An up-and-coming artiste with the moniker Wise Child has come under scrutiny after it has been revealed that he illicitly profited by uploading songs of Afrobeats star, Wizkid, on multiple streaming platforms.
It has been alleged that the singer has raked the sum of $73,170 monthly since October 2020 by uploading Wizkid’s recent album, Made In Lagos on Apple Music, Amazon, Shazam, and Tidal.
An album uploaded by Wise Child on the streaming platforms is titled “Lasgidi Made,” an alteration of the original “Made In Lagos” by Wizkid. But despite the change in title, all the songs contained in the album are songs by Wizkid, together with Essence, Ginger, Grace, No Stress.
Wise Child additionally uses similar social media handles to Wizkid. On Twitter, he is @wisekidaya, whereas Wizkid goes by @wizkidayo.
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Wise Child drew attention to himself after he tweeted a now-deleted screenshot of an Apple Music analytics which he captioned “On God.” The screenshot showed that in the past four weeks he’s enjoyed 9.three million views, 133.6k average daily listeners, and 1.2k track purchases.
Wise Child has denied the accusation of copyright infringement. He tweeted, “I’m just an upcoming artist I know nothing about this and please am not the one distributing Wizkid album on Apple music.”
He additionally claimed that Freeme Digital, a music distribution digital company, handles the distribution of his songs.
However, Freeme Digital has countered Wise Child’s tweet by saying: “We did NOT distribute his ‘Lasgidi Made’ album and have solely distributed his previous content. We are going to see him and everybody else involved in this lie and defamation in court.”
Free Digital additionally stated that it will be deleting the rest of Wisekid’s content on its platform.