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April 30, 2008

Behind scenes of Delus' 'Informer' video shoot

Kon-Vick
OutAroad.com Writer

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Newcomer to the dancehall arena, Delus, born Delmark St. Aubyn Spence Jr. shot his first solo video for the hard-hitting single Informer last Sunday at several locations across the Corporate Area.

The Sherlock Gardens resident was in a jubilant mood as he took directions from videographer Simeon, who boasts a credible portfolio. Simeon has worked on high profile videos including Barbee and Junior Kelly’s Missing You, Lutan Fyah’s De La Vega, Hollow Point’s Sitting by my Window, and several others.

According to Simeon, the song is self-explanatory and therefore the video has to have some additional drama that will captivate its audience.
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Elephants Man's "Let's Get Physical" Debuts at #1 on the Reggae Billboard Charts

The Energy God Hits the Road on May 10 with US Club Tour

letsgetphysical-elephantman.jpgDancehall King Elephant Man released his latest studio CD, “Let’s Get Physical,” on April 8, 2008, and it went straight to the #1 spot on the Billboard Reggae Top 10 charts. A long time in the making, the star-studded project is the first release from a new venture which joins Sean “Diddy” Combs’ Bad Boy Records with the largest independent Jamaican music label, VP Records. “Let’s Get Physical” features the hit lead single “Five O,” on which Wyclef appears. The remix for “Five-O” is blazing a trail with rising digital sales and has caught attention at radio with an all star line up from Swizz Beats, Assassin, Yung Joc and Diddy. “Jump,” the hard-hitting, high energy second single, also features Swizz Beats. Barbados-born Rihanna appears on the steamy dance track “Throw Your Hands Up” and Elephant Man-fan Chris Brown lends his vocals to the bouncy “Feel the Steam.” Also check out “Body Talk” featuring Dominican R&B singer Kat Deluna and female rapper Jha Jha, and the hot remix for “The Way We Roll” with Busta and Shaggy. The set is executive produced by Sean “Diddy” Combs, Chris Chin, Harve Pierre and Willie Daniels.

Elephant Man, dubbed The Energy God by his fans because of his high energy performances, will rock clubs around the country with his “Let’s Get Physical Club Tour” kicking off in Tampa, Fla. on May 10th and wrapping up in Virginia Beach on June 8th.
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New K-Salaam & Beatnick Album Dropping this summer on VP Records

ksalaaman-photo.jpgOn May 3rd Lyrics To Go, K-Salaam & Beatnick will host a night that promises to be a medley of groundbreaking musical synergy featuring hip-hop legends Dead Prez, Reggae icons Massive B (Bobby Konders & Prince Jabba from Hot 97) and Mixtape King J. Period entitled "Whose World is This Vol. 1" at Brooklyn's own Galapogos Art Space (70 N 6 Street Williamsburg, Brooklyn 11121). The show will also feature appearances from United Front, Oliver North, Blitz the Ambassador, the A-Alikes (RBG) and Jahdan. Umi from RBG will be performing alongside Dead Prez as they perform classic song "Bigger than Hip-Hop" along with the new song "Fallen Soldierz" off of K-Salaam & Beatnick's forthcoming album Whose World Is This? (July 29 release date) Doors for the event open at 9pm, ($15 door) and show starts at 10pm.
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Icon Banton To Blaze Madison Square Garden May 10TH!

bujubanton-reggaemadison.jpgGargamel Music is very proud to announce that international Reggae icon Buju Banton aka Gargamel will once again blaze up the WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden on Saturday May 10th at 8:00pm. Billed as the Mother's Day Reggae Festival, this now annual extravaganza will feature performances by dancehall legend Super Cat, and one of the most recognizable voices in reggae, Barrington Levy.
This will be Buju Banton's fourth time gracing the world famous stage. Last year he played to a capacity crowd of over 5,000 energetic patrons that included former New York Knick and Jamaican national Patrick Ewing.

Buju Banton and his Shiloh Band are guaranteed to blaze up the WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden with a bevy of dancehall classics from Buju's early catalog, as well as roots, lovers and other selections from his critically acclaimed albums 'Til Shiloh, Inna Heights, Unchained Spirit, Friends For Life and Too Bad.

The Mother's Day Reggae Festival is brought to you by veteran Caribbean radio personality Dahved Levy through his Devonish Promotions company, with partner GB God Bless.

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April 29, 2008

Beenie Man to fight tax evasion charges - US$ 661, 000

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beenieman_d%27angel_yardflex_876radiocom_1876.jpgOutAroad.com understands that Jamaica’s #1 dancehall artiste Beenie Man who recently planned on settling his taxes with the government has now decided to fight the charges as the deejay strongly believe he should not be penalized for an error created by his former Management Team (Shocking Vibes).

In recent reports it is stated that the controversial deejay owes the country J$47-million (US$ 661, 00) in taxes.

In October last year (2007) a warrant was issued for the arrest of Beenie Man after he failed to appear in court to answer to several tax evasion charges.

Guyanese Government bans Mavado and Bounty Killer

Alliance leader Bounty Killer and Gangsta for Life Mavado have been black listed by the Guyanese government. According to Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee both artistes are banned from entering the country after the Bharrat Jagdeo administration suggested their track records are plagued with violence.

The banned was imposed after a recent performance by Bounty Killer who headlined a show that was disrupted by angry patrons due to a lengthy delay of show time which then followed by scores of alleged gun shots.

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Roots Soulstress Etana Releases Her Debut Album "The Strong One"

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Etana, the captivating Jamaican singer/songwriter, will unleash her highly anticipated debut album, The Strong One, on June 17, 2008 on VP Records. Arguably the most prolific female vocalist in reggae today, Etana has struck a cord with the masses and is winning the hearts of the people one song at a time. She made her debut with the hit “Wrong Address” in 2006, “Roots” in 2007, “Warrior Love” in 2008, received numerous awards in her native country, rocked major stage shows and will now unveil her first studio album boasting production by reggae legends Dean Frasier, Carl James and Robert Livingston.

The Strong One contains brand new material as well as her current singles that have already impacted Jamaican radio and other international reggae charts - including her sultry new love song, “Warrior Love,” which is currently #1 on Jamaica, England, U.S. and Virgin Islands reggae charts, “Roots,” the socio-political tune that remained at the top of Jamaican charts for over 22 weeks, as well as her breakthrough anthem “Wrong Address,” “a heartbreaking acoustic reggae lament about a woman who gets rejected for a job because she comes from the wrong hood,” stated from Spin Magazine. With spirit and song, Etana celebrates life and love, mends the disheartened and spreads wisdom throughout this cohesive musical testament.
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April 28, 2008

OutAroad.com wins Urban Music Award

By Kon-Vick
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OutAroad-animatedlogo.gifOutAroad.com walked away with the award for Best Magazine (Online & Offline) at the Caribbean 2008 Urban Music Award, which took place last Saturday at Sugarman’s Beach, St. Catherine, Jamaica.

OutAroad.com went up against YardFlex.com, Riddim Magazine, Soca News and Jamaicans.com.

OutAroad.com was formed on June 23, 2007 and due to our hard working team and adamant contributors, we have gained the status of being the number one entertainment website in Jamaica. OutAroad.com has become a household name, as the website keeps thousands of entertainment fans up to date with current happenings in the world of entertainment.

OutAroad.com receives daily traffic from over 25 countries such as Jamaica, the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Aruba, Croatia, Costa Rica, Venezuela, and several other locations across the globe.

For OutAroad.com it’s not about winning but more about being applauded for the hard work we have done. Our aim is to continue working hard as we seek a bigger share in the entertainment market and also to ensure that our readers get good quality entertainment news that is accurate and uplifting.

Thanks to all who have supported us from inception and those who have come on board since.

Official Nominees: (nominated by 1.5 million Caribbean music fans worldwide)

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Dancehall artiste Beenie Man holding down the #1 Slot

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Beenie Man’s ‘Whine Gal’ has maintained its dominance in #1 position on the OutAroad.com Top 20 Hot Singles Chart for a third week while Junior Gong Feat. Steven Marley’s hit single ‘Mission’ has taken over the #2 spot from Mavado’s ‘Gangsta Life’.

New-comer Konshens who is determined to become a ‘Winner’ has ascended into the top ten with his influential lyrics “This Year Mi Affi Be Di Winna, Cause Mi Nah Guh Mi Yard With Out My Youth Dem Dinna”.

This week’s Greatest Gainer is Vybz Kartel’s ‘Fatta Than A Pound’, which jumps from #17 to #12.

New on the chart this week is Mavado’s ‘Money Changer’ debuting at #17.

TW means This Week, LW means Last Week and WOC means Weeks on Chart

TW - LW - WOC Artiste Name ----- Song Title ---- Record Label
01 - 01 - (10) Beenie Man - ‘Wine Gal’ - TJ Records

02 - 04 - (4) Junior Gong/Steven Marley - ‘Mission’ (Warfare) - Baby G - Song to Watch

03 - 05 - (4) Mavado - ‘On The Rock’ - Baby G

04 - 02 - (10) Mavado - 'Gangsta Life' - John John - (2wks@#1)

05 - 03 - (10) Busy Signal - 'Pon Di Edge' - Star Kutt - 4wks@#1

06 - 06 - (10) Mykal Rose - 'Shoot Out' - John John -(Peak@#3)

07 - 07 - (10) Demarco - 'Duppy Know Who Fi Frighten' - John John (Peak@#4)

08 - 08 - (10) D'Angel - ‘Blaze’ - Arrif Cooper (Peak@#6)

09 - 09 - (10) Erup - 'Click My Finger' - Truck Back

10 - 11 - (4) Konshens - ‘Winner’ - Nutural Bridge Records - Hot Shot

11 - 10 - (10) Queen I-Frica - ‘Daddy Don’t Touch Me There’ - No Doubt Records

12 - 17 - (2) Vybz Kartel - Fatta Than A Pound - Open Ear Music

13 - 12 - (10) Serani feat Bugle - 'Doh' - Daseca (Peak@#4)

14 - 18 - (2) Busy Signal - Curfew - Juxx Box

15 - 13 - (10) Demarco - 'Fallen Soldiers' - Star Kutt
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Cherine Anderson wins Best Female Artist at Caribbean Urban Award

cherine-anderson-urbanmusic-singer.jpgDancehall Soul singer/songwriter Cherine Anderson walked away with the award for Best Female Vocalist at the 2008 Caribbean Urban Music Awards held on Saturday, April 26 at Sugarmans Beach in Jamaica.

