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February 28, 2011

Watch Live Footage of What Happened At Follow Di Arrow

Assassin Gave A Magnificent Performance

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Back It Up Pon Di Dumpa Truck - This Week's #1 Song Top 20 Hot Singles Chart


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

01 - 03 - (08) Vybz Kartel - Dumpa Truck - ZJ Chrome

02 - 01 - (10) Movado - When U Feel Lonely - Daseca Productions

03 - 04 - (08) Mavado - Stulla - ZJ Chrome

04 - 06 - (07) I-Octane Nuh Love Inna Dem - Cashflow Records

05 - 02 - (11) Mavado - Messiah - Chimney Records - (1wks@#1)

06 - 08 - (07) I-Octane - Puff It - Cashflow Records

07 - 07 - (09) Spice - Jim Screechie - Equinoxx Production

08 - 09 - (07) D-Major, Busy Signal & Richie Loop - Scikron Entertainment

09 - 05 - (11) Vybz Kartel - Touch A Button Nuh - TJ Records - (2wks@#1)

10 - 11 - (07) Konshens - Gal Dem Ahh Talk - D&H/SubKonshus

11 - 12 - (07) Tiana - Cant Talk Bad Bout Mi - D&H/SubKonshus

12 - 13 - (06) Mavado - Nuh Fraid A Dem – Dj Frass Production

13 - 14 - (06) Shaggy ft Alaine - For Your Eyes Only - Ki-Licious Music

14 - 15 - (05) Vybz Kartel - Cake Soap - Adidjaheim/Notnice

15 - 10 - (18) Vybz Kartel - Clarks Pt 2 (Clarks Again) -- Head Concussion - (peaked@#2)

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Rihanna, Ciara Fight And Make Up On Twitter

Note to any aspiring haters out there: Rihanna is not one to be trifled with.

rihanna_ciara_twitter_fight.jpgFirst, she flogged members of the media in her video for her current single "S&M," then she went all scorched-earth on censors in the U.K., who changed the title of that song to "Come On" without her knowledge and earned a fierce rebuke for their efforts. (Rihanna personally vowed to have the title changed back ... and, less than a week later, it was.)

And on Friday, she turned her wrath upon Ciara, after the singer dared dis RiRi during an appearance on E!'s "Fashion Police" with Joan Rivers.

"I ran into [Rihanna] recently at a party. She wasn't the nicest," Ciara told Rivers. "It's crazy, because I've always loved and respected what she's done in fashion. It wasn't the most pleasant run-in."

Of course, things were about to get a lot less pleasant. Soon after Ciara dared speak her name, Rihanna took to her Twitter account to strike back brand-new rival ... in less than 140 characters.

"My bad, Ci, did I forget to tip you," Rihanna wrote, including the hashtag #howrudeofme for extra spite.

Of course, that earned a response from Ciara, who wrote, "Trust me, Rihanna, you don't want to see me on or off the stage."

Rihanna replied first with a taunt ("U gangsta huh? Haaa" (link and then, after thinking about it for a minute, went for the jugular, making fun of Ciara's recent sales woes by writing, "Good luck with booking that stage you speak of."

Ciara tried to laugh off the slight, while Rihanna, perhaps feeling a twinge of remorse after vivisecting her latest foe, posted an apology: "Ciara baby, I love you girl! You hurt my feelings real bad on TV! I'm heartbroken! That's why I retaliated this way! So sorry!"

Ciara accepted RiRi's apology and suggested the two work out their problems "in person." Rihanna has yet to respond.

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Dubtonic Kru Added To Impressive EME Awards Line-up - Early Bird Tickets Sales Soar

Dubtonic_Kru_band_reggae_dancehall.jpgWith just under two weeks left before the much-anticipated 7th Annual Excellence in Music and Entertainment (EME) Awards unfolds at Devon House in Kingston, Jamaica, on Saturday, March 12, 2011, event Founder and Chairman Richard "Richie B' Burgess said preparations are well advanced and the marketing campaign is going very well.

"The EME Awards Nominees Announcement Show which aired exclusively on CVM TV and CVM Plus (Cable) in Jamaica on Valentine’s Day went very well and gave our promotions a big shot in the arm” Burgess indicated. "The focus now is to ramp up ticket sales and make this year's event another sold out affair. I encourage patrons not to wait for the last minute as we only have a limited number of seats to fill. I am confident that we will be able to put together a very entertaining, first class production that will rival the best events of its kind in the world" he said.

Early bird tickets are now available in two seating categories: General JA$2,500.00 and VIP JA$3,500.00 and can be purchased at the the Mall Pharmacy, Petcom Portmore Parkway, Xtras Mall Plaza and Manor Park and Upper Cut Barbers - Liguanea Post Mall.

The 2011 EME's will feature live performances from American rappers EVE and TRINA, as well as Jamaica's very own Jah Cure, Elephant Man, Bounty Killer, Lady Saw, Etana, Wayne Wonder, Tifa, Andrew Tosh, No-Maddz, Toya, Kahlil and Leba Hibbert who are all preparing to heat up the stage. Dubtonic Kru, who won "The Global Battle of the Bands Competition" in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and have earned the title of "Best New Band in the World" is the latest addition to the impressive list of performers.

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February 27, 2011

Follow Di Arrow Ends With Gun Shots and Stones - Bounty Killer & Vybz Kartel Ran For Cover

By Kon-Vick Writer


NEW UPDATES: What was supposed to be listed as the first Dancehall Heavyweight show for 2011 turns out to be several patrons worst nightmare.

The popular Follow Di Arrow show held at James Bond Beach in St. Mary was definitely not the place to be over the weekend as patrons in attendance had to run for cover from a "tsunami" of bottles and stones.

Even though the fans intended bottle and stone throwing were aim at the performing acts on stage they however injured several other patrons who had to be rushed to the hospital.

The event came to an abrupt end when the Warlord AKA Bounty Killer took the stage reasoning about a story that appeared in the news paper earlier this week….Bounty Killer was however greeted with stones and bottles...the Killer then made a hasty retreat but eventually returned on the stage in a no-nonsense mood trying to calm down the militant audience. Once again the Killer had to run for cover the moment he shouted, "Mi nah guh run….afta mi nah play dandy shandy".

The Dancehall Hero Vybz Kartel also got a similar treatment when he decided to save the day.

Several gunshots were also fired during the melee…However, there were no reports of any being shot. will keep you posted

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The Timeline Riddim Now Available Worldwide - Mavado - I-Octane - Sunshine & More

Timeline-Riddim-logo.jpgThe multi-talented radio disc/producer/concert promoter/artiste and song writer Dj Sunshine has finally released the long awaited Timeline Riddim that features several dancehall Heavyweights such as Mavado, I-Octane, Khago along with Stein, Versatile, 3 Star and Sunshine herself with a blazing collaboration that features Future Fambo.

Die hearted dancehall lovers can purchase the authentic Timeline Riddim Compilation on iTunes and several other major online digital stores.

Click Here To Get Your Copy Now

The Timeline Riddim was released on the Dj Sunshine's Yellow Moon label.

Apart from the buzzing Timeline Riddim DJ Sunshine recently earned herself an EME Award nomination in the category of Best New Artiste.

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The Signs Are All Around You - Secret Society

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Janice Simpson

Secret-society-signs.jpgOver the past couple weeks I have been hearing mumblings of an exclusive event in Jamaica, an event nearly 10 years old, an event that has already attracted almost 700 confirmed guests in just a little over a week. This is somewhat unprecedented and why would a this secret event now be on Facebook, and have Invitations and Billboards all over Kingston? This further sparked my curiosity. So, who are the promoters? Why are people being attracted to this event? What is the event about? After weeks of digging and a few unnamed sources this is what I managed to find.

The promoters of this one are very hard to pin point which seems to be purposely done. There are quite a bit of individuals and online media houses promoting this event, but most seem to be extremely tight-lipped or oblivious to who the promoters are and details of the weekly event. The second issue which I feel works to this party's advantage is the controversial nature of the event’s title and image. If you haven’t been in a cave over the last couple years, you should know that the name ‘Secret Society’ and image have sometimes been associated with taboo organizations. The truth is that, in talking to some of the people on the promotional team, the event is in no way associated with any of these institutions. The idea has been simply, gathering for the sole reason of enjoyment among members in a closely knit, exclusive party setting.

The incentive concept of the weekly event is different and brand new to public Jamaica, as it seems most events these days are just carbon copies of each other.

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February 25, 2011

Buju Banton - "Destiny....I Wanna Rule My Destiny"

by Shilo Evans

I have to say thanks to Squeeze in NY (93.5) who has so far been one of the only
media personality who has responded to my text message. He read it live on the air in NY
and Jamaica.

Buju_banton_Destiny_Free.jpgWhat was the text message about?
Well, I simply sent a text to all the media ppl in my contact list asking if we are just
going to roll over and play dead while accepting this 'verdict' thrown on Buju Banton.

This case was tried in One Horse Town, Tampa, and I think we need to march and bring some light...some real media attention to this matter. This is far from over. An attack against alllll of us. Not just the Banton. Are we going to just sit by and let this man's life come to ruin? One of our own? It could be anyone of us cause America nuh response.

