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January 31, 2008

Extra, Extra - Britney Spears & Cherine Anderson Taking Over

What a way to start 2008.

cherine_anderson_britneyspears_photos.jpgCherine Anderson has had the honor and pleasure of collaborating with many extremely talented artists at this early stage in her career: Wyclef Jean, Chuck Fenda, Paul McCartney, Bootsy Collins and Ky-mani Marley; to name a few. Next name to be added to this distinguished list: Britney Spears?

The Dancehall-Soul songstress has started off her year collaborating with Sly & Robbie and pop princess Britney Spears on the remix to Spears' latest single entitled "Piece of Me", newly released on iTunes (as one of six remixes). The tune, featuring a fresh, feisty voiced Cherine Anderson, is 'pure-fyah', and definitely a club banger. For those familiar with Anderson's prior work, her showing on the "Piece of Me" remix exhibits her vast versatility as an artist - from soulful crooning in her latest single "You & Me Against the World", to switching seamlessly to an aggressive DJ style in "Piece of Me". All the while, Cherine holds her own alongside the Grammy Award winning crew. Cherine Anderson and Britney Spears; an unlikely collaboration - true. But when the result sounds this impressive, why question the likelihood?

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Queen Ifrica's 'Daddy Don't Touch Me There' - First #1by a female for 2008

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The Queen strike again and there is a new top song. Queen Ifrica's "Daddy Don't Touch Me There" rose to the # 1 Position on the Hype TV Top 20 Singles Chart. She is the first female to top the chart for 2008. The song replaced Demarco's "Fallen Soldiers" which fell to the # 3 Position after four weeks at the top.

Erup's "Click My Finger" as retained the 'Shot to Watch' title again this week. It moved two spot up to the # 2 Position. Let's see if Queen Ifrica can hold back this song from the top spot.

'The Greatest Gainer' this week is still Sean Paul's "Pick It Up & Drop It" The song moved three spot up from the # 7 position to assume # 4 Position. It seems as if Erup might not even get a chance to shine if Sean Paul continues to steal the greatest gainer titles.

Having two 'New Entries' seems to be the norm for 2008 with the chart. There are two New Entries again this week. The first new entry at the # 18 Position is Courtney Melody's "Just likeThe Rain". The other new entry is RDX's "Everybody Dance", this song makes its debut at the # 20 Position.


TW LW WOC Artiste Name - Song Title - Record Label

01 02 11 Queen I-Frica - Don’t Touch Me There-No Doubt Records-New#1
02 04 06 Erup-Click My Finger-Truck Back - Shot to Watch
03 01 12 Demarco-Fallen Soldiers - Star Kutt-4wks@#1
04 07 09 Sean Paul - Pick It Up & Drop It - Birchill–Greatest Gainer up 3
05 03 12 Shaggy feat Rik Rok - Bonafide Girl-Big Yard-Peak@#2
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Trapped in the Drive-Thru

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January 30, 2008

Busy Signal makes moves on Canadian tour

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Jamaica's Ace dancehall deejay Busy Signal recently returned from a successful eight-day Canadian tour. Signal stepped out in Edmonton, Toronto, Montreal, St. Catherines and Waterloo, to large crowds who hung on his every word.

“Although it was cold, the people came out and show dem love for Busy Signal music and it was a great experience”, says Signal

The hit single "Nah Go A Jail" has been number one on the Canadian Reggae charts for the last three weeks and was one of the biggest hits and most requested songs on the tour.
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Foxy Brown Going No Where

foxy-brown-ear.jpgTroublesome rapper Foxy Brown who requested for an early release in order to travel to California for repair of her electronic ear and implant will not be able to do so - after Acting Justice Melissa C. Jockson of the New York State Supreme Court denied the rapper’s petition.

According to the Associated Press Ms. Brown, 29, right, whose real name is Inga Marchand, complained that her hearing problems were worsening in jail and that she faced serious harm unless her cochlear implant was repaired and reprogrammed. Prosecutors said she could get the treatment she needs in New York. She was sentenced in September to a year in jail for violating probation. She was put on probation after pleading guilty to misdemeanor assault of two manicurists at a Manhattan nail salon in August 2004.

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January 29, 2008

Sexy model B. Breezy - "I'm gaining momentum..."

OutAroad.com Model of The Week

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Age: 28 ----- Measurements: 32-26-38 ----- Birthplace: Alexander City, AL
Location: Atlanta, GA ----- Hair Color: Black ----- Eye Color: Brown ---- Height: 5'6

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Reggae singer Jah Cure nominated for numerous awards

"It feels good to know that my music has received such recognition" - Jah Cure

jah_cure_pictures_jamaica_reggae.jpgWith New Year in full swing, ace singer Jah Cure has copped numerous nominations for the upcoming awards season.For the Reggae Academy Awards, which recognises work released between December 1, 2006 and November 30, 2007, Jah Cure has four nominations. Cure is nominated for Most Popular Artiste and Best Solo Male Vocalist while his song Sticky is nominated for Most Popular Song and the album 'True Reflection' is nominated for Album of the Year.

The inaugural presentation of Reggae Academy Awards is set for February 24, at the National Indoor Sports Centre (Jamaica) and Jah Cure will be in Attendance.
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VP Records makes an offer to aquire Greensleeves Records

logovp_greenesleeves.jpgVP Records, the world’s leading reggae record company, has announced today that it has made an offer to purchase Greensleeves Records & Publishing from Zest Group plc, subject to the approval of Zest’s shareholders. VP Records will inherit a catalogue comprised of some of the most notable albums of the genre, from Elephant Man to Yellow Man and hit songs recorded by such acts as Rihanna, Sean Paul and Shaggy.

Chris Chin and Randy Chin, respectively Chief Executive Officer and President of VP Records, further added: “Although Greensleeves has historically been our competitor, we have always had the utmost respect for what Greensleeves stood for. The label and its founders had a long term commitment to Reggae music and no one is better positioned than VP Records to understand the need to respect this legacy. We will ensure that Greensleeves remains alive as a brand synonymous with excellence in Reggae and Dancehall music.”
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January 28, 2008

Jamaica's newest sensation Konshens for Spectrum

OutAroad.com - Break Out Artiste For The Month of January

konshens_naturalbridge_jamaica_photos.jpgKingston Jamaica: Students from UWI and UTECH will be the first to witness Jamaica’s newest sensation Konshens live in action this coming weekend on Spectrum.

Natural Bridge Recording artiste Konshens is presently one of the hottest new artistes heating up the airwaves with his breakout single ‘This Year Mi Affi Be Di Winner’. Konshens is also enjoying favorable amount of airplay with other songs such as ‘Run’ on the Night Creature riddim produced by Chester, ‘So High’ on the ‘Live Up Riddim’ and 'My Town' on the Stinking Riddim produced by Ward 21.

Coming this carnival season fans will be able to ‘galang’ bad and ‘bubble like soup’ to Konshens’ soca song titled ‘Gal Yuh Lock Di Whole Dance Down’.

Spectrum will also feature big ‘guns’ such as Busy Signal, Mavado, Sizzla, and will be hosted by one of Jamaica’s hottest female disc jocks Nikki Z.

The tracks for the hit single 'Winner' was created by Cash Flow Records (DJ Neil of CVM TV).

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Carrot Oil Medley Video

Carrot Oil Medley Video featuring Delly Ranx, Wayne Marshal, Vital and Hawkeye

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Demarco's Fallen Soldiers holding down 1# spot on Hype TV Top 20 Singles Chart

demarco_fallensoldiers_jamaicanpictures.jpgDemarco's "Fallen Soldiers" ruled the month of January as it is in the # 1 position for fourth consecutive weeks. This is quite an accomplishment and a great start for him for the New Year. Well done Mr. Demarco!!

Queen Ifrica's "Daddy Don't Touch Me There" remains in # 2 Position. Is this song really destined for the top and will Demarco ever give it the opportunity to shine at the top.

Erup is setting all the records to be beaten on the chart, his "Click My Finger" rose to the # 4 Position after only five weeks on the chart. Mr. Erup certainly deserves an award for such feat, but the top post is the only spot that counts so let's see if he can also crab that post at a record pace. Therefore the song is not surprisingly this week 'Shot to Watch'

'The Greatest Gainer' is Sean Paul's "Pick It Up & Drop It" as the song moved four spots up from the # 11 position to the # 7 Position. He seems to be ready again to heat up the international market with his new hit.

The artistes seems to be working very hard this year as there are again two 'New Entries' this week on the chart. The first new entry at the # 19 Position is "Gussie Clark" by Deva Brat. The other new entry is Prestige's "I'm Bless", this song makes its debut at the # 20 Position. These New Artistes seems to be doing exceptionally well.

TW LW WOC Artiste Name - Song Title - Record Label

01 01 11 Demarco-Fallen Soldiers - Star Kutt-4wks@#1
02 03 10 Queen I-Frica - Don’t Touch Me There-No Doubt Records
03 03 11 Shaggy feat Rik Rok - Bonafide Girl-Big Yard-Peak@#2
04 07 05 Erup-Click My Finger-Truck Back - Shot to Watch
05 04 19 Assassin-Dem A Sissy-Don Corleon - Peak@#4
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January 27, 2008

Morgan Heritage is on a mission

Mission in Progress captures the band as it tries to bottle the power of its live stage performance on disc.

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Coming off a successful stint of shows in Senegal alongside Senegalese pop and reggae acts: Carlou D. Fafai and Xuman, Morgan Heritage is ready to launch there new album 'Mission In Progress'

The new album 'Mission in Progress' captures the band as it tries to bottle the power of its live stage performance on disc. With 'Mission In Progress', Morgan Heritage will bring together its older and younger audiences with an album that appeals to both. 'Mission In Progress' is sprinkled with a heavier dose of hip-hop while still maintaining the high quality reggae rhythms Morgan Heritage is known for. 'Mission In Progress' will be released by VP Records on April 15th.

