March 28, 2017

Dancehall star I Octane delivered an impressive performance during the 'Magnum New Rules concert

Kingston, Jamaica - Dancehall star I Octane delivered an impressive performance during the 'Magnum New Rules concert' held at the National Stadium car park in Kingston over the weekend.

I Octane has grown into a confident, mature performer and he was in top form during his hard-hitting set performed exclusively on tracks, a move that went over well with the youthful audience. 

Walking onto the stage, he immediately set the tone for his performance by declaring: 'mi come fi bun a fire inna ya tonight", while the selector dropped 'Buss a Blank'. Tongues of fire stabbed at the night sky and forwards rocked the venue. 

Urged on by members of the audience who screamed "done in ya", as he reeled off hits like 'Too Licky Licky'.

He interacted well with the audience, amusing them with his introductions to his songs with brilliant segues that both delighted and amused the audience.

"Man ah try bad me up backstage say mi a squeeze him woman too hard, so mi tell him  mi know her before yu, so before yu come road come try bad up people..." he said, before launching out into 'Mek Sure Yu Know Yu Girl'.

Then he segued into a more spiritual side of his performance, announcing that "whole heap a woman a dead wah day ya', before singing his classic hit, 'Lose a Friend'. 

The audience was suddenly illuminated with a thousand plus  glimmering points of light from camera phones as people waved in unison to the strains of the riddim. The audience sang the hit song word for word. He did other songs such as 'Study Yu Friend' and 'My Story' where he got a forward for the line, 'respect  to all youths who sell bag juice'.

He invited Bryka onstage, where he told the audience that he had seen the promise in the artiste and told him to "stop pull studio gate and go inna the studio", and commanded him to buss the place. Bryka obliged, performing his hit, 'Nah Put No Gal Over Mama' to appreciative shouts from the audience. 

Then Octane turned things up a notch, dropping his hits 'We Love the Vibes', and 'Wine and Jiggle'. He invited a fluffy girl onstage, and asked her to "run with yu full might come jump on me'. The audience watched the scene unfold, waiting to see if Octane would survive the collision but he jumped out of the way at the last possible moment, and the crowd erupted into gales of laughter. 

He closed his set with 'L-O-V-E' and 'Walk with Jah Jah'.


March 15, 2017

Droop Lion drops new single "Have You Ever Seen The Rain" Today

Ultra-talented Free People Entertainment recording artiste Droop Lion continues to revolutionize reggae music as he stays true to his pledge to “make Reggae great again”.

Armed with a destined-for-success 14-track album, Ideologies, the Rastafarian singer with the signature, soul-searing voice, is ready to rock the world with the release of Have You Ever Seen The Rain, the very first single from the album. March 15 has been designated as the official release date of a song which is sure to evoke memories for many and create a slew of new set for many more.

Have You Ever Seen the Rain is a cover version, but it is just not any cover, it is a time-honoured classic and in true Droop Lion fashion, the singer wholeheartedly embraces it, even as he meticulously strips away the over four decades since the song made its debut and passionately refreshes it with new life. Droop vocally claims this 1970’s hit as his very own, even though he stays true to the original lyrics and  pays tribute to the creators. 

Have You Ever Seen the Rain was written by John Fogerty of roots rock group Creedence Clearwater Revival and released as a single in 1971 from the album Pendulum. It racked up many accolades and has sold over 25 million copies.

“This is truly a big song and has been one of my favourites from the very first time that I heard it,” Droop Lion confesses. “For me to do a cover of Have You Ever Seen the Rain is an honour and a pleasure. It is one of those songs that pose a powerful question and, in fact, it is more about life than it is about the weather. The word rain is really a metaphor for so many other things and therefore this song can have a different meaning for each person and at the same time there is also a universal interpretation,” he said reflectively.

Undoubtedly, Droop Lion,  delivers an impressive, reggae-inspired rendition of the rock band’s 1970's song which allows him to remain committed to his own personal musical ideology and identity. This singer, who emerged as one of the leading voices of a new reggae-soul movement, and who has never compromised in order to achieve success, again shows exactly why he has been chosen as the disciple who will put the word ‘great’ back in reggae music.

