Friday, May 22, 2015

Is Rihanna teaming up with Dancehall artiste for R8?

By: Krissy Lewis: Fans have been patiently wait for Rihanna's next studio album, reportedly titled R8, although we wish we could give you a release date, "The B*tch Better Have My Money" songstress hasn't made any announcements on when to expect it.

Producer and label founder of Mixpak Records (Vybz Kartel's current label), Dre Skull, told the Fader, "I know firsthand and secondhand that she's been reaching out to a lot of people in the dancehall world. I'm not suggesting it's gonna be [a dancehall album] but [her people] are excited about dancehall and to work in that sort of context. They've reached out to Popcaan, but I've talked to a number of people in Jamaica that they've reached out to."

Although DJ Dre Skull couldn't confirm whether these collaborations have been finalized, it would be a great touch to the album to mix a little dancehall reggae with some of Rih's raunchier tracks.

Until then, wait on it!

Source: Vibe

Alaine announce new album

Alaine has announced the release date for her 3rd studio album, "Ten of Hearts." Out May 26, the 14 track album is a joint production of Jukeboxx Productions label and Zojak Worldwide distributors and include collaborations with Tarrus Riley, Dexta Daps, Dre Island, J. Boog, MWalim Churchill.

The No Ordinary Love singer said in a release she is, "grateful for the contributions made by all the talented people who worked with me on the album. I am passionate about my music and they helped me get to a final product that I am in love with."

Alaine's distinct vocals and indomitable spirit connects with music fans, young or old. The title of the album, "Ten of Hearts," represent a new beginning for Alaine who said, "with this album I'm starting over and I'm really excited about it" then continued, "Ten of Hearts is reggae flavoured with sprinkles of soul, dancehall and RnB. People can expect a fun musical experience..." Alaine concluded.

Producers on the album include Shane Brown, Jordan McClure and David Hale for Chimney Records, Andrew Myrie for U.I.M. Records, Craig and David Harrisingh for Daseca Productions, Andre 'DJ Frass' Gordon, Tony Kelly and Dean Fraser. "Ten of Hearts" by Alaine is now available for preorder on iTunes.


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Popcaan featured on English producer Jamie xx highly anticipated album

Jamaican Dancehall artiste Popcaan has made the remix cut of popular English music producer and remix artist Jamie xx from The xx band.  Jamie Smith (known by the stage name Jamie xx) has gained fame both as a solo act and member of the London-based band, The xx. 

The fresh cut single "I Know There's Gonna Be (Good Times)" from Jamie xx's forthcoming solo debut, In Colour, has been premiered in full version online featuring Atlanta rapper Young Thug.

Jamie xx first use his stage name in July 2009 in a promotional mix for the band's debut album xx which went on to become platinum in the UK. Afterward, Jamie xx went on to do more remix work for artistes like Adele, Florence + The Machine and more. His album is due in less than two weeks. Check out Papi, on the remix click to listen


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

VP Records to present a traveling exhibition titled "A Reggae Music Journey" at Best of the Best Music Fest in Miami

VP Records will be presenting "A Reggae Music Journey" exhibition during the 9th annual Best of the Best, the longest running Caribbean music festival. The exhibition will display images and artifacts of some of the world's most loved and admired reggae artistes.

To showcase an exhibition such as this is important to both the organizers of the Best of the Best show and reggae's only music label VP Records because it's designed to help preserve reggae's culture music and artists in an exceptional way. Curated by illustrator Michael Thompson, who has created many of the graphic images to be displayed, this multi-media experience will showcase iconic images of many artistes who contributed to the success of reggae music and photographed by some of the masters of the art including Peter Simon, Marlon Ajamu Myrie, Roy Sweetland and others. 

The exhibit will also includes a documentary video chronicling historic events in the reggae music industry. Best of the Best will be held, Labour Day weekend, Sunday May 24th, at Bayfront Park in Miami, Florida.


New equipment for Jamaican medical institutions courtesy of The Robert Marley Foundation

Doctors and BMG rep examine one equipment l-r Dr, Andrei Cooke, Marie Bruce,Dr Rudolf Stephens, Mr. Anthony Wood 
In response to the growing need for more medical resources in Jamaica's hospitals, the Robert Marley Foundation recently donated equipments valued over $15 million to the Bustamante and Jubilee Hospitals in Kingston, St. Ann's Bay Hospital and Women's Health Network at a presentation ceremony held recently at the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston.

Jamaica's Bustamante Hospital in Kingston, is the largest children's hospital in the English speaking Caribbean. The institution received 2 Touchscreen Patient Monitors, 2 Mobile Stands with baskets, 4 Aneroid Mobile and Desktop Blood Pressure units, 1 Nebulizer, 5 Handheld Pulse Oximeters and a set of PP1 chairs. The Victoria Jubilee Hospital received, 5 Handheld Pulse Oximeters, 4 Phototherapy Lamps, 5 Mobile Aneroid Sphygmomanometers, 1 Fetal and Maternal Monitor with metallic stand, 2 Resuscitation Infant Warmers, 2 Examination Lamps, 1 fully loaded Ventilator and a set of PP1 chairs.  The St. Ann's Bay Hospital received, 8 Suction Machines, 7 Handheld Pulse Oximeters, 6 desktop and mobile AneroidBlood Pressure units, 3 mobile Aneroid Sphygmomanometers, 9 sets of PP1 chairs and 2 cases of Examination gloves. The Women's Health Network Jamaica received, 1 portable Ultra Sound Machine.

Representative of the Bob Marley Group of Companies, Mrs Marie Bruce conveyed greetings to those in attendance from Cedella and Ziggy Marley both of whom founded the Marley for Health project, and in her address, noted that the Marley family is pleased to honour their father's legacy, of living again by living for others. Mrs Bruce also stated that the initiative stands as a true reflection of Bob Marley's philosophies.

The equipments provided by the foundation will better assist patients of the Special Care Nursery, Accident and Emergency, Surgical and Medical wards as well as the out patients,Obstetrics and Gynaecology departments in the various hospitals.