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July 31, 2012

I-Octane hospitalized following asthma attack

By Marc Parc
OutAroad.com Writer

i-octane_jamaica_reggae_artiste_music.jpgInternationally acclaimed Dancehall/Reggae superstar, I-Octane is recuperating in a Kingston-based hospital after falling ill last week.

A member of I-Octane's team revealed on Monday that the prominent singjay suffered an asthma attack on Thursday night. According to reports, he was taken to hospital where he's currently being treated by his physician.

Doctors expect I-Octane to make a full recovery from this attack but have advised him to rest until further reassessments are made.
Giver his current health situation, I-Octane will be unable to honor some of his upcoming commitments but hopes to recover as soon as possible so that he can perform for his fans once more.

I-Octane last performed on Dancehall Night at Reggae Sumfest 2012 in which he gave a typically rousing set. Additionally, he's released efforts in July such as Bun It & Laugh, Get Weh Mi Want (Mad Panerama Riddim) and Woman Mi Love (Sounique Riddim).

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Flava Squad CEO, Ewan McRae dies

By Marc Jodee
OutAroad.com Freelance Writer

ewan-McRae_flava_quad_ceo.jpgThe music world once again tries to pick up the pieces following a sudden tragedy as the CEO of Flava Squad Entertainment, Selvin 'Ewan' McRae has died.

According to several reports, McRae was shot and killed by unknown assailants at his home in Florida on Sunday morning. No further details regarding the shooting have emerged at this time and Miami police are currently investigating the matter.

A native of St. Elizabeth, McRae hailed as the CEO and main promoter for Flava Squad Entertainment since 1999. McRae and the Flava Squad team have produced 12 albums to date including the Quiet Storm Riddim, Addiction Reloaded Riddim and the Hazardous Riddim. Additionally, McRae worked with several Dancehall/Reggae superstars including Sizzla, Gyptian, Luciano, Konshens, Warrior King, Lutan Fyah, Delly Ranx and Khago, amongst several others.

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Voicemail Rides High With Clap It Up - New Videos Coming

voicemail_kevin_craig_group_duo_jamaica.jpgJamaican dancehall duo Voice Mail which comprises Craig Jackson and Kevin Blair has hit pay dirt with the single Clap it Up which is featured on the Washroom Entertainment label's Poolside rhythm project.

Clap it Up has been creating waves on the dancehall circuit. The single has crept up two places to number eight on the Entertainment Report (ER) Top Ten Singles chart which airs on Television Jamaica (TVJ).

In a release to the media, Jackson revealed that the duo plans to release a video to capitalize on the momentum of the song's success.

"We are getting ready to shoot the video for Clap it Up within the next two weeks. The song has been doing well and the fans seem to love this track. We have other videos in the pipeline so the fans can look out for them", said Jackson.

Upcoming videos include Party Commander and the Coalition Medley.

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July 29, 2012

Getting To Know Gospel Artiste Omari

Familiar to Reggae fans for his hits "Help!", "Why," and the most recent "Jehovah Guide Me," "God a Guide" and "Heart and Soul" Omari is creating waves in the music industry. The song "Help" was praised in The Star Newspaper as "one of the hottest and most inspirational gospel songs in the industry." While the latest hits are creating a stir in the media world!

omari_gospel_christian_artiste.jpgBorn Andrew Omari Edwards on February 3, 1980, Omari's dynamic voice, spectacular writing skills and exceptionally warm personality has been creating waves and opening doors unbeknownst to his wildest imagination. Omari copped the IRAWMA award in the category "Best Gospel Song" at the 2010 staging. He has also received five (5) Marlin Awards nominations and won the award for "Reggae Recording of the Year" 2008. He was nominated for three Reggae Academy Awards, in the categories, Best Solo Male Vocal Gospel Performance, Best Gospel Song and Best Gospel Music Video and recently picked up a nomination in the Excellence in Music and Entertainment Awards (EME Awards) for Gospel Artiste of the Year.

Omari has also received three Megajamz Awards, including that for Lyricist of the Year 2008 for his song "Why", produced by Kurt Riley. Since its release in 2007, Omari's debut song "Help" has enjoyed the top spot on Tempo and throughout the Caribbean. The "Help!" video spent four weeks in the #1 spot on Tempo's Cross Country Countdown and also held top spots on local TV stations CVM's Hitlist and RETV's Video Top Ten Countdown. The most recent hit "Jehovah Guide Me" has shared the same love and appreciation worldwide as it is the #1 most downloaded song on iTunes from his selection and has landed the #5 spot on MTV KENYA. Omari’s music creates waves, not only in the gospel arena, but also in the secular. He often shares the stage, music video count downs and awards with the most popular members of the Reggae and Dancehall scene simply because his music speaks to everyone.

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Tifa & Stacious speak out: Dancehall divas insist they got raw deal at Sumfest

By M. Jodee
OutAroad.com Freelance Writer

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On a night when Dancehall's leading diva earned her rightful crown, a pair of prominent female artistes claims that they were treated like peasants by organizers of the recently concluded Reggae Sumfest stage show.

Internationally acclaimed deejays, Tifa and Stacious gave rousing sets during their appearances on Reggae Sumfest's Dancehall Night last week Thursday. Despite the positive receptions they garnered from fans, both artistes insist that negative vibrations could be felt backstage as the highly regarded Dancehall divas have come forward with allegations of gender discrimination and prejudice following the treatment they received at Reggae Sumfest.

Tifa and Stacious recently gave interviews to TVJ's Entertainment Report; voicing their grievances regarding Sumfest while implying that promoters of the stage show exercised bias throughout the night. Despite her high profile status and strong catalogue of hits including Matie Wine, Dash Out, Tifa was one of the first artistes on stage during Sumfest and according to the deejay, she's done enough in her career to warrant better treatment.

"10 o'clock I go on the stage and I feel like I’ve earned my place in Reggae/Dancehall, I've earned my time and my spotlight and my shine. I just feel like it was very disrespectful how dem deal wid it, like yuh haffi go pon stage now."

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July 28, 2012

Sean Paul, Damian Marley Touch the Sky and Mek it Bun Dem

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Sean Paul and Damian Marley have been extremely explosive, especially since 2012. Both superstars have been able to apply their uniquely hardcore sounds to international tones. Sean Paul’s techno song Touch the Sky and Damian Marley’s dubstep Mek it Bun Dem have added a distinct twist to their reputable musical collections.

Touch the Sky is housed on Sean Paul’s fifth studio album -Tomahawk Technique, and merges Sean Paul’s signature dancehall sound with a punchy techno beat - the beat being produced by DJ Ammo. The track is not typically Sean Paul’s style as the performer explored techno for the first time. When asked why he ventured to these new grounds, Sean Paul expressed that he was quite comfortable with the exploration. He continued saying “Techno kinda reminds me of Reggae One Drop.”

In Mek It Bun Dem, Damian Marley lays his flavour down on a unique Reggae-Dubstep rhythm from the internationally acclaimed producer, Skrillex. The song’s flow-filled style is very appealing as it invokes a slow, spicy rock from its listeners. The track introduces Dubstep to the Jamaican massive and proves to be a good ‘jam’ to take a listen to.

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Tommy Lee for Marco Polo Independence Weekend Negril, Jamaica

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It's one of the biggest water theme parties to be held in Jamaica and as such its only fair that promoters for the event, LawLess Events, add one the biggest artiste namely Tommy Lee to perform for its loyal patrons.

Tommy Lee who has already been endorsing the event through Radio Advertisement amongst others will be definitely giving his rapidly growing fan base a performance of lifetime.

Marco Polo which is a part of the RumBar Temptation Island series of events will definitely bring all the water you can dream of to not just only cool down the burning party sensation to be felt in Negril but also the abnormal heat you have been experiencing all summer long.

For years Western Jamaica has been asking Lawless Events, promoters of Marco Polo to bring the event to that side of the country. This independence weekend, the wait, is no more. "After the second staging of the event in Kingston, we have been getting calls for the event to be staged in the western and northern areas of the island," said Marvin Lawrence C.E.O of Lawless Events. "At this point we weren't sure if we were ready to migrate the event from Kingston, so we held back. Marco Polo is now ready to take on Jamaica, starting with Negril's Hip Strip" Lawrence added.

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Exclusive: I-Octane - Bun It & Laugh - Another Hit On The Rise

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July 27, 2012

Konshens, Tommy Lee, Khago & Ninja Man For RTI Negril Weekend Parties

Rum Bar Rum In Negril This Inidependence

Rum_Bar_Rum_RTI_Weekend.jpgThis August 3-6 pleasure seekers are in for a plethora of fun and frolic, as what is dubbed now 'the biggest party weekend in Jamaica,' RUM BAR RUM Tropical Island will be in Negril, Jamaica.

Rum Bar Rum has teamed up with some of the most successful promoters in the island to bring to party goers the Rum Bar Tropical Island Weekend in Negril this independence weekend. For a minimal cost of $7500, patrons will be able to afford 6 of the most popular Rum Bar Rum inclusive parties.

The party weekend kicks off with the sexy Impy Skimpy, at the Jungle Nightclub, and then it's on to Pretty in Pink at Chances. On Sunday, party goers will get wet at Marco Polo which is billed with the most popular upcoming artiste, the Gaza's Tommy Lee and then its Rhythm & Booze, a Super Drink Inclusive event feature girls dancing in cages, stilt walkers, fire breathers, with a tropical decor suited for the Negril nightlife. Then on Monday it's the Grand Finale with the original 'drink all you can fi only a gran' Chug It, and the original stage
show and party, Heatwave, featuring the return of the Don Gougon Ninja Man along with Konshens, and Khago.