The testimony of a convicted felon who is being supported by the feds. Whose family was granted immunity (a suh it spell?) and other honest hardworking immigrants can't even get a social. He lives in a million dollar mansion and is on the government payroll. He owes the IRS $150,000.00 and still deh a road. Dem lock up Wesley Snipes, don't it? Dem just tek $3,869.43 from me last month, don't it? But da bredda yah was allowed to entrap a rastaman whose music has uplifted many. A fi im testimony convict like Stephen Marley call im, 'the voice of Jamaica?' No sah!!!

Jamaica government??? Whe unnu deh???
When Michael Jackson died unnu send them family invite to Jamaica and one bag a tings. Me love Michael to............suh where is the love for Buju??? Is Jamaica who already sold out the entire country now starting to sell out artists? I'm sorry...we need some realllllllllll media coverage on this. Whe Oprah deh? Whe Larry King deh? Im still retired? Where is CNN, BET, MTV, TMZ etc etc etc???

No sah...we have to march. JAH ARMY wi seh. Buju is like Joseph inna di pit. Come on now.
How long must we sit idly by and mek dem tek step a wi???

Mi crosser dan Bounty.
People a talk bout 'free Buju'. That's all well and good...but where is the plan???

'DESTINY..........I WANNA RULE MY DESTINY'. A dat mi dj seh!!!

Shilo is a Jamaican born journalist now living in the USA

Hiphop Star Trina Looking To Add Some Jamaican Flavor on New Disc


Kingston: 'Diamond Princess' Trina, who will be honored as an "International Friend of Reggae" at the 2011 Excellence in Music and Entertainment (EME) Awards in Kingston, Jamaica on March 12, 2011 is looking to add some Jamaican flavor on her 6th studio album which drops later this summer.

"Yes, I am working on a new song currently that I'm looking to get a reggae/dancehall artist on as we speak. More details will come soon, hopefully prior to my visit" she noted.

"I love Lady Saw, Gyptian, Movado, Sean Paul, Buju Banton and Sean Kingston. I am a fan of island music period. I love these artist for many different reasons, as well as, their talent and energy they give with the music they release" she said.

It was just a few weeks ago that Trina got the news that she would be honored in Jamaica.

"My first reaction was exactly these words...Really! No really!" she exclaimed. "I just kept saying that to my publicist. She laughed but I was really in shock and very happy for the honor and admiration. I am really excited and very grateful for this honor."

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Stevie Face Nominated for International Reggae & World Music Award (IRAWMA)

Stevie_face_irawma.jpgThe International Reggae and World Music Award (IRAWMA) has nominated Reggae artiste Stevie Face for an award in the category of the 'Most Promising Entertainer' 2010. The 30th Anniversary of the IRAWMA ceremomy takes place in Trinidad on Saturday, May 28th, 2011.

Stevie Face has entered and peaked the top 5 spot on a number of Reggae music and videos charts locally and internationally since the release of his sophomore album, "Tell It Like It Is" and single of the same name in 2009. 2010, the trend continued with the release of a slew of singles to include In The Living Years and Thank You For Loving Me which both hit number 1 almost all the charts they entered. This marks the second nomination for the artiste as he is also a contender in the category of "Vocalist of the Year" for the Execellence In Music (EME) Awards.

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February 24, 2011

Vybz Kartel Don't Dis Me on the West Pines Riddim Leaked

vybz_kartel_mtv_uk_bleaching_story_photos.jpgVybz Kartel who recently voiced another bonifide female anthem titled Don't Dis Me on the West Pines Riddim seems to got into the wrong hands and was leaked on the internet before its schedule released date.

The song was first leaked on the popular video sharing website which got a total of over a 200,000 views when combined all the channels that posted the song.

*Produced by Notnice wrong the officially producers are Media House OutAroad Production/Lion Path.

Name of the Riddim Portmore Pines wrong the riddim was officially copyrighted as the West Pines Riddim.

Within a day the song made its way around the globe being posted on every mp3 sharing websites.

The West Pines Riddim will officially be released next week on iTunes and several other online stores. The West Pines riddim also features song from Konshens, G Whizz, Sotto Bless, Cilon and a collaboration with Tiana & Darrio.

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Mavado Peppers Europe

Mavado-european-tour-concert-photos.jpgMavado is back in the island after an 8 city tour of Europe, along with Gully Squad's Chase Cross and Stacious. The tour saw Mavado perform 3 times in Germany - Hamburg, Cologne and Berlin, as well as in Switzerland, Scandinavia and at the Amsterdam Reggae Festival.

Kicking off with consecutive shows in Germany, the Amsterdam Reggae Festival followed on Saturday February 12 at the packed Heineken Music Hall, an arena in the shadows of the Ajax FC stadium. Capleton, Jah Cure, Vegas and Red Rat were the other performers, all backed by Ruff Kut band.

"Its my third tour of Europe and it just gets better," said Mavado. "Its always a joy to see people from all nations in the crowd who's first language is not English singing along to my songs. Its a great feeling and inspires me to continue making great music. Life on the road can be tough, you have to just condition your mind and get physically fit because its just travelling and shows day after day. Its a joy to see the people's reaction out there 7,000 miles away from mi yard so its something I love doing."

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Song OF The Week - Petty Thief By Teflon


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February 22, 2011

G Shock Official Medley Video - Konshens, Tiana, Fambo, Darrio, Delus & More

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A Federal Jury Convicted Buju Banton On Cocaine Charges

buju_banton_guilty_prison_reggae_grammy.jpgGrammy-winning reggae artiste Buju Banton was convicted for attempting to purchase $135,000 worth of cocaine in 2009.

Mr. Mark Myrie aka Buju Banton was found guilty on all three of cocaine charges but was however acquitted of the gun charge.

The Tampa courtroom was at full capacity today while both lawyers gave their closing arguments. Meanwhile those who couldn't make it in the courtroom stayed joined hands in the hallway praying for a not guilty verdict.

According to the Associate Press: Buju Banton stated "I'm fighting for my freedom…I'm fighting for my life."

Assistant U.S. Attorney James Preston told the jury on Thursday that Banton portrayed himself as a broker of drug deals in several conversations with a confidential informant.

"This is not about Buju Banton, the reggae singer," Preston said. "This is about Mark Myrie, the drug defendant."

Preston said Banton thought he was getting involved in a "no-risk" deal in which he would introduce a friend to a confidential informant, and then later collect money from drug transactions.

"The defendant saw this as a no-risk opportunity," said Preston.
Much of the case hinges on meetings and phone calls that were video and audiotaped by the confidential informant, who was working with the Drug Enforcement Administration - and who made $50,000 in commission after the bust.

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Sophia Squire Releases New Single

Sophia_squire_reggae_singer_female.jpgOn a new track titled, ‘LOVE’ Reggae artiste Sophia Squire once again attempt to spread positive messages in her music for those who have ears to hear; the single is a production of Don Corleone hailed as one of the industry’s best Producers. The track comes hot on the heels of Squire’s trendy and popular single, “Nature” a steamy Lovers Rock song that speak to the desire for some hot, early morning love making between a couple.

Although the title of the new single ‘LOVE’ (click to listen) suggests that the song could be a follow up to ‘Nature,’ Squire ventured into a totally different aspect of love and how the word is perceived by placing emphasis on oneness among people. LOVE is universal and Sophia Squire’s track is a reminder that “that the time well dread lets face it, only God can make it better, we can't it no more, we need love like rain.”

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February 21, 2011

Vegas Denies Vybz Kartel Diss Over Skin Bleaching Comments

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mr_vegas_black_and_proud.jpgIn the wake of growing online speculation, dancehall star Mr Vegas has denied that his recent anti-skinbleaching track 'Black And Proud' is a diss against Vybz Kartel.

Speaking at the Amsterdam Reggae Festival this weekend, Vegas made it clear he's not criticising Kartel but everyone who tells people it's cool to bleach.

In his recent track 'Cake Soap' Kartel speaks of people being able to make themselves look cool by bleaching their skin, and claims the process can be achieved by facewashing with the island's famous laundry product "cake soap".

Skinbleaching has become a hot topic in JA. Many people say they use lightening creams without harm and they like the cosmetic effect, which can make black skin look less black. Various creams are used and people have been known to use them on babies which greatly concerns doctors. In adults they can have harmful side-effects including vulnerability to sunburn and acne.

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Shots Fired - Producer Russian Is Alive

By Secret Agent Writer

russian_producer_vybz_kartel_jamaica.jpgOver the past few days has been receiving several emails questioning if the popular Straight Jeans N Fitted producer died in a gun battle with thugs.

However, after made a few phone calls it turns out to be a rumor. But as dem seh “if it nuh guh suh it near guh suh”. visited the community just to find out the truth behind the story. According to a source, "Waan bwoy did a robbed di school pickney dem and then couple men from the community spot di rake and rush di bwoy and start put on some lick pon him. Same time a brown bwoy come pon di scene pop out gun and fire shot inna di air, then a next man pull out his gun and buss two off a him, only thing mi know is that before mi coulda quint mi eye him scale di wall long time.

Russian is known to produce several hits for Vybz Kartel which includes Straight Jeans N Fitted, Look Pon We just to name a few. Russian is also the manager for upcoming star Chan Dizzy who breakout on the scene with the hit single Strange Face.

