Saturday, March 8, 2014

Sean Paul album Full Frequency debuts at #1 on Billboard Reggae Album chart

On Tuesday, February 18th, Jamaican pop/dancehall superstar Sean Paul released his sixth studio album Full Frequency on Atlantic/VP Records.  The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard Reggae charts and is anchored by the lead singles "Want Dem All" ft. Konshens and "Riot" ft. Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley.  The project also debuted as the #1 album in Japan while charting high in multiple territoris.  In anticipation of the release, Sean Paul embarked on a US promo tour including a performance on ARSENIO.  Full Frequency also included "Entertainment 2.0" ft. Nicki Minaj, 2Chainz and Juicy J and the Benny Blanco and Cataracs produced "Other Side of Love."  

Full Frequency is the next step in Sean Paul's continual pop dominance and joins a wave of classic albums that includes the multi-platinum, Grammy-winning classic Dutty Rock and the platinum smash The Trinity, alongside tunes like Stage One, Imperial Blaze and Tomahawk Technique.  With an undeniable track record for crafting hit singles as a solo artist, including cuts like "Get Busy," "Gimmi The Light," "Like Glue," "We Be Burnin" and "Temperature," as well as a history of taking other artists songs to the next level through tracks like Beyonce's "Baby Boy," Jay Sean's "Do You Remember" and Eve's "Give It To You," Sean Paul has established himself as one of the seminal pop voices of his generation.  These successes have earned him a plethora of awards including the 2006 American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist.

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Tessanne Chin set to perform Michelle Obama's concert at White House

Tessanne Chin
Jamaican songstress and reigning The Voice champ, Tessanne Chin has landed one of her biggest gigs yet as she has been confirmed to perform a concert at the White House Thursday March 6th.

The concert, Women of Soul: In Performance at the White House is being put on by United States First Lady, Michelle Obama and casts Chin within a star-laden lineup that incudes legendary singers, Aretha Franklin, Melissa Etheridge and Patti Labelle, who she once opened for in her younger days. The show also features high-profile singers, Janelle Monae, Ariana Grande and Jill Sott, according to a release issued Tuesday by The White House more


Monday, March 3, 2014

Etana on the inspiration behind new single called 'Trigger'

"Trigger" tell the true-to-life tale a youth...

International reggae artiste, Etana is pulling the trigger with another socially conscious message for fans. Etana has never been afraid to push the envelope and express herself freely.  She explores the difficulties and harships faced by communities at the base of the social strata.  She is known for inspirational music and provides hope through song.

Her latest single, "Trigger" exposes an abstruse side of a survival story "I think it's different to view things from the perspective of the man holding the gun. This song doesn't say he actually pulled the trigger, but he's thinking.  That's what he has to do, due to circumstances.  It's metaphoric, a deep song that is real to me," Etana explained.  "Trigger" tell the true-to-life tale a youth, who promised his mother faithfully that he, would evade a life of crime. This character is trapped by economical challenges, making the temptation near impossible to resist.  He hollers 'Mama mi faffi pull the trigger, again" and clarifies why he is ensnared in a cycle he desperately tries to abandon.

The lyrics written by Shauna McKenzie Morris and Sherietta lewis, are enthralling.  Etana said her inspiration to write and record the piece came from, "someone I met long ago who had a similar story, but never picked up the gun, instead, he chose the book.  However, some aren't so fortunate to even find assistance to continue their education."

Of the song producer Etana said, "he's just super talented.  First he had to love it then he came up with the intricacies of producing a 'love' track.  Selecting the right musicians etc.  I enjoyed working him."  C-sharp Keyboard Player, Dwain 'Wya' Campbell produced the track for his label, Barbwiya and Etana's Freemind Music.  

Etana's next video "Thy Will Be Done" is scheduled for world premier on VEVO March 8th. The video, according to a release will feature Jo Mersa Marley, the grandson of the legendary Bob Marley.

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Sunday, March 2, 2014

Michael Dawkins reggae renditions enjoys continuous radio airplay

It's been a while since we've heard from Michael Dawkins whose reggae rendition of the 1970s worldwide hit by the Hollies, "He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother" is still riding the waves of consistent airplay among radio stations across the Caribbean, US and United Kingdom since it's 2012 release. The renditions are appeasing to reggae fans and the overwhelming feedback has left the artiste beaming with pride.  The video for He Aint Heavy He's My Brother has received over 200,000 views on Youtube and is still in rotation on cable stations in Jamaica.  Dawkins classic remake of late Delroy Wilson's all time hit, "Rain From The Sky" has placed yet another single by the Big Scope Records recording artiste, on several radio jocks must play lists.

As Michael Dawkins musical journey has been bitter/sweet caught between work and family obligations but he along with his label have manage to pull it off. Dawkins has even extended himself in other ventures to add to his repertoire; One such is the distribution of hand-made art in New York produced by a Zimbabwean artist called Munyardzi. Funding from this project help maintain Munyaradzi's family back in Africa.

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Michael Dawkins rendition of the Delroy Wilson all time hit 'Rain From The Sky'