Anderson, who was up against Tami Chynn, Lady Saw, Macka Diamond and Queen Ifrica for Best Female Artist, was also nominated in the category of Best Newcomer. The striking 5 foot 3 soulstress gave a powerful performance of her prolific hit "Kingston State of Mind" and was asked by the appreciative crowd to "sing some more, another song, sing anything". Totally impromptu, Anderson then asked the host of the show, Spragga Benz, if he would join her on her hit collaboration "Coming Over", a duet she originally recorded with Chuck Fender. The two stars unleashed what could easily be considered the performance highlight of the night, both singing and then free styling DJ lines to the loud applause from the crowd causing them to 'pull up' the song from the beginning.

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Bad Gyal Ce'Cile Is So Fly With Beenie Man

Beenie-man-badgal-cecilejamaica.jpgDanger Zone's bad gyal, Ce'Cile has teamed up with renowned producer Scott Storch in collaboration with Beenie Man on the track titled So Fly. The track comes out of the continued relationship with Danger Zone and SoBe Entertainment. Storch, known for his wicked instrumentals and credited with hits such as Lean Back by Fat Joe, Candy Shop and Just a Lil' Bit by 50 Cent as well as Baby Boy by Beyonce and Sean Paul, has also produced for a variety of artists including Dr. Dre, Fat Joe, Nelly, Jadakiss, Christina Aguilera, Nas, Lil Wayne, 50 Cent, Beyoncé, Brooke Hogan, The Game, Chamillionaire, Chris Brown and many more.

"I have known Scott Storch for a while, he is really cool. I did the So Fly song to a hip hop beat at SoBe while he was producing Brook Hogan; Beenie heard the song and loved it and we decided to collaborate on it after which Scott decided it would be more authentic on a dancehall beat which made it even cooler. I think the song will be accepted by regular Ce'Cile fans and will help me to continue making an impact on the international market" - Danger Zone/SoBe Entertainment recording artiste Ce'Cile.

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Caribbean Urban Music Awards launches to great success

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spragga-urbanmusicaward.jpgCaribbean Urban Music Awards launches to great success. After a brief change of venue from James Bond Beach, Ocho Rios to Sugarman Beach in Kingston, Jamaica due to flooding in Ocho Rios. The CUMA 2008 finally kicked off on the 26th of April 2008. Opening the show was the host with the most Spragga Benz who not only won Best Male Artist but also stole the show as regards the best host and performer of the night. Spragga Benz showed his versatility by hosting, dj-ing, collaborating, toasting, you guess it, and he did it!!!

The crowd was vibrant and the vibe was absolutely live and then it came to the award for Best Newcomer which went to Erupt. Erupt performed for 15 mins straight and when he ended his performance with ‘Click my Finger’, the audience was left screaming out for more. Then, came the award for Best Female artist handed to Cherine Anderson who has just recently collaborated with pop sensation Britney Spears. Cherine tore the stage as usual and linked up with CUMA host Spragga Benz for a collaborative performance which will go down in the UMA’s books as one of the best I have seen.

Next up, Spragga took the stage to announce the winner of the Outstanding Achievement Award for 2008 and Best International Artist with the award going to the Doctor, Beenie Man. Beenie Man got on stage and said “The UMA’s is a well respected awards ceremony in the US, UK and other countries worldwide and he feels proud to be honored and happy the UMA’s has decided to launch in Jamaica and in the Caribbean as a whole”.
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April 26, 2008

Greensleeves Signs Busy Signal, Gyptian, Shane Brown & Llamar "Riff Raff" Brown

gyptian_busysignal-greensleeves-album-dancehall.jpgReggae label Greensleeves Records & Publishing announced that it just signed reggae-dancehall sensations Busy Signal and reggae singer Gyptian, and hit-makers Shane “Jukeboxx” Brown and Llamar “Riff Raff” Brown (no relation) who are currently dominating the reggae and dancehall charts worldwide.

Hot dancehall artist Busy Signal has signed off a multiple album and publishing deal t this week. The hype dancehall artist, enjoying huge chart success worldwide with his current hits “Jail” and “Wine Pon Di Edge” made his indelible mark in dancehall with his breakout single, the anthem Step Out in 2005. He subsequently released his debut album of the same title on Greensleeves Records in 2006. This latest deal was brokered by his manager and producer Shane C. Brown of Juke Boxx Productions who is currently working with him on his forthcoming album due for release in 2008 on Greensleeves Records. Busy Signal commented on the deal: “I am happy to put out my next album on Greensleeves and to know that a company is going to look after my publishing interests worldwide”.

Reggae singer Gyptian also signed a publishing agreement with Greensleeves Publishing’s American affiliate STB Music. Gyptian broke through with his debut album My Name Is Gyptian released by VP Records in 2006 and which contained the hit singles “Mama”, “Serious Times” and “Beautiful Lady”. Gyptian is slated to release his new album I Can Feel Your Pain on VP Records this summer.
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April 25, 2008

Rolling Stone Magazine Named Mavado Best Reggae Artiste Since Bob Marley

mavado-gangsta-alliance-bountykiller.jpgIt is evident that Jamaica's dancehall artiste Mavado's career has been facing a chain of mix-reactions ("good & bad"). But this time around it's 100% good news as the Gangsta was listed as "Best New Reggae Artiste" on Rolling Stone Magazine list of “The 125 Plus People, Places and Things Ruling The Rock and Roll Universe.”

According to EVAN SERPICK (Associate Editor), "If you think reggae died with Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, think again. Jamaica's latest star, Mavado, combines hip-hop-influenced beats with ominous minor-key vocals about street life and salvation. "I started singing when I was four or five years old, and people always wanted me to sing more," says Mavado, who grew up in Cassava Piece, a rough dirt-road section of Kingston.
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MBC Shoots Video For Their Hot New Single "Busted"

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Hot Dancehall girl group MBC (Make Boyz Cry) is getting ready to release a brand new single titled "Busted" produced by none other than their multi- platinum award winning manager & producer Computer Paul. MBC (Make Boyz Cry) has already enjoyed a fair amount of success with other singles such as "Short A Nuttn" & "Real Bad Man" on Computer Paul's Boot Camp label. However the group is very excited about "Busted" because of the level of impact the song has already created in the streets, it has been receiving a lot of support from radio stations and sound-systems island wide.

Tongues have been wagging about busted none stop as the song is quickly catching on especially among female fans, because of its lyrical content. The song unfolds almost like a Jamaican roots play, "Busted" is basically a telephone conversation between two women about the man in their life. As expected the conversation is filled with harsh Jamaican realities, controversy, drama and humor. Computer Paul recently contracted the services of video director Andrew Val for the making of a music video in support of "Busted". The video was shot at various locations on Red Hills road in Kingston and will be released to cable and television stations locally and abroad early next month.
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Wesley Snipes Gets 3 Years in Jail

wesley_snipes_prison.jpgcounts of evasion still comes with a hefty price: The actor on Thursday (April 24) was sentenced to three years in prison and fined up to $5 million, the maximum punishment possible under federal guidelines.

Though Snipes had escaped more serious charges that he'd been part of a scheme to defraud the IRS with bogus refund claims - a jury accepted his argument that he had innocently taken bad advice by questionable advisers - prosecutors urged U.S. District Judge William Hodges in Ocala, Florida, to hand out a tough sentence for the misdemeanors, and thus demonstrate to taxpayers that no one is exempt from paying up. (The IRS says Snipes had not filed taxes at all from 1999-2004.) ''The fact that Snipes was acquitted on two felony charges and convicted 'only' on three misdemeanor counts has been portrayed in the mainstream media as a 'victory' for Snipes,'' a 35-page government argument read, citing Snipes' ''brazen defiance'' of tax laws. ''The troubling implication of such coverage for the millions of average citizens who are aware of this case is that the rich and famous Wesley Snipes has 'gotten away with it.' In the end, the criminal conduct of Snipes must not be seen in such a light.''

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US Embassy Summons dancehall artiste Macka Diamond

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She seems to be everywhere these days, Trinidad’s Carnival, Madison Square Garden, Royal Palm Estate, and now, dancehall diva, aka Miss Money O, aka The Money Goddess, Macka Diamond has been summons by the US Embassy as a special guest performer at their benefit concert in aid of Children First Center in Spanish Town (Jamaica), which is a youth-centered non-governmental organization which operates in the heart of Spanish Town, and helps educate at risk youth children between the ages of 10 and 18.

To whom much is given, much is required….The good book said it and Macka Diamond is living it.

It all started last December with the Salvation Army School for the Blind, where Macka Diamond and her company, DiamondDistrict Ja. alongside Island Grill, joined forces to give an unforgettable Christmas treat to over 130 students, which comprised of a live performance from the Money Goddess herself, who then played Mrs. Claus and presented them all with gifts.
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Empire State Building to Light Iconic Tower Lights For International Superstar Mariah Carey!!!

New York Landmark To Shine in Lavender, Pink and White in Honor of a Great New Yorker and her #1 album E=MC²

mariah-carey-superstarsexymodel-photos.jpgInternational superstar Mariah Carey, the #1 most successful female recording artist of all time, with more than 160 million sales world­wide - who recently earned her 18th #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Touch My Body,” surpassing Elvis Presley’s long-standing chart record of 17 #1’s.