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Eme Awards Embraced By Local & International Media

According to the EME CEO Richie B There were attempts by unscrupulous persons to cast illegal votes.

EME-awards-logo2.jpgKingston: With online voting (at officially closed in all categories and promotion efforts amped up for the 7th Annual Excellence in Music and Entertainment (EME) Awards, the organizers are extremely happy with their accomplishments thus far as they prepare for the event which takes place at on Saturday, March 12, 2011 at The East Lawn of the historical Devon House site, Hope Road in Kingston, Jamaica.

"I am extremely happy with the local and international coverage that we have garnered this year. It is mind blowing!" event founder and CEO Richard Burgess said.

"Unique visitors to the EME web site have quadrupled in the past week and the number of votes have gone through the roof, surpassing what we received last year. We have persons visiting the site from as many as 176 different countries around the world including the USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Russian Federation, Ukraine, Luxembourg, Belgium, Kenya, Poland, India, China and Norway. This demonstrates the international appeal of our music, which speaks to the need for us as a county to seize the opportunities to properly market and promote our music" he indicated.

Earlier this year the EME Awards brokered an important deal with IMAGES LLC, a leading US based, Jamaican PR company to handle the international publicity campaign for the 2011 event.

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February 20, 2011

Tiana is #3 in Belize With No Ring Pon Me Finger - G Shock Riddim

The Princess of Dancehall Tiana has become the first Jamaican female artiste to dominate the charts in Belize.
According to KREM's TV/Radio personality Linda Blease, "Belize is now the official home for Tiana's music. Tiana songs are rocking the radio, house parties and clubs. Also I must tell you the guys are going crazy for Tiana.


Tiana_art_work_black_white.jpgIn late last year Tiana's smashing hit single No Man Cant Talk Bad Bout Me controlled the #1 spot on Wave Radio Starlight Saturdays Top Ten Charts for three weeks. Tiana is once again rocking the chart in Belize with another female anthem tilted No Ring Pon Me Finger produced by D&H/Subkonshus on the G Shock Riddim is standing firm in the #3 spot. Going strong in the #1 position is the Genius with Whine Up, while Vybz Kartel holds down the #2 spot with Dancehall Hero.

It's a joy to be back on the charts in Belize, It's a greet feeling to know that the music is being loved by others around the world," Tiana told She continued, "apart from that I am now meeting with several designers one of which who will be responsible to create my outfit for the upcoming EME awards.

The single that is fast becoming a favourite in Belize is Dont Trust Dem on the Cashflow Records produced beat The Pagans Riddim.

Tiana will be going up against I-Octane, Khago, G Whizz, Jolly Boyz, D-Major and Tony Anthony for the Breakthrough Artiste of the Year titled. So far I-Octane is leading the votes while Tiana stands firm in second place.

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Nesbeth Hits #1 On The Reggae Charts

Nesbeth Hits #1 With "AH NUH SUH MI WAAN LIVE"

nesbeth-chart-reggae-Jamaica.jpgJan Bigs recording artiste Nesbeth has scored his third number one single with A Nuh Suh Mi Waan Live, which roared to the top of the Jamaica Music Countdown Charts recently. The song has held the pole position for the last three weeks, and is already vaulting up a number of overseas charts.

"It feels good to score another number one, that shows that the public is really responding to my material and people are listening to what I have to say," Nesbeth said in a release.

Nesbeth scored number one hits with 'Boardhouse' and 'Drive By', which was also produced on the Jan Bigs record label.

Nesbeth also co-produced the single alongside noted upcoming talent Conrad Clark for the St. Andrew-based Jan Bigs label.

The artiste, who blasted onto the local scene with his breakout hit song Board House, has made a resolute vow to only produce high quality, well-produced music this year.

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February 19, 2011

Jurors in reggae star's drug case to resume deliberations Tuesday

Times staff

buju_banton_jail_prison_florida.jpgTAMPA -- Federal jurors deliberated for about seven hours Friday without reaching a verdict in the drug conspiracy trial of Grammy-winning reggae star Buju Banton and will return Tuesday to continue their work.

Banton, 37, faces 15 years to life in prison if convicted of four drug and weapons charges for arranging a deal to buy US135,000 in cocaine, prosecutors say.

Banton's trial opened Monday, a day after he won a Grammy Award for best reggae album. Banton, whose given name is Mark Myrie, rose to fame in the 1990s and is wildly popular in his native Jamaica. Banton, who was charged in December 2009, currently lives in South Florida.

Banton's attorneys say he was entrapped by an overeager confidential informant who has earned $3.3 million working with law enforcement during the last 14 years.

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Tarrus Riley's "Protect The People Jah" Tops The OutAroad Top Ten Reggae Chart


OutAroad Weekly Top Ten Reggae Chart

01 (03) (06) Tarrus Riley -- Protect The People - Don Corleon

02 (01) (08) J. Boog -- Let's Do It Again – Don Corleon

03 (05) (05) Busy Signal -- Comfort Zone - Penthouse

04 (06) (04) Chuck Fenda -- Good Man In Your Life – Penthouse

05 (04) (07) I-Octane -- No More - DJ Frass

06 (02) (08) Shawn Storm A My Life (incase yuh never know) Adidjaheim / Notnice - (2wks@#1)

07 (08) (03) Nesbeth -- A Nuh Suh Mi Want Live - Jan Biggs Production

08 (10) (01) Ikaya -- Hard Way - Out A Road Records

09 (NEW) (0) Alaine -- Your Are Me - 1 Thirty 1 Records

10 (08) (12) Stevie Face -- In The Living Years -- Bootcamp Records - (2wks@#1)


1 Stevie Face -- Thank You For Loving Me – Penthouse

2 Anthony Cruz -- Only The Father – John John/Shan Shan

3 Romain Virgo -- Taking You Home – Penthouse

4 Queen I-frica -- In Times Like These- 2 Hard Music

5 Vybz Kartel -- Yea Though I Walk – Human Rights Production


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Getting To Know Lazer Maytrix

Lazer-Matrix-reggae-dancehall-jamaica.jpgRising deejay, Lazer Maytrix is definitely upping the ante this year as far as his career is concerned. Having seen his other deejay friends fly the gate, and possessing confidence in his own ability, the deejay christened Andrew Marsh is ready to hitch his wagon to a star.

A very affable youngster, Lazer Maytrix has been knocking on studio doors for quite a while and his persistence has always been rewarded. A member of the now defunct Fifth Element Crew, the deejay gained valuable exposure and experience in the music business during his tenure with that outfit. He recalls opening shows, both locally and overseas, for artistes such as Richie Spice and Chuck Fender, who were also affiliated to Fifth Element.

"It was good for me as a young artiste to be given the opportunity to share the stage with Fender and Richie Spice. Being on the road was like attending university," the former Cornwall College student said.

Lazer Maytrix relates with pride that it was church and his grandfather's guitar that inspired him musically, while growing up in Bethlehem, in the parish of St James.

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February 18, 2011

Paparazzi Edition of Dancing With The Stars


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Tarrus Riley launches Black History competition for teenagers

Tarrus-riley-competition.jpgStudents between the ages of 13 and 17 years of age are encouraged to enter the Tarrus Riley Freedom Writers Competition.

In a release to the media, Riley, outlined the objectives of the competition. Said Riley "The objective of the competition is to inspire the youths to write, research and learn about their African ancestry and African culture".

The competition was inspired by Riley's latest single, the Black History themed Shaka Zulu Pickney which was produced by Roshaun 'Bay C' Clarke for Bombrush Music. The accompanying music video was launched on February 8. Since its release, the video has attracted thousands of views on YouTube.

As it relates to the competition, students are asked to write a song or a poem not more than 150 words or less about either Africa; black consciousness and the relationship between Jamaica and Africa; or about their favourite freedom fighter.

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Richie Loop Receives Double EME Nominations!!

richie_loop_green_jacket_black.jpgScikron Media -Kingston, Jamaica: The 2011 Excellence in Music and Entertainment (EME) Awards, has indicated that new artist Richie Loop has received nominations for two major awards categories; namely Best New Artist (Male), and Song of the Year (Dancehall, for 2010.

Richie Loop considers his nomination for BEST NEW ARTIST (MALE), as a blessing, and is honoured to share the category with fellow worthy artistes such as; Vybrant, Popcaan, Versatile, Protoje, Dj Liquid and T’nez.

Richie Loop's blazing single 'My Cupp' which stood atop most charts in Jamaica and the Caribbean, has also been given an accreditation of its success by being nominated in the category for SONG OF THE YEAR (DANCE HALL). This category has afforded him the opportunity to share nomination with major hits such as Clarks, Stulla, Hold Yuh, Rum & Red Bull, Mad Over, Dumper Truck, This Is How We Do It, Nah Sell Out Mi Fren Dem and Jim Screehie respectively.

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Wiley Entertainment Presents: Xyclone's Album #bipolar

Xyclone_france_french_DnH.jpgWith a 3 week build up since the announcement that his album is coming, Wiley Entertainment released Xyclone's album #bipolar on 2. 2. 11 via the worlds trusted source for music, iTunes.

