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April 30, 2012

Marley soundtrack tops Billboard Reggae chart

By M. Jodee Freelance Writer

Marley_soundtrack_album_reggae_icon.jpgThe official soundtrack for Marley, the first official documentary on the life and work of Reggae icon, Bob Marley has scored another major accolade for the late singer as it recently topped the U.S. Billboard Reggae charts.

The Marley soundtrack topped the Billboard Reggae chart last week following its official release on April 16, four days prior to the film's North American premiere. The 24 track, two-disc set features many of Marley's songs that play throughout the film as well as never before heard recording from the Reggae superstar.
The Island Records/Tuff Gong produced album features Marley's first ever recording entitled, Judge Not which was produced by Leslie Kong in 1962.

The soundtrack also features live performances of classic songs such as No Woman, No Cry, Trenchtown Rock and I Shot The Sheriff as well as singles while a member of The Wailers (including Bunny Wailer and Peter Tosh) like Get Up, Stand Up and High Tide or Low Tide.

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Konshens Tops VP Records Reggae Gold 2012 - Disc 1

Konshens_bubble_vp_records_reggae_gold_2012.jpgSubkonShus Recording artiste Konshens who's currently one of the hottest Dancehall acts leads VP Records Reggae Gold 2012 Deluxe Anniversary Edition Disc 1 compilation with Do Sum'n produced by Suku (Ward 21) and Gyal A Bubble produced by SubkonShus Music.

VP Records is set to release the 20th edition of the best-selling annual reggae compilation Reggae Gold. The June 26th release of Reggae Gold 2012 will mark this achievement with a two disc set offering double the hits. The deluxe package includes a commemorative sticker and 15" x 10" fold out poster of the this year's Reggae Gold cover girls.

The compilation's first disc carries on the Reggae Gold tradition with the year's most popular reggae hits. Highlights include Sean Paul's latest single "She Doesn't Mind," Jamaica's hottest newcomer Popcaan's "Only Man She Want" and 4 newly commissioned exclusive songs including Busy Signal's "Kingston Town (Remix)" featuring Damian 'Jr. Gong' Marley, Tarrus Riley's "Not Missing You," Etana's "Reggae" and Gyptian's "Overtime."

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Popcaan Still "Clean" In The #1 Spot on Hype TV Dancehall/Reggae Chart

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#TNS Riddim Already Branded As The Summer Hit Riddim

%23TNS_Riddim_Chrome_Hapilos.jpgAlready branded by fans as the summer hit riddim, #TNS Riddim is now available on itunes #TNS pt 1, #TNS pt 2 and TNS full.

#TNS known in social media twitter as an acronym for Team No Sleep features singles from the hottest stars of dancehall/reggae. Tifa, Spice and Kenyan dancehall artist Peaches represented on the riddim for the ladies, while chart topping billboard artist Popcaan delivered another hit with "She Want Hood". Vybz Kartel, Chan Dizzy, I Octane, Tony Matterhorn, Aidonia, Bugle, Demarco, Chino, Stephen "Di Genius" McGregor, Khago and Voicemail are also featured on this star-studded riddim.

ZJ Chrome rose to fame on Jamaican radio station Zip FM, so it was a natural progression that took him from playing the hits to making the hits. Producing such riddims as Mad Collab, Smoking, Dancehall EFX, Cardiac Strings, V6, Contra riddim and hit single "Cheaters Prayers" by Chris Martin just to name a few.

ZJ Chrome says the secret to his success is simple "I Just Enjoy What I do... I don't Compete"

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The Excuberant SoFlo Awards Show Announces Performing Artist!



April 16, 2012 (Hollywood, FL) Spectators from around the world anxiously await South Florida's Dancehall Reggae Music Awards. This monumental musical show is a celebration of reggae, dancehall and soca music and is the most anticipated show Memorial Day Weekend among South Florida's Caribbean crowd. The Annual South Florida Dancehall & Reggae Music Awards will present yet again an exciting cultural ceremony. This musical award show will encompass world-class live performances and will give homage to the organization of Single Mothers of America.

This year SoFlo Awards Show has organized a spectacular list of performances, guests and honorees. Live performances featuring renowned artist locally and abroad makes this year's 4th Annual Award show the ultimate dancehall awards ceremony. Announcing LIVE performances by Dancehall/Reggae artist: ZJ Liquid, Spragga Benz, Raine Seville, Khago, Flippa Mafia, Telfon, Kristopher, Nefatari, Popeye Caution & Whitey Ordaz, Zeke Don & Regga PopRecords, Stylez n Khardo, Chux Star, Dollas Di Emperor and MANY MANY MORE!

The 4th Annual SoFlo Dancehall & Reggae Awards begins with a classy, eloquent and fashionable red carpet show starting at 6pm. This year SoFlo's Awards red carpet will be graced by fashion model icon Neil Pearl (ILand Magazine), New York's most prominent TV & Radio Personality Black Barbie (Dancehall Connection & Celebrity Roof Top) as well as Jamaica's own Marsha Stylez.

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April 29, 2012

Vybz Kartel's common law wife reportedly targeted by thieves

By Marc Parc Writer


The bad news keeps piling up for prominent Dancehall entertainer, Vybz Kartel as his common law wife nearly became the subject of a robbery on Friday.
Tanesha Johnson aka Shorty has been coping in recent months since Kartel was arrested and later charged with murder, drug and obstruction of justice related charges as she tries to garner strength for their family the deejay will be exonerated. However, Johnson reportedly suffered a scare late Friday night as two men trespassed on her residence in Norbrook, St. Andrew.

According to reports, a source close to the situation relays that Shorty went outside looking for something in one of Kartel's vehicles when she suddenly noticed two unidentified men acting suspiciously. One of the men hid behind Kartel's S-Class Mercedes Benz while the other hid in a mango tree; prompting Shorty to scream and cry out for help.

Johnson's screams seemingly scared off the men, causing them to escape by jumping over the walls of her neighbor's home.
It remains unknown whether or not a police report has been filed following the incident.
Shorty hails as the mother of three of Vybz Kartel's children. In recent months, she's told of her children's struggles to cope without their father, revealing in an interview last October that she had sought counseling for herself and her family.

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April 27, 2012

Vybz Kartel Continues His Dominance With Freaky Gyal 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 - (12) Vybz Kartel - Freaky Gal - Adidjaheim Records/ Head Concussion - (2wks@#1)

02 - 03 - (12) Konshens - Duh Sum’n - Ward 21 Production

03 - 02 - (10) Popcaan - Only Man She Want - Sounique Records - (3wks@#1)

04 - 05 - (10) Tiana - Bruk Out And Whine - Ja Productions

05 - 06 - (08) Vybz Kartel - Freaky Gal Part 2 - Head Concussion

06 - 04 - (09) Vybz Kartel - Why Pree (Worl Boss) - Adidjaheim Records/ Head Concussion - (Peaked @4)

07 - 09 - (08) Aidonia - Caribbean Girl - Ja Productions

08 - 07 - (11) Khago - Tun Up Di Ting - JA Production

09 - 11 - (06) Baby Cham - Wine - CashFlow Records

10 - 12 - (06) Popcaan - Clean - TJ Records

11 - 08 - (12) Mavado - Settle Down - JA Production - (2wks@#1)

12 - 10 - (14) Tiana ft Konshens - Gyal Mi Love You - Fams House Studio - (peaked@#4)

13 - 14 - (04) Potential Kidd - Yah So Nice – Natural Enterprise

14 - 16 - (05) Mr. Vegas - Bruk It Down - MV Music

15 - 18 - (03) Konshens - Gyal A Bubble - Subkonshus Music

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Exclusive: Konshens Performing Live At Wata Party 2012

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Nicki Minaj Back On Twitter After A Few Days Off

By Rob Markman


Nicki Minaj deleted her Twitter account last week, taking nine long days away from the social media site, but on Tuesday she finally returned. Her return to Twitter comes just days after she considered retirement from the rap game, and said she was unsure about whether she would continue to tweet.

It was April 15 when Nicki drove her legion of fans crazy by disappearing from the site on which she was among the most popular in the world. "A voice in my head told me to delete my Twitter and that's what I did," Minaj said during an interview in the U.K. "I had 11 million followers and I hope they will wait for me."

At press time, Nicki had 125,000 followers after only a short time back, but it's a safe bet that number will grow exponentially within the coming days. All of Nicki's pervious tweets seem to be intact, minus the few that she sent right before she pulled the plug on her handle. "Like seriously, its but so much a person can take. Good f--king bye," she wrote before vanishing from the social networking site.

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April 26, 2012

Local Nude Blog Has Been Shut Down

Jamaican_girls_exposed_photos.jpgOver the last week, social media has been buzzing over the website, jamaicangirlsexposed.blogspotcom which has posted several XXX rated pictures of females ranging from entertainment figures to business women, as well as several citizens has been removed from

However it’s still not clear if it was officially shut down by the Jamaican authorities or by the owners of the blog. will keep you posted

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Popcaan Back On Top Of The HYPE TV Dancehall/Reggae Chart

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Dancehall Superstar Vybz Kartel’s ganja trial to begin next month

By M. Jodee Freelance Writer

vybz_kartel_shawn_storm_court.jpgInternationally acclaimed Dancehall superstar, Adidja Palmer, more popularly known as Vybz Kartelwill report to court next month for the beginning of his ganja trial.

The prominent deejay faces a May 22 court date in the matter, which will be resumed after a three month delay. The new trial date was scheduled earlier this week in the absence of Kartel, who was not brought to the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on the day of the hearing.

Presiding resident magistrate, Maxine Ellis ruled that a writ must be issued for Kartel's release from a Spanish Town based jail where he's currently being kept in order to ensure that he makes the May court date.

Kartel has been incarcerated since last September when he was initially arrested at a New Kingston hotel following a major police operation in which they discovered a quantity of marijuana. Kartel, amongst others were then charged with illegal possession of marijuana

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Teflon's label Y.A.L teams up with Digital Vibez for "Africana Riddim"

Africana_Riddim_Teflon_Capleton_Reggae.jpgDancehall/Reggae artist Teflon's own label Y.A.L (Yard A Love) teamed up with Digital Vibez to bring music lovers the "Africana Riddim". Teaming up with Digital Vibez was a no-brainer for Teflon's label since not only is Digital Vibez part of his management team, but their production has delivered such projects as Higher Love, Scannerm Rejuvenation and more. Their work boasts well known artists like Capleton, Wayne Marshall, T.O.K, Voicemail and may more

The riddim now available on iTunes features Teflon, Capleton, Jah Balance and Rata Fire, and also welcomes Y.A.L's upcoming artists Potenkle I, Fiyah Chriss and One Cent.

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April 25, 2012

Denyque fights back following nude photo scandal on new blog site

By Marc Parc Writer

denyque_female_singer_sexy_artiste.jpgA new social blog in Jamaica has raised many eyebrows as well as drawn the eyre of several women islandwide after discovering naked pictures and videos being leaked on the website without permission.

Over the last week, social media has been buzzing over the website, which has posted several XXX rated picture women ranging from entertainment figures to business women, as well as several citizens. The identities, addresses and Facebook contact information of these women have been released on the website, triggering several safety concerns.

