Thursday, August 27, 2015

Forbes World's Highest-Paid DJs: Electronic Cash Kings 2015 includes popular DJ and music producer on Jamaica's party scene

Forbes is out with another one of their popular lists of entertainment's top earners. This the world's top DJ's are analyzed by the financial magazine' team of calculator jockeys and no other than the California based, American DJ, music producer, rapper and songwriter Diplo, member of the group MAJOR LAZER is listed among the new names making big $'s as well.

Diplo ties at #11 with DJ Deadmau5 both earning US$15 million.  At the top of the list is the popular Scottish DJ Calvin Harris earning a whopping US$66 million. Harris over the past twelve months, dropped an album that rocketed to the top of the U.S. dance charts and as a result of dating Taylor Swift, dethroned power couple Jay Z and Beyonce as music's top-earning couple.  Dutch DJ David Guetta earned almost half as much coming in at #2 earing US$37 million last year. Guetta achieved mainstream success with with his 2009 album One Love which included 3 singles (Love Takes Over, Gettin Over You and Sexy B*#tch) which reached #1 in the UK.

On Forbes magazine methodology, "Our earning estimates include
income from live shows, endorsements, merchandise sales, recorded music sales and external business ventures. Sources include Nielsen, SongKick, Pollstar, RIAA, Promoters, managers, lawyers and some of the artists themselves."

According to Forbes, over the past 12 months, the top ten DJ's took in US$274 million, more than double the US$116 million total for the top ten in 2012. But the pace is slowing. After a 108% increase from 2012 to 2013, the number grew 11% from, 2013 to 2014, and only 2.35% from 2014-15. Part of the reason: the market for EDM acts become more saturated, fees aren't rising at the rate they were a few years ago. And many DJs are engaging in a costly arms race to pack their shows with visual effects to distinguish themselves from their rivals. That means the genre whose practitioners need little more than a USB drive and a pair of CDJs now often put 30-40% of their fees toward production.
Popular on the Jamaican party scenes, 37 year old Diplo was instrumental in a prominent photo spread feature of Jamaica's Dancehall music and party scenes in the Vanity Fair magazine in 2012.  However his Jamaican connection began in 2009 along with Switch as a duo, recorded their first album Guns Don't Kill People....Lazers Do.  The project featured Vybz Kartel, Elephant Man, Ward 21, Turbulence, Mr. Vegas and Busy Signal among others. When discussing the Major Lazer project, Diplo described the dancehall sound as being "the end of the world, all the little influences - house, soca, oldies, RnB, jazz - it all ends up in Jamaica." Diplo's Mixpak label has also been instrumental in the music production of artistes such as Popcaan.
Walshy Fire, Diplo, Jillionaire

Along with group members Walshy Fire and Jillionaire, Diplo fuse music and culture on their Billboard charting single, Lean On that also features French producer/EDM Viral Hitmaker DJ Snake. In my humble opinion, MAJOR LAZER successfully created a greater appreciation of Electronic Dance Music (EDM) among Jamaicans in Jamaica


Throwback - " I-Threes" The most influential female reggae group ever

The I-Threes were the most influential female singing group in the history of Jamaican music. Commonly called "I-Threes", the trio featuring Marcia Griffiths, Rita Marley, and Judy Mowatt provided the rich harmonies for Bob Marley's performances and recordings from 1974 until his death ten years later. Marcia Griffiths was already a star when the The I-Three came together. Her duet recordings with Bob Andy, which included "Young, Gifted and Black," had brought her international attention. When she invited Judy Mowatt who had previously sung with the Gaylettes (a group she founded in 1967), and Marley to harmonize with her on a recording with Andy, she set the stage for the trio's formation.

The recording session proved so inspiring young Marcia Griffiths invited the two women to be guests on a song that she and Andy were 
scheduled to perform that evening at the House of Chen in New Kingston, Jamaica. Shortly after the departure of Peter Tosh and Bunny Livingston from the Wailers, Bob Marley asked the three women to sing on his recording, Jah Live. They continued to work together for the next ten years. In early 1975, The I-Threes, a name said to be intended as a spin on the Rastafarian "I and I" concept of the Godhead within each person, joined Bob Marley for a historic tour as opening acts for The Jackson Five. Although the group continued to perform together following Marley's death, the three women soon elected to pursue solo careers.

