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November 30, 2011

Mavado set to make triumphant return to Jamaican stage at 'Extravaganza'

mavado_gt_taylor_christmas_extravaganza_2011.jpgDecember 25 is celebrated as Christmas Day, and high rolling dancehall deejay, Mavado, has a special treat for his fans in Jamaica when he performs at the annual Jagra GT Taylor Christmas Extravaganza.

It will mark Mavado's first performance locally in many months and fans are eager to welcome home the Gully Gad after what they perceive as a too-long absence. It will be a red carpet style welcome for the deejay, who, despite a lack of physical presence, has remained deeply entrenched in the hearts, minds and on the lips of fans with his popular songs blasting the airwaves.

“We were very happy to secure Mavado for the show this year,” said promoter, GT Taylor. “We have been watching his progress this year, in particular, and recognize that Mavado is one of the artistes making big strides overseas and that is definitely good for dancehall,” GT, the Dancehall Master, added.

Mavado will be headlining a strong lineup of artistes on ‘Extravaganza’ and he is as excited about the event as his fans. “There is no place like home,” says the artiste who has been keeping company overseas with the likes of DJ Khaled, Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Ace Hood and Busta Rhymes. “What better way to spend Christmas than at Extravaganza with my fans? It will be the Gully Gad as you have never seen him before,” David Brooks, aka Mavado, promised.

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Buju Banton returning to Miami following Texas prison stay

By Marc Parc Writer

buju-bantoncourt-pics.jpgEmbattled Reggae superstar, Mark Myrie, more popularly known as Buju Banton, will call another prison home as he serves his ten-year prison sentence on drug-related charges.

The Grammy-winning singjay has been in transit several times since his sentencing this past June on three drug charges stemming from a December 2009 incident in Florida. Buju initially started his sentencing in Miami, where his trial and eventual conviction occurred. However, the popular Reggae singer was transferred from the Pinellas County Jail in Tampa, Florida to the Federal Holding Centre in Oklahoma City, where he spent a month, before finally being moved to the Limestone County Correctional Institution in Groesbeck, Texas.

However, a South Florida newspaper reports that Buju's prison adventure will come full circle as the internationally acclaimed artiste faces a move, en-route, to the Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) in Miami, Florida. According to Buju's lawyer, David Markus, Buju endured several hardships during two month stay in the Texas facility; describing the environment as one of a violent and unhealthy nature that made the singjay rather uncomfortable.

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Tad's Record Unveils the Phantom - Khago, I-Octane, Jah Vinci & Zamunda

phantom_series_khago_ioctane_jahvinci_zamunda_album_reggae_tadz_record.jpgWith a finger on the pulse of Reggae's bustling industry, Tad's Record introduces a brand new series dedicated to showcasing a variety of Jamaica's outstanding young hitmakers. The Phantom Series - makes its debut next month with The Phantom Series Vol. I - Various Artists featuring music from Dancehall front-runners Khago, I-Octane, Jah Vinci, and Zamunda. The Phantom Series Vol. I hits digital outlets and retail stores on Friday, December 9th.

The Phantom Series Vol. I - Various Artists features 23 singles including "My Life," "Burn Dem Bridge," and "Dem Anuh Don" from I-Octane, who has swept local and international Reggae charts with a flurry of socially conscious Dancehall singles throughout the year. Khago, arguably poised to be one of the genre's brightest stars in 2012, hits The Phantom with anthems like the local chart topper "Me Blood a Boil," and his breakthrough hit single "Nah Sell Out." Talented singer and crafty deejay Jah Vinci shows his dexterity on The Phantom Series Vol. I - Various Artists with the soulful single "In My Life" - which hit #1 on the local charts - and the lyrically sharp "Wah See Me Fall." Roots Reggae chanter Zamunda also shows off the more soulful side of Reggae with tunes like "Jah Love Surround Me."

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Black Ryno's travel documents returned following theft

By M. Jodee Writer

blak_ryno_kartel_popcaan_diss_walk_and_talk.jpgPopular Dancehall singjay, Romane Anderson, more popularly known as Black Ryno can express relief now that travel documents, which were recently stolen from him, have been returned.

The Garrison Records recording artiste was robbed whilst attending a meeting at the Supreme Promotions headquarters on Burlington Avenue in Kingston on Sunday. Bandits broke into Ryno's vehicle outside the headquarters; stealing the singjay's passport, accompanying travel documents and clothing. Ryno's passport was issued just hours prior to the incident as he used it to conduct some business.

On Tuesday, it was announced that Ryno's travel documents were returned by a friend of fellow Dancehall artiste, Flexx. The former protégé of Gully Squad leader, Mavado, was simultaneously at a recording studio where one of the members of Ryno's management team hung out. Flexx then told Ryno's affiliate that the documents were recovered.

Black Ryno issued a statement expressing his delight with the new development.

"I want to say a special thank you to Flexx and the young lady for being good Samaritans; it’s good to see that there are still honest, caring people in our society."
With passport in hand, Ryno will look to finalize preparations for tours in St. Kitts, Turks & Caicos as well as Costa Rica next month prior to his scheduled performance at STING 2011 in Portmore.

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November 29, 2011

Week #3 for Popcaan's Ravin - OutAroad 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 - 01 - (06) Popcaan - Ravin - Adidjaheim Records - (3wks@#1)

02 - 02 - (05) Mavado - Delilah - Mansion Records

03 - 03 - (13) Mavado - All Dem A Talk - ZJ Chrome

04 - 04 - (11) Vybz Kartel - Summer Time - Adidjaheim Records - (1wk@#1)

05 - 07 - (10) Shabba Ranx - None A Dem - Di Genius

06 - 08 - (10) Mavado - Pepper - Di Genius

07 - 09 - (08) Chan Dizzy Hello Badmind - Head Concussion

08 - 10 - (08) Assassin - Talk How Mi Feel - DJ Frass

09 - 12 - (04) Khago - Blood A Boil - TJ Records

10 - 14 - (04) Tiana - Pum Pum Phat (Ravin Remix)

11 - 05 - (13) Vybz Kartel - Look Pon We - Head Concussion - (peaked@#4)

12 - 13 - (07) Danielle ft Cherine - Rebel - Taxi Records

13 - 06 - (11) I-Octane - Nuh Ramp Wid Wi - Cashflow Records - (peaked@#3)

14 - 15 - (07) Andrew & Wada Blood - Roll Wid Mi Bredda - Notice Production

15 - 16 - (03) Tiana ft Konshens - Gyal Mi Love You - Fams House Studio

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Nikki Z Birthday Bash - Beach Sexy - "Diva'Z Revenge"

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Only 4 days left until multi media personality Diva Nikki Z birthday bash "Beach Sexy" at Sugarmans Beach. The birthday girl has taken Jamaica by storm and has been spotted at the hottest events on the island. Teaming up with Hapilos Int, they have been giving away tickets and prizes but you can still purchase tickets at several outlets and LADIES 2 for 1 before 6PM. Admission:$800 (women) and $1000 (men). $1200 at the gate.

Tashamays fashion - 151 Constant Spring road
Spicy Couture - Shop 11U Mall Plaza 20 Constant Spring road

Genus Pharmacy - Portmore Plaza
Sunny's Gift Shop - #4 Portmore Mall
Genus Pharmacy - Breaton Texaco

Music by ZJ Chrome, Foota Hype, Chris Diamond, Razz & Biggy, Flava Unit, Stone Love, Supa Hype and Richie Feelings, celebrities guests and artists passing through!

For the party goers who have not crossed their path, you can also win tickets by participating in "Hapi Hour" courtesy of Hapilos International, log in each Thursday and Friday for a chance to still win tickets and many other prizes. Check out Hapilos Fan Page on Facebook by CLICKING HERE

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VP Records & Scikron Join Forces To Release I-Octane's First Official Album

"I-Octane's fusion of hauntingly sung vocals with rapid-fire rhymes...reaffirm dancehall's significance as a vehicle for compelling commentaries and praising Jah..." BILLBOARD

I-octane_album_crying_to_nation_album_reggae_dancehall.jpgVP Records and Scikron are proud to announce the release of I-Octane's debut album, 'Crying To The Nation,' available January 31, 2012. As one of the most-talked about artists emerging from Jamaica, I-Octane's first full-length LP will reinvigorate the feeling of roots and dancehall at its purest. He has already proven himself as a lyricist with rapid-fire delivery, and unveils his uncanny ability to sing romantic ballads and socially aware tunes on this traditional reggae album.

'Crying To The Nation' puts I-Octane in a class of his own as one of the next generation's leaders of the conscious dancehall movement. Following in a similar vein of his predecessors Sizzla, Capleton and Buju Banton, his lyrics express sentiments of faith, romance, social justice and compassion for the ghetto youth. His brand new single "L.O.V.E Y.O.U," "Missing You" (remix featuring Agent Sasco) and "Once More" reflect his emotional sensibility, while songs like "Vanity Will Come," "All We Need Is Love" (featuring Tarrus Riley) and the title track are filled with positive messages and political leanings, something that the current state of dancehall often lacks.

"I feel good about all the songs I've done since I have started out, but this album is very special to me because I got the chance to make the type of songs that I really enjoy and meds the music in a different creative way. My fans will get to see another side of me and after all the challenges I've faced in the industry, seeing my first album is a great accomplishment. I give thanks for that," states I-Octane.

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It's About Time - Barrington Levy to release new album this week

By Marc Parc Writer

barrington_levy_its_about_time_album.jpgInternationally acclaimed Dancehall/Reggae singer, Barrington Levy, will unveil his 29th and, possibly, last studio album/compilation this week.
It's About Time, Levy's much talked about project, will be released via Black Roses Entertainment; featuring several prominent local and international acts. The album's regarded by many fans and Dancehall observers as his most anticipated album since 1998's Living Dangerously that featured Dancehall superstar, Bounty Killer for the album's classic title track, as well as American hip-hop superstar, Snoop Dogg.

Snoop features once again alongside Levy for It's About Time along with fellow rapper Jadakiss and Jamaican-born hip-hop stars, Busta Rhymes as well as Love Me Like This featuring the late Heavy D, who recently passed away at his Los Angeles home of complications from pneumonia at the age of 44. The single was reportedly recorded in California last year.
Additionally, Levy's new album features Grammy-winning Reggae superstar, Damian 'Jr. Gong' Marley, who collaborates with the Here I Come singer for the track, Healthy. A video for the single is expected to drop in early 2012.

It's About Time could mark Levy's final studio album after the established singjay admitted last year that he believed he'd only tour and record singles once the project hits stores.

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November 28, 2011

Mavado claims Flexx wants to mimic him, feels bad about Kartel situation

By Marc Parc Writer

Internationally acclaimed Dancehall singjay, David 'Mavado' Brooks has returned to Jamaica after spending the better part of four months touring and recording overseas; seeking to address speculation surrounding him since his departure.

The self-professed Gully Gad became the subject of controversy within the last two weeks following reported tension between him and Gully Squad protégé, Flexx. The tension resulted from a recent interview Mavado gave via IRIE FM addressing rumors of Flexx being on tour with him while named a person of interest. The singjay intimated that Flexx was not on tour with him, leading the Gully Squad artiste to call out Mavado and accuse him of disassociating himself from the situation. Flexx appeared on the November 19 edition of CVM's OnStage; saying that Mavado got "hype" and failed to appreciate all he did for the Gully camp's leader.

Speaking with Winford Williams on CVM's OnStage this past Saturday, Mavado insisted that he has no beef with Flexx; expressing surprise at the Stepping Razor deejay's anger towards him.

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Black Ryno robbed during meeting

By M. Jodee Writer

black-ryno-gaza.jpgAnother well-renowned Dancehall artiste finds himself scrambling for answer following a robbery of several valuables whilst attending to business.

Romane Anderson, more popularly known as Black Ryno, was robbed this past weekend while attending a meeting at the Supreme Promotions headquarters on Burlington Avenue in Kingston. The incident comes a few weeks after another popular deejay, Elephant Man, was robbed of several items while attending an event in New Kingston. Another top deejay, Macka Diamond, endured a similar fate this past during her performance at the Louise Bennett Theatre in August.

While at Supreme Promotions headquarters, thieves broke into Ryno's vehicle; stealing a myriad of valuables including his passport, additional travel documents as well as clothing. Ryno's passport was issued just hours prior to the incident after conducting business and is scheduled to go on tour across the Caribbean as well as Costa Rica next month prior to his performance at STING 2011.

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Fantan Mojah Escapes Serious Injuries in Car Accident!

Fantan_Mojah_crash_country_road.jpgFantan Mojah and his travel crew got the scare of their lives after the vehicle in which they were travelling from the Reggae Fever event held at Puerto Seco Beach in St. Ann, overturned in the wee hours of Sunday Morning, November 27. Fantan said the accident resulted from, "slippery road surface" and was quick to point out that his driver was not speeding. The internationally acclaimed Roots/Reggae artiste said, "on our way in the bus start to skid when we got to Steer Town and me driver lost control of the vehicle" obviously shaken "but me give thanks to Jah for preserving we life though one of me finger broke and me in pain" he said.

Mojah said his travel crew members are all suffering from minor injuries and pain as a result of the accident. He said at least three (3) other vehicles had near miss incidences at the same spot and he was told that another accident ocur at the same place last week. As a result Fantan Mojah is making a special plea to the relevant authorities to at least post a sign of caution to motorists to prevent any other incident and possibly death.

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November 27, 2011

Collin Hines off to Abu Dhabi

Collin Hines enthusiastic about first Abu Dhabi assignment

captain_colin_hines_fame_fm_Abu_Dhabi_jamaica.jpgAce disc jock, Collin Hines, is eagerly anticipating his maiden voyage to the Middle East where he is scheduled to play at an exclusive 80's party in Abu Dhabi, which is part of the United Arab Emirates(UAE).

Dubbed Nostalgia, the event is being marketed as "Abu Dhabi's first Exclusive 80's Dance Party. Relive the era when everything was bigger, louder and brighter.” The party will be held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre on December 8 and will also feature the skills of another renowned Jamaican disc jockey, Delano of Renaissance Disco.