A lighting ceremony at the Empire State Building, where Mariah will flip the light switch on a scale model of the Empire State Building. The Empire State Building will be lit in pink, lavender and white all weekend to celebrate the album color motif of Mariah’s new album E=MC², which enters at #1 on the Billboard chart this week with the biggest first week Soundscan total of her career, 463,000 units.

The staging will be held at the Fifth Avenue Lobby of Manhattan’s legendary Empire State Building, located at 350 Fifth Avenue between 33rd and 34th Streets

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April 24, 2008

Five sex questions with Zumjay - "It's my job to make sure she's satisfied"

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Most men believed hours of sex make them a good lover - is this true on your path?

Zumjay:
First thing, hours of sex does not necessarily make you a good lover. Knowing your partner is one of the most important things. So if my partner like it that way then it’s my job to make sure she’s satisfied.

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

Zumjay:
She told me that I am the best and cried tears of joy.

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

Zumjay:
My favourite sex position is when my partner is on top because I get to see and feel more of her.
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RDX Has Raised The Bar - Officially Signed With Universal Japan

RDX_dancehallphotosdance1.jpgRDX has reached another milestone after successfully achieving 2 number one singles consecutively, nominated best on Duo/group of The Year, and making a debut entry on the New York singles charts. The Duo is now officially signed on with Universal Japan to produce their first album. Universal Music Japan (Umusic Japan) is a subsidiary of the US based Universal Music Group (UMG). It is the largest record label in Japan. Universal Music Group has a 25.5% market share and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Vivendi. The one album deal with possible options was sealed by RDX Publishing Company Jamdown Music based in the UK, is still untitled and will feature 14 tracks including popular songs such as Dance, Everybody Dance and Dancers Boom as well as two bonus cuts.

Now reaping some fruits from years of hard work dedication and commitment, the very organized and business like duo have been strategically putting various plans in place, setting goals and meeting deadlines to ensure future success.
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Wesley Snipes Facing Jail For Tax Fraud

wesley_snipes_mugshotjail.jpgHollywood star Wesley Snipes will learn later whether he is to be sentenced to three years in prison for tax fraud.

The star of the Blade Vampire films has been called before a federal court for failure to file his taxes.

In February, Snipes was acquitted of five out of eight counts - including felony fraud and conspiracy charges - which each carried up to five years in prison.

But the action star was convicted of three lesser charges of willful failure to file a return.

Prosecutors are pressing for the maximum sentence, saying they want the court to make an example of a "notorious" and "inveterate" offender.

The government has said he owes more than £1.3m.

Snipes' lawyers say he deserves only probation for his crimes, and have submitted three dozen letters from friends attesting to his character.

Those coming to his aid included actors Denzel Washington and Woody Harrelson.

Source: www.news.sky.com

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April 23, 2008

OutAroad Red Carpet With Sexy Danielle

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This week on the OutAroad Red Carpet is the sexy and controversial deejay Danielle.

Christian Audigier Panther Hoodie, Leopard Print US$260.00
Christian Audigier leggings US$100.00
Bvlgari sun shades £400.00
Louis Vuitton Metallic Impulsion Sneaker US$480.00
3 Butler & Wilson gold crystal swirl bracelet SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL £40.00 each
Butler & Wilson gold crystal earrings with SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL £60.00
Tiffany Diamond ring US$4,000.00
Michael Kors bra top US$150.00
Aqua Master Ladies' Diamond-Cut Watch US$2,500.00
Mikey necklace £50.00

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Half Pint's No Stress Express US tour started off with a bang!

Half-pint-reggae-nostress-express-album.jpgReggae's raggamuffin veteran singing star, Half Pint, kicked off his No Stress Express US tour to a packed house last night in Los Angeles at the Dub Club. From the opening notes of Pint's classic "Greetings" to the well-deserved encore of "Unity" from the new No Stress Express CD release, Pint had the appreciative crowd electrified with his charismatic performance. Other member of the Reggae fraternity came out to support Pint such as the duo Michigan & Smiley, producer/engineer Scientist, and others. Backed by the Bay Area based Yellow Wall Dub Squad and opening artists Itawe and Stevie Culture continue the tour tomorrow night at the Malibu Inn in Malibu, CA. Joining the tour this week are Half Pint's manager Loyal Haylett, Publicist/Road Manager Ra-Umi Alkebu-lan and Background vocalist Chinnoy Henry. This tour is not to be missed!

Half Pint's all-new CD No Stress Express.is available in all leading music and online stores through Half Pint Music / Essential Media Group / Perpetual and distributed via Universal Music Group Distribution.

No Stress Express is deemed to be a classic and is poised to be his best album to date. Hot tracks include “Unity” featuring Jack Maness from Long Beach Dub All Stars / Sublime, “Bad Boys” featuring Sizzla, “Just Be Good” featuring R&B songbird Mikki Howard, ‘Mind Over Matter,” ”Suzie,” and "Children of His Majesty.”

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April 22, 2008

Getting to know April Jackson - Miss Jamaica Universe 2008

By Kon-Vick
OutAroad.com Writer

april-jackson-miss-jamaica-universe2008-photos-negril.jpgIt was obvious from the second I met April Jackson in the parking lot at Market Place, St. Andrew, why she won the coveted Ms. Jamaica Universe title two Saturdays ago at the National Indoor Sports Centre. She sported a warm smile and a jubilant vibe, and her eloquence speaks volume against persons who brand beauty pageant entrants as ‘pretty dunce.’

She arrived at the scheduled interview with members of her family, including her ever-supportive father who stormed the stage when she was announced the winner. In the judges mind April stood out most among the twenty-five (25) contestants. Her beauty is striking and her articulation flawless.

However, April is no stranger to the limelight as she was the winner of the Ms. Jamaica UK Pageant 2006. Nevertheless, as we sat to have a drink she was keen to point out that the two pageants are not the same. They both give her the opportunity to represent Jamaica, however, one more internationally than the other.

Like any living human, April was thrilled at winning the competition and even shared kind words with those who thought she was not the correct option.

“I totally appreciate that a lot of persons considered Doneika Plowright as their favourite. She is a nice person and I knew of this from the one month we spent together preparing for this competition. I am more than willing to gain the respect of those who did not consider me their winner.” She then went on to justify the judges’ decision: “The judges have seen us on a more intimate level than the audience therefore they are more equipped to make the final decision,” she told OutAroad.com.
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D'Angel's "High Intensity" - The Follow up to "Blaze"

dangel-dancehall-blazeartiste.jpgFollowing the success of her single “Blaze” on the Up and Live Rhythm by Fresh Ear Production, D’Angel is now ready to promote her new single “High Intensity”.

This song is laced with a refreshing sound, a catchy chorus and verses to sing-a-long. “High Intensity” is a party jam that addresses the hot girls and will definitely be her next hit single. An So!!!!!

Re-TV’s School Tour 2008 “Spring Edition”

D’Angel was added to the impressive line up of artistes for the “Spring 2008” RE TV’s High School Tour. The tour kicked off on April 2, 2006 at Meadowbrook High School and is expected to run until May 7, 2008. The line up includes Voicemail, Alaine, TOK, D’Angel, Etana, Chris Martin. Serani, Bugle, RDX and introducing Omari form Manchester High School. The “Spring Edition 2008” is under the theme, “Jamaica Aids Awareness” and is titled sponsored by Coca-Cola. The tag line for RE-TV’s High School Tour is: “THINK ABSTINENCE!!!”

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Beenie Man is still #1 in Jamaica

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Beenie Man’s ‘Wine Gal’ is still the #1 song in Jamaica on the OutAroad.com Top 20 Hot Singles Chart.

Junior Gong feat Steven Marley’s ‘Mission’ is this week’s Greatest Gainer ascending from #7 to #4.

There are two new entries this week, Vybz Kartel’s ‘Fatta Than A Pound’ kicks in at #17 while Busy Signal’s ‘Curfew’ hold down the #18 spot.

TW means This Week, LW means Last Week and WOC means Weeks on Chart

TW - LW - WOC Artiste Name ----- Song Title ---- Record Label
01 01 (9) Beenie Man - ‘Wine Gal’ - TJ Records

02 02 (9) Mavado - 'Gangsta Life' - John John - (2wks@#1)

03 03 (9) Busy Signal - 'Pon Di Edge' - Star Kutt - 4wks@#1

04 07 (3) Junior Gong/Steven Marley - ‘Mission’ (Warfare) - Baby G - Song to Watch

05 06 (3) Mavado - ‘On The Rock’ - Baby G

06 04 (9) Mykal Rose - 'Shoot Out' - John John -(Peak@#3)

07 05 (9) Demarco - 'Duppy Know Who Fi Frighten' - John John (Peak@#4)

08 08 (9) D'Angel - ‘Blaze’ - Arrif Cooper

09 09 (9) Erup - 'Click My Finger' - Truck Back

10 10 (9) Queen I-Frica - ‘Daddy Don’t Touch Me There’ - No Doubt Records

11 13 (3) Konshens - ‘Winner’ - Nutural Bridge Records - Hot Shot

12 11 (9) Serani feat Bugle - 'Doh' - Daseca (Peak@#4)

13 12 (9) Demarco - 'Fallen Soldiers' - Star Kutt

14 14 (9) Bugle - 'Journey' - Daseca

15 15 (9) Sean Paul - 'Pick It Up & Drop It' - Birchill
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April 21, 2008

50 Cent 'don't like Alicia Keys no more'

50cent-aliciakeys-hatephotosrapper.jpgRecently singer Alicia Keys stirred a hornet's nest with her poorly worded remarks regarding Gangsta rap and who was "to blame" for it.

Keys' comments were published in Blender Magazine about Gangsta rap being "a ploy to convince black people to kill each other." She alluded that it was mainstream media, the record industry and those in power that sanctioned and permitted it to flourish, as if rappers themselves were puppet-like and had no free will.

After a firestorm of negative press, Alicia subsequently released a statement saying her comments were "misrepresented" and that she isn't a "conspiracy theorist" or "a racist."