Though there are many opposing forces, promoters have assured patrons that 'the show will go
on' and for this Jamaica 50th, all Jamaicans will be free to enjoy and afford extreme enjoyment at Rum Bar Tropical Island Weekend.

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"Impy Skimpy" Sexiest Party For Independence Weekend Negril, Jamaica (RTI)

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Impy Skimpy is one of the most sexiest parties to be held in Jamaica but this year the Ocho Rios based event will be 'Bringing Sexy Back' to Negril this Independence Weekend.

The event which apart of the RumBar Temptation Isle series of event is one of the most anticipated events and as the name suggest, ladies are encouraged to adhere to the theme and its past legacy.

A weekend dedicated to pure unadulterated fun and responsible drinking will see over 30,000 patrons across the island being themselves and party like there is no tomorrow.

Impy Skimpy will be like 'Spring Break in Cancun' and one thing for sure its the perfect way to climb the party social ladder and party with hottest and the sexiest ladies across the island.

Dwaine Campbell one of the promoter of the event says "Impy skimpy is a fun and friendly event, where it allows the patrons to feel free about themselves. The Ladies come out in full force in there sexy wears an allow the men to lust at there desires!......its is held twice a year for the past 4 yrs and it has been an incident free party from ever since". A lot of people ask why does Impy Skimpy have so many DJs this year? Our patrons are use to less DJs to bring a more consistent musical vibe to the event.

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Nando Lights the Torch for Team Jamaica

Nando_griffiths_Team_Jamaica.jpgBefore the Olympic torch was lit in London on July 27 to signify the start of the 2012 Olympic Games, the Jamaican torch had already been blazing for a couple of weeks. In case you are wondering, "A coulda which torch him a chat bout?," I am referring to a figurative torch - the song Team Jamaica (“Light the Torch”) by singer Nando Griffiths (“Nando”). Over the past two weeks, Light the Torch has emerged as the clear favorite of the Jamaican media houses and the Jamaican public as the theme song for the Jamaican Olympic team to London 2012. The song can be heard in rotation on all major Jamaican radio stations and on popular diaspora programs such as Irie Jam in New York. The accompanying internet video, which has elicited overwhelmingly positive response on YouTube and FaceBook, has also been picked up by leading Jamaican television stations for broadcast.

Light the Torch is an inspirational anthem built on three pillars: morale support for our athletes, realistic expectations of our athletes, and celebration of their efforts and achievements, whether or not such efforts result in a medal. Nando explains that he recorded Light the Torch, which he co-wrote with other members of his One Jam team, to rally the fans to join Team One Jam in support of Jamaica’s athletes to London 2012, specifically, and all current and future members of Team Jamaica. The song has thrust Nando, who currently has two songs - the lovers rock ballad My Everything and the bouncy dancehall track Ride All Night -- in the Jamaican Top 25 Countdown, firmly into the media spotlight.

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Bambino Staying On Key In 2012

Trevor_Off_Key_Dancehall_Artiste.jpgFresh from an electrifying performance at Sumfest’s beach party, Jamaica’s king of parody and renowned resident Zip Jock, ZJ Bambino, whose real name is Orrett Hart Jr. is making strides in 2012.

He proved that he is one of Jamaica's most respected emcees when he was voted Selector of the Year at the Youth View Awards in February. When asked how he felt, Bambino said, “It is a great feeling! Especially knowing that the youth are listening I know I can be more of a positive influence on them.”

Shortly after receiving his award, Bambino took his turntables to Trinidad carnival for the third consecutive year. While there, he reveled in the festivities as he deejayed and played at the varying events including Carnival Monday and Tuesday on the Island People Truck, an experience which was made possible by sponsors Tara Couriers and FX Trader.

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July 26, 2012

Snoop Dogg turns into a 'Lion,' drops first Reggae single

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By Marc Parc
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Snoop_lion_reggae_album_Reincarnated.jpgMonths after internationally acclaimed rap legend, Snoop Dogg filmed a documentary in Jamaica, the prominent artiste has created an alter ego symbolic of the island's culture and its most popular genre.

In February, Snoop Dogg visited Jamaica as he shot footage for a documentary focusing on the Rastafari Movement as well as the island's culture. Additionally, the rap icon reportedly recorded a single at Geejam Studios in Portland for his upcoming album, Reincarnated.

Obviously fond of Jamaican folklore and Reggae music, Snoop Dogg recently created a new moniker, Snoop Lion and has recorded his debut single under the new alter-ego dubbed, La La La. Produced by Major Lazer, La La La showcases an authentic Reggae sound as Snoop attempts to speak Jamaican patois. Meanwhile, popular Reggae singer, Jovi Rockwell features on the track as she provides background vocals.

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Freeze keeps it 'Eva Fresh' for the summer

Eva_Fresh_Riddim_Cover.jpgSpawned out of a collaborative effort between producers, Sanjay 'Freeze' Pennant, Norris Griffiths and Manuel Seiber, Zionnoiz/Freeze Records is keeping it fresh for the summer with the release of their brand new project, the Eva Fresh Riddim.

The nicely crafted compilation, now making in-rows on the party circuit and saturating the FM airwaves, features several dancehall chart toppers along with some new bloods within the industry.

Spearheading the list is billboard hit maker, Serani with Wait on You, former Portmore Empire members Deva Bratt and Black Ryno with Party Shell Out and Gyal Yuh Fi Bubble respectively as well as After Party Flex by fast rising lyricist Masicka and Young Vibes Productions (YVP) recording artiste, Jahmiel with Who God Bless. Other acts on the project include Kari Jess, Bella, Chico, Libran and Craigis.

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Getting To Know M-Gee

M-Gee_artiste_dancehall_jamaica.jpgM-Gee is a reggae singer-songwriter who was born in Kingston, Jamaica where he lived a majority of his life. He attended Trench Town High School in the Kingston 13 area. M-Gee began singing at the church where his mother attended in Kingston. During this time his gift was realized, so he decided to develop his vocals to pursue a singing career. He sang at a variety of local events throughout the Island while building upon a sound reputation.

Due to unforeseen opportunities, M-Gee decided to migrate to the United States of America. He currently resides in the Philadelphia, PA area. With more available resources, M-Gee decided to make another attempt to further his singing career. In December of 2011, he released his first single, "Never Come See," which became a hit on the airwaves and in the dancehall scenes throughout North America, Jamaica, Barbados and England. More popular singles soon followed, including "No Tail," which was released in January of 2012. "Can't Make us Nervous" a collaboration with Mr. Easy, "Girls Alone," "Life is not a Joke" and "Hypocrite" were also successful tracks. The official video of "No Tail" will be released in April 2012. “Never Come See” and "No Tail" are available on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, Spotify and the other musical outlets for purchase.

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Jahvinci Heads To Europe This Summer

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Dancehall star Jahvinci is looking forward to a busy Summer as he cranks up the promotion of his new single, Drop a Night for Triple Dose Productions.

“The song is getting a great response in the streets so far, ZIP, IRIE, and HITZ ah play it hard, it’s a great look,” Jahvinci said.

The Watch Yu Friends singer is relishing his artistic freedom since leaving the Portmore Empire.

“I am building a new team, writing great songs, working hard, I have been getting a lot of encouragement from other artistes to just go out and do my thing and get my music and voice out there, I am not going to let them down, mi ah go just dweet,” he said.

He also shot a video for the single, Make Money Easy, that he will be releasing in August. Jahvinci recently performed during Dancehall Night at Reggae Sumfest in Montego Bay.

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July 24, 2012

Eddie Murphy 'dies again'

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eddie_murphy_dies_false_news.jpgActor and comedian Eddie Murphy is again the victim of social media murder after a website, Global Associated News, set Twitter ablaze with reports of his death.

“Actor Eddie Murphy is reported to have died shortly after a snowboard accident earlier today - July 24, 2012,” read the article.

The site went on to explain that the Dr. Dolittle star had gone on holiday with family and friends in Zermatt ski resort, Switzerland when the “incident” happened.

“Witnesses indicate that Eddie Murphy lost control of his snowboard and struck a tree at a high rate of speed. Eddie Murphy was air lifted by ski patrol teams to a local hospital, however, it is believed that the actor died instantly from the impact of the crash”

Failing to notice the fine print disclaimer at the bottom of the page, social media users conveyed the death hoax causing a barrage of condolence tweets before the truth was finally unveiled.

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Popcaan Birthday Bash - Beenie Man, Konshens Performing Live

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Vybz Kartel "Amsterdam" XXX

Vybz_Kartel_Amsterdam_EP.jpgJA, U.S.A (21st Hapilos Digital) - Like him or not, there is no denying that superstar Vybz Kartel is undoubtedly one of the biggest recognizable name in dancehall.

Steeped by controversy, made his mark topping billboard charts, recognized by Time Magazine or his music being used on TV shows internationally, Vybz Kartel is a musical force to be reckoned.

Missed by his fans, they are only comforted by the fact that music is still being released, and this latter is sure to delight them. The EP consists of 6 tracks who have reached over 10 million views combined on official and viral videos on youtube. Bubble Hard, Summertime, Open Up, Bike Back and Dedication are now available on iTunes on this latest "Amsterdam" EP by Adde Instrumentals/RR345 Muzik and distributed by 21st Hapilos Digital.

Adde Instrumentals is responsible for building such hit riddims as "Summer Time, BBQ, Summer Wave, Happy Daze, Ice Cream" and many more. The young producer based in Sweden hit the dancehall charts with his first hit "Bike Back" featuring Vybz Kartel.