One of the women affected by this infamous blog is prominent Reggae artiste, Denyque who suddenly appeared on the page later Monday night. A nude photograph of the Can't Breathe singer headlined along with a picture of her kissing a male in a bedroom setting. The administrators of the website, who remain unknown, demanded that Denyque pay JA$50,000 in exchange for the removal of this material.
Angered by these developments, Denyque contacted law enforcement officials as well as her legal team on Tuesday in an attempt to discover who's behind this website and hold them responsible for their actions.

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Inner Circle Headlines Jamaica's 50th Celebration NY Central Park Summer Stage

Inner Circle / Israel Vibration / The Mighty Diamonds / DJ Carter Van Pelt

Celebrate Jamaica's 50th anniversary of independence with this day of Jamaican reggae music.

inner-circle_band_reggae_island_jamaica.jpgTo anyone who's familiar with Inner Circle, the GRAMMY® winning band's 20-year-plus history in reggae has had a long string of successes. Inner Circle's special brand of pop-oriented Jamaican beats and energy-filled live performances have allowed the band to transcend the traditional reggae niche and enjoy widespread crossover appeal. From the launch of their first album in 1978 entitled, Everything Is Great, to the launch of the album, Bad Boys which became an international hit featuring the title track as well as the dance party favorite "Sweat," Inner Circle's brand of unforgettable hooks and island beats has kept the band a mainstay in the reggae world.

The story of reggae group Israel Vibration's success starts out with their humble beginnings as children battling polio in a Jamaican rehabilitation center. Cecil Spence (Skelly) and Lascelle Bulgin (Wiss) bonded through music while in the clinic and quickly became friends. As the duo got older, they found the faith of Rastafari and created songs which expressed their spiritual beliefs. Since then, the duo's music has been spellbinding audiences for over two decades with their mix of traditional roots reggae and deeply spiritual messages such as the critically acclaimed album, On The Rock and its follow-up Free To Move, which reached number one on the CMJ New World charts.

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Sizzla - "Don't Mislead The Youths' EP - Now Available

sizzla_ep_album_dont_mislead_the_youths.jpgU.S. based reggae label Locksmith Records is proud to release the latest studio effort from acclaimed reggae artist Sizzla, in the form of an EP entitled Don't Mislead The Youths. The EP was released today, April 24, 2012, and is now available in CD format in select stores, including VP Records. It is also available digitally worldwide via all major digital retailers, including iTunes and Amazon.

This rebirth of Sizzla Kalonji has reggae fans around the world buzzing, as the new EP sees Sizzla reclaiming his dynamic stance on various social issues. The first single "Learn To Read" speaks on the importance of education, as Sizzla advocates young people to learn to read and write, as a way to overcome ignorance, and therefore, progress in life. Other singles from the EP include "So Lovely," "Party," and the title track, "Don't Mislead The Youths."

"This EP confirms (yet again) that Sizzla is a talented, thoughtful, intelligent and fluent performer," states Gerry McMahon of "His status as one of reggae's most commercially and critically successful contemporary artists will be reinforced by this 'Don't Mislead The Youths ' EP.'

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Dancing 101 Album by Shaka Pow Out Now on iTunes!

Shaka_pow_dancing_101_album_dancehall.jpgDancing 101 a tribute to Jamaican Dance icons Bogle and Ice by Shaka Pow the DJ Doc is finally here! The 24 track high energy Jamaican Dance music album spans 10 years of dancing starting from Bogle's L.O.Y. or Jerry Springer move to Ice's Gully Creeper.

"Listening the album, one reminisce the good ole days as it begins with the earlier work then goes to Bogle, then Ice and on to the popular Rubba Bounce," said Shaka Pow. "Dancing is important to 'Dancehall,' it makes up a significant part of the culture" he continued.

The Dancing 101 album is a three part project first highlighting the icons, then there is a part that is specifically dedicated to the women. The album is hosted by Dancer/Artiste Sadiki and features smash hit singles such as Rubba Bounce featuring Samboni, Move Dem Up featuring Docta Bird and Splice featuring Sadiki. Dancing 101 a tribute to Bogle and Ice is a collectors album so all music and dance fans, be one of the first to collect this album downloads available HERE CLICK

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April 24, 2012

Mavado: From Dancehall Star To Movie Star

By M. Jodee Freelance Writer

mavado_movie_shottas_2.jpgInternational exposure keeps accumulating for prominent Dancehall singjay, Mavado as he's set to take on a new realm of the performing arts: Acting.
The Alliance artiste will be starring in the upcoming movie, Shottas Too (Shottas 2), a sequel to the revered urban flick, Shottas. The original installation of the film was unveiled 10 years ago, telling a story of two young men who grew up in the troublesome areas of Kingston participated in organized crime in the Jamaican capital as well as Miami. Reggae superstar, Ky-Mani Marley and Dancehall veteran deejay, Spragga Benz played the roles of the young men in Shottas while the flick also featured legendary Jamaican actor, Paul Campbell and was co-produced by former Fugees rapper, Wyclef Jean.

In the second installment of Shottas, Mavado will star alongside Ky-Mani Marley; this, according to the movie's director, Cess Silvera, who confirmed the news, via Twitter. So far, there's no indication of what role Mavado will be playing or the direction that the storyline for the film will take this time.
While no date has been confirmed for the movie’s release, filming for Shottas Too began on April 20.

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Patexx (A.N.G) enjoying every aspect of his UK tour

Patexxx_uk_tour_dancehall.jpgRising sensation, Patexx, member of the Alliance Next Generation (ANG) is currently touring the United Kingdom with the ANG team.

The artiste who is famous for singles such as 'Summer Time" Ft. Bounty Killer, "Cook", "Party Me Seh" ft ZJ Liquid just to name a few, isn't holding back and is giving his fans all but his soul. Since his arrival in the U.K two weeks ago he has been on a world wind media tour, performed on several shows and will be featured in a leading United Kingdom Magazine.

Just last week, he made his appearance in Birmingham, Bristol at an event dubbed 'ANG in Concert' as well as several others such as 'Pum Pum Fridaze'. The tour being far from over, he will be performing alongside Marlon Binns & Rayonne Hype this Friday 27th APRIL 2012 at Igloo Fridayz at Salsa Fiesta Club 295 Southend Lane SE6 end next to Sainsbury.

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Gospel Artiste KG Electrifies Guyana

Kereen-Gregory-gospel-female-artiste-jamaica.jpgAn awesome two-show stop in Guyana during the Easter weekend has left rising female gospel artiste, KG, in a jubilant mood, even as she declares that her faith was tried.

The singer, whose dancehall and soca-flavoured gospel songs are become as popular as her traditional repertoire, got a pleasant surprise when she slipped into Guyana on the weekend of April 8. Although the promoter had told her that the people in Guyana knew her songs, the affable KG had no idea that the word 'popular' would easily be a fitting description.

At the first show on April 8 at the Kwakwani venue, which is outside of the city, KG's fans delighted her with their word-for-word singing of some of her songs. Entitled Rhema Praise, the concert also featured a line-up of the best gospel acts in Guyana, but it was KG's soca-flavoured Ride Out the Storm that sent ripples throughout the venue.

"I was so pleasantly surprised that the song is so well known in Guyana," KG beamed, with her trademark brilliant smile. "The presence of the Lord was in the place and the people were caught up in giving glory to God," she said of the rollicking praise-and-worship session during her time on stage.

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Gramps Morgan: Reggae Music Lives - Album

Gramps_Morgan_Reggae_Music_Lives_Album.jpgWith a mission to heal the world through music, Soul Train Award nominee, Gramps Morgan unleashes his second, solo, album Reggae Music Lives tomorrow (April 24th), independently, on his Dada Son Entertainment label. A musical therapy of sorts, Reggae Music Lives is filled with angelic harmonies, authentic compositions and a unique sound brand, Gramps calls "Rockaz". Reggae Music Lives is more than Reggae; it's world-beat, with a little bit of country, a taste of what Americans call rap-Jamaicans call it toasting; mix it with a hint of r 'n' b, a dash of blues synthesized with contemporary reggae that maintains the integrity of the original art form and you get a sense of the musical accents that help to make Reggae Music Lives complete.

After two years in the making, Reggae Music Lives arrives with inspiration, healing and Gramps' determination to make positive changes in the world. The album's first single 'The Almighty' topped the charts in Jamaica, South Florida and New York while 'Life Too Short', released on March 28th, advanced in the fight for justice in the case of Trayvon Martin. Consequently, team Dada Son decided to donate part of the sale proceeds to the family of the slain Florida teenager. The song has since been added to the Justice for Trayvon Martin Foundation website ( where he is listed as an "Official Donor" for his commitment.

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April 23, 2012

Cecile Takes Over The #1 Spot From Christ Martin - OutAroad Top Ten Reggae Chart

OutAroad Weekly Top Ten Reggae Chart

01 (02) (10) Cecile -- When You're Gone - CR203 - (1wk@#1)

02 (01) (08) Christ Martin -- Cheaters Prayer (Cheat On My Girlfriend) - ZJ Chrome/CR203 Records - (3wks@#1)

03 (03) (08) Romain Virgo -- I Am Rich In Love - Lifetime Music

04 (04) (06) Mr. Vegas, Shaggy & Josey Wales -- Sweet Jamaica - Clifford Ray Music

05 (06) (04) Elly Ess -- Money Wont Change Me - Rock Star Ent.

06 (05) (11) Chris Martin -- Paper Loving - CR203 - (2wks@#1)

07 (08) (03) Agent Sasco -- Late - Di Genius

08 (09) (02) Shaggy -- Sugarcane - Ranch Entertainment

09 (10) (02) Cecile -- If You - CR203 Records ZJ Chrome

10 (07) (14) Busy Signal - Life (Sticky Inna Earth - Good Good Productions (Zum) - (2wks@#1)

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

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

3 Junior Gong -- Affairs of the Heart

4 I-Octane -- L.O.V.E.Y.O.U. - VP Records

5 Romain Virgo -- I Know Better - Juke Boxxx Production

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Yendi Phillipps and Chino expecting first child

By Marc Parc Writer

yendi_phillips_chino_pregnant_baby.jpgFormer Miss Jamaica Universe and internationally acclaimed model, Yendi Phillipps has announced that she's pregnant with her first child.

The runner up of the 2010 Miss Universe competition made the announcement via her official Facebook page late Sunday night, revealing that she'll be expecting a baby with prominent Dancehall/Reggae singjay, Daniel 'Chino' McGregor who she's reportedly been dating in recent months. Additionally, she posted a picture of her growing belly with what appears to be Chino's hand holding hers.

Phillips issued a message to her over 142,000 Facebook fans, reading, "17 weeks and counting...I wish we could have shared it earlier but you know they say it's bad luck to announce too soon. I'm so excited to finally tell you that we have a little 'McGregor' on the way! You know how much I value "you" as you've been such a support through my various ventures so I wanted you to know first-hand as this one is perhaps my most exciting to date! I feel truly blessed and am more amazed every day to experience our creator in such a miraculous and organic way. Seasoned mommy's, don't hold back on the advice...hehe *wink* Love, Blessings...and Life :)"

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April 21, 2012

Voicemail's Journey Continues With New Mixtape & Video ft Alaine


voicemail_duo_kevin_craig.jpgDancehall duo Voicemail has released a new mix tape just ahead of the planned summer release of its fourth studio album.

