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February 29, 2012

Reggae Superstar Ky-Mani Marley Takes Costa Rica By Storm

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Costa Rica: The 2012 installment of "Carnival Puntarenas," the third of the three "major" festivals of the season in Puntarenas, Costa Rica, proved to be another spectacular affair for the more than 40,000 music lovers who converged for the beach side concert in the capital city to see Jamaican reggae star Ky-mani Marley set the day to music.

When the young Marley, son of reggae icon Bob Marley, hit the stage backed the band Konfrontation, excitement and pandemonium broke out in anticipation of the tasty musical treat that was to follow. Marley blazed the stage for well over 120 minutes, delivering a dynamic litany of songs, from his father's repertoire as well as some from his own catalogue. The multi talented singer proved his relevance with favourites like 'Iron Lion Zion,' 'Is This Love,' 'One Love,' 'Get up Stand Up,' 'No Woman No Cry,' 'I Shot the Sheriff' and originals like 'Who We Are,' 'Rasta Love,' 'Ska-Ba-Dar' and 'Dear Dad' - a song that pulls at the heartstrings of anybody who has lost a loved one.

Ky-mani's humble yet high-energy style of delivery demonstrated that it was really about the music and exceeding fans' expectations. He was inundated with requests for autographs and how he managed to sign them while performing is baffling. Pocketbooks and shirts were only a few of the articles patrons threw on stage for signatures.

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Konshens Gears Up for His 'Mental Maintenance' Promotional Tour in New York

konshens_album_party_New_york.jpgThe entertainment community in New York is bracing for the arrival of prominent rising reggae artist Konshens whose diverse, hard hitting, lyrical content have ignited the audiences in the Caribbean, Europe, Africa and sparked a demand for his presence in the United States.

Konshens will be heading to New York on Sunday, March 4th for a whirlwind press junket and host of album release parties, which will begin in Brooklyn, NY at Buzz Night Club with Hot97 Bobby Konders and Jabba. On Tuesday, March 5th Konshens will countdown the in store release of his worldwide debut album, Mental Maintenance, with his fans, press and media at the monthly Rice and Peas event to be held at Drom NYC. Then he gears up for Mystic Night Club in Bronx, NY on Wednesday, March 7th with Platinum Kids.

During this promotional run in New York to promote his album Konshens will conduct radio, print and television interviews, make appearances and do a few performances in the Tri-state area. Konshens is slated to appear on radio stations such as Sirius Satellite Radio, WBLS 107.5FM, Irie Jam Radio 93.5FM, Hot 97 (NYC), Hot 97 (Boston) RoadBlock Radio (New Jersey) and others.

Immediately leaving New York, Konshens kicks off the West Coast portion of his Mental Maintenance Tour. Additional dates will be announced in the upcoming weeks.

March 9th, Fairfax, CA
March 10th, Los Angeles, CA
March 11th, San Diego, CA
March 16th, Humboldt, CA
March 17th, Oakland CA
March 20th, Seattle, WA
March 23rd, Tinidad and Tobago
March 24th, Minnnesota, MN

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Exclusive: Brain Damage ft. Fambo - Fashion Pro - Movin ' Feva Riddim

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Exclusive: Zj Wah Wa - Man of Interest

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February 28, 2012

Popcaan collaborates on new track with Snoop Dogg

By Marc Parc
OutAroad.com Writer

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Breakthrough Dancehall superstar, Popcaan continues to add to his international resume as he’s reportedly landed another collaboration with a prominent American rapper.

On February 17, Popcaan released the official remix of his number one hit, Only Man She Want, which featured internationally acclaimed Jamaican-American rapper, Busta Rhymes. The song, which was unveiled via iTunes, has also earned over 50,000 YouTube views since its debut nearly two weeks ago; earning the Portmore Empire deejay strong acclaim locally and overseas.

Now, media reports have confirmed that Popcaan has joined forces with veteran hip-hop superstar, Snoop Dogg, who's currently in Jamaica recording material for his upcoming studio album, Reincarnated as well as filming a documentary about the Rastafari Movement in Jamaica.

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Portmore Dancehall Awards - Hosted By Tiana & Pattex

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Portmore Flava presents the first annual Portmore Dancehall Awards on Friday April 13th, 2012 at Club Afrodiziac, Town Center Portmore. Awards will be given away in 25 different categories which will be hosted by the Princess of The Dancehall Tiana and Alliance Next Generation member Pattex.

This Award will be a red carpet affair, it is here to highlight the Portmore Dancers, Artiste, Promoters and dancehall patrons for their contribution for the development of reggae music in Portmore, music will be played by D.J Naz and Sun jock D.J Nerro.

The Portmore Award's will be sponsor in part by Lime, The Jamaica Star Outline, Computer Genie, Swag TV, Flava Unit, J.B Rum, Sip & Swallow Sport Bar, Hype TV, Print Big, OutARoad.com, Nick Foto Work, Campari, Kellshouse of Charm, Guinness, Suncity Radio{104.9}, Magnum and Stampede Street Chart.

To vote you'll have to text the name of the Artiste, Dancers etc… to 876-835-1900 and you can also log on to the Portmore dancehall Award's page on Face book.

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Rihanna lined-up to play Whitney Houston in new biopic?

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Rihanna is reportedly being lined-up to portray Whitney Houston in a new Hollywood biopic of the singer.

According to the Daily Mail, both the 'Talk That Talk' singer and Jennifer Hudson are under consideration to portray Houston in a new biopic.

The report also says that Houston's friend and record label boss Clive Davis is behind the project and wants filming to start as soon as possible.

Other actresses who are said to be in the running for parts in the biopic are Kill Bill star Vivica Fox and American Idol singer Jordin Sparks, as well as Will Smith's 11-year-old daughter Willow, who is reportedly being considered to play Houston as a child.

It is also reported that Houston knew about the plans for a biopic before her death, with a source telling The People over the weekend: "Whitney knew about the project and was excited to see where it would lead. It's hoped the biopic will be as successful as Tina Turner movie What's Love Got To Do With It, which landed two Oscar nominations for Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne who played Tina and Ike Turner.''

Rihanna recently sparked controversy after she teamed up with her ex-boyfriend Chris Brown for a remix of her track 'Birthday Cake', with domestic violence experts warning her about the dangers of reconnecting with Brown.

Whitney Houston passed away earlier month at the age of 48.

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February 27, 2012

I-Octane Continues To Chant "Dem Burn Dem Bridge" On Hype TV Dancehall/Reggae Chart

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Stephen Marley praises young Jamaican talent, defends father’s brand

By Marc Parc
OutAroad.com Writer

stephen_marley_entertainment_report.jpgInternationally-acclaimed Reggae superstar, Stephen Marley doesn't see a bright outlook for the local music industry. But the prominent singer believes said industry has great talent that he'd like to collaborate with.

Marley recently gave an interview on TVJ's Entertainment Report where he talked about his recent Grammy Awards victory for Best Reggae Album as well as the state of the local music scene. While downplaying his Grammy victory, Marley intimated that the industry's been negatively affected by the slew of bad news that's surfaced in recent times.

In part two of his Entertainment Report interview, Marley repeated his sentiment; blaming promotional direction, or lack thereof, for offering repetitive musical messages to the masses.

"Is what is being pushed and promoted to the people and if the people dem hear dese ting every day and this becomes the fashion and the fad, then naturally yuh a go tek to it," he said.
"We just pointing out to our peers and to the others that have this great responsibility that we see wah gwaan inna our country…we nuh have nutten good fi report."

Despite the local music industry's perceived decline, Marley lauded the younger talent within Dancehall and Reggae while insisting that he's open to future collaborations with said artistes.

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G-Whizz Nah "Nuh Dirt" For 2012 & Beyond!!!

G-whizz_cross_country_tour.jpgFAMS HOUSE recording artistes "G Whizz" and "Formila One" is creating a huge fan base on the RJR's Cross Country Invasion Tour.

Fans were never disappointed when G Whizz & Formila One took to the stage and were met with a tumultuous roar from excited fans in the Eastern and Central region leg of the tour (High Gate-St. Mary, Port Antonio High School, Junction, Manchester High School).

G Whizz took command of the stage and "shelled" each town with his hit: Bartender, Whether Night Or Day, Life, Life Sweet to name a few of the artistes hits.

The tour is slated to continue for February 24-25 and March 2-3 where G Whizz & Formila One both will lead the fans in to a frenzy.
Formilla One also "spat" some hard hitting lyrics, which fans were left thirsting for more, songs such as: Nuff People - West Pines riddim, and his latest single: "Walking" produced by Fams House Music.
However, G Whizz European Tour is scheduled soon for 2012 and fans will be sure to see more of the artiste at local and Caribbean shows.

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Spice's "Body Great" Heating Up The Dancehall

spice-female-artiste-2012.jpgDancehall diva Spice recently released the upbeat and daring track, Body Great on the aptly named Good Up Tun Up Riddim. The single which has two versions, one for the airwaves and another for the dancehall, has been steadily gaining momentum in both spheres.

Spice, known for her hits Fight Ova Man, Ramping Shop alongside Vybz Kartel, Slim vs. Fluffy feat. Pamputtae, Jim Screechie, Fun featuring international superstar, Missy Elliot, Hot Patty Wine, Dick Is The Name Of My Boyfriend (My Boyfriend Dick) and more, says not only was working with Troy McLean and Dave Kelly for the track was a great experience, but "the fans have also been very receptive to the song."

"The females especially have been loving the new single. We love to find ways to say that we are the best, so this is a song that every female can sing and boast to. It also has a nice little sexy vibe to it to dance to. The vibe in and outside of the dance has been great so far," says Spice.

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February 26, 2012

Bounty Killer's Mother Passed Away Last Night - RIP

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Condolences to Rodney Pryce aka Bounty Killer and his family for the lost of one of Dancehall's beloved mothers. We all grew up hearing about Miss Ivy and even though I've never met her, it is almost as if I knew her personally. This is indeed a sad day in music...especially Dancehall. Let us all honour her memory.

Below is track by Bounty Killer expressing his love for his mother and Bounty Killer is indeed right there is no other love like Mama's love...Its the greatest.

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Bambino levels Trinidad Carnival 2012

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Trinidad was hot, hot, hot! And now he's back entertaining his beloved radio listeners. Bambino had a whirlwind 7 day, 6 night experience covering the 2012 Trinidad Carnival vibe. Here's a glimpse of just how intense Trinidad got for Bambino.

Wednesday (February 15), the jump-off spot was "Eeen Di Mas” where Bambino deejayed and partied with soca giants such as Machel Montano, Kes & the Band, Fay-Ann Lyons, Bunji Garlin, among others. From there the entourage including Machel Montano & the HD Family and Bambino were escorted by the police to “Bacchanal Wednesday”. While there he interviewed Kes and Farmer Nappy for his upcoming TV show, Bambino's World.

On Thursday (February 16), the FX Trader office played host to Bambino where he interviewed Lisa Mahabir (Trinidad) and Patria-Kaye Aarons (Jamaica) which was aired live on ZIP FM. Thereafter, he went in the streets and observed Kiddies Carnival in full swing. In the night, he was special guest at “Ignite” a party hosted by Tribe (carnival band).

Saturday afternoon was all about giving back to the children at the Uncle Bunji’s Carnival Fantasy, a kiddie's treat organized by Fay-Ann Lyons and Bunji Garlin's with a concert that featured Shurwayne Winchester, Swappie and Shal Marshall. Later, Bambino's toasting skills were fully utilized again to energize the crowd as fellow DJ Hypa Hoppa hosted his party "Scorch". The all-inclusive fete featured sound system Back to Basics from New York alongside Bandits from Toronto.

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Eljai's 24/7 Single Impacting The Airwaves

elijah_reggae_artiste_jamaican.jpgReggae singer Eljai is quite upbeat about the progress of his latest single 24/7. The song has been impacting the airwaves in Jamaica as well as across the Caribbean.

This has now intensified plans for a music video which is scheduled to be completed within the next two weeks.

In a release to the media, Eljai expressed his thanks to the media for throwing its support behind the song.

"It feels good to know that when you toil hard and produce a product which is accepted by the media. Thanks to the media for the support and thanks to the fans who have been supporting me from day one", said Eljai.

Belize born reggae artiste whose single Leaders topped the Jamaica Music Countdown Reggae chart in 2010, wrote the thought provoking single which speaks volumes about the issues that people face on a daily basis as it relates to economic progression.

Apart from the chart topper the Leaders, Eljai is also known for songs including Don't Leave and Blessed featuring Capleton.