Blender magazine is standing by their reporting.

50 Cent isn't buying it and told The Showbuzz:

"I don't like Alicia Keys no more though … the same reason why I said that I don't like Oprah Winfrey. I'm prejudice(d). I don't like people who don't like me. If you don't like the content that I write because of my experiences; I am being who I am when I am writing it. I fall into that 'label' as far as you considering artists creating 'Gangsta music,' we fall into that.
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April 19, 2008

Rihanna: I didn't know about Jay Z and Beyoncé's wedding

Singer says she is shocked by surprise marriage

RIHANNA-jayz-beyoncemarried.jpgRihanna says she had no idea that her mentor, rapper Jay Z, had married Beyoncé Knowles.

The couple are said to have wed in front of 40 guests in New York City on 4 April, although neither has confirmed the rumours.

'I didn't know!' Rihanna, 20, tells People at a benefit for her Believe Foundation. 'No one knew!'

Beyoncé, 26, and Jay Z, 38, are keeping tight-lipped about the wedding. The signer was spotted hiding her hand at a basketball game in Houston last week.

Source: www.nowmagazine.co.uk

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Patriot Receiving Great Attention With New Single "Looking For Love"

Patriot-reggaesinger.jpgCultural deejay Patriot is very upbeat about his latest single "Looking For Love". The song which was produced by the double platinum producer Computer Paul, has been receiving tremendous support from radio stations-island wide
"Looking For Love" has all the trappings of a classic love song, that will connect with people all over the world who have suffered heartbreak time again. In this song Patriot sings over a slow almost haunting melodic beat created by Computer Paul about his misfortunes in his search for true love.

Despite not yet being a household name, Patriot has created a niche for himself with quality recordings such as "Man A Warrior, "Keep Yuh Goals In Sight", "Honorable" & "Break Free". All of these songs have received much attention both locally and abroad helping to plant his name firmly in the minds of people who appreciate good music.

Excited by the attention that "Looking For Love" is getting from radio Patriot's manager Angela Burke has hired the services of video director Joakin from Belgium, to make the video for "Looking For Love". The video was shot at locations in Portmore.

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Jah Cure seeks to expose Stack$ to the finer herbs of Jamaica

JAH CURE AND STACK$ FLY HIGH ON 420

Jah%20Cure%26Stack%24.jpgKingston, Jamaica: Jah Cure and Hip-Hop artiste Stack$ will release their new video Flyin High on '420': International Herb Day (April 20, 2008). Flyin High salutes the natural herb and is the first collaboration between Stack$ and Jah Cure; the video was conceptualised by Stack$ and directed by acclaimed music video producer Jay Will. The Flyin High video features cameos from Wayne Marshall and choreography by Kamieca Reid.

Stack$ may not be familiar to many Jamaicans but has a burgeoning rap career in the United States and is the CEO of SoBe Entertainment. The collaboration between Stack$ and Jah Cure comes out of the newly formed alliance between SoBe Entertainment and the Danger Zone Music Group headed by Della Danger.

The video for Flyin High is of the highest quality and features some of the best work Jay Will has done so far. The Flyin High video showcases some of Jamaica's best vistas and seeks to bring Jah Cure's and Stack$' fans together on a musical journey.
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Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Bembe! in Cayman With Rolexx

rolexx_bembe_cayman_jamaica_photos.jpgBembe Thursday became the most popular dance in Jamaica after its inception and is continuing to attract artistes and patrons every week to Weekenz. The Bembe Squad 'selectas' Rolexx, Tony Matterhorn, Richie Feelings. Jigsy, Penny Bling and Razz & Biggy are now bringing some Bembe vibes to the Cayman Islands.

Starting this coming Thursday on April 24th, 2008 Bembe Thursday will also be held at Peppers Night Club on West Bay Road in Grand Cayman.

Rolexx will be playing at Cayman Bembe this Thursday. The sought after Bembe Squad 'selecta' does not play competitions but rather events and dances such as Bembe Thursday entertaining the patrons. Rolexx is known as one of the best selectas in Jamaica and dancehall fans in the Cayman Islands can roll out and get ready for Rolexx' selection and a real Bembe experience.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Bembe! This Thursday April 24th with Rolexx!

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April 18, 2008

Harry Toddler hits back - "None A Dem Wi Nuh Fear Dem"

By Crazy Katty
OutAroad.com Writer

harry-toddler-blonde-ras-monstershack.jpgHarry Toddler, A.K.A. Blonde Ras has been holding his tongue for awhile, despite words thrown at him by the Monster Empire, but he’s not holding his words anymore.
He recently went into studios and voiced a steamy counteraction to the Monster Empire’s song on the 90s rhythm produced by Suku from Ward 21.
In the Monster Empire’s song, they poked fun at Harry Toddler about Killer throwing Hennessey in his face and the now infamous “juk him in di eye”. The Monster Empire also boasted that “nuh bowy” could never dream of doing such brutal act to any of the members in Monster Empire.

Harry Toddler had already been enjoying multiply spins on the airwaves, but this counteraction seems to have sent it in overdrive as it became a hit in the dancehall on its first night of play.

“I can’t understand why they (Monster Empire) would rejoice over a situation like that - suh mi just retaliate and mek them know seh man a nuh walk over and them lyrical content is nothing near to my writing skills,” Toddler explains.
“So me not even ago pay no more attention to them because mi nuh have time fi go toe to toe with weak fence,”
he told OutAroad.com.

Click on Read More below to view a few lines from Harry Toddler’s counteraction which incidentally, is also voiced on the 90s rhythm.
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OutAroad Red Carpet with Oneil of the Group Voicemail

oniel_voicemail_oneil_dancehall.jpgOnce again we have another member from the group Voicemail (Oneil) on the OutAroad Red Carpet.

Oniel is sporting a suit designed by one of Jamaica's top class designers Carlton Brown for which he paid JA$35,000. For his Fossil Watch he paid US650 while on tour in Japan. His shoes cost him JA$12,000 - he paid US$450 for his Versace shades - His right pinky ring cost US$3,500 and his left pinky ring cost US$4500.

Click on SEE MORE below for close ups of his shoes, shades, and rings

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Cocoa Tea In Support of Barack Obama

cocoatea_reggaeartiste_jamaica.jpg“Its not class, race or creed but what the people need” are the words of the reggae veteran, Cocoa Tea, in his song titled Barack Obama in support of the Illinois Senator’s vision to make a change in the United States via the presidential portfolio.

“Obama has been able to get people from all walks of life…young and old and beyond racial boundaries to participate in the US electoral process and with Jah guidance I was inspired to add a voice to the movement” was Coco Tea’s response to what inspired him to pen the words of the song. He commented that his inspiration from “the most high” allowed him to conceptualize the song in a short period of time without actually writing down the lyrics.

Cocoa Tea further states that the support that “Obama is receiving from the younger generation is noticeable because usually when young people cry out for change…it comes.” He is now in the process of planning the video shoot in New York for the song Barack Obama later this month.
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April 17, 2008

"A Wha duh bl**dclaat Bounty?" - Monster Shack Crew

By Krazy Katty
OutAroad.com Writer

monster_shack_bountykiller_war.jpg“A coulda wha duh bl**dclaat Bounty,
from D’Angel f**k pon him,
him a move like a junky,
listen mi promptly,
yuh tek man fi punky,
bout man nuh badda than yuh shoes,
but yuh nuh badda than mi pumpy” (gun)
When Kartel mince up yuh head wid di kitchen axe,
Yuh neva call up him name or diss him back.

OutAroad.com gets to understand that an unpleasant atmosphere has once again crept into the dancehall. What was once rumored to be a misunderstanding between the Monster Empire and Bounty Killer, the leader of the Alliance, has now blossomed into reality.

The feud began at Pashion Sundayz between Bounty Killer and Harry Toddler a.k.a. Blonde Ras. From there it took a turn for the worse when the Monster Empire voiced a song on the 90s Rhythm defining the situation; “Nuh bowy (Bounty) caan juk out mi eye like Harry Toddler.” The song, produced by Suku from Ward 21, got the Killer cross, angry, and miserable.

It is said that Bounty Killer heard the song and got upset over the situation and immediately recorded a counteraction that targeted the Empire. Both songs have being getting crazy rotation on the airwaves and this has pushed the situation to a boiling point.
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Elephant Man a Christian? - ‘What A Mighty God’

By Kon-Vick
OutAroad.com Writer

Stitchie-gospel-elephantman.jpgRumor has it that Elephant Man, who is also known as the ‘Energy God’, has made a transition from the flossing of Hennessey every night to reading a chapter a day.

The Energy God and gospel artiste LT. Stitchie has recently collaborated on the single ‘What A Mighty God’ that is now enjoying heavy rotation in the dancehall circles and on the airwaves. The track produced by Elephant Man’s Manager Q45, is said to be the turning point in the lifestyle of the energetic performer.

According to a source, Elephant Man and Brother Stitchie have been in several prayer sessions, teaching the Energy God the words of the True and Living God.

When OutAroad.com contacted Elephant Man about him becoming a Christian he had this to say:
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Sizzla Kalonji Celebrates His Birthday Today!!!!!

sizzla_kolonji_reggaeartiste_picturess.jpgKingston JAMAICA: Kalonji Music urges all to come early to celebrate Sizzla Kalonji Earthstrong Celebrations, Rise To The Occasion IV on Saturday, April 19th at Temple Hall Estate, The Great House in Stoney Hill celebrating Sizzla’s 32nd Birthday.

Sizzla Kalonji alongside music contemporaries like Stephen Marley, Damien “Jr. Gong” Marley, Capleton, Bounty Killer, Beenieman, Spragga Benz, Anthony B, Queen Ifrika, Movado, Chuck Fenda, Tarrus Riley, Jah Cure, Luciano, Sanchez, Elephant Man, Sugaer Minnott, Vybz Kartel, Richi Spice, Busy Signal, Lady Saw, Etana, Erup, Junie Platinum, Voicemail, Gyptian, Turbulance, Assasin, Marcia Griffiths, Natural Black, Spice, Bascom X, Monster Empire, Lady G, Louie Culture, Thriller U, and the L.U.S.T. Crew will perform to highlight Occasion IV.

