Having secured all of three nominations in the prestigious Youth View Awards (YVA's), 2014 dancehall sensation, Kalado, says he wants to thank all his fans 'Personally'.
It comes as no surprise to those with their fingers on the pulse of the music that the deejay - whose song 'Personally' made serious inroads last year in the psyche of the massives - has been shortlisted in three categories for the chart-topping single. Kalado's name pops up beside Personally in the following slots for the awards show which caters to the "young, hot and hype": Favourite Local Video, Hottest Summer Song and Favourite Local Chart Topping Song.
Produced by DrDre for his DreDay Productions, the song was "marked for success", Kalado insists, adding however, that even he was a bit bowled over by three nominations. "Honestly, I sort of expected some form of recognition….maybe one nomination. When I was told that we got three, I couldn't speak. It is a humbling and an inspiring experience all at once. Big respect to P Square, all Kalado fans everywhere in the world and of course, the production team," he said.
According to Kalado, "From I listened to the riddim, I knew which song would be a perfect fit with the right dancehall mix, so we went full speed ahead," the deejay recalled of the song which went on to become one of the biggest summer anthems for 2014. Personally is listed in the Hottest Summer Song category alongside Miami Vice (Kartel); Holiday Again (Alkaline); Everything Nice (JCapri); Syvah (Ding Dong); So Mi Like It (Spice) and Reserve It (Popcaan).
A great summer song needs an equally great dancing video, one which captures the imagination. Kalado and his team worked this angle with gusto and produced a slick music video which helped to propel the single's success. Personally is vying for the best video alongside So Mi Like It (Spice); Everything Nice (Popcaan); Syvah (Ding Dong) and Who Knows (Protoje featuring Chronixx).
In the category, Favourite Local Chart Topping Song, Kalado is up against Vybz Kartel with two nominations, Kranium and Popcaan.
"All I'm asking my peeps to do is vote," the thrice-nominated Kalado declared.
The Youth View Awards, which has a total of 24 categories covering all areas of entertainment, will be held on February 21, 2015.
Internationally-acclaimed Trinidadian soca star Darryl "Farmer Nappy" Henry drops his new hit for the 2015 Trinidad Carnival season with "Go Do Dat," available worldwide from all major digital retailers on January 19, 2015 from FOX FUSE. Produced by famed Barbadian production collective De Red Boyz and CL Productions, "Go Do Dat" showcases Farmer’s signature groovy vocals fused with a pop, dance-infused rhythm to creative another anthem for the electrifying entertainer.
Farmer Nappy kicked off this year on a very high note after he was crowned with the "Calypso of the Year" award for his blockbuster, groovy soca hit "Big People Party," from the National Action Cultural Committee (NACC) in Macoya, Trinidad in December. He is set to enjoy another fantastic season with several new hits in hand, including "Go Do Dat." The official lyric video for the song debuted today on VEVO.
Dancehall and Reggae Star Future Fambo who recently announced his album deal with American based label Blaze Entertainment Records, is presently in New York on a successful promotional tour and scheduled to perform at the "Be True, Be You" Benefit Concert in Queens, NY on January 23rd, 2015.
Fambo who is putting the finishing touches on his upcoming album has recently released two very diverse tracks that have displayed both his versatility and musical evolution. "Bloodclaute Song" for the streets, and "One More Time" a friendly radio hit. The latter to which Fambo will be filming this week.
Written by Future Fambo, Stylez and produced by Stylez and Blahzae of Blaze Entertainment Records, "One More Time" is a musical insight into the star's renewed frame of mind. "Over the years I have been making hit songs, touring, living the celebrity life but never once have I stopped to really say thank you for my blessings. I have made a lot of mistakes in my personal and musical life but this time I will do it right, this time I will be more grateful, this time I do it One More Time."
Although Fambo is busy with interviews and appearances, the artist will take time to film "One More Time" and incorporate his journey. Filmed throughout New York, "One More Time" video is being directed and produced By Stylez and shot by Nigel Angus.
OutAroad Hot Singles Chart also has a huge international following... So Dancehall/reggae songs that are also doing well overseas will be climbing the chart as well ... OutAroad Wi Seh!!!