Boasting 15 tracks of non-stop entertainment, #bipolar is a diverse musical offering where fans can enjoy Hip Hop, Rock infused Rap and Club music. Fans are also treated to Xyclone's freestyle which are heavily laced with expletives, and showcase the artists' lyrical talent and flow.

Comments about Xyclone's album include "he laid the blueprint for how music is supposed to be done," "Winning with You is one of my favourite songs" and "I want to see him perform live!" Catering to his Dancehall fans, Xyclone includes the chune "Money Clap" on the G-Shock riddim which was produced by Daddy n Hypa from France for Konshens Sub Konshens Music record label.

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February 17, 2011

Portmore Empire Leads the Pack in Excellence in Music & Entertainment

vybz_kartel_eme_2011_awards.jpgKingston, JA/New York, NY (RAINE PR):The Portmore Empire, Adidjahiem Records' arsenal of cutting-edge talent, has proven that they are at the forefront of Dancehall/Reggae's vibrant music scene with twelve Excellence in Music and Entertainment Award nominations this year. Scheduled for Saturday, March 12th in Kingston, JA, the EME Awards - nicknamed 'Jamaica's Grammys - recognizes the very best in Jamaican music, theatre, and entertainment.

Reigning Dancehall champion Vybz Kartel, CEO of Adidjahiem Records and founder of the Portmore Empire, has been nominated for Dancehall Deejay of the Year (Male) and International Artist of the Year. The controversial entertainer was a staple at the top of Dancehall charts around the globe in 2010, and scored a crossover hit with the single "Clarks." Featuring Empire protégés Popcaan and Vanessa Bling (Gaza Slim), "Clarks" spent over 40 weeks among the top three Reggae songs garnering the most radio play in North America, and was featured on the television show So You Think You Can Dance Canada and on a segment about Jamaican dance on CNN. "Clarks" is nominated for Dancehall Song of the Year and Collaboration of the Year.

"Vybz Kartel is the epitome of Dancehall right now, so news of my six nominations comes as no surprise," states Kartel, who was, however, surprised he wasn't nominated in the Artist of the Decade category, noting that since his arrival as a deejay in 2002 he has been named Best New Artist, and Deejay of the Year numerous times by various institutions. Last year, he collected three EME Awards and last month Kartel collected five trophies, including Favorite Dancehall Artist (Male) and Favorite Artist of the Year, at the Youth View Awards.

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Etana’s Free Expressions debuts at #11 on Billboard !

The highly anticipated sophomore album, Free Expressions from reggae songbird, Etana has done well in its first week sales. Free Expressions landed in the #11 spot on the Billboard’s Reggae album charts. The VP Records release presently sits behind their popular compilation disc, Reggae Gold 2010, which holds on to the #10 spot. Free Expressions is the second highest debut this week, outsold only by the Supervillains’, Postcards From Paradise.

Etana_New_York_Female.jpgEtana is appreciative of her album’s chart position and feels honored to be only a few slots from Live Forever - Bob Marley and the Wailers which tops the chart. “I appreciate this week’s results and intend to do better going forward. Presently I’m on the road building my fan base and extending my market place. It’s not easy traveling to a different city every day and checking in and out of hotels especially being a newly wed. I know this is my job and I have to put my all to ensure the success I’m looking towards”, says Etana.

The strong one is now focused on moving more units. The album is now available at all FYE stores in the US in addition to online stores such as Amazon, I-Tunes,, and With the outlets increasing Etana feels confident that her sales will grow in the coming weeks as she travels across the US conducting autograph sessions, radio and TV interviews as part of her promotional tour.

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February 16, 2011

Buju Banton testifies in his drug trial in Florida

buju-banton-trial-court-florida.jpg TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Grammy-winning reggae singer Buju Banton says a U.S. government informant pressured him about a possible drug deal.

The Jamaican star testified at his drug trial Wednesday that the informant called him constantly after they met on a trans-Atlantic flight in July 2009 and insisted that they meet to set up a cocaine buy.

Banton says he's ashamed for talking as much as he did about drugs with the informant. But he claims he never intended to deal in cocaine.

Banton is on trial on several cocaine charges for the second time in Tampa federal court. The jury deadlocked in his first trial. If convicted, Banton faces up to life in prison.

Two other Jamaican musicians, Stephen Marley and Gramps Morgan, testified on Banton's behalf Wednesday.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

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Gully/Gaza Rivalry Exposed - Mavado/Vybz Kartel With 6 EME Nominations Each


Kingston: The ongoing rivalry between Portmore Empire leader Vybz Kartel and Gully Gad Mavado for supremacy in the dancehall will come to a head at the 7th annual Excellence in Music and Entertainment (EME) Awards as each artiste snagged a whopping 6 nominations for the 2011 event. The announcement was made on the "EME Awards Nominations Show" which aired exclusively on CVM TV in Jamaica on Monday, February 14 at 10:00pm.

Kartel grabbed nominations for "DJ of the Year," "Song of the Year," "Album of the Year," "Collaboration Of The Year" and "International Artist of the Year" while Mavado earned nominations for "Song of the Year," "Singjay of the Year," "Collaboration of the Year" and "International Artiste of the Year." I-Octane who had a whirlwind year in 2010 and Bounty Killer both earned a respectable 5 nominations each. Other leading male nominees include Beenieman and Jah Cure each had with 4 nominations while Busy Signal and Busy Signal had two nods each.

Among the ladies, Dancehall Queen Lady Saw and Etana lead the pack. Saw had 3 nominations including "DJ of the Year," "Album of the Year," and "Artiste of the Decade" while Etana grabbed nominations for "Vocalist of the Year," "Song of the Year" and "Cultural Artist of the Year."

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Tiana Nominated For EME Awards - Breakthrough Artiste of The Year

Tiana as picked up a second award nomination...A few weeks ago Tiana was nominated by New York based Web Tv CariVibez in the Best Video By A Female category for her fast rising hit single No Man Cant Talk Bad Bout Me. However, this time around the Princess of Dancehall Tiana will be going up against the new generation of dancehall/reggae "bad boyz" I-Octane, Khago, G Whizz, Jolly Boyz, D’ Major, Shawn Storm and Tony Anthony for the Breakthrough Artiste of The Year award.

According to the EME Awards website: This award is awarded to artists whose work have attracted local and international attention, and who is seen as poised as a leader for the next generation of reggae/ dance hall stars)

Tiana had an impressive 2010 topping several charts both locally and overseas with her ladies anthem No Man Cant Talk Bad Bout Me. The single spent three a total of weeks in the #1 position on Wave's Radio Starlight Saturdays Top Ten Dancehall Chart in Belize. The song was also a favourite on New York's mainstream radio station WBLS.

The video for No Man Cant Talk Bad Me also rides several video count down charts such as the CVM's Hitlist chart one of Jamaica's entertainment show where it spent a total of more than three months on the chart while dominating the #1 spot for three weeks. The video also went as far as #3 on the New York's CariVibez TV Top Ten Video Countdown Chart. This will be Tiana's third time entering the CariVibez chart.

Tiana is one of the first female artistes in years to quickly carve her name on the international scene in countries such as Belize, Gambia, Kenya, France, Italy, Germany, Barbados, Trinidad, UK, several states in the US such as Florida, New York to name a few. Since of late her fan base has been growing tremendously in Australia and Denmark.

Tiana's Cant Talk Bad Bout Me track which had a slow start in Jamaica is now climbing several local charts such as Richie B Top 25 Dancehall Chart, The Hype Tv Top 20 Hot Singles Chart and The OutAroad Top 20 Singles Chart.

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February 15, 2011

2011 EME Awards - Categories/Nominees



(For recordings and overall impact between Oct. 01, 2009 – Sept. 30, 2010)
Note….. more or less than seven (7) nominations in a category is the result of ties

(for overall impact as a solo vocal performer in the eligibility year)

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Watch I-Octane Live In The Tri-State Area

I-Octane invaded New York's Tri-State area with not one but three stellar performances last week. After a whirlwind media tour at the end of January, I-Octane returned to New York a week later for his anticipated performances at SOBs in New York City, Temptations Night Club in Brooklyn and The Hut in New Jersey.

On Monday, February 7, 2011, I-Octane was the headline artist at the first Rock With Squeeze installment of 2011. Hosted by David "Squeeze" Annakie, CEO of LinkUp Media and Publisher of JAMROCK Magazine, the weekly event was the perfect platform to kick-off a week of scheduled performances. Despite freezing temps and rain, fans came out at 7pm to see the show. At showtime, the singjay blazed the stage to screams from fans and opened his performance with single No Love Inna Dem. I-Octane wowed the crowd with other hits such as My Life, Lose A Friend, Puff It, Mine Who Yuh A Dis, among others. The venue came alive with every song as patrons mouthed every word and danced until the end of his set. At the end of his performance, Squeeze conducted an on-stage interview. At that time a request from a fan to be serenaded by the singjay was granted. I-Octane sang Everytime You Touch Me, a favorite among his female fans, which was apparent when all the ladies began screaming.

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Little Hero set to storm Billboard charts with 'More Love' album

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Hero_billboard_reggae_chart.jpgReggae singer Hero is seeking to duplicate the success of his 'Revelation' album which topped the Billboard reggae charts two years ago and established him as a bonafide 21st century reggae star.

