Saturday, July 4, 2015

Reggae veterans 51 and 67 year old still leaving favourable impression on fans

l-r label boss Daddy Big$$ Johnny Osbourne Barrington Levy
51 year old Reggae crooner Barrington 'Ainsworth' Levy continues to generate sold out crowds. Recently, Levy and his Detour Posse band brought the house down in Sao Paulo, Brazil with his canary smooth voice and signature sound in a memorable performance. It was simply pandemonium, a release stated of his performance, he wowed the crowd with popular hits such as "Too Experience," "Black Roses" and "Murderer to current sounds from his new album, Acoustic Levy.

Added excitement to Levy's Brazil performance was the introduction of another veteran, 67 year old Johnny Osbourne. At the closing of his performance, Barrington Levy was greeted by long-time friend and label colleague Johnny Osbourne which sent the crowd in a delighted uproar.  The two performed a duet and created an historic moment for their Brazilian audience.

Johnny Osbourne rose to success in the late 1970s to mid 1980s and is best known for his hits songs, Buddy Bye on the King Jammys produced Sleng Teng riddim, Ice Cream Love and Water Pumping. Fifty years after his 1967 debut, "All I Have is Love" Johnny Osbourne and Barrington Levy remain vibrant reggae artists with their music still in demand as any recent selection by a younger artiste.


Thursday, July 2, 2015

Shaggy Awarded for his outstanding Philanthropic and Musical Contributions and Cement another milestone in his career

Shaggy was presented with 'The Luminary Award', International Reggae Day (iReggaeDay)

July 1, at the University of the West Indies Toronto Benefit Gala.  Shaggy who hail from the community of Ray Town in Kingston, has elevated beyond boundaries and paved the way musically as an ambassador of Jamaica coupled with philanthropic efforts to facilitate children at the Bustamante Hospital. The facebook post also made mention of other charities the multi-platinum, Grammy winning artiste is involved in to include #FoodForThePoor and Father Holung's #BrothersofthePoor 

The Luminary Award is present to people of Caribbean Heritage who made outstanding contributions in their respective fields. Introduced in 2006, Shaggy share such prestigious recognition with other receipients such as The Hon. Maurice Facey, Chairman of Pan-Jamaica Investment Trust Limited, Ambassador Peter King, Special Envoy of Jamaica, George Gobin, General Manager of Microsoft West Inidies and Dancia Penn, Deputy Govenor of the British Virgin Islands, retired University Chancellor Sir Shridath Ramphal, Sir Alister McIntyre and the late Professor the Hon. Rex Nettleford.

Shaggy's "I Need Your Love" Became Sony/Vevo's First Video Live Premier

The face you make when your video becomes the first to be premiered to launch a Sony/Vevo effort on a giant 'Sony' monitor in Times Square.  

Another milestone, special moment and great publicity for Shaggy in his career unfolded recently and he shared a photo on IG captioned, "It was a pleasure marking another milestone with #INeedYorLove first time ever a video was premiered on the #SONY screen in #TimesSquare #NYC big up #VEVO #SONY and my team..."

Sony Rewards and Vevo introduced a new feature the FVL (First Video Live), Your First Look at the Newest Music Videos. This First View Live gives fans exclusive access all summer long. Sony, in partnership with Vevo, will premiere a new music video each week on the Sony Times Square billboard.

Other artistes immediately in line for video premiere are Ciara, Meghan Trainor, Future and Jordin Sparks to name a few.


Lady Saw will write history at the 2015 staging of Reggae Sumfest

Marion "Lady Saw" Hall
Dubbed Queen of Dancehall, Marion 'Lady Saw' Hall will write history once more in her career as the first female artiste of the genre to close out the highly anticipated night of the annual, 23rd staging of Reggae Sumfest show; one of Jamaica's biggest, longstanding Reggae/Dancehall festivals.

"I am so excited about this" Saw told the Jamaica Observer, "It is a magical night. Don't expect the Jazz and Blues type of thing" she warned. The colourful Dancehall artiste who turns 46 on July 12 began her illustrious career at age 15. The name "Lady Saw" became household to many Dancehall fans upon the release of a raunchy song entitled, "Stab Up De Meat" in the early 90sbut it was another track called "Hardcore" released in 1994 that brought her to the fore.  She went on to record even more tracks including duets with the likes of Dancehall and Reggae icons such as, Beenie Man, Luciano, Dennis Brown, Bounty Killer and Beres Hammond.

In 1999 Lady Saw landed a major hit with a song called "Smile" which peaked at number 18 on the US Billboard Hot 100 as well as hit major charts in New Zealand and Canada and certified 'Gold' with over 500,000 sales.