"What we have worked on for the past three albums is to mainly bring the stage to the record, a lot of people come to our shows and they're like, 'Wow, you sound so much better than your record, it's unbelievable.' And we're like, 'wow, what is this difference that they're noticing that's not on the record?' They say they love the records, but when they come to the concerts, they fall in love with the group all over again" - Peter 'Jahpetes' Morgan, Morgan Heritage vocalist.
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Mystic Soul Passionate about making music

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mystic_soul_singer_picturesgirls.jpgEvery now and again in the midst of a chaotic music industry filled with lewd and vulgar lyrics a beacon of positive sounds will from time to time arise and bring hope of a change in the right direction. Born Winston Hall in Kitson Town, St. Catherine (Jamaica) reggae singer Mystic Soul is genuinely passionate about making positive music and has slowly been charting his course at completing his debut solo album which he describes as inspiring- about love and life. A resident of the Miami, Florida the Mystic yet soulful singer is currently in Jamaica and was formally introduced to OutAroad.com by his friend and business associate Richard Roache of Solid Agency. A humble spirit Mystic shared a few details about himself and his music in this short Q&A session.

OutAroad.com:
Ok tell me how did you get the name Mystic Soul?

Mystic Soul:
"I was going by the name Winston Wheeler for several years, I migrated to the states and came back and my friend wanted to do some music but didn't really like the name Winston Wheeler so we thought through a couple names and based on my personality and type of music we settled on Mystic Soul that's how I came by the name".

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What are the current singles you are promoting for you album, what's basically being played?

Mystic Soul:
"Well there are two at the moment that’s being played, Ride een & Pledge. Pledge was written by Wayne Russell of Lyric Surge Records and he also produced the track alongside Raphael Logan. Both songs were released late in December last year and will also be on my up coming debut project".
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January 26, 2008

Vegas coming with hot remix featuring Lil Kim and Kat Deluna

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If you thought 'Teck Wey Yuhself' was hot, then gear up for the red hot remix of the single that rocked Jamaica and indeed the international scene for the latter part of last year.

Vegas is now working on the 'Teck Wey Yuhself' remix with Lil Kim and Kat Deluna.

"The remix will be way catchier than the original and will be coming with a whole heap of vibes," Vegas explained.

The three-way combination will see the remix with a hip hop flavour and a Spanish vibes to it and of course Vegas takes with it the Caribbean touch…as he says, "it's the perfect blend."

Early February should see the shooting of the video for the remix as, according to Vegas, they are "dotting every i and crossing every t'" regarding the paper work.
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Dem banned Vybz Kartel – what happen to di others?

By Chat Too Much

vybzkartel_war_ban_mavado_photos.jpgYeah this week mi vex bad, how di hell dem fi banned Vybz Kartel, them things deh nuh right. What happened to freedom of speech? Listen mi - when di artistes dem voice the slack or violent songs they are not the ones to be held responsible because they are not the ones who are playing them on the radio stations. Some songs were made for the dancehall and some made for radio.

Mavado songs them violent, Aidonia songs are violent, even Bounty and Beenie Man have a few slack and violent songs so how di hell they are only targeting Vybz Kartel, oohh mi fi get seh him a di teacha so if dem ban him then he will be the perfect lecturer for the others.

Even though Mavado gave mi di name Chat Too Much, mi ago step pon him corn - that’s why mi name Chat Too Much. Mavado don’t have one song that he can perform at PG 13 event, not one. Even if Mavado sings a song that started off good by di time him reach into the verse either somebody throat get slash or gunshot fly through marrow.
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January 25, 2008

50 Cent Will NOT Be Working With Michael Jackson

50-cent-michealjackson.jpgAccording to Angryape.com US Rapper 50 Cent has dismissed claims that he will be working on Michael Jackson's comeback record, after rumours have been flying around online.

It has been rumoured that the likes of Will.i.am, Akon, Teddy Riley and numerous top-name hip-hop and r&b stars will feature on the album, but 50 has rubbished reports of his involvement.

In a new interview, the rapper says: "It's not true. Anyway, what can you possible teach Michael Jackson about music? Nothing."

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Erup 'Click' his 'Finger' into the #1 spot - Click My Finger

JAMAICA MUSIC COUNTDOWN
By Richie B, host - "HOT MIX” on Hot 102FM

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01 2 6 Click My Finger-Erup-Truck Back(1wk@#1) U-1
02 1 15 Pick It Up & Drop It-Sean Paul-Birchill Records(2wks@#1) D-1
03 5 6 Pon Di Edge-Busy Signal-Star Kutt U-2
04 4 18 Tell Dem Don't Follow-Buju Banton-Heart of Love NM
05 3 20 Nah Go A Jail-Busy Signal-Jam 2(4wks@#1) D-2
06 9 5 Doh-Serani feat Bugle-Daseca U-3
07 6 10 Dandy Shandy - Macka Diamond-Birch Hill (pp#5) D-1
08 8 12 Empire Army - Vybz Kartel-Big Ship(pp#6) NM
09 13 6 Don't Run In - Harry Toddler-Truck Back U-4
10 7 15 Everybody Dance-RDX - Apt 19 (2wks@#1) D-3
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Shines album for mid 2008 release - Featuring Vybz Kartel

By: Icey Jace
OutAroad.com Writer

shines_jamaicansinger_photos.jpgStepping out of the dark and into the lime light of the entertainment business there's not much more that can be said about the Rainbow Castle managed artist Shines. As obvious and as clear as his name describes his talent Shines would be the first to tell you its more than just a name.

"Well I believe I was born with the gift of singing and yes I have a true passion for what I do, right through school I did the concerts and shows, that really helped me develop my overall sound and understanding of keys and melody". Shines who now resides in Jamaica is as versatile as they come - boasting a catalog which transcends our local genres of Reggae & Dancehall with the other 50 % of his style coming from his soulful R&B sound and his vocal training technique which he practices around Opera.

Shines who has been making a name for himself both locally and internationally is highly motivated, he's not only a great sounding vocalist but also bears a mounting schedule as a aspiring video director on the local circuit. Currently in studios working on his upcoming album shines gave OutAroad.com the 411 on his plans for 2008.
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January 24, 2008

D'Angel still standing strong - "Put God first and no one can conquer you"

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The year 2007 ended on a positive note for Michelle Downer p/k/a D’Angel, despite the ups, downs and various misleading media representation. Now in the early stages of 2008, D’Angel is showing significant signs of great things in the making as she is nominated for numerous awards for 2007. D’Angel is nominated in 3 categories for the Youth View Awards (YVA), 2 categories for the 4th annual Excellence in Music and Entertainment (EME) Awards, 2 categories for the Irie FM’s Music Awards and 1 category for the Reggae Academy Awards (RAA).

"Last year a lot accusations were thrown at me, a lot of direct hit to tarnish my career, but I stood strong didn't loose my focus and I must give thanks to my fans for their support".

"Haters are going to always be around wishing bad things for you, but if you put God first no one will be able conquer you or your love ones".

"For 2008 I am going to work twice as hard because I am here for the longevity. For the past couple of weeks I have been in the studio night and day working on tracks for my album which will be focusing mostly on women empowerment," she told OutAroad.com.

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Ce'Cile nominated for two awards

badgal_cecile_reaggaesinger_jamaica.jpgCe'Cile has started the New Year on good footing. She is now reaping the fruits of the hard work invested in her career last year as she sits among the best of the best in Richie B's Excellence in Music and Entertainment (EME) Award for Vocalist of the Year and in the Reggae Music Academy Awards where she is nominated for Best Solo Female Reggae Vocal Performance with her single 'I'm Waiting'.

The busy lady singer is wasting no time as already she has three singles enjoying good rotation on air and set to be released real soon.

'Ride or Die' on the Journey Rhythm for Danger Zone label, 'Seven Days' produced by DJ Sparks and 'Resolution' produced by Cordell 'Skatta' Burrell are the singles in question and from the feedback coming from the streets, these will be going places for Ce'Cile.
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Antigua's Reggae Ambassador Causion has done it again!!

By Freelance Reporter Allie

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If all the natives on the Tiny Island of Antigua & Barbuda were present on Thursday January 10, 2008 at Jazziz Bristro at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Florida to see their native son Causion performed they would have been beaming with pride.

The night represents the launch of Causion’s Third Album entitled “Stella’s Kids”, the setting was intimate, and the crowd was a nice compliment of Media and VIP’s mingled with screaming fans. Among the elites were Antigua’s Counsel General Ian Sweeny who spoke briefly, thanking the crowd for their support of Causion and expressed how proud Antigua as a country were of Causion.

The show started off with the group Shaze an upcoming, talented gospel trio setting the pace for the evening. The soulful sisters had the crowd bouncing to their hit song “Every Nation” taken from their recently released album “Praise Him”.
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January 23, 2008

KSYN More Than Just Fame & Beauty

OutAroad.com Model Of The Week

girlKSYN.jpgKSYN pronounced Kay-Sin, is no stranger to the stage. She has been modeling for a little over 4 years, and dancing since the age of 5. Born and raised in the Bronx, this bombshell stands at 5'7",134lbs with measurements of 32-26-39.With piercing eyes, a radiant smile, and legs to die for - Ksyn has surly begun to climb her way to the top.