Hero is anticipating a repeat of that feat with his soon-to-be-completed second album, 'More Love'

"This album is even stronger than the Revelation album in terms of composition, musicianship, and production. It's more well put together because we spent much more time on it. The first one guh Billboard, suh wi want a repeat of that with this one,"
he told the Jamaica Observer.

Among the songs which be featured on the album are the Buju Banton-inspired Voice Of The Innocent, Take Me Away, Signs Of Tomorrow, Double Wrong, Various musicians and producers have done production work on the album, which is to be released on the Inspire label.

Hero will be travelling to the US to put finishing touches on album, which includes various collaborations with reggae heavyweights. Several tracks have already been completed, and Hero will be spoiled for choices when it comes to selecting the final tracks for the album which is set to be released on May 6th.

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February 14, 2011

Barbee Fashionably Graces the Grammy Awards

barbee_grammy_awards_2011.jpgLos Angeles, CA - Fashionista and Rare Diamond recording artist Barbee is in L.A. during the Grammy Awards 2011 for the first time. Her last appearance at an awards show she stunned Wolf Blitzer of CNN so much, that she ended up on CNN for the Soul Train Music Awards!

Barbee’s “Black Widow” like cat suit left a great impression with the audience at the BET Hip Hop Awards last year. Her elegant sequence dress she wore at the Soul Train Music Awards 2010 garnered wave reviews. Barbee is making her way to the through the Awards show circuit, and enjoying every moment of it. Barbee is not a stranger to awards shows however, since 2008 she has amassed many awards including, winning Best New Artist 2008 for the song “Missing You” ft. Junior Kelly and Best New Collaboration for the song “Give It Up” with Beenie Man at the 2009 EME’s. In 2010 she won Most Promising Entertainer at the International Reggae World Music Awards.

Not only does Barbee take the red carpet by storm, but the half Nigerian, half Jamaican Princess has decided to take her music career to the next level. She has begun recording on her next project developing a new sound with Guerilla Drums and Concept Music Productions that will take world by storm in 2011.

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Exclusive: Former G-Unit Artiste Olivia To Host Reality Tv Show On VH1


We caught up with Hip hop and R&B artiste Olivia at Moodies Record in the Bronx while she was being interviewed for Back Yard TV with TV host Black Barbie. I had the opportunity to sit with her after her interview to find out what she will be working on for the New Year.

Jamaican born Olivia is known for her hit singles "Bizounce", "Candy shop" and "Wild to Nite" collaborating with Hip Hop artiste 50 Cents and Reggae artiste Shaggy to name a few as well as being the first lady signed to G-UNIT. Now sign to Universal Motown Olivia is busy as ever with her new reality show on VH1 called "Love & Hip Hop" sneak peek will be air on March 6, 2011 after Basketball Wives on VH1. The regular time slot after her sneak peek will be Mondays at 10pm starting March 14, 2011.

Olivia is set to release her new Free EP titled "Love And Hip Hop", which will include the club anthem “Lick Salt Shot Lime” and her new single “In Your Shoes” which is a Home School collaboration featuring John Legend’s younger brother Vaughn Anthony. Olivia as a new Web site called that her fans can visit to know about her upcoming tours and what she is working on. Olivia plans to continue to give her fans great music and take them on a journey with her New Reality Show "Love & Hip Hop". For booking email

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February 13, 2011

Rihanna & Buju Banton Early Winners At The 2011 Grammys

by Charley Rogulewski

buju_banton_rihanna_grammy_2011.jpgRihanna picked up an early 2011 Grammy. The singer took home the award for Best Dance Recording for 'Only Girl (In the World).' The song is featured on her fifth album 'Loud,' released in November. The single, however, beat the Grammy nominations cut off date (Sept. 1, 2009, through Sept. 30, 2010) when it was released in early September in anticipation of the album.

"CONGRATULATIONS #RihannaNavy!!!! We won a Grammy for BEST DANCE RECORDING!!!Only ho in the woooorrrrrlllldddd!!!!" Rihanna tweeted after the win. This is Rihanna's third trophy. She previously won twice in the Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for her feature on Jay-Z's 'Run This Town' in 2009, and her hit single 'Umbrella' in 2007. Rihanna is scheduled to perform twice tonight, with Eminem and Drake, despite fighting laryngitis and bronchitis earlier this week, and is up for another three awards.

Other early winners include incarcerated reggae singer Buju Banton. Banton took home the Best Reggae Album award for 'Before the Dawn.' He begins his second trial for a federal drug trafficking charge on Monday. La Roux won for Best Electronic/Dance Album and Michael Buble took home the award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for 'Crazy Love.'

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The Hype TV Top 20 Chart - Vybz Kartel - Touch A Button

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February 12, 2011

Official Video - Tiana ft. Miami Rapper Skitzo - Dat Mi Want Remix

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From Mavado to Mavado - #1 On OutAroad Top 20 Hot Singles Chart Top 20 Hot Singles Chart


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

01 - 03 - (09) Movado - When U Feel Lonely - Daseca Productions

02 - 01 - (10) Mavado - Messiah - Chimney Records - (1wks@#1)

03 - 03 - (07) Vybz Kartel - Dumpa Truck - ZJ Chrome

04 - 06 - (07) Mavado - Stulla - ZJ Chrome

05 - 02 - (10) Vybz Kartel - Touch A Button Nuh - TJ Records - (2wks@#1)

06 - 07 - (06) I-Octane Nuh Love Inna Dem - Cashflow Records

07 - 08 - (08) Spice - Jim Screechie - Equinoxx Production

08 - 09 - (06) I-Octane - Puff It - Cashflow Records

09 - 10 - (06) D-Major, Busy Signal & Richie Loop - Scikron Entertainment

10 - 05 - (17) Vybz Kartel - Clarks Pt 2 (Clarks Again) -- Head Concussion - (peaked@#2)

11 - 11 - (06) Konshens - Gal Dem Ahh Talk - D&H/SubKonshus

12 - 12 - (06) Tiana - Cant Talk Bad Bout Mi - D&H/SubKonshus

13 - 14 - (05) Mavado - Nuh Fraid A Dem – Dj Frass Production

14 - 15 - (05) Shaggy ft Alaine - For Your Eyes Only - Ki-Licious Music

15 - 16 - (04) Vybz Kartel - Cake Soap - Adidjaheim/Notnice

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February 11, 2011

**Coming Soon** Empire Universe: The Second Chapter


gaza_empire_universe_album_vybz_kartel.jpgAdidjahiem / Notnice Records is set to unveil blazing new material from the Portmore Empire's top gunners on February 28th, with the digital release of Empire Universe: The Second Chapter.

The double album features previously unreleased material from Empire 'Teacha' Dancehall superstar Vybz Kartel, the class 'prefect' Popcaan, Jah Vinci, Shawn Storm, Merital, Doza Medicine, and rising star Sheba. Empire Universe: The Second Chapter will also debut material from new recruits Tommy Lee, Singa Blinga, and Maxwell.

Dancehall fans will finally hear the full versions of long awaited singles "Dancehall Hero Pt. 2," from Vybz Kartel, and "The City Yeah" (Gangster City Pt. 2) from Popcaan. The album will also include the full version of Kartel's popular youtube freestyle "Colouring Book," as well as his latest street bangers "Benz Punany," and "Cake Soap."

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EME Performers Jah Cure, Etana, Andrew Tosh Join Hip Hop Star Trina

Trina_eme_awards_kingston_jamaica.jpgThe Excellence in Music & Entertainment (EME) Awards kicks into high gear with the announcement that golden-voiced roots singer Jah Cure, the Strong One, Etana and current reggae nominee Andrew Tosh, son of the legendary Peter Tosh will join hip hop's Diamond Princess TRINA as performers at the 7th annual EME Awards. The glitzy awards that traditionally attracts hundreds of A-Listers, taste makers, media executives and VIP's is set to take place on Saturday, March 12, 2011 at The East Lawn of the historical Devon House site, Hope Road in Kingston, Jamaica.

Etana, coming off a strong performance at the One Love Reggae Concert Winter Series in Negril last month is expected to enthrall fans with another top notch performance at the EME Awards. The reggae Empress, who possesses one of the most sensational sounds in the roots reggae genre, emerged as a major force in the industry in 2007, topping the charts with her debut album titled “The Strong One.” The disc rocked the reggae world and garnered airplay on radio stations around the globe. The acclaimed Warrior Princess recently released her highly anticipated sophomore album "Free Expressions" for VP Records, so titled because she refused to be constrained by approach or lyrical content.

“I just wanted to express myself freely, write just what I want without thinking too hard about what anyone’s opinion would be - just doing music as I feel to do it” she said in a recent interview.

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February 10, 2011

The Star Girl Riddim Is Coming


New York Based producers Future Entertainment & Creeper alongside Media House OutAroad Production are the key ingredients behind the all female Star Girl Riddim.

The Star Girl Riddim will feature several of Jamaica's hottest female artistes such as the Badgal Cecile, Timberlee di hot gal's General, the scrumptious Stacious and Tiana the Princess of Dancehall. Several other female acts are listed to be on the project.