"Emotions inspire me a lot, I like songs that make you feel something" says Adde Instrumentals.

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Nefatari Just Added To Brooklyn Music Festival with Mavado, Lady Saw, & more!!!

Nefatari_female_artiste_show.jpgBrooklyn, NY (Mpr Consulting/Shuzzr PR) - Still reeling from her performance at the 2012 Essence Music Festival, Nefatari barely has time to catch her breath as she has just been added to the 5th annual "Brooklyn Music Festival".

The event headlined by international dancehall star "Mavado" and Queen of dancehall "Lady Saw" is slated for July 28th, 2012.

Nefatari who Essence Magazine called her “a young Kelly Rowland” will be performing her latest hit single "What You Think About Me" and promises to give her fans her all. "No matter the location or crowd size, when my fans come to support me I give it my all, they deserve nothing but the best" she states.

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July 23, 2012

Trial dates set in Vybz Kartel murder cases

By Marc Jodee
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Worl_Boss_Vybz_Kartel_Back_To_Life.jpgEmbattled Dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartel will finally have his day in court as the prominent deejay prepares to stand trial in both of his ongoing murder cases.

The internationally acclaimed entertainer, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, will appear in court on October 29 where he will stand trial in relation to the shooting death of St. Catherine based promoter Barrington 'Bossie' Burton. Vybz Kartel faces three allegations in that case, including murder, conspiracy to murder and illegal possession for a firearm. The co-accused in that matter are Nigel Thompson and Lenburgh McDonald.

A week later, on November 5, Kartel will answer to accusations in another case as he prepares to stand trial in relation to the murder of St. Catherine-based dancer, Clive 'Lizard' Williams.
Co-accused of murder in the Clive 'Lizard' Williams case include Shawn Campbell aka Shawn Storm, Calvin 'Moonie Haye, Shawn Williams, Kahira Jones and Andre St. John aka Mad Suss.
Kartel, along with long-time protégé, Gaza Slim and studio engineer, Andre 'Pim Pim' Henry face obstruction of justice-related charges in the Williams case as their each accused of conspiring to pervert the course of justice.

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Countdown to Chino's Japan Album Begins

Chino_Japan_tour.jpgIn less than two months, singjay Chino McGregor will release what promises to be another stellar album for the Japan market.

The still untitled album will be released in early September to coincide with his Japan tour to promote the album. The celebrated artiste is no stranger to the market; in fact, not only have all his previously released albums done well, but they have also topped the charts in the region.

Chino's sophomore Japan album, Never Change, released in the summer of 2010 shot to the second spot on the iTunes Reggae chart, where it remained for a number of weeks. In addition, later that year his hit single, From Mawnin', also featured on the album went on to become the number one purchased and downloaded track/ringtone on Japan’s most established ringtone site, Reggae Zion. This was the first time anyone outside the region had accomplished such a feat.

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Countdown to Chino's Japan Album Begins

freddy_mcgregor_Hollywood_bowl.jpgOn Saturday, reggae icon Freddie McGregor took Jamaica to the world stage at the legendary Hollywood Bowl, California.

McGregor who is preparing for the release of yet another stellar album in August, performed to an audience of thousands on the first stop on his extensive tour.

Known for his timeless singles, Push Comes To Shove, Just Don't Wanna Be Lonely, Big Ship, I Was Born A Winner and more, he says, "The experience was a great one. So many legendary performers have graced the stage over the years, so to be included among those is a wonderful feeling."

The Hollywood Bowl has been the summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, since its official opening in 1922 and has also been the home of singing legend, Cher's final concerts in 2005. In addition, a number of other musical icons have graced the stage over the decades including: Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Alicia Keys, Elton John, The Beatles and more.

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July 21, 2012

Spice Turns The Heat Up At Reggae Sumfest

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It came as no surprise that dancehall's reigning princess, Spice, turned the heat up at last night's Reggae Sumfest, Montego Bay, as soon as she hit the stage. However, what fans couldn't predict were her eye-popping clothing designs and stage props.

The Fun deejay who made her entrance to the stage in a carriage and emerged in an outfit equally reminiscent of the Elizabethan Era immediately got the musical pot bubbling with a remake of Adele's Someone Like You to which she received a round of roars from the audience.

She then went into her hit single Jim Screechie and its follow-up single Run Joe, a new stage show favourite, Artiste Incarceration where she spoke of the numerous artistes in jail, Fight Ova Man, Ah Nuh Me, Grab Yuh H**d, Slim vs Fluffy, Inna Bed, Body Great and Ska Ska medley.

The performance was a hit with the fans and she was called back for an encore, where she gave a star-quality performance of Baby Father and a remake of Celine Dion's I'm Your Lady.
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Popcaan Gives a Sizzling Performance at Reggae Sumfest

popcaan_ravin_outaroad_chart_dancehall.jpgDancehall deejay Popcaan more than proved his merit as a force to be reckoned with on the dancehall scene at Reggae Sumfest's dancehall night on Thursday, July 19th.

It was a special occasion for the deejay as he was not only performing for the first time at Reggae Sumfest as a solo act but was also celebrating his birthday. In a jovial mood the deejay took to the stage close to 3 a.m. and wowed fans with a slew of hits such as Dream, Raving, Party Shot, Nuh Sell Out, new hits like Summa Wave and more. The crowd rallied giving him 'forward' after 'forward' until his departure proving that he was more than able to please the crowds of an International event with his catalogue of hits and his growing stage performance.

The deejay commented, "Sumfest was very great. I just went with the aim to do the best, to please the fans, mi love how the people dem respond and mi nah stop mek good music and do well fi mi fans. Big up Sumfest straight."

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July 20, 2012

Busy Signal pleads guilty to absconding bail

By Marc Parc
OutAroad.com Writer

Busy_Signal_pleaded_guilty.jpgInternationally acclaimed Dancehall/Reggae superstar, Busy Signal will soon say goodbye to his freedom, at least temporarily after pleading guilty to a charge of absconding bail in a Minnesota courtroom on Thursday.

The prominent singjay, whose real name is Glendale Goshia Gordon, plead guilty to one count of absconding bail; thus admitting that he fled the United States before a scheduled trial on drug-related charges in 2002. As a result, Busy Signal, who had been extradited to the United States last month, now faces a prison term of between 12-18 months as well as a fine ranging from US$3,000 to US$30,000, under sentencing guideline recommendations.

According to the Associated Press, Busy Signal's lawyer, Bill Mauzy indicated that he would ask for a sentence of time served while assistant U.S. attorney refused to elaborate on how much time prosecutors in the artiste's case would seek. No sentencing date has been set in Busy Signal's case.

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Konshens Delivers At Reggae Sumfest Dancehall Night

Konshens_Reggae_Sumfest_Dancehall_Night.jpg2012 has been a big year for hot dancehall star Konshens. The artiste delivered an electrifying performance at the just concluded 2012 edition of Reggae Sumfest Dancehall Night.

This was Konshens' fourth time performing at the world renown festival and according to the man whose hits have made girls 'bubble' uncontrollably all year long, his objective was to deliver a show to please his huge fan base.

He stated "My objective is always to just come and deliver a good show because that's what people pay their hard earned money for, they come to see me perform and I in return entertain them".

Well, Konshens certainly lived up to expectations.

As the storm clouds hovered over the Catherine Hall for the staging of Reggae Sumfest, Konshens, who has had a prolific year on the Jamaican and international music scene, reeled out a huge chunk of hits, beginning with the hit single DO SUMIN before going into another hit single 'Gal dem a talk', which left his fans begging for more as he delivered hit after hit..

As he paced through hits one after the other, the crowd was energetic and responsive as, "The man dem a buss blank, the yute dem a medz and the females a scream and bubble non-stop", said Konshens.

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Tad's Record - Jamaica 50th: Then & Now Album

Jamaica_50th_then_and_now_cover_tads_records.jpgOn the evening of August 6, 1962 Britain's Princess Margaret ordered the lowering of the Union Jack and Jamaica's black, green and gold flag was hoisted for the first time. The symbolic gesture officially made Jamaica an independent nation. Among the thousands who witnessed the historic event at Kingston's new National Stadium was young Tad Dawkins.
"My father was a policeman and he was on duty at the stadium that day, so I got to go and see everything," Dawkins recalled.

Fifty years later, Dawkins is head of Tad's Record, one of the leading reggae distributors. He is celebrating his country's Golden Jubilee with the commemorative 'Jamaica 50th: Then and Now', an album looking at the evolution of Jamaican music over the last five decades.
According to Dawkins, the mix of Mento, Ska, Rock Steady, Reggae and Dancehall, is a fitting tribute to Jamaica's diverse music culture.

"We covered a lot of ground to get the songs right. It should be something people can buy 50 years from now," he said.

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July 19, 2012

Beenie Man adds a little more 'flavour' for Reggae Sumfest Tonight

beenieman_reggae_sumfest_photos_performance.jpgDancehall entertainer and self proclaimed King of the Dancehall Beenie Man is all set and ready to go for the greatest reggae show on earth, Reggae Sumfest. Beenie Man is expected to perform on Dancehall Night Thursday night July 19 at Catherine Hall Montego Bay. His highly anticipated performance will close the night.

According to him, patrons should come prepared to be entertained and impressed.

"Expect the unexpected! As usual we aim to please the fans. Sumfest is on the largest reggae shows in the world so we always put we best foot forward. You either go hard or go home and me nah go home!,” he said.

The artiste recently struck a deal with beer giants, Red Stripe, through the brand’s new variant Red Stripe Light Flavours. Beenie did an advertisement for the beer and has re-mixed his song ‘the Summer is here’ to include Red Stripe.