Eljai's most recent album release I Know is available now on iTunes and leading digital service.

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Dj Asha D Presents One Blood Family Mixtape

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February 24, 2012

Are Beenie Man and D'Angel getting back together…again?

By Marc Parc
OutAroad.com Writer

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Just days after reports emerged of a possible reconciliation involving American pop sensations, Chris Brown and Rihanna, it seems as if Dancehall's most enigmatic power couple may be following suit.

Internationally acclaimed Dancehall superstars, Beenie Man and D'Angel have endured public ridicule and scrutiny since the latter artiste filed for divorce last summer following a rollercoaster five-year marriage. Both deejays have fired occasional salvos in each other's direction since the divorce proceedings were publicized, with D'Angel's former boyfriend, Bounty Killer even weighing in on their break-up, leading to the re-ignition of Beenie's long-time rivalry with the "War Lord."

However, reports have now surfaced that Beenie and D'Angel are indeed getting back together again. According to those reports, a source very close to the former couple revealed that the two entertainers still love each other and have been seeing each other privately in order to avoid possible media fallout.

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Da'Ville Remains Busy With Dates In US, Europe

daville_tour_europe_US_outaroad.jpgThis year is queuing up to be a hectic year for singer Da'Ville, as he returns to the stage with booked out dates throughout the United States and Europe.

The singer kicked off his US dates on February 10 with a performance at the Plush Nightclub in Jacksonville, Florida.
The lover's rock singer also played to a sold out show in Tampa, Florida on February 11, where he was the lone performer, leaving promoter Supa D very pleased. According to the promoter, "DaVille's performance was stellar and professional as usual."

On February 12, DaVille then slipped across to the MR CC, Club Majestic in Orlando FL., where he performed alongside reggae queen Marcia Griffiths and others, thrilling audiences there.

Delivering only as he can, February 18 and 19 saw DaVille serenading fans at the Nuvo Lounge, Raleigh North Carolina and on Road Block Radio, Palladium, Newark New Jersey. The latter saw him sharing the spotlight with fellow reggae/dancehall artistes Ghost and Romain Virgo.

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I-Octane 'Shell Down' Guyana National Stadium

i-octane-reggae-artiste-jamaican.jpgFor a moment one had to wonder if they were on Jamaican soil or in Guyana as torches blazed for Digicel Brand Ambassador I-Octane in his first performance in Guyana. The occasion was the celebration of Digicel's fifth anniversary in that island at its National Park on Friday February 17, 2012.

The singjay blasted on stage with his usual burst of energy singing No Love Inna Dem, which had his fans screaming and hands in the air. The pressure intensified when he drew for hits such as My Life, Nuh Ramp Wid Wi and Lose A Friend. It was sweet nostalgia when he went into his catalogue of old hits which included Stab Vampire and Different Page.
But it was when he did his two newest songs Jah Jah and Nah Eat that I-Octane got the surprise of his life. He received the biggest forward for those songs!

"I didn't know it had taken off so much in Guyana, why even a lot of my fans in Jamaica don't know it yet," he said after his performance.
Following I-Octane's hour-long fiery performance on stage it was time for R&B singer Keri Hilson. She could do no wrong the music lovers there and scored with songs such as Return The Favour, Slow Dance and How Does It Feel.

The sibling group Morgan Heritage brought the curtains down on the show in fine style performing hits such as Down By The River, Don't Haffi Dread and Best Friend. Earlier in the evening local acts got the chance to shine as they performed to good response

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Mr. Vegas Has NYC Rocking to the Sounds of 'Sweet Jamaica' - Album Due in March

Mr_Vegas_Sweet_Jamaica_album_reggae_dancehall.jpgThe Big Apple feels more like the Land of Wood and Water now that International music star Mr. Vegas has New York City rocking to the sounds of Sweet Jamaica. With stellar unplugged performances at Lincoln Center Theatre and Miss Lily's Variety in Greenwich Village, anticipation is high for the release of his double album Sweet Jamaica. Celebrating the evolution of Jamaica's rich sound in honor of the Island's 50th Anniversary, Sweet Jamaica will hit stores and digital outlets in March.

Mr. Vegas, accompanied by only his backup singers and guitarist Tony Bone, debuted tracks from Sweet Jamaica Reggae to packed house of media and recording industry vets at Miss Lily's Variety earlier this month. A musical experience that was dubbed "magical" by renowned music journalist and host Rob Kenner, Mr. Vegas performed brand new singles like "Alive and Well" and paid homage to Reggae pioneers with original songs like "Roses In My Garden" set to the music of Ska legend Eric Donaldson's "Cherry Oh Baby," and "Things Ruff" to the tune of iconic Reggae singer Jimmy Cliff's "You Can Get It If You Really Want."

"We were very honored to work with Vegas on a unique showcasing of his musical abilities while honoring Jamaica's rich and long-standing musical history," says Matt Goias of Miss Lily's Variety.

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February 23, 2012

Chris Martin Still Rocking The #1 Spot On OutAroad Weekly Top Ten Reggae Chart With Paper Loving

OutAroad Weekly Top Ten Reggae Chart

TW LW WOC ARTIST -- TITLE -- LABEL
01 (01) (07) Chris Martin -- Paper Loving - CR203 - (2wks@#1)

02 (03) (04) Christ Martin -- Cheaters Prayer (Cheat On My Girlfriend) - ZJ Chrome/CR203 Records

03 (02) (10) Busy Signal - Life (Sticky Inna Earth - Good Good Productions (Zum) - (2wks@#1)

04 (05) (06) Cecile -- When You're Gone - CR203

05 (06) (04) Romain Virgo -- I Am Rich In Love - Lifetime Music

06 (04) (16) Vybz Kartel -- Yea Though I Walk – Human Rights Production - (1wk@#1)

07 (07) (10) Tiana -- Highest Grade Song - OutAroad - (peaked@#3)

08 (09) (02) Mr. Vegas, Shaggy & Josey Wales -- Sweet Jamaica - Clifford Ray Music

09 (08) (12) Laza Morgan feat. Mavado -- One by One - Elektra - (3wks@#1)

10 (NEW) (0) Elly Ess -- Money Wont Change Me - Rock Star Ent.

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TOP FIVE BUBBLERS

1 Shaggy -- Sugarcane - Ranch Entertainment

2 Agent Sasco -- Late - Di Genius

3 Ryan Oneil -- Ah Nuh Me - Raw Moon Production

4 Romain Virgo -- Feel Like Letting Go - Vikings/Jr. Brown

5 Richie Stephens ft. Gentleman -- Live Your Life - Pot of Gold

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Romaine Virgo, Mavado, I-Octane, Khago, Kiprich Top Nominees For 2011 Linkage Awards In NYC

Romain_virgo_young_reggae_artiste.jpgNew York: Reggae rising star Romaine Virgo, who made international headlines last year when he became the first ever reggae artist to perform on one of country music's most revered stages - the Country Music Awards in Nashville, Tennessee - is again in the spotlight, this time for securing a whopping 4 nominations for the 2011 Linkage Awards. Other multiple nominees include Mavado who grabbed 3 nominations and I-Octane, Kiprich, Tony Matterhorn and Khago who nabbed two nominations each. The Linkage Awards will be staged on Sunday, March 11, 2012 at the Macedonia Center in Mt. Vernon, New York.

Romaine scored nominations for "Recording Artiste of the Year," "Best Male Vocalist," "Most Consistent Male Artist," "Song Of The Year" while Mavado earned nominations for "Male DJ of the Year," "Most Consistent Artiste" and "Entertainer of the Year"

Last year's big winner, I-Octane who pocketed all of three awards, was nominated for "Recording Artiste of the Year" and "Most Consistent Artist" this year.

In the competitive "Song of the Year" award category, Virgo will go head to head again Laza Morgan (One By One), Beres Hammond (She Stop Loving Me) and the combination single "Live Your Life" by Richie Stephens and Gentleman which was voted "Song of the Year 2011" on Irie Jam radio in New York.

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Nicki Minaj - Nicki Minaj Spent 50K A Month On Accessories

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nicki_minaj_jelwery_accessories.jpgNicki Minaj has revealed she used to splash out a staggering $50,000 a month on designer shoes and bags.

Nicki Minaj used to spend $50,000 on designer accessories every month.
The 'Super Bass' singer admitted she went a bit overboard when she first became famous and blew a large chunk of her earnings on pricey bags and shoes.
She told US Vogue magazine: ''[At one time I was spending $50,000 a month on] Giuseppe, Versace, YSL, and Fendi shoes. And I bought tons of Louis Vuitton bags. When you're a young girl from Queens, you're going to stock up on those bags.''
Along with splashing out on the pricey accessories, Nicki also likes to treat her fans with her earnings.

She explained: ''I went to Negril [restaurant] the other night, and I brought, like, 10 of the fans who were waiting outside with me, and bought them all food!''
Nicki, 29, is known for her eccentric dress sense but admitted she wasn't always so adventurous with her style.

She said: ''I was dressing in Tommy Hilfiger baggy shirts and Boss jeans, but then I met a person who dressed like a tiny lady - pantsuits, heels, lots of makeup. I thought she was larger than life. She once did my makeup - I had never seen myself made up before. I didn't want to wash it off; I felt like I had one day to live this fantasy of being a glamour girl.''

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Max Element & Da'Ville Team Up For 'Bad Man Style'

daville_Max_Element.jpgRising dancehall artiste Max Element has teamed up with singer Da'Ville for the collaborative effort titled Bad Man Style.

The song was produced by GI/X Ray Productions and released on the Drop Off Riddim project.

The Drop Off Riddim also features the songs Deh Pon Mi Mind by Da'Ville and How Yuh Wine it So by Max Element.

In a release to the media, Element explained the concept behind Bad Man Style.

"It's a simple swag song and the idea came from the way I dress. Da'Ville heard the demo version and he decided to do the hook. So basically that's how the song came about".

Bad Man Style marks Da'Ville's return to the local music scene after a more than one year absence.

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February 22, 2012

Could Peter Tosh become Jamaica's next National Hero?

By Marc Parc
OutAroad.com Writer

peter_tosh_reggae_singer_jamaican.jpgThe daughter of an iconic Reggae superstar hopes that her father will become Jamaica's eighth national hero. But it's not the legendary artiste who you might be thinking of.

Niambe Tosh, the daughter of late, great Reggae singer, Peter Tosh thinks that her famous father should be branded a National Hero by the Jamaican Government. This hails as part of the Peter Tosh Estate's campaign to garner full recognition for the Reggae singer's many contributions to Jamaica's music industry, amongst other works.
In an interview with IRIE FM on Tuesday, Niambe Tosh insists that her father deserves such acknowledgement from the local government.

"It's long overdue that our father is recognized as a National Hero. This I just the start of many things I believe to come in Jamaica from the Peter Tosh Estate," she said.
If Tosh were named a National Hero, he would share similar status with the likes of Paul Bogle, Sam Sharpe, Norman Manley, Alexander Bustamante, George William Gordon, Marcus Garvey and Nanny.
In recent years, it's been heavily debated whether Tosh's long-time friend and collaborator, Bob Marley should be a National Hero given his universal contributions to music and Jamaican culture. Though much conversation and a few petitions have accompanied this issue, there has been no serious discussion about awarding Marley such status by the government, to public knowledge.

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Zj Sparks Jones & Wuk Up 2012 Soca Mega Mix

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ZJ_Sparks_Carnival_Soca.jpgWe all know ZJ Sparks for her crazy mixes and contagious energy via her music. Just click the link below to get a taste...

However, if this is not enough and you would like to see and hear her live in action...Check out her play-out dates below.
SAT, May 18, 2012
R.A.W Soca Explosion - Constant Spring Golf Club Poolside
Soca Junkies - UDC Field - New Kingston

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Snoop Dogg filming new documentary in Jamaica

By M. Jodee
OutAroad.com Writer

snoop_dogg_documentary_jamaica.jpgInternationally acclaimed hip-hip superstar, Snoop Dogg continues to enjoy his Jamaican adventure and now aims to make a documentary about this experience.

Earlier this month, the California native announced, via his YouTube page, that he would travel to Jamaica to record a single for his upcoming studio album, Reincarnated. While celebrating what would have been Reggae icon's Bob Marley's 67th birthday on February 6, Snoop Dogg intimated that the title for said single will be, Reincarnated: Peace, Love and Soul.
Reportedly, Snoop Dogg was doing work at Geejam Studios in Portland; joining Senegalese rappers, Akon as well as Grammy-winning R&B singer, Alicia Keys as international acts recording at the prominent studio complex since the start of 2012.