According to the CEO of Media House Production Carlington Wilmot, "I am tired of seeing the females being pushed aside, so this will be the first of many more all female projects to come. I believe the ladies in the industry are talented enough to be as dominant has the males. If you notice since of late there more and more females emerging on the scene it's just for them to maintain their presence which is kind of difficult because there’s no one to give them that extra attention.

On February 23 the Star Girl Riddim will be available on iTunes and several other online stores.

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Third World Band to Perform at Palmyra Foundation Fundraising Event


NEW YORK, NY: Third World Band, along with Tessanne Chin, Tarrus Riley and Dean Fraser, will perform at The Palmyra Foundation's Fundraising event on Friday, February 11, 2011. The event, which was originally scheduled for November 5, 2010, was postponed due to a tropical storm.

The annual event fundraising event, which will take place at the newly completed Palmyra Resort and Spa in Montego Bay, Jamaica, will feature a weekend of activities to include a beach concert on Friday, February 11, 2011 and a Benefit Dinner and Dance on Saturday, February 12, 2011 with a performance from American Idol Winner Ruben Studdard. Proceeds from both events will go toward the purchase of books for 4 and 5 year old Jamaican school children for the 2011/2012 school year. Since the inception of the Foundation in 2007, more than 80 international volunteers have helped provide 72,000 books to 15,000 children in 80 schools across Jamaica's 14 parishes. To date, the Palmyra Foundation has donated books for over US$400,000.

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Drake considering reggae album


drake_mavado_reggae_album.jpgRapper Drake is considering pursuing a whole new musical direction and recording a reggae album.

The Fancy hitmaker has taken the hip-hop world by storm since signing to rap superstar Lil Wayne's Young Money label in 2009, and he released his debut disc, Thank Me Later, last year.

He's already started working on his sophomore album and plans to hit the studio with British acts Florence Welch, from Florence + The Machine, and rockers The xx.

But the star's also set to head to the Caribbean to collaborate with an unidentified Jamaican producer - and he's keen to turn the experience into a full-blown project.

Drake says, "I wanna do something for Jamaica, because we are supposed to go out there and record after the European tour.

"I was like, send me some rhythms that are poppin' and I'll see what I can do. He (producer) sent me some rhythms that are poppin', so I'll see what I can do. You never know."

It won't be Drake's first time working with a Jamaican artist - he teamed up with dancehall star Mavado last year for their track Find Your Love.

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Love live reggae - but fans disagree


Beenie_man_sizzla_africa.jpgHARARE - The arrival of Sizzla Kalonji in February 2010 signaled a new era for music in Zimbabwe as artist after artist jetted into the country for some remarkable shows. These included the ladies duo of Brick & Lace, Sean Paul, Beenie Man, T.O.K and the Fireman, Capleton. Misheck Moyo from Arts Alive said: “Jamaica rules the music world. We have a strong bond with Jamaican music since reggae and Dancehall speak about social ills of society and as black people we share common problems. Dancehall is here to stay and long live Reggae.”

His sentiments were echoed by Blessed Gumbo, a club DJ in Chitungwiza, who said : “We were very blessed to have Beenie, Sizzla and Capleton. These are top artists and that is why politicians hate reggae and Dancehall since the music is about righteousness and speaks out on corruption, police brutality and oppression.”

“I have lost count of some of my awards and I have been in this business since I was 9 years old. I am here to stay and I set the pace and others follow,” said Beenie in an interview. Divine Chekenyu from Black Nature disagreed with the claim and accused Beenieman of being a fake Rasta man. Instead he opted for Sizzla Kalonji and said his performance in Bulawayo was magnificent.

“Kalonji rules the Dancehall. His message is pure and clear. Beenieman sings too much about ladies and guns. People like him are a bad influence to the youths.” Other fans accused Kalonji of being an apologist of President Robert Mugabe since he was invited as a guest artist at his 87th birthday. Kalonji also appeared on stage with the President and some senior Zanu (PF) officials.

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Rest In Peace Lil Joe

Equiknoxx recording artiste Lil Joe made his last stage appearance at a concert held in Wickie Wackie, St. Thomas over the weekend. According to a source close to the Equiknox family Lil Joe had to be rushed to the University Hospital the next day where he passed away while under going treatment.

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February 9, 2011

Nicky B: Cooking Up Hits for 2011

NickyB_RedBrown.jpgThough his dream of being a professional chef did not materialize, Nicky B is busy in the studio cooking up sweet-sounding treats that he is ready to dish out for anxious fans starting with his newest single "Golddigger" featuring Elephant Man. The 2011 menu also promises collaborations with international artists such as French rapper Rohff, a Stephen "Di Genius" McGregor-produced remake of New Edition’s, 1988 mega-hit “If It Isn’t Love” and a European tour with Voicemail in the summer.

2010 was a big year for Nicky B (born Nicholas Bennett), whose signature Rhythm & Dancehall (RnD) sound was on steady rotation on Jamaican airwaves. Songs such as "Dance Like We're Making Love/Suga Dumplin" , "Every Gal" (on Russian's G-Go Club Riddim), "Crazy Over You" on the Chimney Records-produced Retweet Riddim as well as collaborations including "Try My Love" feat Agent Sasco and "Fresh to Death" alongside Chino, Laden and Konshens ensured that he remained a staple on the musical palette.

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Dj Sunshine Mi A Conqueror

dj-sunshine-female-artiste.jpg"In life you may find opposition towards you achieving your goals. Looking within for strength is what allows us to become CONQUERORS"

While most of the eastern hemisphere battles a cold winter, Sunshine is heating hers up! With her hit single, "I Doh Care Anymore" still gaining popularity internationally, Sunshine prepares to release two brand new singles, "Conqueror" and "Party Tun Up".

Showcasing her diversity, "Conqueror" produced by Notice Productions, as the statement above implies, is a positive reinforcement to the everyday nuances in life. The mellow track with her distinct melodies, is a subtle body rocker. On the flip side, "Party Tun Up", produced by Stashment Productions, is "one of those feel good - let your hair down and party, type of tunes. Pop some bottles, TUN UP the vibes and PARTYYYYYYYY" states DJ Sunshine.

Excited by the vibe of "Party Tun Up", Sunshine recently wrapped up filming on the video, which is expected to be released in the next few weeks. With two solid songs on hand as the year starts, DJ Sunshine is ready to rise and spread her musical rays from near to far.

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February 8, 2011

New York - Mi Ah Di Stulla Dem Ah Di Stullesha


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Etana's New Album, Free Expressions Now Available Worldwide!

etana_expressions_album_reggae.jpgThe latest compilation from Reggae soul singer, Etana sees its official release globally. The highly anticipated, Free Expressions is the singer’s sophomore effort which shows maturity in her craft. The prolific song writer penned a dozen of the fifteen tracks on this new album. Etana is especially excited about the project as she wrote without restriction as the title suggests. She poured her raw soul into the powerful lyrics belted on the record.

The songs express her feelings on the joys of love, experiencing heart break, self empowerment and social issues among others. Free Expressions also comprises of a collaborated effort with Italian reggae superstar, Alborosie. On the previous album, The Strong One Alborosie shared singing duties with Etana on the mega hit “Blessings”. This time around he contributed as a producer on the track, “I Got You”, which is a guaranteed hit.

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Tripledose Production presents I.Q’s The Genesis of the Truth

I-q-mixtape.jpgAfter getting a taste of Jamaica’s singjay I.Q’s sound all throughout 2010, releasing singles like “Work” (Ghetto Life Riddim Produced by Fams House Records) and “Bike Back” (featuring young artiste from Rising Star, Krissy) Tripledose Productions realized that the Mixtape was high in demand. I.Q’s singles received a good amount of airplay in Jamaica, and touched different places around the world.


As of midnight February 1st, 2011, I.Q’s first mix tape “The Genesis of the truth” dropped on the street. This mixtape includes 13 singles, with several interlude’s from his recorded interview, and amazing Intro from people representing the mixtape around the world, including some big artists in Jamaica such as; G Whizz, Shawn Storm, Supa Hype. His “Party Life” single video shoot was in December, and we are now awaiting the release of the Music Video expected by Mid-February.

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February 7, 2011

MTV: Mavado Gets Wrapped Up!

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MTV Wrapped Up

Marvin Sparks recently spoke with Mavado about his new direction, musically, how success has changed his life, dealing with negative press, his charity giving back to his community and working with Jay-Z, exclusively for The Wrap Up...

Dancehall artist Mavado was recently in the UK and our urban blog The Wrap Up managed to catch the Jamaican artist for a few words about his past, present and future.

The star opened up about how he is portrayed in the media and says that he doesn’t care, because they’re always trying to fabricate things to make him look bad.


Having witnessed Mavado headline alongside Gyptian at Brixton Academy, courtesy of, a few things were apparent for all to see. Biggest reactions (or forwards) appeared to be for what is known in dancehall circles as a "gal tune" segment; ‘House Cleaning’, ‘Stulla’, ‘Never Believe You’, ‘Roof Top’, ‘Gal Ah Mad Over’, ‘Come Into My Room’ and ‘When You Feel Lonely’. Ironic, because Mavado was more prolific with songs reflecting his gritty upbringing. A brief summary of his running order was a throwback to the early days with a "hardcore gangsta" segment, moving on to "gal tunes", closing the trouble-free concert with a conscious section consisting of uplifting songs: ‘Hope & Pray’, ‘Messiah’, ‘On The Rock’, ending on ‘Starlight’.