TW means This Week, LW means Last Week and WOC means Weeks on Chart
TW…LW…WOC - Artiste Name - Song Title - Record Label
1 - 4 - 9 - Vybz Kartel - Without Money - TJ Records - (1week@#1)
2 - 3 - 11 - Kalado - Personally - DreDay Prod. (Move 1 Place Up)
3 - 1 - 11 - Demarco - Good Book - H20 Records (Zj Liquid) - (2weeks@#1)
4 - 7 - 9 - Protoje ft Chronixx - Who Knows - OverStand Ent. - (Move 3 Places Up)
5 - 2 - 12 - Vybz Kartel - Pretty Position (Backas) - Full Charge Records (ZJ Dymond) - (2week@#1)
6 - 8 - 9 - Chronixx - Like A Whistle (Lighters In Air) - Zinc Fence Records (Move 2 Places Up)
7 - 6 - 9 - Vybz Kartel (Addi Innocent) - Nuh Play Wid Fire - Yellow Moon Records - (Falling Off)
8 - 10 - 8 - Tiana - Batty Rider - Fireside Imperial/ChrisRock Music (Move 2 Places Up)
9 - 5 - 15 - JCapri - Reverse It - Head Concussion Records - (Move 2 Places Up) - Falling Off
10 - 14 - 5 - Demarco - Puppytail - Dunwell Productions (Move 4 Places Up)
11 - 9 - 13 - Vybz Kartel - Happy Pum Pum - TJ Records - (1week@#1) - Falling Off
12 - 13 - 6 - Mavado - My Own - H20 Records (Zj Liquid)- (Move 1 Place Up)
13 - 11 - 7 - Vybz Kartel - Do Di Maths - Dunwell Productions - Falling Off
14 - 16 - 4 - Alkaline - How It Feel - DJ Frass Records - (Move 2 Places Up)
15 - 15 - 6 - Kiprich - Loyalty - Dj Frass/OutAroad Records - (Stand Still)
16 - 17 - 4 - Mavado - High Life - Justus JA Production - (Move 1 Place Up)
17 - 18 - 3 - Ding Dong - Syvah - FME Recordings (Move 1 Place Up)
18 - 12 - 15 - Tiana & Vershon - Wine Pon Yuh Vershon - Birchill/Twelve "9" Records - (2weeks@#1) - Falling Off
19 - NEW - 1 - Bling Dawg - Kreecha (Dance) - Star Struck Records
20 - NEW - 1 - Ding Dong - Shampoo - Bassick Records
Top Five Bubblers Out A Road
1 - Alkaline - Anywhere We Go - ZJ Chrome_CR203 Records
2 - Tiana - Balance Pon Mi Head - OutAroad Productions
3 - Akaline - One Inna Dem Head - Yellow Moon Records
4 - Aidonia - Lightening - Yellow Moon Records
5 - Kalado - "Love The Life You Live" - Dre Day Productions
Successful winners of 21st Hapilos Digital Award Top Selling Single Of The Year, Top Dancehall Single Of 2013 and Top Reggae Single 2013, Head Concussion Records have charted worldwide with hits after hits. Their latest release "New Jordans" features super producer and HCR founder Rvssian and international dancehall icon Vybz Kartel, it's a second go around for this duo as they had a huge hit with "Jeans N Fitted". Distributed by digital giants 21st Hapilos Digital, "New Jordans" is available on itunes.
The deejay who has made the biggest strides for 2014, Kalado, is determined to end the year on a musical high, and predictions are that his latest single, the vibrant "Hard Knock Life", is the ideal way to do so.
Once again, the "Sex Compliment" singer has teamed up with Dre Day Productions for a song that is overflowing with reality and snugly set on a riddim that complements the lyrics and sustains the flow. The backdrop for "Hard Knock Life" is prison and the single details the harsh reality of existence in a place that "no mek fi dog", as Kalado says, quoting from a Jamaican proverb.
But while the song lyrics are introspective, the riddim is so infectious that it is impossible to listen to it without moving to the beat and recognizing that molecule of hope amid the hopelessness. Kalado says that this song forms part of a special Christmas present to his fans, whose support has been instrumental in him having such an awesome year.
The year 2014 has seen many firsts for the young deejay, who did his first Reggae Sumfest; his first overseas reggae festival - Montreal International Reggae Festival; enjoyed a number one summer single with "Personally"; had his first visit to the Motherland and headlined his first official show in Toronto. Additionally, the "Good Good Bring Life" singer consistently delivered singles which had far-reaching impact on radio in the clubs and at dances. Among the singles were "Love The Life You Live", "Living The Life", "House Party", "Rave Till Sunlight", "Personally", "Body Nuh Dead", "Make Me Feel", "Mi Money Good", "Paper Trail" "Step Out", "Sad Streets", "Pree Money", "Pay Dem No Mind" and "Take A Ride".
Code 91 Records presents "Gyallis For Life" performed by Chino and Versatile. The hot single teams up the multi-talented Chino "Di Genius" McGregor and rising dancehall star Versatile. "Gyallis For Life" is out now on itunes via 21st Hapilos Digital.