The mix tape which is entitled the Journey Continues was mixed by popular radio jock and selector Kurt 'the Party Animal' Riley.

In a release to the media, group member Kevin Blair outlined that the mix tape is intended to keep its growing fan base entertained until the new album is released.

"We just released the mix tape and at the same time we are fine tuning tracks for the upcoming album which is coming out this summer. This is something that we want the fans to have to keep them entertained until the album drops", said Blair.

Blair said the forthcoming album promises to be an entertaining and eclectic mix of material. Titled Next Level, it is the follow up to the group's most recent album Jump Off which did reasonably well in Japan.

Voice Mail recently released the video for the track Wrong Number which features singer Alaine. The video was directed by Dejo Films in Germany and was completed over a two day period.

On the performance side, the duo recently completed performances in St. Kitts and Nevis as well as in the Bahamas.

The 16 track mix tape which according to Blair, is hosted by fans of Voicemail, is the latest in a series of mix tapes that the group plans to release over an extended period.

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Natty Remo's Musical Journey Album Upcoming Video Release - "Hustlers (On the Corner)"

natty_remo_musical_journey-album_itunes_amazon.jpgKingrasta21 Music released Natty Remo's second album, Musical Journey, as a full color digipak on April 15, 2012, following the December 20, 2011 online release through Zojak Worldwide. The first official video of the album, "Hustlers (On the Corner)" is to be released in early summer 2012. Natty Remo was quoted in a recent interview, "The Hustler finds a way to make a living in a system that’s not made for him." He continued, DJ'ing his response, '"Ghetto university, that's what them get. Street side knowledge a that them have to take."

Musical Journey offers 19 dancehall reggae tracks with authentic, clean, conscious lyrics. "No Spoil Up the Music DJ" calls upon artists to join the conscious reggae movement. "Culture Rule" with the line, "what them ago do to get the culture out” reminds artists to keep the roots and culture alive. “Cleanliness is godliness,” from “No Mix the Dutte wid the Clean," summons people to live clean.

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

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DJ Bambino's Road Trip Birthday Bash

dj_bambino_road_trip_party.jpgDJ Bambino is at it again…the creative, energetic and unique radio personality who currently dominates the morning airwaves on Zip 103 FM has fashioned a new concept to celebrate his birthday. Sunday, April 29 is sure to go down in the history books as a phenomenal celebration at the Wickie Wackie Beach in St. Thomas.

According to Bambino, he wanted to get patrons involved in the experience and he has always admired the rustic nature and feel of the venue. "I want patrons to have an adventure and Wickie Wackie will cater to delivering this incomparable vibe. My all-inclusive daytime affair will afford partygoers from as far as Montego Bay to travel to St. Thomas to party up-close and personal with enough time to get home and rest up for work on Monday morning".

He continued, "Entertainers do the club vibe all the time and I wanted to do something totally different for guests. Road Trip is a cool-out vibe…beach party…BBQ style that the discerning party animal will appreciate since it’s not an everyday, run-of-the-mill experience."

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April 20, 2012

Exclusive: Ryan Oneil - I'm Just Saying - Foot Stepzz Records


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Supermodels Carla Campbell & Oraine Barret For Irie Fashion Rave

carla_campbell_pulse_model_female_girl_jamaica.jpgInternational Pulse supermodels Carla Campbell and Oraine Barrett are both confirmed to attend the 5th staging of Irie Fashion Rave in New York City this Sunday, April 25 at LQ, 511 Lexington in Manhattan, New York. Barrett will join numerous New York models on the runway while Campbell will served as celebrity guest host of the event.

Campbell has received worldwide exposure appearing in the 2006 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Her clients include L'Oréal, Nike, Avon, Seventeen magazine, Footlocker, Miller Beer, Maxim, Target and Fubu while Barrett is best known for being the face of Ralph Lauren Polo and for his starring role in Rihanna’s "Man Down video." Barrett along with the other models will wear clothing by local fashion designers John Paul Peirre, Rep Ja, Jewel Shannon, VP's Riddim Driven, Houz Designs, Hope Wade, Original Stush and Romeich Wear (designer to the stars in Jamaica).

At the same event two years ago, Kingsley Cooper of Pulse Investments Ltd in Jamaica, who launched the careers of Vogue and Gucci models Nadine Willis, Jaunel McKenzie, Gaye McDonald, Jeneil Williams, as well as Carla Campbell was presented with a "Lifetime Achievement Award" for his contribution to the fashion industry.

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Mavado to perform alongside top US rappers

mavado_and_drake_reggae_hiphop_album.jpgWe The Best Music recording artist Mavado continues to position himself among the big names in urban music Stateside. Monday April 30th will see Gully Gad performing in Manhattan, New York, alongside white-hot rappers Tyga, Wacka Flocka, Fabolous, French Montana, Travis Porter, Busta Rhymes and more.

DJ Prostyle, who currently has the #1 rated afternoon radio show in New York, on POWER 105FM, will be celebrating his birthday with a host of the industry's big names, Mavado being the only Dancehall representative.

"I just had to book the Gully Gad," said Prostyle. "I've been a big fan from day one and I know his fan base is huge so he's a great addition to the lineup. He has some hot records out now and the whole industry is expecting even bigger things from him this year and I know he gona turn it up on April 30!"

Mavado's first single on We The Best Music, Survivor featuring Akon, has remained on New York's HOT 97 radio playlist for some time, with the program director upbeat about the public's response to the record.

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I-Octane compensates promoter following incident at a recent show

By M. Jodee Freelance Writer


Popular Dancehall/Reggae singjay, I-Octane has settled an issue with a promoter following the premature end of a stage show he was due to perform on.
Promoter Tia Reinford demanded compensation from I-Octane after the prominent artiste failed to meet his performance obligations during the Westmoreland Kite Festival on New Year’s Day. The event was cut short after patrons threw bottles on stage after I-Octane's set abruptly ended. Reportedly, I-Octane asked event organizers to dim the light during his set but event organizers were unable to meet his demand. As a result, I-Octane walked off stage in disgust, prompting the incident.

On Thursday, Reinford announced during a radio interview that she and the Crying to the Nation singer will offer fans a free concert in Savanna-La-Mar, Westmoreland on April 28. The promoter hailed I-Octane's kind gesture and its practicality.

"I just want to say thanks to I-Octane and I hope everybody is really ready to come out and want the fans who came at Kite Festival to see I-Octane to know that they will be compensated on April 28 at Coconut Grooves and they can all just turn up," she said.
In the meantime, I-Octane has released singles so far this month such as the Stashment Records produced, Bully and Fake Frenz on the DJ Frass produced, Di Struggles Riddim.

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April 19, 2012

Vybz Kartel's 'Freaky Gal' Tops The OutAroad Top 20 Hot Singles Chart Top 20 Hot Singles Chart


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

01 - 02 - (11) Vybz Kartel - Freaky Gal - Adidjaheim Records/ Head Concussion

02 - 01 - (09) Popcaan - Only Man She Want - Sounique Records - (3wks@#1)

03 - 03 - (11) Konshens - Duh Sum’n - Ward 21 Production

04 - 05 - (08) Vybz Kartel - Why Pree (Worl Boss) - Adidjaheim Records/ Head Concussion

05 - 06 - (09) Tiana - Bruk Out And Whine - Ja Productions

06 - 08 - (07) Vybz Kartel - Freaky Gal Part 2 - Head Concussion

07 - 04 - (10) Khago - Tun Up Di Ting - JA Production

08 - 07 - (11) Mavado - Settle Down - JA Production - (2wks@#1)

09 - 10 - (07) Aidonia - Caribbean Girl - Ja Productions

10 - 09 - (13) Tiana ft Konshens - Gyal Mi Love You - Fams House Studio - (peaked@#4)

11 - 13 - (05) Baby Cham - Wine - CashFlow Records

12 - 12 - (05) Popcaan - Clean - TJ Records

13 - 14 - (05) Stylysh - Me A Wife - Sounique Records

14 - 16 - (03) Potential Kidd - Yah So Nice – Natural Enterprise

15 - 11 - (14) Tiana - Pum Pum Phat (Ravin Remix) - (2wks@#1)

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Flexxx says Mavado sold out, rules out possible reconciliation

By Marc Parc Writer


Former Gully Squad deejay, Flexxx has been quite vocal about a recent falling out with his former mentor in recent months and refuses to back down.
The Steppin' Razor deejay and long-time friend, Mavado have been at odds ever since a radio interview last November in which the Gully Gaad denied that Flexxx was on tour with him while being named a person of interest in relation to a criminal investigation in the St. Andrew North region. Following that interview, Flexxx revealed in an interview that he had written many of Mavado's material during the singjay's early stages while the Settle Down deejay claimed that his former protégé had long been mimicking him.
Recently, Flexxx released a single on the Aurora Skies Riddim entitled Real Gangsta, which many in the Dancehall industry have speculated is a diss aimed at Mavado and current Gully Squad protégé, Chase Cross.

In the single, Flexxx deejays, "Real gangstas, we straight we no have no bend/we real we nah pretend/some bwoy dem no real, dem bad mind yuh but yuh nuh bad mind dem."
In a recent interview, Flexxx neither confirmed nor denied that Real Gangsta was a diss song aimed at the Gully Squad but insisted that he refuses to back down from Mavado and Chase Cross given things they've been saying about him publicly in recent months.

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Getting To Know David M

david_m_reggae_pop_artiste_jamaican.jpgThe island of Jamaica has given the world so much rich music over time along with a variation of genres and styles from Ska, Dub and Reggae, to Jamaican Jazz, Pop and the Rude Boy-injected Rock Steady vibe. Well, that lineage continues - this time with a singer-songwriter, musician of Kingston, Jamaican heritage, who incorporates an eclectic creative mix of R&B and Reggae in his music. His name is David M and he is not an artist that you'll easily forget. His velvety voice and uplifting messages will linger in your heart long after the last note has been played.

"Lest We Forget" is the notable first single written, produced and performed by David M, from his soon to be released conceptual album, Here Comes Your Life. The powerful and climatic song was created in tribute to United States President Barack Obama - the historic significance of his election, and what it represents to people around the globe. Originally written as a salute to South African President Nelson Mandela, David rewrote the song to reflect today's current events.

Regarding the theme for “Lest We Forget,” David says, “I have the privilege to have lived to see the culmination of the efforts and contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, Nelson Mandela, Marcus Garvey, Rosa Parks and a whole generation of men and women who struggled so that Barack Obama, as well as you and I, can enjoy the fruits of their labor. The labor of those who went before who suffered through this crucible…for the opportunities we have and taken for granted … lest we forget, their sacrifices.”

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Exclusive: Da'Ville - Took A Break Official Video

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April 18, 2012

Kirov Water Party Submerged In Excitement


Formerly known as the Ultimate Water Party, last Saturday night's staging of the Kirov Water Party at the Lime Golf Academy was drenched in fun and excitements with over 5000 patrons coming out to be submerged in excitement.