The conceptualiser of the event is Jamaican Mandi Bent, who has been working in Abu Dhabi for the past six years as Event Director at the Dome Exhibition Centre. She explained that there is a community of Caribbean and UK expatriates thirsty for this kind of entertainment, therefore the decision was made to fill their cup.

"We have had concerts with international artistes like Janet Jackson, Britney Spears, Jimmy Cliff and Sean Paul, but this is the first time we are having a party of this kind in the UAE,” she stated, adding that Abu Dhabi is not the same place as Dubai, although both places are in close proximity.

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November 26, 2011

Flexx Reveals The Truth About Him & Mavado - Onstage Invterview

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November 25, 2011

Drake's First Week Sales Are Not Important To Lil Wayne

By Rob Markman
MTV News

lil_wayne_blue_lights_outaroad.jpgThough the first week numbers for Drake’s Take Care aren’t in yet, it’s pretty much a given that the Toronto MC will snag the #1 spot on the Billboard 200 Album Chart when the numbers are officially revealed and positioning is determined on Wednesday. Based on early projections Drizzy could move as much as 700,000 copies of his sophomore set, but while much of the music world is fixated on Drake’s sales numbers, his Young Money boss Lil Wayne is not.

"As far as expectations, we don't have those around here. Expectations are a weakness in the music business because if you expect anything, 10 times out of 10 it's not gonna happen, so we don't have expectations around here," Lil Wayne told MTV News on Friday when we caught up with him on a trip to New Orleans where, he gave out Thanksgiving Turkeys in his old neighborhood on Saturday.

"What we do expect is ... to work very hard and we expect people to respect our hard work and our effort," Weezy continued. "Now as far going to buy the album, as far as going to get 750,000 copies, that's never a problem with us; that's never important to us."

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Inner Circle remake Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dogg's "Young, Wild & Free" with I-Octane and Bizerk


Miami - Inner Circle teams up with reggae artist I-Octane and upcoming recording artist Bizerk of Alligator City on an island vibe remake of Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dogg's recording "Young, Wild & Free".

Most people know Inner Circle via "Sweat" and "Bad Boys" the ubiquitous "Cops" theme song that typified Inner Circle as one of reggae's most successful groups ever. On the legendary band's latest release Blazzin Fire: Classic Cuts the album captures the sounds of Inner Circle's past and present. Inner Circle continues to tour the world entertaining sold out crowds in the U.S., South America and Europe in 2011 alone.

Jamaica's newest rising star I-Octane has been making a name for himself. Coming off a European tour, Byiome "I- Octane" Muir has worked with some of reggae's legends including Beres Hammond, Buju Banton, Assassin, and now Inner Circle. I-Octane musical beginnings began as a DJ in Jamaica and progressed to making and performing for the masses. "My work is different, I stand for positiveness and righteousness," stated I-Octane.

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Twilight Breaking Dawn sparks 'convulsing, snorting' seizures in US cinemas

Epileptic fits in male viewers blamed on light effects during vampire birthing scene

Xan Brooks

The%20Twilight%20Saga%20Breaking%20Dawn%20-%20Part%201.jpgThe critics have labelled it slow, bloated and joyless. The Guardian's own Peter Bradshaw described it as an "emo-operetta" that "sweeps us away on a riptide of mawkish euphoria". Yet it transpires that the latest Twilight picture may possess a power that was somehow missed by its early detractors. It is now being blamed for triggering epileptic seizures in filmgoers across America.

Brandon Gephart, from Roseville, California, was reportedly rushed to hospital after falling ill during the movie's climactic birthing sequence. "He was convulsing, snorting, trying to breathe," his girlfriend Kelly Bauman told reporters from CBS Sacramento. "He scared me big time." The screening ended prematurely following the arrival of paramedics.

Elsewhere, ABC4 in Salt Lake City ran the story of an unnamed Utah man who suffered a similar seizure while watching the film. "I didn't really remember what happened after that," the man explained. "I think I blacked out. According to [my wife] I was shaking and mumbling different noises."

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Buju Banton issues statement regarding upcoming benefit concert

Buju Banton, promoters endorse upcoming benefit concert, say it will enhance artiste’s legacy

By Marc Parc Writer

buju_banton_benefit_concert_2012.jpgOn December 3, 2011, patrons are expected gather around a Tampa, Florida stage seeking to hear lyrics promoting messages of peace, love and harmony from their favorite Reggae superstars. However, while performers will offer various selections of a positive nature, they'll collectively try to honor an embattled singjay who nurtured his music to provide upliftment for fans worldwide.

Next week Saturday, the Buju Banton benefit concert will take place at the Supa D Tropical Bar & Grill in Tampa, Florida; starting at 1pm. Buju, currently serving a ten year sentence on drug related charges, becomes the subject of an event dedicated towards providing financial support ahead of his appeal on said conviction. The lineup card for the benefit concert includes internationally renowned Reggae artistes, Delly Ranx, Gramps Morgan, Nadine Sutherland, Glen Washington and Norris Man amongst others whilst featuring a yet-to-be named special guest artiste. Also, persons planning to attend the show will be asked to make a US$20 donation for the cause as organizers hope to make at least US$50,000 from the concert for Buju's legal defense.

The event's main organizer, Taranee Jiles, is a long-time friend of Buju Banton; desiring a concept to help the artiste's cause whilst languishing in a Texas federal prison. Out of friendship and the hope Buju walks free sooner rather than later, Jiles formulated the idea of the benefit concert; an idea fans and supporters of the Grammy-winning singjay quickly bought into.

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November 24, 2011

Renowned Reggae artiste also under investigation for "Dudus" connection

By Marc Parc Writer

dudus_singer_reggae_veteran_coke_case.jpgA day following reports that a prominent Dancehall singjay was being sought by American law enforcement officials in connection with a notorious Jamaican drug lord, a Roots/Reggae singer is also being investigated for such an association.

United States drug officials revealed on Wednesday that a well-renowned Reggae singer has appeared on their radar as a possible link to former West Kingston strong man, Christopher "Dudus" Coke. According to officials, documents are currently being processed as they are seeking to arrest the singer. Additionally, it was revealed that the singer plies his trade as producer and promoter, despite having no major hit songs to his name.

The report follows up Tuesday's news that American law enforcement officials were probing a popular Dancehall singjay for drug-related allegations. The singjay being investigated has a green card according to the U.S, is Kingston-based and has several hit songs to his name. Additionally, the singjay reportedly has two warrants out for his arrest.

Christopher "Dudus" Coke currently awaits sentencing in the United States for charges in a drug case which he pleaded guilty months earlier. Coke pled-guilty to a count of racketeering conspiracy and a count of conspiracy to commit assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering.

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Exclusive: Teacha & Mackrel - Dem Gal Sittin' MIxtape Vol. 7



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Popcaan Continues To "Rave" The #1 Spot on Hype TV Reggae/Dancehall Chart


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Lisa Hyper does well on US club tour

lisa_hyper_us_club_tour.jpgFormer Portmore Empire first lady Lisa Hyper is overjoyed at the crowd response to her performances during her US club tour so far.

"On Monday night I was in Long Island, I performed on two shows in New Jersey the night before, and I did a show with Vegas and Demarco in North Carolina. I also did one with Vegas in Virginia. I have a show next week Tuesday in the Bronx, and that night is gonna be my belated birthday party so it ah go amp up," she said in a release this week.

She will also do gigs in Philadelphia and Orlando over the next few weeks. She has also reunited with MC Nuffy, and she will be teaming up with him to do a rehearsal for Sting 2011. When she returns to Jamaica in December, Lisa Hyper plans to release a video for the popular Jam2-produced single, Roll Deep, which she performed on CVM TV's Onstage a few weeks ago.

"When I did 'Roll Deep' on Onstage, I got a lot of positive feedback so I went ahead and shot the video right before I started this tour. I will also be shooting a video for the single, Power, when I return. Mi have a couple of new songs too, mi lost a bagga people with my 'Fly Like Kite' song on Lena British new riddim, and I have a song called 'Up inna the Ceiling' plus I have completed my album which will be released after Sting, so mi ah come mi run Jamaica by next year," she said.

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November 23, 2011

Before They Were Stars with Lady Saw

By Marc Parc Writer


With a well-deserved title as the "Queen of Dancehall" to her name, Lady Saw has proven herself as the gold standard amongst female deejays. Un-intimidated by a male-dominated Dancehall industry where females struggle to earn major opportunities, Lady Saw blazed the trail for aspiring deejays looking to make waves on the local and international music industry.

However, Lady Saw offers an alter-ego contrary to her personal life; particularly at a younger age. Born Marion Hall in 1971, the St. Mary native endured various hardships within a family struggling to make ends meet. To assist her parents in achieving income, Hall picked fruits and vegetables to sell at the nearest market whilst also playing her trade as a domestic worker.

During her younger days, Hall sang in a church choir; earning recognition for her vocal abilities. However, Hall's break came when she started to record Reggae singles for various sound systems; testing her styles in an effort to realize her potential as an artiste. Recording for sound systems since the age of 15, Hall gained knowledge pertaining to the professional process of music and decided to move to Kingston to pursue her career.

While in Kingston, Hall noticed that males within the Dancehall fraternity were earning much more praise and accolades compared to their female counterparts; not gaining acclaim for the positive music they preached. That prompted Hall to transform her lyrical from conscious and clean to raunchy and rebellious; attempting to rival her male counterparts within the industry.

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Khago rocks Strictly the Best show in Boston

khago_tour_hot_97_concert_boston.jpgThe girls in the crowd screamed enthusiastically inside the Showcase Live venue in Boston as international dancehall recording star Khago hit the stage with his signature 'ah Khago' announcement. The Nah Sell Out Mi Friend Dem singer was one of the headline acts at the Strictly the Best concert held on November 22nd and he did not disappoint the capacity crowd after an emphatic introduction by leading Boston Hot 97 radio personality VOG.

Lighters and forwards greeted his 'Blood a Boil' with the white girls in the crowd leaping up to grab his hand or tug at the foot of his jeans. He greeted the crowd with a "good morning Boston, this is my first time here". He then segued neatly into the reggae-flavoured 'Gwaan Live My Life' and hands swayed in the crowd. Then he paused to address the large audience.

"If yu have an enemy, mek mi see oonu hand, everybody need an enemy, my enemy motivate me fi rise up inna the morning," he said, before launching out into the soulful 'Nah Mek Dem Change My Energy'.

Then he changed the tone of his performance by doing his current number one hit, Tun Up De Ting on the Overproof Riddim, and dozens of lighters flickered in the nightclub.

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Established Dancehall singjay being sought by U.S law officials in connection with "Dudus"

By M. Jodee
Contributing Writer

Untitled_homeland_security.jpgAnother established Dancehall artiste could soon be facing major charges following the revelation that he's an associate of a prominent Jamaican drug lord.
American law enforcement officials are seeking an internationally acclaimed deejay who they say has strong ties to notorious west Kingston strong man, Christopher "Dudus" Coke; involving in drug-related activity. "Dudus" awaits sentencing in the United States after recently pleading guilty to drug-related charges.

Though the identity of the high-ranking singjay has yet to be revealed, an American law enforcement official confirmed that the artiste is Kingston-based, being sought in Michigan on drug-related allegations and faces at least two other warrants. Additionally, the official revealed that the singjay currently holds a green card and isn't the only prominent Jamaican artiste who could face drug charges in the United States.

This revelation comes days after Assistant Commissioner of Police, Ealan Powell, intimated that other local deejays have appeared on his radar and that law enforcement officials will arrest the alleged offenders in due time.

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Da'Ville Gets Real In Took A Break

daville_reggae_singer_jamaica_songs.jpgIt's reggae crooner Da'ville like you've never heard him in "Took A Break", the second single from his upcoming album.
The song just jumps out at you, it's almost like a letter from Da'ville to his fans coming straight from the heart. Listening to this his latest effort it's hard not to be caught up in the words as he just seem to bare his soul inviting a rare glimpse into his world.

"I know I've been away for a while, I took a break from the stage and the lies
You don't really see my trouble and my trials, All you see is the glitz and the glam...But you really don't see the man that I am...I hide my pain and I don't let it show..."
sings the artiste.

Commenting on this gem of a song Da'ville says it's his story and that of everyone who has ever been branded and misjudged.

"It's a fact that there are people who have lots to say about you, even though they don't have a clue who you are. They don't know what you have been through, yet they think they are an authority on your life," he quipped.

"Anyone can relate to this song," he shared adding that it is his hope that music lovers everywhere will embrace it.
Da'ville's first single "When I'm With You" is currently number 2 on Hype TV Top 20 Singles Chart. The single also went number one on Jamaica Music Countdown Chart.

"Right now, it's just about music and working on more tracks for my upcoming album," he said, adding that the album is expected to be ready early next year.

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November 22, 2011

Delly Ranx expresses hope for Jamaican music industry, excited for Buju concert

By M. Jodee Writer

delly_ranx_mad_free_riddim.jpgThe Dancehall/Reggae music has endured a slew of public relations nightmares in recent months; particularly its main superstar, Vybz Kartel. However, one veteran artiste believes the local music industry's image can change for the better.

Prominent deejay and producer, Delly Ranx has proven himself as one of the most consistent artistes of his generation; witnessing the evolution of Dancehall/Reggae music since his debut in 1990. With several hits to boast in three separate decades, Ranx believes his music can help uplift fans of both genres; messages he's preached since appearing on the local scene.

"I've always done positive music from the day I entered the business and I'm sure my music will help to push the reggae/dancehall music in a positive light," a confident Delly Ranx insisted.

Additionally, Ranx believes that despite Reggae's struggle to stay relevant as a result of Dancehall's continued emergence, the response from fans and Dancehall observers will help determine its course going forward.

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Mavado gets May 2012 court date for assault case

By Marc Parc Writer

mavado_robbed.jpgInternationally acclaimed Dancehall artiste, David "Mavado" Brooks will be made to wait a while longer before his next court appearance regarding an assault case.

