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Deejay Popcaan blazed through a successful two week tour of Europe, with back-to-back performances that thrilled his existing fan base and garnered him a number of new fans.
His first tour of the continent as a headline act Popcaan, real name Andrae Sutherland, went above and beyond to please the packed crowds at each venue. Kicking off the tour in Lisbon Portugal, the deejay travelled to Norway then Sweden and ended his European trip in France.
He commented, "It was overwhelming to see the crowds at the venues, they sing along and really enjoy the music. The response is great for old and new hits and even very new songs like Fry Yiy and When Mi Party."
For the deejay one of the most entertaining and memorable moments of the tour was the show in Paris. "It was a real mix of French fans and French Caribbean fans and the line after the show for photos was really long. Also in Paris I got a chance to see the Eiffel Tower and vibe at a street party," he explained.
World Wide (21st Hapilos Digital) - Digital distributing giants 21st Hapilos summer releases are hot off the presses with Fras Twinz "Happy Daze riddim", Don Corleon records "Peenie Wallie riddim" and Romiech Records "Negirl Weekend riddim"!
Peenie Wallie riddim produced by international top billboard producer Don Corleon features such artists as Grammy Award winner Sean Paul, "World Boss" Vybz Kartel, Craigy T from chart topping dancehall group T.O.K, Liquid, Da Professor, Masicka, DonChappa, Trever feat Leea, Nicki B and Raine Seville.
Negril Weekend riddim produced by Romiech Records pulls it's inspiration from it's namesake yearly event in Negril, Jamaica. With a finger on the pulse of everything hot, Romiech is known for hot designs and even hotter music which embodies dancehall as a whole.
By Marc Parc
Internationally acclaimed Dancehall superstar, Lady Saw will add another prestigious accolade to her collection as Reggae Sumfest prepares to honor the prominent diva.
Sumfest organizers will be recognizing Lady Saw for her contribution to the music industry, highlighting a successful career that has spanned three different decades. Summerfest Productions executive director, Johnny Gourzong made the announcement via press release on Thursday.
"Sumfest is pleased to showcase the hottest female acts in the Jamaican music industry right now."
"Among the hottest females on the line-up is Grammy award-winning artiste, Lady Saw, a true representative of the dancehall genre and, for this, she will be honored at the 20th staging of the festival."
Lady Saw will join fellow Dancehall/Reggae legends of Beenie Man, Bounty Killer and Beres Hammond who've been honored at past stagings of Reggae Sumfest and will be the first female recipient of such a distinction.
By M. Jodee
OutAroad Freelance Writer
Internationally renowned Jamaican singing sensation, Da'Ville has already garnered strong acclaim from the masses with his new album, Krazy Love.
Released digitally on June 19, Krazy Love has already won rave reviews across the board, with its first single, Took a Break earning a top 10 spot on the MTV Base Africa Dancehall/Reggae chart.
So far, the track which has become the fan favorite is Woman, a track produced by Push a Yute Productions and Fashozy Records, a song dedicated to the plights of independent females who continuously sacrifice and work tirelessly to provide for their loved ones.
This Love, a heart-pounding ballad which speaks of the triumphs and trials of a relationship, has also resonated well as its also become one of the compilation’s most popular tracks while Thug Like Me and You Got Di Ting, songs which show an edgier side of the prominent singer have already earned rotation on local and international radio stations since the album's release.
By Marc Parc
Though currently embroiled in a serious legal battle overseas, embattled Dancehall/Reggae superstar, Busy Signal can have something to smile about as support for his most recent album has picked up significantly as of late.
Reggae Music Again, the latest compilation from Busy Signal has enjoyed a recent spike in sales, coinciding with the artiste's arrest and subsequent extradition to the United States over the last month. VP Records, the distributor of Reggae Music Again insists that the album has vastly improved with relation to sales figures after an initially slow start.
Though not releasing the exact figures, VP Records spokesperson, Michelle Williams intimated that while sales have not dramatically improved, Busy Signal's appeal as a top quality artiste has been able to draw in more listeners.
By Marc Parc
Embattled Dancehall/Reggae entertainer, Glendale Gordon, more popularly known as Busy Signal, has pleaded not guilty to a charge of absconding bail in his ongoing case in the United States.
The internationally acclaimed singjay answered to the charge of failing to appear in court during a hearing on Monday in Minnesota before the presiding judge ordered him detained, pending trial. Said charge stems from an accusation that Busy Signal fled the United States in 2002 so he could avoid an upcoming drug trial.
According to assistant U.S. attorney, Andrew Dunn, Busy Signal fled before his trial was set to begin in Minnesota, making him a fugitive for the past decade. The prominent artiste had been slapped with a pair of charges related to cocaine trafficking in February 2002.
Should Busy Signal be convicted on the count of absconding bail, he could face up to five years in prison.
This news comes a month after Busy was detained by members of the Fugitive Apprehension Team at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston after being deported from the United Kingdom, where he was initially arrested after being suspected of using false documentation.
Two days after his arrest in Jamaica, the Kingston Town singer waived his rights to challenge his extradition to the U.S. in order to fight the charge of failing to appear in court.
Though the cocaine charges remain active, the extradition request for Busy Signal only pertained to the accusation of absconding bail. Should American law enforcement officials want to prosecute Busy Signal on the drug-related charges, the U.S. and Jamaican governments would have to work out those terms as a result of treaties in place between both countries.
Last night (Sun. June 24), reggae sensation Gyptian performed to thousands of screaming fans at BBC Radio 1's Hackney Weekend held in East London. Europe's largest free music festival drew in an estimated crowd of 100,000 fans and featured acts including Jay-Z, Kanye West, MIA, Lana Del Rey, Jack White, Rihanna and NAS. Nigerian rapper Ice Prince also joined Gyptian on stage to perform his remix of "Magician."
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Two days prior to his performance, Gyptian debuted his latest single "Overtime," off the juggling-riddim by the same name - produced by Justus. Listen to Gyptian's mp3 "Overtime" premiere on The Fader CLICK HERE.
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"Overtime" is exclusively available on this year's 20th Anniversary Edition of Reggae Gold (out tomorrow June 26) and one of the four newly commissioned songs off the compilation.
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By M. Jodee
OutAroad.com Freelance Writer
With the growing, overwhelming success of Jamaica's Contender series, the producers of this entertaining boxing show seek to capitalize off this success by holding the island's first ever boxing party.
On Saturday July 7, boxing fans will get their first taste of such an unprecedented event as producers of The Contender will stage Rocky 876, which will take place at the Liguanea Club in New Kingston. Patrons will get a delectable combination of live ringside action while dancing to music provided by the likes of ZJ Chrome, Foota Hype and Miami-based disc jock, PalmerStylz while enjoying various mixes of Wray & Nephew rum, the main sponsors of Contender.
Fans will get an in-ring treat as Jamaica's 2011 Middleweight Contender winner, Ricardo 'Surgeon' Smith takes on Derrick 'Guts' Spencer, a fighter from this season's series who participated in a memorable match against Contender runner-up, Ramel 'Sub Zero' Lewis.
The independent label Down Sound Records has inked a production and booking deal with international recording artiste Khago to boost his presence in the international marketplace.
"We believe that Khago is going to be a part of the transformation to uplift dancehall to its former self. That's why we are interested in doing albums with him that are geared towards particular markets. He can be the next big artiste out of Jamaica because of his crossover appeal and his wonderful work ethic which is on par with that of a Vybz Kartel," Josef Bogdanovich said.
"His ability to flow bar to bar in lyrical clashes with artistes like Assassin and Sizzla means that this artiste is a powerhouse, and beginning with these albums, we are marketing him as one of the future stars of dancehall music. He is a double threat because his reggae songs are very popular in Africa and Europe and his dancehall stuff is popular in the ethnic markets in the US, we believe he is a bonafide star."
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Chris Brown's girlfriend Karrueche Tran is said to be “cool” with the fact that Rihanna is the love of the ‘Run It’ star’s life.