VX Records presents "Everything Up Riddim" featuring Grammy Award winner Beenie Man with "Be That Girl", Sizzla "Better Real Soon", Skilli Bangs "Everything Up", Da Professor "Friday Friend", Jah Torious "Gwan So Gwan So", New Kidz "Gyallis Icon", Mr.Gee "No Permission" and Adventerous "She Fly High". "Everything Up Riddim" is available on itunes via 21st Hapilos Digital.
Swedish Promoter Vanessa Marko booked a show for Sweden minutes after Tiana exits the stage.
The Dancehall Duchess Tiana who was scheduled for 5am performance time at Sting 2014, had to perform a little later given that the show's performance schedule was way behind time.
Even though the Dancehall Duchess was robbed of her performance time, according to many online reviews and patrons at the show, for them Tiana turned out to be the Fabulous one of The Fabulous Five even though her performance time was rudely interrupted by MC Nuffy which most persons labeled as being bias towards Tiana as everyone else got more time but failed to execute.
"I was so shocked, because I thought Sting was about talking up di things dem, but from my point of view it seems as if a certain people weren't too happy with me addressing certain issues. But them need fi know that is not enough to stop Tiana because I knew what I'm capable of doing and I didn't even had to dress naked fi get a fawud, or pay people to buss fire crackers and blow horns during my performance. I dont know why some of these artistes believe that a whack performance can be hidden behind fake encores (Fawud)."
Tiana added, "mi still cant understand why the Category was called the Fabulous Five when I am the only Fabulous one, it should have been called The Fabulous One And The Others. I am so hurt about what took place, but from every bad comes good cause right after that short performance, my manager has been getting a lot of mails from promoters who are now curious of what would be the results of my energetic performance if I had given the chance to complete my set. Special big up to the Swedish Promoter Vanessa
Marko who booked a show for Sweden minutes after I exited the stage."
According to Tiana, The Fabulous One, she will not let such negativity discourage her as she's now focusing on her upcoming 2015 European Tour from January 16th to February 28th alongside Kalado.
Tiana and Kalado will be going to several countries such as France, Germany, Switzerland, Netherlands, Sweden, Italy with more countries soon to be confirmed.
Also remember to be on the look out for Tiana's dancehall anthem Balance Pon Mi Head official video coming soon.
The Dancehall Duchess Tiana will be one of the Fabulous Five divas to be showcased at this year's 31st staging of Sting: Dubbed as
"Two Mega Shows, One Night". Tiana who is now gearing up for her third European tour alongside "Mr. Personally" Kalado is definitely poised to be one of the favorites in the Sting's Fabulous Five Category.
The Duchess who has been touring back to back with popular songs such as Dem A Bawl (Tiana ti ti Tiana), B-Rider, Balance Pon Mi Head, Yuh Nuh Groupie, Cant Talk Bad Bout Mi and Only Girl Him Want should definitely have the female fans in the palm of her hands given that most of her songs can be described as female Anthems. Fans can expect a great show from Tiana alongside the energetic "Most Wanted" female dancers who will be demonstrating how to dance to Tiana's fast rising DHQ anthem Balance Pon Mi Head.
According to Tiana, "we have to big up Laing, Heavy D and the entire Reggae Sting crew for the intense promotion they have placed on the young & upcoming female artistes of Dancehall. I think its the first time in the history of Dancehall that such an event like Sting as put the ladies in the spotlight especially with a 5am performance time. This is kind of respect we as female artistes deserved and I hope other promoters will continue this trend. Now the world will get a chance to see their favorite female acts performing live from Jamaica via paper-view and several other internet streaming websites. its definitely a good look, its just for us to go out there and execute."
2015 European Tour
Starting January 16th 2015, the first show of the European tour kicks off in Switzerland with Kalado and Tiana live in concert. This tour will take them to several countries such as France, Switzerland, Germany, Netherlands, Italy with more countries to be confirmed soon.
After her 2015 European Tour the Dancehall Duchess will be heading to Suriname in March, then to Belize in April and then to Canada in July for a short tour alongside stablemates Kiprich and Berri.
Fans can expect a slew of new songs to be released in early January to February, the first of which will be a certified "gyal" anthem titled Muscle Contract on the Gyal Train Riddim produced by popular Zip Fm's Zip Jock, Zj Dymond.
Tommy Lee Sparta chats about his clash with Gage at Sting 2014, why he thinks Alkaline won't clash him and Gully Bop vs Ninjaman.
Listen to the interview now via the video below