The company stated it has no existing deal with Ycee or his team.
Days after Ycee went on a rant, in which he called out Sony Music Entertainment West Africa executive, Michael Ugwu, Freeme Digital has moved to clarify their position in the dispute.
According to the digital music distribution company which Ugwu is an investor, Ycee had signed an agreement with it in November 2015.
That deal however was terminated in April 2016, though that termination only took effect in June 2016.
Freeme Digital stated further that the distribution of Ycee’s EP, The First Wave, was solely between Tinny Entertainment and Sony Music.
Read the full statement below.
‘Following the series of occurrences that has transpired on social media since Tuesday, August 29, 2017 between Ycee of Tinny Entertainment and Michael Ugwu of Sony Music Entertainment; this is our position.
‘Freeme Digital had a distribution agreement with Ycee which was signed in November 2015 and was terminated in April 2016 with effect from June 2016. This wasn’t on the basis of any feud whatsoever as Ycee still featured on Freeme TV ZoneOutSessions even after the termination of his contract.
‘His EP ‘The First Wave’ which was released in April 2017 was solely between his management and Sony Music and we, Freeme Digital were not involved in that deal.
‘We were never, and are still not partnering with Sony Music on any of its recording and/or distribution deals with artistes, and we definitely have no current and existing contractual relations with Ycee or his team.
‘Anything and everything that happened between Freeme Digital and Ycee after the expiration of his contract was on the basis of a cordial industry relationship, NOTHING MORE.
‘We are aware that several assumptions and baseless propaganda have been flying in the media as expected but we have chosen to respond to it as it is and call it by its real name – Baseless.
‘Freeme Digital is Nigeria’s foremost online digital music distribution network with a growing array of artists, labels, comedians and content creators across the region on our platform with radio rights to all content licensed so unsubstantiated disputes like this don’t come as a surprise.
‘We work hard to offer world-class services in our industry and in this sub-region so unfounded arguments though common with the industry never stay on us.
‘This dispute is between Tinny entertainment and Sony Music Entertainment; Freeme Digital has no part in it.’
Recall that on August 29, Ycee attacked Michael Ugwu, digital music distribution companies and others for ripping off artistes.
He claimed they use monies meant for artistes to fund their lifestyle, adding that he is annoyed at how others who are affected have kept mum on the issue.
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