With performances from Trinidad's Soca Monarch 2010 winner JW & Blaze, Konshens as well as wining competitions on stage all night. Patrons who came out were not only soaking wet at the end but also fully entertained.

The show was typified by infectious soca beats that have dominated to scene since the start of the Jamaica soca season as well as some popular local hits. The quality of the production was excellent with the scenery properly matching the concept and added attractions such as Kirov drink deals and water trucks constantly pumping water to the beats of by ZJ Chrome, DJ Sanjay, Chris Dymond, Razz 'n Biggy, DJ Billy and Shane Firestarter.

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Billboard charting TJ records and Popcaan "Party Shot" contenders for THE summer song!


As summer approaches music lovers are waiting for THE anthem to make them dance, blast the car stereo and turn up their radio at full volume. Billboard charting producers TJ Records and international dancehall artist Popcaan hit single "Party Shot" are contenders for THE summer song!

Once again TJ Records teamed up with di ravin king, the man NY Times calls "smooth voice with a hint of shrillness" aka Popcaan to deliver an instant hit. "Party Shot" available on iTunes received over a million views on youtube.

TJ Records became a staple of dancehall from the moment Bill Back riddim hit the airwaves, and to prove that they were not just a one hit wonder, they followed up with Show Time riddim both riddim became instant classics, but I'm So Special by Mavado and No Games by Serani that cemented their name in the industry with what music insiders called the #1 riddim of that year. The songs crossed over to the International market being heard on the hottest urban and top 40 pop stations worldwide and hit the billboard chart. When asked the key to his success "TJ" White says "I follow my own path and instinct". With "Party Shot" TJ Records proves that all this success is far from Unfinished Business.

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Supamodel Joelee "Soo Sexy" Blazing the US Airwave

super_model_joelee_artiste.jpgIt has only been little over a month since Supamodel Joelee released her latest single "Soo Sexy", produced by DAGCK Promotions, and it has be getting a lot of airplay worldwide, especially from the US Urban Contemporary and Rhythmic Radio Stations.

Supamodel Joelee and her hit single "Soo Sexy" were well received as the song makes its way through the internet, clubs, colleges, and parties. "Soo Sexy" gained more traction in the US and globally after it started getting played on US Urban Contemporary and Rhythmic Radio Stations such as New York City Power 105, Augusta WIZ 97.9, Fayetteville Soul 104.5, Chicago Power 92, Buffalo The People’s Station 93.7, Rocky Mount Soul 92 Jams, Augusta WIZ 97, Columbus Foxie 105, and Huntsville Hot 103 to name a few. The single has also been getting consistent plays on Internet and College Radio Stations.

Supamodel Joelee is scheduled to shoot the official music video for "Soo Sexy" in Chicago, Illinois this coming May. Supamodel Joelee declares that “The music video for "Soo Sexy" is going to leave everyone breathless…more than how they were when they saw me in the "Mih Nuh Smile" music video". You can see Supamodel Joelee’s mesmerizing performance in "Mih Nuh Smile" on DAGCK Promotions Thousand US$ Rhythm Medley Music Video on YouTube, HYPE TV, RETV, and The Dancehall Channel.

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April 17, 2012

Rihanna Shares Topless Pics From Hawaiian Getaway

Pop star shows off her beach body in photos posted on her Facebook page.

By John Mitchell

Rihanna_topless_photo_hawaii_vacation.jpgOh, to be young, beautiful, rich and famous. It sure looks like one heck of a good time.

At least that's what we gather from the photos Rihanna posted to her Facebook Monday night of the Hawaiian getaway she took earlier this year. The Barbadian pop star posted 169 pics of herself and friends enjoying a little fun in the sun, horseback riding, swimming with sharks, enjoying some Bud Light on a boat and lounging on a surf board. Oh, and taking her top off under a waterfall.

For photos from Rihanna's relaxing Hawaiian getaway, click here.

If there was ever any question that the "We Found Love" singer is just about the fittest pop star in the game, these pictures confirm it. From every angle, Rihanna looks amazing; she's rocking visible abs, toned arms and loose, curly locks, and stripped of her diva costumes and makeup, she's a natural stunner. In one pic, RiRi even bares some skin. Bathing under a waterfall, she doffs her bikini top and shoots the camera an ear-to-ear smile.

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Romain Virgo Ready To Take The System On Tour

Romain_virgo_The_System_reggae_album.jpg22-year-old singer-songwriter Romain Virgo announces new U.S. tour dates and the release of his sophomore album The System, available May 8 on VP Records. Romain Virgo delivers a quality set of dynamic, conscious-themed roots and lover's rock tales on The System. Each song flows seamlessly to the next and shimmers with the vocal delivery of one of Jamaica's most captivating new voices. Romain teamed up with Jamaica's top producers on the new album, including Shane Brown (who produced seven of the songs) as well as Donovan Germain and Viking Productions. During the end of April, Romain will embark on a mini U.S. tour run throughout the Northeastern region including shows in New York City, Hartford and Philadelphia.

It has only been five years since Romain Virgo made history as the youngest winner of TVJ's popular "Rising Stars" - Jamaica's equivalent to American Idol. In this short time frame, Romain teamed up with reggae producer Donovan Germain to record several chart-topping reggae hits ("Can't Sleep" and "Wanna Go Home"), released a stellar self-titled debut album with VP, won numerous awards within the Caribbean community and made history as the first Jamaican artist to perform at Academy of Country Music Awards in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Tad's Record Releases The Phantom Vol. 2 ft. Popcaan, I-Octane, Assassin & Aidonia

phantom_vol_2_ioctane_popcaan_aidonia_assassin.jpgDue to the overwhelming success of The Phantom Vol. 1, Tad's Record is pleased to announce that The Phantom Vol. 2 will hit digital outlets and retail stores on Tuesday, April 17th. For the second installment of this new series that focuses on emerging and/or re-emerging talent, Tad's Record has chosen fast-rising star Popcaan and reenergized lyrical masters Assassin and Aidonia. In addition, I-Octane is back by popular demand on the new Phantom with brand new singles.

Popcaan's meteoric rise among Jamaica's new crop of Dancehall deejays is underscored by the international success of his single "Only Man She Want," which made its Billboard debut earlier this month at #89 on the Top R&B/Hip Hop Singles chart. "Only Man She Want," is one of the featured singles on The Phantom Vol. 2, as well as his summer anthems "Ravin," and "Party Shot."

When asked about being a featured artist on The Phantom Vol. 2, Popcaan replied "yeah man, it's great. 'Nuff respect Tad's."

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Chuck Fenda Stepping On Crime With Single Warning

Chuck_fenda_warning_single_reggae.jpgChuck Fenda's steps on crime with new single 'Warning,' which is gaining momentum all over the world especially in Europe, the U.S., and Africa. Produced by Notice Records on the Heart and Soul Riddim, 'Warning' encompasses the positive elements which embody conscious Reggae music. This is just one of many examples of the righteous and inspirational messages that this formidable artist constantly releases.

'Warning' attempts to address the crime and violence that is continually spreading in communities, ghettos and garrisons. The lyrics in the first verse are a rude awakening concerning the escalation of crime in recent years. "Serious times and gruesome crime, endless body mi see dem a find / Hope dem ready for dem judgement time / This is a warning a warning mi uh remind dem God nuh sleep."

Fenda explains, "I am fed up with the high crime rate in Jamaica and other parts of the world. I am also tired of seeing children being abused so I decided to address some of the same issues like I did in Gash Dem." Fenda unmistakably denounces distasteful acts of crime and violence and that such wrong doings don’t go unnoticed; in other words, you shall reap what you sow.

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April 16, 2012

Popcaan featured in New York Times article

By Marc Parc Writer

Popcaan_only_man_she_want.jpgProminent Dancehall superstar, Popcaan continues to assert his dominance on the international scene as he was recently featured in one of the United States' major publications.

The self-professed 'Gaza Prefect' was featured in the music section of the highly regarded U.S. newspaper, the New York Times this past weekend. The piece reviews his chart-topping hit single, Only Man She Want, which copped a top 100 sport on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop charts late last month.

The feature waxed poetic about the growing crossover impact that Only Man She Want has received since its release last August.

"As ever, dancehall songs take several months to crawl up from Jamaica and infiltrate the American consciousness. Popcaan's Only Man She Want now experiencing its crossover moment, is already months old, but its sweetness hasn't faded," the article reads.

"It's a syrupy love song, and Popcaan has a smooth voice with a hint of shrillness, and a casual manner, never over singing the sentiment."

The feature also talks about Popcaan's sophomore mixtape, Yiy Change which has garnered lots of buzz in Dancehall circles and showcases many of the Portmore Empire deejay's biggest tracks.

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Jah Cure rocks 12,000 patrons in Panama

jah_cure_performing_shows_reggae.jpgOver 12,000 patrons crammed into the Playa Serena, Gorgona Beach venue in Panama to see international reggae superstar Jah Cure perform a steady stream of reggae hits last Easter weekend.

The low-hanging thunderclouds and intermittent rain did not stop reggae fans from flocking to the beach to see the reggae legend and he did not disappoint. When it was time to hit the stage, a surge of excitement ran through the crowd like an electric current.

Loud screams hit the air as his band struck up the first chords of Respect, after which he performed Jah Jah Bless Me as his followers chanted the words. The most popular songs during his set were the hits, Never Find, Longing For, Only You, Reflection, Respect, Unconditional Love, Nothing and Love is. The fans sang the words of each song and chanted 'Jah Cure Jah Cure' all around the venue in between the songs.

Other acts on the show included Camacho's band "The Cell" and into the night, and a roots band of Seventh Root and Roots and Culture.

It was the artiste's first time performing in Panama. The artiste has performed in sold-out venues during his last eight performances, playing to packed venues during onstage stints in St. Lucia, French Guiana, Trinidad, Antigua, Turks and Caicos, Guyana, and St. Vincent. Panama is simply his latest conquest.

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12 Luscious Ladies Head To Jamaica For The Miss Black Nude 2012 Pageant


Negril, Ja: Hedonism II, the world's sexiest beach resort located in Negril Jamaica will be scorching hot September 5 to 10, 2012 for the 20th renewal of the world-famous Miss Black Nude Pageant. This posh and classy pageant is unapologetically the most eye-popping parade of beauty on the planet and the five-day annual nerve-plucker will showcase twelve of the most sensationally beautiful black women alive.

The Miss Black Nude Pageant has been broadcast on the HBO Real Sex series in the past and this year’s staging will bring together twelve of the sexiest chocolate ladies from across the international arena competing for cash prizes and the coveted crown. The event is one of the most requested and repeated shows on the HBO channel.

The girls typically come from all walks of life. Some are college students, others are exotic dancers and a few from this year's bevy of beauties work in the private sector. They all are as supremely talented as they are irresistibly beautiful, but only one lucky lady can glide away with the crown.