Have You Ever Seen The Rain the debut single from, and the first song on  Droop Lion’s brilliant Ideologies album, will be released on March 15 and will also be available for download on digital platforms.

Droop Lion is determined to make Reggae great again and what better way to kickstart this meaningful and historic journey than with this classic song which is open to multiple interpretations: Have You Ever Seen The Rain?

01. Have You Seen The Rain 
02. Screaming - Droop Lion High 
03. KATTA 
11. Lock Down
12. You Cant Hurt Her No More 
13. Free Way
14. Pray For Them

February 28, 2017

Nikki Z leaves FAME

February 28, 2017

Media personality Nicole Duhaney, better known as Nikki Z, will assume the duties of vice-president of client projects and content at Hapilos Entertainment Group, following the dismissal of veteran industry player/producer Johnny Wonder.
"Nikki Z is our choice because we wanted that person with broad industry knowledge and experience that would also give us the physical, grassroots presence on the ground necessary to provide the assistance and clarity our clients need to navigate the digital distribution process within the global market place," Kelly Dudley, the company's president, said.
According to Kelly, Nikki Z is best suited to help "bring more of our artistes and producers behind the music out on to the global stage."
"This is in line with our plans to offer promotional tours for the artistes we distribute and the labels we distribute for," he said.

Hapilos Entertainment Group is one of dancehall/reggae's biggest music distributors. It is only rivaled by VP Records and Zojak Worldwide in the distribution of music coming directly out of Jamaica.
Nikki Z told THE STAR that her new job will see her focused on improving sales for Jamaican music.
"You can expect me to be very proactive with our clients in getting to know their expectations and also being very clear and transparent on what it is we can provide as a distribution service. From this point on, I want everyone to whom we cater to feel secure in knowing we are working tirelessly to reinvent and find new ways to market and push sales of our music," she said.
Dr Dennis Howard, general manager for radio in the RJRGLEANER Communications Group, has best wishes for Nikki Z. He also said FAME should not suffer as a result of her departure.
"There is always a difference when somebody who is on a show moves on, but we will survive. FAME is a strong brand," Howard said.

 Source: THE STAR

February 24, 2017

Broadcasting Commission Weighs In On Kartel Music-Ban

Kingston, Jamaica: The Broadcasting Commission has weighed in on the
controversy over the airing of music by convicted murderer Vybz Kartel on public radio.
According to the Executive Director of the Broadcasting Commission, Cordel Green, the commission does not believe the airwaves should be used in a manner which celebrates a person convicted of murder.
However, Green says there is no provision in law barring the transmission of music, simply because it was created by a convicted person.
He says, however, if it is proven that the music was created in contravention of a law governing the Correctional Services and a broadcaster knowingly facilitates that contravention, there would grounds to determine that the broadcasting rules were breached.
There has been renewed public discussion since the Opposition Spokesperson on culture Lisa Hanna this week called for discussion on whether the music of convicted persons should be banned from public radio.
In July 2016, the Broadcasting Commission initiated a meeting with the Commissioner of Corrections and officials of the National Security Ministry to discuss our claims that Adidja Palmer had been making recordings from prison.
Green says the Commission was informed that the Correctional Services were investigating the allegations and that no determination had been made on the matter.
He said the Commission was also told that the prison rules were under review to deal specifically with that issue. 

February 23, 2017

Minor jump for Grammy nominees

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer writer

Five of the six albums nominated for Best Reggae Album at the recent Grammy Awards have enjoyed a minor sales spike. This is reflected in the latest Billboard Reggae Album chart.
Ziggy Marley

According to sales monitor Nielsen Music, Ziggy Marley’s self-titled set, which won the award, posted the biggest sales, jumping from 23 to number eight. It sold 167 copies, up from 25 the week prior to the Grammys.

To date Ziggy Marley has sold 13,269 copies.

