• Marlian Records On A Mission to Take The Streets to the Top of the Charts

Written by: Adeayo, Adebiyi

Marlian Records is shaping to be the hottest record label in Nigeria

A strong argument can be made for Marlian Records as the leading record label serving the music industry with street-inspired music. You can go as far as saying it is the leading record label in Nigeria. After taking the industry by storm in 2018 and after swimming the murky waters of fraud allegations, Naira Marley emerged as a hit creator, a household name, and the founder of the Marlian movement which is the umbrella body for those unwilling to conform to society’s moral code.

Since breaking into the scene, Naira Marley has emerged as the leading street artiste who captures the daily struggle of life on the streets in a simple, relatable, and often risqué fashion. He has been able to seamlessly merge the western exposure he gathered as a young man in Peckham with the realities of a shrewd hustler in the streets of Lagos. Naira Marley was able to bridge the gap between the streets and the gated communities as his music found an audience in both the lower, middle and higher strata of the society.

Naira Marley reinforced his position as the king of the street by creating the Marlian movement which boasts of faithful adherents who are willing to model their lives after the superstar. Naira Marley proved he has an eye for talent and an interest in promoting street music and this saw him established the Marlian Record which currently boasts of some of the most promising artistes the streets have to offer.

The success of Marlian Record and the status of Naira Marley as the King of street music has been proven by their performance on Nigeria’s foremost music chart. Marlian was the first label to have three artistes in the top ten of the TurnTable Top 50 in a week (a record that is yet to be matched another imprint in Nigeria). This week, Marlian Records continued its dominance by registering its presence on the chart in sensational fashion.

Marlian Records had three of their artistes on the chart with Mohbad appearing twice. Naira Marley’s latest single “Drug Test” debuted at No.10 despite suffering from a radio ban and having no visuals yet, Zinoleesky’s “Naira Marley” rose 18 places from 35 to 17, and Mohbad’s “Feel Good” occupies the No. 23 spot (a dip that was caused by the song’s absence on Audiomack). Mohbad’s second entry on the chart is courtesy of his contribution to Lil Frosh’s “Denge Pose” which debuted at No. 36. Naira Marley’s own “Coming” with Busiswa remains on the chart at No. 27 after twenty-one weeks on the Top 50.

Marlian Record has on its list a collection of talented artistes who are skilled in making catchy tunes that cut across demographics and enjoy patronage across multiple platforms. The label has been able to successfully project street music to the mainstream and make it a regular on Nigeria’s biggest music chart and for this, Naira Marley and his Marlian gang have proven to be the kings of the street.

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