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Pepita talks Intense experience, builds on debut single success

Pepita_singer_reggae_jamaica.jpgShe may no longer hosting one of Jamaica’s most popular entertainment shows but the career of prominent media personality, Pepita Little seems to have taken a strong turn for the better.

Since leaving TVJ's Intense almost four months ago, Pepita has enjoyed her share of accolades in various fields, winning Media Personality of the Year at this year's Youth View Awards for her work on the entertainment program in 2011. However, the curvaceous diva has already succeeded in an even tougher field, music as she unveiled her Reggae themed debut single, Luv Luv Me last month.

The Colin 'Bulby' York produced single has garnered Pepita high acclaim from fans and peers as well as air play across local airwaves. In a recent interview with Teen Spirit Magazine, Pepita described Luv Luv Me as a song that anyone who's found love can really relate to.
"This song is for all the love struck people out there. It's for everyone out there who is in love. Maybe later down in life I will find someone to dedicate it to," she said.

Describing her style as 'island pop,' Pepita hopes to build on the glowing success of her first record and even hopes to work with prominent singjays such as Mavado and Sizzla going forward.
"I would say Mavado because I love his melody. And I love the way he speaks. Weird, I know." she said.
As for Sizzla, Pepita joked, "I don't know, I have a thing for Rastafarians."

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April 14, 2012

All-Time High Performance At World Clash R.E.S.E.T. Weekend


Shortly before 11 pm on Saturday, April 7, scores of sound clash revelers amassed on Amazura filling it to near capacity. Patrons strategically mapped out where they would "post up" to get the best view of the war, while chatting about; how far they traveled; which sounds they rated; and who was going to take home the trophy. The audience read like a who's who of the sound clash fraternity, with key selectors and other sound system personalities, likewise artists such as Shabba Ranks, Spragga Benz, Johnny Osbourne and Edley Shine (Born Jamericans) among others were in attendance.

The clash came alive with vibrant music selections of both dubs and 45's. More times than not, the participating sounds slung high caliber dubs in the hopes of not being eliminated. Everyone knows how tough New York clash fans can be, so sounds were willing to do any and everything -- such was the strategy of Fire Links who pulled out money, begging the crowd to allow him to remain. His hype failed to garner any real fans and the impact of his dubs were not enough to sustain the crowd through every round.

Dressed for war, Tony Matterhorn had funny speeches and received some forwards, but he too couldn't win over the fierce crowd. Brooklyn's warrior sound Earth Ruler had an early dynamic set and were the only sound to get a forward for every selection played, however as the clash progressed their selections faded and they too were eliminated. Poison Dart had good music selections periodically, but their long skits and speeches didn't work.

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Dancehall gets its 'Daily Dose' of good music from Head Concussion Records

By Marc Parc Writer

daily_dose_riddim_head_concussion_dancehall.jpgProminent Dancehall producer, Tarik 'Russian' Johnston and his label, Head Concussion Records have given fans a 'Daily Dose' of good music with their newest release which is being distributed by 21st Hapilos (Johnny Wonder).

Head Concussion earlier this week unveiled their new compilation, the Daily Dose Riddim which features their prized protégé, Chan Dizzy as well as the Portmore Empire. Perhaps the most noteworthy contribution on the Riddim comes from incarcerated Dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartel who continues to dish out hits in spite of his current predicament.

Kartel combines with long time protégé, Gaza Slim on Daily Dose with the thought-provoking single, So Much Woman. Combining their contrasting styles as they've successfully done in the past, the self-proclaimed 'Worl’ Boss' and the young female singjay mesh their hardcore and more sensual musical personalities to score yet another hit song.
Gaza Slim stamps her authority on the Head Concussion Records produced compilation once more with her single, Realest Gal while fellow Kartel protégé, Shawn Storm offers his fan base some good music to hold on with Mi Nuh Fraid (Love Yuh) as he also remains incarcerated.

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1st Quarters Riddim shows its game for success in Dancehall

By M. Jodee Freelance Writer

1st_quater_riddim.jpgInternationally acclaimed Dancehall/Reggae producer, Tony 'CD' Kelly has proven his sharp eye for quality and talent once more with the release of his newest compilation, the 1st Quarters Riddim.

Known for being instrumental in propelling the international careers of artistes such as Sean Paul, Patra, Shaggy and Beenie Man to name a few, Kelly has released a new Dancehall Riddim combining the exploits of established and upcoming acts. The Grammy-winning producer, known for launching pad projects such as The Unda Wata Riddim and Buy Out Riddim looks to score similar success as he features several acts affiliated with his label, K..Licious Music Group.

K..Licious recruit, Malica Martin stamps her authority on the Riddim with two singles that have already resonated well with Dancehall admirers. In particular, Malica's sensual collaboration with Dancehall icon, Beenie Man entitled Reminisce has garnered strong notice and positive acclaim as her singing exploits are introduced to the mainstream. Additionally, Malica showcases her prospects as a solo artiste with her sultry single, Best He Ever Had which has earned the Florida based singer encouraging feedback.

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April 13, 2012

Khago Thrills dancehall fans in Guyana

khago.jpgInternational recording artiste Khago delivered a superb performance at the Victoria Community Centre in a rural community in east Guyana last Easter Monday. The show, dubbed the Easter Monday Extravaganza, featured dancehall artiste Stylysh as well as local Guyanese acts.

Hitting the stage singing Blood a Boil, he immediately earned a major forward from the 4000 strong audience, and then wowed them with one-drop favourites, Pree My Life and Love Stomach. The crowd appeared to take a particular liking to Daddy From Yu Gone as well with several lighters going up during Khago's rendition of it. However, before performing the song, Khago asked for a show of hands of Guyanese men who supported their children, a forest of hands shot up, but one defiant young woman reacted in disgust shouting 'ah lie! Dem wutless!'. The crowd laughed.

He also earned good forwards for his current top 10 chart hit, Bad Mind ah Go Kill dem. He got a major forward for Tun Up Di Ting and the huge hits, Nah Sell Out Mi Friend Part 1 and Part 2. While the Guyanese loved the dancehall numbers, they seemed to get a particular satisfaction from Khago's one-drop material, standing up in awe as he crooned the songs one by one. It was the singjay's first time in Guyana.

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Junior Gong Continues To Dominate HYPE TV Chart With Set Up Shop

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Transporta: The Take Over

Transporta_hip_pop_jamaica.jpgRising Pop and Dance artiste Marlon Mcken aka Transporta is ready and geared up to take his music to the next level. The artiste who was born in Jamaica is back to stamp his place in his home country. According to Transporta he decided to do music because he wanted to reach out to the world, and the best way, was through music.

The artiste is known for his single 'I Wanna Dance With You', which is doing extremely well globally in the dance world. The single hit over a million view without a video when it was tag with the Step Up 3d Movie with thousands of "likes" and very positive comments.

Locally the single has been receiving favorable rotation on several radio stations. The video which was shot the US after realizing the impact it was having without one, has been receiving good television Rotation from TV stations including HYPETV and RETV and according to the deejay this is just the beginning of greater things to come.

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"King of Mix-up" Ragashanti and Gramps Morgan Joins the Linkup Media Family

link_up_radio_ragashanti_gramps_morgan.jpgOn Monday April 16 2012 the airwaves of WVIP 93.5 FM will be revolutionized when the "King of Mix-up", Kingsley "Ragashanti" Stewart, Ph.D. joins the Linkup Radio 93.5 FM WVIP family and kicks off the show “Drive Time with Ragashanti Live” from 6:00-10:00 a.m. He will host the show Mondays to Fridays.

This will be exclusive to Linkup Media and will be syndicated worldwide on multiple stations. Ragashanti, as he is popularly known in both his home country Jamaica and Worldwide; has been dubbed one of Jamaica’s most popular and successful talk show hosts and entertainer.

Known for his exceptional ability to creatively integrate humor and intellectualism in an entertaining manner he has helped to stir cultural consciousness of his tens of thousands of listeners. Ragashanti through his talk shows has commandingly stamped his mark with his fearless and comedic commentary.

He is a highly favored master of ceremonies who has hosted many well known shows in Jamaica and abroad, including “STING”, “Follow the Arrow” and his very own annual Christmas comedy show, ”Mix Up an Blenda.”

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April 12, 2012

Demarco disses Popcaan, claims deejay stole his style

By M. Jodee Freelance Writer


Internationally acclaimed Dancehall/Reggae artiste, Demarco has taken aim at one of Jamaican music's breakthrough superstars in the wake of recent speculation over his latest single, Kingston City.

In Kingston City, Demarco allegedly fires lyrical shots in the direction of Portmore Empire deejay, Popcaan. Demarco deejays, "Nuh mek mi mek forensic white chalk the street, yaaooow! Dem thief mi style and nuh ask mi fi it, mi hear behind mi back some bwoy a beat off dem beak but tell dem wey mi si heart nuh leap."

Since the video for Kingston City was released late last month, fans have wondered if the single was a diss track aimed at Popcaan. In response to the speculation, Demarco insists that the song was done as a freestyle to feature on his upcoming mixtape, Nuh Dirt. However, in a recent interview the Starkutt Records singjay didn't deny that some of the lyrics in Kingston City were aimed at Popcaan and even accused the Only Man She Want deejay of stealing his style.

In response to Kingston City, Popcaan has since released an alleged counteraction to Demarco's single entitled, Fry Yiy in which he deejays, "The whole place a sey Fry Yiy, some bwoy fi write some hit song and stop cry."

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ZJ Liquid pleased with return to airwaves

By Marc Parc Writer


The Jamaican airwaves have been given a big boost as one of Dancehall music's most prominent disc jocks returned to radio on Tuesday.
Internationally acclaimed disc jock turned producer, ZJ Liquid made his long anticipated return to ZIP FM after serving a near four month suspension for an alleged breach of the station’s guidelines. During a set last December, Liquid played material which was deemed not fit for airplay by the Jamaica Broadcasting Commission, marking his fourth suspension for such an offense from the radio outlet.

However, after months of pleading from fans for the popular selector to regain his post on ZIP FM, ZJ Liquid graced the station’s presence, returning to his usual 2-6 p.m. Throwback Tuesdays slot and opening with a pair of gospel songs to help mark his comeback. This development was immediately met with mass positive feedback from fans, friends and industry players on Twitter and Facebook.
On Wednesday, Liquid took to his official Twitter page to thank all his supporters for their encouragement during his most recent ban.

"Big up everyone for their support and tweets and everything trust me. Them give me a reason to do this nuff respect everyone who say Liquid. God Bless," he tweeted.
Additionally, Team Liquid issued a press release on the zip jock's behalf, expressing gratitude for all the support while insisting that this experience helped reinforce the fact that Liquid holds social responsibility as a public figure and must uphold the standards that accompany this status.

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Delus Collaborates With Dancehall Diva Patra - "Come Ova"

patra_delus_come_ova_reggae.jpgWhat does a veteran dancehall diva and a rising star, have in common? Well for one, a new single titled "Come Ova" produced by Dameon Gayle of Warrior Musick Productions. Delus and Patra teamed up on the dancehall track that is sure to be a club hit. The mature lyrics and Gayle's signature hard hitting riddim will undoubtedly appeal to fans, DJs and fellow artists.