We celebrate the nomination of The Overstanding for Best Album, Artist of the Year, and Best Male Artist through www.urbanmusicawards.net, log on to vote.
This years Earthstrong celebration is a reflection of the successes and accomplishments in April 2007-April 2008 for Sizzla Kalonji and Kalonji Music Ltd. On the heels of Koch/DDMG/Kalonji Record’s Overstanding Album, four albums were released. These include Children of Jah with PNR Label, I-Space (Greensleeves), Rastafari (Penitentiary), and Addicted (LGN Entertainment).
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April 16, 2008

Sexy Model Tiffanie - I'm a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman

OutAroad.com Model of The Week

Tiffanie describes her self with this peom - 'Phenomenal Woman'

sexymodel-tiffanie.jpg"Phenomenal Woman" Pretty women wonder where my secret lies. I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size But when I start to tell them, They think I'm telling lies. I say, It's in the reach of my arms The span of my hips, The stride of my step, The curl of my lips. I'm a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That's me. I walk into a room Just as cool as you please, And to a man, The fellows stand or Fall down on their knees. Then they swarm around me, A hive of honey bees.

I say, It's the fire in my eyes, And the flash of my teeth, The swing in my waist, And the joy in my feet. I'm a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That's me. Men themselves have wondered What they see in me. They try so much But they can't touch My inner mystery. When I try to show them They say they still can't see. I say, It's in the arch of my back, The sun of my smile, The ride of my breasts, The grace of my style. I'm a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That's me. Now you understand Just why my head's not bowed. I don't shout or jump about Or have to talk real loud. When you see me passing It ought to make you proud. I say, It's in the click of my heels, The bend of my hair, the palm of my hand, The need of my care, 'Cause I'm a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That's me.
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Morgan Heritage release new album "Mission in Progress"

Morgansheritage_reggaegroup_jamaica.jpgNew York, NY--Morgan Heritage, one of the most influential reggae bands today, will be releasing their highly anticipated 10th album MISSION IN PROGRESS.

Renowned worldwide for their riveting live shows, Morgan's Heritage's new release captures the band bottling the power of its stage performance on disc and infusing its songs with a heavier dose of hip-hop. Produced by Morgan Heritage (with a few songs helmed by Shane Brown and Stephen McGregor son of reggae singer Freddy McGregor), MISSION IN PROGRESS lyrically finds the group continuing their quest to bolster their love for reggae music through romantic, street-wise and conscious songs built on slabs of spirituality. Musically however, MISSION IN PROGRESS is the realization of Morgan Heritage’s “ROCKAZ” concept: reggae music with an edge.

"I think this record is the most aggressive one that we've ever done both musically and personally," says vocalist/keyboardist Una Morgan. "A lot of our inner feelings from growing up in the industry and the experiences that we’ve had touring the world, specifically in Africa, are reflected here and served as the inspiration for this album.”
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April 15, 2008

Scenes from Keyshia Cole's performance at Miss Jamaica Universe 2008

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Beenie Man gets his first #1 for 2008 with 'Wine Gal'

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Beenie Man’s ‘Wine Gal’ is now the new #1 single on the OutAroad.com Top 20 Hot Singles Chart after denying Mavado’s ‘Gangsta Life’ from spending a third week in the #1 spot.

This week sees Mavado’s ‘On The Rock’ and Junior Gong feat Steven Marley’s ‘Mission’ sharing the title of this week’s Greatest Gainer as they both claiming quickly up the chart.

Natural Bridge recording artiste Konshens who is also referred to as Jamaica’s newest sensation settled for the #13 spot. Undoubtedly this single (Winner) will forced its way into the top ten as the video was recently shot which will certainly increase the popularity of the single.

TW means This Week, LW means Last Week and WOC means Weeks on Chart

TW - LW - WOC Artiste Name ----- Song Title ---- Record Label

01 02 (8) Beenie Man - ‘Wine Gal’ - TJ Records --- Song to Watch

02 01 (8) Mavado - 'Gangsta Life' - John John - (2wks@#1)

03 03 (8) Busy Signal - 'Pon Di Edge' - Star Kutt - 4wks@#1

04 04 (8) Mykal Rose - 'Shoot Out' - John John - (Peak@#4)

05 05 (8) Demarco - 'Duppy Know Who Fi Frighten' - John John (Peak@#4)

06 10 (2) Mavado - ‘On The Rock’ - Baby G - Song to Watch

07 11 (2) Junior Gong/Steven Marley - ‘Mission’ (Warfare) - Baby G

08 06 (8) D'Angel - ‘Blaze’ - Arrif Cooper

09 07 (8) Erup - 'Click My Finger' - Truck Back

10 08 (8) Queen I-Frica - ‘Daddy Don’t Touch Me There’ - No Doubt Records

11 09 (8) Serani feat Bugle - 'Doh' - Daseca (Peak@#4)

12 12 (8) Demarco - 'Fallen Soldiers' - Star Kutt

13 15 (2) Konshens - ‘Winner’ - Nutural Bridge Records - Hot Shot

14 13 (8) Bugle - 'Journey' - Daseca

15 14 (8) Sean Paul - 'Pick It Up & Drop It' - Birchill
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Scenes from Konshens' video shoot - 'Winner'

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Keyshia Cole shines at Miss Jamaica Universe 2008

By Crazy Katty
OutAroad.com Writer

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Grammy award nominated R&B sensation Keyshia Cole gave a stunning performance at last weekend’s Miss Jamaica Universe 2008 pageant staged at the National Indoor Sports Centre, Kingston.

The moment the R&B beauty took to the stage those in the VIP area had their status taken over by other zealous fans who bombarded the same. Several of the patrons who held regular tickets flocked to the front of stage leaving those in VIP with the sole option of standing on their seats in order to see Keyshia Cole’s live performance.

Keyshia Cole performed with a live band, and her dancer added glitz to her wonderful performance. The harmony from her two back up singers was nothing short of breathtaking. She did all her hits that her fans came to hear such as, ‘I Changed My Mind’, ‘Just Like You’, ‘Shoulda Let You Go’, ‘I Remember’, ‘Give It Up’ and ‘Last Night’. But when Keyshia Cole sang the first few words to introduce the song ‘Love,’ the patrons went haywire. Their reaction was so loud that it drowned out Keyshia Cole’s vocals. The audience performed the song for her as she just sang along to keep them on track.

The beautiful 18-year-old April Jackson was crowned Miss Jamaica Universe 2008.

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April 14, 2008

Behind the scenes of Konshens' video shoot for his hit single 'Winner'

By Kon-Vick
OutAroad.com Writer

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A high-end video was shot last weekend at several locations across the Corporate Area for Jamaica’s newest sensation Konshens, whose mega hit single 'Winner' (This Year Mi Affi Be Di Winna) has attached itself onto the lips of many persons.

OutAroad.com went on the road with the production team on Saturday and brings to you information from behind the scenes of the Winner video shoot.

Video director Winston Mayhew, the man responsible for Busy Signal’s Jail, was in charge of bringing life to the inspiring song that is not only performed by Konshens, but also written by him.

The day started out at the Portmore Toll Booth, then onto the old Causeway Bridge, before heading to the waterfront, Downtown (Kingston). Driving a convertible BMW along the way Konshens definitely looked like a winner cruising along the road.
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DJ Smurf - From Cassettes Mixing to Irie FM Disc Jock

By Kon-Vick
OutAroad.com Writer

dj-smurf_konshens-dellyranx-suku.jpgDJ Smurf has graduated from clashing with cassettes during his school days to becoming a household name. While many consider that a positive move, DJ Smurf is on the move again as he prepares himself for yet another challenge. The IRIE FM disc jock whose radio shows includes Mix to the Max (10am - 2pm on Saturdays) - Night Beat (11pm - 3am on Mondays). Smurf also occasionally fills in on prime time Saturday whenever he is requested to do so.

Smurf, whose real name is Errol Stewart, describes himself as a family man, who is married and labels himself a proud father.

While Smurf undoubtedly enjoys his stint on the radio, he was quick to point out that nothing makes him feel better than playing in front of a live audience. “When I am playing out to a live audience I can see how people react to the music. When I am in the studio I have to imagine that I am playing for a live audience,” DJ Smurf outlined in a recent interview with OutAroad.com
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"Why They Want to See I Guh Down" - Dangerous

By Crazy Katty
OutAroad.com Writer

damgerous_deejay_jamaicastthomas.jpgAspiring dancehall artiste Dangerous, born Lipton Russell, recently shoot the video for his fast rising single Too Bad Mind, in his home parish of St. Thomas. The single was done on the Substancial Records Label, while the video was directed by Stereo Belly, with Lukington responsible for editing it.

The track, Too Bad Mind, is a well-written and delivered single that will captivate its listener. It instantly grabs one attention, as it possesses some Rastafarian sentiments and promotes positivity. The harmony will capture you and make you want to listen the song over and over again.

Dangerous’ name may sound threatening, however, he is simply a hardcore deejay that has adopted the singjay format of delivering his ever-positive lyrical content. In the single, Dangerous openly scold bad-minded people with some of the lyrics as we have outlined below:

You don’t know me like that,
So why are you passing false judgment?
A man has to do what a man has to do to survive.

Why you want to see I go down (go down)
Why you want to see your brother drown?

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April 13, 2008

April Jackson is Miss Jamaica Universe 2008, But patrons angry with judges' decision

By Crazy Katty
OutAroad.com Writer

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Mixed emotions ripped through the National Indoors Centre last Saturday night at the prestigious Miss Jamaica Universe 2008 when the judges announced Doneika Plowright as the first runner-up. When Ms. Plowright, who was the crowd’s favourite, was no longer in the position of going home with the crown tension brewed in the audience, especially after April Jackson was handed the crown by last years’ winner Zara Redwood.