Chris and Rihanna dated for a year before breaking up after the rapper assaulted the singer after a pre-Grammy Award party in 2009.
For the last six months rumours have circulated that they are once again hooking up in secret. “His girl [Karrueche] ain’t trippin’…nor is she blaming Rihanna for the blow-up.” A source told HollywoodLife.
"[Karrueche] is what you would call a ‘Ride Or Die’ chick. She’s hella cool and takes care of Chris on all levels…[Karrueche] knows where she stands and what her place in Chris’ life [is] and she’s fine with that.”
“She will take what she’s given, but we all know Rihanna will always be number 1 to him. [Karrueche] knows this and she’s cool with that,” the source went on.
While the model has accepted Rihanna’s influence in the rapper’s life that doesn’t mean she has Ok’d him seeing her again and is said to fiercely hate the ‘You Da One Star’.
Kingston 11 Production and Director JahJah has collaborated to produced Kym Hamilton's latest music video "Don't Trick Me". In the video Kym says, "She ago whine fi de General so, thump it up", Kym is very lyrical and this needs to be recognized by everyone in the music industry. Kym is definitely a force to reckon with.
Kym took it back to the neighborhood for this one, with endorsement from Impulse Energy Drink and help from her school friends, Kym has turned the "Red Herring Riddim", into gold. The video was shot on location in Portmore, Jamaica.
The Red Herring Riddim is Produced by Kingston 11 Music group. Kym would like to thank "The Magnificent Dancers" out of St. Thomas.
"The female dancers are my classmates from Ascot High School, Me affi big dem up to, dem a give me all the support a girl needs", says Kym who will be shooting three more videos by the end of June.
By Marc Parc
Any lingering hopes that embattled Dancehall/Reggae superstar, Buju Banton would cop an early release from federal prison have been dashed as it's been announced that an appeal to overturn the Grammy-winning singer's conviction has been dismissed.
According to reports, the United States Court of Appeal for the 11th Circuit made the ruling during a hearing that took place on Thursday. In its ruling, the appeals court insisted that it agreed with the jury's decision to convict Buju Banton of federal drug charges in February 2011 as he was found guilty of three charges including conspiracy to distribute cocaine and aiding and abetting a person's use of a telephone to facilitate a drug crime.
The Circuit Court also agreed with the jury that Buju was guilty of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug crime. That charge had been dismissed by the trial judge after the verdict was read.
By M. Jodee
OutAroad.com Freelance Writer
Internationally acclaimed Dancehall superstar, Adidja Palmer, more popularly known as Vybz Kartel can now call himself a free man, at least in one case as all drug-related charges against the deejay have been dropped.
The embattled entertainer was freed of ganja charges when he appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrates Court in Kingston this morning. The charges were dropped after it was deemed that there was no evidence offered by the prosecution in this case.
Presiding Resident Magistrate, Maxine Ellis stopped short of calling the prosecution's case against Vybz Kartel malicious given that someone else had pleaded guilty to possessing a small quantity of marijuana that was found in a New Kingston hotel room where the highly regarded deejay and a group of people were arrested at last September.
Kartel was then charged with illegal possession of marijuana for the incident and was investigated for and later slapped with a pair of murder charges.
Ellis commented on the case on Wednesday, saying, "What is the useful purpose of continuing after someone else claimed ownership of the spliff...How many people can own this little spliff?" before declaring that Kartel appear in court on Thursday when the case would be resolved.
In 2002, Mr. Glendale Gordon was arrested and during the course of the trial Mr. Gordon did the unthinkable… he “ran”. He fled the United States and headed for his childhood home, Jamaica. Now, ten years later, Mr. Gordon's past is back to haunt him, resulting in him being extradited to the U.S. to face charges of “failing to appear”. At this point one can only assume what compelled the then twenty-two year old Gordon to flee before the trial had started. Whether it was the fear of facing a jury, uncertainty of what lay ahead, or the simple feeling of being overwhelmed - we can never be sure, but what we know is that now is the time when he will have to answer to “running”.
It is undisputed that crimes committed must be atoned for, and we have a civic responsibility to ensure that individuals who have done wrong be made to pay. However, is there any individual who in retrospect has not had feelings of shame and remorse for things done in the past? For every person there have been moments where, if given the opportunity to reenact those scenes in our lives, we would make alternate choices. Unfortunately life does not come with a “REPLAY” button, and we have all learnt to learn from our mistakes and move on. It is often said, that a person’s character is the result of their past experiences, and these experiences form the basis for future choices.
We as a music fraternity believe that it is that experience of Mr. Gordon, that has served its purpose to bring to the forefront the cultural icon we now call “Busy Signal”. In following the musical career of “Busy Signal” for the last eight years since making his debut on the music scene with the hit single “Not Going Down”, we have seen the work of this artiste show significant strides of intellectual growth, cultural awareness and personal development.
SUMMER OF STEIN
New York, NY (FOX FUSE) - Jamaican artist Stein, formerly Einstein, takes on U.S. audiences this summer, and is achieving great success with a slew of current hit singles. With three of his new tracks gaining airplay on New York's HOT97, participating in a Russell Simmons-lead school tour, releasing his first single under his own record label, and preparing his debut album, it is truly the summer of Stein.
Emerging in 2007, Stein made a name in the dancehall game as a prolific lyricist, penning tunes that both entertained and provoked. He has also inked several hits for dancehall giants Bounty Killer and Beenie Man. Initially spewing hardcore lyrics, Stein's current sounds have evolved with more global content, style and appeal.
"It is summer time year round in Jamaica and dancehall music was originally about partying, having fun and enjoying the vibes," reveals Stein. "I'm capturing that timeless, international flavor of dancehall music in my current singles, and I hope my longtime fans and new ones can enjoy themselves, in and out of the dance halls."
Working with the top producers in Jamaica adds unique flavor and flair to each of Stein's current singles, most of which are being played on radio in Jamaica and on reggae specialty programming worldwide. Three of his singles are currently garnering coveted airplay on U.S. urban radio authority, HOT97 in New York City, played by Massive B's Bobby Konders. The three hit tracks are "Shell Dung The Party" (Chimney Records), "Visa Buddy" and "Again & Again" (Cashflow Records).
Within the past week both Popcaan and Gaza Slim have taken to the media to speak out against each other with several allegations. Several members of the dancehall fraternity have offered their opinions but none as outspoken as international dancehall artist Lisa Hyper. The artist who recently released the summer single "Life Change" on the Grill Fly riddim with Lady Saw, has taken the time to give us her thoughts and she doesn't mince words about Gaza Slim.
Basically what I'm saying is Popcaan fck up but slim fi shut up cuz she nuh do nutten fi addi family not even kno nun a dem suh d whola dem need fi leave off a dis gaza thing becuz d whole a dem fake a dan mi cosmetic jewellery but mi still love Popcaan, Rhino, Shawn, Tommylee as well but dem need fi jus du music cuz when addi fwd a music him a come do whether if a pg13 him a do it. But Lisa Hyper is har own boss say hello to d girl boss.
By Marc Parc
Prominent Dancehall superstar, Aidonia will soon experience the joy of fatherhood as his fiancé, Kimberly Megan prepares to welcome her first child.
According to reports, a source close to the entertainer confirmed that speculation surrounding Megan's possible pregnancy was valid, revealing that Aidonia's fiancé is approximately nine weeks pregnant. The source relented that this news was welcomed positively, in part due to the fact that fellow J.O.P recording artiste, Deablo had his first child recently.
Additionally, the source relented that Aidonia has changed personally as he's much more focused on starting a family and helping them as much as possible than he is on building his own platform.
This news comes nearly four months after Aidonia had proposed to Megan, though details of the engagement were not unveiled.
Meanwhile, Aidonia continues to dish out well received hit singles as he recently unveiled singles such as Di Ride on the Markus Myrie produced Mattrass Riddim as well as Kush Inna Mi Brain and Kush Heights. Additionally, an official music video for his hit single, Tan Tuddy will soon be released.