The Alliance-affiliated singjay, charged with assault occasioning bodily harm in relation to an incident this past summer, was ordered to return to court on May 16, 2012 following a hearing on Monday morning. The charges stems from an incident leading to the shooting death of entourage member and close friend Conroy "Connie" Edwards outside Bounty Killer's birthday party at the QUAD nightclub in June.

It's alleged that Mavado and his entourage engaged in a tussle with off-duty police officers, leading to the incident. Edwards was then shot in the abdomen by a stray bullet that Mavado later claimed was intended for him. Edwards succumbed to his injuries three days later at the Kingston Public Hospital.

Mavado also is involved in another assault case stemming from an incident hours after the conclusion of Reggae Sumfest 2011 in Montego Bay, St. James. That case was postponed to February 2012 following an appearance in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court in September.

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Charly Black Does It Again With Ungrateful!!!

Kingston, Jamaica – November 21, 2011- It is finally here! Charly Black has done it again!

charly_black_ungrateful_video_reggae.jpgAs "Ungrateful" and “Too Blessed” climb steadily to the top of the charts, both locally and overseas has given Charly Black the drive to shoot a clean cut HD video for the fast rising track "Ungrateful".

While "Ungrateful" has been receiving rave reviews from the entertainment fraternity and fans, Charly Black, continues to "tun it up" this Christmas as he wants his fans to be assured that, they will not be disappointed.

The artiste is slated for several shows this season, both on the local and international scene such as GT Christmas Extravaganza, several shows in Canada and USA, are on the artiste's busy schedule for 2011 and 2012.

As Charly rides the waves of success, the artiste remains humble and dedicated to his fans. "Hard work and being grateful pays off." Charly quipped.


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Chino Gets Ready To Drop Japan Album

chino_album_japan_reggae_dancehall.jpgReggae and dancehall singjay, Chino, is already in preparation mode for yet another album.

The artiste who released is sophomore Japan album, Never Change, last summer and a self-entitled US debut album, Chino, in May of this year, has started working on another album which is scheduled for release in Japan early next year.

One of the earliest singles, he says, will be a remix of his hit single, Seal Di Link featuring Japanese female artiste, Akane. "She will be singing in Japanese, while I sing in English," says Chino.

The Driving Me Insane, Must Come Back and Ruff It Up singer is no stranger to imbibing his music with a Japanese flair - his previous Japanese album, Never Change, featured a Japanese version of his hit song, From Mawnin'. The single went on to become the number one downloaded/purchased track and ringtone on Japan's most established ringtone sites, Reggae Zion - a first for anyone outside of the Japan market. The song soon became the site's theme song - also a courtesy previously extended to only Japanese acts, while the album became one of Japan's overall best sellers that year.

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November 21, 2011

Rihanna Causes Stir In U.K., France

Singer, whose Talk That Talk is out this week, offended audience with what she wore on Britain's 'X Factor.'

By Jocelyn Vena (@jocelyn1212)


Rihanna seems to be making trouble everywhere she goes these days. On Sunday night, she accepted her American Music Award for Favorite R&B/Soul Album remotely from the U.K., where she was performing on "The X Factor." And part of her ensemble for that performance had heads turning.

Donning a demure plaid dress and clunky punk shoes with writing scrawled all over them, one phrase on the footwear had some people up in arms. According to The Telegraph, the words "F--- Off" were written on Ri's shoes. While the offensive statement may have left audiences a bit shocked, a spokesperson for the show played down the controversy.

"There were no close-up shots of Rihanna's shoes," the spokesperson said. "We believe the performance was suitable."

Rihanna caused a similar stir last December when she appeared on the British reality program scantily clad in a provocative outfit.

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Tiana warns that she will "F**k You Up" in new single



PR JAMAICA ENT - Kingston: Emerging Dancehall star and the "Princess of Dancehall," Tiana shows her range once again with the release of her newest single, F**k You Up; proving she's more than just a pretty face.

Tiana's latest effort continues a stellar 2011 for the singjay. The breakthrough artiste scored several hits locally and overseas with Pum Pum Phat (Popcaan's Ravin' Remix), Highest Grade (Bruno Mars - Lazy Song Remix) and Bruk Out & Whine on the internationally acclaimed Overproof Riddim.

However, F**k You Up takes a turn from the pulsating, sensual and fun-loving sound that Tiana's been known for throughout her career. As the title of the song illustrates, F**k You Up issues warning shots at women who'd ever try to steal her man. The song, a remix of hip-hop superstar, Lil Wayne's How To Love, calls women who chase after men in relationships hypocrites given that they never tried to do so while said men were available.

"Mi already mek it clear mi nuh trust in wedding band, cah mi have di ukku bit weh fi hol' my man," Tiana deejays in the chorus.
She goes on: "Might look shy but nuh tink seh mi simple, mi is a gyal weh easy get bringle, especially when dem see yuh man an waan fi mingle, dem neva wan di man when him did single."

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Stacious addresses Bridgez altercation, Esco talks career progress on RETV 5 to 7 Live

By Marc Parc Writer

stacious_esco_reggae_dancehall_artistes_jamaica.jpgSurprises, excitement and controversy filled Saturday's episode of RETV 5 to 7 Live as they welcomed several premier acts to the show, including three ladies of the highly-acclaimed Bedroom Riddim.

Prominent deejays, Stacious, Natalie Storm and Raine Seville heated up the RETV 5 to 7 Live studios with the premiere of their new Bedroom Riddim Medley music video. They intimated that the Riddim was done for the enjoyment of their male fans and also showed how various females in the industry could set aside their differences and egos to produce a hit.

However, the focus quickly shifted to Stacious, who's been embroiled in controversy over the last week following the much reported fight between herself and fellow Alliance-affiliated artiste, Bridgez outside HYPE TV's studios.

When asked by show host, Yanique Barrett regarding the root of their bad blood, Stacious implied that her issue with Bridgez was prompted by unnecessary pressures put on Bedroom Riddim Medley director, Timberlee during the video shoot in September. The growing tension on set triggered what Stacious called a "disrespectful" reaction from Bridgez; leading to their verbal altercation.

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From the Caribbean Islands to the World, Reggae Sensation Toi Delivers "Di Motto"

toi_female_artiste_jamaican.jpg19 year old Reggae Pop sensation Toi, is a multi-talented young artist with strong singing abilities and loads of endearing personality. As she continues to build a fan base and turn the heads of big industry names, Toi has joined forces with Jus Eazy Productions based in Kingston, Jamaica, to release a brand new single, "Di Motto!". This release marks yet another exciting moment in the career of the rising superstar who suggests that, "the best way to win the hearts of your fans is to creatively write and perform original and enjoyable songs".

Having worked with an array of world-beating musical talent, the coming together of Toi and Jus Eazy Productions is something really special. From the Caribbean islands, to the World, what Toi does can have a truly global appeal; there are no culture barriers. It comes with no surprise that she has quickly grown to become one of Jamaica's most promising vocal artists; generating a massive following of over 50,000 Youtube, Facebook, and Twitter followers.

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November 19, 2011

Mavado, Rick Ross, Diddy, Ace Hood, Fat Joe & Meek Mill To headline Dj Khaled Birthday Bash


Mavado recently attended the MTV Sucker-Free Awards in Miami with DJ Khaled and lablemate Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Ace Hood and Busta Rhymes and has been spotted at the hottest club night in the US - Sundays at legendary Club Liv - on a Sunday night sparring with some of Hip Hop's biggest names. As his mainstream profile continues to rise, Mavado will be appearing on two star-studded events over the next two weeks. Friday November 25th sees Gully Gad appear for We The Best Music boss DJ Khaled's birthday bash @ Club Mansion on South Beach, Miami.

Rick Ross, Puff Daddy, Ace Hood, Meek Mills and a host of surprise guests are slated to perform alongside Gully Gad at the birthday bash that is one of the biggest annual parties in Miami.

"Mavado being at my birthday celebration is a blessing," said DJ Khaled. "Its what the people want and We The Best always delivers that!"

Scheduled for the following week, Mavado has just been added to the huge annual Jingle Jam concert presented by Connecticut's biggest Hip Hop and R'n'B station Hot 93.7 FM. Jingle Jam is being held on Friday December 2nd at the XL Centre in Hartford.

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Dancehall Artiste Popcaan happy with career progress, yet to visit Kartel in jail

By Marc Parc Writer

popcaan_gaza_empire_dancehall_artiste.jpgEmerging Dancehall superstar, Andre Sutherland, more popularly known as Popcaan, insists he'll become the proverbial flag bearer for the Portmore Empire despite his mentor's incarceration on murder and drug-related charges.

Since his arrest on September 29 in New Kingston, Portmore Empire leader, Vybz Kartel has been slapped with two murder charges stemming from incidents occurring this past summer. Additionally, Assistance Commissioner of Police, Ealan Powell, intimated that more murder charges could be issued against Kartel; darkening an already large cloud over Kartel's career and the future of the Portmore Empire.

With fellow Empire member, Shawn Storm also behind bars on a murder charge, Popcaan and fellow members of Gaza group are disheartened regarding the startling allegations. However, the Ravin deejay, who's been hailed by some Dancehall observers as the most improved artiste in 2011, told TVJ's Entertainment Reports that he'll bear the responsibility of leading the Empire while lifting sulking Gaza fans.

"Is a time when Gaza fans down, but yuh haffi try keep dem heads up," Popcaan said.
Additionally, Popcaan insisted that his recent surge within Dancehall comes as a result of a change in approach.

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Teacha & Mackrel Gearing Up For Three-Week US Tour

teacha_mackrel_selectors_jamaica.jpgJamaica's rising selectors Teacha & Mackrel who can easily be defined as one of the hottest duos in the streets right now will be embarking on a three-week tour of the United States that will have them visiting states such as Boston, New York, New Jersey, and Minneapolis just to name a few.

The Three-week tour is scheduled to be kicked off on Monday and will also feature the likes of Lisa Hyper, Mr Lex and Singer J.

While on tour Teacha & Mackrel will also be focusing a little of their energy on their soon to be released mixtape titled "Dem Gal Sittin Vol. 7" which feature big names such as Mavado, Vybz Kartel, Khago, Aidonia, Bounty Killer, Tiana, Pamputae and many more.

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Stacious and Bridgez anxious to put fight behind them

By M. Jodee Writer

stacious_bridgez__dnacehall_females_artistes.jpgThe ongoing battle between Alliance-affiliated deejays, Stacy "Stacious" Scarlett and Bridgett "Bridgez" Roache seems to have cooled off, but not before getting in a few parting shots.

Last week Friday, reports surfaced that Stacious and Bridgez fought outside the HYPE TV studios in Kingston following the premiere of their Bedroom Riddim Medley video. Reportedly, the fight succeeded an argument following a photo-op when the two brushed each other inside the studio. After a short lull, the altercation spilled into the parking lot where punches were reportedly thrown before they were broken up.

Last night, Stacious took to TVJ's Entertainment Report to put the ongoing tension to rest by explaining what took place during the fight. According to the Gully Squad first lady, she refused to allow Bridgez to disrespect her; implying that she instigated the physical altercation. Additionally, Stacious suggested that Bridgez was the one who decided to publicize what happened initially, via social media; claiming she lied about what happened during the incident.

"You know what it is, it's not a typical thing, you try to avoid people as best as you can….She's the one who went to Twitter and talked all of this rubbish. I'm bigger and I'm better than that," Stacious said.

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November 18, 2011

Konshens Goes Digital with the Launch of A New Mobile App

konshens_app_reggae_dancehall.jpgInternational Reggae Rising Star Konshens continues to raise the bar as he recently unveiled the 'Konshens App'. Currently available on the Android smart phone, the new App allows Konshens fans to have access to him on the go.

The App supports a wide range of Konshens content, giving fans the opportunity to stay connected to him by receiving the latest Konshens updates. Fans will be able to scroll through his latest promo and performance pics, stream his videos and link directly to itunes and purchase the song of their choice. All these feature are directly linked to their smart phones allowing them to stay connected to Konshens on the go.

The App has a user friendly, interactive feature called 'the fan wall', where fans can post comments and photos that can be shared with friends in real time for other users to view. Users will also have the option to view his current performance schedule for upcoming concerts and tour information. His fans will now have access to everything Konshens in one location.

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Dahved Levy Named Man of the Year!

dahved_levy_radio_personality_wbls.jpgTop flight radio announcer and host of the #1 Arbitron rated Caribbean show, Caribbean Fever on 107.5 FM WBLS, Dahved Levy, has been named Man of the Year 2011, by the prestigious Great Men of Excellence Award in New York. Levy is in good company as he is being honored along with former Mayor of New York, David Dinkins who will receive the Legendary Lifetime Achievement Award. The late Percy Sutton will receive the Legacy Award which is also named for him.
The awards will be bestowed on the recipients on Saturday, November 19, 20011 at the Black Spectrum Theatre in Queens, NY.

The Great Men of Excellence Award is celebrated annually on International Men's Day, November 19. International Men's Day is a call for international collaboration to address the challenges and problems men face; for improving gender relations between men and women; for promoting gender equality; and for highlighting positive male role models.

Cathleen Williams, co-regional coordinator of the organization, put in a surprise call on Sunday November 14, to the studios of WBLS and made the announcement live. Although Levy was shocked at the honor, the award comes as no surprise however as Levy has reigned supreme on radio in the media capital of the world (New York) for close to twenty years.

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Shaggy and Friends 2011 To Welcome Lauryn Hill & Ne-Yo

By Marc Parc Writer

shaggy_and_friends_2012_concert_photos.jpgTwo internationally renowned superstars will join Shaggy on stage during his annual charity concert near the end of this year.

American hip-hop superstar and former Fugees member, Lauryn Hill as well as Grammy-Winning R&B singer, Ne-Yo will headline Shaggy and Friends 2011; a concert held yearly to raise money for the Bustamante Hospital for Children in Kingston. The event is scheduled to take place on Friday December 30 at Jamaica House.

Hill and Ne-Yo join Deniece Williams as the international acts on the Shaggy and Friends lineup card. Local artistes for the show include Reggae superstars Stephen Marley, Chino, Romain Virgo and Half Pint as well as Dancehall artiste such as Wayne Marshall, Tami Chynn and Assassin o/c Agent Sasco. Additionally, the benefit concert will feature prominent soca couple, Bunji Garlin and Fay-Ann Lyons from Trinidad.