On February 15, Snoop, his wife, Shante Taylor-Broadus and accompanying entourage visited the Nyabinghi Centre in Montego Bay; seeking authentic material for his new documentary, Snoop In Jamaica which explores the depths of Rastafarian culture.

According to prominent local booking agent, Olimatta Taal during a radio interview on Tuesday, Snoop talked of being strongly influenced by Bob Marley while insisting that he wanted to do the documentary because he wanted to personally understand the concept of Rastafarianism after seeing television shows talking about its origin.

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Voicemail complete new album, first single added to German pop radio station

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Jamaican dancehall reggae outfit Voicemail recently completed work on its latest album Next Level which is to be released by Captive Music.

The album which is set for release later this year is led by the first single I Got Love which has now gone into rotation on Germany's Big FM pop radio station.

Voicemail members Kevin Blair and Craig Jackson recently did the promotional rounds in New York City which was completed by a photo shoot and recording sessions. They also did a number of interviews to promote the upcoming project.

Early response to the I Got Love single has been positive. A popular blog compared the track to the style of international artiste Sean Kingston and described it as a summer smash.

Voicemail received great feedback from underground blogs as well as from mass media for their latest release.

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February 21, 2012

Chris Brown Says "I Want To F@#k You Right Now" To Rihanna

Chris Brown And Rihanna Reunite On 'Cake' Remix

by MTV News

It was only a matter of time. For the past few weeks the world has been at a stand still with rumors swirling of one time lovebirds Rihanna and Chris Brown working with each other again. Just in time for her 24th birthday C Breezy and Rihanna made their reunion official releasing the remix to Ri's "Birthday Cake" track.

On the Internz/The-Dream produced record, Breezy adds his melodies to the song crooning about his fantasies to blow the candles out on Rihanna's cake.

"Girl I wanna f--k you right now. Been a long time I been missing your body" Brown sings on the remix. "Lemme, lemme turn the lights down. When I, when I go down it's a private party."

During the 2012 Grammy Awards weekend word began to spread that Rihanna and Brown were spotted at the same event with some reports suggesting the two were seen holding hands. A day later "Cake" producers Da Internz hinted Rihanna was getting ready to release a "big" remix with a special guest that would "shock the world."

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Tiana shows her street cred with 'Me Nuh Fear Yuh'

By Marc Parc
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Tiana_me_nuh_fear_you_jamaica.jpgDancehall's proverbial princess, Tiana has once again shown a welcoming change of pace with the release of her newest single, Me Nuh Fear Yuh.
Following the worldwide success of her thought-provoking counteraction to Popcaan's Only Man She Want with the single, Only Girl Him Want, Tiana has quickly re-introduced her 'bad gyal' image to the mainstream with Me Nuh Fear Yuh, which features on the newly-released Tekk On Riddim, co-produced by D&H Records and Subkonshus Music.

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The single features the somewhat underrated ferocity of Tiana, whose tone throughout Me Nuh Fear Yuh showcases a lack of intimidation within the music industry. In the single, which was unveiled on Tiana's birthday (February 17), she deejays, "booooooout yuh badda dan, diss me, yuh wi see who a di madda one, mi will push yuh back inna yuh madda weh yuh come from, heh heh, a weh yuh come from?”
The short but sweet single reinforces Tiana's strangle hold within the Dancehall industry as she aims to build on her growing reputation as one of the genre’s new-age first ladies.

Me Nuh Fear Yuh hails as one of many songs on the loaded, Tekk On Riddim, a production reminiscent of the popular G Shock Riddim, also the brain child of the D&H/Subkonshus brands. The Tekk On Riddim features singles from several internationally-acclaimed artistes such as Beenie Man with Gal I Know Yuh, Tarrus Riley with Centre of Attraction, Leftside with Tic Toc, Darrio with Old School Style, Delus with Set Suh and Konshens with Hot Patty and Badman Settingz. A European promo of the Tekk On Riddim was also unveiled; featuring a slew of underground and emerging young artistes on that continent such as Young Cashino and Kalibwoy, amongst others.

Meanwhile, Me Nuh Fear Yuh follows up a soothing Reggae single from Tiana on the Raining Bass Riddim, entitled U Alone; showcasing a sound rarely heard from an artiste with such versatility.
For Tiana, these singles reflect the essence of an artiste who knows no boundaries.

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Etana Headlines Strength of A Woman

Etana_reggae_singer_bob_marley_eart_strong.jpgThis past weekend was an exciting one for fans of Etana on the beautiful isle of St. Croix. She headlined the event Strength of a Woman that was hosted by diva, Nicky Z. The show was all about women and they turned out in their numbers to support.

Etana performed twenty of her tracks to the thick, highly energized audience. Overwhelming responses came from the Virgin Islander's for their favorites: People Talk, Dance, Blessing, I Am Not Afraid and Free. Etana introduced her new tracks, Wifey and I Am Strong which were both well received; other acts that performed included Mother Nile and Alaine.

This was Etana's first time performing as a solo act in this territory. She recalls her first trip in 2005. "Funny enough I clearly remembered the hotel we stayed in and that we had to take a small boat there; back then, I was a back ground vocalist for Richie Spice. I say, its funny as I don't usually remember all the details about some of the locations I've toured. You see so many places in such a short time. I truly love the Virgin Islands and was thrilled to be back".

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Getting To Know Recruit

recruit_dancehall_artiste_Jamaican.jpgHis name is Garvin Orlando Spence and he goes by the stage name "Recruit." A young and upcoming artist who hails from Sherlock Crescent in Kingston Jamaica, he is following in the footsteps of his two older brothers - Delus and Konshens - who are displaying their talent in the music industry as well.

While in the ninth grade Recruit began showcasing his talents through his penmanship. "Many things influence my lyrics. My best lyrics come out when I write about lovemaking." During his last year of high school, he started taking music more seriously. "The first song I recorded was in 2005. To date I think the song that will resonate well with fans is "Galang Gal" on the Trailer Reload Riddim." Since then, he has emerged on the entertainment scene and has been steadily making his mark through his performances. He has opened for top billing artistes such as Serani, Spragga Benz, I-Octane and has performed as a solo act on "Rock with Squeeze" at SOB's in Manhattan and "Africa Meets Jamaica" at De Island Breeze in New Jersey.

As a multi-talented artist, Recruit's style is classified as a diverse mix of dancehall with a little reggae and pop. "I listen to everything, even the music that sounds like gibberish. I love R&B, Hip Hop, Rock and Soca. Other than my brothers, my favorite artist of all time is Denis Brown."

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February 20, 2012

The Singles Bar: Sean Paul ft. Kelly Rowland, "How Deep Is Your Love"

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There was a time, all the way back in the 2000s, when Sean Paul’s popped-out dancehall was as inescapable on the radio as dance is now. Since then, time has done what time tends to do, meaning that it slipped even our radar that he’s got an album, Tomahawk Technique, out next year. (There’ve been a few singles from it before this. In the States, they’ve done almost nothing, although they both went to No. 1 for some reason in Switzerland. If anyone knows details our American Googling can’t quite reveal, do let us know.)

The words “ft. Kelly Rowland,” however, tend to pique interest outside odd(?) chart blips, and they definitely pique ours, so let’s get right to it. This is not a cover of the Bee Gees. Nor is it a cover of The Rapture. Instead, the red herring of a title belongs to a Stargate production that once involved Ester Dean, which means Paul's team had radio in the exact mathematical center of its crosshairs even before adding Kelly, or probably even before the track took shape.

“[How Deep Is Your Love] is similar to ‘Got 2 Luv U’ with Alexis Jordan,” Sean Paul told Rap-Up, which is astute if not immediately promising. The tracks share the same producer and sound essentially the same. That said, “How Deep Is Your Love” is the stronger by far; the melody moves like a melody and not like a nail-gun down the scale, and Rowland’s alto has more gravitas almost by definition than newcomer Jordan’s presence.

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Gentleman Hear Album on AOL Listening Party

SPRING 2012 U.S. AND SOUTH AMERICA TOUR BEGINS THIS MARCH

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Gentleman is a crucial component in the movement of international artists beyond Jamaica who are expanding the footprint of reggae music. NPR’s Saturday Weekend Edition talks in more depth on a special segment about non-Jamaican reggae music and called Gentleman the "Eminem of Reggae." Listen to full NPR story CLICK HERE

With six albums under his belt and over one million collectively sold in Europe, Gentleman is long overdue for his U.S. debut of Diversity. The international version of the album already charted at #1 in Germany as well as #2 in Switzerland and Austria and is the follow-up to his Europe platinum-selling record Confidence. On Diversity, Gentleman stays true to his first musical love - roots reggae - and teams up with top Jamaican recording artists, including reggae lyricist and singer Tanya Stephens, the late Studio One veteran and dancehall pioneer Sugar Minott, Christopher Martin (Season Two winner of Jamaica’s televised talent competition, Rising Stars) and producers Don Corelone, Red Roze, Shane Brown, Xterminator and Firehouse Crew.

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Iba Mahr scores first number one with 'Will I Wait'

iba_mahr_culture_rasta_reggae_jamaica.jpgReggae's most exciting new prospect Iba Mahr is overjoyed with the success of his breakout single, Will I Wait, which t currently holds the number one position on Richie B's Reggae Countdown.

“It’s a great feeling to finally get the recognition that a song like that truly deserves and I hope it is a sign of greater things to come,” he said in a release.

The artiste continues to attract listeners more each day with his newest singles, “Sound a Alarm”, produced by Born Rolling Productions and more recently, “Burning”, produced by Notice Productions on “The Heart and Soul Riddim’ which also features Jah Cure, Chuck Fenda, Hezron, Busy Signal, Chris Martin and many others.

The singer’s management team believes that Burning is a sure-fire hit because of its hard-hitting message. Iba Mahr croons: “So caught in their world of wealth and nothing else is on their minds/ and oh so too ashamed to show it on the inside”.

“Burning is being featured on radio stations here in Jamaica, UK, South America and other parts of the world. These songs were really for the people, but it was also my intention to beg the high authorities a chance to address the nation with love and we could say these words didn’t fall on deaf hear as last year was considered one of the most peaceful elections,” the talented Iba Mahr said.

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February 19, 2012

Stephen Marley plays down Grammy win, hopes state of music industry will improve

stephen_marley_grammy_not_pleased.jpgInternationally acclaimed Reggae superstar, Stephen Marley has a lot or reasons why he should feel happy with his continued success. However, forgive the prominent singer if he's not totally enthused about his most recent achievement.
Last Sunday, Marley won the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album during the 54th Annual Grammy Awards held in Los Angeles, California for his album, Revelation Pt. 1: The Root of Life. This marked the artiste's third career Grammy as a solo artiste and 10th overall, dating back to his days as a member and producer of his older brother's band, Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers.

Despite this unprecedented accomplishment for a Jamaican artiste, Marley claims that he hasn't make a big deal about his latest Grammy achievement; implying during an in-depth interview with TVJ's Entertainment Report that it's just another footnote in his growing legacy.

"Is not someting dat I tink about. Mi no tink bout the Grammys or any awards for that matter… It's not that important to me," he said.

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Tiana's Bruk Out & Whine Debuts on Hype TV Chart - Nominated for NY Web Award

By J-Tymz
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Tiana_bruk_out_whine_chart_hypetv_outaroad.jpgThe Princess of The Dancehall Tiana continues to make her presence felt as her fast rising hit single Bruk Out And Whine on JA Production label made its debut at #19 on the HypeTV Dancehall/ Reggae Top 20 Chart while its at #12 on the OutAorad Top 20 Hot Singles Chart.

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Recently the video for Bruk Out And Whine was nominated by the New York Carivibez Web Awards for Best Video by a Female Artiste. Apart from that the song continues to do well both on local and international scene while the video racked up over 159,000 YouTube Views and still climbing.

New Releases for 2012

So far Tiana has released several new tracks since the start of the year which includes songs such as Real Bad Gyal on the School Bag RiddimOnly Girl Him Want Remix on the Lost Angel RiddimYou Alone on the Famshouse Studio;s Raining Bass Riddim and the latest of them all is Me Nuh Fear Yuh on the Tekk On Riddim produced by Konshens(Subkonshus) alongside France finest producers D&H.

According to Tiana, "the best of Tiana is still yet to come…this year mi ago tun up di thing wicked crazy anthems fi mek the ladies dem bruk out and yuh kno from once the ladies dem can enjoy themselves the guys will just the same".