Gayle, who is also responsible for the production of Delus' mega hit, "What Tomorrow May Bring," remarks "It was a wonderful experience for me working with one of the greats from the 90s and one of the best of our time. The song literally appeared out of thin air - 'a moment in time' I would call it. Delus and Patra executed the song flawlessly and I am just happy to be a part of history in the making with these two professional artists."

Patra, who has been on hiatus for a few years, is back with new management, A&R Executive/Producer Rich Nice and an album slated for release this summer. In a recent interview with the Jamaica Observer, Patra stated the following about her return, "I'm a sex symbol and I am ready to give a show. I am back with a new mature edge. It is not about going on stage and spitting lyrics. 2012 will see the return of the 'Queen' in full force."

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Magnum Kings & Queen of Dancehall Host Yanique Designs Her Way

Magnum_Kings_Queens_of_Dancehall_Host_Yanique.jpgHost of Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall the Curvaceous diva Yanique recently showed that hosting is not her only talent as she also has an eye for fashion.

Over the past few weeks fans Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall might have noticed that Yanique was wearing her own design. This came about after the show’s executive producer Mark Kenny realized Yanique’s eye for fashion while she was doing the audition shows earlier this year.

“I have always has a knack for fashion and always loved dressing up and I also styled myself for the audition shows and mark Kenny noting that gave me the opportunity to design some outfits for the live shows. It has been a very exciting experience and I have had a chance to experiment with various styles and colours” says the rising media starlet.

Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall has become the go to place for the latest dancehall fashion and Yanique feels quite at home in that world. She says the reception to her designs has been great and the compliments keep coming.

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Dancehall's Blood Brothers Andrew & Wada Doing Big Things


With just a few months passing by, already 2012 is becoming a great year for Andrew and Wada Blood. Hot off the heals of a recent stint at the top of the FIWI Choice Top Ten Chart with their hot single, 'One and Only’, the duo has landed themselves at #1 on Bruges rock reggae magazine in Belgium.

The duo have since teamed up with top reggae/ Dancehall producer, Don Corleone on his recent ‘Crowd Response Riddim’ to do what promises to be the duo's next big hit, ‘Nuh See Dem’ which has already begun receiving rotation.

When asked about the group's prospects for the rest of 2012, Wada Blood told us “We’re getting ready to drop new singles for the summer, including the follow up to ‘One and Only’ titled 'The Great Love Song' and another track for the ladies called 'Putty Dung', a song for the ladies to party to and have a good time.”

The Bloods are currently in studio working with producers Don Corleone and Seanizzle. Fans can continue to listen out for more new material from The Bloods.

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April 11, 2012

Mavado and Khago Performing at Destiny 2012

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Tifa wants more respect for female artistes, denies beef with Timberlee

By Marc Parc Writer


Internationally acclaimed Dancehall star, Tifa has worked her way to the upper echelon of the Jamaican music fraternity. However, she wishes industry observers would give her and fellow female artistes the respect they deserve.

Tifa recently gave an interview on the Lauren O Lauren (LOL) show where she spoke of her career progress as well as the growing issue of respect for women in the Jamaican music industry. Despite scoring several top ten hits including Bottom of the Barrel, Spell It Out and Dash Out, Tifa admits that the road to success has had its share of adversity; facing similar trials and tribulations that other prominent female artistes have endured within the Dancehall industry.

Part of it, Tifa feels, is that industry players fail to acknowledge the work female artistes put out in the mainstream, insisting that though things have somewhat improved, women have had to work much harder just to earn similar accolades to their male counterparts.

"I don't feel they give women the respect they deserve…To me we haffi work harder, me did haffi work three hundred times harder cause when I started, everyone saw my legs, nobody neva did hear wah come out a mi mouth or go 'Oh, she too cute fi a sing Dancehall' cause at that particular time you had to look a certain way, dress a certain way, act a certain way to be a Dancehall artiste and I guess I kinda broke the mold," she said.

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Fantasia to perform in Jamaica this month

By M. Jodee Freelance Writer

fantasia_jamaica_show.jpgInternationally acclaimed R&B/Soul singer, Fantasia Barrino will become the latest artiste to grace Jamaica's presence with a performance as she prepares to headline an event later this month.

The former American Idol winner will perform at an event, dubbed Wishes: The Love Song on April 21 at the Constant Spring Golf Club in Kingston. Fantasia leads the line of international acts on the show's bill as she will be joined by R&B singer, J Holiday, who's universally known for his 2007 chart-topping hit, Bed.

Additionally, the event, promoted by B.P.E Caribbean, features appearances from popular local, Dancehall/Reggae acts such as Chino, Denqyue and Ikaya. Pre-Sold tickets for Wishes: The Love Song are going for JA$3,000 per person and JA$5,000 per couple while tickets at the gate will cost JA$6,000 per person and JA$9,000 per couple.

Fantasia, who's known for unveiling smash hits such as When I See U, I Believe and Bittersweet, is no stranger to Jamaican soil. The Grammy Award winning artiste previously performed on the 2005 edition of Reggae Sumfest.

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April 10, 2012

Christ Martin's Cheaters Prayer Top The OutAroad Weekly Top Ten Reggae Chart For A Second Week

OutAroad Weekly Top Ten Reggae Chart


01 (01) (07) Christ Martin -- Cheaters Prayer (Cheat On My Girlfriend) - ZJ Chrome/CR203 Records - (2wks@#1)

02 (02) (09) Cecile -- When You're Gone - CR203

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

04 (04) (05) Mr. Vegas, Shaggy & Josey Wales -- Sweet Jamaica - Clifford Ray Music

05 (05) (10) Chris Martin -- Paper Loving - CR203 - (2wks@#1)

06 (07) (03) Elly Ess -- Money Wont Change Me - Rock Star Ent.

07 (06) (13) Busy Signal - Life (Sticky Inna Earth - Good Good Productions (Zum) - (2wks@#1)

08 (09) (02) Agent Sasco -- Late - Di Genius

09 (NEW) (01) Shaggy -- Sugarcane - Ranch Entertainment

10 (NEW) (01) Cecile -- If You - CR203 Records ZJ Chrome


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

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

3 Junior Gong -- Affairs of the Heart

4 I-Octane -- L.O.V.E.Y.O.U. - VP Records

5 Romain Virgo -- I Know Better - Juke Boxxx Production

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Best Of The Best Weekend 2012!

best_of_best_concert_miami.jpgCIROC presents the 6th annual Best Of The Best Concert, which returns to downtown Miami on Memorial Weekend. The long running international music festival will take over Bicentennial Park (1075 Biscayne Blvd.) on Sunday, May 27th for a marathon all-ages festival that will stage some of the biggest names in Reggae, Hip-Hop, Dancehall, Soca, R&B and Kompa.

Produced by South Florida's premier music and lifestyle promotions companies, XO Management and Rockers Island Entertainment, in conjunction with Massive B of NYC, the Best Of The Best concert consistently draws visitors from urban centers across the United States, including New York, D.C., Atlanta, Houston, as well as from the Caribbean, South America and Europe. An estimated 30,000 people are expected to attend this year's show.

So far, the star-studded lineup for Best Of The Best 2012 includes Shaggy, Mavado, DJ Khaled, Marcia Griffiths, Fabolous, Admiral Bailey, Iwer George, French Montana,Frankie Paul, T-Vice, I-Octane, Ace Hood, Ghost, Brianna, Tony Matterhorn, Meek Mill, Demarco, 2 Chainz, Wayne Marshall, Laza Morgan, Serani, Khago, Christopher Martin. Most talent will be backed by New Kingston Band or Ruff Kut Band. The promoters plan to add additional artists to the bill in the coming weeks.

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Black Mattic Debuts New Single, "Superstar"

black_mattic_pop_artiste_reggae.jpgJamaican dancehall pop artist Black Mattic debuts his new single, "Superstar," the first track from his album upcoming album Diamond For Life Project, slated for a mid-2012 release. The single is available for sale on iTunes on March 27, 2012.

Written by Black Mattic and released by his label, Official Hitz Entertainment, "Superstar" exemplifies the artist's versatility in this pop dancehall fusion. It was produced by Yo Dash Productions and recorded at Official Hitz Studios in Queens, New York.

"This track is a representation of my goals in the music industry," states Black Mattic. "Being of Jamaican decent and residing in New York, I'm all about fusing dancehall with other genres, and you can hear the essence of my sound in this single. My focus is to bring dancehall to a more competitive and larger audience."


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April 9, 2012

Stein involved in 'Long Distance Relationship' with Tiana?

By Marc Parc Writer

Long Distance Relationship will be Available on iTunes soon (21st Hapilos Distribution - Johnny Wonder)

Breakthrough Dancehall starlet, Tiana has once again shifted styles to rave reviews as she's teamed with dancehall deejay, Stein for a sensual duet entitled Long Distance Relationship.

Produced by New Planet Records, Long Distance Relationship shows very contrasting sides of two artistes who are more duly noted for their hardcore, thought-provoking lyrics. For their latest single, Tiana and Stein talk about the emotional toll that a long distance relationship can have on a couple and emphasizes on the difficulty of coping without physical interaction.

Stein delivers strong lyrical ingenuity through his verses, deejaying "From di fus' time wi meet, di ting connect, a nuh fi money, a nuh fi assets, but when reality intercept, wi haffi keep in touch pon di internet, true love is hard to find so wi nah let go, mi know yuh nuh wan' lef', mi nuh wan' lef yuh, nuh pay dem vanity nuh mind when dem wan’ get yuh, di Almighty mek yuh perfect, Jah bless yuh."

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Hapilos Teens "ILLUMINA: The Soca Edition" huge success for happy teens

The first Hapilos Teens event dubbed “ILLUMINA: The Soca Edition” took place this past Thursday, April 5 to Happy teens indeed. The concept black light party welcomed teens from all over the island with many prizes and giveaways, body paint and music from ZJ Chrome, Colin Hines and Chromatic.

The highlight of the event was a performance by international dancehall artist Popcaan (watch a clip of the performance below) who not only left the teens voiceless from screaming and singing along to all his tunes, but took time to take pictures and signed autographs to the delight of party goers.

"The premier staging of hapilos teens Illumina was a great success, from the music the selectors played to the performance and meet & greet by Popcaan. Stay tuned for more Hapilos Teens events our next event for the teens will be in the summer. Tifa is already booked for it. Thanks to everyone for the support" stated Johnny Wonder, Executive vice president for 21st Hapilos Distribution.

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DJ Fella says 'That's Big in Life' with new mixtape

By M. Jodee
OutAroad Freelance Writer

DJ_Fella_That_Big_in_Life_mixtape.jpgOne of Canada's top Dancehall disc jocks has unveiled a new compilation signaling the growth of Jamaican music in 2012, featuring some of the genre’s established and emerging acts.

Jamaican born disc jock, DJ Fella recently released his new That's Big in Life mixtape, featuring some of the biggest Dancehall and Reggae singles to drop so far in 2012 as well as songs and dubs from some of Canada's premiere Dancehall acts. The name, That's Big in Life was inspired by Gully Squad artiste, G Starr who also features on the mix.

