Peter said attempts to watch their songs on the 24-hour music channel was “a waste of time” and encouraged his fans to rather focus on stations that compete with Soundcity.
The station has not aired any of PSquare’s video in 2015 and some curious fans reached out to Peter over the virtual blacklisting. Responding through his Twitter account, the award-winning artiste said Soundcity has refused to play their songs.
In his words, “Dear fans, we see your complaints about the absence of our videos on Soundcity TV. Just to clear the air, they refuse to play us,” he wrote. “Ignore that channel please and keep watching us on great channels like Mtvbase, Tracetv, HipTv and Afropop and other terrestrial channels. Thanks for the love.”
Meanwhile, Soundcity has responded to the allegation, saying it reserves the right to choose the kind of songs that would be aired on its station.
“For 10 Years, SoundcityTV has been a huge supporter of PSquare and the PSquare brand, right from their first music video to the last video released in 2014,” the station said in a statement.
“Most of their videos got massive airplay on SoundcityTV than any other music channel. SoundcityTV viewers sometimes complain about the dominance of PSquare videos on the channel and charts. We were a huge supporter and gave everything to their works.
“We have assisted PSquare brand, toured with them over Africa at our expense. Gave them ad-spots for their events/projects. Gave them prime time slots for their videos and included them in our array of Programmes/programming.
“We invited PSquare to one of our annual events last December 2014 and they insisted we pay a certain amount of money. We reasonably asked, what is the least we can offer, forgoing the fact that we had invested a lot in PSquare’s career as music talents/artistes and entertainers.
“The feedback was, ‘WHAT HAS SOUNDCITY EVER DONE FOR PSQUARE? TELL ME ONE THING SOUNDCITY HAS EVER DONE FOR PSQUARE’ (Jude Okoye, Manager).
“While we understand that this is business, there is also room for special consideration. Saying our TV brand has never done anything for PSquare was quite damning. Clearly, there was no need to argue with their decision and reasoning.
We decided to stop ‘doing anything’ with/for PSquare, since our 10 years of supporting the group meant nothing to them. We assumed our relationship was a mutually beneficial one, but clearly one-sided.
“Ultimately, PSquare music videos stopped airing on SoundcityTV since January 01, 2015. Soundcity reserves the right to air music videos on our cable/satellite or terrestrial platforms.