Aidonia's also set to perform at this Friday's Best of Summer concert, headlined by American rap megastar, Rick Ross and will also feature on this year's edition of Reggae Sumfest, slated from July 15-21 in Montego Bay.
22-year-old Jamaican singer-songwriter Romain Virgo hits the road on a whirlwind tour stretching across California, Oregon and Washington throughout the rest of June and July. In support of his critically acclaimed album The System, Virgo will perform at a variety of club venues with fellow artists Perfect and Prince Allah as well as major festivals - including Sierra Nevada World Music Festival, Reggae on The River and Bridge City Music Festival. See Romain Virgo's full tour schedule below and check www.facebook.com/RomainVirgo for most up-to-date information.
Since its May 8 release, Romain Virgo's The System (VP Records) has remained at the top of the Billboard Reggae Album chart - where it debuted at #6. Virgo's second album has been so well-received within the Jamaican diaspora that his recent album launch concert - held on May 30 in Kingston, Jamaica at the Emancipation Park - drew in a massive crowd of nearly 2000 people along with major sponsors like Red Bull, Pepsi and Digicel.
Critics continue to rave about The System - calling Virgo's
music "striking" (Washington Post), "high-quality" (BBC) and "so present, so affecting" (New York Times). In a recent article, Billboard describes Virgo as "a leading light among a new generation of roots reggae stars" and mentions how he has chosen "empowering messages over misogynistic and violent lyrics, intricately textured one-drop rhythms instead of frenetic digital beats...and found an appreciative, multi-generational audience."
Gaza Slim Statement on Popcaan and Portmore Empire
Everyone is releasing statements re Portmore Empire, some truthful than others so I think its time to release mine. In a statement released by Popcaan (which I doubt was written by him considering how grammatically correct it was) is nothing but lies in an attempt at keeping the support of Gaza fans, and by Gaza, I mean Kartel because he is Gaza.
Firstly, before his arrest, Kartel did bookings for Popcaan which was handled by Calvin Haye and Andre Henry, not by the Worldboss himself, as we all know he has staff to do these things. As Kartel was arrested, Popi immediately diverted his bookings way from Moonie and Pimpin who were not arrested as yet, to other people, although the boss had invested time and money for which he has not been recompensed. Secondly, when the boss was arrested he was held at a small jail where anyone could have visited. I know because I did. Popi didn't visit because a certain producer told him to "stay far from Kartel, him nah see back road." Thirdly, in his statement, Popcaan said that he and Kartel spoke through letters. I see the Boss in court regularly so I know that's a lie. The only thing Teacha say when I ask if Popi link him is "Me nuh wah see him. Yuh nuh see how him a move. Me wish him the best."
I just want to say to Popcaan:
1. Stop the lies. You and I know that Worldboss nuh want nothing from you cause dem man deh full a pride, an him pay all a we lawyer fee.
2. The reverse psychology that you're using to try look decent, a Kartel teach you that. So don't try use it on his fans, because I was there when the white man asked you if you were going to visit Kartel and you said "Why me haffi go?"
Lastly, stop send out statement bout 'bare badness backa dat." Maybe a people you a try impress but, sigh, me haffi laugh. That's all I am going to say. This is my only statement on the Portmore Empire.
- Vawnessa Saddler aka Gaza Slim.
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By M. Jodee
OutAroad.com Freelance Writer
Embattled Dancehall/Reggae superstar, Glendale Goshia Gordon, more popularly known as Busy Signal will be handed over to United States law enforcement officials today in his ongoing extradition case.
The prominent singjay, who faces criminal charges in the state of Minnesota, will be escorted there this afternoon by a team of U.S Marshals. According to the Jamaica Gleaner, a law enforcement official close to the situation revealed that a private plane landed on Monday afternoon at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston, which Busy Signal will board en route to America.
Busy Signal was arrested by members of the Fugitive Apprehension Team on May 21 after the internationally acclaimed entertainer was deported from the United Kingdom. The singjay, known for classics such as These Are The Days and Step Out, faces extradition in relation to absconding bail after he allegedly failed to appear before the courts to answer a narcotics offence that he faced in 2002.
Busy Signal recently waived his rights to challenge said extradition and has been in police custody since the extradition warrant was initially executed.
By Marc Parc
After weeks of silence and a plethora of rumors that have infiltrated Dancehall circles, internationally acclaimed Dancehall superstar, Popcaan has finally spoken out; addressing every topic of speculation that his name has been involved in in recent times.
With the Portmore Empire officially disbanding last month and fellow ex-member of the group, Tommy Lee stating during an interview on Friday that Popcaan was not a member of Kartel's newly formed PG13 stable, the Party Shot deejay has come forward to set the record straight amidst rumors of a falling out between himself and the self-professed Worl' Boss.
In a statement sent out to the media on Monday, Popcaan talked in detail about various topics, including his thoughts of the Portmore Empire's dissolution.
"The world already knows that my career was launched from the greatest dancehall school and business entity, The Portmore Empire/Adidjaheim Records led by Vybz Kartel. Since Vybz Kartel's incarceration in September 2011 I remained a loyal and contributing member of this unit until May 2012 when the Portmore Empire was dissolved," he said.
"Rumors started as early as September 2011 that I had left the Portmore Empire, this was not so. My actions in October 2011 were to seek booking representation as this very important function was no longer viable for me with the incarceration of the head of my management and booking company. To date I have no formal management or booking agreement and only since June 2012, with the dissolution of the Portmore Empire have I engaged the services of a lawyer to put these agreements in place."
"From September 2011 to present I have worked hard and stayed focused on my career with my main intention to make sure that the music from the Portmore Empire was being released and the brand remained in the forefront of the dancehall music industry. I feel that I did that to the best of my ability with the release of songs like Party Shot, Fry Yiy, Coolie Gal, Bad Mind, She A Gwaan Good, Nuh Sell Out and Step Like Dead and with performances all over the world."
Gothic Dancehall star, Tommy Lee has been having much success on his first tour. Since his arrival in the UK the artiste has been the talk of the town. Tickets for the first two shows on the, Gaza Man Crazy No We Insane Tour have been sold out. Due to the overwhelming demand, arrangements are now being made to add new shows to the line up.
His debut performance was at Club Da Boss in London to a packed house where he performed over twenty tracks. His impressive catalogue exceeded expectations, creating a frenzy with his hits, Some Bwoy and Psycho. Earlier he replicated the excitement with a dynamic set in Liverpool. His next event is scheduled for Wolverhampton on June 22nd.
Tommy Lee is proving to be a force to be reckoned with as much anticipation surrounds the future of his career. His spanking new release Lyrical Bomber, has been creating quite a stir, receiving an abundance of airplay. The track is produced by Head Concussion Records', Tarik "Russian" Johnston and is available on I-Tunes via 21st Hapilos. Other new releases include Informer with Vybz Kartel, Step Like Death with Popcaan, Life We Live with Blak Diamon and Gal U Eva Clean on the Coolie Gal Riddim. The brand new mix tape titled, Psycho will be released in a few weeks.
Fresh from their U.S. promotional tour, the duo are ready to promote their new single 'Gyal A Wine'. The high energy summer party song is definitely one for the ladies. The song was given its energetic, party feel by Cutty of the popular dancehall sound Coppershot while JR Productions' new-comer and son of Junior Reid, Juju Blood brought his own flavour to the track.
"The song came about after Blade from Social Yaad linked me to say he had a ‘riddim’ he wanted us to voice on," said Wada Blood, "I listened to the 'riddim' and right away we found the song just like that, no pen no paper”.
The track has already been receiving airplay from disc Jocks locally and internationally and was premiered in New York City by DJ Norie on Power105fm. The music video for 'Gyal A Wine' is set to be shot in the coming week.
Andrew and Wada Blood are currently in the studio working on their new summer singles with producers such as Elvis of sounique Records, Don Corleone Records and Live-Up Records.