This song will be used for the beer’s promotional activities.

He divulged that his set would also comprise a Red Stripe element but didn’t want to go into detail.
“Bwoy me no want let out the thing but my set nah go normal, none at all! We partying this year – that’s all I have to say! Oh yea I wouldn’t advise anyone to miss it, that’s not smart,” he added.

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Reggae Sumfest to honor Dancehall Legend Shabba Ranks

By Marc Jodee
OutAroad.com Freelance Writer

Shabba_Ranx_Sumfest_Jamaica_Performance.jpgJust under 48 hours from now, Dancehall legend, Shabba Ranks will appear on a Jamaican stage show for the first time in 11 years and organizers of Reggae Sumfest look to ensure that his return will be memorable.

Shabba Ranks arrived at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston on Monday, where he was ceremoniously greeted by family, friends several fans who've long-awaited his return to Jamaica. Additionally, the iconic deejay visited his native neighborhood of Olympic Gardens where he bonded with fans and has since toured Kingston, with pictures emerging in the last two of Shabba Ranks alongside vaunted Dancehall star, Aidonia as well as prominent Alliance diva, Ishawna.

Now, as Shabba prepares to perform on the first of two International Nights at Reggae Sumfest on Friday night, the self-professed Emperor of Dancehall music will be recognized by organizers of the stage show for his long-standing contributions to Jamaican music when he takes the stage at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex in Montego Bay.

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Smirnoff Gives Away $1M In Dream Weekend Bands

dream_weekend_give_away_tickets.jpgThe world’s leading vodka, Smirnoff has teamed again with the dream team to bring to the world Smirnoff Dream Weekend this August 1 to 6. Leading up to this major event, the brand undertook a consumer promotion giving away tickets valued at $1M. That’s right. On Tuesday July 17 the Smirnoff Dream weekend made appearances at various locations across the island to celebrate the ‘Smirnoff dream day’ and give away tickets.

According to Marsha Lumley Brand manager Smirnoff said that it the brands objective to appease the consumers.
“Consumers are the centre of this promotion, we thought that it would be great to give back considering that the consumers have made us the number one party weekend on the entertainment calendar. Essentially we have made their dreams come true,” Marsha Lumley said.

The tour in Kingston began at 10 am, some the locations visited included: South Beach, Cuddyz, Digicel, LIME, Tracks and Records, Market place, Sovereign plaza, Chilitos and Pizza Hut. At midday the city of Montego Bay was invaded as the team visited Magaritaville, Coral Cliff, KFC, NCB, BNS and Blue Diamond. The audience increased rapidly and so did the vibe. The destination for Jamaica’s most anticipated party series over the summer was not excluded, Negril got its share at 3pm and stops included Burger King, Italian Café and Magaritaville.

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D'Angel Shines In Chicago - New song "Cost Yuh" doing well

d%27angel_irawma_ochi_invation.jpgD'Angel returns home after her remarkably performance in Chicago at the IRAWMA Awards where she was nominated for Female Rapper/Dj of the year.

She returns to the delightful news of winning the MIA Awards for Female Singjay of the Year for a second time.

At the recent Ochi Invasion Concert D'Angel gave a spectacular performance which shows a more mature side of the artiste who had 100% control of the audience. Overall she was well received and she could have done nothing wrong for the massive that turned out.

D'Angel also recently inked a management deal with the prestigious JamYen Entertainment. With this new and positive move her career will definitely soar to higher heights… D'Angel is on the right track.

The Dancehall Diva is presently receiving heavy rotation for her fast rising hit single "Cost Yuh" produced by Sounique Records ... look out for the video coming soon and other projects from Good Good Production and UIM Records.

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July 18, 2012

Russian & Vybz Kartel have The Cure Fi Bad Mind

Russian_Vybz_Kartel_Cure_Fi_Badmind_Cover_itunes.jpgTop dancehall producer and deejay Russian has released the collaborative single The Cure (Fi Bad Mind) featuring the World Boss, Vybz Kartel.

According to Russian who is also the mastermind behind the hit making Head Concussion label, the song was recorded just before Kartel's incarceration.

"People always hate on people who are successful. When you are nobody, no one really gives you the time of day. But as soon as you become successful, people have opinions on how you should live your life. I guess it's because they are envious why they criticize. It’s not necessarily out of concern”, Russian explained in a release to the media.

Feedback to the song has been overwhelming and it is already a hot item on the radio.

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Tiana Asks "Weh Di Party Deh" - Now Available on iTunes

Tiana_Weh_Di_Party_Deh_iTunes_21stHapilos.jpgThe eternal summer question is asked by dancehall artist Tiana "Weh Di Party Deh"? There is an euphoria that comes with the summer season, and most people take this time to relax, enjoy life and hit the party scenes! Although the song resonates well with the summer, it very well applies to year long parties, and has all the musical components to become a classic played throughout the year.

Danielle Shand, better known as Tiana has had a busy year and from all accounts a busier more months to come. It seems as if the artist who burst onto the scene in 2009 with her single "I Won't" produced by her manager, Carlington Wilmot (OutARoad), has found the formula to connect with her fans on a deeper level. Such an example is the single "I Won't" addressed issues of domestic violence & was recorded following the notorious incident involving R&B/pop superstars, Chris Brown & Rihanna. Tiana has since been non-stop in studio releasing hits after hits and to the delight of her fans some videos (check out her latest video "Dem A Bawl" below).

Tiana who has been dubbed "The Princess of the Dancehall" names her musical inspirations to include Rihanna, Beenie Man, Lady Saw and Lady Gaga. She attributes her success in the male dominated arena to working twice as hard, staying focus, believe in what you are doing and most importantly having a good team and management, a nod to her manager Carlington Wilmot who has been a friend, mentor, family and guide.

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"Expect Something Special At Sumfest," Says I-Octane

I-octane_Reggae_sumfest_photo_2012.jpgSumfest 2011 for I-Octane was a special one for both he and his fans as the artiste literally almost set the venue afire!

This year, he's back and just what will happen … that’s left to be seen on Dancehall Night, Thursday, July 19 at the Catherine Hall Entertainment complex in Montego Bay.
The artiste has been blazing a trail leading up to the big night by his dominance on the local charts.

Last week at the Music Industry Awards the Digicel Brand Ambassador copped two awards - Singjay of the Year and Prince of Reggae.

At the 2012 staging of the International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) I-Octane beat out tough acts such as Tarrus Riley, Capleton, Luciano, Tony Rebel and Queen Ifrica to to cop the award for Most Cultural/Educational Entertainer.

"I have worked really really hard and the awards are like of acknowledgement of what I was doing,” the singjay said about the accolades.
Commenting on his upcoming Sumfest performance he said he can’t wait. “Trust me, I think I have matured a whole lot more over the past year and I am eager to show my fans that. They can expect something really special from me,” he said.

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Just Released! The Summer Most Anticipated EP from Billboard Chart Topper "Popcaan"

Popcaan_when_mi_party_EP_cover.jpgU.S.A, JA (21st Hapilos Digital) - Andre Sutherland has earned the rights to be introduced with the proper accolades, international billboard chart topping artist "Popcaan" has made his mark in dancehall history.

The artist came a long way since his days as one of Vybz Kartel "Portmore Empire" member. He stands on his own name and has become one of the most sought after artist for stage shows around the world.

Digital giants 21st Hapilos proudly announce the release of Popcaan much anticipated EP "When Mi Party" now available on itunes. The album consists of 7 tracks, Popcaan Says, When Mi Party, Party Shot (Ravin pt 2), Party Shot (Ravin pt 2 Remix By Diplo, Major Lazer), Clean, Caan Believe and No Yes Man, who have each and on their own garnered millions of views on youtube via official and viral videos.

The EP was entirely produced by international billboard chart topping producer TJ Records. The songs featured have topped charts botch locally and Internationally and are some of the most requested songs on radio and party scene.

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July 17, 2012

Busy Signal and his girlfriend, Tunya welcome a son

By Marc Parc
OutAroad.com Writer

Tunya_palmer_busy_signal_baby_born_canada.jpgThough the road seems treacherous due to ongoing legal woes, Busy Signal has one more reason to fight for freedom following the birth of his son.

The embattled entertainer and his girlfriend, Tunya Palmer welcomed their first child together, Egypt-Knight Gordon. Palmer gave birth to Gordon at the Humber River Regional Hospital in Toronto, Canada shortly after 9 p.m. last week Tuesday, with her song weighing 7 pounds, 7 ounces.

Palmer made the announcement via her official Facebook page a few days ago.
"I'm looking at my son, and I can't believe I'm a mom, I kept asking God what did I do to deserve this blessing, this is what life is about, all my 32 years of life doesn't matter till right now… Egypt-Knight Gordon welcome to the world baby!!!!!!!" she wrote.

Busy Signal currently awaits trial in the United States on a charge of absconding bail stemming from a 2002 narcotics case in Minnesota. The prominent singjay was extradited last month after waiving his rights to challenge an extradition hearing and later pleaded not guilty to a charge of failing to appear in court.

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FiWi Choice Host Amita Addresses Baby Rumours

By Talisa Taylor
Freelance Writer

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Being a media personality with much success comes with a great degree of perseverance but despite the countless rumours, Amita Persaud-Webb, FiWi Choice Top Ten Chart host has held her head high as she continues on her road to motherhood.

Now in her third year of hosting FiWi Choice, Amita has found her experience in media to be a wondrous one which has offered her the privilege of working with amazing Jamaican personalities. The beauty is also in her final year of study at the University of the West Indies where she is pursuing a Degree in Banking and Finance; she then hopes to venture into media production and marketing while still standing firm in the media industry.

