No 16: Adekunle Kosoko ‘Adekunle Gold’ – Top 30 Naija Most Successful Artistes in the year 2019
The 2019 Naija Top 30 Artistes measures and ranks Nigeria’s prominent recording artistes by blending data from AC’s most influential charts, with album and track sales (both digital and physical), radio airplay, streaming, downloads from top African (Nigerian) entertainment sites, social media fan interaction, as well as YouTube and Eflex9jablog’s views.
In short Top 30 Naija Artistes provides a weekly multi-dimensional ranking of Nigerian recording artiste by popularity.
Adekunle Gold born Adekunle Kosoko, is a Nigerian professional graphics designer, music recording artist, singer, songwriter, and performer with a unique genre of music he calls Urban Highlife.
He was born on 28 January 1987, into the Kosoko royal family of Lagos State, Nigeria. He holds a Higher National Diploma in Arts and Design from Lagos State Polytechnic. Adekunle married Simi in a close-knit ceremony in January 2019. While growing up, Adekunle developed an interest in music while listening to songs by King Sunny Ade and Ebenezer Obey. He became a member of his church’s junior choir during his teenage years and went on to write his first song at the age of 15. In 2014, Adekunle went solo after he disbanded a music group he formed with a friend while in school.
Adekunle Gold was dubbed the “King of Photoshop” after posting an edited Photoshop image of him hugging Tiwa Savage. On 19 December 2014, he released a cover of One Direction’s “Story of My Life” titled “Sade”, which rose to critical acclaim and went on to be nominated at the 2015 edition of The Headies.
After the release of “Sade”, Adekunle released his first official single titled “Orente” through YBNL Nation after signing a music contract with the record label on March 5, 2015. He was nominated in the Most Promising Act of the Year category at the 2015 City People Entertainment Awards.
On 18 July 2016, Adekunle Gold revealed the cover and tracklist of his debut studio album titled Gold. The album is a 16-track project, with musical production from Pheelz, Masterkraft, B Banks, Sleekamo, Oscar and Seyikeyz.
It was released on 25 July, three days before the originally scheduled date of release. Upon its release, it peaked at #7 on the Billboard World Album Chart for the week of 13 August 2016. Moreover, it was critically reviewed by contemporary music critics.
Following his departure from YBNL Nation due to the expiry of his contract, Adekunle Gold unveiled his band “The 79th Element” in reference to the atomic number of gold.
THIS DEVELOPMENT HAS MADE HIM EMERGE MOST SUCCESSFUL ARTISTE NO 16 IN THE YEAR 2019 COMING FROM LAGOS STATE, NIGERIA
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