By Secret Agent
The most asked question in the streets since the inception of Vybz Kartel's newly formed PG13 crew … is Popcaan a member of the crew?
Recently Vybz Kartel sent out a press release stating that he's disbanding the Portmore Empire … was Popcaan apart of the disbanding as well?
According to a source close to the Gaza the disbanding of the Portmore Empire is a wake up call for members to let them beware that Vybz Kartel is still capable of taking their careers to the next level even though he's behind bars.
However on Young Lion's BBC 1Xtra show earlier today he had Tommy Lee as his guess artiste. When Young Lion asked Tommy Lee if Popcaan is also a member of the newly formed crew, Tommy Lee reply was, "him nuh really apart of the crew anymore, fi right now a just me and Gaza Slim yuh seeeeit." Young Lion also asked. "Is Popcaan still in the Gaza," Tommy Lee takes a deep breath before saying, "mi nuh waan too seh certain things right now.
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American rapper and head of the Maybach Music Group (MMG), Rick Ross, will be the headline act for the Heineken Best of Summer concert to be held at the UDC car park on Friday June 22. The rapper known for a plethora of hits including 'Stay scheming', 'Hustling' and 'Aston Martin Music' and his many collaborations with artistes like Nicki Minaj, Kelly Rowland, Lil Wayne, Usher, Jay Z and Drake, will be making his debut performance at the Heineken event.
Wale, Meek Mill, Stalley and Magazeen from his Maybach Music Group (MMG) will also accompany the rap star to the island and could possibly make their appearance on stage at the Heineken Best of Summer concert.
Jamaican born Magazeen, the newest addition to the group is the only dancehall act signed to the Miami based label "I'm happy to be coming home to Jamaica," reveals Magazeen. "I love my people and it's great to be back to experience the vibes as I'm working on taking our music to the international level and to all corners of the globe."
While in Jamaica Rick Ross and Magazeen will be shooting not one but three music videos, "I'm here to show Jamaica the new Maybach Music star Magazeen and what he can do," states Ross. "And we're going to take advantage of being here to get the real Jamaican flavour for our videos."
ZJ Sparks aka “D’ Wild Child” from ZIP103 FM is set to take over and unleash her wrath on the Pearl Banquet Hall on June 16th in Toronto Canada for the “11th Annual Appleton All White Affair".
Sparks will be the first Jamaican female to represent this special life-style event that is geared towards those who shape the flavour of the reggae party scene in Canada. Known for her high energy and infectious selections, Sparks promised to have patrons drenched in sweat and craving for more. She will also be accompanied by Jamaica's "party animal" DJ Kurt Riley and other top selectors from Toronto and New York.
By M. Jodee
After nearly two decades away from the Reggae Sumfest stage, legendary Dancehall superstar, Shabba Ranks will return to the event in this, its 20th edition.
Shabba Ranks will join the likes of Beenie Man, Damian Marley, Konshens, Popcaan, Tifa, I-Octane and several other local artistes who will represent the island at the 20th edition of Reggae Sumfest, set to take place from July 15-21 at Catherine Hall in Montego Bay. This marks the first appearance by Shabba Ranks since the event’s second staging in 1994.
Shabba Ranks will be headlining on International Night 1 along with internationally acclaimed R&B singer, Trey Songz, who was confirmed for Reggae Sumfest earlier this week.
Shabba Ranks remains a wholly respected figure in the music industry; renowned for several classics including Trailer Load, Twice My Age, Mr. Loverman, Bedroom Bully, Wicked Inna Bed and Ting a Ling. The highly regarded deejay won two Best Reggae Album Grammy Awards for As Raw As Ever in 1992 and X-Tra Naked the following year; making him one of six Jamaican artistes to earn such a distinction.
Chris Brown, Drake Crews In Physical Brawl At NYC Club
By Rebecca Thomas
Rappers stay schemin'. And if the reports are to be believed, R&B singers do too. After hitting up the Maybach Music Group listening party in the Bronx, Young Money rapper Drake headed to NewYork's SoHo, where his camp reportedly got into an altercation with Chris Brown's crew on Wednesday night.
According to TMZ, the NYPD has confirmed that Drizzy and Breezy got into a fight at W.I.P. nightclub, where bottles were allegedly thrown. A photo posted to Brown's Instagram showing the singer sporting a bloody gash on his chin quickly made the rounds on Thursday (June 14). But Breezy's timeline had been sanitized entirely at press time.
Drake and Brown have been the subject of rumors, particularly in recent months, as buzz built that the two were fighting over Rihanna. Brown's long-term relationship with the Bajan singer imploded after he assaulted her in 2009, but they continued to be linked to each other. Drake has spoken in song about his own fleeting romantic encounter with Rihanna; the pair were spotted out together during Memorial Day weekend in Miami,
Five people were injured in last night's brawl, before the New York City Police Department were called in the early morning hours, around 4 a.m. TMZ reported that Brown and Drake were not at the club when police arrived; no arrests were made.
By Marc Parc
Dancehall artiste, Sheldon Smith, more popularly known as Deva Bratt has been granted bail in his ongoing assault case.
The former Portmore Empire and current Krucial Konflict deejay was granted JA$150,000 bail on a pair of assault charges following an appearance in the Spanish Town Resident Magistrates Court on Wednesday. Bail was granted in the matter after Deva Bratt's lawyer insisted that his client was by no means a flight risk.
As a result, Deva Bratt was issued an August 14 court date when he will return to answer charges of indecent assault and assault occasioning bodily harm.
The charges stem from an alleged incident in which Deva Bratt made sexual advances towards two women at his Portmore home but was rejected. Reports indicated that after that exchange, Deva Bratt punched one of the women repeatedly, leaving her with several bruises. The other woman alleged that the Get Crunk singer tried to put his hands in her pants.
The incident was reported to the Bridgeport Police and following an investigation, Deva Bratt was taken into custody and later charged by the St. Catherine Police on Friday.
Reggae loving fans converged on Moe's Alley in Santa Cruz, California on Saturday night for what they hoped would have been the triumphant return of roots reggae champion, Junior 'Love So Nice' Kelly, to the West Coast, and they were extremely pleased with the outcome.
In the run-up to last Saturday's concert (June 9) Junior Kelly had expressed his enthusiasm for the event and had promised fans during his many interviews that it would be a night to remember. In true Junior Kelly style, the entertainer made good on his promise and gave a solid performance lasting one hour and five minutes.
He wooed fans with the old, the new and those songs in between; the vibe was on a constant high and in many instances the fans sang along word-for-word. The women at the very front of the venue -- most of them Caucasian -- seemed to be transfixed by the dreadlocked crooner and right after he exited centerstage, they were the first ones in line waiting patiently for an autograph and a hug as they posed for pictures.
The Hot Chocolate riddim, produced by Dj Smurf (12 to 12 Records), is a brilliantly produced project which features the crème de la crème of dancehall artistes in the business.
Dancehall sensation Potential Kidd owes a big thanks to the Hot Chocolate riddim which was the first riddim which gave him massive airplay on the radio with his breakout slang, 'She Say Ah Ya So Nice’. The single catapulted commercially and helped make Potential Kidd a household name. Potential Kidd shows great lyrical dexterity as he name-drops famous celebrities like actress Selena Gomez, and footballer Fernando Torres in his brilliant rhymes. Ah Ya So Nice indeed.
Khago delivers one of the standout songs on the riddim. He uses the throwback melody of Super Cat and Heavy D’s ‘Dem Nuh Worry We’ to show off his gallis credentials, and Khago's rhyme wizardry is on full display on this bouncy club banger where we see the full extent of the singer’s growing recording powers. Reggae sensation Zamunda also pops up on the riddim with ‘Clean and Fresh’ to give valuable inside information to all lovers about matters of proper hygiene.