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Guidance, Ico Flamez rocking Africa

ico_flamez_guidance_reggae_artistes_jamaica_africa.jpgReggae singer, Guidance and singjay Ico Flamez, are getting major attention with their collaboration, By The Window, which is # 13 on the highly recognized Stepping Razor chart in Africa and still climbing.

Music insiders agree that these two Rastafarian artistes have surely done justice to this compelling love song, produced by Portmore-based producer, Shaka Indian. "It's really cool to see these two Rasta artistes sincerely pouring out their hearts about a woman," one radio disc jockey commented.

Unfortunately, despite giving their all, the woman leaves and the artistes are in misery, sitting at the window, hoping that one day she will return. It’s a theme which many persons - male and female - can identify with, and it’s all the more inspiring that it’s from a male perspective.

Although Sitting By The Window is Guidance and Ico Flamez’ only collaboration so far, they both have their solo repertoires which they have been unleashing at various stage shows across the island. They recently performed at the popular Plug ‘n’ Play at the Wyndham Hotel in New Kingston and also did a slot on morning television, both of which were very well received.

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November 17, 2011

Five More Murders - Will Vybz Kartel Be Charged?

By Marc Parc Writer

vybz_kartel_vybz_kartel.jpgLegal woes for embattled Dancehall superstar, Adidja "Vybz Kartel" Palmer could mount following a shocking revelation that the popular deejay could face more murder charges.

Kartel currently resides at the Horizon Remand Centre, facing two murder charges that allegedly took place this past summer. One October 3, The self-professed "Worl' Boss" was charged with murder, conspiracy to murder and illegal possession of a firearm in the shooting death of Barrington "Bossie" Burton, 27, a businessman/promoter from Gregory Park, St. Catherine. Three weeks later, Kartel was charged in the murder of Clive "Lizard" Williams, a dancer from Waterford, St. Catherine. Kartel's Portmore Empire proteges, Shawn Storm and Andre "Mad Suss" St. John, his designer, Calvin "Moonie" Haye as well as Cayro Jones were jointly charged in Williams' murder.

On Thursday morning, reports surfaced that law enforcement officials are investigating Vybz Kartel in five other murder cases. According to the Head of the Criminal Investigation Branch, Assistant Commissioner Ealan Powell, investigations carried out by detectives implicated "Di Teacha" in five other murders; intimating that charges will be issued against the controversial deejay in the near future.

Meanwhile, Powell implied that said detectives are also investigating other Dancehall entertainers and that they are pursuing said artistes.

Vybz Kartel faces a December 2 court date with relation to his current murder and drug-related charges.

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Macka Diamond's Wine Video Got A Worldstarhiphip Welcome

Macka 'Duh-shus' new video for her hot Dancehall track entitled 'Wine,' tun up! Yes indeed

When the Money O000 Diva dropped the video for her hot single, 'Wine' three (2) days ago, little did she know that the video would have been premiered on the popular R&B/Hip Hop video sharing website which got over 65,000 views which will definitely pass the 1k mark no later than tomorrow. The views on youtube are also impressive as the video some over 6,000 views and several channels. This high resolution, all girl and fun music video produced by Terminal 4 Media has brought about a new twist to the song, exactly what a video is suppose to do and so the fans approve. 'Wine' by Macka Diamond is a production of Young Veterans and is one of the 15 tracks on her recently iTunes released album, 'Don't Disturb Mi.'

Always advocating for females in the Dancehall, Macka's new video feature several of the top dancers in the industry. These include former Dancehall Queen Latifa who short circuited while doing her 'Wine' in the video. The IRAWMA 2011 International Rapper/DJ continues to lead her female counterparts, proving why she owns the international title this year. All summer long Macka's Cow Foot song dominated the dance floor at all the parties and is still a hot pick in the Dancehall.

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Lisa Hyper To Kick Off US Tour This Week

lisa_hyper_tour_us_dancehal_artiste.jpgLisa Hyper will start her US tour this week in Raleigh, North Carolina this weekend before moving on to another gig in Richmond, Virginia.

"The tour will also feature other artistes like Mr. Vegas, Demarco and Singer J," she said in a release.

The female deejay was recently granted a US work permit and she plans to amp up her presence with radio interviews and gigs all over the USA. Lisa Hyper will be promoting her debut album which features several juicy tracks which cut across the genres of reggae, dancehall, rap and even pop.

"Mi go all out to make this album a success, I feel like every single pon the album is a hit, I swear to you...being in the United States on a regular basis will give me a chance to get some of the tracks on radio in states that are not traditionally strong regions for dancehall..this is a big chance for personal growth in terms of my music," she said.

She is also hoping to do a combination with the Queen of Dancehall Lady Saw in the future as a single.

Lisa Hyper plans to shoot a medley video for her new singles which include the radio hit, 'Power' on the Jam2 Production label.

"Mi just de ya ah creep before mi can walk, taking it to them slowly but surely, my fans are going to be proud of me," she beamed. "Expect the unexpected, it sticky pon dem."

Lisa Hyper recently performed on shows in Aruba, French Guiana and a club show dubbed 'The Crowning of Lisa Hyper' in Spanish Town recently.

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November 16, 2011

Before They Were Stars with Sean Paul

By Marc Parc Writer


With his name etched into Jamaican folklore as one of the most successful Dancehall/Reggae artistes ever, Sean Paul has a legacy that many musicians within his genre could only dream of having. However, before Sean Paul was a world-renowned musician, he was already a star in a different right before realizing his true calling as a Dancehall/Reggae pioneer.

Born on January 8, 1973, Sean Paul Henriques was instantly immersed in a family full of successful athletes. His parents were talented athletes while his mother was a well-known painter. Additionally, many of his family members were swimmers while his grandfather was a part of Jamaica's first ever national water polo team. Inspired by his grandfather's achievements, Henriques starred on the national water polo team from the start of his high school years at Wolmers High School until the age of 21. It was at that time when Henriques decided to switch careers; desiring to pursue his dream of becoming a musician.

Following graduation from the University of Technology (UTECH), Henriques began to showcase his talents and performed at an open mic event where the brother of prominent producer, Jeremy Harding; compared his powerful vocal style to that of internationally acclaimed Dancehall superstar, Super Cat. After being dubbed with the stage name, Sean Paul, he recorded his first mainstream single in 1997, Ladies Man, alongside Reggae star, Spanner Banner. The single was well received within the industry; prompting a meeting between Harding and Sean Paul. Harding took Sean Paul under his wing and during said meeting, began the process of recording the single, Baby Girl. The two held studio sessions daily whilst formulating a friendship; collaborating on several tracks including Sean Paul's second mainstream hit single, Infiltrate. Their ongoing chemistry led to Harding assuming the role of Sean Paul's manager and producer.

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Rihanna Booed On Stage At London Gig After Arriving An Hour Late!

Perhaps It's All That Partying!

By Richard Gilzene

rihanna_booed_concert_london.jpgRihanna took the stage at London's O2 Arena to a chorus of boos from angry fans on Monday night after making fans wait almost an hour for her appearance.

The 'Loud' tour show, which was scheduled to start at 9pm, didn't get underway until 9.55pm.

Fans were left further disappointed when the singer then reportedly put in a half-hearted performance, one fan telling The Sun: "Fans weren't happy at all. Especially as, when she did finally come on stage, her performance was half-hearted."

Perhaps the Bajan beauty was delayed by a slight hangover, having been photographed leaving London night club Whiskey Mist en route to another nightspot in the early hours of Monday morning.

In other news, during alcohol-fuelled celebrations for brother Rorrey's 22nd birthday, Rihanna had reportedly snatched a microphone to warn stunned clubbers to 'always use a condom.'
Is RiRi out of control?

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Another Empire member held in Kartel case, was Shorty arrested?

By M. Jodee Writer

vybz_kartel_court_house_gun_charge_murder.jpgAnother arrest has been made in the ongoing legal drama surrounding prominent Dancehall superstar Vybz Kartel.

Andre St. John, otherwise called "Mad Suss" was arrested and charged in a murder case involving mentor, Vybz Kartel. St. John is a member of Kartel's Portmore Empire group, the second member of the "Gaza" camp to be charged regarding the August killing of Clive "Lizard" Williams, a dancer from Waterford, St. Catherine.

St. John was held by police during the September 30 operation where Kartel, Alicia Jackson and Shane Williams were arrested and charged with possession of ganja at a small New Kingston hotel. On Monday morning, St. John was officially charged with murder and shooting with intent in relation to the death of Williams. Kartel, fellow Portmore Empire protégé, Shawn Storm, Calvin "Moonie" Haye and Cayro Jones are also jointly charge in Williams' murder. The next hearing in the case will take place on December 2.

Meanwhile, reports have circulated that Vybz Kartel's common-law wife, Tanesha "Shorty" Johnson may also have been arrested in relation to Kartel's legal troubles. According to said reports, Shorty was hauled out of the same New Kingston hotel where Kartel's initial arrest was made. The arrest was allegedly made this past weekend.
Shorty has three children for Vybz Kartel and last was seen publicly during an interview with CVM TV's D'Wrap, where she intimated that law enforcement officials purposefully tried to humiliate the deejay and his family. Furthermore, Shorty revealed that Kartel's children and mother have had troubles coping since the first murder charge against the deejay was laid out October 3rd; implying that she’s had to seek counseling to deal with the resulting emotional backlash.

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November 15, 2011

Laza Morgan & Mavado Continue To Lead On The OutAroad Top Ten Reggae Chart With One By One

OutAroad Weekly Top Ten Reggae Chart



01 (01) (05) Laza Morgan feat. Mavado -- One by One - Elektra - (2wks@#1)

02 (02) (09) Vybz Kartel -- Yea Though I Walk – Human Rights Production

03 (04) (07) Tony Rebel -- Love Soldier - Penthouse Records

04 (06) (07) Tiana -- Don’t Trust Dem - CashFlow Records

05 (07) (03) Busy Signal - Life (Sticky Inna Earth - Good Good Productions (Zum)

06 (03) (10) Tarrus Riley -- Shaka Zulu Pickney - Bombrush Records - (2wks@#1)

07 (08) (03) Tiana -- Highest Grade Song - OutAroad

08 (09) (02) Nazine - Neva Haffi Wake - K20 Records/ Jah Snowcone Ent

09 (NEW) (0) Chris Martin -- Paper Loving - CR203

10 (05) (11) Etana -- People Talk - VP Records - (peaked@#2)



1 Cecile -- When You're Gone - CR203

2 Romain Virgo -- I Am Rich In Love - Lifetime Music

3 Shaggy -- Sugarcane - Ranch Entertainment

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

5 Mr. Vegas, Shaggy & Josey Wales -- Sweet Jamaica - Clifford Ray Music

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Junior Reid To Perform In Aid Of Keiona-Jae Stennet

junior_reid_keiona-jae_stennet_babt_charity.jpgThree month-old Keiona-Jae Stennet was diagnosed with 'Biliary Atresia' as a baby and even though she has been through several surgeries the diseased continued to spread regardless.

The frequency and severity of Keiona-Jae's illness have increased and her condition is deteriorating which can be led to the Liver failure. In order for Keiona-Jae to survive this illness she will have to be flown to the United States for a liver transplant as its not offered in Jamaica. Surgery and post operative drugs are estimated at USD$400,000 to USD$500,000. Keiona-Jae life depends on this Surgery.

Junior Reid will headline the stage show which will be put on by Keiona's dad in a bid to raise funds for her surgery in the United States. The One Blood artiste will offer his services to this charitable event on January 8, 2012 at The Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre. In a statement Junior Reid said "It is our duty to help the needy. I have children but I can’t look out for my children only. I have to look out for every child." In the mean time however, her dad Gregory Stennet and mother Rhona Hamilton will be hosting a fish fry to raise funds for the stage show's venue.

The fish fry will be held at Baker Street, Jones Town on December, 2. For ticket info and additional information, persons are invited to call 876 283-1544 or 876 527-0906. Donations can be made to account number: 7618143 at The Churches Cooperative Credit Union.

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Stacious addresses altercation with Bridgez

By Marc Parc Writer

Dancehall star and Gully Squad first lady, Stacy "Stacious" Scarlett has spoken out for the first time since news of a fight between herself and Alliance Next Generation first lady, Bridgez broke on Saturday.
stacious_dancehall_gully_artiste.jpgStacious and Bridgez reportedly exchanged blows following the premiere of their Bedroom Riddim Medley video outside HYPE TV's parking lot Friday night. Allegedly, the fight occurred following a photo-op when the two brushed each other inside the studio. Bridgez took offence, shoving Stacious; leading to an argument between the two singjays. The argument then escalated in the parking lot where punches were reportedly thrown before the artistes were finally separated.
Addressing the incident for the first time publicly, Stacious intimated that she felt disrespected by Bridgez's actions, but conveyed that fighting did the Dancehall industry no favors; apologizing to HYPE TV and fans in the process.

"We were debuting the video and things just got a little bit out of control and I feel like I was disrespected and she start push me, which was totally unnecessary. I must admit, I lost my temper for a second," Stacious explained.
She added, "This is not really a good look for the industry, this is not something I'm proud of…I’m ready and willing to put this behind me and just forget about her."

Stacious and Bridgez's catfight took place a month and a half after a verbal altercation between the Alliance-affiliated artistes on the set of the Bedroom Riddim video shoot. It also, inadvertently, continues a growing tension between the Gullyside and Alliance camps; stemming from this past summer's lyrical feud between Gully artiste, Chase Cross and Alliance leader, Bounty Killer.

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Support group issues letter demanding release of Buju Banton

By M. Jodee Writer

buju_banton_support_group_release_prison_10_year.jpgDespite the dyer fate that surround embattled Reggae superstar, Buju Banton, one organization claims that the artiste should not be subjected to his 10 year prison term.

The Buju Banton Letter Writing Campaign issued a letter last week; signaling their objective to secure the Grammy-winning singjay's release, via petition. The group hopes to attain 50,000 signatures to said petition by December 9, 2011; two years to the day Buju was initially arrested on drug-related charges in Florida.