In 2002, Saw collaborated with American Rock band No Doubt on their platinum selling hit "Underneath It All." She received a triple-platinum certification from the R.I.A.A. and a Grammy for Best Performance by a Duo or Group.

Lady Saw in an interview on local television, said she is in preparation mood for the show and promises an exciting set.  She follows in the footsteps of Dancehall giants such as Beenie Man, Bounty Killer and for two years in a row, I-Octane. A grand performance on this special night will prove why she wears the 'Queen of Dancehall' crown; closing out Dancehall Night at Reggae Sumfest, Thursday July 16, 2015 at Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex, Montego Bay, is said to be a hard task but for a confident Lady Saw,  "All I need is 30 minutes...30 minutes of fire..." she told Winford Williams in an interview on CVM television.


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

iReggaeDay: Reflection

This music has done a great good for us all. Let us stand for it with great respect and reverence #reggaemusic #Glastonbury #RepatriationTourUk ~Chronixx~

iReggaeDay: 5 Choice Reggae Songs by a Female Artiste

1. Serve and Protect by Queen Ifrica

2. Reggae by Etana 

3. Mi Nuh Kno by Sophia Squire (try till mi heart soar)

4. Avocado by Jah9

5. Black Starliner by Khalila Rose


International Reggae Day July 1

Once a year, Jamaica host International Reggae Day, July 1 to commemorate reggae music across the world. The motherland of this great music celebrate the genre hosting dozens of artistes local and international in a marvelous music marathon. Many artistes travel from across the world to the island to pay homage to the music as well as participate in the day's activities. Celebrations also takes place in the US in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and New York city, Bombay India, London, Brazil (Rio), Hawaii (Honolulu), Mexico City and Spain (Madrid).

Activities throughout the day includes an Art exhibition at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston and an all-day conference starting at 8:30am. A sound system presentation will also take place at the Countryside Club on Courtney Walsh Drive at 8:00pm where Lloyd 'King' Jammy James will mix live with Winston 'Merritone' Blake. Other selectors to participate includes UK mix master Jay as well as selectors from BESS FM and SunCity Radio.  The sound system presentation is an evening affair. Representatives of that industry which plays a seminal role in the development of Jamaican popular music will be awarded and includes; King Jammys, Meritone, Stone Love Movement, Prince Buster's Voice of the People, Louise Fraser-Bennett, the famous Japanese sound system Mighty Crown and the Jamaica Sound System Federation.

The Emancipation Park in New Kingston will host a combination of lifestyle and music dubbed Yoga and Digital Art in The Park at 7:00pm.  International Reggae Day ambassador, the soulful reggae artiste Jah9 will be present as an avid yoga practitioner. Live Streaming on


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Lily Claire-Bellamy (L), Andrea Davis (C) & Minister Anthony Hilton smile for us.. IRD KGN Conference
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It is not beyond us to play REGGAE for the day. For Int'l Reggae Day. Play the music! Lee Scratch Perry on the airwaves!

Apart of Cordell Green's Presentation on Reggae Music reaching All over the world...
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BELLINGHAM ... Third World is here! Ready to bring the Reggae vibes of Jamaica to you tonight.…


Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Billboard Adjusts Chart Tracking to Reflect New Global Release Date

Two weeks after the start date of the new global release date was officially set - it will start July 10 - Billboard has announced how the change will affect their sales ranking charts. 
Starting July 6, Billboard will post new charts on Tuesday mornings. Billboard currently post the charts on Wednesday mornings. The sales data is compiled through a partnership with Nielsen. At the end of the sales week, stores transmit their sales information to Nielsen, which compiles it and passes it on to Billboard.
The sales week according to Billboard will now last from Thursday to Friday. Stores will send sales data to Nielsen on Mondays. Previously, Billboard tracked data from Monday to Sunday.
The global release date "is something that Billboard has been discussing with Nielsen Music and industry leaders for months in relation to how a Friday global release date will affect chart processing, "Silvio Pietroluongo, Billboard's Vice President of Charts and Data Development, said when the global release date was announced.

The recent announcement of "an aligned global release day" for records has been met with reactions ranging from vitriolic to enthusiastic. By summer 2015, new records will drop at 12:01AM Friday no matter where you are in the world. If you live in the U.K. or the U.S., that means the longstanding tradition of heading into your local record store for new releases every Tuesday is about to end.

