growth in your chosen industry.
When it comes to legal documents, get a lawyer to counsel you just so there are no details contained in that document which are working against your long-term success – your career vision has always got to be on the long-term so that you do not ever get carried away by the short-term gains which would slip away and leave you trying to make something out of the rest of your career but those efforts would feel like someone trying to fill a basket with water.
Don’t play yourself.