Amidst all of Amita's success, there is much talk as to who the father of her unborn baby is, her response is simply "the father of my baby should be no one's concern but my own". It is agreeable that, that aspect of her life is quite personal and whether or not she shares this with the public is up to her, regardless of this several dancehall websites still persist to issue articles about who they assume to be the father of her child; when asked about her initial response she responded, "I was slightly taken aback, but then again I work in media so I know better. I'm fully aware of the fascination. I understand the purpose and the power of suss".

Persaud-Webb, is still working with FiWi Choice and has no intention to leave apart from her maternity leave. She was last seen participating in Miss Jamaica World 2012 pageant before withdrawing due to her pregnancy. She has many plans to branch out in media as she is known to many as a multi-faceted and determined individual.

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Veteran Dancehall Artiste Shabba returns to Jamaica for Sumfest, Mavado out of show

By M. Jodee
OutAroad.com Freelance Writer

Shabba_ranks_reggae_sumfest2012.jpgAs Reggae Sumfest kicks into gear, one prominent Jamaican superstar receives a warm welcome back to the island while another won't be heading back in time for the week-long stage show.

Multiple Grammy-winning Dancehall superstar, Shabba Ranks has returned home for the first time since 2001 as he prepares to perform at the 20th edition of Reggae Sumfest this week in Montego Bay. The internationally acclaimed superstar, renowned for classics such as Bedroom Bully, Ting a Ling and Trailer Load arrived at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston on Monday to a rousing welcome from his Jamaican fans who've long awaited his re-emergence on the local scene.
Perhaps the greatest evidence that Jamaicans still have love for Shabba Ranks was during a tour of his native Olympic Gardens as fans rushed a vehicle carrying the beloved deejay through the neighborhood.

According to Shabba Ranks, it was overwhelming to see such fan fare; intimating that though he's been away for over a decade, he still holds the highest regard for the country of his birth and he forever loves his island where he hopes to please fans with a rousing Sumfest performance.

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Co-Writer Of Vybz Kartel "The Voice Of The Jamaican Ghetto" Book - Breaks Down Content Of Book

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Jamaica 50 NY Festival Hosted By Oliver Samuels Offers Music, Food, Performances & more

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Bronx, U.S.A - With more mature Jamaicans in the New York area having limited access to venues that are more inclusive than musical performances to recognize Jamaica's 50th, the organizers of the Oliver Samuels Jamaica 50 NY Festival have come up with what will be seen as a solution. The idea of this celebration explains Oliver is to put together a show that will blend old and new. To not allow the older generation to feel left out of the celebrations because they are in the USA and to help the younger generation re-connect with our rich history in all areas and not just music. I think with this show we achieved that.

Oliver teams up with actress Andrea DELCITA Wright to bring together an all-star cast for The Oliver Samuels Jamaica 50 NY Festival. This is the first time this talented duo will be sharing the same stage.

The event will be held at Roberto Clemente State Park, located at 301 West Tremont Avenue, Bronx NY 10453, on August 4, 2012. Gates open at 11AM until 7PM. Everyone is encouraged to wear their Jamaican colors and of course to be in possession of your flags.

The venue reflects, musical and culture performers, VIP guest speakers, sport figures, and will recognize the contributions of Jamaicans in several areas over the last 50 years.

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July 16, 2012

Billboard Chart Topping Producer TJ Records "Looking Glass" riddim Hot On The Streets

Looking_Glass_Riddim_Cover_Konshens_Vybz_Kartel.jpg21st Hapilos Digital News (JA,USA) - TJ Records latest musical project "Looking Glass" riddim is available for pre order on iTunes. Not yet released and the buzz is already hot on the streets, the riddim distributed by 21st Hapilos Digital features some of the hottest chart topping dancehall/reggae artists such as Konshens, Popcaan and incarcerated "World Boss" Vybz Kartel.

Konshens who is considered as one of the hottest artist on the scene has lend his voice with the single "Dem Gal Dem" on this scorching riddim. Since he stepped on the musical scene back in 2005, Konshens has been a constant chart topper and won several awards locally and internationally. Teaming up with TJ Records is not a first for the artist, their collaboration already spun several hits and if its any previous indication, "Dem Gal Dem" is next!

It only makes sense that billboard chart topping producer TJ Records and chart topping dancehall artist Popcaan once again team up for a sure hit with "Popcaan Says" on the Looking Glass riddim. This much anticipated unreleased song has been the talk of social media and anxious fans are eagerly awaiting to hear the music. Popcaan latest released "When Mi Party" on the Summer Wave riddim by TJ Records has become a summer anthem.

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New J.O.E album unveiled a year following death

By Marc Parc
OutAroad.com Writer

J.O.E_Man_From_Judah_Album.jpgOver a year following the untimely demise of one of Jamaican music's most promising acts, a new album has surfaced which pays homage to his work while showing the mainstream more of his undeniable potential.

J.O.E (Jah Over Evil), formerly known as Lil' Joe, had high hopes within the Jamaican music industry; releasing notable singles such as Nah Nuh Mercy, Not Good At All and Rasta Chant which was produced by T.O.K member, Roshaun ‘Bay-C’ Clarke. However, just as his career seem poised for takeoff, J.O.E died of a brain aneurysm in February of last year at the tender age of 24.

At the time, the artiste whose real name was Alty Nunes had been working on his debut album, Man From Judah which he never had the chance to complete. However, with the help of family and friends within the music industry, that album has been finished and will be released posthumously to honor his life's work.

Man From Judah will be launched at the Funky Monkey Bistro and Bar on Holborn Road in St Andrew on Saturday evening. July 14, 2012 would have marked J.O.E's 26th birthday.

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31st IRAWMA Winners List - Congratulations to All!

CLICK HERE To Watch video highlights from the 31st IRAWMA

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The mission of the International Reggae & World Music Awards (IRAWMA), established in 1982 acknowledges and honors the accomplishments and contributions of reggae and world music artists, including: songwriters, performers, promoters and musicians.

Produced by Martin's International the IRAWMA has been staged in many major cities including: Atlanta, Chicago, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, New Orleans, New York as well as both Montego Bay and Ocho Rios Jamaica.

The impetus behind the IRAWMA is it's commitment to promoting greater participation and acceptance of Reggae, Caribbean and World Music, Internationally.

The 31st IRAWMA featured 30 categories and 4 special Categories of Honorees. See below this year's award winners.

Bob Marley Award for Entertainer of the Year - Damian Marley
Best Male Vocalist - Tarrus Riley
Best Female Vocalist - Queen Ifrica
Best Song - “Jah Army”- Stephen Marley, Damian Marley & Buju
Best Album/CD - “Revelation Part 1 The Root of Life”-Stephen Marley
Best Crossover Song - “Man Down”- Rihanna
Best Gospel-Oriented Song - “Air I Breathe”- J. CEE

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Leftside - Do You Know Who I am? [Official HD Video]

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July 13, 2012

Mavado reportedly recording with Pharrell

By M. Jodee
OutAroad.com Freelance Writer

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Highly acclaimed Dancehall/Reggae singjay, Mavado seems to be adding to his already credible international repertoire as he's reportedly teamed up with one of hip-hop music's leading producers.

According to reports, Mavado, who's a member of the Cash Money Records umbrella via DJ Khaled's We The Best Music Group, has joined forces with Pharrell Williams to record some new material. Williams remains renowned for producing several classics such as Grindin by Clipse, I'm A Slave For You by Britney Spears and Hot In Herre by Nelly while collaborating with other international megastars such as Madonna, Shakira and Jay-Z.

The self-professed Gully Gaad tweeted a photo of himself in studio with Pharrell and fellow N.E.R.D producer, Chad Hugo.

This news comes as Mavado has been working on an upcoming mixtape as well as his third studio album which is slated for release later this year. His previous two releases were Gangsta For Life: The Symphony of David Brooks in 2007 and Mr. Brooks: A Better Tomorrow two years later.

Since joining We The Best Music Group last summer, Mavado has collaborated with several international acts such as Akon (Survivor), Ace Hood (Emergency) while releasing singles such as Soulja Girl.

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Over 66,000 views for Tiana's Dem A Bawl Video in just one Week

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Kingston: Since the Princess of the Dancehall Tiana releases the official video for her fast rising hit single Dem A Bawl on the Sounique Records' produced Aurora Skies Riddim, the video has garnered over 66,000 views in its first week since its premiering on the popular US based video sharing website Wickedhype.com.

Dem A Bawl song also made its debut on Richie B's Dancehall Chart at #25

Other videos premiering that same day included Popcaan's The System official video with over 75,000 views and Vybz Kartel & Gaza Slim's Anything A Anything Official video with over 53,000 views. Both Tiana and Vybz Kartel ft Gaza Slim's videos were directed and shot by Carlington Wilmot of OutAroad Pictures and edited by Wayne Marshall of Marshall Arts Studio.

Wickedhype.com is the dancehall/reggae version of the famous Worldstarhiphop.com.

Earlier this week Tiana posted on her facebook wall that fans can also be on the look out for a video viral for her potentially hit single Watch Dem A Watch Me produced by Miami based disc jock Dj Snypa. Since its release the song has been getting tremendous airplay on Jamaican radio stations such as Hitz FM, Zip FM, Irie FM and Roots FM while the song has also been added to several international mainstream radio stations playlist such as 99 Jams (Waggy Tee)BBC 1xtras (Young Lion) and HomeBoyz Radio (ZJ Heno).