The ever present Eurocentric and Afro-centric look again played on the emotions of the crowd, many of whom was biased towards the contestants they believed look more like a typical Jamaican woman.

With hostility lingering in the air, the OutAroad.com team decided to get the opinion of some of the patrons.

According to Yvette, an avid fan of the competition: “mi did want the girl with the afro (Doneika Plowright) to win because it would be fitting for Zara Redwood to hand over the crown to her because she looks more like a Jamaican.” The angry patron went on to say, “Everytime a some long hair girl them give the crown,” she told OutAroad.com.
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April 11, 2008

US Immigration Denies Mavado Entry

By Kon-Vick
OutAroad.com Writer

mavado_visa_denied_alliance.jpgThe woes for the 'Gully God' have escalated beyond the shores of Jamaica after he was denied entry into the United States. News reaching the offices of OutARoad.com is that after landing in New York, Mavado was put on a plane heading back to Jamaica by the immigration officers in that country.

Mavado was recently given back his travel documents by law enforcement officers in the island who declared that he was free to fly, however the United States authority shared a different view.

Mavado recently turned in himself to the police after he was made aware that he was wanted for questioning in a shooting incident that took place in the Manning's Hill Road area in July of last year. He was subsequently charged with two counts of shooting with intent and illegal possession of a firearm. After posting bail, Mavado's travel documents were returned to him by local officials who declared he was 'free to fly'.

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Gays angry with cops for not stopping Bounty Killer's concert in Stratford, East London

By Kon-Vick
OutAroad.com Writer

bounty_killer_deadlyalliance.jpgBounty Killer’s Deadly Alliance tour has been under heavy attack by gays in Europe. The gays pledged that all his shows in Netherlands, France, Belgium, Italy and Switzerland will be canceled, but despite their Europe-wide spread campaign to stop Bounty Killer’s Deadly Alliance tour, he managed to get one show off the ground that was recently held in Stratford Rex, east London.

OutAroad.com understands that Peter Tatchell who’s also the coordinator of Outrage, expressed his anger at the police for letting this show took place. It was understood that the cops vowed to stop every shows that includes dancehall artistes such as Bounty Killer.

After failing to stop Bounty Killer's Dead Alliance show at Stratford, the gays managed to overcome their defeat and is once again rejoicing after forcing the promoters to postponed another of The Deadly Alliance concerts that was supposed to be held last night (April 10) at Vienna, Volksgarten.

Outrage promised to continue their Stop The Hate Music Campaign against any artistes who had refused to sign the Reggae Compassionate Act. By signing this act it disables dancehall artistes from performing songs that glorify or encourage violence.

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April 10, 2008

iTunes Canada pulls anti-gay dancehall songs

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iTunes Canada has removed several songs with anti-gay lyrics from its online store, in response to a campaign led by Egale and Stop Murder Music.

The songs - by Jamaican dancehall artists Buju Banton, Elephant Man and TOK - contain lyrics that advocate the killing of gays.

"iTunes is exercising its corporate responsibility by pulling this murder music and raising the bar for other retailers and distributors to do the same," says Akim Larcher, founder of SMM. He calls iTune's decision a victory for the gay community in Canada and in the Caribbean.

Egale and SMM wrote to iTunes in January, asking for homophobic tracks to be removed from the online store. They noted three songs that promoted violence against gays, and those tracks have now been removed.
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Five sex questions with Tifa - "I had sex in the traffic"

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Does the size of a man d*ck matters to you?

Tifa:
No, but then again. I have always been on the lucky side, to find the ones that are just right. I don’t like them too big.

OutAroad.com:
Do you believe in using sex toys, if your man is not around?

Tifa:
But of course! Usually for me a man is not around. I have been basically single for the past 3 years. So instead of adding up numbers, why not? Besides, most men cant vibrate.

OutAroad.com:
During sex do you like it when your man is in control or do you prefer to be in charge?

Tifa:
It depends. I love it when a man knows his stuff and can take control and make me feel like as if I am in one of those romance novels, or one of them real black porno movies. But sometimes I like to move in for the kill, and take risks. It makes for a healthy sex life, especially when you are in a long term relationship. You cant rely on the man to do everything.
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Jermaine Dupri and Island Def Jam Launch New Hip-Hop Label

This exclusive brought to you courtesy of OutAroad.com and ThinkTank Marketing

Jermaine_Duprihiphop.jpgIsland Def Jam Music Group (IDJ) and Procter & Gamble’s TAG brand announce the formation of a new hip-hop record label, TAG Records. The new label will be led by hip-hop mogul Jermaine Dupri, who will act as president of the New York-based venture. As president, Dupri will set the creative vision for the label and play an integral part in identifying and developing its musical talent.

This is a milestone for the music industry as TAG Record’s artists will be supported with a multi-million dollar marketing effort that is unprecedented for any new artist, including television, print, radio, digital and event marketing.

“Today, we make history in the music industry with TAG Records,” said Jermaine Dupri, president of TAG Records. “This label is going to provide new artists with a chance of a lifetime. New artists will receive ten times the typical marketing support - a first in the industry. I’m hand selecting and molding these artists to make history in hip hop.”
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April 9, 2008

Reggae Icon Bob Marley's Mom Passes Away In South Florida

By Kon-Vick
OutAroad.com Writer

Photo courtesy of classical-reggae-interviews.org

cedella_marley_bob_mother.jpgOutAroad.com received a depressing letter last night informing us of the death of Cedella Marley Booker who has passed away peacefully in her South Florida home. Cedella who’s the mother of the late reggae icon Robert Nesta Marley was 81 years old.

According to a source close to the family Cedella Marley died of natural causes.
“She died peacefully in the surroundings of all her friends and love ones”.

It’s evident that the great reggae icon Bob Marley inherits his musical talent from his mother as she was also a great musician and author. Cedella released two greatly produced albums titled “Smilin’ Island of Song” and “Awake Zion”. As an author she had written two magnificent books about her son.

You can listen to Cedella’s songs on her Myspace.com/cedellamarleybooker

From the OutAroad.com team and on the behalf of all Jamaicans we take this time out to send condolences to the Marley family and friends.

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Reggae Anthology…The Sweet Sound of Cocoa Tea

Reviewed by: Tamara Richards
OutAroad.com Writer

CocoaTea_the_sweet_sound_of.jpgThe “Sweet Sound of Cocoa Tea” is a two (2) compact discs album with 36 of Cocoa Tea's most dynamic hits. It gives a concise synopsis of the artist prolific career; his journey to success. These songs go far beyond the human ear. Disc one (1) features his first hit singles “I lost my Sonia” (track 1) and “Rocking Dolly” (track 2) of 1983. “Informer”, “Children of the ghetto”, “Hey Bobby” and “Come Again” are on tracks 3, 4, 5 and 6 respectively. It also has “Death in the Stadium” (track 7), “Tune In” (Track eight) and “Who she Love” (track 13) a joint collaboration with Home T and Shabba Ranks, it was another major hit in 1989. The Trio also voiced “Holding On” (track 14) “Pirates Anthem” (track 15) that was a mega worldwide reggae hit of the same year.

My first impression of this album was “oldies but goodies.” This album gives a diverse collection of Cocoa Tea’s greatest hit songs. It is definitely a must have for all the Cocoa Tea and reggae dancehall fans. My personal favorite “Tune In” (track number eight (8) Disc one (1)) gave high definition to one of the sickest rhythm of all time ‘Far East’. It was the title of one of his previous albums, which was released under the Greensleeves - Munich label. This song illustrates the rocking groove of the dancehall setting prior to the 21st Century.
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Busy Signal - Curfew The Dance - lyrics

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yuh know seh mi hear bout it
curfew (curfew)
plan dem a plan fi come
lock off poor people ting again don't
curfew (curfew)
alright mi a go see wah dem a deal wid
(currrfew)So who defend we wen di police dem wrong

Chorus:
So babilon Curfew di dance
dem nuh wah give ghetto youths nuh chance
through dem curfew di dance
A search fi firearms
weh dem sameone plant
hmm cops curfew di dance
nuh stop di music officer mek it gwaan
nuh stop di joy
caz wen di youths dem get frustrated and lose it
a one option, we haffi go use it

Verse1:
mi hear a voice seh nuh body move
every man a get search
helicopter inna air wid di light a shine a dirt
deside fi run but it nuh mek no sence yuh splirt
caz dem got di place covered
like p**nany under skirt

See a squaddy weh mi know
Him seh artist mi a do mi work
so how yuh a move suh kirk
yuh squad a treat we like-a jerk
curel di place from saturday night
to sunday morning broad daylight
wen people a pass an go church

Babilon curfew
chat bout seh a safety
a nuh dat di people dem pay fi see
artist di people dem stay fi see
music selectors dem play fi we
(curfew) Bob marley pave di way fi we
music will always be there fi mi
By dem a try fi stop di joy weh god gi we
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Lyrics to Beenie Man's Wine Gal

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TJ Records
stang brrrr steng ba dam ba dam
fi di gal demhey, ziggy

fi di gal dem - jiggly up ya body an shake up ya aaass
every man a watch ya body when ya paaaass
seh you a lead an some gal deh a laaaas, laaaas, laaaas

Chorus:
My girl just - take di middle an wine gal
from ya know ya fit like fiddle (wine gal)
jerk up ya breast an make it jiggle (wine gal)
buss a wine an make ya ass jiggle wine gal

take di middle an wine gal
from ya know ya fit like fiddle (wine gal)
jerk up ya breast an make it jiggle (wine gal)
buss a wine an make ya ass jiggle wine gal

Verse: 1
tick toc ticky ticky toc umhum!!! fling it up from front or back
ya want a good train fi come run pon ya track
yes ya want a good jock fi come stand up inna ya sock
intercourse gal ya nah ramp wit dat
especially if a bwoy have beer chat
if him flop outta road ya a go chat
bout him soft like cotton an him light like box
proper service ya want ya nah deal wit crap
c*cky inna belly ya want it none stop
no ease up all when ya hear someting pop
side way back way front way any shot
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April 8, 2008

Mavado's 'Gangsta Life' still living it up

OutAroad.com Top 20 Hot Singles Chart

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Mavado’s ‘Gangsta Life’ a song that seems to illustrate his personal life style is still standing firm in the #1 position on the OutAroad.com Top 20 Hot Singles Chart. Mavado is also holding off the other end of the top ten with his smashing hit single ‘On The Rock’ that can also be defined as the Greatest Gainer for this week.