Born David Constantine Brooks, Mavado grew up in Cassava Piece, popularly known as the Gullyside. Not only did he live in a garrison community (ghetto), his father was murdered during the singjay's teenage years. Mavado's early material reflected his gritty experiences, for which he was widely criticised by Jamaican media. Despite all the negatives, he has risen above it, matured and is still regarded as one of the genre's elite artists almost 6 years on from breakthrough song, ‘Real McKoy’. Through his success, Mavado has traded the Gullyside for a house on the hill with luxurious vehicle's, including a customised Range Rover and motorbikes, but his content is still real to himself and his fans. On one of his many anthems, 'Mockingbird', he declares although he has a lot of money, he isn't interested in boasting ("Dem fi know mi money nuff but mi nuh inna di boasting"), instead choosing to inspire those who grow up in a similar garrison areas to appreciate life and strive for better - 'Nine Life' and 'Starlight' being best examples. Mavado's success has enabled to him to work with international artists, such as Akon, Wyclef Jean, Shyne, Rick Ross, Alicia Keys and Jay-Z.

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Zj Sparks Gave A Blazing Performance at LIME Carnival

ZJ_Sparks_Carnival_Soca.jpgAfter a blistering performance at the inaugural LIME All Island Carnival, which is the successor to BLD Jamaica Carnival, the "Too Much Bull Inn Di Videolight" actor ZJ Sparks is all set to blaze the 2nd in a series of all island events come February 19 in St. Mary.

Zj Sparks' high energy set had the patrons drenched in sweat as they craved for more and more of her infectious "socaholic" selections.

If you are "socaphile" you can also catch Sparks at Boardwalk on Ash Wednesday for Soca on The Sands; however, if you can't wait til then, then head to Tashamay's birthday bash at The Village Blues Bar on Friday February 11 for another blistering good time.


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Rihanna's sexy S&M single and video gets banned!

Rihanna's saucy new single S&M has been banned from Radio 1's playlist, and the video has been banned in 11 countries! Does it really need to be banned? Is it REALLY too sexy?


Just look at this.
If anything she's promoting healthy eating, and we all need to get our five a day don't we? Yes, yes we do. We're off down the grocers now to pick up a bunch of bananas. Thank you, Rihanna, for reminding us to be visions of health. NO SCURVY FOR US.
Oooh dear you seem to have got yourself into a bit of a pickle, Rihanna. Are you stuck? Your hair looks bangin'. That's not the point, we know, but maybe some kind of Brownie or outdoorsy type will be able to help you out of those complicated knots? Maybe we should learn how to undo such tricky rope-work too, in case we're ever in a similar situation. LET'S ALL GO TO GIRL GUIDES.

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February 6, 2011

VP Records Releases Digital EP 'Changes' from German Reggae Star Gentleman

gentleman_changes_ep_vp_records_reggae.jpgGerman reggae star Gentleman is set to see the U.S. release of his fifth studio album Diversity with reggae's premier record label, VP Records, this year. The renowned international star first serves up a digital EP, Changes, which will be released by VP Records on February 22, 2011.

The digital EP Changes features three hits from the full-length album, all of which are bonafide smashes ever since hitting the airwaves from Germany to Jamaica. The sizzling singles "Changes" and "Lonely Days" were both produced by Jamaican hit maker Don Corleon, and the electro-dance fusion "To The Top" features Jamaican singer Christopher Martin. Its video has recorded almost five million views since its release on YouTube in July 2010.

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KGN 21 - Jamaican All Female Group

kgn-21-girl-group-dancehall.jpgA successful girl group has never quite made the grade in the male-dominated Dancehall and Reggae world, but four hot and talented young girls from Kingston, Jamaica, intend to turn that on its head with their unique package of visuals, music and movement. Four strong and very different personalities make up the group called KGN 21 and they are ready to explode.

Sashe, Kerise and sisters Kuchi and Sheena, who hail from some of the toughest parts of Kingston, are taking a no-nonsense approach to their music, the business and life itself.

"We're all about girl power," says Kuchi. "We represent the new generation of females and our music reflects that. We're all about fun, independence and portraying a positive, powerful image for all the females out there, with plenty of eye candy for the guys too! We like to show our sexy side but in a tasteful way."

"Kingston's zip codes only go up to 20," explains Sashe regarding the group's moniker. "But we have our eyes set on the rest of the world too, so we thought KGN 21 was an appropriate name."
"And in Cashpot the number 21 represents bad girls!" chimed in Kerise. "We coming with the full package - dancing, singing and attitude, y'all ready fi di ride?"

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February 4, 2011

"Di Police Dem Shouldn't Lock Off Copper Cat Thing"

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copper_cat_death_funeral_service.jpgThousands of dancehall followers and artistes flocked the home of Richie Stephenson's last night to mourn the death of slain dj Copper Cat.

However the gathering had to end early as the cops came and turned off the music. This got several of the artistes/selectors who were present angry. Ricky Trooper had to be calmed down by his female companion while Fantan Mojah shouted "mek wi march tonight because dem fight the music in every way".

Mr. Vegas also made an interesting point, "when dem kill Copper Cat a one police come put up yellow tape but yet dem send four car loads of police fi end di thing".

With the Noise Abatement Act stating that no outdoor events should go over the 2:00am cut off time many were surprised when the cops came a few minutes after 1:00am to turn off the music.

Copper Cat was gunned at his gate by unknown assailants who shot him in the head for his Black Berry.

The funeral service for Copper Cat will be held on Saturday February 5, 2011 at his home town in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland.

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Tiana Cant Talk Bad made its debut on Richie B's Top 25 Dancehall Chart


Tiana who has been hailed as the Princess of Dancehall has made her second debut on the popular Richie B's Jamaica Music Countdown Top 25 Dancehall Singles.

Tiana's female anthem No Man Cant Talk Bad Bout Me also made its debut on several other charts both locally and overseas. The song topped the #1 spot for three weeks in Belize on Wave's radio Starlight Saturdays Top Ten Dancehall Chart. The video spent a total of three months on the CVM's Hitlist chart while rocking the number #1 spot for three weeks. Tiana Cant Talk Bad Bout Me video currently stands firm in the #3 spot on New York based Web Tv CariVibez who also nominated the video for an award in the category of Best Female Video For 2010. Tiana is going up against the Queen of The Dancehall Lady Saw, badgal Cecile, Etana the strong one, Ikaya, Tifa, and more.

The song is also riding high on the prestigious OutAroad Top 20 Hot Singles Chart holding down the #12 position while it bubbles on the Hype Tv Top 20 Singles Chart.

Tiana latest single to hit the road is No Ring Pon Me Finger that is fast becoming another female anthem. Both Tiana's Cant Talk Bad Bout Me and No Ring Pon Me Finger were produced by D&H/Subkonshus.


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Toi hits big with "Whine n Stop" debut Video

toi_whine_and_stop_timberlee.jpgJamaican American rising "Ultrastar" Toi, premiered her debut music video on her Youtube channel of over 34,000 fans. The video, which was shot at Calibur Films Studio in Pembroke Pines, Florida, features the hit single, "Whine N Stop" from the Sanction Riddim Album produced by UIM Records. The album which features some of Jamaica's Top Artistes including Beenie Man, Ding Dong, Voicemail, Konshens, Mr. Vegas, Blak Diamon as well as Timberlee has been receiving a host of positive responses thus far.


Toi utilized her creative prowess, and artistic skills as the chief editor of the video, which was directed, and filmed by Sean Ricketts of Calibur Films. Her music itself is derived from influences stemming from several genres including but not limited to Pop, Reggae & RnB. With the flood of positive responses received so far, the video is expected to be a firm stepping stone, and a solid foundation for bigger things to come.

As her management team prepares for the launch of a 2011 Marketing Campaign, Toi is sincerely thankful for all the support from her friends, fans, and family. We can expect to see & hear lots more from Toi in 2011.

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February 3, 2011

Barrington Levy, Vybz Kartel & Khago Are Now "Gangsters"


Barrington Levy can be called many things - a dance-hall veteran, Reggae gad, national treasure, living legend, the list goes on… however one thing he is not is a gangster. You’ve heard his unique voice and homespun sounds just about everywhere on the planet - he is the truest definition of what it means to be a global star. From a sample that The Black Eyed Peas borrowed to his untouchable lacing up of yet another Snoop Dogg remix - toss in a healthy serving of Black Roses and two handfuls of Murderer and you have a recipe for success. You’re welcome, Snoop. Barrington - the myth, the man, the legend, is still a smoldering fire and a force to be reckoned with. Without a doubt his list of achievements reaches far beyond our Stratosphere.