The letter questions the validity of professional informant, Ian Johnson, who testified against Buju during his drug trials in an attempt to avoid significant jail time. In the BBLWC's letter, Buju "was charged as a result of information provided by a professional informant, Ian Johnson, who relentlessly pursued Buju for six months to participate in a drug deal. The professional informant in Buju's case is a convicted drug trafficker."

Johnson reportedly was paid US$50,000 following Buju's arrest in 2009 and has earned over $US 3.3 million for serving as an informant to a plethora of government agencies.

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November 14, 2011

Cops facing corruption charges in Kartel case?

By Marc Parc Writer

vybz_kartel_cops_corruption%20.jpgThe ongoing circus that is the trial of embattled Dancehall superstar, Adidja "Vybz Kartel" Palmer may have taken another turn; this time involving the police.
According to the Jamaica Observer, six police officers assigned to the Gun Court Remand Centre could be facing corruption charges after they were allegedly caught on video taking money from one of Vybz Kartel's relatives.

Kartel currently sits in a Kingston-based jail where he faces two murder charges and a drug-related charge, all issues within the last month and a half.
Now it's being reported that investigators from the police Anti-Corruption Branch followed one of the six police officers from the Gun Court Remand Centre to the home of Kartel's relative, where he videotaped the law enforcement official taking money from her. Allegedly, the video shows the officer accepting money from the relative of the popular deejay in exchange for being allowed to visit Kartel in is restricted area of the Constant Spring jail.

Additionally, reports revealed that the officer was not searched before being allowed into an area of the lock-up off limits to the public; spending a considerable amount of time with Kartel while other law enforcement officials allowed the illegal meeting to take place.

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Tenza Waistline Crazy - Watch The Video

Jamaican-born, UK Reggae/Dancehall superstar, Tenza, is about to add another title to her already glittering resume, with the release of her brand new music video for her single "Waistline Crazy"

The phenomenal Artist, who has just returned from a Coca Cola and D-mark Mobile sponsor tour of Spain, France and East Africa where she performed a number of shows and guest appearances.

The track, which was produce by Black Sypda Records/TMD Records, was officially released earlier this year and has being making steady, moves up a number of musical charts in east Africa and Europe.

The Video was shot in the renowned Camberwell Studios in South London, by Silver Tips Films, will showcase more funky side of Tenza, where she sports some funky hair style from stylist Camille Nicholson, flawless makeup by Italian makeup artist Sarina Lacatelle, along with some sexy cool out fits from Tenza owns clothing line "Fetish Rasta". (fb club wear)

Tenza is now set to tour Europe this winter with Jamaican Reggae sinjay D'Angel where they will perform on a number of shows in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, UK, Germany and Switzerland. Tenza will the return to the UK for a brief stop before flying out to Jamaica to add the finishing touches her third album.

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T.O.K working on new album, Kiprich ready for clash with Merciless

By M. Jodee Writer

RETV's 5 to 7 Live show created buzz as Dancehall superstar, Kiprich and seemingly re-invigorated Dancehall group, T.O.K, highlighted Saturday evening's show.
T.O.K took to the RETV 5 to 7 Live stage; giving their first television performance since it was announced by one of the group's members, Craig "Craigy T" Thompson, that he was taking a break from recording with them.
However, T.O.K appeared rejuvenated during their performance as they continue to work out their creative differences; gracing RETV 5 to 7 Live with their latest hit singles, Gypsy Wine and Mas Fuego. Furthermore, T.O.K member, Alistaire "Alex" McCalla intimated that the group, who's been a mainstream factor within Dancehall for the last 15 years, has no chance of fizzling out anytime soon.
"We just love di music. When yuh love di music, yuh nah just leave it so," Alex said.
Also, T.O.K revealed that they’ll be unveiling a new album in the summer of 2012.

Meanwhile, fellow Dancehall stinger, Kiprich also paid a visit to the show as he talked about how he's maintained relevance in the industry as well as his upcoming STING clash against Merciless.

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November 13, 2011

Popcaan's Ravin Is The New #1 Song On Hype TV Dancehall/Reggae Chart


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Spice Back From Canada, Ready To Push New Single


Dancehall artiste Spice is back in the island after a three-week tour in Canada, and is ready to push her latest single, My Boyfriend's Name is Dick.

The tongue-in-cheek single, which showcases Spice's mastery of songwriting was produced by Seanizzle and featured on his Sunrise Riddim. Spice spoke in reference to her Canadian shows and the new single saying, "Oh wow, the reception in Canada was great. I had such a good time with my fans, not only while performing, but also hanging out after and doing signings. It's important to me to spend time with them in between shows, or after performing - it was a good time."

"As far as my new single goes, it was written after I heard the beat. It has a great vibe and I've been pushing it a lot in the streets and it has been getting a huge response. Though the title is a little bit of an eyebrow-raiser the song is extremely clean. It's just a fun play on words and anyone who went to high school with me can tell you English and drama are things I've always loved, so it definitely comes out in my writing and songs now," says Spice known for her mega-hits Jim Screechie, Ramping Shopalongside Vybz Kartel, which hit the Billboard charts upon its release, Slim Vs. Fluffy and others.

Spice is preparing to hit the African scene later this year to push her Afrocentric single, Hot Patty Wine.

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Thugsy Malone Will Wash Away The Pain and Live Today

Thugsy_Malone_artiste_jamaican.jpgAfter holding onto it for quite a while, Thugsy Malone, birth name Donovan Drysdale has finally released the singles: "Wash Away The Pain" and "Live Today."

Thugsy Malone is no stranger to the dancehall scene, he has collaborated with Bounty Killer and is slated to work on a project with one of Reggae's notable icons, Shabba Ranks.

"Wash Away The Pain and "Live Today" shows the versatile Jamaican artist merging with classic dancehall elements, on the same level that made icons in dancehall worldwide superstars.


Thugsy Malone explained, that the song: "Wash Away The Pain" is about, celebrating Father God and jealousy and only God we can pray to."

The artiste further explained that, "Live Today" is about living your life in the moment, don't worry about tomorrow."

Thugsy Malone says, "I won't disappoint my female and male fans."

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November 12, 2011

Gully Squad & Alliance first ladies involved in altercation - Round 2

By Marc Parc Writer

stacious_bridgez_alliance_gully.jpgIt seems as if Gully Squad diva, Stacious and Alliance Next Generation first lady, Bridgez just can't get along following a second reported altercation in the last month and a half between the deejays.

According to multiple reports, Stacious and Bridgez were involved in a fight outside the HYPE TV studios in Kingston on Friday night; hours after they helped premiere the medley video for the Payday Music Group produced, Bedroom Riddim. The deejays previously engaged in a verbal confrontation whilst on the set of the Bedroom Riddim video shoot but vehemently denied any developing friction existed or that any blows were exchanged during the argument.

Now, reports have surfaced that following the premiere of the Bedroom Riddim Medley video, Stacious and Bridgez were involved in an argument inside the HYPE TV studios. Allegedly, the argument started following a photo-op when Stacious brushed Bridgez, leading Bridgez to push her away. The two Alliance-affiliated artistes met again in the HYPE TV parking lot later in the night, leading to a fight between them. Reportedly, blows were exchanged
Stacious refused to comment on the matter while Bridgez, via Twitter; claimed the reports stating that Stacious beat her up during the altercation were unfounded. Additionally, she implied that she wasn't touched and never had a scratch on her from the incident.

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Mavado helps to Stop the Bleeding St Croix

movado-dancehall.jpgDancehall superstar Mavado has joined the efforts of "Stop The Bleeding," a non-profit organization, to lead an anti-gun and non-violence campaign in the US Virgin Islands. Mavado will headline a huge peace concert on the island of St Croix December 30, dubbed the One Love Music Festival.

"I am very happy to be a part of this anti-violence movement," said Mavado. "I am always ready to use my influence and celebrity in a positive way and I'm honored to have been asked to get involved. Violent crime is on the increase all over the world and its important to me to help stem the tide. I'm hoping to partner with the right agencies in Jamaica to do something similar in the near future. We are often criticized for our influence over the youths but a campaign like this shows the potential to use Dancehall acts such as myself to motivate and uplift young people."

Stop the Bleeding co-ordinator and son of the Virgin Island's Lt Governor, Kareem Francis, conceptualized the initiative with Lenny Hansen of LTB Entertainment and approached Mavado in October to headline the campaign and concert; he didn't hesitate to get involved. The organization's aim is to use the event as a constructive platform for the territory to reignite love, peace and joy and to address the recent increase in crime, violence and rising numbers of the murders of young people.

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Statement Re Cali P's Arrest By Cops On Two Charges

calip_reggae_artiste_europe_tour.jpgWe would like to apologize to the hundreds of persons that came out on Friday night to see Cali P perform at the Plug N Play event in New Kingston. Unfortunately, the artiste was taken into custody by Jamaican police on a ganja possession charge after he was searched by the police. He has also been slapped with a possession of stolen property charge.

We would like to assure Cali P's fans that this episode is a misunderstanding set it motion by a series of unfortunate events. A week ago, Cali P purchased the phone from someone not knowing that it had been stolen. A friend of the female who owned the phone found Cali P on the night of the event, and explained the situation to him. Cali P commiserated with the man and they made arrangements to deal with the issue. However, the police had already been contacted and when they arrived, they searched Cali P and found a small quantity of ganja and that led to his subsequent arrest on both charges. First, we would like to apologise to and thank Cali P's many fans who have been tweeting and contacting us through Facebook in support of the artiste and ask you to bear with us in this difficult time. We have contacted legal representation and we are working to resolve the situation.

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Spechinal says he has one "Christmas Wish" this year

Emerging Dancehall/Reggae singjay, Horace "Spechinal" Mitchell is already showing his Christmas Spirit as he unleashes the heartwarming single in advance of the single entitled, Christmas Wish.

The Specialty Music recording artiste's new single focuses on a love story between himself and a girl who he deems to be gift sent from above for the holiday season. In Christmas Wish, Spechinal describes his feelings for her; expressing the various emotions of joy and togetherness displayed during this most celebrated of seasons.

In Christmas Wish, Spechinal sings, "Unwrapped from the pack I'll lay you on your back, Straight loving all night until the day light, and Turn down your radio no fast track love let's take I slow, If your impatient, I'll just might go but I don't want to leave you alone."

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November 11, 2011

I-Octane warns Dancehall that "Informer A Work" despite ZIP FM ban

OutAroad PR - Kingston Internationally acclaimed Dancehall/Reggae superstar, I-Octane, has sparked controversy with the release of his latest single, but it could be to his advantage.

Renowned for socially conscious material, I-Octane delivers once more with his new song, Informer A Work (Cash Fi Chat), produced by Armzhouse Records. The single, released earlier this month, calls out persons who take money in exchange for spreading rumors and news about others; intimating that they'll only do what's right for their own personal gain.

However, the song's attracted some controversy given the lyrical context in the song; prompting ZIP FM to ban the song from its airwaves indefinitely. According to the song's producers, the single was not aimed to promote any form of violence; keeping the rules and guidelines of the Broadcasting Commission in mind.

In the song, I-Octane deejays, "So if yuh kno wah good fi yuh health bwoy, betta keep di chattings to yuh self bwoy, cause u nah carry mi business go tell bwoy, wah yuh wan mi do? Sleep inna cell bwoy?"

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Vybz Kartel insists that he hasn't changed his legal team in murder, drug cases

By Marc Parc Writer

Embattled Dancehall superstar, Adidja "Vybz Kartel" Palmer has come forward to end speculation regarding who's representing him with regards to his murder and drug-related cases.
A cloud of uncertainty hung over who his legal team consisted of following reports that Kartel sacked his legal team earlier this week. Hannah Harris-Barrington, a prominent English-Jamaican lawyer and human rights activist, disclosed to IRIE FM in separate interviews that Kartel authorized her to become his new attorney. Harris-Barrington also revealed that Kartel issued her two letters confirming the decision to switch legal representation in his cases. However, Chris Tavares-Finson, who's been on Kartel's case since the beginning, vehemently denied that any changes were made.

On Wednesday, a statement, by Kartel, addressing the speculation was made public. The statement was issued via Tavares-Finson.

The statement read, "I have not authorized any change in my legal team in whom I have the fullest confidence." It continued, "I have not retained or engaged the services of Hannah Harris-Barrington to represent me in any matter and she is not authorized to speak on my behalf or to discuss my case."

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Tricia 'Zj Sparks' Spence aka D' Wildchild

All that appears isn’t always what is, so don’t live your life with your eyes wide shut!

zj_sparks_zip_wild_child_radio_personality.jpgHer personal mantra and one that she embodies in its entirety...
A Musical Selector, Emcee and Vibes Master, Producer, Voice Over Specialist, Copywriter and Actress, ZJ Sparks is definitely more than she appears to be. Firstly, she was not always a "ZJ"; Sparks' broadcasting career sprouted at KLAS 89 FM where she started as a Production Assistant. It was upon the prodding of Dennis Howard and Christopher "The Connoisseur" Jarrett that her voice made it on the airwaves as a Continuity Announcer and, eventually, the Co-host of a Carnival Programme with "The Connoisseur".‬

‪​Impressed with her vocal dexterity, Francois St Juste of FAME FM asked her to audition for the station. After a successful audition she was hired by FAME, where she nurtured and strengthened her roots in the Industry. Starting with a mid-morning programme, and then expanding to outside broadcasts, and emceeing the popular FAME Road Show, Sparks gained invaluable experience in dealing with a broad and diverse public. Whilst there, this multi-talented lady also did scriptwriting for the popular legal programme "Under the Law", created by Ed Wallace. It was at FAME where she earned her moniker D'WildChild for her wild hair and highly contagious and spirited personality.

It wasn't just FAME that had an eye for talent, however, as the new and upcoming station Zip 103 FM was also eyeballing the D'WildChild. She opted to take on new challenges and shifted gears to the Playstation Zip 103 fm, where she did both morning and afternoon shows. She learned mixing from ZJ Liquid and Delano from Rennaissance and received vocal training from re-known broadcasters Alma Mock Yen, Leonie Forbes, and Fae Ellington.