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Reggae/Dancehall and other music news highlight January - June 2015

You thought we scrapped this? No not at all. Our Reggae/Dancehall and Other Music News Highlights continues. Not having much to report in the first few months, we decide it's best to put together what we have over six months. This entertainment news feature is designed to bring you highlights of the most significant and/or historic music news to unfold over the period by Jamaican artistes so here's what we have:-

February Ziggy and Stephen became the new faces for John Varvatos Spring 2015 collection. John Varvatos spoke about his decision to hire Bob
Marley's sons. Varvatos believes that Stephen and Ziggy are just as iconic as Marley himself. click to read more

February - Eleven Jamaican artistes identified as "Acts keeping Roots Reggae Alive" by MTViggy. "The music vibrations coming out of Jamaica has firmly tilted back in the direction of roots reggae and other conscious Jesse Serwer MTViggy 

February 8 - Ziggy Marley becomes the first Reggae artiste to receive 7 Grammy Awards. click Reggae Grammy Kid 

February 28 - Pat and Vincent Chin who founded VP Records received a Lifetime Achievement Awards by the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) after serving 35 years and being at the forefront of Jamaica's music evolution read the announcements

March - Chronixx Capture Land Tour Jamaica leg marks the first ever successful tour by a local artiste across Jamaica in twenty years.  The Kingston leg that was held on the grounds of Jamaica College  attracted huge crowds more

April 8 - The historic visit of the President of the United States of America, Barrack Obama to the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston Jamaica.  President Obama made the visit his very first stop before any official meetings

April 20 - 4/20 marks the first International Peter Tosh Day. Observe by weed smokers, 4/20 was launched as a celebration honouring the legendary reggae artiste, musician, human-rights-activist and advocate for the responsible
consumption of marijuana for medicinal and spiritual health benefits more

May - June Omi became the first Jamaican artiste to hold the UK Pop Chart #1 spot for four consecutive weeks more 
He enters the top 10 of the Top 40 and Rhythmic charts breaking a 12 year record held by Sean Paul for his 2003 smash single, "Get Busy."

Bits 'n' Pieces
07/01/15 Sister Carol Hit The Movie Screens
Foundation reggae recording artiste Sister Carol will make a cameo appearance in the upcoming movie, Ricki and The Flash schedule for release in August. Sister Carol will play a "small roll interacting with Meryl Streep" who plays lead roll according to a Jamaica Gleaner report.... more

06/01/15 R.I.P. King Sporty
King Sporty a Jamaican DJ who is best known for co-authoring one of Bob Marley's greatest songs, "Buffalo Soldier" died January 5 in Miami, Florida. He died with his wife, R and B singer Betty Wright at his side. R.I.P. King Sporty 1943 - 2015 "


Monday, June 29, 2015

Chart Wise - Samantha J makes Top 40 debut; Omi hits the top 10 at Top 40 and Rhythmic

Rhythmic: Omarion Holds Top Spot; Snake Runner Up; Guetta Top 5; OMI, Tech N9NE Top 10

*OMARION leads the Rhythmic chart again as "Post To Be" holds #1 featuring CHRIS BROWN and JHENE AIKO
*DJ SNAKE and ALUNAGEORGE moves into the runner up spot as "You Know You Like It" rises to #2
*DAVID GUETTA, NICKI MINAJ, and BEBE REXHA go top 5 at both Top 40 and Rhythmic with "Hey Mama"
*OMI hits the top 10 at Top 40 and Rhythmic with "Cheerleader" moving 12*-9* and is up 403 spins
TECH N9NE enters the top 10 for the first time in his career with "Hood Go Crazy," featuring B.O.B.
*THE WEEKND soars 17*-12* with "Can't Feel My Face" and is up 875 spins
*SILENTO enters the top 15 with "Watch Me" up 18*-15* - and is +667 spins
*NATALIE LA ROSE scores a 38* -30* move with "Around The World," featuring FETTY WAP
*RAE SREMMURD, SAMANTHA J., and TINK all debut this week
Samantha J's single is entitled "League of My Own" 

Its so dope! #39 on United States charts! Check lyric video here-> national love! 🏽🏽

While many watch to see if Omi will hit the big #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, the 21
year old singer would have already written his name in history entering the Top 10.  A personal ground-breaking feat, Omi's entry in the top 10 at the Top 40 and Rhythmic breaks a 12 year trend, no other Jamaican artiste have surpassed since Sean Paul's 2003 smash single, "Get Busy."

"Cheerleader" has notched more than 90 million Spotify streams, topping iTunes in 14 territories including Germany, Australia, Sweden and others (Top 10 in nearly 30 other markets)