The 83 track compilation features hits such as Cheating Games by Mavado and Raine Seville, Put It on Hard by Vybz Kartel and Gyal A Bubble by Konshens. Additionally, the mixtape features appearances from other prominent artistes such as Aidonia, Khago, Bounty Killer, Demarco and breakthrough Dancehall superstar, Popcaan while showcasing top Riddims such as the Real Reggae Riddim (Payday Music Group), Riva Stone Riddim (Boardhouse Records) and the Off The Bench Riddim (Fire Links).

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Perfect Giddimani's Journey of 1000 Miles

Perfect_album_journey_1000_miles.jpgAs the saying "forward ever, backwards never" suggests, progress on the journey of life is the result of hard work and perseverance. It is with this mentality that Dynasty Records is about to present the album Journey of 1000 Miles from international reggae artist Perfect Giddimani.

Perfect grew up listening to his father's jukebox, constantly being exposed to classic American R&B as well as popular Jamaican rhythms of the time. Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Sade, Gil Scott Heron and Toots Hibbert were among his early favorites and have had a lasting influence on his musical style, a style as diverse as the countries where he’s performed.

Since coming onto the scene in 2006 with his smash hit Handcart Bwoy, Perfect has released a host of albums - Giddimani, Born Dead with Life, Karma, French Connection, and Back for the First Time - and literally hundreds of singles showcasing his various musical influences and styles. However, such a diverse collection of his talent and versatility had never been featured on one work until the release of Journey of 1000 Miles.

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April 7, 2012

Rihanna: Battleship made me fearless

By: Bang Showbiz


Rihanna says appearing in 'Battleship' has made her fearless.
The 24-year-old singer makes her acting debut opposite Taylor Kitsch and Brooklyn Decker in the movie and identified a lot with her character Petty Officer Cora Raikes.
She told more! magazine: "Definitely, I'm a fighter. I was able to identify with the character in lots of ways.

"She's tough and focused. But embodying her also helped me to become more fearless.
"I had an incredible experience on 'Battleship'. I learnt a lot about myself. I had to ask myself a lot of questions to get in touch with the right emotions. And it was great working as a team, for the first time in a long while it wasn't all about me."


Rihanna admitted she has always wanted to star in an action movie and is delighted by the finished movie.
She said: "Funnily enough, action was what I wanted to do. It seemed badass and cool.
"I didn't imagine I'd be fighting aliens, but 'Battleship' was a great way to get into movies and it was a role I could do. I was blown away when I saw it. It's really fun."

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Junior Gong Set Up Shop For A Second Week On The Hype TV Chart

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Sex Talk Lace Macka Diamond's 'Deh Suh Nice"


It was around this time last year 2011 that Money Ooo Diva Macka Doh-shus Cow Foot track took off in the dancehall to later become a year long hit. Now, the Dancehall hit maker who has proven time and time again that she has the goods, walk out with the xxx rated track "Deh Suh Nice" a counteraction to Potential Kid's hit song, 'A Yah Suh Nice.'

Sex talk lace Macka Diamond's, 'Deh Suh Nice' track, out now on the Golden Rock Production Label. The counteraction created quite a stir on its release in Potential Kid's camp, it was rumoured that the song was barred from playing in some 'Potential Kid' territories. Well Macka who seem to get more competitive under pressure, decided to 'beat it beat it beat it' yup, with the support of team players Kevon Dixon and Iceman.

The result? "street creds tun up right now" said Ms. Money Ooo, "the song a mash up every whey. Weddy, Weddy dun whey night and Nesbeth Bike Fest ova Big Buy Plaza in Portmore shell whey when Pink Panther drop it last Sunday night" she said.

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April 6, 2012

Thumbs Up - Nicki Minaj Ft Beenie Man - Gunshot

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Veteran Dancehall Artiste Ninja Man teams with Kiprich for comeback single

By Marc Parc Writer

Iconic Dancehall superstar, Ninja Man has returned to the music spotlight just days after posting bail in his ongoing murder case.

The veteran artiste, whose real name is Desmond Ballentine, has been incarcerated over the last three years after copping a murder, conspiracy to murder and illegal possession of a firearm charge in relation to the fatal shooting of a man in 2009. Ninja Man, as well as his 20 year old son and co-accused, Janiel Ballentine were recently granted JA$2 million bail in the case and are due to return to court on July 16.

In the meantime, Ninja Man has recaptured his musical roots for the first time in nearly a decade, teaming up with Dancehall star, Kiprich to record a new collaborative effort, The Don Gorgon Is Back. Done in honor of Ninja Man's return to the Dancehall scene, The Don Gorgon Is Back was conceptualized and produced by Kiprich, who contacted the veteran artiste’s team after insisting that he deserved a commemorative return song. After Ninja Man agreed, they recorded the single at Big Yard Studios in Constant Spring.

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Honorebel Landed Big Song Placement In The New Block Buster Movie "American Reunion"

honorebel_movie_soundtrack.jpgHonorebel has no time for resting or slowing down at the moment. Working on two albums at the same time while currently on tour with The Discofries, Honorebel has score it big with the most recent song placement in the new movie "American Reunion" set to be release April 6, 2012. Honorebel had other movie and television shows placement such has Pirana 3D, Hellcats on the CW Net Work, Californication on Showtime and movies in Japan and Europe. Look out for Honorebel new single "Believe In Love" Ft Lady Saw, Etana, and Cecile dropping April and "Wicked Woman" which is release through OneLove/Sony Australia debut #34 on Australia charts with a bullet.

'American Reunion' Soundtrack Details Plus All The Songs In The Film Including Al Green, 2 Live Crew, R. Kelly, Boyz II Men, Honorebel ft Discofries & More CLICK HERE

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Marvin Binns Releases New Single "Try My Love" & Viral Video

marvin_binns_reggae_artiste.jpgMarvin Binns releases his new single "Try My Love" produced by Gwallas Nation & O Banga Productionz.

Blending his soulful voice of R&B and Reggae, Marvin Binns latest single is already making it's way on international radio airwaves. A viral video depicting Marvin and his beautiful love interest has hit the Internet and given an extra nod to the song.

Busy recording in the studio, Marvin Binns is polishing his craft with new material that he will give no doubt give his fans on upcoming summer shows. Marvin's uncanny ability to bring his words to life will be exciting to see as the ladies wonder if they will be the ones to Try His love.

About Marvin
Born in Manchester, Jamaica, Marvin found his voice at an early age in church. Gifted with a soulful voice he began his professional career in 2002. Influenced by veterans of Reggae and R&B, Marvin names his influences as Stevie Wonder, Beres Hammond, Donell Jones, and Carl Thomas. "I was inspired by Bob Marley and Garnett Silk."- Marvin Binns.

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April 5, 2012

Popcaan Is Still The Only Man She Want on The OutAroad Top 20 Hot Singles Chart Top 20 Hot Singles Chart


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

01 - 01 - (08) Popcaan - Only Man She Want - Sounique Records - (3wks@#1)

02 - 02 - (09) Vybz Kartel - Freaky Gal - Adidjaheim Records/ Head Concussion

03 - 04 - (10) Konshens - Duh Sum’n - Ward 21 Production

04 - 03 - (09) Khago - Tun Up Di Ting - JA Production

05 - 06 - (07) Vybz Kartel - Why Pree (Worl Boss) - Adidjaheim Records/ Head Concussion

06 - 08 - (08) Tiana - Bruk Out And Whine - Ja Productions

07 - 05 - (10) Mavado - Settle Down - JA Production - (2wks@#1)

08 - 10 - (06) Vybz Kartel - Freaky Gal Part 2 - Head Concussion

09 - 07 - (12) Tiana ft Konshens - Gyal Mi Love You - Fams House Studio - (peaked@#4)

10 - 11 - (06) Aidonia - Caribbean Girl - Ja Productions

11 - 09 - (13) Tiana - Pum Pum Phat (Ravin Remix) - (2wks@#1)

12 - 13 - (04) Popcaan - Clean - TJ Records

13 - 14 - (04) Baby Cham - Wine - CashFlow Records

14 - 15 - (04) Stylysh - Me A Wife - Sounique Records

15 - 12 - (15) Khago - Blood A Boil - TJ Records - (1wk@#1)

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April 4, 2012

2012 Official Culture Mix Vol. 11 By Teacha & Mackerel



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UIM releases Vybz Kartel "Ghetto Life" & Popcaan "Fry Yiy"


Many would consider Vybz Kartel one of the 21st century biggest and most influential name in dancehall/reggae and Popcaan who has taken the reigns since his mentor incarceration, has officially stamped his name on the international scene by making his debut on the billboard chart.

It is only befitting that UIM Records (Uptemo International Music), spearheaded by Anju Blaxx and Blak Diamon, would release Vybz Kartel "Ghetto Life" and Popcaan "FRY YIY" to bring in the spring/summer season. The instant hits can be heard on terrestrial and Internet radio stations and are a constant request on the dance floors, they are now available on iTunes, distributed by 21st Hapilos Digital.

UMI Records keeps delivering hit after hit with some of the biggest names in dancehall/reggae music. Their vast catalog boasts works with Popcaan, Vybz Kartel, Tommy Lee, Blak Diamon, Sizzla and many more artists, with 21st Hapilos Digital they also released the Nymphomaniac Riddim and Jouvert Riddim.

Vybz Kartel "Ghetto Life" on iTunes
Popcaan "FRY YIY" on iTunes

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Busy Signal "REGGAE Music Again" release date moves to April 10th!

busy_signal_reggae_music_again.jpgDue to the overwhelming response from fans and industry alike, Busy Signal's benchmark album Reggae Music Again will be available digitally and in stores throughout the Caribbean on April 10. The U.S. in-store release date remains on April 24. This forthcoming album on VP Records shows the dancehall artist in a new light as he pays homage to his roots with a full set of traditional reggae songs.

Better known for his sharp-spitting rhymes on hardcore dancehall hits like "Tic Toc" (remixed by M.I.A. and Rye Rye) and "Wine Pon De Edge," Busy Signal emerges as a charismatic roots reggae artist. The intricate, multi-layered one-drop rhythms heard on Reggae Music Again werecreated by some of Jamaica's most acclaimed musicians (Kirk Bennette, Aeion Hoilette, Lamont Savory, Kevon Webster, Robbie Lyn and Dean Fraser), and recorded live at Kingston's legendary Tuff Gong studios.

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April 3, 2012

Dancehall's Worl Boss Vybz Kartel's Benz and other assets returned by cops

By Marc Parc Writer

Vybz_Kartel_s-class_benz.jpgSeveral assets belonging to prominent Dancehall superstar, Adidja Palmer, more popularly known as Vybz Kartel have been returned after being held by law enforcement officials in recent months.

Last year, several media outlets reported that the prominent deejay's S-Class Mercedes Benz, as well as documentation pertaining to properties that he owns were seized following Kartel's arrest in September and subsequent murder charges. The seized assets were reportedly being stored at the Police Commissioner's office in St Andrew.