Ninja Kidd is 2012’s comeback artiste, using melodies from 1990s hit songs to deliver vibesy songs on a variety of new riddims. This time, the wily Ninja Kidd microwaves the classic Little Lenny ‘Healthy Body’ to good effect for a few bars to create a great party vibe on ‘Clap’. He is one of those rare dancehall figures whose voice gains resonance as he grows older, and 2012 has been a breakout year for him.
Dancehall DJ Charly Black raises his musical bar as the artist recently launched his own record label, Multi Talented Music, whose first single is a joint release with Palm Tree Flow Records called "Over & Over."
Performed on an exclusive in house produced riddim, the song hears Charly tell his lady how much he misses her when she's away, and that she's a top priority in his life.
"Over & Over" is released in the same vain as "Bubbling Party," "Claaaaaaty Again" and "Fall in Love Again" which are designed to keep the ladies moving in the club and to keep fans tuned in to their favorite radio host playing Charly's music!
"Right now it's about doing things where I can set a positive example. I want people to know that they can do what they set out to do. For me, my mission is to make good music that will last, and my label is the way in which I will make sure my music gets to fans the right way" said Charly while on location at his video shoot for "Claaaty Again" in Portmore Jamaica.
Resurgent deejay Ninja Kid is the latest member of the dancehall fraternity to be featured in an international magazine. The Jamaican entertainer whose given name is Ojukwu Simpson is featured in the June issue of Canada’s very popular L3 Magazine. [VIEW MAGAZINE]
In the three page spread chronicled by Tricia Spence, Kid talks about his formidable years in the 90s, how he got his break and working with some of the industry’s current icons to his present reinvention.
Currently a nominee for this years’ 'Comeback Artiste Of The Year' at the 2012 Music Industry Achievers awards, Kid is very pleased with the state of his career and has been working assiduously with his management to raise his profile.
"I try to record several songs weekly because this is a very competitive industry and you have to have a strategy to stay ahead of the game if you want to rise to the top." He explained.
Since returning to the scene Ninja Kid has released five music videos namely: 'Menke', 'Have Nuh Gal Like We / Tongue Ring Shot', 'Dem' featuring Markus Myrie and his Summer offering 'Look Pon Duh Gal Deh'. Plans are also in motion to shoot videos for his current singles 'Stushy Stushy' on the Mattrass Riddim and 'Gal Bubble' with Mr. Vegas.
Meanwhile, Kid will headline Guinness Club Hamma scheduled for June 29th on the front lawn of Hotel Versalles, May Pen.
A few weeks ago several Jamaican girls including public figures were exposed by the infamous jamaicangirlsexpose website which was shut down by the local authorities. However the website as resurface once again branding the name http://www.Jamaicanreak.in with the tagline 'Exposing Jamaican Girls Won't Ever Stop!
It is evident that Jamaicanreak has strong affiliations with Jamaicangirlsexpose as it hosted several of the same photos which were posted on Jamaicangirlsexpose.
They even warned that this time around guys will be exposed as well.
By M. Jodee
OutAroad.com Freelance Writer
Jamaican fans may be made to wait for a while before they see internationally acclaimed Dancehall/Reggae singer, Mr. Vegas performs on a local stage show.
Following a shortened set at the Miami-based Best of the Best stage show on Memorial Day weekend, Vegas has seemingly decided to be more selective with which types of shows he'll be perfoming on going forward. During a recent interview on CVM TV's D'Wrap, the veteran singjay revealed that he won’t be gracing a local show anytime soon.
"No Jamaican shows right about now. If you wanna see me in Jamaica, you see me at any show or one a dem show deh. Di Jamaican people dem understand. I want to perform my song dem and sometimes some of these show doh mek yuh perform what yuh want to perform. It’s just simple as that" he said.
According to Vegas, he'll be looking to perform in shows across Europe and parts of America given that with certain Dancehall shows, he isn't allotted enough time to perform his catalogue of hit singles.
"I don't want to perform on any Dancehall shows with this type of situation because this is what happens: You have to go and rush the show…I'd rather perform in Europe and perform in the West coast in America and all these places because yuh get to perform and do yuh show," he intimated.
By Marc Parc
Highly regarded Jamaican radio talk show host, Dr. Kingsley Stewart, more popularly known as Ragashanti, will be suspending his popular Tambareen Radio outlet until further notice.
The online radio station, which was officially launched by Ragashanti last year, as well as its host website, mixupyaad.com will cease broadcasting and publishing effective June 14 as the controversial personality will be completely revamping both brands. Ragashanti announced the move on Sunday via Mix Up Yaad as well as his official Facebook page, explaining his reasoning behind this decision.
"I regret to inform you all that Mix Up Yaad (mixupyaad.com) and Tambareen Radio will suspend publishing and broadcasting Thursday, June 14, 2012. This is in order to initiate a total reconceptualization and revamping of both the site and the station. There is not yet a date on which the web site and the station will restart. I sincerely thank you for your support over the time you were affiliated with us. I also regret any inconvenience this necessary move may cause,” he said.
"Look out for a different and improved Mix Up Yaad and Tambareen Radio in the future!"
By Marc Parc
Internationally acclaimed Dancehall/Reggae singjay, Mr. Vegas has scored another spot on the American Billboard charts with his latest project, Sweet Jamaica.
The much talked about double album earned the seventh slot on the U.S. Billboard Reggae Charts after its official release on May 29. This achievement marks Vegas' fourth appearance on the Billboard charts as his MOBO Award winning 1998 album, Heads High peaked at number five while his sophomore album, Damn Right debuted at number two in 2001.
He then followed that up with a top 15 slot for his effort, Hot It Up in 2007, which peaked at number 11 on the prestigious chart.
Sweet Jamaica, released via Vegas' MV Music label contains both Dancehall and Reggae elements as the singjay aims to satisfy fans of both genres. The double disc features collaborations with prominent Jamaican acts such as Shaggy, Luciano, Josey Wales, Jovi Rockwell and Marcia Griffiths.
International radio personality ZJ Liquid grabbed the coveted International Dancehall Selector of the Year at the fourth annual South Florida Reggae and Dancehall Awards in the United States recently.
The popular selector, whose real name is Michael Brissett, received the award after performing a number of his hit songs at the awards show such as the international dancehall number one hit, Wifey Walk Out on the One Day riddim. ZIP FM also won the award for Best Radio Station.
Recently, Liquid has been ratcheting up his international presence with gigs all over the world. He, along with reggae artiste Protoje, recently returned from Dubai in the United Arab Emirates where Liquid played music on the major urban station, Radio 1.
"I am the first disc jockey from here to go over there and spin on that station, it was a great privilege and a wonderful experience," he said.
While in Dubai, ZJ Liquid was able to sample the unique cuisine, and bustling night-life of the cosmopolitan city.
On Thursday May 18th International Dancehall Superstar Sean Paul was in concert in Wichita, KS with African rising Pop/Rnb sensation Stanboi the African Child as the opening act. This was Sean Paul's first time in Kansas and he was welcomed by a massive crowd of fans.
Having been inspired by Sean Paul all his life and identifying with him in so many different ways Stanboi and Sean Paul instantly clicked with each other at their first meeting in Wichita, KS. Stanboi's story as well as unique sound intrigued Sean Paul and led the two to ignite a relationship.
Stanboi the African Child is originally from Tanzania and has been residing in the US for 5 years chasing his dream to become an International recording artist. His songs "Take You Out" & "Round & Round" and music videos have been featured on tons of blogs, video stations such as Saiphifer.com, Teentz.com, DJChoka.com, Channel O(MnetTV), East AfricaTube, Vlad TV and radio stations such as New York's Hot 97 (The Drama Hour), Power 93.9 Wichita, KS, Bongo radio and Tanzania's CloudFM.
VP Records and Subkonshus Music join forces in an exclusive deal to promote Konshens' chart-topping summer anthem "Gal A Bubble." The single, from one of hottest emerging dancehall artists, will be featured on VP's top-selling series Reggae Gold 2012. The label began servicing the song to commercial radio this week.