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I-Octane Still Burning Up The #1 Spot On Hype TV Dancehall/Reggae Chart

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February 18, 2012

Teacha & Mackerel In Di Street Mix Vol.11

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Champion Squad Presents - Stein Watch 2012 Mixtape

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Radio Host David 'Ram Jam' Rodigan Honored With UK's 5th Highest Award

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London's Kiss FM radio host David Rodigan had his "moment" at Buckingham Palace in England on Feb 14th when he was presented with UK's fifth highest award, the prestigious Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE).

Queen Elizabeth couldn't make it to the award ceremony so it was His Royal Highness The Prince Of Wales who presented Rodigan with the prestigious award.

Rodigan' illustrious career as a radio host and sound system selector spans 35-years. Rodigan can be heard on Sunday night 11 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. on London's Kiss FM and in the USA on WVIP 93.5 FM on Irie Jam Radio on the popular 'London Calling' which airs each Saturday.

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February 17, 2012

Popcaan Drops Shocking Vibes - Replaced With New Booking Agent

By M. Jodee
OutAroad.com Writer

Popcaan_only_man_she_want.jpgEmerging Dancehall superstar, Popcaan has switched booking agents just four months after enlisting the services of a prominent label to control his appointments.

The breakthrough Portmore Empire deejay initially joined forces with Patrick Roberts, owner of the Shocking Vibes record label last October; confirming that the prominent imprint was Popcaan's official booking agency. The arrangement took place after initial talks involving Popcaan and Roberts' son, Jamie Roberts, more popularly known as Young Vibez. There were even reports that Shocking Vibes were looking to manage Popcaan outright going forward

However, Popcaan now claims that a different entity will take bookings on his behalf going forward. In a radio interview on Wednesday night, the Ravin' singer intimated that internationally-acclaimed communications company, Creative Source Inc. will take full charge of his bookings.

"At the moment still, I got Creative Source responsible for the bookings. (I'm) well taken care of," Popcaan said before shouting out Creative Source TV producer, Carlene Samuels.

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Richie Stephens To Be Honored With 'Lifetime Achievement Award' In New York

richie_stephens_reggae_singer_new_york.jpgNew York: Veteran reggae hit maker and "Pot Of Gold" label head Richie Stephens will be honored with a "Lifetime Achievement Award at the third annual Linkage Awards slated to take place on Sunday, March 11 at the Macedonia Center in Mt. Vernon, NY.

The announcement comes less than a month after he was presented with an 'Achievement Award' at the 16th annual Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival in Trelawny for his twenty seven year contribution to the reggae industry.

Stephens has had a whirlwind year since he and Gentleman released "Live Your Life" last summer. The song topped charts in Florida, Atlanta, Canada, Jamaica and other parts of the Caribbean and was voted "Song of the Year" on New York's Irie Jam Radio 'Top 100 Songs for 2011,' ahead of Vybz Kartel (Summer Time); Mavado elilah); Popcaan (Ravin); Shabba (None A Dem); Popcaan (Only Man She Want); I-Octane (Ramp Wid ); Laza Morgan featuring Mavado (One by One); Beres Hammond (No Goodbye) and Sean Paul/Alexis Jordan (Got To Love Ya).

"I'm excited about the success that I have enjoyed since the release of 'Live Your Life.' Fans have embraced it all over the world and I am just thankful for the outpouring of love" the singer said.

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Popcaan and Busta Rhymes team up for ‘Only Man She Want’ remix

Breakthrough Dancehall superstar, Popcaan continues to build his international status as he's unveiled the official remix of his number one hit, Only Man She Want featuring Jamaican-American hip-hop superstar, Busta Rhymes.

The Portmore Empire deejay, who has enjoyed mass chart success within the last year, released the remix for Only Man She Want on Friday; landing his first major collaboration with a foreign artiste. Busta adds his natural, 'yardie' flare to the single; joining forces with the 'Gaza' deejay nearly a year and a half after recording a yet unreleased track with Popcaan's long-time mentor and internationally-acclaimed superstar, Vybz Kartel.

Busta Rhymes displays a hybrid style of deejaying and rapping during his 12-bar contribution on the record. In Only Man She Want, Busta Rhymes deejays, "Yuh nuh hear how di girl a bellow 'Busta!' yuh nuh hear how she a deaf him? Dem a cry now, from di way how she a lef' him, your shorty want me and you know it and when I’m left alone with her, sir, ending up with her any time she get up on it."

Busta continues his showcase of lyrical dexterity by rapping, "Some think it's inappropriate, baby I must propose it, let us f***, the juices get to spilling like a water faucet in the truck till the sweat will accumulate and drip up off it, laying back the Jimmy, let you kiss up on it."

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February 16, 2012

Mavado Settles Down For A Second Week - OutAroad.com Top 20 Hot Singles Chart

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

01 - 01 - (07) Mavado - Settle Down - JA Production - (2wks@#1)

02 - 03 - (06) Vybz Kartel - Freaky Gal - Adidjaheim Records/ Head Concussion

03 - 09 - (05) Popcaan - Only Man She Want - Sounique Records

04 - 05 - (09) Tiana ft Konshens - Gyal Mi Love You - Fams House Studio

05 - 02 - (12) Khago - Blood A Boil - TJ Records - (1wk@#1)

06 - 07 - (06) Khago - Tun Up Di Ting - JA Production

07 - 08 - (07) Konshens - Duh Sum’n - Ward 21 Production

08 - 04 - (10) Tiana - Pum Pum Phat (Ravin Remix) - (2wks@#1)

09 - 06 - (11) Mavado - Delilah - Mansion Records

10 - 11 - (04) Vybz Kartel - Why Pree (Worl Boss) - Adidjaheim Records/ Head Concussion

11 - 10 - (12) Popcaan - Ravin - Adidjaheim Records - (3wks@#1)

12 - 13 - (05) Tiana - Bruk Out And Whine - Ja Productions

13 - 14 - (09) Beenie Man - Nah Talk Too Long - Seanizzle

14 - 15 - (03) Vybz Kartel - Freaky Gal Part 2 - Head Concussion

15 - 17 - (03) Aidonia - Caribbean Girl - Ja Productions

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Debut Albums Out This Week - I-Octane (USA TODAY Pick of The Week)

i-octane-crying-for-the-nation.jpgI-Octane charms the hearts of critics this Valentine's Day with his debut album Crying To The Nation out on VP/Scikron.

Early reviews begin to roll in this week. USA Today chooses the album's first single L.O.V.E.Y.O.U off the album as their pick of the week. MTV Iggy gives the new album 4.5 out 5 stars and Washington Post raves that the new songs are "powerful reggae with a message."

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"Prepare to be seduced by reggae/dancehall star I-Octane...on this simple, sweet and seductive track [L.O.V.E.Y.O.U]"
-USA Today , Pick of The Week

Powerful reggae with a message...political without polarizing...all [songs] are strong enough to enjoy years of popularity.
- Washington Post

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Funeral for Whitney Houston to stream live

By Marc Parc
OutAroad.com Writer

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Fans all over the world will have the chance to bid adieu late R&B icon, Whitney Houston as her upcoming funeral will be streamed live.

The Grammy-winning R&B singer, known for a slew of hits such as I Wanna Dance With Somebody, Heartbreak Hotel and I Will Always Love You was found dead in a bathtub inside the Beverly Hilton Hotel in California. She was just 48 years old; leaving behind her only child, Bobbi Kristina Houston, 19 who was later treated at a California hospital following a panic attack after learning of the news.

Houston's funeral is scheduled to take place this coming Saturday in her birthplace of Newark, New Jersey at the New Hope Baptist Church, where the legendary artiste sang as a child. The funeral has been branded an invitation only event by the singer’s family; asking the media and public at large to let them grieve privately.

However, following initial negative reactions from her legions of fans across the world, Houston's funeral will be streamed live, via the Associated Press' official website, http://livestream.com/aplive while broadcasters will be allowed to show the funeral, via satellite.

Houston's mother and fellow singer, Cissy Houston, cousin and fellow R&B icon, Dionne Warwick as well as the 'Queen of Soul,' Aretha Franklin will form a special, all-star choir in honour of the late singer. Meanwhile, Houston's ex-husband, Bobby Brown, who's also the father of Bobbi Kristina Houston reportedly was invited despite several media reports that there’s been a growing tension between Whitney Houston's family and the former New Edition singer.

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Kereen Gregory happy to share stage with Carlene Davis

Kereen_Gregory_gospel_artiste_jamaica_female.jpgRising gospel act, Kereen Gregory, aka KG, is eagerly anticipating the opportunity to perform alongside one of her favourite female singers, Carlene Davis.

The two are among a set of gospel acts scheduled to thrill fans at a concert entitled Ash Wednesday Praise, scheduled for February 22 in Kitson Town, St Catherine.

KG, who declares that Carlene Davis has been an inspiration to her, also noted that she welcomed the opportunity to get up close with fans in that section of Jamaica.

"Minister Carlene Davis' story is such a wonderful one; how she moved from secular to gospel with such grace and I am particularly impressed with how Sister Carlene handled the testing of her faith in God when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She has always been one of my heroes and it is a joy to share stage with such a powerful woman of God," KG said emotionally.

She added that it would be her first time performing in Kitson Town and, as such, "it will definitely be a night to remember".

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February 15, 2012

Dancehall Giants Bounty Killer and Elephant Man's vehicles now up for auction

By M. Jodee
OutAroad.com Writer

Some very prized properties, formerly owned by two prominent Dancehall deejays now face the prospect of being auctioned off.

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Highly-valued automobiles, belonging to Alliance leader, Bounty Killer and long-time protégé, Elephant Man are on public auction by the Tax Administration of Jamaica (TAJ). Bounty Killer's 1998 White Land Cruiser VX and his white 2006 Range Rover Sports HSE as well as Elephant Man's red 2002 Mercedes Benz are being advertised for the second time after previously being put up last March.

All three vehicles were seized by the Inland Revenue Department after both artistes reportedly owed millions in unpaid taxes. Elephant Man had his Kingston home raided last July when law enforcement officials seized his Mercedes Benz. Two months later, Bounty Killer's two luxury vehicles were captured by tax officials just month after his United States visa had been stripped from him. Law enforcement officials claimed he owed millions of dollars in unpaid taxes as well.

According to TAJ's Latoure Duhaney, both artistes must pay all taxes owed by this Friday should they wish to recover their assets. Else, the auction on their vehicles will commence.

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Nicki Minaj Performs BlackOut Movement Single at Grammy Awards

Critically Acclaimed Producer BlackOut Behind Minaj's Smash Hit, "Roman Holiday"

BlackOut_nicky_minaj_Roman_holiday.jpgFamed producer Winston "BlackOut" Thomas is behind Nicki Minaj's new smash single, "Roman Holiday," which she premiered in a jaw-dropping performance at the 2012 Grammy Awards on February 12, the world's biggest stage for music.

"After producing 'Blow Your Mind' for her debut album Pink Friday, which received the Grammy nomination for Best Rap Album, I was pleasantly surprised they were using my new track for Nicki to premiere at the Grammy's," states an elated BlackOut. "They informed me a month ago about the Grammy performance, so I hosted a Grammy-viewing party in Miami for a few close friends but they didn't know...everyone went wild when she performed 'Roman Holiday.' I am honored to be a producer on both of her albums and to play a part in her creative process and success."

Minaj's performance has raised brows worldwide and furor within the Catholic community, as she pulled from religious symbolisms to exploit the exorcism of her favorite alter ego Roman Zolanski, on whom the song is based. Her Hype Williams' directed Grammy performance saw her using a pope as a prop, wearing a nun's habit-like outfit, and culminated in spectacular fashion as she levitated above the stage, and over a stunned audience.

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No ‘Follow Di Arrow’ in 2012, future of show uncertain

By Marc Parc
OutAroad.com Writer

follow_di_arrow_concert_ennis.jpgFollow Di Arrow, the popular Dancehall stage show which normally takes place each February in St. Mary, will not take place this year.
Annually held at James Bond Beach on Jamaica's North Coast, Follow Di Arrow has featured several of Dancehall biggest names. However, last year's event ended in an unsavory fashion after Bounty Killer made comments that were seemingly aimed at his former protégé turned rival, Vybz Kartel. Patrons then hurled bottles at the self-professed 'Grung Gaad' in protest; causing Bounty Killer to run for cover. When Kartel appeared on stage minutes later, he was met with glass bottles before even addressing the crowd, prompting him to run for safety. Gunshots were also fired in protest, causing the crowd to go into a frenzy.

Considering all those factors, Follow Di Arrow promoter, Dexton Ennis, intimated during a radio interview on Tuesday that the show would not take place this year.