Beenie Man who’s always in the mix of things, jumps from #4 to #2 and will certainly be a tough contender in the fight for the #1 spot. The question is - will Beenie Man’s ‘Wine Gal’ forces Mavado’s ‘Gangsta Life’ to exchange places?

Another artiste to expect big things from for 2008 is Jamaica’s Newest Sensation Konshens with his go-getter track titled ‘Winner’ that ascended from #18 to #15.

TW means This Week, LW means Last Week and WOC means Weeks on Chart

TW - LW - WOC Artiste Name ----- Song Title ---- Record Label

01 02 (7) Mavado - 'Gangsta Life' - John John

02 04 (7) Beenie Man - ‘Wine Gal’ - TJ Records --- Song to Watch

03 02 (7) Busy Signal - 'Pon Di Edge' - Star Kutt - 4wks@#1

04 03 (7) Mykal Rose - 'Shoot Out' - John John (Peak@#3)

05 05 (7) Demarco - 'Duppy Know Who Fi Frighten' - John John (Peak@#4)

06 06 (7) D'Angel - ‘Blaze’ - Arrif Cooper

07 07 (7) Erup - 'Click My Finger' - Truck Back

08 08 (7) Queen I-Frica - ‘Daddy Don’t Touch Me There’ - No Doubt Records

09 09 (7) Serani feat Bugle - 'Doh' - Daseca - (Peak@#4)

10 15 (1) Mavado - ‘On The Rock’ - Baby G - Song to Watch

11 16 (1) Junior Gong - ‘Mission’ (Warfare) - Baby G

12 10 (7) Demarco - 'Fallen Soldiers' - Star Kutt

13 11 (7) Bugle - 'Journey' - Daseca

14 12 (7) Sean Paul - 'Pick It Up & Drop It' - Birchill

15 18 (1) Konshens - ‘Winner’ - Nutural Bridge Records - Hot Shot
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New Miss Jamaica Universe To Be Crowned Saturday

Will Receive $10m in prizes - Brand New BMW, $1m in Cash

zararedhood_missjamaica.jpgA new Miss Jamaica Universe will be crowned this Saturday, as Jamaica prepares to compete once again for the Miss Universe title. The new queen will receive unprecedented riches, worth over $10 million, including a brand new BMW 120i motorcar (valued at just under $6 million), $1,000,000.00 in cash, a one month trip to Vietnam for Miss Universe, the Miss Jamaica Universe wardrobe and several other gifts and prizes. Naturally, one of the 25 finalists, widely regarded as some of the most beautiful contestants in many years, will also win the priceless crown and title of Miss Jamaica Universe 2008. This is undoubtedly the best prize package in the history of local beauty pageants. Most importantly however, is the fact that the new Queen will have the honour of representing Jamaica at the Miss Universe pageant.

Jamaicans are in for a special treat at this weekend’s Grand Coronation show, as Keyshia Cole, the multi platinum, #1 hit making, hip hop / r&b crooner will perform several of her hits live at the event, backed by her band, complete with back-up singers, dancers and the works. The event takes place at the National Indoor Sports Centre in Kingston and features spectacular costumes, gowns, choreography, dance and a 100 foot stage and set certain to please beauty pageant fans. Finalists have been in rehearsals for the past several weeks and are more than prepared for their big night, come Saturday.
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April 7, 2008

"A Wha Some Boy a Pree We Fah" - Zumjay

By Kon-Vick
OutAroad.com Writer

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Since Michael Rutherford gave Zumjay his studio cameo at Dynamic Studio in the early 90s, he has not looked back. This is evident in his latest effort Pree We Fah on the Crusha Rhythm produced by Maxie (Mr. X) Kerr.

There is unrelenting evidence that Zumjay has matured on the track Pree We Fah. His unique delivery and hard-hitting lyrics were testimony of this maturity. The lyrical content was well organized and the deejay’s voice synchronizes well with the top class produced rhythm.

Although Zumjay got a bit on the violent side, it was a sideline addition as the song focused primarily on independence. The line “spend we own money nah drink nuh free liquor…” talks of this independence and although someone was attacked in the line “move from out of mi face before mi use mi Hennessey wet yuh up…”, it still talked about independence when one look at the beverage being imbibed.
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Delus To Di World - Sherlock Di World Lock - Salute!!!

Below are promotional photos of OutAroad.com - Break Out Artiste For The Month of April - Delus. This talented young lad who hails from the community of Sherlock (Di World Lock) which is also the home of Jamaica's fast rising artiste Konshens, Baby Cham and the late King Tubby.

These photos can be used by all media houses including online magazines and for any other form of promotional purposes.

For higher resolution contact OutAroad@gmail.com.

Photos Courtesy of Dayne Music Group

Check out Delus Myspace.com/delussojah

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Computer Paul Is Still Making Hits

By Ralston Barrett
Freelance Writer

Computer_Paul.jpgMany people might be wondering what has musician/producer Paul Henton aka Computer Paul been up to lately. It would seem as if the talented rhythm maker whose credits includes such memorable Dancehall rhythms such as "The Frog", "Corduroy" & "M16" along with chart topping hits such as Jimmy Cliff's "I Can See Clearly Now", Inner Circle's "Sweat" & "Bad Boys", Sizzla's "No Time To Gaze" & George Nooks rendition of "God Is Standing By" has disappeared from the local music scene. However that is far from the truth as Computer Paul is still very active, working on several projects as a musician for other producers both locally and abroad.

Recently Computer Paul received a platinum plaque for his work on Hip Hop/R&B superstar Akon's multi-platinum album "Konvicted". Current projects for the in demand musician includes an album with 1990s female Dancehall star "Queen Of The Pack" Patra, who is now once again signed to a major label. There is another heart thumping rhythm coming out soon on his Boot Camp label titled "Hypocrites", which is already generating a lot of attention on radio with songs such as "Weed" by Singing Melody, "Busted" by Heart Break Club & "Your Day Will Come" b 14 K. He also has production credits on several hot new songs such as "Hold On by Nature for Jamaican football star Ricardo Gardner's Heart Of Love label, "After Hours" by Cha'maine for New York based Coolphya Records & Looking For Love by Patriot for Grass Roots Records.

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Sponsors Please Don't Blame It on the Music

Disclaimer :
The opinion of this writer's article is not necessarily the opinion and views of OutAroad.com

Letter To The Editor

I grew up seeing guns but never had the desire to use one.

fire_people_jamaica_party.jpgViolent movies are made and viewed regularly. Violent music made in other genres every day.

Now I am not condoning violence in music but on the same note why not boycott violent movies and music (from other genres).

In my view the root problem of violence in society is:

1) Bad or insufficient Parenting
2) Poverty and lack of educational and economical opportunities etc.
3) Lack of Mental strength
4) Lack of proper Governance of the Country

The order from 1-4 is important also.

I was born and raised in Kingston 13 along with my sisters many of my cousins. Only one of my cousins turned out bad and that was because of bad parenting.

I lived near a weekly dancehall session for most of my childhood and adolescent years. I grew up seeing guns but never had the desire to use one. Death was an ever present sight especially in the election time but my relatives and I never partake in the violence.

Most of my high school and university friends came from the deep ghettos and know violence but we never indulged.

All of my friends from High School and University that I am in touch with are doing well economically and in many other ways and I have never heard that they were ever involved in any violent acts.

Most of my relatives, friends and I grew up on violent movies and we watch them even now and listen to Movado, Killer, Ninja, Shaba, Beenie, Kartel, Buju, Capleton (yes Buju and Capleton did a lot of violent songs) etc. even now but we don't commit violent acts.
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April 5, 2008

No 'Stripes' For Sumfest - The Music Has Become Too Violent and Negative

By Secret Agent
OutAroad.com Writer

redstripe_reggaesumfest.jpgThe local entertainment scene was jolted again yesterday, with news that local alcohol giant Red Stripe has pulled its sponsorship from all live music events.

The company feels that the music at these events has become too negative and too violent for its brand to become associated with.

The company broke the news in a statement yesterday. It said it has pulled sponsorship because of a worrying and negative trend of glorifying violence which has crept into some of the music in recent years.

The two most immediate and large concerts that will feel this blow are annual staples on the Reggae and Dancehall calendar; Reggae Sumfest, which has enjoyed title sponsorship from Red Stripe for years, and Sting, which also benefits from one of the company’s brands.

The company noted that the move was also in response to concerns that have been expressed about this trend by Jamaicans at home and abroad.

According to Red Stripe, the violence described in the music has far-reaching and damaging implications for the industry and for the country as a whole. The company said that it will not be party to this, and as a result has made a difficult decision to withdraw sponsorship from live music events.
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More Developments In British Link Up Shooting

By Secret Agent
OutAroad.com Writer

british_link_up_dvd.jpgThere are more developments into the shooting at the British Link Up dance held at La Roose in Portmore (Jamaica) last month.

The St. Catherine South Police have charged one of the licensed firearm holders. He is Michael Robinson of an address in St. Andrew.

They’ve charged him with three counts of shooting with intent, assault and illegal possession of a firearm. Police sources say he was pointed out in an identification parade yesterday and has since been placed in police custody.

This is the second development in the case since the deadly incident three weeks ago.
Just this past Wednesday, one of the promoters of the dance, 34-year-old Yvonne Reid, popularly known as Lena British, pleaded guilty to breaching the Noise Abatement Act. She was fined $80,000 which she reportedly paid.