Konshens' "Gal A Bubble" is currently sweeping the streets and charts in Jamaica. The track has been consistently selling on iTunes and has landed the #1 spot for the second week in a row on Jamaica's Weekly Music Countdown Chart by Richie B. The "Gal A Bubble" video has also received almost 1.5 million YouTube views to date.
Born Garfield Delano Spence in the St. Andrew parish of Jamaica, the multi-talented singer and lyricist got his start while living in Kingston. In 2005, Konshens and his brother Delus formed the musical duo Sojah. Their first single ''Pon Di Corner," produced by Cash Flow Records, led to the release of two Sojah albums in Japan. As a solo artist, Konshens is known for hits like "Jamaican Dance" (from the video game Just Dance 3), "Do Sum'n," "The Realest Song," "Good Girl Gone Bad" with Tarrus Riley and "Winner" (which received a Song Of The Year nomination from Jamaica's 2008 Hype TV Awards).
CT, USA (DNZ & One Team Promotions) - New England has become a strong hobnob for dancehall and reggae events thanks in parts to DNZ productions. On June 20th DNZ & One Team Promotions will presents "Glow: The Ultimate Black light" event.
Music by Jamaica's ZIP FM #1 DJ "ZJ Liquid" and as seen on TRUTV "Foota Hype". CT own 93.7FM Joey Franchise, Mad Alliance and DJ Scarface will also provide musical enjoyment for the crowd.
The event will feature Glow in the dark body painting and hot body competition with cash prizes for the hottest Glow look!
Venue: West Indian Social Club
3340 Main Street Hartford, CT 06120
Admission $15 in advance, $20 at the door
Beres Hammond "Solid Love" Tour
Beres Hammond "Solid Love" Tour will be held at the "Ives Concert Park" in Danbury, CT on Saturday July 7th. Hosted by media personality Nikki Z, the family friendly event will be a day filled with music, dance, relaxation and picnic. This will be one of your last chance to see reggae crooner Beres Hammond perform on the East Coast.
Roots reggae champion, Junior 'Love So Nice' Kelly, is quite upbeat as he makes his way across the West Coast of the United States to re-connect with fans and share with them his catalogue of hit songs.
The tour, which also features singer Prestige, along with a live band, brings Kelly to a stage that has been yearning for him for too long. Moe's Alley in Santa Cruz -- the one in California, not the Santa Cruz in St Elizabeth, Jamaica -- will host the kick-off show on June 9 and anticipation is running high.
Last year, Junior Kelly did the European circuit and this was hailed as significant. Armed with his VP album, Red Pond, a critically acclaimed reggae offering, Kelly's tour towards the end of 2011, re-established him as a authentic exponent of the genre.
Kelly, remarkably, has stayed true to his roots reggae format, despite the urging from producers and artistes alike to make a foray into something different. He is known around the world for his extensive catalogue, which includes the chart-topping classic "Love So Nice," "Smile," "Receive" and "Sunshine." These songs will form part of the list of hits that the singer will use to rock fans in California during the month of June.
JA, USA - 21st Hapilos Digital - Even after being incarcerated for almost a year, top selling Dancehall artist Vybz Kartel is still stirring controversy. The single "Back To Life" produced by Adidjahiem Records has been the buzz on social media.
With the lyrics "society let me out back pon yuh road, me waa go (back to life), me waa go (back to reality, back to reality)", fans can imagine the "World Boss" singing this "Soul 2 Soul" inspired hot tempo track and feel the sentiment that many cry out .
The single "Back To Life" distributed by 21st Hapilos Digital is now available on iTunes.
By Marc Parc
Dancehall star, Sheldon Smith, more popularly known as Deva Bratt has once again embroiled himself in legal trouble after the renowned deejay reportedly copped assault charges stemming from an incident last week.
According to reports, Deva Bratt was arrested following an encounter with two women at his Portmore home last week, where he allegedly made sexual advances on them. However, after both females refused to engage in such activity with the artiste, an exchange occurred which led to Deva Bratt allegedly assaulting both women.
Reports have indicated that one of the women had been punched in the face and left with bruises while the other complained that Deva Bratt tried to push his hands in her pants. As a result, a police report was filed at the Bridgeport Police Station in St. Catherine.
Deva Bratt now faces a hearing on June 12 inside the Spanish Town Resident Magistrates Court in which he will answer to both charges. It’s understood the Krucial Konflict artiste’s camp will respond to the allegation in a statement very soon.
This news comes five months after the former Portmore Empire member was freed from a 2008 carnal abuse charge in which he was accused of sexually assaulting a 14 year old girl at his home. The charge was dropped by the defendant in that case as she no longer wished to pursue the matter in court.
This year's edition of Reggae Sumfest will feature several local superstar acts as they prepare to celebrate the show's 20th anniversary this summer.
Reggae Sumfest will take place from July 15-21 at Catherine Hall in Montego Bay, St. James and features several past and present Dancehall/Reggae megastars that are part of what promises to be an extremely impressive bill. Amongst the performance roster for this year's Sumfest staging is Grammy-winning Reggae singer, Damian 'Junior Gong' Marley, who will be showcasing his catalogue of recent smash hits such as Affairs of the Heart and Set Up Shop.
Additionally, legendary Reggae band, Third World will hit the Reggae Sumfest stage to perform many of their classics while highly acclaimed Reggae singers, Chris Martin, Tarrus Riley and I-Octane, whose performance at last year's staging of the event was lauded by many fans and observers across the industry.
Kingston, Jamaica - Almost at the completion of his successful tour of Germany, where he continues to woo fans and wave the Jamaican flag high, reggae ambassador Da'Ville is getting ready to unleash his eagerly anticipated album, simply entitled Krazy Love.
Released on the Fashozy label, an imprint owned by the singer, Krazy Love is the third full length studio album from the artiste and comes on the heels of a well-received mix tape, Vitamin D, which was released on May 22. Da'Ville notes that Vitamin D was just one part of the prescription to heal his fans, and "everything comes full circle this summer with Krazy Love."
He emphasised, "Please note that it's crazy with a capital 'K' and there's a good reason for that."
Krazy Love, which features the chart busters Took A Break, Your Swag, When I'm With You, Thug Like Me and You Got Di Ting, is set for digital release on June 19 and will be distributed by international company, Zojak. DaVille, however, will jump right into the fireworks with this album, as the physical copy will be released on the fourth of July, traditionally celebrated as Independence Day in the United States with a fireworks display that is unmatched.
OutAroad.com Freelance Writer
The Dancehall fraternity once again mourns the death of a relative for a prominent Dancehall artiste as the father of iconic deejay, Beenie Man has passed away.
Beenie's Dad, more affectionately known as Bragga, died on Wednesday night at the University Hospital of the West Indies in Kingston while receiving treatment for an undisclosed health complaint. Reportedly, the news came as a complete shock to Beenie Man as well as his long-time manager and brother, Rohan 'Blue' Smith and are said to be very sad as they cope with their loss.
Beenie Man's ex-wife, D'Angel immediately visited the hospital and offered her condolences upon hearing the news, insisting that Beenie should remain strong and keep his head up in this time of grief. According to the singjay, Bragga was a very fun person to hang around.
When the news broke on Wednesday night, several Jamaican music personalities have offered their condolences, most notably, Bounty Killer, who had lost his mother, Ivy 'Miss Ivy' Williams to illness in February and was supported by Beenie Man at a nine night in her honor.
Bounty Killer tweeted, "Not so sure about this just got it ppl, Beenie Man father just died at University Hospital. Condolence goes out."
Deejay Popcaan kicks off a busy summer by heading on the road to Europe this month.
Popcaan, real name Andrae Sutherland, heads off to Europe next week for a two-week tour where he plans to get his growing European fan base raving. The deejay, who is known for songs such as Party Shot and Ravin, will be thrilling fans in Portugal, France, Sweden and Switzerland - just to name a few. This will mark his third European tour, having previously travelled with the Portmore Empire. This tour however is the artiste’s first in Europe as a solo, and headline artiste.