Source: Craig Harris for

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

"Things can get tough on the road," Nesbeth tells British media "but it's always a joy to perform"

After giving a good account of himself at several major festivals throughout Europe including Germany's Reggae Jam and Reggae Geel in Belgium, Rastafarian singer Nesbeth continues to find favour with reggae lovers across that continent.

Kicking off the second leg of his tour in the United Kingdom the Jamaican crooner tasted the victory he seek from his performances. According to a release Nesbeth, during a performance in London at the popular Club Bar A Bar, received rousing applause from fans singing the riveting "Board House" street anthem. The roots reggae artiste was awash with bountiful adulations of appreciation for the positive messages of love and inspiration interspersed with stories about the joy and perils of life during his energized thirty minutes set .

Speaking with members of the British media following that performance, Nesbeth explained what touring has been for him, "tour life is not easy, things can get very tough on the road especially with the constant change of climate but its always a joy to perform for the people. It's moments like this that make it all worthwhile, I really enjoyed the show."

Currently doing a media blitz to promote his 5 track "Taste Victory" EP, Nesbeth's next performance stop will be at the Hootananny Brixton Thursday August 27, followed by The Bedford on Saturday, August 29 and the much publicized London Carnival Monday, August 31.


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

New album after a decade; Junior Reid: The Living Legend

It has been 10 years since Junior "One Blood" Reid released an album. The veteran reggae/dancehall artiste has released a 20-track compilation and his 17th studio album, "Junior Reid; The Living Legend" featuring collaborations with compatriot Sizzla Kalonji entitled "This Generation," Julian Marley on "Never Too Rough," and "Wanted" featuring Buju Banton.

"I am pleased to announce the release of my long awaited album "The Living Legend" this August 25th 2015. Lots of great acts feature and heartical music for your souls.
Available on: iTunes |
‪#‎TheLivingLegend‬ ‪#‎OneBlood‬"
Junior Reid announed via Facebook. 

Junior Reid: The Living Legend" is produced by Lynford 'Fatta' Marshall and son, Adoney Reid, King Jammys, James of Machete Records, Jervis 'Spugy' Clarke, 'Prekeh' and Junior Reid himself. Beats on the album includes a combination of roots-rock and pop sounds. 

A former lead singer of Black Uhuru, with chart topping, monster hits One Blood and This Is Why I'm Hot, Delroy "Junior" Reid is universally loved and respected. In 1989, Reid left Black Uhuru band and released the One Blood album from which the single of the same name became a worldwide anthem. The song's message according to some critics, is universal and similar to that of Bob Marley's own 'One Love' hit.

One Blood was re-introduced to US Hip-Hop and urban music fans after it was sampled and remixed on rapper, Game's "It's Okay" single off his second studio album, Doctor's Advocate which debuted at Number 1 on US Billboard 200 chart in 2006. It's success, lead to a string of other hip-hop/reggae collaborations with artistes including Poor righteous Teachers, Busta Rhymes, Wu-Tang Clan, Guru's Jazzmataz, Alicia Keys, Lil Wayne, Cool and Dre and Snoop Dogg.

Junior Reid has worked on other projects with rappers Cassidy on I'm So Crazy, Naz alongside Junior Gong on Ancient Love and has been successful with singles such as the 1986 Fit You Haffi Fit, Original Foreign Mind in 2005 and more current, State of Emergency, Love Your Brother, These Streets Belongs To Me and I Just Love Jamaican Chocolate

Junior Reid is one of the most revered Reggae musicians around and remains a powerful roots artist well known and loved worldwide. The release of any album 10 years after the last one, by any artiste, is monumental. "Junior Reid: The Living Legend" album should be a collectors item for reggae music fans. It's out now so be sure to pick up a copy.


Monday, August 24, 2015

Chart Wise - OMI Unseats the WEEKND to reclaim Billboard's top spot; "Cheerleader" sold over 2 million copies to date

OMI's debut smash "Cheerleader" tops the Billboard Hot 100 for a sixth week. The reggae/pop tune again fends off "Can't Feel My Face" by The Weeknd. "Cheerleader," released on Louder Than Life/Ultra Columbia, hold atop the Hot 100 while maintaining it's No. 2 ranks on Radio Songs (147 million in audience, down 1 percent, according to Nielsen Music), Streaming Songs (15.1 million U.S. streams, down 7 percent) and Digital Songs, which it led for four weeks (105,000 downloads sold, down 11 percent, in the week ending Aug. 20) Billboard reported.  "Cheerleader" additionally passes 2 million (2.1 million) in sales to date.

