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The Weeknd Is Suing For The "Starboy" Trademark, But What About Wizkid?

The Weeknd relentlessly continues to claim "Starboy."

The Starboy trademark continues to be a controversial one, as several artists, and now a realtor, claim the eye-catching title.

The controversy started back when The Weeknd named his 2016 album, Starboy. He went on to receive several awards for it, including a Grammy for "Best Urban Contemporary Album." Yet at the time, fans didn't forget that Wizkid had originally claimed the title when he launched Starboy Entertainment back in 2013 and had been using the nickname for years.

Now, a realtor by the name of Eymun Talasazan, as reported by Billboard, has decided to pull worms out of the already opened can by filing for rights to the trademark on the low. This is not the realtor's first rodeo in claiming titles used by other artists. He previously filed suit for the trademark's, "Runnin' Through the 6" and "Straight Outta Bombton."

According to Information Nigeria, he and his lawyers are in the process of suing the Wizkid as well, as they are apparently on the hunt to suing anyone who claims the trademark.


Wizkid hasn't responded to the news, but he did clap-back when The Weeknd first announced his album title in a since-deleted tweet.

At least, in terms of the Talasazan case, Billboard also reports The Weeknd has obtained knowledge of Talasazan's attempt to copyright The Weeknd and Marvel's new comic series, which could work in his favor.

The big question is, what will be Wizkid's move to protect his empire in all of this?

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9 Must-Hear Songs From Ghana's Buzzing Drill Scene

We give you the rundown on Ghana's drill movement, Asakaa, and the most popular songs birthed by it.

Red bandanas, streetwear, security dogs, and gang signs. If you've been paying any attention to the music scene in Ghana over the past few months, then by now you would have noticed the rise of a special hip-hop movement. The movement is called Asakaa, and it's the Ghanaian take on the Chicago-born subgenre of hip-hop called drill music. It's fresh, it's hot, it's invigorating and it's nothing like anything you've seen before from this part of the world.

The pioneers of Asakaa are fondly referred to by the genre's patrons as the Kumerica boys, a set of budding young rappers based in the city of Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. They came into the limelight towards the end of 2020, and have been dropping banger after banger since then, topping several charts and racking up millions of views collectively. The rap is charismatic, the visuals are captivating, and their swag is urban. Characterized by Twi lyrics, infectious hooks, and sinister beats, the allure and appeal of both their art and their culture is overflowing.

"Sore," one of the benchmark songs of the movement, is a monster hit that exploded into the limelight, earning Kumerican rapper Yaw Tog a feature on Billboard Italy and a recent remix that featured Stormzy. "Ekorso" by Kofi Jamar is the song that took over Ghana's December 2020, with the video currently sitting at 1.3 million views on YouTube. "Off White Flow" is the song that earned rapper Kwaku DMC and his peers a feature on Virgil Abloh's Apple Music show Televised Radio. These are just a few examples of the numerous accolades that the songs birthed from the Asakaa movement have earned. Ghana's drill scene is the new cool, but it isn't just a trend. It's an entire movement, and it's here to stay.

Want to get familiar? Here we highlight the most prominent songs of the Asakaa movement that you need to know. Here's our rundown of Ghana's drill songs that are making waves right now. Check them out below.

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