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April 4, 2008

OutAroad Red Carpet with Kevin of the Group Voicemaill

kevin_redcarpet_photos.jpgOnce again we have another member from one of Jamaica’s hottest boy group Voice Mail. OutAroad.com caught up with Kevin at the Irie FM award ceremony that was held on the grounds of U.W.I.

“Everything I am wearing now I bought them in the states. I paid US$500 for my hat and my suit also cost US$500 - I paid US$1,000 for my watch - US$4000 for my shoes and I paid US$1,200 for my pinky ring”.

Click on See More for close ups of his Watch, Shoes and Pinky Ring.
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TV Host Assaulted at Reggae All Stars

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A TV host and member of the media was assaulted by a security guard and an undercover police officer at Reggae All Stars, a show held on March 29th 2008 in Nassau, Bahamas.

The Tuff Gong show which featured Beenie Man, Elephant Man, Ky-Mani Marley, Anthony B and Tessanne Chin alongside the best Bahamian artistes such as Sammi Starr and Jah Hem was billed as a major highlight in the entertainment calendar for 2008.

Unfortunately a string of organizational problems caused some major problems for the media personnel present and in one case these minor disturbances caused a major violation.

BE TV arrived at the venue with a crew of four and had to be escorted into the venue and the backstage area by the head of security because the promoter did not have press bands available at the venue. The crew informed the promoter and security that the producer would arrive later while the crew was already shooting the first set of performances. When one of the hosts went outside, again informing security that he would only be outside for 5 minutes to pick up the producer, the problems started at the gate separating the VIP area from platinum/ backstage.
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Cherine Anderson's 'Street Anthems' Mix Tape creating a Buzz

cherine_anderson_street_anthems_mixtape.jpgCherine Anderson's 'Dancehall Soul' sound has made an impact and helped to create a new standard for up and coming Jamaican female vocalists. In only two years she ignited our flames with "Good Love", turned up the heat with "Coming Over Tonight", and set ablaze speaker boxes with the lyrically potent and heartfelt "Kingston State of Mind". Cherine has written and collaborated with some of the best in the business and performed on world renowned stages. For those eager for more of Cherine Anderson, she's got something for you - a FREE mixtape entitled Street Anthems - made especially for her fans.

The mix (a FREE download through www.cherineanderson.com), is a 36 minute musical journey and offers new recordings of previously released hits as well as several unreleased songs. Hosted brilliantly by Rory of Stone Love, Street Anthems also features appearances by other artists including: Wyclef Jean, David Rodigan, Britney Spears, Sly & Robbie, Peter Gayle, Chuck Fender, Desdamona and Carnage.

Street Anthems is the first of its kind by a Jamaican vocalist. When asked about the inspiration behind Street Anthems, Cherine responded, "Street Anthems is really my gift to the streets; the ghetto, the people who really can't afford to purchase cds. I make my music for all people and I want them all to share in the experience."

The Street Anthems mixtape also serves as an introduction to the Summer 2008 release of Cherine's highly anticipated debut album.

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April 3, 2008

UK police escort Naomi Campbell off plane

Naomi_Campbell_sexy.jpgLONDON (Reuters) - British police escorted supermodel Naomi Campbell off a U.S.-bound flight at London's Heathrow airport on Thursday, airport sources said.

"Police were called to remove a passenger from a British Airways flight this afternoon," a spokesman for the British airport authority told Reuters.

Police said they had arrested a passenger on suspicion of assaulting an officer but declined to provide further details.

Airport sources identified the passenger as Campbell who was on a BA flight due to depart for Los Angeles.

Campbell spent five days mopping floors as part of a community service sentence in New York last year and was ordered to attend anger management classes after throwing a mobile phone at her housekeeper during a row over a pair of jeans.

The model has blamed her temper on resentment of her father who abandoned her as a child.

(Reporting by Andrew Hough and Matt Falloon; Editing by Janet Lawrence)

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April 2, 2008

Scenes from the lovely D'Angel Birthday Bash - Held at The Pegasus Hotel

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Keyshia Cole brings Soul to Miss Jamaica Universe 2008

keyshia_cole_jamaicamiss_photo.jpgGrammy award nominated R&B sensation Keyshia Cole will be performing live at the Miss Jamaica Universe Coronation show come April 12th at the National Indoor Sports Arena. Just this week, pageant producers confirmed that the starlet would indeed be in the island to perform her some of her chart topping hits. A striking mix of sugar, spice, sexiness and sass, Keyshia Cole burst on the music scene with a powerhouse album ‘The Way It Is’ in 2005. From this album Cole belted hits such as ‘I Just Want It To Be Over’, ‘I Changed My Mind’, ‘I Should Have Cheated’ and her greatest solo hit ‘Love’. To further promote the album, Cole was the star of her own six-episode reality show, Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is.

In 2007, the redhead changed her signature spitfire image to an uber sexy ‘blonde’ to match her next compilation titled ‘Just Like You’. The album debuts at #2 on the Billboard chart, selling about 281,000 copies in its first week. Just Like You was certified platinum in the U.S and has sold 2,116,320 copies worldwide and is still climbing. The first single, ‘Let It Go’ featuring Lil' Kim and Missy Elliott became her first #1 on Billboard's R&B chart, and her biggest hit on the Hot 100, peaking at #7. Her second single, ‘Shoulda Let You Go’ along with her collaboration with mega star Sean ‘Diddy’ Coombs, ‘Last Night’ did equally well and remains a club banger to date. Keyshia’s current release, ‘I Remember’ is her second #1 on the Billboard R&B charts. In conjunction with her album release, BET began airing the second season of Cole's reality show "Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is" on October 30. The show premiered to record breaking ratings for BET which is the top returning series premiere in BET history, as well as the number one original series premiere of the year. Her performance at the pageant is to be highly anticipated and the R&B star is sure to deliver!

Attractive and articulate, the selected 25 scorching MJU beauties form the zenith of the island woman’s beauty and charm. However, only one lucky girl will get the chance to represent Jamaica at the world’s most celebrated beauty spectacle - Miss Universe. Set to be staged in Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa, Vietnam, high hopes are in order that our beauty will bring the title home.
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Macka Diamond performing to a sold out audience at Madison Square Garden NYC

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macka_diamond_femaleartiste_jamaica.jpgNew York, USA: It may have been a soca-laden bill, but that didn't stop the night's sole dancehall performer, local star Macka Diamond from shining at Machel Montano and Friends inside The WaMu Theatre, Madison Square Garden on Friday night.

The night featured two sold-out shows, one beginning at 8:00 pm and the other at 12:00 midnight, which both saw artistes from the region bringing the heat, even as the mostly Caribbean audience (who all churned out US$80 for admission) maxed up the vibe.

Donning a fairy-inspired number with Betsey Johnson appeal - designed by New York's answer to 'Biggie', the well-known 'Goldteeth' of Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn - Macka joined soca 'divette' Patrice Roberts on stage even as the audience erupted to the introductory strains of Hulla Hoop. The 'money goddess' engaged the audience in the fun dance move of the same name, all the while rotating her hips as if the plastic toy were around her waist. In BlackER's absence, the diamond princess found a good understudy for him in Roberts, who joined her on Bun Him.
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April 1, 2008

Break Out Artiste For The Month of April - Delus

OutAroad.com - Break Out Artiste For The Month of April
You can listen to his song on the Music Player on the Top Right of the website

By: Kon-Vick
OutAroad.com Writer

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Delus is no stranger to the music. Adopting it from the age of 17, he has always been inclined to take on music as a professional career.

Delus, born Delmark St. Aubyn Spence Jr., in Kingston Jamaica, has grown around music. His mother is passionate about music, a sentiment also shared by his father and his younger brother Konshens, who is a fast rising young artiste.

Delus started out in the music business with a group called Sojah, a duo comprising his younger brother Konshens.

After leaving Morant Bay High School, Delus then walked the path several of Reggae’s biggest names walked in the initial stages of their careers. Delus started to hang out at several studios in the corporate area. He soon record his first single titled “Medz Pon Di Corner” on the Cash Flow label with his brother and within weeks it ‘shot’ to number one in Japan.

Delus is persistent and progressive and describes his music as boundless as he lyrically tackles aspects of life that other artistes usually tend to shy away from. He does not consider himself as just a reggae/dancehall artiste but as “an entertainer who does music for all ears to listen”.

According to Delus, it was love that inspired him to do music.

“Well the love of the music and the realization that I have a natural talent in terms of putting music together is what really draws me to it as a profession. I have been learning about music from about 1998, but it was in 2003 that I decided to start taking it professionally," said Delus who's presently in the process working on a deal with Dayne Music Group.
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Stephanie R. Perry a Seductive Virgo

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Stephanie_R_Perry_modelphotos.jpgA Florida native of the Sunny West Palm Beach Florida, Stephanie R. Perry was born on September 19th which makes her a Seductive Virgo. Her Exotic features comes from being Multi-Cultural. Postpartum to Stardom, this Unique beauty is yet to take this world by storm.

Graduating high school in 1999, Stephanie Perry went off to college where she majored in Psychology/Nursing at Florida A &M University. After Graduating College, she pursue her dream of being in the Entertainment Industry

This Exotic Beauty has been featured in many publications. She was cast in 2007 for Bet's annual Spring Bling, The 2007 Ozone Awards Fashion Show and Essence College Tour Fashion Show. In Promotional work with Sophisticated Black Hair, Elit Vodka, Liz Claiborne and Phat Farm Clothing. Also in Acting roles, The 954 and Benji Brown DVD. As well as appearing in Music Videos for artists such as T-Pain, Fat Joe, B.G, Young Jeezy and Ray J. In addition, She's graced the pages of The Source Magazine.

Stephanie Perry is interested also interested in (Commercial, Glamour, Editorial, Fashion, High Fashion, TV-Host, TV-Anchor, Runway, Speaking Acting Roles.
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