Ksyn started her career at the age of 5 when her mother put her in ballet classes at a dance school in Harlem, NY. She then ventured off into different styles of dance like African and Jazz at the age of 10. She didn't begin to have interest in hip hop until the age of 13 when she began stepping with a youth group called Teens In Motion. "Being apart of TIM, helped me as a teen. It kept me out of trouble and off the streets. It also guided me to believe in myself not only personally but as a performer". While in TIM Ksyn got the opportunity to perform along side many of yesterday and today's hottest artist from Imagine, NEXT to Usher, Alicia Keys and much much more.
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Five sex questions with dancehall artiste Aidonia

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Which do you prefer sex with the lights on or off?

Aidonia:
"Well it don’t really matter any one work for me".

OutAroad.com:
What's the weirdest thing a girl has ever said to you during or after sex?

Aidonia:
"Bwoy mi remember one time when this girl just flick out her phone same time and say to me take mi picture cause me want to see how you mek mi look, dat was probably the weirdest ting. (laughs) "

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What's your favorite sex position?

Aidonia:
“Well me believe a straight back-as the girls dem fi get still.”
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January 22, 2008

Nikki Z – The Ruler of Morning Radio

By: Icey Jace
OutAroad.com Writer

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nikkiz_radio_jamaica_photos.jpgWhen it comes on to morning time radio broadcasts - make no mistake ZIP 103 FM zip jock Nikki Z is the hottest, most exuberant young personality on air. Nikki who commands her 6 AM - 10 AM time slot five days a week Monday to Friday has been waking Jamaicans up to a new type of entertainment synergy. Nikki Z’s selection is just what you need to take you through the early morning traffic on your way to work or taking the children to school.

Winner of the Favorite Media Personality Category at the 2007 Teen Choice Awards Nikki is the queen when it comes on to mixing great music with great celebrity suss. If ever there was a good source of local and international entertainment news or what some prefer to call gossip then Nikki Z would surly be the one breaking big stories such as the Brittney Spears Saga, the Lindsay Lohan mishaps as also the Dr. Beenie Man's chaotic lifestyle.

As demanding and sometimes tricky as reporting gossip can be Nikki does it gracefully and even compliments her news bites with solid mixing and selection techniques on the turntables feeding the sounds of Hip Hop, R&B, Techno, Alternative, Souls, Punk Rock, Reggae & Dancehall to a very in-tuned listener ship of commuter heading to work during peak morning hours.
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Timmi Burrell Sings For The Poor & Oppressed

TIMMI_BURRELL_negril.jpgFor Negril based singer Timmi Burrell, music is a very serious thing. The Spanish Town Native does not believe in making music that does not have the ability to impact positively on the life of others. He does not believe in doing music for a quick hype and a bag of forwards at stage shows. He says "I have a message to deliver and it has to be done in a certain kind of way. No hurry come up thing, no hype thing for me, I don't want to make it fast and then disappear quickly". That's why he spends a lot of time working on his craft in and out of the studio, with his management and production team at Torie/Shae's Production.

Every aspect of Timmi's career is carefully guided by Torie/Shae's Production boss Ralston Barrett, a man who has dedicated almost all of his life to unearthing and developing talent in Western Jamaica. Over the years he has played various roles in the music industry but he is chiefly known as an artist manager and a publicist. He is very confident that Timmi Burrell has what it takes to break out big time in the music business. As he is a very talented singer and songwriter who takes his music seriously.
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Reggae Superstar Richie Spice's Youth Dem Cold - Ranked #29 on Vibe Magazine's Best of 2007

RichieSpice_reggaestar.jpgReggae superstar Richie Spice’s chart topping single Youth Dem Cold has been ranked number 29 on Vibe Magazine’s Best 44 songs of 2007. The announcement was made in the prestigious urban publication’s January 2008 issue.

The mega hit single was produced by Bobby Konders and released on the Studio One classic Truths & Rights rhythm. The outrage and compassion heard on The Fifth Element’s recording artiste single contributed to the track’s success on urban radio stations in the United States.

Youth Dem Cold which is featured on Richie’s most recent album In The Streets to Africa which peaked at number six on Billboard’s Reggae album chart last year. The hit single itself stalled at number 59 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Hip Hop Singles & Tracks chart.

Richie who is gearing up for the release of another album later this year, is currently climbing the charts with the singles World Is a Cycle (which recently hit number one); and A Nuh Me Dat.

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Excellence in Music and Entertainment awards EME's Set For February 7

The EME awards are set to be the premiere Jamaican music and entertainment awards for 2008.

EME_AWARDS_richieb.jpgBy popular demand the fourth installment of the Annual Excellence in Music and Entertainment Awards, (EMEs) will for the first time be aired from outside the studios of Hot 102 FM. The venue for this year's awards will be The Gardens of The Jamaica Pegasus Hotel 81 Knutsford BLVD Kingston.

The brainchild of renowned radio personality Richard 'Richie B' Burgess, the EME Awards emerged four years ago out of a need for an authentic, legitimate and grass roots based awards for Jamaican music and entertainment. Since its inception, the EMEs have increased in popularity and now has the full backing of the CVM Group. Its is based on this popularity that the awards have been moved to a bigger venue to accommodate the large following amassed over the years and will be broadcast on CVM TV.

This year the EMEs will be modeled off the famed Grammy Awards, with all the pomp and pageantry that is characteristic of such an award. Efforts are afoot to make 2008s EMEs the best award show ever staged on the shores of Jamaica.
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January 21, 2008

Scenes from Candice Birthday Bash held at Cuddyz Sports Bar & Restaurant

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Cordel 'Skatta' Burrell in car accident

Scatta_burrel_producer_cooliedance.jpgWell-known 'Coolie Dance' producer Cordell 'Skatta' Burrell was reportedly involved in a terrible car accident hours ago (January 20) leaving several persons injured.

According to an eyewitness on the scene OutAroad.com gets to understand that Skatta was driving along Constant Spring road when his blue Subaru WRX slammed into another vehicle that was parked near a taxi stand opposite a service station. The parked vehicle then makes it way into a group of persons who were waiting on their regular route taxi to go home.

“I was just around di road from the accident scene and one of mi doops them called and tell mi what happened. Mi then tear guh round pon di scene fi si if the big man okay, but thank God him never badly hurt”.

The accident happened at the same service station that the great dancer Bogle died three years ago after he was gunned down by two men on a grey Honda F4 motor bike.

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Renaissance and Red Stripe for 'Beer It All Madri Gras' party

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RENAISSANCE_SELECTORS.jpgThe fifth staging of the Renaissance Red Stripe Beer it All Mardi Gras party series will be unveiled on Tuesday February 5 at the Quad nightclub in New Kingston (Jamaica).

All the ingredients required to stage a successful ‘Beer it All’ event will be thrown at unsuspecting patrons, as the promoters, Renaissance will be going all out to ensure that patrons have a grand time.

‘This is our annual year to year Mardi Gras party and we have teamed up with Red Stripe and the Quad nightclub to ensure a good time for everyone’, said Delano Thomas from Renaissance.

Among the attractions are beeds and free red stripe beer up until 1am for females. For the men, there will be two for one red stripe deals all night long.

Patrons have no need to worry about going to work the following morning, as the day after the party will be Ash Wednesday, a public holiday. ‘We will be having the Renaissance deejays, ZJ Liquid and the Captain Collin Hines playing the music all night long’, Thomas added.

The Renaissance Red Stripe Beer It All Mardi Gras party will cost patrons $800 for admission.

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January 20, 2008

Alborosie - "Its A Rude Bwoy Town, Its Kingston Town"

By: Icey Jace
OutAroad.com Writer

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Known for his mainstream hit single "Kingston Town", Italian born Reggae Singer / Songwriter / Producer Alborosie is fast becoming the next big reggae superstar out of Jamaica.

Aside from reinventing the vintage rock steady sound as an artist Alborosie has been testing the mainstream market as a producer. He has worked with many successful international acts like Mario, Angie Stone, Les Nubians, Jimmy Cozier and Manu Chao while locally Sizzla, Wayne Marshall, Beenie Man and Voice Mail have all shared in his creative vision.

When Digicel announced their very first Rising Star back in 2004 and gave him a recording contract with Jon Baker of Geejam Records Alborosie was the assigned in house producer / engineer that had Jamaicans swaying to the sounds of Kavan on the single "You Don’t Feel My Pain". Speaking with OutAroad.com about his own career as an artist as well as his debut solo album "Soul Pirate" Alborosie is finally in town, Kingston Town to be specific.

OutAroad.com:
Your Single, Kingston Town was a huge hit, what influenced that single and who produced the track?

Alborosie:
"Well I produced the track, I'm a musician and an engineer - I wanted to actually describe Kingston from a different point of view, not the everyday killing and ting so I used a-long-time old school punch line and give it a nice vintage flow. It was simple but effective and Kingston Town ended up being the biggest tune in Europe for 2007".
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Demarco' "Fallen Soldiers" standing firm in the #1 position on The Hype TV Top 20 Singles Chart

demarco_fallen_soldiers_jamaicaphotos.jpgThere is a lot of excitement this week on the chart. Demarco's "Fallen Soldiers" continues to grip on to the # 1 Position for third consecutive weeks. He seems to be signally that the top is his domain but let's see how long he can defend the territory.

Queen Ifrica is still hedging for the top with "Daddy Don't Touch Me There" . The song remains 'The Shot to Watch' and it also moved a spot up to the # 2 Position. Is this song going to be her fist top hit for 2008, is question on everyone's mind. Whatever the case might be Queen Ifrica is off to a great start.

Erup continues to click his way to the top at a very fast pace, as the song is 'The Greatest Gainer' again this week. It moved five spots up to assume the # 7 Position. He is obviously racing to the top.

There are two 'New Entries' this week and Bugle is the star of both. The first new entry is the very popular "DOH" by Serani feat. Bugle. Now this is a very cool combination with great potential as the song makes its debut at the # 16 Position. The other Bugle entry is "Journey" at the # 19 Position. Mr. Bugle seems to reigning hot for the New Year.

