Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Bounty Killer and King Jammys Hit the Studios

When we first saw pictures of iconic Dancehall artiste Bounty Killer and legendary Reggae/Dancehall producer King Jammys recently, we thought they had just run into each other. That might have been the case but now there are new photos of the two in studios and according to Bounty Killer, "Me and Dancehall Stalwart Producer Legendary King Jammys big tune just voiced Black Uhuru feat. Bounty Killer rub a dub reggae nutten average when mi touch fire house pure Fireworks."

Well, we out here waiting Bounty.


Sunday, December 7, 2014

Grammy Nominated Reggae Albums for 2014 Announced

Nominations for the 57th annual Grammy Awards were announced by The Recording Academy reflecting an eclectic mix of the best and brightest in music over the past year, as determined by The Academy's voting members the Grammy website reports. Nominees for Best Reggae Album are:-

Ziggy Marley's Fly Rasta, Shaggy Out of Many, One Music, Sean Paul Full Frequency, Lee 'Scratch' Perry Back on the Controls, Sly and Robbie and Spicy Chocolate The Reggae Power and SOJA's Amid the Noise and the Haste.

With Ziggy Marley among the list of nominees, winning would make him a 7 time recipient of the prestigious award and the only Reggae artiste to win a Grammy '2 years in a row.' His first time winning the Grammy back to back was in 1988 and 89 with the Melody Makers for albums Conscious Party and One Bright Day.  Ziggy Marley went on to win again in 1997 with album Fallen is Babylon, 2006 Love is My Religion and 2013 Ziggy Marley In Concert.  The Marleys have won 10 Grammys collectively to date. Steven Marley has won the award twice for the same album. In 2007, Steven won the Grammy for his album Mind Control (Acoustic) and won again in 2009 for Mind Control.

Shaggy won his first Grammy in 1996 for his platinum selling album Boombastic and has been nominated 5 times for a Grammy Award. Sean Paul also won a Grammy in 2004 for the album Dutty Rock with an overall 4 times nomination for a Grammy.  Sly and Robbie have also won themselves a Grammy in 1999 for the album Friends.  Lee 'Scratch' Perry copped the 2003 Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album leaving SOJA as the first time nominee. SOJA is an American reggae and dub band based in Arlington, Virginia.  Their album, Amid the Noise and the Haste features Damian Marley, J. Boog and Collie Buddz and has topped the Billboard Reggae Albums chart.

The Grammy Awards ceremony will be held at the Staples Centre, Los Angeles, February 8, 2015.

Editor's Note 12/1/15: Corrections, Lee Scratch Perry is not a first time Grammy Awards nominee.  In fact, Lee Scratch Perry won the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album in 2003 with Jamaican ET. We apologize to our readers for the error.

Reggae/Dancehall and Other Music News August - November 2014 Highlights

Our Reggae/Dancehall and Other Music News Highlights continues, picking up from the last feature ending July.  This entertainment news feature brings you highlights on some milestones reached within the Reggae/Dancehall industry or by Reggae/Dancehall artistes individually each month. 

Note:- missing months means no such activity was recorded

First Female Reggae Artiste to Impact Billboard in 20 Years
November - Etana 'The Strong One' became the first Jamaican female artiste in 20 years to hit #1 on 
Billboard Charts since Diana King and Patra.  Her 'I RISE' album produced by the accomplished music Producer Clive Hunt, instrumentalist, composer and arranger is number one on Billboard Reggae Chart and follows Etana's critically-acclaimed albums Better Tomorrow (2013), Free Expressions (2011) and The Strong One (2008).  The Jamaican singer-songwriter's melodic power blended with Hunt's rich arrangements, set this album apart as one of the best throughout her stellar career...more

Bounty Killer/Beenie Man Historic Musical Unification
(l-r) Beenie Esco Bounty

Two of Dancehall's most controversial artistes of all times Bounty Killer and Beenie Man have come together to create an historic collaboration called, 'LEGENDARY' on the Starstruck Record label.  This collaboration has paved the way for unity in Dancehall by the king and grung-gad themselves even though there have visibly been signs of other Dancehall artistes burying the hatchet and putting their differences aside since the start of the year...more

Jamaican/British Artiste Nabbed MOBO Award
Stylo G
October - Jamaican born, British Reggae Artiste Stylo G is the MOBO Awards 2014 Best Reggae Act. He walked away with the award over strong contenders such as Taurus Riley, Sean Paul and Chronixx. Stylo G made an impact on UK fans around 2010 when he busted on the scene with a song called 'My Youth.' It took him all over the UK but the artiste wanted to get back to his 'Dancehall' roots because 'My Youth' was Grime music....more
John Holt 1967 - 2014