The deejay said, "My European fans can expect a great show with all the Popcaan songs they know and love. We are rehearsing a set that includes songs from Jah Jah Protect Me to Dream to all di current hits. It's going to be good energy and good fry yiy vibes. So far the feedback from Europe has been good so I’m looking forward to having a good time and meeting new fans."
On his return from Europe the deejay will be busy performing at the St Kitts Music Festival, in Trinidad and Tobago as well as a special performance at Smudge on July 1st, the acclaimed local festival Reggae Sumfest in Montego Bay, and Dream Weekend in Negril. He has also been busy in studio with new summer anthems such as When Mi Party (TJ Records), Coolie Gal (UIM), Bad Mind (007 Records) and The System (Dre Skull). Fans will not be disappointed as the deejay has more songs to be released soon such as Popcaan Says (TJ Records) and Whine Up (YVP).
By M. Jodee
OutAroad.com Freelance Writer
It remains unknown when embattled Dancehall/Reggae superstar, Busy Signal will be officially extradited to the United States despite several reports that he could be handed over the North American country's law enforcement officials this week.
Busy Signal, whose real name is Glendale Gordon waived his rights to an extradition hearing during a court appearance on May 24 after initially being denied bail. As a result, speculation has mounted regarding exactly when the prominent singjay will be handed over the American officials.
However, several reports surfaced on Monday that Busy Signal would be handed over to U.S. officials later this week and that a surrender warrant has been sent to and signed by Jamaica's Justice Minister, Mark Golding, thus permitting the artiste's extradition. However, on Tuesday, Golding refused to acknowledge whether or not such documentation has been signed; intimating that given the sensitive nature of extraditions case, it would be inappropriate of him to comment on the matter.
Busy Signal's lawyer and the Queen's Counsel, K.D. Knight confirmed that his client remains in Jamaica but has not commented further regarding the case.
High riding dancehall princess Tifa is the sole female artiste billed for the Rick Ross Best of Summer concert which takes place on June 16 at the UDC Car Park in New Kingston.
According to the artiste who is known for hits including Dash Out, Matie Wine, Spell it Out, Certified Diva and Wedding Chapel, fans can expect an explosive performance from her.
"We have something planned especially for the fans so they can look out for that. Just come to the show and expect to be entertained", Tifa hinted.
The artiste has a slate of shows in the pipeline including Reggae Sumfest in July; Philadelphia on July 14 with Baby Cham and Chi Ching Ching; and a tour of Japan in late August to September.
Tifa recently completed work with Dre Skull as well as producers ZJ Chrome and Ward 21 as well as Washroom Entertainment.
Dancehall artiste Flippa Moggela (formerly Flippa Mafia) was a hit with fans in Miami over the recent Memorial Weekend.
The artiste was quite visible on the social and entertainment scene as he made his presence felt at several events which he either hosted or performed at.
According to Flippa, fans in Miami welcomed him with open arms.
"Miami was the place to be. It was off the chain. I performed at Black and White and the crowd just went mad. I also performed at Doza pool party which was one of the biggest events of the weekend. It was just crazy vibes", Flippa explained.
Responding to queries about his recent name change, Flippa said his fans have given their approval to the new name.
"My fans said it’s a good look and it was the right move to change the name because Flippa Moggela fits more with the image", Flippa explained.
The Metropolitan police were forced to lock down a show featuring Potential Kidd at the Da Boss Nightclub at Woolwich High Street in London, England on Monday night after the cramped, overcrowded conditions became dangerous for the partygoers themselves.
"The club has a capacity of 2000 persons, and the club was rampacked, and there were at least as many people outside as inside so the police were called in to lock it off because the club was overcrowded," Potential Kidd's manager, Angeletta McKenzie sad during an international call on the night the show.
Potential Kidd is in the middle of a 14-gig tour of the United Kingdom that will see him perform at clubs in Nottingham, Birmingham, London, and Brixton over the next couple of weeks.
Potential Kidd burst on the dancehall scene like a surface-to-air missile earlier this year, scorching the airwaves with his catchy singalong single, A Yah Suh Nice, and its raunchier version was a monster hit on mixtapes all over the island. He followed up that success with 'Urgency' which racked up over 200,000 hits on youtube.
He then inked a one-year recording deal with VP Records on the strength of his popularity in the underground dancehall market. He suffered a bit of a PR blowback when telecommunications giant cancelled the artiste's involvement in a Champs promotion which would have required the artiste performing at a school concert because of the suggestive content of the unedited version of Kidd’s single Ah Yah So Nice.
Since then, the artiste has redoubled his efforts in the recording studio to follow up on the success of A Yah Suh Nice. He has a slew of new singles which include God a Come Dung, Mi Tink a Foreign, Tight Tight, How Many Time and Love Mi Mamma.
Supreme is arguably one of the best dancehall-reggae artists to ever come out of the heavily Caribbean-influenced city of Toronto, Canada.
So much is being talked about the release of his debut album titled, Solid & Simple (Spreez Music Group/J-Nice Records). The star-studded, heavyweight project is slated to come out this September. However, due to public demand, it is being accompanied by two preliminary releases. To hold off the eager fans, Solid & Simple: The EP was released in May 2012 while Solid & Simple: The Mixtape will be released in June 2012.
Tygon, editor of the leading Toronto dancehall-reggae publication http://www.torontodeejays.com reviewed Solid & Simple: The EP and the following is an excerpt from the review:
"With this release, Supreme (real name Tyrel Mclean) has established himself as more than just a dancehall music star. He has managed the rare feat of instantly catering to and appealing to dancehall-reggae, hip hop, pop and R&B fans and all on one project. Solid & Simple: The EP is a classic collection of tunes with a variety of styles. The EP boasts female-oriented hits such as "I Know What You Need" and “Hardcore" alongside motivational and inspiring classics such as "Ghetto Anthem" and "This Is For The World."
New York: Two years after his USA work permit was initially cancelled, controversial DJ Beenie Man, aka Moses Davis will return to the USA for a performance at the inaugural 'Groovin In The Park' concert on Sunday, July 1, 2012 at Roy Wilkins Park, Queens, NY. Beenie Man was one of five top Jamaican entertainers whose visas and work permits were revoked by the Embassy of the United States in Kingston, Jamaica in April 2010.
"I am extremely excited to announce that our booking agent here in New York was able to secure a work permit for the dancehall king Beenie Man to be a headline performer at this year’s 'Groovin In the Park' concert on July 1," and elated Christopher Roberts, CEO of Groovin Inc, parent company of Groovin In The Park said.
"Music fans in the tri-state area have been waiting for a very long time for the opportunity to see Beenie Man perform live here in the USA again. I am glad we were instrumental in making it happen for the fans. Beenie Man is an extremely talented entertainer and we are happy that he will be again able to showcase his talents on stage in New York” Roberts said.
R&B crooner R Kelly who was originally booked for the Queens concert will not perform.
By Marc Parc
One of the former protégés of incarcerated Dancehall star, Tommy Lee seeks to establish himself as a major force in the post Portmore Empire era as he's set to release his debut mixtape this summer.
Tommy Lee has slowly but surely become a household fixture within Dancehall music within the last two years; releasing notable efforts such as Psycho, Warn Dem and Journeys. With his unique and somewhat mischievous sounding voice, the young deejay has become a force to reckon with going forward after perfecting his craft under the tutelage of long time mentor, Vybz Kartel.
Now Tommy Lee has set his sights on making his next career step as he's set to unveil his debut mixtape which will be unleashed this summer. Reportedly, the mixtape will feature several songs from different labels as he looks to build his growing repertoire.
In a recent interview, Tommy Lee insisted that he was pleased with his career direction given that continues to give full effort but relented that there's many more lessons to learn along the way.
Nobody disses Nicki Minaj and gets away with it. Especially not when Lil Wayne's around.