TW LW WOC Artiste Name - Song Title - Record Label

01 01 10 Demarco-Fallen Soldiers - Star Kutt-3wks@#1
02 03 09 Queen I-frica - Don’t Touch Me There - No Doubt Records - Shot to Watch
03 02 10 Shaggy feat Rik Rok - Bonafide Girl -Big Yard-Peak@#2
04 04 18 Assassin-Dem A Sissy-Don Corleon
05 05 17 Movado-Squeeze Har - H2o
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January 19, 2008

Irie FM 2007 Awards - Categories & Nominees

IRIE FM 2007 AWARDS - FEBRUARY 13, 2008
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CATEGORIES & NOMINEES

COME BACK ARTIST OF THE YEAR
• JUNIOR REID
• WAYNE WONDER
• BABY CHAM
• MICHAEL ROSE
• CHUCKLE BERRY

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
• MUNGA HONOURABLE
• PRESSURE
• BUGLE
• SEAN KINGSTON
• DEMARCO

SINGER OF THE YEAR – FEMALE
• ETANA
• ALAINE
• TAMMY CHIN
• CHERINE ANDERSON
• TESANNE CHIN

DUO/GROUP/BAND OF THE YEAR
• VOICEMAIL
• RDX
• BRICK N LACE
• T.O.K
• C-SHARPE

REGGAE AMBASSADOR AWARD
• JUNIOR REID
• SEAN PAUL
• JUNIOR GONG
• SHAGGY
• SEAN KINGSTON
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Damian Jr.Gong Marley's 'Something For You' lyrics

Yeah!! Christ feed the multitude wid only one loaf a bread X2

Chorus:
Christ feed the multitude wid only one loaf a bread!
Poor people there is something for you,
Don't let the pressures of the system get upon ya head,
Poor people there is something for you,
Mankind cares not for his sisters anymore,
still there is something for you,
written in the the book of life we shall live forever more,
there will be something for....

Verse 1:
Rasta works a manifest an it a blossom an a bloom,
nature always run it course the tide is rising wit the moon,
it only take a spark to put a fyah to da fume,
what is hidden in the dark shall be revealed so very soon,
tell Pharoah free the prisoners from the dungeon an the doom,
tell di youths fi natty-dread an babylon put dem inna platoon,
di trials an di perils deepa dan di blue lagoon,
dem nuh wan fi nuh dem history yuh nuh see say dem a goon
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January 18, 2008

"This Year Mi Affi Be Di Winner" - Konshens

Check out Konshens tonight(January 18) on RE TV - ‘Di Review’ one of Jamaica’s leading local entertainment networks.

By: Icey Jace
OutAroad.com Writer

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konshens_naturalbridge_jamaica_photos6.jpgOn Monday you heard what the top Disc Jocks in Jamaica had to say about him and on Wednesday you got a sneak peek of his promotional photo shoot, now it’s time to formally introduce to you the next big superstar in Dancehall. OutAroad.com proudly presents Konshens OutAroad.com - Break Out Artiste For The Month of January

Born Garfield Delano Spence - Konshens never actually planned a career in music, apart from enjoying the vibe it gave him growing up. He was just like the average Jamaican youngster, "at that time it was just ball game, school and girls, I never saw music as a profession" he vividly recalls (laughs).

A resident of Sherlock a garrison community located in the Duhaney Park area of Kingston, Konshens began showing a commitment in music pretty late, 2005 to be specific. Back then the now DJ was just another curious stranger who use to hang out with his older brother Delus (Sojah) at Sugar Minott's Black Roots Recording Studio, but their vision for music changed when they linked up with the musical family Cash Flow. "That's where I got my break I recorded my first song there on the Guilty Riddim and it did well, it went number 1 in Japan and how we found out was we just search for the song on the internet and read up some info and there it was number 1 in Japan so we did a one month tour over there. The following year 2006 we (Sojah & I) released an album (Sons of Jah) and get another Japan tour, this time for 2 weeks".

Realizing he was on to something good Konshens began making steps in the right direction. Not a producer of beats himself he hooked up with the father and son team of Cash Flow to compose tracks as he penned lyrics to launch his own solo career, a move he says was all apart of the grand plan. "When we came back from tour we sat down and said that we wanted to attack it from a local stand point so me and Delus (Sojah) say we were gonna try solo careers and see what happened.
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Brain surgery helps woman listen to Sean Paul music again

The Associated Press

seanpaul_dancehall_jamaica.jpgGARDEN CITY, New York: Brain surgeons have cured a rare condition in a Canadian woman who went into epileptic fits whenever she heard music by her favorite performer, hip-hop and reggae star Sean Paul.

Stacey Gayle recently underwent brain surgery at Long Island Jewish Medical Center to cure the rare condition known as musicogenic epilepsy.

Gayle, a 25-year-old customer service employee at a bank in Alberta, Canada, was suffering as many as 10 grand mal seizures a day, despite being treated with medications designed to control them. The condition became so bad she eventually had to quit her job and leave the church choir where she sang.

Eighteen months ago, she began to suspect that music was triggering some of her seizures. She recalled being at a barbecue and collapsing when the Jamaican rapper Sean Paul's music started playing, and then remembered having a previous seizure when she heard his music.
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Spice creating havoc on the scene

spice_deejay_dancehallartiste_sting.jpgThere is no taming this lady diva of dancehall. With her biting lyrics and lethal performance Spice is holding her own on a stage that is dominated by her male counterparts.

In December she enjoyed a busy season as she passed like a tornado through the events leaving total devastation in her wake. Events such as Riding West, Sting, Island Explosion and Tivoli Jamboree saw her in all her element as she had the crowd in frenzy as she “talk up did tings dem!”

The New Year, January 1 saw the trend continuing at Unity Splash where she took total control of the crowd and showing exactly why a lot of female DJs have to think twice about tackling her on stage!

Negotiations are now in the works for her to go on a European tour with Baby Cham and Pinchers and she is ready!

Currently Spice has some songs that are hitting up the scene right now and these include ‘Whoa’ on the Old Axe riddim, for Truck Back label, ‘No Gal’, ‘Dun Out’ on the Dem Gal Smitten for Ward 21, ‘Goody Good-Ho for Natural Bridge and ‘Up Inna De Light’ on the Gear Box riddim and this one debut at #19 on the Hype TV top 20 singles chart. Also look out for the premiere of Dem Gal Smitten medley video with her hot song ‘Dun Out” feature in it.

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January 16, 2008

Scenes from Ire FM's Music Awards Press Launch

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Konshens representing - Sherlock - 'Di World Lock' - Natural Bridge 'To Di World'

OutAroad.com - Break Out Artiste For The Month of January

Below are promotional photos of Natural Bridge Recording artiste Konshens who hails from the community of Sherlock (Di World Lock) which is also the home of Baby Cham and the late King Tubby.

These photos can be used by all media houses for their publication and any other form of promotional purposes.

For higher resolution contact Natural Bridge Records at naturalbridgerecords@gmail.com or (876) 562 – 1179.

Photo shoot courtesy of OutAroad.com.
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2007 was very successful for Da'Ville

daville_singer_reggae.jpgThe year 2007 will go down as a very successful one for singer Da’Ville who scored well with several chart-topping singles locally and overseas. Da’Ville also did a number of successful tours of Canada, Europe, Japan, USA and the Caribbean.

In continuing the trend for 2008, Da’Ville will be very busy working on new tracks and looking towards putting out a new album. For him, the focus is to work off a vibes with the main emphasis to get more recording material.

“I have been jotting down a lot of crazy ideas as they come to mind as to what I will be working on. From that I will chose what is best to go in the studios, then give it my best shot,” Da’Ville said.

Da'Ville’s Fashozy label continues to do well, so too is his latest single ‘Yesterday’, which just entered Richie B’s Jamaica Music Countdown Chart. The single ‘Fling It Up Pun Me’ on the Big Yard label is also enjoying good chart standing in the Top 10 position on local and US charts. It is also getting a lot of airplay.
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January 15, 2008

"Mi Would Never Threaten Liquid" - "Don Corleon is the most corrupt thing Dancehall ever see" - Roache

By: The Spokesman
OutAroad.com Writer

roache_dancehall_producers.jpgAfter OutAroad.com broke the news last Saturday that ZIP 103 FM radio jock ZJ Liquid was verbally threatened, the accused producer Patrick "Roache" Samuels has now gone on the offensive. In a telephone interview with OutAroad.com, Roache denied that any threats were made and had strong words against what he called the race horse system in Dancehall.

"Look mi never threaten him, mi give Liquid mi song good while now and him don’t play mi juggling zeen so mi mek him and the rest of dem DJ gwaan eat dem food cause what really a gwaan is dem a play dem friends song and people that pay dem fi play song, from mi give him the tune a one time mi hear him play it so mi go a di office fi talk to him cause a whole heap a money dem a mek is a sell out ting, when mi reach mi hear sey him not there suh mi speak mi mind and mek dem know sey a pure payola ting a gwan, man a collect money fi play song and what mi said was that. Now mi know why di man dem sey a gunshot you fi get, cause bout a month ago mi call him and tell him sey some man a talk sey a gunshot him fi get. Anno me say so, me would never threaten Liquid after mi nuh fool.