"I was very indecisive about keeping the show based on what happened last year. However, a number of people keep cussing and calling and when I decided she 'Alright, I'll give it a thought,' it was too late," he said.

The future of Follow Di Arrow hangs in the balance according to Ennis. However, he'll look to reflect on past events and remains hopeful that the show will return in 2013.
"I'm just doing some reflection. I want the good people that have supported Follow Di Arrow over the years that I have always done my best as a promoter; always delivered and to see what happened last year put a damp on the promotion," Ennis said.
"Hopefully, we might see Follow Di Arrow again next year."
The show has taken place ever since 2000 in Oracabessa, St. Mary.

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February 14, 2012

Chris Martin Paper Loving Tops The OutAroad Weekly Top Ten Reggae Chart

OutAroad Weekly Top Ten Reggae Chart

TW LW WOC ARTIST -- TITLE -- LABEL
01 (02) (06) Chris Martin -- Paper Loving - CR203

02 (01) (09) Busy Signal - Life (Sticky Inna Earth - Good Good Productions (Zum) - (2wks@#1)

03 (05) (03) Christ Martin -- Cheaters Prayer (Cheat On My Girlfriend) - ZJ Chrome/CR203 Records

04 (03) (15) Vybz Kartel -- Yea Though I Walk – Human Rights Production - (1wk@#1)

05 (06) (05) Cecile -- When You're Gone - CR203

06 (07) (03) Romain Virgo -- I Am Rich In Love - Lifetime Music

07 (04) (09) Tiana -- Highest Grade Song - OutAroad - (peaked@#3)

08 (08) (11) Laza Morgan feat. Mavado -- One by One - Elektra - (3wks@#1)

09 (10) (01) Mr. Vegas, Shaggy & Josey Wales -- Sweet Jamaica - Clifford Ray Music

10 (09) (13) Tiana -- Don’t Trust Dem - CashFlow Records - (peaked@#3)

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TOP FIVE BUBBLERS

1 Shaggy -- Sugarcane - Ranch Entertainment

2 Agent Sasco -- Late - Di Genius

3 Ryan Oneil -- Ah Nuh Me - Raw Moon Production

4 Elly Ess -- Money Wont Change Me - Rock Star Ent.

5 Romain Virgo -- Feel Like Letting Go - Vikings/Jr. Brown

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Nicki Minaj Angers Catholic League With Grammys "Exorcism"

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Nicki Minaj is known for her over-the-top stage persona, but her performance at Sunday's 54th Annual Grammy Awards took things to a whole new level.
Wearing an Oscar de la Renta dress, the 29-year-old shocked viewers when she performed her new song "Roman Holiday" for the very first time. Channeling her alter ego Roman Zolanski, Minaj's performance pushed religious boundaries.

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"I had this vision for Roman for him to be sort of exorcised," she explained on Ryan Seacrest's KIIS-FM radio show Monday. "People around him tell him he's not good enough because he's not normal and he's not blending in with the Average Joe."
The Grammy nominee's performance included a Catholic confessional, demonic possession, dancing monks and a levitation scene.

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"The people around him are afraid because they've never seen anything like him. He wanted to show that not only is he amazing . . . but he's never going to change. He's never going to be exorcised," Minaj said. "Even when they throw the holy water on him, he still rises above."

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U.S. Government counters Buju appeal, seeks reinstatement of gun charge

By Marc Parc
OutAroad.com Writer

buju_banton_appeal_drug_case.jpgThe United States government has issued its first public response to the recent appeal made on behalf of international Reggae superstar, Mark Myrie, more popularly known as Buju Banton.

Buju Banton's legal team, led by Florida-based attorney, David Oscar Markus filed an appeal, via a Georgia appellate court this past December; hoping that law enforcement officials would overturn his 10 year sentence on federal drug charges. Buju's legal team cited the untrustworthy nature of renowned government informant, Alexander Johnson and a possible violation of the Speedy Trial Act, amongst other factors as grounds for the case’s dismissal.

Now, the U.S. government has retorted to those claims; intimating that they have ample evidence supporting their case that Buju Banton organized a drug trafficking operation in December 2009. Filing a response to the aforementioned appeal on Friday, federal prosecutors insist that the Reggae superstar recorded conversations with Johnson, as well as video tapes showing Banton tasting cocaine in a Sarasota, FL warehouse prove that Buju "eagerly brokered" a drug deal involving a friend and several undercover agents.

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Pree Dis With Kevin Jackson - Episode 67 - Part 1 to 4 - Entertainment Round Up

You can watch Pree Diss on Flow Jamaica Channel 100 or you can also watch the show on Tempo and a host of other TV stations located in and out of the Caribbean.


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February 13, 2012

I-Octane Takes Over The #1 Spot From Popcaan on The Hype TV Dancehall/Reggae Chart

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Grammy #3 for Stephen Marley As An Solo Artiste - Best Reggae Album

By Marc Parc
OutAroad.com Writer

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Score yet another victory for the Marley family on music's biggest stage as Reggae superstar, Stephen Marley copped his eighth career Grammy on Sunday.

Marley won his the 2012 Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album on Sunday for his third studio album, Revelation Pt. 1: The Root of Life. The announcement was made during the Grammy pre-show event at the Los Angeles Convention Centre in California and later conveyed to fans through Marley's official website and Facebook page.

Stephen Marley beat out his brother, Ziggy Marley who was nominated for his sixth studio album, Wild & Free. Marley also beat out Dancehall/Reggae superstar, Shaggy for his tenth studio album, Summer in Kingston. Other nominees in the Best Reggae Album category were veteran artistes, Israel Vibration for Reggae Knights and Monty Alexander for Harlem- Kingston Express: Live.

This Grammy victory marks a record third for Stephen Marley as a solo artiste; adding to five awards he previously won as a member and producer of his brother, Ziggy's band, Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers. The Marley family, in total, has won an impressive 14 awards since the Best Reggae Album category was introduced in 1985, four years after their legendary father, Bob Marley died. Ziggy Marley has won four awards while Damian Marley won for his albums, Half Way Tree (2003) and Welcome to Jamrock (2006).

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Remembering Whitney Houston...

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Vybrant Releases Video For 'Walk In'

vybrant_reggae_singer_2012.jpgRising reggae artiste Vybrant has cranked up the promotion of his latest single Walk In with the release of the accompanying music video.

The video premiered on CVM TV's Hit List, Hype TV's Up and Live and on RE TV, last week.

Directed by Jerome Hyde for the Washington based Unplugged Multi Media, the video was shot in the Campbell Town area off South Camp Road in Kingston.

"It was a two day shoot and I really enjoyed the experience working with a director such as Jerome", said Vybrant in a release issued to the media.

The Major Links/Shocking Vibes recording artiste outlined the concept of the video. "The concept is really about how a person can be real and have a clean heart, show love and keep it positive in any situation", said Vybrant.

Born Andre Johnson, the St. Thomas native scored big in 2009 with the track Ears Hard” on the Major Links Entertainment label. The accompanying music video hit #1 on the RETV MVP Top Ten Chart and scored high on CVM TV's Hit List, and HYPE TV's VTV countdown.

Last year he was nominated in the Best New Male Artiste category of Jamaica's EME awards.
Vybrant's most recent recordings include Roadside on the YVP label for Jamie Roberts; Friend Waan Tek Mi Life for UIM Records; and Floss and a Glass for the Rat Trap label.

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February 11, 2012

Whitney Houston -- Dead at 48

Whitney Houston died this afternoon ... a rep for the singer told the Associated Press.

Whitney-Houston-dead.jpgParamedics were called to the Beverly Hilton today when Houston was found unresponsive in her hotel room ... sources tell TMZ.

We're told police arrived to the scene within minutes and fire was already there on another call. According to our sources, paramedics performed CPR but it did not work and she was pronounced dead at 3:55 PM.

Our sources say there were to signs of foul play. We're told she was ID'ed by family and friends.

The singer famously battled drug addiction for years.

Houston won two Emmy Awards, six Grammy Awards, 30 Billboard Music Awards, 22 American Music Awards during her record-breaking career. Her album "Whitney" was the first female album to ever debut at #1 on the Billboard Charts. She has sold 200 million albums world wide.

Houston holds an Honorary Doctorate in Humanities from Grambling State University in Louisiana.

Houston had one child, Bobbi Kristina, with husband Bobby Brown. Houston and Brown were married from 1992-2007.

Source: TMZ

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Future Fambo Joins Forces With International Producer, Ricky Blaze

Future-fambo-drink-to-life-album.jpgDancehall artiste, Future Fambo has teamed up with international Billboard producer, Ricky Blaze for what promises to be a musically electrifying project.

Future Fambo known for his popular singles, Rum and Redbull alongside Beenie Man, Drunken Dance and others, joined Ricky Blaze's FME Recordings for an EP/album entitled Drink To Life. The album which is a perfect fusion of pop, dance and Caribbean influenced sounds is expected to be released in a few months.

Blaze who is responsible for crossover hits including, Gyptian's Hold Yuh, Vybz Kartel's Touch A Button, Ding Dong's Bad Man Forward and has also worked the likes of Jazmine Sullivan, Wiz Khalifa, Jim Jones, Nicki Minaj, Alexis Jordan, Major Lazer, Santigold and others, says, "It's cool working with an artiste that has the drive and personality as Fambo. He has an international attitude and that's where we are trying to take it."

Fambo who also spoke highly of Blaze says, "Working with Ricky Blaze has been a blessing. With his track record and the records we created - the sky's the limit."

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The Queen of Dancehall Lady Saw to release new album later this year

By M. Jodee
OutAroad.com Writer

lady-saw-Marion-hall-album.jpgVeteran Dancehall superstar, Lady Saw will unleash more of her off-stage persona through her on-stage works with her upcoming project.
The Dancehall Diva, whose real name is Marion Hall, will unveil her ninth studio album, Lady Saw Presents: Marion Hall via her Divas Recordings label later this year. The new album will feature several genres, including country and jazz music as Lady Saw looks to offer a more personal, sensitive part of her contrary to her raunchy, no-holds-barred on stage personality; expressing excitement for this project.

Lady Saw insists that her new album will showcase her personal and musical maturity, partly exhibited in her recent collaboration with Reggae superstar, Beres Hammond entitled, She Has Changed. Her collaboration with Hammond talks of a young girl who suffered abuse in her life, triggering her to make bad decisions.

Lady Saw Presents: Marion Hall will feature Hammond as well as former UB40 singer, Ali Campbell.
In addition to her upcoming compilation, Lady Saw will release an autobiographical screenplay; detailing her early life and struggles prior to becoming the "Queen of Dancehall." It will feature all aspects of her life, from when she was a young girl in the country to when she sold brooms just to make ends meet. Additionally, the screenplay will depict the physical abuse she suffered at the hands of her father, which she described as a terrifying experience.

So far in 2012, Lady Saw released the single, Yuh Man Mi a Look on the Chune Riddim while shooting a video for her single, Love Sick on the Overproof Riddim.

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Snoop Dogg the third International to record new material in Jamaica since 2012

By Marc Parc
OutAroad.com Writer

snoop-dogg-in-jamaica-record-song-outaroad.jpgInternationally-acclaimed hip hop artiste, Snoop Dogg will become the latest foreign act of note to visit Jamaica to record new material.

Following recent visits by American R&B superstar, Alicia Keys as well as Senegalese rap superstar, Akon to the island to work on new music, Snoop Dogg has announced that he will be travelling to Jamaica in the near future to record a new single. The announcement was made via Snoop Dogg's official YouTube channel this past Monday as he honored what would have been the 67th birthday of late Reggae legend, Bob Marley.

In the video, Snoop Dogg puffs marijuana to honor the Reggae icon while playing one of Marley's highly-acclaimed singles, So Much Trouble. Near the end of said video, the Beautiful rapper revealed that he will visit Jamaica to record his new single, We Coordinate Peace, Love and Soul.

Last month, Alicia Keys landed in Jamaica, staying at Geejam Studios in Portland where she'd been recording material for her fifth studio album as well as reportedly working on collaboration with a prominent Dancehall/Reggae artiste. Two weeks later, Akon visited the island as he recorded singles at the legendary Tuff Gong Studios alongside the Marley brothers: Damian Marley, Stephen Marley and Julian Marley. He also visited the Bob Marley Museum and showcased pictures of his tour there, via Twitter during his weekend-long stay.