Reggae Lost Another of its Music Pioneers 
Reggae's pioneer John Holt died at aged 67. The Reggae music legend died in London October 19, 2014 at 2:40am English time...more

Major US Television Debut For Two Jamaican Artistes
August - BET 106 and Park welcomed Jamaican Reggae/Dancehall artistes QQ and Wayne Marshall to their live show August 27.
QQ performed his 2008 hit single 'Stookie' and 'One Drop ft Venomous.'  In a publication by the Jamaica STAR newspaper QQ said "I'm elated, it's most certainly a pleasure to reach such a milestone in my career like this....more "  Wayne Marshall also made his debut appearance on a major US television network when he appeared on BET that day, both represented for a Special Caribbean Carnival takeover...more

Ebola Scare! 
Fear racked the world after reports hit the media that persons coming into contact with the deadly Ebola disease from affected areas in West Africa to the US and Spain have died.  

In light of what many feared could become a global outbreak, Jamaican artistes have been cautioned by the Government to refrain from travelling to affected Ebola regions. Reggae artiste Luciano cancelled upcoming gigs he had in Malawi, Ghana and South Africa while others such as Mr Vegas and Freddie McGregor weigh in on their own fear as well as cautioned that areas affected does not spread across the entire African continent...more

Bits 'n' Pieces '(Music and Technology) 

28/9/14 Jamaica's Promotion Agency (JAMPRO) Host Open Day for Entertainment, Film Industries
The main aim of the open day according to an article published in the Gleaner Jamaica, is to capture
information on existing industry players, as the agency plays matchmaker, putting them in touch with opportunities available in Jamaica and ultimately internationally

19/6/14 90 Days of Summer '90 Days 90 Ways
The Jamaican Government through the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment has re-branded and about to launch "JamRock Summer - "90 Days 90 Ways" as part of it's initiative of pushing entertainment to attract visitors to the island. The announcements made by State Minister Damion Crawford follows a launch July 16 in Montego Bay, deliberately planned to coincide with the annual Reggae Sumfest event which commence July 17 more

16/6/14 Entertainment Zones Identified in Jamaica
The Jamaican Government in response to concerns regarding 'noise abatement' have identified entertainment zones for future development, "the vision for Palisadoes is to have seven particular venues I hope that over time to come it might reflect what Miami Beach is" Minister Damion Crawford more

2/6/14 National Radio and ESPN Content is coming to iTUNES Radio
Apple is introducing a new ESPN station for iTunes Radio. The station will include original ESPN programs like Sports Center All Night, . The ESPN station will also stream the World Cup, making it the first live sporting event to be streamed live through iTunes Radio and more. iTunes Radio is also planning to offer locally-targeted advertising more

Chronixx Dread and Terrible Tour UK 2014
27/5/14 State of Reggae - Chronixx on Hot 97 Morning Show New York
"Reggae music is an enept thing, a natural African thing...so like is no coincidence why our (black people) music is familiar because a lot of people are feeling the same thing at the same time....is more like an energy ting.." watch

26/5/14 'Slyde' The new mobile app for music marketing and monetization
"A slyde is a mobile magazine built around a new music single where music fans can experience new releases and related exclusive content (articles, liner notes, lyrics, photo galleries and videos) available over a limited time promotional window." more

20/5/14 If AT 'n' T Acquire DIRECTV
The move by AT'n'T to purchase DIRECTV for US$48.5 billion (US$64.1 million including assumption of debt) would add DIRECT TV's 20.3 million subscribers to AT'n'T's 5.7 million cable customers through U-Verse service making the combined operation the second-largest pay TV provider in America. Customers will be able to watch TV on any device more
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11/5/14 Forbes Magazine - Meet Rohan Marley an Eco-Entrepreneur that Rocks!
Last month, while researching sustainable coffee for Green Bride Guide, I had the pleasure of connecting with Rohan Marley, founder of Marley Coffee. It turns out that, like his late father, Rohan is.. read more

6/5/14 VEVO is for Sale?
Vevo, whose co-owners comprise Sony Music, Universal Music Group and Abu Dhabi Media, is seen as a massively significant service for Google's YouTube, and it is certainly a part of the reason Google contemplates consumers would be fascinated in a YouTube-branded music service read more