Roache further went on to challenge another well known producer, calling him a sellout. "Don Corleon is the most corrupt thing dancehall ever see, him a sellout, him only use the music fi mek money him don’t have any love fi di music. Him a one a dem that run dancehall like a race track, a King Jammy's a di real big man, dem man deh build Dancehall. Dem cant stop my ting though a platinum mi sey and a long time mi a do this, mi spend 14 years a Cement Company and did a do music at the same time, mi leff Cement Company fi do music, a me send artist a England from inna the 80's. Little John, Tristan Palmer the whole a dem a we set dem ting".
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Black My Story - Coming Soon

BEENIE_MAN_BLACK_MYSTORY.jpgBlack My Story was conceptualized by YoungBlood Productions and executed by TripleB Entertainment with a dual purpose of raising the standards of which stage shows are presented and more importantly, giving back to the community.

The Promoters of the event, YoungBlood Production and Triple B Entertainment will be donating 5 computers each to the Red Hills and Rock Hall All Age Schools respectively as well as supplying and paying for internet connection for 1 year. In addition to this they are in the process of constructing a 500ft. block wall encompassing the venue and refurbishing the clubhouse for the sport complex. YoungBlood Production and Triple B Entertain future plans include, renovation of basketball court and football field, providing light for same and paying the bills for 1 year.

Overall "Black My Story" the first annual staging will bring to the community of Red Hills and beyond an enjoyable stage production, laser and special lighting inclusive of pyrotechnics. Swift seqways and band changes and 4 different sections namely:- Gen. V.I.P., Platinum and Triple Platinum including bottle service, oyster bar, top self beverages, assorted menu of chicken, fish, beef and shrimp full service. Shuttle bus service will be provided to and from designated parking lots and venue entrance.

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Hot It Up Movements lock down Uptown Mondays'

hotta_ball_selectors.jpg‘Hot It Up Movements’ spear headed by Hotta Ball played a magnificent selection of music last night at Uptown Mondays’ which had the men firing blanks and the ladies ‘bruking’ out on the dance floor.

Hot It Up Movements musical selections were well put together ranging from as far as 90’s Hop Hip, R&B that rolled over into some of Dancehall’s current hit singles and even took the chance of squeezing off a few new tunes from various artistes such as Sizzla, Monster Shock Empire, Voicemail, Anthony B and Jamaica’s newest sensation Konshens.

Up next was Mr. Bembe selector himself, Richie Feelings who started off his power-play with a new joint by Junior Gong that earned Feelings a massive encore from the audience after listening the track for only a few seconds. And as usual Richie Feelings had the female patrons ‘backing it up’ throughout the night to anthems from Vybz Kartel, Beenie Man, Mavado and the Gangsta Ras Munga Honorable.

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January 14, 2008

Konshens - Break Out Artiste For The Month of January

"SIX PROMINENT RADIO DJS TELLS IT LIKE IT IS"

By: Icey Jace

konshens_naturalbridge_dancehallartiste.jpgLast year a host of fresh talents burst onto the dancehall scene with a hunger to be regarded as the best of the best by their peers. Among some of the top new comers that earned their stripes were Bugle with his What I'm Gonna Do symphony, Serani on the street anthem Doh, Demarco who paid tribute to all the Fallen Soldiers, Timber-lee with her Ward 21 assisted Bubble Like Soup and Dancehall's self proclaimed Gangster Ras - Munga Honorable with his own smash single Bad From Mi Born.

For 2008 OutAroad.com will be pledging its support to new and upcoming artists by introducing a Break Out Artist of the Month feature that will be geared towards the introduction, promotion and development of young artists who are buzzing in the streets. Our team of Public & Media Relations Experts will be going all out in ensuring all 12 featured artists get maximum exposure during the stipulated 28 days timeline.

Starting things off for the month of January OutAroad.com proudly present Natural Bridge Recording artiste Konshens who is now burning up the airwaves of local radio stations with the hit single Winner.

Before we formally introduce the DJ who proclaims "this year mi haffi be the winner, cause mi nah go mi yard without my youth dem dinner" "I'm in a money making mood, can’t touch the ends without mi dogs dem food". Lets get some feedback of what some of Jamaica,s top disc jocks think of both Konshens the artist and his new year single Winner.

Nikki Z - ZIP 103 FM
"Konshens is a great artist, great sound, strong lyrics and he has an image. I'm very impress with his new single Winner and trust me I see big things for this guy, he's my project for 2008, I’ll be giving him my full support I mean it".

Collin Hinds - FAME FM
"Well the first time I heard Konshens was on the Sea-breeze Riddim with the song Jah Protect I and from then I thought he had a place in the industry. Konshens brings something new to the table. He has an interesting sound and a pretty decent voice so with the right guidance and if he has the determination he should do really well. As for his single 'Winner' I think the timing of the song is great, a lot of artists have good songs but they never go anywhere because the timing wasn't right but in this case the timing perfect. What he will need now is promotional support and the right people playing his tracks".

ZJ LIQUID - ZIP 103 FM
"Well Konshens I don’t know him personally but I met him the other day and before I met him I always use to hear the name in the streets, I’m the type of person that look out for good talent and I heard a song he have called "I've Created a Monster". Now I know your reviewing the song 'Winner' but the writing skills on 'Monster' is different, not everybody think like that so believe me I’m into his style. So look out for it "I've Created A Monster", mi ago beat it like dem pay mi to play it".

Flamze - RJR 94 FM "Catch a Fyah"
"I see Konshens as a refreshing change in dancehall, he's extremely talented and more so I'm impressed in his approach to his lyrics, the song 'Winner' is nothing short of a hit and like I said we need a change. Konshens is definitely one for the future".

DJ Smurf - IRIE FM
"I would say Konshens as an artists sounds solid, I mean he definitely has a lot of potential and as for his track Winner I think it’s a great song very inspiring, it's one of those song that will motivate people to work towards their goals for this year and that’s what we need right now".

Elektra - ZIP 103 FM
"Konshens is very creative and versatile young artist that doesn't give you the same thing over and over again, he's flexible and that’s a great thing because you can put him on a dance track and he sounds good, put him on a reggae track he sounds good or even dancehall so I’m always excited when I hear his music. I remember when I first heard 'Winner' in about November and every time I played the song it felt so good - he gives me a vibe, I just love the song".

Log on to OutAroad.com on Wednesday to get the full story behind Dancehall's latest hit maker Konshens and join us again on Friday when we will premier his Promotional Photo Catalog.

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Cops 'Run In' - Vybz Kartel Arrested

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vybz_kartel_sting2007_dancehallphotos.jpgDancehall’s lyrical genius Vybz Kartel was arrested on Sunday morning for the use of indecent language during his performance at his Birthday Bash held at the Amnesia Nightclub (Ocho Rios, Jamaica).

OutAroad.com understands that the cursing of indecent language were not the main reason for ending the party but more so for disobeying The Noise Abatement Act.

Before the cops ‘run in’ – fans were having a wonderful time being entertained by members of Vybz Kartel’s Portmore Empire such as Black Ryno, Sean Storm and Deva Brat.

Soon after Vybz Kartel came on stage minutes before 7:00am and turn the venue upside down with some of his current hit singles - ‘Wine Pon Yuh’, ‘Independent Ladies’, 'Sen Fi Mi Army'…… It was during his set that the cops ended the party and arrested the deejay for using indecent language while performing. Within a few hours he got bailed and is expected to appear in the Ocho Rios Resident Magistrates’ on February 5

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January 13, 2008

D'Angel's lyrics and video to "My Girl Yuh A Blaze"

Intro:
Hotness is a gift, (yuh si hottness) yu have to born with it.
It nuh come over nite, yu fi have it
So all the real hot girl them who sure sey dem hot,
Tell di picture man fi stop(and so)

chorus:
My girl u blaze blaze,
a just the fashion and style and u beauty get the amaze(amaze)
Man a walk wid them girl an a buck up just tru him a gaze(gaze)
A weh u wear and put down fi u clothes, nuff gyal a praise (praise)
U bring hotness in the place

Verse 1
Blazing, blazing, gal yu nuh lame
Hot like a fire ,fi yu fire caan tame
Pop down and flop, dem caan call yu name
Fashion police lock them up, dem shame
Anytime u step out, the place on fire
hot hot u nah retire, cya find nuh fault,
yu properly attire, things weh u have nuff gyal a desire.
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January 12, 2008

"A Gunshot Roache Sey Mi Fi Get" - ZJ Liquid

By: The Spokesman
OutAroad.com Writer

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Yesterday evening news broke of an incident which happened at the offices of ZIP 103 FM located on Derrymore Road, (Kingston Jamaica). Reports are that during the course of the day former manager of Vybz Kartel and well known producer Patrick "Roach" Samuels visited the radio station and left verbal threats for ZJ Liquid who was not in office at the time.

It is said that Roach cursed expletives and said he was going to make an example of Liquid who he accused of not playing his songs.

Speaking to OutAroad.com in an exclusive interview late last night ZJ Liquid says he can’t understand why Roach would do such a thing but will be taking these threats very serious.

"It's like I was at home and I got a call from the radio station and they were asking if me and Roach had any disagreements, so I said no. The last time I spoke with Roach was about a song he gave me that he did as a DJ, he said he was going to start his career and he wanted some help. I then told him mi soon deal with it - obviously I don’t play the song yet, but a from day one mi a play riddims that Roach produced in a mi juggling so mi nuh know how badness drop in. I’ve never had any animosity against Roach mi cool with everybody.
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Etana for Air Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival

By: Icey Jace
OutAroad.com Writer

etana_reggaesinger_jamaicaphotos.jpgAfter commanding strong stage performances at major Christmas events such as Welcome to Jamrock, I Scream and Guinness Sting 2007. The soulful Reggae vocalist Etana will be starting off the new year in style as she will grace two very prominent annual events - the first of which will be at the 15th anniversary of True Juice Rebel Salute at the Port Kaiser Sports Club St. Elizabeth (Jamaica) this Saturday 15th.