However, it's now being confirmed that Kartel's Benz, as well as his passport, laptop, amongst other assets have been released to the Portmore Empire leader's family. Reportedly, they were released as early as last month.
Vybz Kartel remains in jail despite copping JA$40,000 bail on a drug charge as well as JA$3 million in the Barrington 'Bossie' Burton murder case. Kartel stand accused of murder, conspiracy to murder and illegal possession of a firearm in that matter.
However, the 'Gaza' deejay cannot post either bail given murder and obstruction of justice related charges he faces in the Clive 'Lizard' Williams murder case. Those charges stem from an alleged incident last August in Havendale, St. Andrew.
Kartel will return to court on April 13.

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Welcome to the world of "CatEyes"


cat_eyes_singer_reggae.jpgOnce in a while a singer comes along that has the full package, The Voice, The Looks and The Charisma to captivate an audience. Famous producers and reggae artistes like Beenie Man, Little Hero, Daville and Sizzla, have also felt the same about this artiste that they have started recording duets and productions that will soon show off her talent. She goes by the name of "CatEyes". Born, Rochelle Marie Farquharson and hailing from Forth Riley, Kansas, CatEyes has landed some really good songs for her soon to be released album. CatEyes father is an important influence for her love of music, especially the open minded approach for many diverse genres and world musical styles.

CatEyes's unique style of Reggae, fused with RnB and her thought process to write wonderful lyrics, puts her in a good position for longevity in an industry where "One Hit Wonders" come and goes so often. Her musical style mirrors the inner whims and fantasies of men both young and old. She started her singing career at the age of 14 and from this tender age, CatEyes made it her goal to reach everyone through her musical presence. This goal, as a young visionary inspires her to leave listeners feeling comforted and at the same time hypnotized with deep felt emotions. Influenced with her love for Reggae, Dancehall and RnB, her music, lyrics, and sound brings a new dimension and crossover appeal that meshes into a unique and refreshing sound.

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Lisa Hyper dubs herself 'the Female Kartel'

(Kingston, Jamaica) - I will thrive in Wisdom and Virtue and It Sticky Pan Them' are Lisa Hyper life motto. Lisa strives to prove that she is a lyrical force in this dancehall/reggae arena, she constantly surpasses herself and finds new and innovative way to deliver her music.

Lisa Hyper is all geared up and ready to make her mark in the music industry locally and internationally with the anticipated release of her Studio Album titled "D Rebirth". She has been dubbed by many critics as the Female Kartel.

Lisa explains that "Before I did this song I had a recent interview on hype tv where Too Sweet talked about how it was spreading in the streets where people were saying I am the female Kartel".

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Bonafide Band Successfully Launches The Album - "Sold Out" in Jamaica

bonafide_band_album_launch_photo.jpgLast week's successful staging of two album launch parties held by Bonafide Band in Kingston and Montego Bay, Jamaica, has left the patrons and media feeling totally excited about the great prospects of the band representing reggae and dancehall music globally.

Both nights were themed with Jamaican colors and spectacular elements of Las Vegas, enhanced by hostesses in show girls costumes and the entrance decorated with an official welcome sign and over sized dices which complimented the full length red carpet, colored lights and palm trees as the band arrived in fine style in a Chrysler GS300 Limousine lead by their own branded tour bus to the flashing cameras of enthusiastic media and fans alike.

On Wednesday March 28th, 2012 in Kingston, the event was hosted by Ron Muschette (Irie FM) was off to a great start, the Guest Speaker was State Minister in Tourism and Entertainment - Hon. Damian Crawford (MP) who highlighted the great importance of maintaining high standards of production and bestowed Bonafide Band with the responsibility of realizing that as Jamaicans based overseas they are considered Ambassadors in Reggae Music and should continue to represent as such.

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April 2, 2012

Beenie Man's Expected BET Performance With Nicki Minaj Might Not Be Possible

By Marc Parc Writer

beenie_man_sad_bet_cancel.jpgJust a day before the highly anticipated return of Beenie Man to an American stage, issues regarding the prominent deejay's visa have once again come of the forefront.

Beenie Man was set to perform alongside Trinidadian-American hip-hop superstar, Nicki Minaj on BET's 106 & Park in New York on Tuesday. The duo were scheduled to perform their new hit collaboration, Gunshot, the first single off Minaj's new album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded which will be unveiled on Tuesday.

However, Beenie Man's management team now claims that the iconic Dancehall artiste cannot meet his performing obligation on the BET show. The 'King of the Dancehall' does not own a work permit but does hold a visitor's visa, which he received last summer and seemed in a good position to carry on with his performance.

But according to media reports, there is some lack of clarity in relation to whether Beenie Man's performance on a major American television network such as BET would qualify for a royalty distribution, in turn, possibly violating terms of his visitor's visa. As a result, Beenie Man's management team refuses to put their client at risk.

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Damian Marley and I-Octane bat for the ladies

I-Octane goes deep in My Story

Kingston Jamaica - The late great Bob Marley showed that when it came on to powerful love lyrics Rasta has sure got soul. Fast forward to today's upcoming stars who have taken their Nazarene vow and love verses are still flowing.
Damian 'Junior Gong' Marley and Byron I-Octane' Muir are pouring out their souls through their music.

Affairs of the Heart from Junior Gong and L.O.V.E. Y.O.U. from I-Octane are currently holding dominant positions on the airwaves, the video and singles charts and is a favourite in the dances. They may be on the opposite side of the telecommunication fence, when it comes on to sponsorship, but the two are certainly not divided regarding the impact their music are having on fans.

In an interview with 1xtra's Tim Westwood young Marley gave his seal of approval to I-Octane at the interviewer's question on who are some of the bright upcoming stars in his opinion. "Yuh have a new youth I-Octane whey a gwaan wid some tings really," he said. And his respect is reciprocated by the Clarendon born singjay “He is truly his father’s son, I really rate his music," I-Octane commented.

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Konshens Not Interested In The "Run Di Place" Title - "A So Mi Tan"


konshens_bubble_gyal_artiste.jpgDancehall artiste Konshens says he is more focused about making good music and pleasing the fans as opposed to competing with any artiste.

The artiste, who is currently burning up the charts with Do Sup’n and Gal a Bubble, has responded to a belief among music enthusiasts that he wants to ‘run the place’.

In a release to the media, Konshens (real name Garfield Spence) said "I just want to make great music, have fun and be able to support my family. At the same time I want to continuously maintain an interest in my music and the Konshens brand".

He added "The artistes who supposedly 'run the place' thrive on a combination of factors. The music and the controversy that surrounds them outside of the music. Life is too serious to get caught up in those kinds of situations because the consequences can be drastic".

Konshens is gearing up to hit the road in support of his recently released album Mental Maintenance which continues to top several iTunes album charts globally.

He recently completed the video for the track So Mi Tan. Videos for Bun Satan (produced by Mario C) and Destiny featuring Tifa are currently in the pipeline.

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Tarrus Riley To Release Acoustic Album On April 17

Tarrus_riley_mecoustic_album_reggae.jpgSinger Tarrus Riley will on April 17 release his most personal project to date. The 15 track acoustic album titled Mecoustic is being released in conjunction with the France-based Soulbeats Records.

The project which features collaborations with dub poet Cherry Natural, and Riley's father veteran reggae crooner Jimmy, will be available in European markets.

In a release to the media, Riley revealed that the project was very personal and attention was paid to detail to ensure the material was properly recorded.

"We have some new songs and some old songs and revisiting the old songs brought back memories. The whole experience of putting this project together was a learning experience again. These are songs that are very special and personal", Riley revealed.

Mecoustic reveals yet a different side to Riley whose previous albums include Challenges, Parables and Contagious.

Riley worked with a top tier of talented producers and musicians on Mecoustic.

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Beenie To Perform With Nicki Minaj On Bet's '106 & Park' Tomorrow

Nicki_Minaj_Beenie_Man_bet_106_park.jpgInternational recording artiste Beenie Man will perform his collaboration, 'Gunshot', with Trinidad-American rap sensation Nicki Minaj next Tuesday, April 3 on BET's '106 and Park'.

"We will be leaving on Sunday to attend rehearsals with Nicki Minaj and then on Tuesday, he will be performing the 'Gunshot' song with Nicki on 106 and Park. Everything is confirmed, and Beenie Man is looking forward to the performance, it is a good look for dancehall," 'Blue', Beenie Man's manager, said in a release.

The single will be one of the lead singles on the curvaceous superstar's 'Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded' album which is scheduled for an April 3 release. Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded will also feature appearances from prominent American rap as well as R&B superstars such as Lil Wayne, Nas, Drake, Young Jeezy and Bobby V (formerly Bobby Valentino).

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April 1, 2012

Busy Summer For Teflon

teflon_richard_roach_artiste.jpgSummer 2012 will find Teflon a true jet setter as he will be performing all over the different continents, starting in Jamaica with the Irie FM show, then May where he will touch Florida for several slated shows and into the full swing of summer when in July he teams up with Gwhizz for Europe which will take him in Holland, Germany, Spain, Sweden just to name a few. He is also expected to hit UK and is eager to take part in the 2012 Olympics festivities. Africa fans do not worry, further details will be release as they are finalized. Eager to see his fans and deliver his new music, Teflon is taking it all in stride.

Almost 4 months into the new year and international dancehall/reggae artist has already filmed several videos such as the medley of Thats Life & Jah Nuh Let Me Go and Blessed and took the stage at several shows, such as alongside names like Capleton for the final Reggae month concert event at Emancipation Park. Fans have been excited to hear more from Teflon has he sat down for several interviews with media personalities like Ragashanti and the Diva Nikki Z.

Busy in the studio he is putting the final touches on a Hip Hop flavored album that is set to release shortly in Canada, on the Black Ice records label . Teflon will show his versatility and dispel the notion that he should be only classified in one genre. "Music is music is love" says Teflon.

Working in tandem on recording for his own label Yard A love records and his management label DigitalVibez Muzic, Teflon admits that it can become overwhelming at time, but that there is nothing else he would rather do.

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Haitian Star, Rooby Man, Nominated for IRAWMA's Entertainer of the Year

Rooby_Man_Haitian_artiste.jpgHaving recently won the Chicago Music Award’s, Best Reggae Entertainer of the Year, the Haitian, Chicago-based, Reggae/ Pop sensation, Rooby Man, who has performed over 80 shows in 2011, continues to take the industry by storm. This time he is nominated for the highly coveted IRAWMA award, in the category of Entertainer of the Year.

From his teenage years Rooby Man has been rocking stages throughout Haiti, performing to hundreds of thousands. Back then he was a singer in a group called King of Kings, who earned the title of Best New Hip-Hop/ Reggae Group. They were later crowned at carnival as the Most Popular Artiste in the youth category. It was only natural, when Rooby Man migrated to Chicago, USA, that he gravitated towards the music scene, joining a local band and later launching off on his own solo career. Since then he has written, co-produced and recorded countless tracks, performing many of these, including his hit single “Showtime”, at venues throughout the Chicago-land area. Signed to StreetFame Music Group, other highlights of his career, to-date, include being featured on VH1’s “The Hungriest Rapper in Chicago” and performing as the opening act for Chicago’s own R. Kelly at the 12 Play Exclusive All White Affair, with Jive Records artiste, John Blu.

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