Thursday, March 19, 2015

Chart Wise - Protoje's first #1 on Billboard; Shaggy's 'I Need Your Love' is globe trotting

Both Protoge and Shaggy have much to give thanks for this day.  Protoge's latest album, 'Ancient Future' hit #1 on Billboard within days after it's release and, have become his first ever #1 album on Billboard Reggae Albums chart.  A pleased Protoge post, "Give thanks to all artist and musician involved in the projet and to all of you for the support.  My first #1 album on Reggae Billboard"
Congratulations Protoge, #hardworkpays

Shaggy on the other hand, is no stranger to chart domination but one can never get use to winning when hard-work is the foundation of the grind. Witnessing his single,  "I Need Your Love" featuring the Australian-Lebanese singer/songwriter Faydee, Romanian singer/producer Costi and Swedish-Congolese R 'n' B singer Mohombi entering the Top 10 across 8 countries and, just after a week of entering the US Top 40 chart, must be surreal. The multi-grammy winning, platinum status artiste acknowledges the takeover and shared his delight with fans on social media, "#neverlocalalwaysglobal #whybelocalwhenyoucandoiglobalanyway #winning #diamondstatuswiseh #riseandgrind #erryday #thatwhatthedo #hardestworkingmaninthebiz #cantstopwondstop #myinspiration #getit #BOOOOM !
"Yea boss we get it!" Congrats, keep making us proud.


Sunday, March 15, 2015

Reggae Artiste Exco Levi cops the JUNO Award four times in a row

Congratulations are in order for Jamaican/Canadian reggae artiste Exco Levi who walked away with the JUNO Awards "Best Reggae Recording" 2015.  Canada's music elite gathered to toast 35 JUNO Award winners at the 2015 JUNO Gala Dinner and Awards presented by SiriusXM Canada at the Hamilton Convention Centre. The evening's festivities featured performances by a spectacular lineup of 2015 JUNO Award nominees and winners, as well as unforgettable tributes of some of the most influential names in Canadian Music.

Multiple Award winners at the Gala included alternative singer-songwriter Bahamas, who won honours for both Songwriter of the Year and Adult Alternative Album of the Year; and electro-dance sensation Kiesza, who earned Dance Recording of the Year and Video of the Year. Kiesza's Magic as reported on Billboard, had a massive year with the ubiquitous reggae-pop single "Rude" from the band's debut album, Don't Kill The Magic.

Exco Levi who won his fourth consecutive Juno for reggae recording of the year, told Billboard, "Jamaicans love reggae music. They don't see Magic!'s sound as a reggae-pop sound; they see Magic! sound as reggae sound. I'm happy for Magic! because it reach audiences that a lot of artistes in this time doesn't reach....One thing I'm happy for is they are not in the same category as me this year," he laughs. 

Exco Levi first won the Juno Award for Reggae in 2012 with track, "Bleaching Shop." He won the award again in 2013 with "Storms of Life" and for a third time in 2014 for "Strive." Once again, the Ontario base reggae artiste walks away winner four times in a row with the 2015 JUNO Award Best Reggae Recording for "Welcome the King." 


Chronixx rock home crowd on Capture Land tour

Chronixx at JC in Kingston CLT
Fans shower Chronixx with praise after a 2 hour long performance at Jamaica College on his first ever, and possibly, the best attended and most successful tour performance showcase  by an International artiste in Jamaica. This is yet another great step in the right direction for Chronixx and for the Jamaican music industry on a whole.  From the outset, Chronixx Kingston leg of his Capture Land tour seemed promising.  A publication announcing Capture Land tour in Jamaica on this website resulted in persons calling us for information on ticket outlets and of course, was guided to Chronixx respective representatives to provide the details. One woman in expressing her love and appreciation for Chronixx music told us, she was taking her kids to the show as she believes Chronixx whole package/branding is elevating and an experience she believes her kids must have, as Jamaicans.

Chronixx performance was very entertaining and engaging.  His audience was very attentive, responsive and even patient at times as they watched the performance, allowing the 20 year old to be himself and show off the energy he brings.  Chronixx Capture Land Kingston leg brought out the type of crowd whose support speaks volume. It was not the crowd that's searching for hype or was it the type that usually attend all reggae events if any. Some call it 'uptown' , and some may say 'middle class' and still some corporate. But whatever the label, whenever this wholesome, family and culturally oriented type of crowd throw their support in this manner behind a local artiste, it is a very, very good look indeed.

Now what better reporter of the overall showcase could there be than the fans themselves, who during and after the show flocked social media with their comments on Chronixx performance. We captured just a few but notable comments to share with you

Very mature 'uptown' audience at Jamaica College to see the people are starved for some good Reggae music

RT : Never use the word historic lightly, that was it

. is spectacular! He deserves all the success in the world! Such a stellar performer!

This was a great show. Powerful, Positive & Uplifting messages right tru