Also get your copy of Tiana's blazing party singles Weh Di Party Deh on iTunes … digital distribution by Johnny Wonder of 21st Hapilos.

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Konshens Gyal A Bubble Tops The Hype TV Chart For A Second Week

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July 12, 2012

Elephant Man Talks Spending Money Out of Control

elephant_man_flossing_irish_and_chin_interview.jpgOneil Bryan, aka Elephant Man "The Energy God," who put the 'dance' in dancehall with anthems like "Pon the River,""Willie Bounce," "Gully Creeper" and more, went all in with host Chin during a recent interview. The deejay revealed how he flosses nightly, spending excessive money at dances (dancehall raving). Renaming himself "Raving King," the deejay went on to ridicule fellow artists who walk around with pockets full of money and refuse to buy even a bottle of water. Furthermore, Elephant Man boasted about keeping up the "swag" in the dancehall. The deejay's hilarious antics and dialogue had listeners cracking up for more than 20 minutes! This over-the-top interview is a must hear! CLICK HERE TO LISTEN INTERVIEW.

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Stein's Long Distance Relationship ft Tiana Now Available Digitally Worldwide

Stein_Tiana_long_distance_relationship_cover.jpgJamaican artist Stein expands his dancehall repertoire with his hit lover's rock single, "Long Distance Relationship," featuring dancehall princess Tiana. The single is released on his own record label, New Planet Records, and is now available digitally worldwide via all major digital retailers, with global distribution from FOX FUSE.

"Long Distance Relationship" captures the essence of Stein's romantic side, a facet of the artist rarely seen by dancehall fans, but one that speaks to his versatility as a lyricist and performer. The track is also based on reality.

"My girlfriend lives halfway around the world, so I'm literally living in a 'Long Distance Relationship,'" discloses Stein. "It's from the heart. I sing about things that really happen."

Stein reveals he felt a female would be better for the hook of this R&B-esque song, and he reached out to Carlington Wilmot who manages dancehall artist Tiana. They went into the studio almost immediately and exited with this hit in hand.

Stein recently completed a promo run in the U.S., performing on a school tour in New York City that promoted peace to students. He also performed at numerous radio and promo events including shows for New York's HOT97 Massive B (Bobby Konders & Jabba) in Brooklyn, HOT 93.7 FM's Diva Nikki Z in Hartford, Connecticut, LinkUp Radio 93.5 FM's Kevin Crown at SOB's in Manhattan, and at Shaggy's Ranch Entertainment record label launch, alongside Beenie Man, just to name a few.

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Cham Speaks on Not Flooding the Market and Making Classics

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Damion Beckett aka Baby Cham, now known to his fans as Cham, dished the skinny on his strategy of not flooding the market with his music. He advised host 'Chin' that he has never worried about playing the game that way as he knows his capabilities and that no one else can do what he does, giving much credit to his support system, aka Team Cham. Cham added "The secret is making classics...naturally you are on the road working non- stop, if your songs are not classics when you retire no one will remember you because Jamaica is producing 50 songs a week or more!" With dancehall defining hits such as "Joyride," "Showtime," "Bruk Out" and "Ghetto Story" -- Cham just may have proven his theory valid. The deejay also talked his friendship with Bounty, recording with his wife and lots more! CLICK HERE TO LISTEN THE INTERVIEW

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July 11, 2012

Buju Banton files motion requesting a new trial

By Marc Parc
OutAroad.com Writer

buju_banton_appeal_court.jpgEmbattled Dancehall/Reggae superstar, Buju Banton adamantly refuses to give up his fight freedom as he's filed for a new trial in his ongoing drug case.

Currently serving a ten year sentence on three drug-related charges, Buju Banton's legal team filed a motion on Tuesday with the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida asking that the Grammy-winning entertainer be granted a new trial. This coming nearly three weeks after a Georgia Circuit Court threw out an appeal made on behalf of Buju Banton, agreeing with the jury's convictions on the three aforementioned 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 sided with the jury's guilty verdict regarding a charge of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug crime; this despite the charge being thrown out by the presiding judge during Buju's last trial.

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Agent Sasco Counts Down to the 9th Annual Montreal International Reggae Festival

agent_sasco_montreal_festival.jpgSince the year 1999, Assassin, a.k.a. Agent Sasco has been a lyrical force to be reckoned with in his songs, and on the stage.

Ranked in the top 50 on Reverb Nations top 50 chart, fans have declared Agent Sasco as one of the top artists they want to see perform at the 9th Annual Montreal International Reggae Festival. Songs such as "Idiot Ting," "Step Pon Dem" as well as recent hits "Nuh Jus A Come" produced by Bobby Digital have added to the artists longevity in the business.

Getting his start in High School, Agent Sasco, accompanied by his class mates, hit the cafeteria during lunch break where the class mates would build the riddim, and Sasco, with his clever lyrics, 'assassinating' his lyrical opponents, thus earning the title Assassin. He earned the attention of Dancehall veteran Sparagga Benz, and became Spragga's protégé where he went on to impress and earn the respect of the Dancehall fraternity.

For the 9th Annual Montreal International Reggae Festival, Assassin a.k.a. Agent Sasco welcomes you to take in his performance at the Old Port. Will the artist take lyrical aim? Come out to the Festival to find out!

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Love so nice, they'll have to do it twice in New York, NY

junior_kelly_love_so_nice_concert_new_york.jpgJunior Kelly's passion for his craft was as palpable as the excitement inside the Rose Garden and as he entered centre stage last Sunday, crooning the lyrics of Blaze, fans held nothing back as they welcomed him back to Brooklyn, New York.

With a smile that reached the depth of his eyes, Junior Kelly showed his appreciation for the love he was being shown and gave as good as he got. It was a case where the fans could do no wrong and, despite performing on tracks, Kelly managed to pull up a song ...or two.. or three .. or more... on demand.

The theme for the night seemed to be 'patron satisfaction and pure niceness' and Junior Kelly delivered masterfully. Songs like Believe In Yourself, Dem Wrong, Missing You and Been There, the latest single that Junior Kelly is now promoting, connected with the audience, but Sunshine proved to be one of the biggest winners of the night. It had to be pulled up three times and each time it elicited a whole new wave of screams. As expected mega hits Receive and Love So Nice were eagerly embraced and and had a freshness that captivated.

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Mighty Crown's Month-Long European Tour A Hit

mighty_crown_european_tour.jpgMighty Crown "The Far East Rulaz" wrapped up an explosive month-long European tour at the close of June. And from the looks of things, Japan's most coveted sound system has no intention of slowing down. Mighty Crown's long overdue European Tour, which consisted of heavy hitting performances in 20 cities, attracted thousands of diehard followers. After loads of requests from promoters and fans, the tour went off without a hitch and was a bonafide success. Mighty Crown was thrilled to return to Europe after taking a hiatus from touring to solidify business deals.

As one of the industry's most accomplished sound systems, Mighty Crown has a wealth of accolades under their belt, including sponsorships, endorsements, stadium shows, a clothing brand, and a record label. With dancehall and sound system culture at the core of Mighty Crown's existence, the celebrated sound highlights these elements in every facet of their empire. "We are one one of the few camps that approach this craft as business, therefore, longterm planning and strategies are put in place to ensure the longevity and strength of the Mighty Crown brand," says Mighty Crown's manager Garfield "Chin" Bourne of Irish and Chin. "Now that we have accomplished gaining the attention of major companies and corporations, we are glad to be back on the road."

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July 10, 2012

Keeping a pace with Cham

Baby_Cham_Jamaican_Dancehall_Artiste.jpgIn a world where deejays come and go at a rapid pace, Cham believes his staying power in the industry is primarily due to the high quality of his music.

The deejay is currently experiencing a resurgence in his popularity locally, thanks to two tracks, Wine and Tun Up which feature his wife Ophelia (aka O).

But, the deejay tells the Jamaica Observer that although he has not had a hit locally in some time, he has always been able to stay on the road performing and keeping in contact with his fan base.

"The truth is people love Cham," he states confidently. "I think it comes down to the quality and timelessness of my music and how I present myself on stage. Then there are ladies," he adds, bursting into laughter.

Cham contributes this timeless and consistent musical content to the work of master producer Dave Kelly, with whom he has maintained a close working relation from his earliest days on the Jamaican dancehall scene.

"Dave Kelly and I have a chemistry... it's just the right connection," he explains. "He's like a chess player. If we sit in the studio and come up with 10 songs, he will be able to make that right move and pick the hit track - it was his idea to put O on Wine, and we all can see what has happened with that." Cham says.

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Lime's 'Dream'-Tastic Giveaway To Deliver Free Tickets & Hotel Stay

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LIME, whose network will once again power the annual staging of the Smirnoff Dream Weekend, has announced a ‘Dream’-tastic promotion that will deliver tickets, platinum armbands and hotel accommodation for lucky customers.

As a major sponsor of the highly anticipated party series, LIME has decided to give back to its customers who may be interested in the Dream Weekend experience.

For a chance to win, LIME customers simply need to text the word "Dream," to 444-5463 or call 444-5463 to win weekly prizes of Dream Weekend event tickets including the grand prize of platinum season bands and weekend hotel accommodation for Dream Weekend 2012.
"LIME enjoys giving back to our customers and with the Dreamtastic giveaway promotion we get a chance to further endorse our slogan "Value Every Moment" as a number of our lucky customers will get the chance to experience Jamaica's own party mecca, courtesy of LIME," stated Stephen Miller, LIME's Sponsorship Manager.