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February 10, 2012

Week #3 For Popcaan's Only Man She Want On Hype TV Dancehall/Reggae Chart

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Chan Dizzy and I-Octane Shoot Til Kingdom Come

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Head Concussion artiste Chan Dizzy and I-Octane this week wrapped filming of their collaboration for Til Kingdom Come which was released in mid January.

Produced by hot Dancehall producer, Tarik Johnston aka Russian of Head Concussion Records, Til Kingdom Come blends the styles of Chan Dizzy and I-Octane effectively and according to Video Director Duane 'Biggz Di Boss' Gordon who flew down from Miami for the shoot: "It was pretty good working with both artistes. I like the song, I feel it has high energy and has a good vibe all around. What’s also good about the song is that it reflects real life situations which have to some extent affected both artistes in different ways and the video mirrors those experiences".

Chan Dizzy who burst on to the mainstream with Nuh Strange Face in 2010, stepped it up a notch in 2011 with Hello Badmind, Dat Mi Know and Our Place. He has been consistent on the national airwaves as well as regionally with these infectious dancehall singles.

The artiste who is currently aligned to the Russian's Head Concussion label says for 2012 Til Kingdom Come is the first step in what will be a good year: "This to me is a great start to the new year. The song has been getting good airplay and is very popular in the streets. I believe that the video compliments the track and will add value to the lyrics by giving fans a visual of what is been said. A lot of people identify with the song and I think that's the reason it's so popular"

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CopperShot Sound Scores The First Win Of 2012

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Kingston, Jamaica: It’s looking to be another stellar year for one of Jamaica’s premiere sounds, Coppershot Disco.

2012 has started off with a bang for the established sound, who copped their third Youth View Award (YVA) on Saturday night at the National Indoor Sports Arena. The sound beat out Renaissance Disco and stalwarts Stone Love, to cop 'Sound of the Year 2011.’ This is the sound's second consecutive win at the YVA's, having won in 2010, and first won in 2008. Foundation Coppershot member Matthew Gray was pleased with the win as he said; "it feels good to have won at the YVAs for the third time, but the first time having won back-to-back. It shows that people are still rolling with us and showing us that we are still pleasing them and we plan to continue to bring new innovations and bring the vibes to the parties, no matter what."

They were also the runner up in The Jamaica Star news paper peoples choice award in which they were the only sound system nominated in a selector heavy category.

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Scoa Star Farmer Nappy Releases New Album - You Make Me...Surender

Farmer-nappy-soca-artiste.jpgTrinidadian singer/songwriter Darryl "Farmer Nappy" Henry brings his unique brand of soca to the masses with his new album, You Make Me...Surrender, available in stores and online on February 21, 2012. Combining the names of his two singles from the album, "Surrender" and "You Make Me," both major hits during this Carnival season in Trinidad, rendered Farmer the perfect title for his second studio effort.

"I'm now celebrating my 30th anniversary in the music business and this year, Carnival will be extra special as my album will be available worldwide on the official Carnival day, February 21," states Farmer Nappy. "I've traveled, performed, encountered and experienced and I've captured everything in this album. My journey starts with soca but it doesn't end there, and neither does this album."

From Farmer's signature groovy R&B melodies to his up-tempo carnival-esque anthems, the 13-track album boasts an array of sounds that fully depict the potpourri that is Caribbean music. Blending calypso, kaiso, ragga, soca, reggae and dancehall tones, Farmer manages to capture the true essence of the Caribbean, taking this compilation beyond carnival circles.

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February 9, 2012

Triple The Focus Jamaica's Newest E-Magazine

triple-the-focus-magazine.jpgFebruary is the shortest month of the year with some of the most celebrated holidays. Whether you are a hopeless romantic looking forward to Valentine's Day, a history enthusiast learning and teaching others about Black History or a Reggae music fan celebrating the birthday of reggae legend, Bob Marley, the February issue of Triple the Focus has something for everyone.

Actor/Singer LEON graces the cover of this month's issue. In an exclusive interview, Leon allowed us to pry into his very personal life, get the scoop on what's in the pipelines for 2012 and beyond. In reading this piece, you will know why he is one of Hollywood's most sought after Actor. I am guessing that because of Leon, February will be our most read issue. And we can't be mad at that.

In light of Bob Marley' February 6th Birthday, we thought it not robbery to reach out to fans and music industry insiders to share with you their fondest memories of this great music legend and how he has impacted their lives. Sirius' Pat McKay, Third World band members, Stephen "Cat" Coore, Richard Daley and Bunny Rugs were among those who shared great times with Bob and we've got the details of what it was like being in his presence. And with Valentine's Day on the horizon, we had to see what a few artists and entertainment personalities are planning for their significant other. The Triple The Focus staff got in on the fun as well to reveal their intimate V-day plans.

Lastly, we cast our spotlight on upcoming artists, reggae singers Tiana, Zagga and Chris Brown's DJ, Babey Drew. These emerging new acts are making waves on their own terms and at all cost. We have a lot this month but we believe that you will be unduly educated, entertained and gratified. At least that is our hope!

Until next time, stay focused. For more information, email us at
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Innocent: New details emerge in Buju case

By Marc Parc
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"Buju Banton is innocent" - New details emerge regarding events leading to Reggae star's sentence

buju-banton-free-reggae-artistes.jpgMany Jamaicans steadfastly believe that currently incarcerated Reggae superstar, Mark Myrie aka Buju Banton was entrapped by the United States government; leading to his subsequent conviction on drug-related charges last year. However, one American journalist has gone full-length to try and attach merit the aforementioned sentiment.

Chris Sweeney, a writer for the Miami New Times unveiled an in-depth, six-page piece on Tuesday, documenting the various events preceding Buju Banton's arrest in December 2009 as well as his conviction last February on three drug charges. The piece speaks of how Buju met Alex Johnson, the lead informant in the Reggae superstar's case who later accepted a plea deal in the case to avoid a lengthy jail sentence.

In the piece titled, Buju Banton Is Innocent, Sweeney details a flight that the Untold Stories singer took on July 26, 2009 from Madrid, Spain to Miami, Florida. On that flight, Buju met Johnson, who introduced himself as "Junior," while claiming to know Lloyd Evans, a manager who'd long been an idol of the Reggae singjay. Buju, who was allegedly drunk at the time, was called over by Johnson prior to plane's landing in Miami, where he showed Banton money that he made from illegal ventures. Buju responded by supposedly bragging about a drug ring he was involved in that had roots in South America and Europe.

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Konshens Returns from Florida - Ft on the Cover of Embrace You Magazine

Konshens-embrace-magazine.jpgNew York, New York: Prominent Dancehall/Reggae rising superstar, Konshens arrived in Jacksonville, Florida on Thursday, February 2, and completed a host of media events. Later that night he made an appearance at Club Rain, where he was greeted by his fans who were so ecstatic to see him for the first time in Jacksonville Florida.

Prior to gracing the stage SubKonshus artist Darrio performed and was well received by the crowd as he had the girls screaming for more. Konshens took to the stage with hit single "Gal Dem a Talk Bout We" at about 1:15 a.m. and the crowd couldn't get enough. After his 4th time singing the song he went into songs like Realest, Forward, Pretty Devil, Simple Song and Buss a Blank. But it was the first single off his soon to be released debut album titled "Mental Maintenance", which had the crowd in a frenzy.

Konshens started with the intro "We Nuh Frighten fi Nobody" and the crowd went crazy, he attempted to sing the song 4 more times. After pleading with his fans "mek mi finish di song nuh, you nuh want dem fi know say, No Bwoy Nuh Badda Dan we", and his fans began to jump, scream, buss blank and request that he sing the song again. After pleasing his fans and singing Do Sumn 5 more times, Konshens would continue with his set and close with another crowd favorite Winner.

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February 8, 2012

Before They Were Stars with Damian Marley

By Marc Parc
OutAroad.com Writer

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Following in the footsteps of a celebrity relative is hard enough. But when your father hails as the greatest musician to grace Jamaica's shores i.e. Bob Marley that job becomes tougher.

However, Damian Marley has not only managed to follow those footsteps successfully, he's established his own identity; moving from under his father's shadow to become one of Reggae music's most celebrated acts to today's generation. Like Tuff Gong before him, Junior Gong has managed to encapsulate fan bases worldwide with messages of peace, prosperity and social consciousness. But for Damian "Junior Gong" Marley, his journey to super stardom took much different turns.

Marley was born on July 21, 1978 to Bob Marley and 1976 Miss World winner, Cindy Breakspeare. Like his many siblings, Marley looked up to his iconic father but never got the chance to truly enjoy his effervescent presence as Bob Marley succumbed to bone cancer when Damian was only two years old. Despite only knowing his father for such a short time, Marley decided to follow in his father’s footsteps as he aimed to start a new family legacy.

During his teenage years, Damian Marley founded a group dubbed The Shephards. The group, including the daughter of Big Ship patriarch, Freddie McGregor (Yashema McGregor) and the son of Third World drummer, Cat Coore (Shiah Coore) immediately garnered buzz across the Reggae industry. This resulted in Marley, who was 13 at the time, leading The Shephards on the Reggae Sunsplash stage in 1992 as the show's opening act. Despite initial success, the group quickly disintegrated, leading Marley to pursue a solo career.

In 1996, Marley sought to surprise the music industry as he and his brother, Stephen Marley co-wrote singles for Damian's debut album, Mr. Marley. Instead of the soothing Reggae vocals fans were accustomed to from Bob and Ziggy Marley respectively, Damian graced the mainstream with a hard hitting, Dancehall style. Though he announced himself to the world as "Junior Gong," some listeners were thrown off by this change of pace; resulting in the lack of success the album ultimately achieved despite reputable efforts such as 10,000 Chariots and Old War Chant.

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Delus Scores With Single "What Tomorrow May Bring!"

delus-what-tomorrow-may-bring.jpgNEW YORK, NY: For far too long one could not say the name Delus without following up with "Konshen's older brother?" However, this rising star is working feverishly to move out of his younger sibling's shadow by carving a niche for himself and some would say he has succeeded.

With his summer 2010 anthem "Look Another Gal," Delus made fans and industry executives take a second look at his body of work. Media became enamored by not only his talent, but his humility and it seems that every day he was either doing a television, radio or print interview. His continuous drive and hard work landed him an EME Award nomination for Most Improved Artist and a MIA Awards nomination for Most Determined Artist in 2011. When the single was not being played daily on the radio, it was being played at popular weekly parties, in taxis and by street vendors. The success of the single fueled his determination to follow-up with other credible singles. And that he did.

Delus released a slew of singles, such as "Get Away," "Life," "Silent River," and "Gal My Ting Deh." However it is his current single "What Tomorrow May Bring" that has again struck a chord with the masses. With this offering, Delus removes the veil and exposed exactly what's on his mind. And it's a lot! The lyrical honesty and positive message has everyone cheering and singing along. While Delus might not be sure about "What Tomorrow May Bring," here is what's certain: (1) tomorrow he will work just as hard - or even harder - than yesterday, (2) his track record proves that he will also continue to make quality music that everyone can identify with, and (3) his servility and love of the craft will continue to win audiences worldwide.

"What Tomorrow May Bring" produced by Dameon Gayle of Warrior Music is available on iTunes and other digital outlets.

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I-Octane's 'Crying To The Nation' for Valentine's Day release

Signs two-year deal with Guinness

I-octane_album_crying_to_nation_album_reggae_dancehall.jpgDigicel Brand ambassador and popular singjay I-Octane will be releasing his debut album on the day designated for lovers - Valentine's Day.
It's definitely a musical love affair with the singjay and his many fans as he drops Crying To The Nation which is a 16-track joint venture deal with VP Records and Scikron, owned by Robert Livingston.

Among the featured tracks on the album are Rules of Life, Help I Please, L.O.V.E. Y.O.U., The Master’s Plan and the very popular Lose A Friend.
The album will also see I-Octane doing collabs with other artistes such as Albarosie, Tarrus Riley and Agent Sasco.
On Wednesday, February 8, VP records will kick start the album’s promotion with the shooting of the music video for the second single off the album L.O.V.E. Y.O.U. Scenes will be shot at Big Yard and several other locations across Kingston.
Produced by Christopher Birch the video will be done under the direction of Scorpio 21.

L.O.V.E. Y.O.U. seem to have hit all the right notes where his fans are concerned as the song is now in the number two position on Fi Wi Choice.
That is not the only song from the singjay sitting pretty on the charts Burn Dem Bridge is in the number one spot on Fi WI Choice and Hype TV top 20 Singles chart the video is number on CVM's Hitlist.