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Celine Dion leads lineup card for 2012 Jazz & Blues festival

By M Jodee Writer

Grammy-winning and internationally acclaimed singer, Celine Dion will headline the 2012 Jazz and Blues festival in Trelawny.

ciline_dion_jazz_and_blues_festival_photos.jpgThe French-Canadian artiste was announced as the show's main act during the official launch of the Jazz and Blues festival at the Iberostar Suites hotel in Montego Bay on Wednesday. The festival, set to take place at the Trelawny multi-purpose stadium from January 26-28 next year, will showcase Dion, amongst other international acts, for their 17th edition.
Chairman of the Jazz and Blues festival, Walter Elmore expressed his joy regarding being able to land a singer of Dion's stature for the event.
Elmore also waxed poetic of Dion's performance skills; insisting that her presence will add a certain aura to the annual festival.

Dion, who's achieved mainstream success since the 1980s, is renowned for countless hit songs such as All By Myself, It's All Coming Back To Me and My Heart Will Go On, the theme song for the memorable film, Titanic.

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November 10, 2011

Purple Touch Saturdays Got Off To A Good Start

Even though it got off to a late start, last week's Purple Touch party held at Club Riddim a.k.a The Building has the makings of becoming the breakout party for the holiday season in the Corporate Area.

One of the Eye Candy models turned heads with a sexy lingerie outfit which showed off her bountiful assets. There have been several requests, mostly from males, for her to return this week and the organisers have assured us that she will be making another x-rated appearance this Saturday.

Selectors DJ Rinse from Cash Flow, Teacha & Mackerel, and Hotta Ball kept the vibes flowing while patrons got a nice buzz from the popular intoxicating Purple Touch drink specials that glowed in the dark.
"Dem sweet and dem mek you waan party," one male said, after knocking back one glass of the purple concoction.

The swag meter was turned up as artistes G Whizz, Tiana, Savage, Charly Black, Posh, Sidra, Formila One and Flirtagious were all present, posing for photographs and swilling expensive drinks.

There was a special appearance by New York's radio/mc Black Barbie who flew in for the event as well.

Come experience this week's mad Purple Touch vibes this Saturday.

You don’t want to miss it.


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Before They Were Stars with Mavado

By Marc Parc Writer


David Constantine Brooks, known to the world as Mavado, has proven himself as one of the most lyrically-inclined and controversial deejays in the history of Dancehall music. His rise to fame endured its share of troubles, but his determination and ability to adapt has made him a mainstay in the local music industry over the last decade.
Brooks was born on November 30, 1981, raised in the tough, inner-city area of Cassava Piece in Kingston. Given the sudden rise of Dancehall music within the Jamaican folklore, Brooks was somewhat intrigued by the genre.

However, it was his grandmother who gave Brooks his first experience within the musical field; bringing him to church services to sing. The singing sessions at church inspired Brooks to deliver socially conscious music to the masses as congregations witnessed his vocal abilities.

During his high school days, Brooks began to take his talent seriously; meeting with Reggae superstar, Junior Reid at his Kingston-based studio, thanks to one of his close friends. Little did Brooks know that internationally acclaimed Dancehall superstar, Bounty Killer would also appear at the studio session; watching Mavado voice for Junior Reid and instantly recognizing his potential as a singjay.

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I-Octane’s EP comes Straight From the Heart

i-octane_straight_from_the_heart_ep_album_reggae.jpgSingjay I-Octane is gearing up to release his EP titled Straight From The Heart. Coming from a successful performance in Barbados this past weekend which saw him performing to over 5000 people he has now turned his attention to this very special project which comprise seven carefully chosen tracks for which he says should connect “with people despite their class, colour or creed.”

Commenting on his upcoming EP which is a labour of love for him I-Octane says “You can always meet somebody and talk to them about your experiences but very often there isn't the time to really get into it and really let them know the situation. That's why I always say music is a tool. There is no greater way for me to really touch the souls of my fans, except through my music.”

And that's exactly what the EP is about words coming - Straight From The Heart. According to the singjay people will be able to relate to each track as they are taken from life experiences and will certainly offer something to meditate on.

Straight From The Heart will also be offering a few surprises for fans of the artiste as not only will they be experiencing the 'old I-Octane that they know and love, but they will be introduced to a different more mature artiste.

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Amid controversy, Prodigal's new song blends in the ‘juggling’

pordigal_son_gospel_artiste_jamaica.jpgWhile one religious radio station is debating whether or not to play gospel artiste Prodigal Son’s latest single, Love Me Like This, the dancehall has embraced the song with religious zeal.

Love Me Like This is blared from the speaker boxes of many hardcore dancehall sessions and selectors confess that “it calm down the people dem and bring things back to a level”.

According to Kevin Genius, selector on Musical Riot and Mackies sound systems based in Yallahs, St Thomas, “This lickle tune yah bad. It have a Christian thing 'bout it because of the artiste who singing it … and you know,,, plenty Christians in the dancehall. But it also have that lovers thing that the people can relate to. So any way you take it, the tune bad.”

And Kevin Genius isn’t the only one singing it praises. Radio disc jocks have added Love Me Like This to their rotation and play it religiously. During the week, it is played in the secular juggling, while on Sundays, it is placed in the gospel mix. It is even requested on gospel programmes.

According to Prodigal Son, that’s exactly the way he envisioned it. His aim was always for the song to have cross-over appeal. But even he admits to being pleasantly surprised at how swiftly it has taken off in the dancehall.

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November 9, 2011

Vybz Kartel's Legal Team Remains The Same Despite Claims of Being Axed

By Jodee Brown

vybz_kartel_head_shot_photo.jpgA day after reports suggesting that embattled Dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartel has new legal representation, Chris Tavares-Finson, one of the deejay’s lawyers has refuted the claims.

On Monday, it was revealed in an IRIE FM by Hannah Harris-Barrington, an English-Jamaican lawyer and human rights activist that she has officially taken over as the lead defence attorney for Vybz Kartel. Harris-Barrington intimated that Kartel asked her to become his new lawyer after stating that he no longer had legal representation; meeting with the artiste at the request of his family to discuss the proposition. She also claimed that two other lawyers will join her in representing the self-proclaimed “Worl’ Boss.”

On Tuesday afternoon, Chris Tavares-Finson, one of the lawyers involved in Kartel murder and drug-related cases, vehemently denied that he was sacked by the artiste whose real name is Adidja Palmer.

Tavares-Finson told IRIE FM, “As far as we’re concerned, there has been no changes whatsoever to his representation. We’re moving forward rapidly as far as the preparation of his case.”

The prominent lawyer also clarified that the legal team, consisting of his father, Tom Tavares-Finson and Michael Deans are also still legal representatives of the deejay and will proceed with the case.

However, Harris-Barrington maintained on Tuesday that she was legally authorized by Vybz Kartel to become his new lawyer. Also speaking with IRIE FM, Harris-Barrington insisted that she received two letters from Kartel clarifying that she’s officially his attorney-at-law; working on his behalf in his murder cases.

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Flippa Mafia "Nuh Care" about what others think

flippa_mafia_dancehall_star_jamaica.jpg PR Jamaica Ent - Kingston The always straightforward Dancehall star, Flippa Mafia talks from the heart once again as he delivers his newest release, Nuh Care.

The new single, produced by Stashment Records on the newly-released, War Bashment Riddim, reinforces Flippa's feelings about the rumors that Dancehall observers and fellow artistes have spread about the deejay in recent months. Additionally, the self-professed "Flossing King" shows once again that he's not intimidated by Dancehall's biggest names.

In the opening verse, Flippa deejays, "When dem hypocrite smile inna mi face, dem a chat inna, a my plaza dem still a shop inna, dem see di black pan black an' a it dem wan fi have inna but no dem wan crash inna..wall."

Flippa Mafia also addresses long-time rival and Alliance leader, Bounty Killer and seemingly takes a lyrical snipe at embattled Dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartel.

He says of Bounty, "True mi nuh dunce like Killa, mi nuh angry and cross too, mi hear dem a talk and just laugh too."

As for the self-proclaimed, Worl' Boss, Flippa says, "An' u see deh next one deh, him face is a mask too, a tell mi a tell yuh, mi nah ask yuh."

This single comes on the heels of another hard-hitting lyrical effort, Money Fight War that also took shots at Bounty Killer and Kartel while also addressing long-time rival, Elephant Man.

Meanwhile, Flippa has been busy in recent months trying to re-establish his presence within the Dancehall industry; unveiling singles such as Flossin' on the XXX Riddim and Nah Wish Bad, produced by Juke Boxx Productions. He recently performed in his American home base, in Philadelphia; teaming up with Khago on the Nah Sell Out Mi Fren Dem tour to end October.

Macka Diamond's 'Don't Disturb Mi' Album Out Now for Digital Download!

macka_diamond_dont_disturb_mi_album_reggae_dancehall.jpgThe new latest Reggae/Dancehall album to hit the streets is 'Don't Disturb Mi' by International Female Rapper/DJ 2011, Macka Diamond on the VP Records/Money Ooh Productions Label. 'Don't Disturb Mi' is a 14 track compilation variety of Reggae/Dancehall and Reggae/Dancehall/Soca fused rhythms lyrically attired in true Macka Diamond style. Songs featured on 'Don't Disturb Mi' includes the popular 'Cow Foot' track which went viral and became the hottest dance song all summer long inspired by Dancer Shelly Belly, 'Too Much Bull' the anthem of the female dancers in the dance hall, as well as collaborations with Reggae artistes Taurus Riley and Duane Stephenson, veteran female Dancehall artiste Lady G, New York base Dancehall Diva Barbee, long time hit partner Dancehall artiste Unicorn, new promising artistes Devina Burn, Jahmoun and ZJ Sparks.

The album, 'Don't Disturb Mi' replicate today's Reggae/Dancehall culture. As Macka Diamond tries to capture all aspect of her work in songs, her gesture has added variety to the album. All 15 tracks have been carefully selected to appeal to a diverse audience; fans should enjoy listening while driving, going about their daily activities, hanging out with friends or on the dance floor of any party, "so basically there is a little of everything for everyone, all the fans" said Macka Diamond in response to what can fans expect from her on this album. 'Don't Disturb Mi' out now Tuesday, November 8, 2011 on iTunes, Amazon, Emusic, Napster, Juno, Spotify and all etailers worldwide, GET IT??!!

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Jamaican rap star, Heavy D dead at 44

By M. Jodee Writer

heavy_d_dead_jamaican_rapper.jpgJamaican-born rap superstar, Dwight Arrington Myers, more popularly known as Heavy D, passed away at the tender age of 44 on Tuesday.

According to, a 911 call was placed from Heavy D's Beverly Hills residence at 11:25 a.m. When help arrived at the home, Heavy D was rushed to a Los Angeles hospital in California at around noon; reportedly conscious and speaking. However, the prominent rapper died on arrival.

Law enforcement officials are investigating the death; telling TMZ that there is no suspicion of foul play.

Heavy D was born in 1967 in Jamaica before migrating to New York as a young child. He formed the group, Heavy D & The Boyz in 1987; releasing their first album, Living Large. Additionally, Heavy D is credited as the author of the theme song for the internationally acclaimed comedy series, In Living Color. He also featured on Jam, the legendary single from pop icon, Michael Jackson in 1991 as well as Alright alongside Janet Jackson. Heavy D's also known for singles such as Now That We've Found Love and Dem No Worry We, alongside Dancehall superstar, Supercat.

Heavy D's last two performances took place in Wales during a Michael Jackson tribute concert and at the BET Hip Hop Awards in Atlanta.

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November 8, 2011

Popcaan still Ravin in the #1 spot 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 - 01 - (05) Popcaan - Ravin - Adidjaheim Records - (2wks@#1)

02 - 07 - (04) Mavado - Delilah - Mansion Records

03 - 05 - (12) Mavado - All Dem A Talk - ZJ Chrome

04 - 02 - (10) Vybz Kartel - Summer Time - Adidjaheim Records - (1wk@#1)

05 - 04 - (12) Vybz Kartel - Look Pon We - Head Concussion - (peaked@#4)

06 - 03 - (10) I-Octane - Nuh Ramp Wid Wi - Cashflow Records - (peaked@#3)

07 - 08 - (09) Shabba Ranx - None A Dem - Di Genius

08 - 09 - (09) Mavado - Pepper - Di Genius

09 - 10 - (07) Chan Dizzy Hello Badmind - Head Concussion

10 - 13 - (07) Assassin - Talk How Mi Feel - DJ Frass

11 - 06 - (18) Mavado - Star Bwoy – Chimney - (1wk@#1)

12 - 15 - (03) Khago - Blood A Boil - TJ Records

13 - 14 - (06) Danielle ft Cherine - Rebel - Taxi Records

14 - 16 - (03) Tiana - Pum Pum Phat (Ravin Remix)

15 - 17 - (06) Andrew & Wada Blood - Roll Wid Mi Bredda - Notice Production

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Vybz Kartel changes his legal team?

By Marc Parc Writer

vybz_kartel_court_house_gun_charge_murder.jpgEmbattled Dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartel will be seated beside a completely transformed defence team once he returns to court.

The internationally acclaimed artiste, currently in police custody with regards to two murder charges, reportedly sacked his star-studded legal team following his hearing on Thursday. The legal team consisted of prominent attorneys, Tom Tavares-Finson, Chris Tavares-Finson and Michael Deans, who also represents Kartel's protege, Shawn Storm who was also charged in one of Kartel's murder cases.

Kartel will now be represented by English-Jamaican lawyer, Hannah Harris-Barrington, who's the defence lawyer for fellow Dancehall superstar, Ninja Man, in his murder trial. Harris-Barrington revealed in an interview with IRIE FM on Monday that she was informed of Kartel's decision to change attorneys; complying with the request of the deejay's family to meet with the self-professed "Worl' Boss" before her services were secured. Additionally, she revealed that at least two other attorneys-at-law will join their defence team.