LIME will also be ensuring that party-goers get the full benefit of its network by providing each purchaser of a season band a LIME Survival pack inclusive of a SIM card, lip balm and other treats.
Dream patrons on the LIME network will also be able to stay in-touch throughout the weekend for the low rate of $2.99 per minute courtesy of LIME's recently launched "Talk EZ" plan.

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Teairra Mari - "Unfinished Business" - Feat. Snoop Dogg, 2 Chainz & Rico Love

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July 9, 2012

L3 Magazine - July Edition FT: Don Corleon, Karyn White, Susie McLean, Cedella Marley, Gregory Williams & More!

L3 Magazine July 2012 Edition Dishes on Don Corleon, Super Woman Karyn White, Susie McLean, 2012 Mission Catwalk Winner Gregory Williams, Jamaican Olympic Fashion designed by Cedella Marley, Patra's return and more!

L3_Magazine_Don_Corleon.jpgCanada's #1 Caribbean-Urban Magazine, L3, launched the July, 2012 edition of their publication today.

This month's edition of the popular online magazine features the musical mastery of Don Corleon. Interviewed by Tricia 'ZJ Sparks' Spence, Don opens up about his music, in particular the recording process which some find grueling but the industry deems perfection.

Though he is the man behind several of Jamaica's largest musical releases Don remains a very private producer so this rare glimpse into his inner workings is much appreciated and a read that his millions of fans around the world will appreciate!

R&B is one of America's most beloved forms of musical expression. L3 spoke to Karyn White whose classic 1990's hit, "Super Woman" is a mainstay on radio still to this day. With the release of her new album Carpe Diem (Seize the Day), L3 learned that Karyn's message in music has been adapted to the times, complimenting her status as a classic R&B vocalist.

Karyn is energetic, funky and so full of life that her personality will infect you! Catch every word from the fabulous artist and find out why she’s been away for 20 years….

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A Musical Explosion with Head Concussion "Dynamite Riddim"

Dynamite_riddim_cover_itunes.jpg21st Hapilos News - One of the youngest and hottest dancehall/reggae music producer Tarik "Russian" Johnston has once again literally delivered a musical explosion with "Dynamite" riddim.

This latest musical blast led by "Love How You Wine" by dancehall artist Aidonia has already become a ladies favorite and constant request on the dancefloor. As the first few seconds drop and he sings "Wine up for mi girl" the infectious beat and naughty lyrics can't help but want to make you move. Within less than a week the song went viral as soon as it hit the net, and amassed thousands of views on the various channels.

It is only natural that Charly Black who got his start playing a sound system in a go-go club and rose to recognition and fame with "Buddy Buddy" give 2 singles to the riddim, "Back Shot" and "Wine & Come Up". The artist is well known to musically please the ladies and have the gift to make them move, in his own words "I try keep di girls dem bubbling" and that he does!

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Smoke Shop gets caught up in the 'Summer Hype'

Summer_Hype_Smokey_Shop_production.jpgEmerging Dancehall/Reggae producing entity, Smoke Shop Productions has hit all the rights notes on a new compilation fitting for the energy of this highly anticipated season.

The Canadian-based outlet recently unveiled their brand new project, the Summer Hype Riddim; featuring a number or tracks from some of the country's top Dancehall/Reggae acts that will surely be a hot sell within music circles. With almost 20 songs to its credit, the Summer Hype Riddim unleashes a full blast of Jamaican talent who’ve become major factors within Toronto's music scene in recent times.

One of the headliners on Summer Hype is young singing sensation, Alty-B who continues his ascendancy within music’s framework with Love Ah Come Dung. With singles such as the Smoke Shop produced, No More and the JonFX produced, Girl getting instant airplay and positive reception, Love Ah Come Dung once again shows Alty-B's love for the ladies as he speaks of an intense encounter with a woman awed by his presence as their minds and bodies intertwine in the most pleasurable of ways.

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July 7, 2012

Exclusive: Conshus - Nah Mine No Gal Official Video - Top Road Records

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July 6, 2012

Veteran IRIE FM disc jock, Mighty Mike found dead

mighty_mike_irie_fm_disc_jock.jpgThe entertainment world has suffered another painful blow after news emerged on Thursday night that prominent disc jock, Michael "Mighty Mike" Jones passed away. The 52-year-old broadcaster was found dead at his St. Ann home last night after he was noticeably absent from his scheduled 6-10 p.m. shift at IRIE FM.

According to reports, a member of staff and fellow disc jock at IRIE FM, DJ Amber was dispatched to Mighty Mike's house after several phone calls to locate Jones went unanswered.
After several knocks on Mighty Mike's door also went unanswered, a locksmith was reportedly called in to break into the veteran disc jock's home, where he was then found dead. Police then arrived on the scene to investigate, later intimating that they suspected no foul play had been involved in the musician's death.
Reportedly, Mighty Mike had been ill for some time and was diabetic.

DJ Amber issued a Blackberry Broadcast message reading, "I wish my brethren Mighty Mike will enjoy an even greater life in the spirit world. He will be missed and remembered well by many. Gone but not forgotten. See you next lifetime my friend."

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Nando Griffiths' "Team Jamaica - Light the Torch" 2012 London Olympics Song

As debate rages on about which song should have been designated the official song to commemorate the Jamaica 50th celebrations, one song that was recently released is staking a strong claim to be the official song for Team Jamaica heading to the 2012 London Olympics. The song is Team Jamaica (Light the Torch) by fast-rising singer Nando Griffiths, son of legendary Jamaican jockey Winston "Fanna" Griffiths, and it is synched to a very moving internet video that captures some very memorable moments, mainly from the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2009 Berlin World Athletics Championships.

While Team Jamaica (Light the Torch) urges our athletes to "Go for your dreams” and to “Stand up and take your place when our flag is raised and our anthem plays,” it also assures them that “No matter where you place, we will still celebrate you Team Jamaica.“ This last point is particularly timely and relevant, as only earlier this week the officials of the local track and field technical coaching staff publicly urged Jamaica’s track and field fans not to pressure the athletes. In a similar vein, JFF president Captain Horace Burrell lambasted those who have already started to unfairly criticize Usain Bolt after his two recent losses to Yohan Blake and asked that Jamaicans, “Instead of tearing down Usain, let us build him up.”

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Damian Marley, I-Octane shine at St Kitts Jazz Fest

junior_gong_damian_marley_i-octane.jpgThe St Kitts Jazz and Blues Festival has come and gone but lingering in the minds of those who went are some of the scintillating performances that unfolded.

Friday, June 29 performers are no doubt some of the artistes enjoying rave reviews from patrons.
Scheduled to begin at 9:00 pm it was an hour late. Things kicked off with Ruff Kutt taking the stage to back Jamaica musical comedian Lovindeer. He was in his element having patrons cracking up with his facial expressions and witty lyrics.
Mr Festival Eric Donaldson brought back sweet memories as he injected the festival spirit into the venue singing songs such as Cherry Oh baby, but it was the on festival songs that had the fans singing away with him like Lonely Nights and Living On Free Food Ticket.

Following a band change it was time for British saxophonist Courtney Pine who showed why he is rated among the best.
Next up was Digicel's brand ambassador I-Octane who just seems to get better with every performance.
It was heightened excitement when he took the stage at Warner Park backed by Ruff Kutt. He blasted on stage with No Love Inna Dem - that was certainly not an issue with his fans in St Kitts though as they gave that aplenty to him.

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Solid Production, Stellar Performances At 'Groovin In The Park Concert In New York

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New York: Scorching mid-summer temperatures in the tri-state didn't take anything away from the resounding success of the inaugural 'Groovin In The Park' concert last Sunday, at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, New York. The sizzling one day extravaganza which paid tribute to the independence of three nations - the United States, celebrating its 236th as well as Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago who are both celebrating 50 years of independence was highlighted with solid production and stellar performances, topped by the king of lovers rock reggae Beres Hammond and Jimmy Cliff who both turned in magnificent sets.

Beginning promptly at 1:30 pm, 'Groovin In The Park' got underway with Grammy award winning R&B vocal group Boyz 11 Men. The group had the ladies begging for more as they reeled off hits 'Water Runs Dry,' 'I'll Make Love To You, 'Mama' and their 1992 Billboard hit single 'End of The Road' which earned the group their biggest ovation from fans.

When music legend, Jimmy Cliff romped on stage for a rare performance in New York, the crowd roared in anticipation. Cliff threw down a glittering high energy performance that excited fans. With numerous albums dating back to the 60's, delivering the goods was easy for Cliff as he glided through popular hits like 'Sitting in Limbo,' 'You Can Get It If You Really Want,' 'Wild World,' 'I Can See Clearly Now,' 'Harder They Come' and 'Many Rivers to Cross.'
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July 5, 2012

R Kelly still coming to Sumfest

r_kelly_reggae_sumfest_jamaica.jpgChairman of Summerfest Productions, Robert Russell, says American R & B singer R Kelly will definitely be performing at Reggae Sumfest on Saturday, Juy 21.

"He is definitely coming. I have been in touch with them (R Kelly's publicists) and they say he is coming, and is really looking forward to performing here," Russell told the Jamaica Observer today.

The Summmerfest Promotions chairman was responding to reports in the media which stated that the R&B singer is suffering complications from throat surgery and will miss promotional appearances for his new album and memoir.

The report quoted Kelly's publicist as saying that the singer was on his way to New York on Wednesday morning when he became ill and returned to Chicago for medical treatment.

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Beenie Man featured on Mario C's Musical Bombs for Summer

Red Stripe endorses Beenie's Summer is Here single

Beenie_Man_Summer_is_here.jpgAce producer Mario C continues to wage a musical assault on modern dancehall with two hot songs for the summer.