The Air Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival slated for the 24-26 will also be on her January calendar. Etana who will be making her first ever Jazz & Blue appearance on the second night of the festival (Saturday 25th) spoke with OutAroad.com about what fans can expect on the night.

"It's exciting to be on Jazz & Blues this year, it's my first year on the big stage and what I'll be bringing is a couple new songs that most of my fans haven't heard before and a totally different performance from any other I've done in Jamaica before, why? Because its 2008 and I just want to come different since Jazz & Blues is new to me. As for Rebel Salute tomorrow its my second year at the show and I just plan to do a nice performance, I really planned on just enjoying my set."
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January 11, 2008

Dancehall Artist, Shaggy, Returns With New Album

By Allen Starbury

shaggy_intoxication_dancehallpop.jpgDancehall superstar, Shaggy, recently made a return to music with the release of his latest album, Intoxication, via Big Yard/VP Records.

With over 20 million records sold worldwide, Shaggy hopes he can reclaim his mainstream success with a new album full of club bangers and hardcore dancehall tracks.

According to the dancehall performer, he had no outside interference during the recording process and it shows with the final product.

"While creating the album I wasn't signed to any particular label, so I didn't have the usual A&R interference into my creative process." said Shaggy of the album's recording process. "Right now records from the streets are going straight to the mainstream, with dancehall being accepted in its authentic form. That's what I was trying to get back to with Intoxication -- hardcore dancehall."

The new album kicks off with "Can't Hold Me," where Shaggy announces his return over jumping electro-tinged production. The first single, "Bonafide Gir,l" is a classic Shaggy dancehall-pop combo with a sweet hook, reuniting Shaggy with "It Wasn't Me" collaborator Rik Rok and adding Tony Gold to the potent mix. He also has "Out Of Control," a sexy danceclub ode to women on the dancefloor.

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Newcomer Demarco remains in the # 1 Position on Hype TV Top 20 Singles Chart

demarco_fallensoldiers_photo_dancehall.jpgDemarco is doing well as "Fallen Soldiers" has remains in the # 1 Position for two consecutive weeks. He is also one of the leading contenders for the New Artiste of the Year category for 2007.

Shaggy Feat. Rik Rok's "Bonafide Girl" is holding firm to the # 2 Position.

The 'Shot To Watch' is Queen Ifrica's "Daddy Don't Touch Me There". The song moved a notch up to occupy the # 3 Position. It is as become the biggest threat to dethrone Demarco's song.

The 'Greatest Gainer' this week is Erup's "Click My finger". The song moved a record six (6) spots up from the # 18 position to assume the # 12 Position after only three weeks on the chart. Now this is what we mean by top chart material but, let's see if it will really click its way to the top.

Spice's "Up Inna De Light" is the 'Newest Entry'. She has been creating havoc and not taking any prisoners since her return in the music industry late November 2007. The song makes its debut at the # 19 Position.


TW LW WOC Artiste Name - Song Title - Record Label

01 01 09 Demarco-Fallen Soldiers - Star Kutt-2wks@#1
02 02 09 Shaggy feat Rik Rok - Bonafide Girl-Big Yard
03 04 08 Queen I-frica - Don’t Touch Me There-No Doubt Records- Shot to Watch
04 05 17 Assassin-Dem A Sissy-Don Corleon
05 06 16 Movado-Squeeze Har - H2o
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Patriot Giving It All

jahpatriot_photos.jpgDJ and songwriter, Patriot, was born Denver Williams on March 24, 1968, in Runaway Bay, St. Ann, Jamaica. He attended St. Anns Bay Primary School, where his love for songwriting and DJing began. When Patriot was 16, he migrated to the United States, where he and his family settled in Brooklyn, NY. While attending Brooklyn High School, he ran track and field. By age seventeen, Patriot was running the 100 meters in 10 seconds. Soon he was training for the Olympics, and showcasing his great athletic talent to the many college scouts and coaches who came to see him. Then, during what should have been a truly joyous and exciting time, the unthinkable happened: Patriot lost his sight.

Here he was a teenager dealing simultaneously with the permanent loss of his sight and new fatherhood, in a land that was not his native home. Drawing from the same spirit that made him an exceptional athlete, Patriot fought off self-pity and found strength and comfort in his Rastafarian faith. He also drew upon the courage and wisdom of Ethiopian Emperor, Haile Selassie I. Most importantly, the birth of his son Jahmal gave him a deep sense of purpose and many new challenges. From making Jahmals porridge, to building him snowmen in the park, to teaching him to ride his bicycle, Patriot found his greatest joy in caring for his son.
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Little Hero's "Praise God" Is Number One In St. Croix

By: Ralston Barrett

littlehero_reggaeartiste.jpgReggae artist Little Hero is currently sitting at the top of the V1 Top 20 Reggae Charts on WSTX 100.3 radio station, in St. Croix, Virgin Islands, with his latest hit single "Praise God", on the Inspirer Imprint which is own and operated by his manager Delroy Roberts. "Praise God" is also moving up on the local Reggae Charts and the New York & South Florida charts as well.

Over the last couple of years Little Hero has been steadily making his mark on several Reggae Charts around the world with several hits such as "Inna Di Ghetto", "The Prayer", "Freedom", "No More War", "Prayer Time" & his monster hit "God Alone".

He is currently preparing for a tour of Japan in support of his album "Revelation", which has been released in Japan since December 5th by Diamond Edge record company. "Revelation " will be released in Jamaica by Inspirer Records before the end of January. The fifteen track album is produced by his manger Delroy Roberts and features several of Little Hero's most popular songs as well as new material such as "Ghetto Life", "Revelation Time", "When", "Town Of Sorrow", "Reggae Music" & his latest hit "Praise God". "Revealation" is available in America through Ernie B's Reggae and in Europe through Soundquake.

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January 10, 2008

Dancehall Artiste Busy Signal is Young, Hot & Hype

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busysignal_sting2007_dancehallphotos.jpgKingston, Jamaica: Intense dancehall artiste, Busy Signal, is once again at the top of every teen's list. Signal has been nominated in four categories at the first annual Youth View Awards. The nominations he received are for Favourite local music video with the hit song "Jail", Chart Topping Song with "Jail", Young, Hot & Hype Personality of the Year and Celebrity Role Model.

"It's an honour to be nominated in all those categories and no matter whether I win or lose, I just want the teens to know I'm thankful", says Signal.

The Youth View Awards are a true reflection of a youth's view of artistes that were their favourite in 2007 and who they consider to be young, hot and hype. The teenagers will vote for their favorite in each category and the winners will be announced on February 2 at the awards show to be held at the Courtleigh Auditorium.

Busy will also be performing at the Youth View Awards after party at Cuddyz in New Kingston.

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Jamdown With The Orchard

beenieman_sting2006.jpgNEW YORK & LONDON, Jan 08, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The Orchard (NASDAQ: ORCD: 3.49, +0.24, +7.38%), a global leader in digital music and entertainment, and Jamdown Limited, today announced an exclusive worldwide digital license agreement for the masters catalogue of Jamdown Recordings/Jamdown UK, the record label arm of the Jamdown / Abood Group of companies.

The deal features Jamdown artists Smujji, MBC, Ward 21, Suncycle and FYA, as well as the first new studio album in almost twenty years from the legendary trombonist Rico Rodriguez. An early release will be "Soundclash Round 1", the first volume of a concept series featuring "musical battles" between major Jamaican artists and producers including Skatta, Arrows, South Rakkas, Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Sean Paul and Elephant Man. With an established history of hits over the past two decades, the catalogue boasts titles from the top names from Jamaica - both past & present - as well as international urban crossover titles.

Commenting on the deal, Othman Mukhlis, Jamdown's CEO said, "This cooperation enables us to exploit our fast growing catalogue in many new areas. This way we are able to strengthen our position as an independent label in the urban and dancehall sector while ensuring the best exploitation and visibility for our projects. The music industry has been going through radical changes recently and we see this as a key strategic deal to ensure our continued growth as an indie presence."

Jamdown joins Greensleeves, Shanachie, Ariwa and Reggae Sunsplash, to make The Orchard's reggae and dancehall catalogue one of the most comprehensive one-stop sources for digital retailers, mobile operators, consumer brands, and synchronization licensing partners.

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Sean Paul's 'Pick It Up & Drop It' in the number one spot

JAMAICA MUSIC COUNTDOWN
By Richie B, host - “HOT MIX” on Hot 102FM

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01 2 13 Pick It Up & Drop It-Sean Paul-Birchill Records(1wk@#1)
U-1
02 1 18 Nah Go A Jail-Busy Signal-Jam 2(4wks@#1) D-1
03 3 16 Tell Dem Don't Follow-Buju Banton-Heart of Love NM
04 7 4 Click My Finger-Erup-Truck Back U-3
05 5 8 Dandy Shandy - Macka Diamond-Birch Hill NM
06 4 13 Everybody Dance-RDX -Apt 19 (2wks@#1) D-2
07 6 10 Empire Army - Vybz Kartel-Big Ship D-1
08 12 4 Pon Di Edge-Busy Signal-Star Kutt U-4
09 8 17 Dem A Sissy-Assassin-Don Corleon D-1
10 10 7 When My Gun Rise-Munga-Heart of Love NM
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DNA Result - 'A Who' - 'Nuh Di King'

Chat Too Much, wrote a song for Mavado - Check it out at the bottom

By Chat Too Much

Mavado_dancehallartiste_bountykiller.jpgMi people three letters inna di alphabet a badder mi from di other day, yeah DNA - mi nuh figet nothing because mi have ways fi find out the truth. And from mi seh DNA di whole world know a who mi a talk and fi who don’t know a who - mi sorry because mi not calling no name because mi nuh want di King of Controversy or Fallen Angel come sue mi because mi nuh have no money.