Though the Pink Friday rapper was all set to hit the stage for a star-studded performance at New York's Hot 97 Summer Jam concert last night, some ill-conceived shade thrown her way by the emceeing DJ at the start of the show rubbed Minaj's crew the wrong way, culminating in Young Money honcho Lil Wayne pulling his roster of artists from the event at the last minute.
So for any still curious as to the whereabouts of beef, it's apparently alive and kicking on hip-hop radio...
The trouble began earlier in the evening, when morning-show DJ Peter Rosenberg took to the stage at the MetLife Stadium to introduce one of the opening acts.
"I know there are some chicks in here waiting to sing along with 'Starships' later," he said. "I'm not talking to y'all now. F--k that bulls--t."
Well, it didn't take long for his comments to reach Lil Wayne, who subsequently took to Twitter and declared, "Young Money ain't doing Summer Jam."
Adidjahiem Records would like to make it clear, that Adidja 'Vybz Kartel' Palmer has not recorded any material since his arrest in 2011. Any songs containing material from Vybz Kartel that were released after his arrest, were recorded by the artist in previous years.
Various songs containing material from Vybz Kartel have surfaced since his arrest, including a collaboration with Busta Rhymes and a song titled "Back to Life," which have sparked rumors that the artist has been recording at the Horizon Adult Remand Centre. Adidjahiem Records would like to make it explicitly clear that both songs were recorded prior to his arrest. The single "Wine and Go Down" by Busta Rhymes ft. Vybz Kartel was recorded at Donovan 'Don Corleon' Bennett's studio in 2010 in a session that was broadcast live on ustream. The lyrics contained in "Back to Life" were also recorded in 2010.
"The lyrics from "Back to Life," that was released by U.I.M. Records, were recorded by Adidjahiem Records during the Dudus extradition - the original title was "Me Waan Go Home," says Elvis Redwood of So Unique Records, who was an in-house engineer for Adidjahiem Records at the time. "Those same lyrics were re-used on a different track to create "Back to Life."
21st Hapilos Digital: Spearheaded by Markus Myrie, eldest son of legendary Grammy award winner Buju Banton, Markus Records released their latest production "Mattrass Riddim".
Being one of the youngest producer in the industry has it's advantage, Markus records has it's ears to the streets and first hand knowledge of "what's hot"! Although the name of the riddim suggest sexually explicit songs, a radio friendly version has also been released. Mattrass Riddim features 11 Instant hits from dancehall King Beenie Man, former Monster Shack General B, Aidonia, ladies favorite Tony Matterhorn, Spice, Stacious, Liquid, Blak Ryno, Ninja Kid, Versatile and Flexxx & Ms Ting.
Both raw and radio friendly versions are now available on iTunes, distributed by 21st Hapilos Digital
Markus records produced the Life Reflection Riddim and 5th Gear Riddim which became viral successes. Markus also performs and is featured on his Ninja Kid production of "Dem", the video was just released a few days ago and has garnered thousands of views.
By Marc Parc
Internationally acclaimed Dancehall megastar, Shaggy will be taking another major step in his already accomplished career as he prepares to launch his new label, Ranch Entertainment.
The prominent singjay, who's known for classics such as Boombastic, It Wasn’t Me and Bad Man Don't Cry, announced on Thursday that he will officially launch the fusion Reggae label at the Santos Party House in New York City on June 4. The launch will be hosted by popular HOT 97 radio personality, Jabba and will also commemorate the five year anniversary of the New York based DJ collective, Rice and Peas.
According to a press release, Ranch Entertainment aims to "develop and facilitate innovative approaches for up and coming artists to excel in the current market" in light of the growing obstacles that young artistes face within the music industry.
Ranch Entertainment was launched in early 2011 and features Shaggy alongside long-time collaborators, Rayvon and Red Fox as well as highly acclaimed team of producers and songwriters as well as a state-of-the-art recording studio.
With her undeniable work ethic and constant ability to adapt within the musical framework, it's no surprise that prominent Dancehall diva, Tiana has decided to take the summer by storm with four singles that are sure to dazzle fans across the genre.
The Princess of Dancehall has targeted the peak season for partying and enjoyment with these singles as she seeks to dominate clubs and sessions across Jamaica. One of the song titles embodies that very sentiment as she's released the OutARoad produced single, Weh Di Party Deh, which embodies the mindset of any person who's just seeking a good time.
Tiana then takes an even more sultry approach as she unveils the Studio Vibes produced, Don't Stop in which she embodies the independent female who tests a man's resistance and endurance on the dance floor and even behind closed doors. Don't Stop hails an ideal fit on the Illusion Riddim as she portrays the ideal fantasy that women can always relate to when they've found that ideal man.
Keeping with that theme, Tiana teaches the ladies a new dance move as she shows off the One Stuck Whine which she guarantees will hold any man's attention. The single, originally released last summer is sure to carry over its appeal into this summer as it offers a flavor that the ladies can easily adapt to.
Singjay I-Octane seems to be having the time of his life where his career is concerned. He is presently sitting pretty atop several charts with the single L.O.V.E Y.O.U.
So far the video has spent three weeks in the number one position on the reggae video chart on CVM’s Hitlist, and that’s not all, it is currently in the top spot for the second straight week on Hype TV VTX Top 10 Video countdown.
The single’s success is no doubt fuelled by the popularity of the video as it’s now in the number one spot on the Entertainment Report music chart. L.O.V.E Y.O.U is also enjoying the top spot on Hype TV singles chart as well as Stampede Reggae Street Chart. The single also enjoyed eight weeks in a dominant position on FiWi Choice’s top 20 singles chart. But that doesn’t mean the waning of the artiste’s popularity as for the past three weeks his single Jiggle Fi Mi has been enjoying the number one spot on that same chart ... is there any stopping him?
The Digicel Brand Ambassador’s mass appeal is not restricted to his music as on Labour Day, May 23 he came, saw and conquered the Bermudan fans.
On Tuesday, June 12th, Tad's Record will unveil this year's essential collection bass-pounding, chart-topping hits coming straight from Jamaica. A must-have for music lovers looking for the ultimate Dancehall/Reggae experience for the summer, The Ultimate 2012 features more than twenty tunes from the island's dominant names including Vybz Kartel, Popcaan, Baby Cham and O, I-Octane, Lady Saw, Khago, and many more.
With chart-topping singles like Popcaan's "Party Shot," and "Only Man She Want," which in addition to hitting number one in Jamaica, also hit the Billboard Top 100 in the U.S., and club-bangers like "Tun Up" and "Wine," by dynamic duo Baby Cham and O, "Love Di Vibes" from I-Octane, and Vybz Kartel's racy "Freaky Gal Part 2," The Ultimate 2012 is the latest installment in the annual Ultimate series, one of the most popular of Tad's assortment of collector's item compilations.
In addition to featuring Dancehall's A-listers, The Ultimate 2012, also highlights the freshman class, including highly rated newcomer Potential Kid whose debut single "Ah Yah So Nice She Say" has become the year's biggest Dancehall street anthem, and Zamunda whose single "Mad Ova Me" also created a huge underground buzz within the industry.
By M. Jodee
OutAroad.com Freelance Writer
A popular Dancehall film, which has already made waves in North America and Europe, will finally be shown in the Caribbean as Trinidad and Tobago prepares to unveil it in the coming days.
Hit Me With Music, a film featuring many of Dancehall's pioneers, will be featured at the annual WeBeat Festival, which will take place between June 2 and June 7 in the Caribbean islands of Trinidad and Tobago. Additionally, the film hails as a part of the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival as well as the BPTT Community Cinergy series of film screenings.
Directed by Spanish filmmaker, Miquel Galofre, Hit Me With Music features a plethora of elite Dancehall acts credited with making the genre a global phenomenon while highlighting elements of Jamaica's music that form an integral part of the island's nightlife. Additionally, the Dancehall documentary, which was originally screened last year, takes notice of many controversial trends that have greatly impacted Jamaican culture including skin bleaching, feuds between prominent Dancehall acts as well as the 'Daggering' dance which became popular between 2007 and 2009.