His latest release on Platinum Camp/ Black Roses Records is appropriately entitled, It’s About Time. The sure to be a hit single called “Gangsters”, is a battle cry. It bellows from the depths of the human soul and delivers a resounding cease and desist order for the senseless bloodshed in his hometown of Kingston, Jamaica to end. Platinum Camp Records had this to say about Barrington’s latest release:

It is finally here, the most highly anticipated soundtrack from the movie Gangsters starring the legendary singer Barrington Levy and dancehall’s most controversial artist and Dancehall Hero - Vybz Kartel...(Say what you may about Kartel, but he is the driving force in today’s dance hall music.) and upcoming Reggae superstar, Khago.

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J. Booj's Lets Do It Again is now in control of the #1 spot

OutAroad Weekly Top Ten Reggae Chart


01 (02) (07) J. Boog -- Let's Do It Again – Don Corleon

02 (01) (07) Shawn Storm A My Life (incase yuh never know) Adidjaheim / Notnice - (2wks@#1)

03 (05) (05) Tarrus Riley -- Protect The People - Don Corleon

04 (03) (06) I-Octane -- No More - DJ Frass

05 (07) (04) Busy Signal -- Comfort Zone - Penthouse

06 (08) (03) Chuck Fenda -- Good Man In Your Life – Penthouse

07 (04) (11) Stevie Face -- In The Living Years -- Bootcamp Records - (2wks@#1)

08 (09) (02) Nesbeth -- A Nuh Suh Mi Want Live - Jan Biggs Production

09 (06) (12) Mavado -- Nine Life - (2wks@#1)

10 (NEW) (0) Ikaya -- Hard Way - Out A Road Records


1 Alaine -- Your Are Me - 1 Thirty 1 Records

2 Stevie Face -- Thank You For Loving Me – Penthouse

3 Anthony Cruz -- Only The Father – John John/Shan Shan

4 Romain Virgo -- Taking You Home – Penthouse

5 Hezron -- We Shall Find A Way - Hard Shield/Tads Int'l Records


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T-Jay Coming To Make A Difference

tjay_artiste_dancehall-reggae-william_williams.jpgEnergetic, gifted, and talented are only a few words that describe one of the newest faces in reggae dancehall, "T-Jay". "He leaves a major foot print on any stage he lands on, and has been known to have the crowd on their feet from beginning to end with or without his band." Patrica Chin - VP Rec.

Holding the reggae dancehall banner high, T-Jay is on the verge of making a major footprint in the music industry. With his fusion of dancehall, reggae & ska, his catchy melodies, passionate lyrics yet maintaining the fidelity of his childhood struggles, T-Jay is about to take dancehall by storm.

While other children's after school activities were spent in front of a television and playing with their peers, T-Jay spent most of his child hood in the studio with his father who surrounded him with some of reggaes pioneers which included Bob Marley, Pat Kelly, Sugar Minott, Pluto Chiverton, Gregory Issacs, Dennis Brown, Luciano, Marcia Griffiths, Terro Fabulous, Chaka Demus, Shabba Ranks. Jack Rubie, Beenie Man, Yellow Man and many other great reggae performers.

Being the son of legendary producer Derrick Douglas, he was born to a family of musical icons including his grandfather King of Ska Derrick Morgan and aunt Queen I-frica Writing and composing his first song entitled "Jigga" at the tender age of 8; he stumbled upon his talent and has utilized it ever since.

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February 2, 2011

I-octane Wraps Media Promotions In New York & Gears Up For "My Life" Tour


New York, NY (February 1, 2011): I Octane completed a media blitz last week in New York City, wooing the local media personalities and wowing reggae fans with his charismatic high-energy performances just days ahead of his impending “My Life” Tour.

Last week’s promotional tour commenced with a press conference and “meet and greet” on Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at 6:30 pm. Hosted by New York City eatery, Negril Village Restaurant, the press conference was moderated by Pat McKay of Sirius Satellite Radio. Though a snowstorm loomed over Manhattan, media houses and fans packed the venue where I-Octane posed for photographs and signed autographs. The singjay surprised those in attendance with an impromptu performance of hit singles “My Life,” “Lose A Friend,” “No Love Inna Them” and even serenaded Pat McKay with “Everytime You Touch Me.” The inclement weather postponed a scheduled performance at Waah Gwaan Wednesdays at Temptations Night Club in Brooklyn later that night to Wednesday, February 9, 2011.

On Thursday, January 27th, I-Octane braved the cold weather, kick starting his day with an interview on Sirius Satellite Radio. He then did a blizzard of interviews which included Caribbean Billboard Radio with host Chip Smith, Road Block Radio with Banky Hype, Irie Jam Radio with DJ Roy, Reggae Spin with Keveon, Hot 97 Boston with VOG and DJ Kool, E2onair with Judith Kitson and Linkup Radio with DJ Kevin Crown.

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Ninja Man Spends Birthday Behind bars But Daughter Still Hopeful

ninja_man_daughter_switzerland.jpgIt has been close to two years since controversial deejay Desmond ‘Ninjaman’ Ballentyne has been in prison without bail and it was his daughter’s dream that last Monday he would have been able to spend his birthday at home with family and friends. But that was not to be, and the celebrated Don Gorgon spent his 45th birthday cooped up behind bars, living as an inmate at the Horizon Remand Centre in Kingston.

Although his daughter, Samantha, aka Ninja Princess, is back in the land of her birth Switzerland, where she is going to school, the 18-year-old sent her mother, Joy, to visit her dad on his special day.

“I asked my mum to go visit him and she did. It’s very hard for me being so far away, but I made sure to look for him before I left Jamaica at the start of January. Then when I got here (Switzerland) somebody called and told me that my dad had been beaten up in the jail. I want to get him out of there … it was painful to see my dad like that,” Samantha said.

Reports had surfaced in the media that Ninjaman had been beaten, and according to Samantha’s mother Joy, the deejay is having a rough time.

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VP Releases Chino's "From Mawning" EP

chino_performing_dancehall_artiste.jpgAs the countdown to Chino McGregor's first US album kicks into high gear, VP Records had released the EP, From Mawning, containing four of Chino's most widely known hits.

The tracks From Mawning, Pon Yuh Head, Ruff It Up and Protected were the songs selected to introduce the singer to the US audience prior to the release of the album and are being disseminated for sale via iTunes and other online sites.

The US debut album which was originally scheduled for a March release date, now has a tentative release date of April 12.

Chino says, "All the tracks are done, but we wanted to ensure all the other logistics were 100 percent in place before the release of the album. I think it's something that fans will really love. Those who have heard a sneak preview are excited about it, so everyone should just keep an ear out for it when it drops. A lot of unexpected material will be on it."

The singjay who has been nominated for two Youth View awards will be off the island for most of February and March as he begins to pave the way for his upcoming album.

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February 1, 2011

One Fluffy VS Two Slimmas - Check out the results


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One On One OutAroad Protoje

My fellow one-on-one readers, I want to first and foremost wish you a happy and prosperous new year and also thank you for staying true to The first release for this year is about an artiste that has surpassed all expectations upon him and decided that he was going to break the mould. From St. Elizabeth in Jamaica he produced some of the songs that are on everyone’s lips. I am talking about none other than Protoje and you know your girl Shani has the scoop.


Location: UWI Mona, Mary Seacole Hall
Interviewer: Shanique Campbell AKA Shani
Interviewee: Protoje

Real Name: Oje Ollivirre

Age: 29

OutAroad: How long have you been in the music business?
Protoje: Seven years

OutAroad: How hard was it for you to start?
Protoje: It took a lot of time and effort but I knew that it was what I wanted to do so me did haffi make it happen.

OutAroad: What are some of the challenges that you faced?
Protoje: Maintaining patience because at times you want to jus buss and it’s gonna take a longer time than that.

OutAroad: Who is your role model in the business?
Protoje: My mother Lorna Bennett was a singer in the music business. As a matter of fact she is now my manager.

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Richie Spice - 'Book Of job' - New Album In Stores On March 15

richie_spice_book_of_job_album_cover.jpgReggae culture sensation Richie Spice is back with a brand new collection of signature hits on his new album Book Of Job, in stores and online on March 15, 2011. This, his fifth studio effort, is packed with 12 tracks of socially conscious roots reggae tunes that have made the entertainer an international staple for reggae lovers worldwide.

Spice chose Book of Job as the title because of his commitment to creating uplifting music, which is as unwavering as Job's faith was while enduring his many hardships. "A whole heap of things reach Job, he lose wealth, he lose him family, him lose everything, but because he was praising God, he regain," Spice explains. "It's the same thing with the music - it is righteousness me declare to the fullest and me nah go switch."

Teaming up with acclaimed reggae producer Donovan Germain for the majority of the album, including the smash singles "My Life" ("Street Life") and "Jah Never Let Us Down," Spice also enlists the talents of other top producers such as Shane Brown for "Serious Woman" and Stephen "Lenky" Marsden on "Yap Yap."

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The Official Patience Medley Video

As one of the CEO of the independent record label EDB Entertainment, eXile di brave has team up with GMPRO music to bring you their new reggae one drop riddim for the 2011. They have just shot the first medley off the riddim which includes a few upcoming artists such as Kamar I and Ras Kali.

Apart from the release of the Patience Medley Video eXile di brave is now busy making the necessary preparations for his upcoming tour which will get started a few months from now. The tour is also geared towards promoting his previous mixtape and his present mixtape that’s currently in the making.

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