Anywayz, after the story buss big di other day di public never get fi know di outcome of di result, but one of mi mix up fren tell mi dat a di King pickney, but mi hear seh before Fallen Angel do the official DNA testing - shi did har own At Home DNA Testing. Mi hear seh she sit down di beanie boy inna waan chair and shi play almost every songs dat di King sang and di pickney nuh rock or jump him just sit still like a white man weh a hear dancehall fi di first time. But then again mi nuh believe true di baby come from a musical family that means di baby should rock, uhno figet dat Grung God nuh love dance either. But it seems as if the DNA test really turns out to be true because mi hear seh di first word di child learn was Zaga Zow – I rest my case – suh any artiste who want to find out if dem get jacket you can email me at is-it-mybaby@gmail.com.

People uhno know mi caan leave and mi nuh beg up di Gangsta for life deejay Mavado, yeah a him first big mi up and seh some bowy Chat Too Much.
Anywayzzzz!!!!! How di man royalty money nuff so – mi hear seh him used one of him royalty check and buy di Range Rover and di youth dat help him write a drive Range Rover to suh Mavado mi have waan song fi yuh because mi waan drive Ranger Rover too, hear it goes.

A mi dem a pree,
true mi buy mi Range Rover mi nuh get dat fi free,
So mi affi give thanx to di almightee,
Fi wash away di envy, grudges and jealousee
Mavado a lock si place now.

First hit tune was Gangsta For Life,
so mi know seh mi did of to survive,
stick to mi roots - stay pon di gully side,
and nuh me mek certain bowy caan fly

A nuff a dem want fi si mi career pop down,
dem want fi war but mi nah go mek dem draw mi out,
because dem can’t fight mi physical,
not even lyrical,
before dem win mi thugs dem tek dem out.

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January 9, 2008

Was Aidonia framed? - At no time was he involved in any violent activities

aidonia_dancehall_sting.jpgLate last night OutAroad.com was given a copy of the official press release by Aidonia’s Lawyers and Management Team declaring the deejay’s innocence.

Mrs. Neita - Robertson >> Official Statement

Further to what transpired and subsequently has been published by Press Agencies both print and web based myself and Aidonia's family would like to publicly emphasize the innocence of Mr. Lawrence.

At no point in time was he even involved in any violent activities, he is a very prominent entertainer who has the highest regard for the law.

It's unfortunate the way he has been treated since he was detained on January 5th after he in good faith took the initiative to visit the Grants Pen Police Station after receiving word that a shooting had occur in his community.

I am both confident and comfortable that his account of what transpired on Saturday is accurate and will exonerate his alleged involvement in the shooting incident.

Contrary to previous reports printed in yesterday’s copy of the Star, Aidonia was actually the victim of an extortion plot which involved several men who has been targeting him for some time now and it was upon his refusal to comply with their demands that men came into the community in search of him.
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Causion - Stella's Kids Release Party

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Fullwerks and Jasfar Records Presents Causion's Stella's Kids Cd release party that will be held on January 10, 2008 at Jazziz at the Hard Rock Cafe, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The album features 12 "wicked wicked" tracks and two videos. This album was produced by Gregory Bailey and Jason Sterling and will be distributed by VP Records. Stella's Kids is also now available on I-Tunes.

Come and be a part of this special event which will feature Antigua's Reggae Ambassador, Causion performing songs from this critically acclaimed album. Meet celebrities and VIPs present and enjoy a special evening of entertainment. The Cd release party will start at 7pm sharp and end at 11pm.
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January 8, 2008

Jamaican Beauty Nerissa Irving - A Natural Queen

OutAroad.com Model Of The Week

nerris_irvin_modelphotos.jpgI'm all about my dreams, family, my health, friends, and my wealth. If anyone tries to mess with those things, there's going to be a problem. LOL. But I'm serious. I've been trying to do this whole modeling acting thing since I was a little girl, but I put it on pause to finish school. But now is my turn to shine. This is a very hard and competitive industry. If your weak you won't make it. I'ts not all about looks in this industry. You need the whole package to get by.(brains, talent, 75% beauty, and good communication skills). I am currently in acting school now.

IF YOU RESPECT YOURSELF, YOU WILL GET RESPECT......

My main goal is to live life to my best ability. just to be happy, and feel happy about what I become in the future..

I let god take my life in his hands.. Whatever he has in store for me, that's what I will become. I don't set goals, because you live your life trying to fulfill those goals and by doing that you let so many other opportunities pass you by.

Don't be afraid to change coarse. do it passionately and you'll find your way.And yes, I'm the girl in the Bobby Valentino video.(Its good to have knowledge, but its better to pass it on)
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A who Bounty diss up - And a who get lock up? - Milk & Liquid mi have di letter

By: Chat Too Much

bountykiller_sting_dancehallphotos.jpgYes mi fans I am back, mi never gone nuh weh, mi deh yah same way - uhno done know mi get mi name from Mavado so mi affi show some respect to the big man and use a line from one of his songs.

After mi guh pon vacation a small island and a live some life, and as soon as mi get back mi friend give mi di low down pon wat a tek place and if some fool think dat mi a guh whole back pon any information them better just tek weh themselves from bout yah.

Last weekend mi deh a mi yard a whole a medz and mi get a phone call about certain deejay who got lock up, mi naah call nuh name because a pure suing a gwaan from di odda day. Anywayz mouth seh that a man come page the artiste with gun and then ‘Hide Down Nah’ guh back and pure things gwaan, shot buss off and man get shot and mi hear seh before him dead he tried fi pronounced a name - “Mi know a-a-a-a who, a I-d-d-dddo” but before him could finish seh di name, him cough up some blood and that was the end of the one thing wi all sure bout, death. The cops then used them dawg sense and lock up ‘Hide Down Nah’.

Hennessey Inna Face – A Di In Thing

Hey, yuh si fi di year 2000 and love mi a go deal wid things different – any bowy dat violate di I - mi a go properly dealt with them case like how Bounty Killer and Vybz Kartel a run things from wah day yah. Yeah a di new style how fi punish any bowy weh try diss di program.

First yuh throw some Hennessey inna dem face, this wi give yuh enough time fi pop off them chain and then yuh can either poke them in da eye or left the rest to yuh dawgs. Yow Kartel and Bounty big up uhno self, di new style sell off

Yow Blond Rass yuh get a rathid poke in da eye not even Barbee eye di bloodshot so.
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Five sex questions with Timber-Lee

By: Christopher Icey Jace Campbell
OutAroad.com Writer

timberlee-bubble-like-soup.jpgOutAroad.com:
On a scale of 1 - 10 how would you rate your sex drive?

Timber-Lee:
I would rate my sex drive at 8, 8 ½ to 9 sometimes at 10 two weeks before my time of the month when I’m very horny, lol (laughs).

OutAroad.com:
At what age did you loose your virginity?

Timber-Lee:
Lol (laughs). I lost my virginity at age 14; I didn’t really enjoy sex at that age, I just had sex at that time because I figured that’s what I was supposed to do. (Laughs)

OutAroad.com:
What’s your favorite sex position and why?

Timber-Lee:
I have 2, the first is when my feet are on the guys shoulders because everything goes in and the other is the doggy style, I like both clitoral and vaginal stimulation.
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First Class Dancers - Special Advertisement Feature

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January 7, 2008

Cops & Soldiers swoop down on Popular dance session Prendies On The Beach

"Even out a di water mi see police a come from".

By Kon-Vick
OutAroad.com Writer

soldiers-beach.jpgPopular dancehall session Prendies On The Beach last night was certainly not the place to be as patrons were search in side out by the Jamaican Defense Force and the Police Force.

According to one patron who sent OutAroad.com an email early this morning claims that she was shocked with what took place on the beach last night.

“Mi nuh love what gwaan because mi guh fi enjoy mi self and then planned to left early so mi could wake up in time to go work - but by the time mi fi do that, mi nuh know where so much soldiers and police come from. Helicopter, Tanker, even out a di water mi see police a come from.

Even though some patrons might be upset that their fun came to an abrupt end, others are praising the police and soldiers for their new way of fighting crime.

Between late 2007 and January 2008 more than four sessions have been raided by soldiers and cops in search of illegal guns and wanted men. Some of the events that have been raided so far are Mavado’s Birthday Bash, Asylum Night Club, Quad Night Club, a session held in Clarendon to name a few.

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Reggae Will Reign In February - Reggae Academy Awards

By: Christopher Icey Jace Campbell
OutAroad.com Writer

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It's unofficial until announced by the Hon. Prime Minister Bruce Golding but make no mistake February is strongly being hailed as the month to celebrate Jamaica's most prominent cultural genre REGGAE in all its glory. Still only the first week of the New Year and already activities are being planned for the Irie month, the most significant of which will without a doubt be the inaugural staging of the .

Now less than two months away the Awards Ceremony slated to unfold on Sunday February 24th at the National Indoors Sports Centre is fast becoming the talk of the Music fraternity. Why; The answer is simple - because for the first time ever in Jamaica such a distinguished and prestigious ceremony will highlight and award the creative excellence of Dancehall and Reggae Songwriters, Producers, Vocalists, Engineers and Video Directors based locally and abroad.

An initiative of the Recording Industry Association of Jamaica (RIAJam) the Award ceremony will break new ground as over 30 deserving individuals will be presented with an award stemming from four major categories - Reggae, Dancehall, Gospel and finally a General category that will host nominees of the - Best International Dancehall/Reggae Artist and the Best Music Producer awards with the other two sub categories Most Popular Artist and Most popular Song being determined by public voting.
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January 6, 2008

Did Beenie Man's brother 'Blue' willfully hit Barbee in the eye?

