Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Reggae Sumfest "Greatest Reggae Show on Earth" 22 Years and Still Going Strong in 2014

Reggae Sumfest 2014 is in it's twenty second staging and it's organisers promises a spectacular showcase.

Young, vibrant and current US RnB and Hip-Hop artistes Jason Derulo, Wiz Khalifa and Future are among this year's list of international entertainers to take the stage. The 2014 line up for the prestigious reggae show will also include performances by Sean Paul, Tessanne Chin, Chronixx, Freddie McGregor, Sanchez, Jah Cure, Bounty Killer, Busy Signal, Beenie Man and Popcaan to name a few.

As with the annual event, performances by the artistes/entertainers extend over three days from July 17 to 19 but is usually cushion in with pre-parties such as a 'special rave' party that was held at Aquasol Theme Park in a setting reminiscent of Brazil's Copacabana Beach on July 13 and was hosted by DJs Nico, ZJ Sparks, Crazy Neil and Coppershot, offsetting a World Cup Football vibes in tandem with the live broadcast of the FIFA World Cup 2014 Finals between Germany and Argentina. The second pre-party is schedule for Tuesday July 15 at Pier One which will be transformed into an 'All White' party hosted by DJs Bambino, Kentucky and Smoke.

The big nights are designed to satisfy fans of Reggae, Dancehall, Hip-Hop and RnB music. The most anticipated of the three is Dancehall Night which commences Thursday July 17 then followed by International Night 1, Friday July 18 and International Night 2, Saturday July 19 all staging takes place at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex. "Everything is on track for completing all the intricate details necessary to make the show a success.." the event Technical Producer, Martin Lewis told the Jamaica Gleaner.  

Reggae Sumfest is the largest concert festival in Jamaica, taking place each year in mid-July in Montego Bay.  The festival started in 1993 and often attract young crowds and features a variety of Jamaican reggae artists.  In keeping with their motto, 'Promoting Music, the Universal Force' organisers over the years have sought to also present other music forms to a diverse audience. To this end, the event have been successful at presenting Rihanna, Chris Brown, R. Kelly, Mary J. Blidge, Destiny Child, 50 CENT, Snoop Dogg, Wyclef Jean, Akon, Lionel Richie and the Temptations to name a few.

"The live shows will bring the very best of Jamaican production to the 'Greatest Reggae Show on Earth" with carefully balanced sensory enticements as the sound and lightning quality is expected to rival the best in the world...." Executive Directory Johnny Gourzong told the Jamaica Gleaner.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Wilted Efforts in Marketing or Promotional Platforms Cause of Weak Album Sales for Tessanne Chin; Dolli Difference 'Lingerie' Track Hits #1 on Dancehall Promo Chart UK

Tessanne Chin
Tessanne Chin's album label Republic is considered the cause of the weak sales number for "The Voice' Season 5 winner due to wilted efforts in marketing, press or promotional platforms reports IBT.  According to the Headline Planet report, the sales number on Tessanne Chin's album came from the weekly sales report of Hits Daily Double which generally reports sales number slightly different from Billboard/Nielsen SoundScan data.  The weekly sales report revealed that "Count On My Love" debuted with about 6,568 weekly sales sum.

The report further noted that Tessanne Chin's post-show album does not have a strong opening compared to "The Voice" Season 3 winner Cassadee Pope and Season 4 winner Danielle Bradbery who had introductory album week sales of 43,000 and 41,000 respectively.  

Tessanne Chin is currently on the first nationwide tour of "The Voice" with the other contestants as they travel to different cities across America to perform with their impressive vocals. The Jamaican singer had the time to discuss her music, new album, "The Voice" tour and coach Adam Levine in the Examiner interview

When asked what was it like for her to be in the studio and making her own album, Tessanne Chin admitted that it was a wonderful process and experience because she was able to work with amazing people like Diane Warren, Toby Gad, Claude Kelly, Supa Dups, Ray Marshall and Chuck Harmony.
Tessanne Chin

The music artist further revealed that she does not want her music to be just one genre and her reggae roots will always come out so the songs on her album ended up being diverse.  "I hate being put in a box and I hate being told I can only do one thing.  Even if I never do all reggae it has to come out in some way because that's who I am.  I think a part of being successful or trying to be successful is staying true to who you are.  Be genuine. And I think that's when people really connect," Chin explained.

Dolli Difference Hit Number 1 on Dancehall Promo Chart in the UK
Dolli Difference
Dolli Difference is doing her thing alright, her recently released 'Lingerie' track hit Number 1 on the Dancehall Promo Chart in the United Kingdom hosted by DJ Master Mix.  'Lingerie' is Dolli Difference second song to hit a UK chart, the popular 'Gangsta Girl' song was first. The Dancehall artiste is pleased with the news which she shared with a growing fan base in Uganda recently when she was interviewed on NTV Africa.  Dolli is also enjoying consistent airplay and recognition across Kenya and hope to visit the motherland soon.