Kartel was charged with murder, conspiracy to murder and illegal possession of a firearm on October 3 in relation to the July shooting death of Barrington "Bossie" Burton, 27, of a St. Catherine address. Additionally, the Portmore Empire leader was charged with another murder on October 24; standing accused of killing Clive "Lizard" Williams, a dancer from Waterford, St. Catherine. Kartel's designer, Calvin "Moonie" Haye, entourage member, Cayro Jones and Portmore Empire singjay, Shawn Storm were also charged in Williams's murder. Each of the men was remanded into custody until October 2.

Kartel has been denied bail on several occasions since his initial arrest on September 29 at a New Kingston hotel where a small quantity of marijuana was found.

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Never Sober Na Stop Drink Until The Partyz Over


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Michael Jackson's doctor, Conrad Murray, convicted

Linda Deutsch, Associated Press

Conrad_Murray_michael_jackson_lawyer_convicted.jpgMichael Jackson's doctor was convicted Monday of involuntary manslaughter in the pop star's death for supplying the insomnia-plagued Jackson with a powerful anesthetic to help him sleep as he rehearsed for his big comeback.

Dr. Conrad Murray, 58, sat stone-faced as he heard the verdict that could send him to prison for up to four years and cost him his license to practice medicine. He was handcuffed and immediately led off to jail without bail to await sentencing Nov. 29.

The verdict marked the latest chapter in one of pop culture's most shocking tragedies - Jackson's 2009 drug-overdose death at age 50 as he was about to mount a series of heavily promoted concerts in London that he hoped would turn his career around after a slide prompted by child-molestation allegations and years of bizarre behavior.

Members of Jackson's family wept, and his mother, Katherine Jackson, said, "I feel better now." The crowd outside the courthouse erupted in cheers.

Defense attorney Ed Chernoff later said the verdict was a disappointment and would be appealed. Asked how Murray took the verdict, Chernoff said, "He's a pretty strong guy."

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November 7, 2011

Ricky Trooper takes 2011 Guinness Sounds of Greatness title

By Marc Parc Writer

guinness_sounds_of_greatness_logo.jpgFor veteran selector, Ricky Trooper and his Sound Trooper sound system, redemption tastes sweet after winning the 2011 Guinness Sounds of Greatness competition on Saturday night.

Trooper, who lost to fellow veteran sound system, Bass Odyssey in the 2010 final of the sound clash competition, rebounded as he trumped prominent disc jock, Little Richie and the Rich Squad in this year's edition.

The encounter reportedly lived up to the hype in from front of a tense atmosphere at the Chinese Benevolent Association. Tensions brewed and words were exchanged between the two sounds during the clash, but it was Sound Trooper who prevailed in a tough battle; walking away with a cheque for JA$1 million.

Notable artistes in attendance during the final included Reggae superstars, George Nooks and Tony Curtis as well as Dancehall stars, Shifta and Munga.

Sound Trooper overcame competition from the likes of Black Kat and veteran sound system, Silver Hawk in the semi-finals when he sported a dub from Chi Chi Ching with One Knock.

Meanwhile, Trooper will head for Europe as he prepares to tour on the continent, starting next week, until December.

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Justin Bieber Agrees To Paternity Test?

Singer reportedly planning lawsuit against accuser.

By Gil Kaufman

justin_bieber_pregnant_test_girl.jpgJust a few days after denying that he fathered a child with a fan last year, Justin Bieber has reportedly agreed to take a paternity test in the matter.

According to TMZ, Bieber, 17, has vowed to take a DNA test in two weeks when he returns from an overseas trip to prove that he is not the father of accuser Mariah Yeater's three-month old child. TMZ, citing unnamed sources "directly connected with Justin," reported that after Bieber takes the paternity test his lawyers plan to sue Yeater. The sources said that Bieber's lawyer, Howard Weitzman, reached out to Yeater's attorneys on Friday to confirm that the DNA test will take place and have already chosen the lab they will use. After the test takes place, the "Baby" singer's team will reportedly file suit, though TMZ did not specify what kind of legal action is planned. A spokesperson for Bieber could not be reached for comment on the TMZ report.

Bieber -- who was a big winner at the MTV Europe Music Awards on Sunday night with wins as Best Pop and Best Male -- appeared on the "Today" show on Friday to promote his just-released Christmas album, Under the Mistletoe, and addressed the situation. "I'd just like to say basically that none of those allegations are true," he told Matt Lauer. "I know I'm going to be a target, but I'm never going to be a victim."

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Cali P returns from successful European tour

Cali P To Perform At Plug N Play This Friday

cali_p_reggae_artiste_jamaica.jpgInspired Music Concepts reggae artiste Cali P is back in Jamaica after a successful European tour that saw him perform on sold-out shows all over the continent.

"It was a very successful tour and we had to extend it towards the end after the original October 1st date because other promoters were interested in booking me in Switzerland and Sweden. I am back in Jamaica promoting my Unstoppable album and looking forward to a busy Christmas season," Cali P said in a release.

The artiste is also glowing over the great response to the release of this second album 'Unstoppable' produced by Hemp Higher on Cali P's independent label - Inspired Music Concepts. The album was released on October 7th and attained an impressive position on iTunes charts reaching No 2 in the top ten reggae albums in Canada and No 7 in the US.

"The single D'Sunne Schiint from the Unstoppable album reached No 1 on iTunes Swiss reggae song charts and was No 1 in the German video charts the day it was released, so it is a real blessing, the international response has been phenomenal so far," Cali P said in a release.

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Tele Cruz Releases Sweat For Trinidad & Tobago Carnival Season

sweat_tele_cruz_soca_trinidad.jpgTrinidad & Tobago soca artiste Tele Cruz has moved into high gear with his latest single Sweat. The song is being served as a precursor to the upcoming Carnival season in the twin isle republic. It is already creating waves in Tobago.

Sweat is featured on the Bench Mark rhythm and produced by 4Sons Entertainment in Sweden. It was mixed and mastered by Madmen Productions out of Trinidad. It is the follow up to Tele Cruz's most recent hit Sail Away which featured fellow Trinidad &Tobago recording artiste Umi Marcano.

Best known for the single Material Tings which peaked at number two on the RETV MVP Top Ten Countdown in 2010, Tele Cruz has effectively carved out an enviable niche for himself among the newer cadre of soca music ambassadors. Material Tings also impacted several charts across the Caribbean and even in Europe, where he has a large fan base.

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November 5, 2011

Kartel sex tapes found in murder case? Police deny claim

By Marc Parc Writer


Law enforcement officials are denying that they're holding several sexually explicit videos involving embattled Dancehall superstar, Adidja "Vybz Kartel" Palmer, despite various reports to the contrary.

In recent weeks, speculation mounted that the police seized a laptop filled with several sex tapes from residences owned by Kartel in St. Andrew and Portmore. Additionally, rumors were sparked that police secured toys, dildos amongst other sexually suggestive materials from said residences.

According to reports, the sex videos that were seized by police involve some well-known female celebrities as well as married women. The reports also suggested several of the females in the videos were unaware that they were being taped. Additionally, the source claimed that some of the videos had very strong, graphic sexual content and featured some of the women performing several freaky acts.

However, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Ealan Powell, vehemently denied that the police had such material in their possession; claiming it's the first time he's heard of such reports.

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Kevin Lyttle Turns On The Sizzle

Soca Star Releases New Single, "Wine Go Down"

kevin_lyttle_soca_r%26b.jpgInternational soca pop star Kevin Lyttle returns with the sweet vocals that made him a household name on his new joint, "Wine Go Down," released on his very own Tarakon Records. The singer/songwriter teams up with Richy Peña, talented music producer of the Latin Grammy-Winning Album Mi Niña Bonita, for the sizzling single that he's taking to the 2012 carnival season and across the globe.

"This tracks depicts the reality of where I come from and the type of creation in music that has made me successful," reveals Lyttle, on his inspiration for the song. "I really didn't want to do another 'Turn Me On' so I came back with something that is still classic Kevin Lyttle but something that's still original."

Recently completing his Miami-based studio, Lyttle has been busy recording with various producers and touring the world. From China, Japan, Egypt, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, India, Australia, Suriname and throughout Europe, he continues his journey as a globe-trotting Caribbean music ambassador.

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Magnum Gives Consumers an Early Christmas Gift

magnum_tonic_wine_jamaica.jpgMagnum, the most popular tonic wine in dancehall, is giving 3000 consumers free tickets to attend the Magnum Christmas party on Friday, December 2 at the National Stadium Car Park.

The event dubbed Magnum Christmas: Crank It Up High Energy, will feature, performers from the Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall talent series such as; Tanto Blacks, and several dancehall heavy weights. Patrons will also enjoy music from top disc jockeys DJ Liquid, Coppershot, Fotta Hype and Renaissance.

Leading up to the event, Lascelles Wines and Spirits, distributors of Magnum Tonic Wine will award each consumer one free ticket for the purchase of two (2) products at select locations. While the brand is an avid supporter of several events on the dancehall calendar, Lascelles opted to directly reward consumers who support and enjoy dancehall with an experience of their own. “Magnum continues to support the many aspects of the dancehall culture in Jamaica. This year we are giving our consumers even more with an added experience to the December calendar at little cost to them, it’s an early Christmas gift,” said Desmond Steel, Head of Expoze Entertainment, producers of Magnum Christmas: Crank It Up High Energy.

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November 4, 2011

Prosecutors in Kartel murder trial claim they have video evidence

By Marc Parc Writer

vybz_kartel_shawn_storm_court.jpgProsecutors in the murder case against embattled Dancehall superstar, Adidja "Vybz Kartel" Palmer are implying that they have incriminating evidence against the prominent deejay.

Kartel was remanded when he appeared in the Gun Court section of the Corporate Area Resident Magistrates Court on Thursday. He will remain in police custody until December 2nd when bail applications will once again be made.

Additionally, Kartel's designer/booking agent, Calvin "Moonie" Haye, entourage member, Kiro "Ray" Jones and fellow Portmore Empire deejay, Shawn Campbell aka Shawn Storm were also remanded during the court session. Haye and Jones were charged for murder last week while Shawn Storm was officially charged this week.

The prosecution in Kartel's murder trial insists that they have video evidence and taped phone conversations at their disposal that could potentially help their case against the internationally acclaimed artiste.

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Shawn Storm slapped with murder charge

shawn_storm_video_footage.jpgPortmore Empire singjay, Shawn Campbell, otherwise known as Shawn Storm, has officially been charged in the murder case against his long-time mentor, Adidja "Vybz Kartel" Palmer.

Shawn Storm, in police custody since last week Tuesday, was pointed out during an identification parade on Monday at the Constant Spring Police Station in Kingston.

The "Gaza" singjay appeared in the Gun Court section of the Corporate Area Resident Magistrates Court on Thursday morning alongside Kartel, Kiro "Ray" Jones and Calvin "Moonie" Haye, Kartel's fashion designer and booking agent. The four men, all charged in the murder of Clive "Lizard" Williams in August, were remanded until December 2 when another bail hearing will take place.

It is alleged that Vybz Kartel, Shawn Storm, Haye and Jones were involved in Williams' murder in Havendale, St. Andrew following a dispute Kartel had with "Lizard" over a missing, illegal firearm. Williams was then taken to a residence in Havendale where he was beaten and stabbed to death.

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Jamaica's Dancehall Vixen Toya Is the Face of Sensuality in Norway

toya_norway_jamaica_dancehall.jpgDownsound Records' sultry Dancehall diva Toya will add some Caribbean heat to Scandinavian households this fall, with a special appearance on Cruiseliv, a brand new travel series on TVNorge in Norway. Broadcast to 25 million Scandinavian homes on November 23rd, Toya will be featured on episode that focuses on the sensuality of young Jamaican women.

With her racy single "One Man Woman," featuring Dancehall king Beenie Man bubbling in the top ten on the local charts, and her latest club-banger "You A Life" in heavy radio rotation, the bold and sassy 23 year old was a natural choice for the Cruiseliv episode about sexuality and Jamaican women.

"I am a young, fresh face, and my style and the way I carry myself is naturally sexy," says LaToya 'Toya' Jackson. "Recently, I've been attracting international attention, filming in the United States, and now doing a television show for Norway about Jamaica and Jamaican women. It's very exciting."

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"It's A Woman's World"- Cherine Makes Travel Chanel Feature


Dancehall Soul Queen Cherine appeared on the exciting final episode of The Travel Channel's documentary series titled "It's a Woman's World". Jamaica was one of four featured countries throughout the 2011 season, where the "It's a Woman's World" team journeyed to explore the island, its culture and delve into the lives of some of the country's most interesting and inspiring women. The episode on Jamaica premiered on October 31, 2011.

Cherine was handpicked by the producers of "It's a Woman's World" and was highlighted as one of Jamaica's inspirational, intriguing and empowering young female talents. Her life as a musician on and off stage was featured and the crew got a first hand look into her family life and rapped with her friends. "There were definitely many aspects of the interview that involved Cherine the person, not just Cherine the musician. Overall, the interview was broader than just my music", Cherine shared.

Taking them back to her roots, Cherine took the crew to her childhood home in Rockfort, a tough community in East Kingston Jamaica. The "It's a Woman's World" crew got a rare interview with Cherine's mother and sister and even a tour of sections of the community. The team including host Camilla and producer Julia Cornes spent an exciting and eventful day with the multi talented Jamaican singer, songwriter and actress Cherine, getting an inside peek into some of her daily activities.

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November 3, 2011

Overproof Riddim producer takes shots at Don Corleon, calls him Dancehall's "poison"

By Marc Parc Writer

One of the main architects of the internationally-acclaimed production, The Overproof Riddim, has launched a full-throttle lyrical attack against fellow veteran producer, Don Corleon.
Patrick "Roach" Samuels, former producer and long-time friend of prominent Dancehall artiste, Vybz Kartel, called out Don Corleon in a YouTube video released on Wednesday. In the video, Roach accused Don Corleon of corrupting the mind of "Di Teacha," amongst other artistes and producers, calling him Dancehall's "poison." Additionally, Roach claimed that the Major & Minor Riddim producer tried to prevent his first major production, the Siren Riddim (2005), from being released via Greensleeves Records CEO, Chris Cracknell. The Riddim featured Kartel, along with Buju Banton, Busy Signal, and Anthony B amongst several other major Dancehall/Reggae acts.