Even though it fell two spots to number four, Rebelution’s Falling Into Place moved 483 copies compared to 267 the week before. It has sold 33,551 copies.

Raging Fyah’s Everlasting moved up from number 18 to number 20, selling 56 copies compared to 28 the previous week. Its total sales stand at 1,478.

Moving up from 41 to number 28 is Live In Virginia by SOJA. The set moved 28 copies, a slight bump from 12 one week ago.

Another nominee, Rose Petals by J Boog, is back in the chart at number 29 with 27 copies sold, compared to seven two weeks prior. To date it has sold 4,929 copies.

Back on the Reggae Album chart, Fortunate Youth debuts at number one with its self-titled album which opened with 1,714 copies. This is the group’s fourth ‘charter’ and its second number one, following 2015’s Don’t Think Twice.

Last week’s chart-topper, Lost In Paradise by Common Kings, is number two. It sold 517 copies, down from last week’s 3,100 copies.

Christopher Martin’s Big Deal opens at number three with 500 copies sold.

The various artistes compilation Get Soca 2017 debuts at number five with 338 copies, while Rebelution’s Live At Red Rocks is at number six with 198 copies sold to bring its total to 4,899.

Stick Figure’s Set in Stone is down to number seven, while J Boog’s Wash House Ting is at number nine.

Completing the top 10 is Stephen Marley’s Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life, which sold 138 copies, up from 71 last week. Marley’s album has to date sold 11,510 copies.

Source: Jamaica Observer

February 13, 2017

Nicki Minaj, Spice Collab Coming?

February 13, 2017

KINGSTON, JAMAICA: A collaboration between dancehall artiste Spice and rapper Nicki
Nicki Minaj
Minaj could be on the horizons, this after Minaj publicly endorsed Spice’s remix of her popular song, ‘Indicator’, dubbing the ‘Queen of the Stage’ as the female Vybz Kartel.
When contacted, Spice told The STAR that landing a collab with the internationally acclaimed rapper would be a dream come true, dubbing Minaj as one of her musical inspirations.
“I already posted how much I would love to collab with her, so I’m just waiting for that day to now become reality,” she said. “Doing a collaboration with Nicki Minaj would be a dream come true. She’s now following me on Instagram and Twitter, and I’m so elated to have someone I look up to, showing me so much love. It feels good to be a fan of someone who is a fan of me.”
New obsession

On the weekend, Minaj used her Instagram account to post an excerpt of the song with an adoring caption, labelling the Indicator remix, featuring Bunji Garlin, as her new obsession.
With over 73 million followers on Instagram, Minaj’s post sent heavy traffic to Spice’s Instagram account as well as her YouTube channel, as Minaj’s followers scurried to find out exactly who the woman was that caught
her attention.
An excited Spice revealed that when she decided to do a soca remix of the song, she expected it would do well, but explains that with Minaj’s support, the song is surpassing her expectations.
“I didn’t see this one coming. My intention was to please my soca fans because they loved the original Indicator (song) so much. When ZJ Sparks came with the idea to do the remix, I chose Bunji Garlin because I’m a fan of his music, but I never expected Nicki Minaj to fall in love with the remix,” she said. “I guess it’s because soca is a part of her roots and being a fan of dancehall as she is, Nicki just couldn’t help falling in love with the remix that represents both genres.”
The deejay also revealed that she has gained more than 10,000 followers since Minaj’s endorsement.
“Since she posted the video on her page, it got more than two million views there and I got over 10,000 new followers, so she opened up my music to a whole new audience and I’m excited to now share some of her fans,” the deejay said.
Several comments

A quick check on the entertainer’s VEVO channel showed that the video had already received more than 67,000 views and it was only uploaded on February 9. Several comments from viewers read, ‘Nicki Minaj brought me here’, indicating that there were a flood of viewers that decided to check out the Indicator remix because of Nicki Minaj.
Spice, keeping her fingers crossed for her dream collab, extended gratitude to Minaj, Bunji Garlin as well as ZJ Sparks, the producer, for what she described as a “massive highlight.”

 Source: The Star