THE WEEKND on Billboard Hot 100 Top 40: Weeknd Holds For Third Week; Lazer, Gomez Growing; Puth Top 20; Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Return
*THE WEEKND hold the top spot with "Can't Feel My Face" for a third week
*MAJOR LAZER holds at 3* with "Lean On" but is up to a strong 1369 spins this week
*SELENA GOMEZ moves 58-4* with "Good For You," featuring A$AP ROCKY, and gains 1617 spins
*It was very tight between #11 and #15 as R. CITY's "locked Away," featuring ADAM LEVINE, holds at 12* - despite also being up 1617 spins
*CHAR PUTH climbs into the top 20 with "Marvin Gaye," featuring MEGHAN TRAINOR - up 632 spins
*Newcomer HAILEE STEINFELD leaps 28*-23* with "Love Myself"
*MACKLEMORE and RYAN LEWIS are back and land the top debut at 35* with "Growing Up" featuring ED SHEERAN 
*KYGO and ELLE KING also score debuts 

Rhythmic:OMI Unseats The Weeknd; Fetty Wap Top 3; Skrillex/Diplo/Bieber Top 10; Songz Top 15; Jeremih Top 20; Macklemore/Ryan Lewis Leads Debuts Here
*OMI takes over the #1 spot at Rhythmic this week with "Cheerleader" - matching the chart topping spot he got at Top 40 a weeks back
*FETTY WAP is now top 3 with "My Way," featuring MONTY, up 5*-*3 and rising 418 spims
*THE WEEKND fell out of the top spot this week with "Can't Feel My Face," but sees "The Hills" go 8*-*6 and is up 815 spins.....

Billboard Reggae Albums Top 10 update

Newcomer Joss Stone holds Number 1; Jah Cure and Rebelution moves back up Ziggy
#ViewJamaica - fruit stall Boston Bay
Marley, SoJa and Gov't Mule re-enters Top 10

*Joss Stone's "Water For Soul" hold Number 1 for a second week
* Rebelution leaps 5*-2* with "Count Me In"
*Jah Cure moves up *4-*3 with "The Cure
*Reggae Gold 2015 by "Various Artistes" moves down at *4
*Bob Marley and The Wailers  "Easy Skanking Boston 78" twenty six weeks on the chart moves up *7-*5
*Ziggy Marley re-enters Top 10 from a fifty nine week marathon and leaps *15 -*6 with "Fly Rasta"
*Kymani Marley still moves up *9-*7 with "Maestro
* The album "Soca Gold 2015," by Various Artistes moves down *3-8*
*SoJa re-enters Top 10 with "Amid The Noise and Haste" at *11-*9
*Also re-entering Top 10 "Dub Side of The Mule" by Gov't Mule *12-10*

Note:   See Jamaica Music Countdown chart right-hand corner on our homepage

Sunday, August 23, 2015

JahStrenght - Dancehall has not lost it's identity

At a time when the deliberations on the future of the Dancehall genre seems un-directed, upcoming artiste Jah Strenght is optimistic "Dancehall has not lost it's identity, it has moved into a new era" he said. A Kingstonian, this artiste whose musical background is close knitted with long time friend and US Billboard Top 100 charting artiste Erup, foresee a music industry that has evolved with it's genre fusing multiple genres and the public, learning, digesting and embracing the new feel and sound of the music. 

With Dancehall artistes failing miserably at impacting international markets explosively, Jah Strenght, a man of many words rubbish the talk that the genre has lost it's 'identity', "if the music is written, recorded and performed by a Jamaican then it is Jamaican what is lost however is a more fortified support system and representation that steers and promote the 100% authentic Jamaican style and brand..." he said. Yet those challenges has not dampen his outlook on the future as he remain confident that essentially he like many others with similar meditation and vision will be apart of a new platform that will crossover.

Check out Jah Strenght lastest single "Summer Leaguefeaturing 2009 Billboard charting, Click Mi Finga, Erup. Follow him on social media @jahstrenght.