Roach says in the video, "How yuh fi call Chris Cracknell an' kno seh di man a go call an’ tell mi back seh him nuh fi tek di fuss Riddim weh mi put out?"

After the call, Roach intimated that Chris called him about his conversation with Don; letting Kartel know in the process.

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Sean Paul: 'I'm Proud Of Nicki Minaj For Being Eccentric'

Bigs Up The Young Money Starlet...

By Alicia Adejobi


Sean Paul has given his approval of Nicki Minaj's career in the rap game, even going as far as to say he is proud of her for being entertaining.

The MC has clearly been watching the music game develop over the years, despite being out of the limelight, and names Wiz Khalifaand Roscoe Dash as some of his favourite artists. "The things she talks about are never boring to me. She's really doing her thing. I'm proud of her," he told Rap-Up TV of Nicki.

"I think she's one of the best rappers right now," he added.

Meanwhile, Sean also highlights Rihanna as being his favourite artist to work with - even though he has worked with the likes of Beyonce, Eve and Keyshia Cole. "We spent a couple days just chilling out. I took her to the Bob Marley museum, which is something she always wanted to do," he said, recalling the time he took RiRi to Jamaica.

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Laza Morgan & Mavado Take Over The Charts One By One

OutAroad Weekly Top Ten Reggae Chart



01 (04) (04) Laza Morgan feat. Mavado -- One by One - Elektra

02 (03) (08) Vybz Kartel -- Yea Though I Walk – Human Rights Production

03 (01) (09) Tarrus Riley -- Shaka Zulu Pickney - Bombrush Records - (2wks@#1)

04 (05) (06) Tony Rebel -- Love Soldier - Penthouse Records

05 (02) (10) Etana -- People Talk - VP Records - (peaked@#2)

06 (06) (06) Tiana -- Don’t Trust Dem - CashFlow Records

07 (08) (02) Busy Signal - Life (Sticky Inna Earth - Good Good Productions (Zum)

08 (09) (02) Tiana -- Highest Grade Song - OutAroad

09 (10) (01) Nazine - Neva Haffi Wake - K20 Records/ Jah Snowcone Ent

10 (07) (13) Protoje ft Ki-mani Marley -- Rasta Love - Don Corleon - (3wks@#1)


1 Mr. Vegas, Shaggy & Josey Wales -- Sweet Jamaica - Clifford Ray Music

2 Sophia Squire -- Nature Calling - Tremor Maddanize/Bredrocmusic

3 Romain Virgo -- I Am Rich In Love - Lifetime Music

4 Shaggy -- Sugarcane - Ranch Entertainment

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

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Vegas to perform in Zimbabwe this weekend

International recording superstar Vegas arrived in Zimbabwe earlier this week, marking his third such trip to the African continent in the last couple of years.
mr.vegas_newyork.jpg"I always love performing in Africa, the last time I performed in Kenya, there were between 70,000 to 80,000 people in the stadium. I have also performed in Uganda in the past...Africa ah my place," he said.

He will be the headline act for a huge concert in the capital city of Zimbabwe this weekend.

In the meantime, the singjay's Certain Law video debuted at #1 on MTV Base Africa chart this week. Millions of viewers watch the MTV station in countries like Kenya, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

"I am proud that this happened because this is the first time that a dancehall artiste is doing it and it is also a first for me as an artiste. The response to the video has been phenomenal so far, people love the acting, and the comedic elements to the concepts of how males are acting different nowadays and adopting female characteristics in terms of their fashion choices. The actor Orville Hall did a good job bringing across the concept, and Terminal 4 Media did a great job directing it," he said.

The thought-provoking single "Certain Law" on the recently released Barbwire Riddim has been getting a lot of airplay and spins at the street dances all over Jamaica.

Mr. Vegas completed a successful Euroepan tour earlier this year where he performed in countries such as Sweden, Portugal, Italy, Belgium, Poland, Finland, Spain and Switzerland. He was also the main headline act at the Arthur's Day Live concert held on the GNS Grounds in Georgetown, Guyana in September.

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Elephant Man has passport, studio equipment stolen during break-in

By M. Jodee Writer

elephant_man_robbed_car_new_kingston.jpgInternationally-acclaimed deejay, Oneil "Elephant Man" Bryan has become the latest Dancehall act to have valuables stolen from him during a performance.

The Pon Di River singer attended an event in New Kingston on Monday night; parking his Toyota Corolla near to the venue. However, upon returning to the parking lot, he noticed that one of the car's rear windows was smashed and two bags were missing. These bags contained important travel documents as well as studio equipment such as a laptop and hard drive. Additionally, a copy of Elephant Man's soon to be released video for the single Survivor, featuring Bounty Killer was stolen. He was due to debut the video on Tuesday for RE TV but could not appear on the show due to his predicament.

In a video posted on YouTube yesterday, Elephant Man showed the damage thieves inflicted on his car before urging the bandits to return the stolen documents and studio equipment immediately; pleading for thieves to stop breaking into innocent people's vehicles and stealing important, personal material.

Meanwhile, Elephant Man's predicament came just days prior to his upcoming international tour which kicks off this weekend. His tour, which takes him to Europe, Africa and Haiti, is now in doubt as a result of his travel documents being stolen despite already receiving money from the promoters to perform on the tour.

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November 2, 2011

Before They Were Stars with Timberlee

By Marc Parc Writer

Sometimes, a musical journey finds it roots within a moment of clarity whilst exploring a separate career path. In the case of established Dancehall deejay, Timberlee, her rise to prominence as a musician was somewhat unexpected, but welcoming nonetheless.
Timber-lee Heaven was born on June 2, 1983 in Kingston, but raised in Mandeville, Manchester. She attended Belair High School in Manchester before migrating to Montreal, Canada to pursue her tertiary education at Concordia University; attaining a degree in psychology and child education.
Timberlee initially desired to become a vet while in college. However, she was somewhat intrigued by the music industry during her college years; writing and recording a song about herself and a friend for fun. The by-accident song was overheard by prominent Dancehall/Reggae producer, Kool Face, who immediately sent the song to internationally-acclaimed Dancehall/Reggae producer, Don Corleon, who's known fi producing the like of Sean Paul and Vybz Kartel, amongst several others.

Don Corleon was impressed by Timberlee's vocal abilities as well as her lyrical dexterity and, by 2003, she recorded her first ever mainstream single, via Corleon's Trifecta Riddim, with the single, Prada and Gucci. From then on, it was full speed ahead for Timberlee as she ventured on a musical adventure she never though would occur.

Timberlee also did recordings with Don Corleon for the popular French Vanilla and Mad Guitar Riddims, before meeting another veteran producer, Kunley McCarthy of the internationally-acclaimed group, Ward 21. Following her graduation from Concordia University, she met with McCarthy in Florida during her vacation in the American state. A hurricane met the two whilst spending time in Florida, but inadvertently drew inspiration from the powerful storm and soon penned what would be Timberlee's breakthrough single.

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Pregnant Beyonce Wears Bumblebee Costume at Halloween Bash

Queen Bey became a bumblebee!


beyonce_pregnant_belly_big_baby_boy_girl_birth.jpgDue with her first child in February, Beyonce didn't let a growing baby bump interfere with her Halloween plans.

Making the most of her curves and expanding belly, the singer, 30, dressed as a bumblebee -- a fuzzy, structured costume and antennae headband -- at Monday's Gypsy Halloween bash hosted by Anja Rubik and her pal Kanye West.

With such celebs as Naomi Campbell, Tyson Beckford and Russell Simmons also in attendance, the "Love on Top" singer showed up for the bash with a small group of gal pals and a watchful security guard. Although Jay-Z's world-famous wife stayed in her seat for most of the party, she sang and danced from her chair -- vigorously! -- to tunes from DJ Khaled, T Pain, Snoop Dogg and other hip hop stars.

When Jay-Z and Kanye's hit "Ni*** in Paris" came on, the diva even orchestrated a few hand-flip dance moves a la "Single Ladies!"

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Shawn Storm should be charged on Thursday, according to police

By M. Jodee Writer

shawm_storm_court_case_charged_murder.jpgPortmore Empire singjay, Shawn Campbell, more popularly known as Shawn Storm, should know his fate by Thursday in relation to a murder case involving long-time mentor, Vybz Kartel.

The "Gaza" artiste has been held in police custody since last Tuesday as he faced questioning from law enforcement in relation to the murder of Clive "Lizard" Williams in Havendale, St. Andrew this past August. On Monday, Shawn Storm was pointed out in an identification parade at the Constant Spring Police station. The artiste has yet to be charged in the ongoing murder investigation.
However, Inspector Paul Thompson, from the Constant Spring Police, revealed during Vybz Kartel's hearing on the matter on Monday, that Shawn Storm will be one of two men who should be charged by Thursday with regards to the murder. Shawn Storm's lawyer, Michael Deans later confirmed that his client will be told whether or not he'll be charged on November 3.

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Tad's Record Unveils This Year's Hitlist

tads_records_hitlist_vol_III_reggae_dancehall.jpgThis Friday, Tad's Record is releasing this season's must-have compilation of Dancehall chart-toppers, and radio and club bangers. The Hitlist Vol. 3 is a crash course in the fall's latest Dancehall music trends with more than twenty of the genre's biggest anthems from Dancehall giants Vybz Kartel and Mavado, as well as current hit-makers Khago and Popcaan, and brand new sensation Specialist. The Hitlist Vol. 3 hits stores and digital outlets on Friday, November 4th.

While thumping Dancehall singles like Popcaan's "Ravin," "Mi Blood A Boil" by Khago, and Specialist's "Street Hustle" give The Hitlist Vol. 3 an up-tempo party vibe, soulful singles from Jah Vinci, Alaine, Lenya Wilks, and Jah Cure round out the compilation, covering all musical bases with Lover's Rock, and Roots Reggae.

Tony Matterhorn, Twin of Twins, Assassin, I-Octane, Demarco and Dancehall's reigning king and queen Beenie Man and Lady Saw are also featured on The Hitlist Vol. 3.

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November 1, 2011

Vybz Kartel and his booking agent scheduled for Thursday court appearance

By Marc Parc Writer

Internationally-acclaimed Dancehall superstar, Adidja "Vybz Kartel" Palmer will have to wait a few more days until he's required to answer his most recent murder charge.
Kartel's second murder case, regarding the killing of a St. Andrew man this past August, was stood down in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on Monday morning given that the co-accused in the case was not in attendance.
Presiding Resident Magistrate, Georgianna Fraser postponed the case until Kartel's designer/booking agent, Calvin "Moonie" Haye was brought before the courts by law enforcement officials. Haye appeared in the courtroom shortly thereafter, but RM Fraser decided to put of the case until Thursday November 3.
Haye, 23, was charged with murder in relation to the killing of Clive "Lizard" Williams in Havendale, St. Andrew. According to reports, it's alleged that Haye, along with Kartel and Kiro "Ray" Jones, killed Williams following a dispute over a missing, illegal firearm. Additionally, Kartel's mentor and Portmore Empire singjay, Shawn Storm, could jointly be charged for murder with the case as well as several other persons.

Kartel is due in court later this week as he faces charges of murder, conspiracy to murder and illegal possession of a firearm in connection with the shooting death of Barrington "Bossie" Burton, a businessman/promoter from Gregory Park, St. Catherine. He's also scheduled for a November 11th court appearance to face ganja possession charge stemming from his initial arrest on September 29 at a New Kingston hotel.

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Pon Di Gaza We Sey! - Tad's Record Releases Limited Edition 'Pon Di Gaza' Album to Stores

pom_di_gaza_mi_seh_album_vybz_kartel.jpgDue to overwhelming demand, Tad's Record released Pon Di Gaza Mi Sey to retail stores on October 28th. Originally released digitally as Pon Di Gaza under Dancehall superstar Adidja 'Vybz Kartel' Palmer's then newly formed Adidjahiem Records in 2009, the album generated significant buzz among his loyal fan base, but failed to make a major impact due to the label's inexperience. With the Kartel 'boom' of the past two years, Tad's Record is once again giving music fans the 'ultimate Reggae experience' with this limited addition collector's item CD, in major retail chains and mom & pop stores on Friday.

Pon Di Gaza Mi Sey contains all of the original Pon Di Gaza tracks with some fresh new mixes and additional material. The majority of the songs were written in 2008 while Palmer was under investigation as a person of interest in a murder investigation - he was arrested, questioned, and released without charges. Meanwhile, Palmer's public persona Vybz Kartel was still and struggling to find his voice as an independent artist, after his unceremonious departure from the Bounty Killer-led Alliance. Soul-searching singles like "Tear Drops," "Can't Frame Me," "Yeah Though I Walk," "For Love," "Bail For Me" and the #1 single "Life We Living" were all written during a four-day stretch in his home's washroom.

"I was going through a lot of stuff at that time. Even in the music where Vybz Kartel was trying to find back himself, trying to reinvent myself and find back the perfect formula that I am using now," Palmer said to journalist Rob Kenner in September 2009. "No matter what else is happening in life, I always concentrate on music and use it to blow off steam - to keep sane."

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Nicki Minaj Originally Wrote Rick Ross Single For Lil Wayne

By Rob Markman

nicky_minaj_lil_wayne_artistes_american.jpgRick Ross is hip-hop's self-proclaimed Bawse, but despite giving it up to Rozay on his new single, Nicki Minaj answers to another. While on the set of Birdman's "Y.U. Mad" video, the Female Weezy told MTV News that she originally wrote Ross' "You the Boss" for Young Money CEO Lil Wayne.

"You know what's interesting about that song," Minaj said while in character as her alter ego, the Female Weezy, "Nicki originally did that song for Wayne two and a half years ago."

The slow-rolling track, which is the first single off of Ross' upcoming God Forgives, I Don't, finds Minaj on the hook toasting the larger-than-life Rozay. "I'll do anything you say, anything, 'cause you the boss," Nicki sings softly.

Wayne never ended up using the track, but it seemed all too perfect for Ricky. "It was just lingering, and then she gave it to Rick Ross," Lady Wayne said. "I think it's hot."

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