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Alandon wants to know "What Is Life"

By M. Jodee
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Alandon-dancehall-artiste-Jamaican.jpgEmerging Dancehall star, Alan Lynfatt, more popularly known as Alandon has unveiled a brand new single outlining the struggles of Jamaicans that many fans in the island can truly relate to.

What Is Life hails as the first mainstream release from Alandon in 2012 as he talks about the everyday trials and tribulations of Jamaican life. In the Reggae themed What Is Life, Alandon speaks of the hardships his mother endured whilst raising him in Jamaica as a youth.

In What Is Life, Alandon deejays, "Mi memba when di house top a lean and di zinc dem full a hole, Mama still find food fi eat even doe time hard, di rusty rim dem always full a coal."

The young deejay continues to paint a vivid picture of his struggles as a youth, saying "A nuff night mi sell bakkle, jus’ fi get a money; do some yard work like a helper to, plus di strugglin’ so hard inna yard a next man pon di side always a anchor too."
"Our Christmas nuh Merry at all, life hard inna di ghetto like Jericho wall, when mi Madda couldn't sen' mi go mall, she hol' mi and tell mi nuh bawl."

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Gospel Act, Kereen Gregory Gets Radikal With New Single

Kereen-Gregory-female-artiste.jpgWhen singer Kereen Gregory, aka KG, entered the JCDC Gospel Song Contest in 2008, she was defined as a great singer with lots of potential. Her lyrical path was the safe religious homilies that could light a spark and leave Christians with that good feeling.

However, four years later, Kereen Gregory is not merely setting off sparks, she is creating fires and firestorms of criticism as she explores her musical horizons in her quest to win souls for Christ. Her lyrical content has moved from safe to edgy -- some would perhaps say 'too edgy -- and KG has stepped out as a dancehall deejay, while keeping true to her God-centric focus.

In 2011, Kereen teamed up with controversial and successful gospel artiste, Prodigal Son and embraced the challenge to boldly step out into the world as a testimony to her faith. KG entered Prodigal's Radikal Yawd outfit and was re-baptised. She emerged from the studio sounding like a seasoned deejay, throwing down lyrics that were sure to make both Christendom and the world stop and listen.
One of her singles on the Radikal Yawd imprint is called Who Me You Mad and is chockful of sexual overtones, while driving home the point that God is her only man and is totally in charge of her existence. "You a di boss, You a di don", Kereen declares in one verse of the song, prior to going into the ear-popping chorus: Who me, you mad, fi one night of fun fi go cheat with the devil and give me God bun?

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February 7, 2012

First ever Bob Marley documentary to debut this month

By Marc Parc
OutAroad.com Writer

Bob-marley-ducmentary.jpgThe life of Jamaica's greatest ever musician will be encapsulated in film for the first time ever for the world to see later this month.

On Monday, which would have been Marley's 67th birthday, it was announced by his family that the first ever documentary on the legendary singer's life, entitled Marley, will premiere later this month at the 62nd annual Berlin International Film Festival. Marley was directed by Academy Award winning director, Kevin MacDonald. Additionally, the movie was produced by Magnolia Pictures and executive produced by Island Records founder, Chris Blackwell as well as Bob Marley's eldest son and fellow Reggae artiste, Ziggy Marley.

According to Ziggy Marley, this documentary will take an in-depth look into Bob Marley's life as a musician, father and social activist.

"This documentary is the ultimate revelation of my father's life," Marley said in a statement.
"The family is proud to be able to have the world finally experience this emotional journey."
The documentary will showcase never before seen footage of Bob Marley, interviews with family, friends and band mates from The Wailers as well as archival pictures.

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'They Call Me Mr. Melody' Heads To The UK For Album Launch & Tour!

singing-they-call-me-mr-melody-album.jpgThe global impact of Singing Melody’s album ‘They Call Me Mr. Melody’ continues as fan demand in the UK sends the artist there for an intimate press and album launch followed by performances in Bristol, London and Birmingham. This includes the Valentines show at Brixton’s O2 Academy on February 12 with John Holt, the members of LUST and Freddie McGregor!

BJ Promotions in association with Veranda Restaurant and Bar and Bigga U, Di Hit Maker have scheduled the evening for fans to get up close and personal with the Reggae star, and have their recently purchased album autographed.

The album continues to do well on Amazon and well iTunes. The success of the album and its sales echoes what music critics, fans and radio DJ's are saying!

In September, 2011, Singing Melody released the single "Collide" which was met with immediate demand for the song. "Collide" is now #1 in Jamaica and on BBC 3 Counties request lines, the song also made it to the Top of the charts in Aruba where it soured pass the likes of Christina Aguilera, Lady Gaga and Marc Anthony/Pitbull. "Collide" continues to climb the charts in New York, Atlanta, and Florida.

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February 6, 2012

Elephant Man calls rape allegation a lie, claims it won't hurt career

By Marc Parc
OutAroad.com Writer

elephant-man-benz.jpgInternationally-acclaimed Dancehall superstar, Oneil Bryan, more popularly known as Elephant Man continues to speak out against strong allegations that could harm his accomplished career.

On January 30, the prominent deejay was slapped with rape and sexual assault charges stemming from an alleged incident the week prior, involving a 38 year old woman at Elephant Man's St. Andrew home. Following two days of an international media blitz, the self-professed "Energy God" appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrates Court this past Wednesday, where he received JA$400,000 bail and was issued a May 21 court date in the matter.
Following the hearing, Elephant Man spoke outside the court; insisting that he'd never do anything of such a nature to hurt his fans worldwide. Now, the veteran deejay has spoken out once again; appearing on Saturday's edition of CVMTV's OnStage to try and clear his name.

According to Elephant Man, the rape and sexual assault charges are fallacies he's sure the justice system will acquit him on.
"To how mi love da music hah, nobody at all nah go have it Elephant Man name wud eva get caught up in sommen wicked like dis, where somebody would get up and tell a lie pon me," he said.

"Mi c some wickedness people seh and try bring towards Elephant Man. No man, no woman can eva seh me, Elephant Man, have a woman problem."
According to the Pon Di River singer, he was amused when police initially took him in but believes that this is a test that God has put him in.
"Mi a laugh, a look pon di Bible. There's no way on Earth this could happen… Dis a one more test Fada God," he said.

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Cham Ft. "O" (Cham Wife) - Tun Up (Raw) - First Name Music

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Pree Dis With Kevin Jackson - Episode 66 - Part 1 to 4 - Entertainment Round Up

You can watch Pree Diss on Flow Jamaica Channel 100 or you can also watch the show on Tempo and a host of other TV stations located in and out of the Caribbean.


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Spechinal loves it when you "Cuss Me"

Spechinal-dancehall-reggae-artiste.jpgEmerging Dancehall star, Spechinal looks to continue his strong form in 2012 with the release of his new single, Cuss Mi.

The breakthrough singjay released several strong efforts in 2011 that earned strong acclaim such as Cool Down, Ambition and the scintillating holiday-themed single, Christmas Wish. Earning airplay, recognition from fellow industry players and potential opportunities for stage shows were all accomplishments that Spechinal achieved as a result of his growing status.

Now the Clarendon-born singjay hits the grounds running in 2012 with the release of his new single, Cuss Mi. The pulsating single talks about how arguments in a relationship can help make that union stronger while building character.
In Cuss Mi, Spechinal sings, "When mi say mi love you, I mean it, so mi no see no reason fi hide secrets, mi know seh yuh nuh really love complain, yuh jus’ wan’ dis relationship fi sustain."
He continues, "Dem she fi stand up firm and don't fall at all, but how di hell mi fi stand now and mi heart a call."

Showing the undying love within a couple, in spite of the predictable problems that occur is what Cuss Mi strives to achieve. Aiming to win a new sector of fans, Cuss Mi signifies messages that fans will relate to for years to come.

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February 4, 2012

Tarrus Riley launches Freedom Writer Competition For Black History Month

Tarrus-riley-school-children-artiste-reggae-black-history-month.jpgInternational reggae artiste Tarrus Riley has once again joined forces with radio station Irie FM to present the Tarrus Riley/Irie FM Freedom Writer Competition.

The competition seeks to unearth the creativity of teenagers and their knowledge about Black History.

In a release to the media, Riley said the feedback and response from the competition last year was overwhelming hence the decision to make it an annual one.

"Last year we had the competition and we got a lot of entries and most were quite impressive. We want to use this competition to create awareness about Black History", Riley explained.

The competition is open to students between the ages of 12 and 17 years old. They are required to write a poem or essay no more than 200 words and explain why black history is important and relevant to them.

Entries must be creative, original, and dynamic and can be emailed to trileyfreedomwriter@iriefm.net Entries can also be dropped off at Irie FM Kingston or Ocho Rios offices.

The deadline for entries is February 29.

First prize is an I Pad and second prize is a book voucher valued at $20,000. There will also be consolation prizes.

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Popcaan is Still The Only Man Shi Want - Week #2 at #1 on Hype TV Chart

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Natty Remo's "Musical Journey" - The Album

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Natty-Remo-Musical-Journey-Album-Reggae.jpgKingrasta21 Music, Inc., Natty Remo's record label, released his second album, Musical Journey, online December 20, 2011 through Zojak World Wide.

Musical Journey offers 19 dancehall reggae tracks with authentic, clean, conscious lyrics. Each song takes on a different aspect of the human condition, with "Cut it Off’s" humorous vibe, "Hustlers (On the Corner)" street knowledge, "Teach the Youths" inspiration, and "Rastaman's" burning fire. The first video of the album, "Hustlers (On the Corner)", is to be released in April 2012.

Natty Remo was born Burchell Bailey in Kingston, Jamaica. He began his reggae career in Jamaica dancehall in the mid 1980s. Moving to New York City in 1988, he jumped on the reggae circuit as Captain Remo. He was soon nominated for DJ of the Year three consecutive years in a row by the Tamika Awards (NYC) and for Best New Artist in 1996 by the Binns Awards (Jamaica). Natty Remo has toured the U.S., Canada, Caribbean, and Europe with the likes of Dennis Brown, Freddie McGregor, Beres Hammond, Buju Banton, Mighty Diamonds, Junior Jazz, and Ragga Lox, to name a few. He's performed at Sting, Reggae Sunsplash, Reggae Sumfest, White River Reggae Bash, Western Consciousness, at colleges, festivals, and venues worldwide.

Download your copy of Musical Journey now from amazon or itunes. Contact Natty Remo, watch videos, and find updated artist information at reverbnation.com/nattyremo, facebook.com/nattyremo, and twitter.com/nattyremo. For contact and bookings, email nattyremo@gmail.com.

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ER: Mavado Talks About Not Wanting To Be In Jamaica, - Popcaan Denies Threats

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February 3, 2012

Popcaan Lands Rotation on New York's HOT 97

popcaan-music-twitter-outaroad-facebook.jpgOne of dancehall's newest megastars, Popcaan, is continuing to make his mark on the international scene. After recently appearing on the enviable Complex magazine's website, the artiste's hit, Only Man She Want, was this week added to New York's HOT 97 playlist.

The artiste whose correct name is Andrae Sutherland, and who hails from St. Thomas before relocating to Portmore, St. Catherine first came to the musical fore with the international hit single, Clarks, alongside mentor, Vybz Kartel. Since then he has created a string of hits including, Ravin' and more recently, Party Shot.

One of the main forces behind Only Man She Want's inclusion in HOT 97's playlist, Johnny Wonder, says he is extremely proud of the young deejay's snowballing success. Wonder, executive vice-president of the digital distribution company, 21st-Hapilos, has also had a hand in other reggae and dancehall tracks being added to the station's playlist under the 21st-Hapilos' watch. They include, Rum and Redbull by Beenie Man and Future Fambo, Khago's Nah Sell Out and more.

"First of all I have to thank Bobby Konders and Mister Cee of HOT 97 for their support; they are always behind us 100 percent and we are thankful. I am also happy with Popcaan's growing success, both locally and in the international market. The fact is that, the more artistes we can get showcased internationally, the better it will be for our music and the easier it will become for international record labels to invest in our music because they see that there is a market for it," says Wonder.

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Serani Blazes Musical Trail In Europe

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Dancehall artiste, Serani, has been blazing a trail on his European tour and has no intention of slowing down.

The singer, who is known for his popular hits including, Doh, No Games, She Loves Me, says the reception he has garnered thus far has been phenomenal.

"All the fans have been very receptive to me generally. They love to dance to Skip To Ma Luu a lot, and No Games which was also produced by me is among the favourites here. Another song they enjoy is Romance which was produced by Chimney Records. They scream and sing that song a lot," says Serani.

