Highlife star, Chinedu Okoli a.k.a Flavour has debunked 'breach of contract' claims by his label, Badbeats Records. According to the report, Flavour approached Mr. Anderson Obiagwu and Mr. Igwe Odelugo (owners of Badbeats Records) while on tour in the United States of America in November 2010, requesting that they invest in him as a potential brand. A 3-year, 2 albums contract was drafted and signed attached with a posh 7 bedroom apartment at Magodo, a Toyota Avalon car, a professional photo session in South Africa and total artiste make over from looks to wardrobe as well as other benefits to make the fast rising artist comfortable.
Contrary to the above, Flavour told Jarmzone – "I have no contract with Anderson, just an MOU with Mr. Odelugo. The contract was to take effect from my next album. I have no sign on fee, no house as promised and no car, which were my requirements for the commencement of the deal".
Responding to how he met Mr. Odelugo and Anderson Obiagwu, Flavour said, "After my performance in Houston, last year, I met with Igwe Odelugo who still is a good friend of mine; we rubbed minds and he showed interest in building up a music powerhouse which I advised would be a good step due to his passion and financial strength. Anderson is Igwe's boy who was later introduced to me in Nigeria as Igwe's assistant because of Igwe's tight business affairs in the USA".
In the press statement release last week, the label said that it rebranded Flavour with a view to marketing him as an international artiste of class; they shot two videos "My Woman Is Gone" (in New York) and "Nwa Baby" (in South Africa). The service of a personal publicist was also employed to further propel the artist to an enviable position of reckoning.
"I decided to give them a huge percentage of my earnings because they assisted in the shooting of my video. I realized they are amateurs and lack the capacity needed. So I opted out, they have no office they don't give me shows and they failed in their responsibilities so many times", Flavour responds.
Speaking on the challenge on the deal with Badbeats Records, Flavour says, "I thank God because everything I am today is by God's grace, and my loyal fans. My two albums were financed by me and me alone. Badbeats has done nothing for me, just paying the press to say they have signed me and given me heaven and earth. I noticed their selfish interest on time so I called everything off. They failed in their promise for a car, a house and sign on fee. They haven't given me a single show and they have collected 60 percent of over 15 shows within and outside Nigeria. I thought with time they will stabilize but with the selfishness of Anderson involved, I seriously doubted their future. I just want to be by myself like before".
Asking if there was an attempt to be civil about the issues by both parties talking about it, Flavour says, "the issue is not money or fame; it's the mindset of the people you are working with. I still have a healthy relationship with Igwe but I'd rather be by myself and focus on my music not people".
Flavour confirms to be working on his third album; however, it will not be released on Badbeats Records. "Do not believe everything you read. I want to thank my fans because before Badbeats they made me famous and okay, after Badbeats, Oringo continues after all", he says.