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The street is filled with rumors that Beenie Man’s brother ‘Blue’ hit Barbee in the face last night at Jagga B’s dance at La Roose in Portmore (Jamaica).

When OutAroad.com roving reporter Kon-Vick heard of the incident, he decided to carry out his own investigation before running with the story. He tried repeatedly to get in touch with both Beenie Man and Barbee but was not successful. His last hope of attaining the truth about what took place last night (January 5) was to call her publicist Ray Alexander.

It’s true that Blue and Barbee had a minor disagreement and he accidentally hit her in the eye while gesticulating, but I don’t know what caused the friction. Some people are saying it’s because Beenie Man had been flirting around with other girls at the party, but that could have never been the reason for what took place because those girls were Barbee’s friends. Afterwards Blue went and apologies to Barbee for letting his finger catching her in the eye.

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Erup's lyrics to 'Click My Finger'

Represnting
E - R REPRESENT TO THE WORLD
with all these girls
CHUCK BACK!

Verse 1

Gal ah sen text
seh dem wah flex including sex
di ruff rider durex mi gal press vex
Antoinette tell mi seh she want ah next sex
she rate me suh much her bonify tun ex
yo dem wah fi role with man dem nuh care ah wah
gal from mi area and gal from mumpelia
skin ketch ah fire when dem see mi pun di telly yah
gal ah call mi fone an seh dem ah mi secret admire

Chorus

Click mi finger gal unoo roll with me yeah!
sed dem wanna stroll with me
gal from all over di world inna di west indies yeah!
seh dem fall in love with me.

Click mi finger gal unoo roll with me yeah!
sed dem wanna stroll with me
gal from all over di world inna di west indies yeah!
seh dem fall in love with me.
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Garrison Hawk Brings His Game

Garrison_Hawk.jpgThis is one of Garrison Hawk's best videos, which revolved around the drug game, and the roles of the traffickers and the police in it. The videos kicks off with Garrison Hawk, dressed in a dapper suit, and standing in a square of light in grungy building smoking a cigar, then segues to a black and white scene with him seated on a stool in front of a rickety building, while a few thugs mug for the camera. Other scenes show him deejaying in front of a pier perhaps, Miami, FL. and leaning against a container in what could be a storage area of a wharf/ scenes with men packing garbage bags on waiting boat while Garrison Hawk insists:

"We believe in gangsta for life
Wish I could sleep through these nights
Many jeepers and creepers and blood-seekers in the nights…"

The storyline of the video appears to be a sting operation being conducted by the ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco& Firearms and Explosives) which is trying to apprehend Garrison Hawk. However, he seems to always be one step ahead of them as they raid building, question possible suspects (one of whom is Mastadon from RETV) before he is finally apprehended on the pier.

The video has cinematic feel to it as jay will delivers the goods yet again.

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January 5, 2008

Ecstasy Model Ms.Foxy on her way to stardom

foxy_ecstasymodel3.jpgMy model name is Ms.Foxy and I'm from Tuscaloosa Alabama where I was born and raised. At this moment I'm going to school for Early Childhood Education - My main focus for this year is to help make the future brighter for our little ones.

Whenever I have free time, I like to hang out with my friends and hit the hottest spots we can find. I have been modeling for a long time but I'm just now getting the exposure I need. I have a passion for wearing the hottest clothes and looking like the diva I was born to be.

Age:24 years old -- Hometown:Tuscaloosa Al. -- Measurements: 37-26-38
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January 4, 2008

Busy Signal and Sean Paul "Get Serious"

sean_paul_and_busysignal.jpgFrom Florida to Kingston, radio airwaves are rocking with the remix for the powerful dancehall hip hop hybrid track, Serious.

Delivering the hook is the multi-platinum, Grammy award winning reggae toaster, Sean Paul. On Serious, Sean Paul makes a dramatic departure from his usual up beat topics to highlight the grave dangers of violence. "Yow, when I heard the beat, the hook came instantly," Sean Paul explained.

Anxious to share the spotlight, Sean Paul called on hot dancehall deejay, Busy Signal. "I was at home when Sean called me and played the beat. We met up at the studio that same afternoon to lay the track," elaborated Busy Signal. In Busy's verse, he endorses Sean's chorus to emphasize the point that "gun t'ing a nuh joke t'ing".
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Scenes from Bembe Orientation

The Ultimate School Uniform Party, never had much patrons turning out in their school uniforms - instead most patrons seems to be imitating the role of Teachers and Principals. Big up to the few patrons who came out in their uniforms
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January 3, 2008

Scenes from Milk's White Party - Celebrity Affair

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Beyonce Wins Baby Boy Copyright Appeal

beyonce-sexy-look-seanpaul.jpgBeyonce has won an appeal to uphold a court decision to dismiss a copyright infringement lawsuit, relating to her 2003 chart-topping and Grammy award-winning song, 'Baby Boy'.

According to a statement released on January 2, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit "upheld the 2006 trial court decision dismissing a copyright infringement lawsuit brought against Beyonce".

Jennifer Armour alleged in the lawsuit that her former manager had submitted demo recordings of a song to Matthew Knowles, Beyonce's father and President of Music World Entertainment, and to representatives of Beyonce's record label Columbia Records in late February or early March 2003.

She discovered in litigation, however, that the writing and recording of 'Baby Boy' was substantially complete before Armour claimed to have submitted her demo recording.

The trial court dismissed the case due to the fact that "no reasonable person could conclude that the two songs sounded substantially similar to one another, and the appellate court upheld the dismissal of the case on the grounds that 'Baby Boy' was in existence before Armour allegedly submitted her demos.

Beyonce is relieved that the case was resolved, saying, "It's unfortunate that we had to endure this long legal process, but I am hopeful this decision will allow all of us that were involved to finally move on."

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Demarco gets his first #1 - 'Fallen Soldiers' - Hype TV Top 20 Chart

Demarco-fallensoldiers-lyrics.jpgIt's a New Year, with new possibilities for 2008. There will be new songs and new artiste will surely emerge.

Demarco's "Fallen Soldiers" as captured the top spot. The song as finally replaced Bugle to seize the # 1 Position.

'The Shot to Watch' this week at the # 2 Position is "Bonafide Girl" by Shaggy Feat. Rik Rok. Look out Demarco Shaggy is on your tail.

Bugle's "What I'm Gonna Do" fell to the # 3 Position after previously occupying the top spot and sixteen weeks on the chart.

Queen Ifrica's Daddy Don't Touch Me There" is still the 'The Greatest Gainer' this week, the song moved four spots up the # 4 Position. She is surely on her to top spot at a very fast pace, this song is obviously very powerful.

Many artistes such as Queen Ifrica, Etana, Demarco and Bugle emerged in 2007 and we will be looking out for there continued chart topping songs for the year 2008. Other Artistes to look out for are Spice, Ce'Cile, Deva Brat and Erupt

Happy New Year everyone and please remember to keep your eyes open for the Hype TV Top 20 Singles Chart Year in Review.

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January 2, 2008

Did Sizzla box Jah Cure at Dancehall Jam Jam?

jahcure-sizzlabox-dancehall.jpgIt was reported that Sizzla and Jah Cure had a minor misunderstanding back stage at Cocoa Tea's Dancehall Jam Jam that was held on December 31st.
Since that incident took place it is now the talk of the town - some wanting to know if Sizzla literally boxed Jah Cure while others are saying it’s close to being so.

OutAroad.com tried extremely hard to get in touch with both parties but was not successful in doing so. However, after a few hours later we received a press release from Jah Cure’s publicist stating is love for Sizzla.

Here is a copy of the statement below

"2007 was a challenging year for me; however, throughout the year I was able to stay focused on the music while maintaining a positive attitude. I am here to uplift the people as I myself was once down. I want to use my music to comfort the hurt and bring joy to the sad.

"Many may have heard of a recent incident at Cocoa Tea's Dancehall Jam Jam, in light of this, I want to state that I am a positive person whose only aim is to uplift people and live in a positive way. I give thanks to those who have helped me throughout my career to reach the level that I am now. I want to thank Sizzla Kalongi as he was one of the first to believe in my music.

"Life is about challenges and hurdles but what makes a man a better person is the way he deals with these challenges and hurdles. I will try to make sure that my music remains positive and that my actions reflect my message." - Jah Cure

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January 1, 2008

Scenes from French Connection's New Years Eve Party

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Buju Banton Named One Of Billboard Magazine'sTop 10 Reggae Artists Of 2007

bujubanton_reggaedancehall.jpg(New York, NY//Kingston, JA) 1, January 2008) Operating as a true independent record label, Gargamel Music, Inc., is especially proud to announce that our founder and CEO - Jamaican music icon Buju Banton, ranked a cool #8 on Billboard magazine's Top Reggae Artists chart for 2007. His critically acclaimed album Too Bad, which actually dropped on September 12, 2006, slid in at #12 on the publication's Top Reggae Albums chart for 2007.

Billboard's charts are based on a combination of sales and airplay in the United States. Banton's first pure dancehall project in over a decade, Too Bad held court on their Top Reggae Albums chart for 37 weeks. The album's smash single "Driver A" also steered it's way onto the Billboard Hot 100 R&B & Hip-Hop Songs chart for six weeks, peaking at #75.

Back in Jamaica, Banton is presently heating up the local charts with a one-off dancehall gem "Tell Dem Don't Follow" (Heart Of Love), which moved up a notch this past week to #4 on Richie B's weekly Jamaica Music Countdown on Hot 102 FM. Also starting to make waves at home and abroad is the tough new Buju tune "Cowboys" on the classic rub-a-dub 3 Blind Mice riddim. ReadMore-color.jpg

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