He continued, "That came as a big surprise because I'm performing to crossover crowds - these are not dancehall crowds and the song was never on MTV and never got much play on Hip Hop stations in the States, so the reception for the song was great and surprising."

Most of the singer's exciting performances will be in Germany, and thus far some of his favourite stops have been Bremen, Cologne and Bremerhafen. "These performances had the hypest and loudest crowds. Germany is huge and they love reggae music, so that's a bonus. It's a great country to push reggae music in."

Not to be outdone, Serani has also been maintaining a steady presence in the Caribbean market with his recent releases, including Naah Beg Friend on Fire Links' Off the Bench Riddim, a new single on ZJ Sparks' Kush Riddim and Make Me Stronger on Stephen "Di Genius" McGregor's latest riddim.

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Konshens set to release debut album

Konshens-Mental-Maintenance-album-cover.jpgProminent Dancehall/Reggae superstar, Konshens will be unveiling his debut album as he seeks to capitalize on growing international exposure.

The artiste, whose real name is Garfield Spence, will unleash his freshman effort, Mental Maintenance on March 6; containing 17 tracks with a mixture of Dancehall and Reggae flavours while showcasing different sides of the highly-acclaimed deejay. Do Sumn, the first single off Mental Maintenance has done well on local and international Dancehall charts; recently entering the top five on the Hot 97 Boston Charts.

Prior to the album's release next month, Konshens will embark on a promotional tour across the United States, aptly titled the Mental Maintenance tour. He's currently in Florida where he'll visit Jacksonville and Tampa for a three-day media blitz, including several interviews and promotional events. Furthermore, Konshens will travel to Washington DC on February 15 to do a series of promotional events there.
For the Winner singer, this marks an opportunity for him to stamp his authority on the world stage.

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February 2, 2012

Mavado Settles Down In The #1 Position On The OutAroad.com Top 20 Hot Singles Chart

OutAroad.com Top 20 Hot Singles Chart

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TW means This Week, LW means Last Week and WOC means Weeks on Chart
TW - LW - WOC Artiste Name ----- Song Title ---- Record Label

01 - 03 - (06) Mavado - Settle Down - JA Production - (1wk@#1)

02 - 01 - (11) Khago - Blood A Boil - TJ Records - (1wk@#1)

03 - 05 - (05) Vybz Kartel - Freaky Gal - Adidjaheim Records/ Head Concussion

04 - 02 - (09) Tiana - Pum Pum Phat (Ravin Remix) - (2wks@#1)

05 - 07 - (08) Tiana ft Konshens - Gyal Mi Love You - Fams House Studio

06 - 04 - (10) Mavado - Delilah - Mansion Records

07 - 09 - (05) Khago - Tun Up Di Ting - JA Production

08 - 10 - (06) Konshens - Duh Sum’n - Ward 21 Production

09 - 12 - (04) Popcaan - Only Man She Want - Sounique Records

10 - 06 - (11) Popcaan - Ravin - Adidjaheim Records - (3wks@#1)

11 - 16 - (03) Vybz Kartel - Why Pree (Worl Boss) - Adidjaheim Records/ Head Concussion

12 - 08 - (12) Andrew & Wada Blood - Roll Wid Mi Bredda - Notice Production

13 - 15 - (04) Tiana - Bruk Out And Whine - Ja Productions

14 - 14 - (08) Beenie Man - Nah Talk Too Long - Seanizzle

15 - 17 - (02) Vybz Kartel - Freaky Gal Part 2 - Head Concussion

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Elephant Man strongly denies rape allegations

By Marc Parc
OutAroad.com Writer

Dancehall superstar, Oneil Bryan, more popularly known as Elephant Man steadfastly denies allegations of rape and grievous sexual assault that were brought against him earlier this week.

elephant_man_law_suit_freed.jpgThe self-professed "Energy God" was slapped with said charges on Monday after a 31 year old woman filed a police report last week regarding an alleged assault at Elephant Man's Hillcrest Avenue home in Kingston. Detectives from the Centre for Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) took Elephant Man into custody and, following questioning, slapped the Pon Di River deejay with rape and assault charges.

Elephant Man was granted JA$400,000 bail when he appeared at the Corporate Area Resident Magistrates Court in Kingston and now faces a May 21 preliminary hearing where he'll answer the two charges. Following his court appearance, Elephant Man vehemently denied the allegations; insisting he'd never do anything to violate his fans' trust.

"Wi a mek the fans them know seh nothing like that and Elephant would never let down the fans them like that, you understand. Si wi out and wi just a seh give thanks and praise to the almighty god and wi a mek the fans them know seh Energy God nah let unnu down. Yuh mad man?" an apparently upbeat Elephant Man said in front of a press gathering outside the courthouse.

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Brit Jam Reloaded Riddim Review - Kartel, Beenie Man, Sizzla, Munga, Konhens & More

vybz_kartel_bail_cops_case_court.jpgDancehall critics are raving about the Brit Jam Reloaded riddim which boasts heavyweight acts such as Vybz Kartel, Beenie Man, Konshens, Munga, and Sizzla, as well as second tier acts since its release on FM radio last week.

The bouncy drum-heavy riddim, produced on the Good Good Productions label, with 'Zum' as the executive producer, has been generating a lot of interest because of a Vybz Kartel single called 'Dem Licky Licky' which appears to mention the incarceration, legal woes and personal problems that the World Boss has found himself mired in. The single, a true-to-life breakdown of betrayals by former friends, is quite instructive given the events in his life over the last five months, and shows Kartel's state of mind as he continues to make comparisons between his life and that of Jesus Christ.

The verse goes:

Mi roll wid the family, that's the way it goes
Nuff bwoy who ah run in bout dem a yu friend, dem a foes
Wolf inna sheep clothes, bredrin like those,
yu find pon handcart wid all the tag de pon dem toes
To the police, dem mek yu business expose
Judas sell out Jesus and look how dem close

Arguably the best song on the riddim however is Munga's 'Season to Season' where the deejay's witty wordplay and offbeat metaphors show why he is rated as one of the best artistes of his generation. The single is a straight-up party song and it shows Munga's re-emergence as a top rhyme-slinger with brilliant lines like 'fresh like Dunn's River Falls weh a run weh’ and he pulls off a great song with only a minimal amount of auto-tune.

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February 1, 2012

Elephant Man posts bail, issued May court date

By Marc Parc
OutAroad.com Writer

elelphant-man-bail-dancehall.jpgInternationally acclaimed Dancehall superstar, Oneil Bryan, more popularly known as Elephant Man has been granted bail after appearing in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrates Court on Wednesday afternoon.

The popular deejay was issued bail in the sum of JA$400,000 during a court hearing this morning alongside his attorney, Linda Wright. Reportedly, the deejay was in a good mood despite his legal woes.

Elephant Man stands accused of rape and grievous sexual assault following an alleged incident that took place last week as the deejay's St. Andrew residence. The alleged victim, who is of Chinese descent, then filed a report to law enforcement officials. Detectives from the Centre for Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) took Elephant Man into custody on Monday and later issued the two charges against him, following an interrogation.

Elephant Man's next scheduled court date has been set for May 21, where he will appear at a preliminary hearing. Additionally, he self-professed "Energy God" has a court date scheduled for February 7, where his trial regarding a charge of abstracting electricity will commence.

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The Raving Continues: Popcaan Making Strides in 2012

popcaan_ravin_outaroad_chart_dancehall.jpgPopcaan, the 23-year-old deejay with the unmistakably catchy voice, distinctive swagger, and up-to-the-minute street slang was propelled to the highest echelon of Jamaican music's elite in 2011. As his popularity continues to surge the 'Raving King' is ready to get 2012 on and popping.

With his hit Only Man She Want added to New York City's Hot 97's daily play list and BBC 1Extra listing him as one of the Hot 20 for 2012, Popcaan is fast getting on to the international radar and is the most in demand DJ from Jamaica right now.

On February 11 Popcaan will release a new mixtape, TJ Records and Chromatic presents Popcaan Yiy Change. Chromatic DJs Creep and Nico have been instrumental in Popcaan's career and this is their second mix tape together, the first being the hugely popular, Hot Skull, Fry Yiy, Boil Brainz.

Additionally, on February 3, he will be releasing the new video to his hit single, the TJ Records produced 'Party Shot', directed by Mykal Cushnie. The video will premiere on TV on Entertainment Report and online at popcaanmusic.com and youtube.com/popcaanmusic

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Busy Signal Says Life Sticky Inna Earth - #1 for a Second Week on the OutAroad Weekly Top Ten Reggae Chart

OutAroad Weekly Top Ten Reggae Chart

TW LW WOC ARTIST -- TITLE -- LABEL
01 (01) (08) Busy Signal - Life (Sticky Inna Earth - Good Good Productions (Zum) - (2wks@#1)

02 (04) (05) Chris Martin -- Paper Loving - CR203

03 (02) (14) Vybz Kartel -- Yea Though I Walk – Human Rights Production - (1wk@#1)

04 (03) (08) Tiana -- Highest Grade Song - OutAroad - (peaked@#3)

05 (06) (02) Christ Martin -- Cheaters Prayer (Cheat On My Girlfriend) - ZJ Chrome/CR203 Records

06 (07) (04) Cecile -- When You're Gone - CR203

07 (09) (02) Romain Virgo -- I Am Rich In Love - Lifetime Music

08 (05) (10) Laza Morgan feat. Mavado -- One by One - Elektra - (3wks@#1)

09 (08) (12) Tiana -- Don’t Trust Dem - CashFlow Records - (peaked@#3)

10 (NEW) (0) Mr. Vegas, Shaggy & Josey Wales -- Sweet Jamaica - Clifford Ray Music

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TOP FIVE BUBBLERS

1 Shaggy -- Sugarcane - Ranch Entertainment

2 Agent Sasco -- Late - Di Genius

3 Ryan Oneil -- Ah Nuh Me - Raw Moon Production

4 Elly Ess -- Money Wont Change Me - Rock Star Ent.

5 Romain Virgo -- Feel Like Letting Go - Vikings/Jr. Brown

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Sanjay and Beenie Man Want 'A Piece A Di Wine'

Piece A Di Wine is another in a slew of creditable collaborations by Sanjay…

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Noted lyricist Sanjay and ace deejay Beenie Man have teamed up to drop a hot track called Piece A Di Wine. The dancehall song will be released at the Youth View Awards after party this Saturday February four and will also feature on iTunes shortly after.

Piece A Di Wine is another notch in Sanjay’s cap as he continues to release infectious songs that have become anthems on the ground. Sanjay hit it big in 2007 with Man Of My Word and has since consistently followed up with both dancehall and reggae numbers which have made him a perennial staple on the local music scene.

Piece A Di Wine is another in a slew of creditable collaborations by Sanjay who in 2002 debuted with Strictly Physical featuring Tami Chynn, a song which preceded collabs with Vybz Kartel, Cecile and Aidonia to name a few. Based on his lyrical talents and niche appeal Sanjay is able to pick from the crème de la crème of Jamaican artistes with which to collaborate. Now he adds this track with Beenie Man to his repertoire.

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Mr. Vegas to unveil double album during Reggae month

By M. Jodee
OutAroad.com Writer

mr-vegas-sweet-jamaica-album.jpgJamaican-born International music star, Mr. Vegas fetes his homeland's golden anniversary with a brand new double album that explores the past 50 years in Jamaican music.

Sweet Jamaica will be released in February; Jamaica's national Reggae Month and features a range of music from the roots of Ska in the early 1960's through the birth of Reggae and into today's contemporary Dancehall-driven pop music culture. Sweet Jamaica will be released to digital and retail stores under his independently-owned MV Music imprint on Tuesday, February 21st.

The two discs, Sweet Jamaica Reggae and Sweet Jamaica Dancehall together feature over 30 tracks, including exclusive new material and some of Mr. Vegas' recent smash singles. Sweet Jamaica Reggae is a fusion of Ska, Rocksteady, and foundation Reggae rhythms. Known for melodious style of deejaying or rapping Mr. Vegas' abandons his usual 'sing-jay' mode and shows off his singing talent on remakes of Toots and the Maytals' classic, Sweet and Dandy, and Alton Ellis' Rocksteady cover of Brenda Holloway's You Make Me Happy.

Sweet Jamaica Dancehall features Mr. Vegas' typically energetic Dancehall delivery on recent Dancehall hits including the current dance-driven club banger Bruk It Down, the street anthem Certain Law and Beautiful Life. Sweet Jamaica Dancehall also includes a live version of his internationally acclaimed gospel-flavored single, I Am Blessed.

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