He has collaborated with dancehall kingpin Beenie Man on two productions, namely Wine and Summer is Here.

Wine which features sound system selector turned artiste Boom Boom, is one of the tracks off Mario C's Drum Corps rhythm project. It is arguably one of the hottest 'girls' tunes of the summer. The song is currently riding most local charts.

The follow up to Wine is the track Summer is Here which has been endorsed by beer giant Red Stripe for its summer campaign. The song has been creating waves in the island and the accompanying music video is to be released this weekend. The clip was directed by Ras Tingle and Nahsera.

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Jon FX blends present and future stars in 'Dubstep Fusion'

By M. Jodee
OutAroad.com Freelance Writer

dub_step_fusion.jpgInternationally regarded Jamaican producer, John 'Jon FX' Crawford has once again displayed his affinity for the unique sound on his newest compilation, the Dubstep Fusion Riddim.

Known for creating the highly acclaimed Cloud Nine Riddim as well as working with several Reggae superstars such as I-Wayne, Buju Banton and Sizzla, Jon FX has become one of the island's most recognized producers; earning consistently high marks for his versatility and ability to create unprecedented sounds. Now, Jon FX has joined forces with present and future Dancehall/Reggae superstars on the Dubstep Fusion Riddim, creating an atmosphere on this project fitting for fans of various genres with the use of UK-based electronic music, otherwise known as Dubstep; a sound fitting for any dance floor.

Award-winning Reggae singer, Gyptian hails as the biggest name on Dubstep Fusion as he once again collaborates with Jon FX for the single, Take Me Away. Having previously produced some of Gyptian's biggest hits to date such as, I Can Feel Your Pain and Nah Let Go, Jon FX once again enlisted the Hold Yuh singer's services for his Dubstep Fusion compilation.

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July 4, 2012

Vybz Kartel's 'Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto' - In Stores Soon

Vybz_Kartel_The_Voice_of_The_Jamaican_Ghetto_book.jpgKINGSTON, Jamaica: On Friday, July 6, Adidja Palmer aka Vybz Kartel is set to release his best body of work catalogued in his book, Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto. Sam Cooke best describes Kartel's journey in his hit song Change is Gonna Come, writing "There's been times that I thought I wouldn't last for long but now I think I'm able to carry on. It's been a long, long time coming but I know a change is gonna come. Oh, yes it will." And for Jamaica, it has!

Kartel has always said to expect the unexpected. In a statement released May 2011, Kartel threatened to use the pedestal that 'Babylon' has put him on to fight for his people - 'Ghetto People.' Through this book, Kartel is signaling that the fight for change starts now. Can Vybz Kartel change Jamaica for the better from behind bars? He has vowed to and based on Kartel’s ability to use his lyrics to gather a following, it will be interesting how this initiative by Kartel will affect Jamaica. On the cover of his book, Kartel states “I pray this book helps to change Jamaica forever.”

Vybz Kartel and his co-author, Michael Dawson, completed the manuscript early summer 2011 and Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto was first copyrighted in the United States on August 5th, 2011. The publishers have worked assiduously on getting it right. The release of Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto, Kartel's first book, heralds a new dawn in the history of Jamaica.

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I-Octane's L.O.V.E Y.O.U. tops the Hype TV Chart For A Second Week

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Sumfest to unleash Electrifying Reggae energy

Reggae_sumfest_logo_2012_photos_coverage.jpgKingston, Jamaica: Reggae Sumfest, the greatest reggae show on earth, is unleashing fiery Reggae energy for the 20th staging on July 15 to 21 at Catherine Hall. Damian Marley, Taurus Riley, The legendary Bunny Wailer with the Skatellites & Wailers Tribute and many others will take to the Sumfest stage with explosive performances in the second city.

Grammy award -winning artiste Damian 'Jr. Gong' Marley is set to rock the audience with mega hits such as Affairs of the Heart, Set Up Shop and Mek it Bun Dem. Third World returns to the Sumfest stage for a sizzling display of musical prowess that has been the hallmark of their career with favourites like Now That We've Found Love, 96 Degrees in the Shade, Try Jah Love, Reggae Party and many more. Though there are more artistes to be announced, Taurus Riley, Christopher Martin, Konshens, I-Octane, Popcaan and Aidonia will also be lighting up the stage with energised performances fans will enjoy.

The week of activities kicks off with a beach party on Sunday, July 15. The high energy Reggae Sumfest vibe continues with a 'Vintage Night' which will commence the musical celebrations on July 18, 2012, in addition to the already steaming Dancehall Night and International Night.
Reggae Sumfest, in its 20th year, will celebrate Jamaica's 50th year of independence with a musical journey through the decades .This will prove to be extremely symbolic - a great time for individuals to experience the show's unique effervescence. In addition to a vibrant musical experience, fans may expect to indulge in various products of Jamaican cuisine and Jamaican art pieces.

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Sean Kingston 'Back 2 Life' Album: '100,000 People' Features Wiz Khalifa, Shakira Unites for Song

by Charley Rogulewski
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Sean_Kingston_Back_To_Life_Album.jpgIn May 2011, Sean Kingston came face-to-face with death when a jet ski he was maneuvering crashed into a bridge in Miami. In the months leading up to the accident, the singer -- best known for his reggae-pop hit "Beautiful Girls" -- had been working on his third album, releasing several singles like the Nicki Minaj feature "Letting Go (Dutty Love)," "Dumb Love" and the Justin Bieber collaboration "Eenie Meenie."

After two months of rehab to mend both injuries sustained during the incident and the two surgeries for a torn aorta doctors found, Kingston's near-death experience made him reexamine his life. He decided to start from scratch and go back to his reggae roots for his third effort.

Kingston returned to the lab, this time with producer J.R. Rotem, who helped the 22-year-old crooner create the sound on his eponymous 2007 self-titled album. With a new batch of collaborators, Kingston says fans can expect "a whole new me" on the forthcoming LP, fittingly titled Back 2 Life. The BoomBox caught up with Kingston and had him dish some details about the project -- he and Shakira unite on a song. He also told us about iChatting with Wiz Khalifa and their collaboration, his favorite Bob Marley track and the ladies man he tried to be back in elementary school.

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July 3, 2012

Dancehall Superstar Mavado wants Gullyside feuding to stop

By Marc Parc
OutAroad.com Writer

Mavado_gully_squad_leader.jpgInternationally-acclaimed Dancehall superstar, Mavado hasn't been fond of the ongoing feud involving past and present members of the Gully Squad and wants the quarrelling to stop.

The We The Best recording artiste has stepped forward to address recent incidents involving former Gully Squad members, Flexx and Savage as well as current protégé, Chase Cross. This after reports emerged of an incident outside Weddy Weddy Wednesdays in Kingston involving each of the original Gully Squad members.

During a recent radio interview, Mavado revealed his disdain for the recent issues amongst his current and former friends; insisting that all the bickering needs to stop.
"Gullyside is a family and it's not like a family because of fame and riches. We are family because we all share the same journey. But throughout the journey it's not every man going to stay. Because even the little thing that went down with Chase and Flexx, it need to just done no matter where it start," Mavado told IRIE FM's Entertainment Buzz.

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New Videos: Vybz Kartel ft Gaza Slim Anything A Anything & Tiana Dem A Bawl

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I-Octane gears up exciting Tour Finale - Looking forward to Sumfest

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Singjay and Digicel Brand Ambassador I-Octane is eagerly anticipating the climax of his tour which saw him making stops in places such as Canada, parts of Europe and in the United States.

It has been a busy season for the artiste with some impressive achievements under his belt. Not the least of which being four number one songs since the start of the year - Burn Dem Bridge, LOVE YOU, Jiggle Fi Me and Love Di Vibe.

Topping the charts has not been the only accomplishment for the artiste he has also signed a two year contract with Guinness for the Caribbean; he has represented the Digicel brand so well that he also resigned on for the second year straight.
With slow sales of reggae albums generally I-Octane managed to penetrate the lazy market with his debut album Crying To The Nation earning rave reviews in the process from music industry magazines Vibe, MTV Iggy and The New York Times. It also premiered in the number 7 position on Billboard Reggae Chart.

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Perfect Key Ce'Cile, Chris Martin, Ikaya, Divine Brown

Perfect_Key_Riddim_Cecile_Ikaya_Chris_Martin_Chris_Martin.jpgPlatinum Producer, Dale Virgo has worked with international superstars such as Rihanna, Drake, Snoop Dogg, Wyclef and Amy Winehouse among others. The creative genius is the master mind behind the Perfect Key produced on his founded, DZL Records label. The Compilation consists of seven tracks from a select group of talented artistes. The theme of the collection is soothing Soul and Lovers Rock sounds sung with perfection.

Canadian R & B Singer, Divine Brown who's known internationally for touring with the BackStreet Boys laid her smooth vocals to the throbbing reggae beat creating, Melody Of My Heart. The ballad is definitely hit bound and raises the bar on modern reggae tunes.

Rising Reggae star, Chris Martin contributed a powerful tribute for Mothers titled, Mama. He expressed his love for his mother and proclaimed she was a priority in his life. Bad Gyal Ce'Cile showed her softer more emotional side. She utilised her vocal prowess reaching higher notes on African King. Known for being a creative and prolific writer, Ce'Cile delivers lyrics to serenade men of a darker tone.

Singer Ikaya goes military with a strong touch of sexappeal. She launches an attack on a king size battle field as she uses tactful lyrics to express herself on an entirely different topic. Other tracks on the Perfect Key feature popular reggae singer, Sophia Squire and Angele Smith of the Rising Stars TV Show Fame.

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