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Quickies: Ishawna plans 'Legendary' year

Published:Friday | March 25, 2011 | 12:00 AM
Miley Cyrus (left) and her father, Billy Ray Cyrus, in the press room at the 2008 CMT Awards in Nashville, USA, in 2008. - Contributed
Singing Melody

Ishawna is finally coming into her own, bringing a fresh new image and bright edgy sound to the local music fraternity, after years of hard work. A member of the Solid Agency camp, Ishawna reached yet another milestone in her career when she recently performed at the Excellence in Music and Entertainment EME Award ceremony for the first time. Ishawna executed a fabulous red-carpet entrance to the event, wearing a stunning short dress, courtesy of French Couture, who styled her for the evening.

"My image is just as important as my music, so I welcome all compliments on my sense of style," Ishawna said.

Ishawna is happy with the success of her single Legendary and is already contemplating a follow-up. "I shot a video for Legendary in November with director Icey Jace and it became the talk of the town. It really launched me out their as an artiste and had everyone using the word 'legendary' to describe something good, especially the female fans. It's like an epidemic, so coming into 2011 we did some more recordings and now I have three new singles out. I have an acoustic ballad called Love and a sexy track called Let You In which I did for Jam 2 Records. And there is that wicked collab Do It with Busy Signal, which I recorded for Baby G. My single with Taz called New Page is also getting a lot of radio rotation."

Singing Melody sets music trend

Reggae vocalist Singing Melody is now awaiting the release of his Wi Set The Trend music video, shooting for which wrapped up on Monday evening in Duhaney Park, St Andrew. Directed by fast-rising director Karl Durrant, the video was shot on several Jamaican locations, including Westminster Road, Cherry Gardens and Studio 45, while in Atlanta, USA, the Foot Prints Café also played host to a few scenes.

Melody, who leaves Jamaica for New York in a few days, is also making waves in Europe with Wi Set The Trend, topping the Dutch Hot N Fresh Top 15 Reggae Charts. Entering the charts at #13, Melody climbed 12 places to take the lead ahead of Jamaican singers Naptali, Tarrus Riley, Protoje, Anthony B, Lutan Fyah, Assassin, and German reggae singer Gentleman, who all held spots in the top 10. The Hot N Fresh Charts, published weekly on the Dutch website, ranks hit-bound records buzzing in the Netherlands reggae circle.

Sophia Brown pushes 'Lover's Rock' compilation

Reggae recording artiste Sophia Brown is currently premiering the very first riddim compilation from her Music Mecka Record Label. Titled Lover's Rock, it features a host of singers, including Ginjah, Noddy Virtue, Anthony Que, Binghi Bob Fiya, Initial T and Fire Star, as well as deejays Power Man and Wasp.

According to Brown, who produced her entire debut album The Spotlight, it was not her idea to do a compilation project. "I have always been producing songs for myself, but I was encouraged a while back by a few industry friends to do a reggae juggling and bring in other artistes. So said, so done. I put out my single of the same name, Lover's Rock, last September and it did well, so since then I've been finishing up the project and now here it is, ready for the world."

The riddim, which has elements of the rub-a-dub sound, has already been leaked to several radio disc jocks. "The feedback so far has been overwhelming. The jocks love it, mainly 'cause it's easily digestible music; it's very radio friendly. Everyone on the riddim holds their own and I think that's what make it so unique in my eyes," she said.

Brown says discussions are already in the pipeline to get it out into different international territories. "We have been testing the waters and we realise it's a hit so we looking to start aggressively promoting, and we have also been speaking to a few distributors who can get it to the masses," Brown said.

Miley Cyrus' father wants friendship

Miley Cyrus' father wants to be her "friend". Billy Ray - who recently announced he has called off plans to divorce the star's mother Tish - recently admitted he is no longer as close to the singer and actress as he once was, but he would love to be the person she confides in and comes to for advice once again.

He said: "I still want to be Miley's friend. I want to be that person that she comes to talk
to for good, bad, indifferent. I just want her to trust and know that I
love her more than life itself and I'll be by her side through the good
and the bad."

the star's comments
didn't go down well with 'Good Morning America' presenter Robin Roberts.
She said: "She's got plenty of friends, she needs a daddy!" Billy Ray
agreed, saying: "I promise you I'll do my best to be a good dad."

The country singer recently blasted Hannah Montana
- the Disney show in which his daughter played the lead role and in
which he also starred as Miley's character's father - for "ruining" the
lives of himself and his family, but now he insists he only lashed out
because he was in a "dark" place. He said: "I love Hannah Montana,
I love Disney. I did the interview two weeks before Christmas when I
was in the midst of a divorce, I was in darkness. Right now, there's a
lot of positive communication between me and my family. I just want to
put my family back together."

singer Billy Ray married Tish in December 1992 and as well as having
three children - Miley, 18, Noah, 10, and 16 year-old Braison -
together, he adopted Tish's two kids, Brandi and Trace, from her
previous marriage. He also has a son, Christopher, from his relationship
with Kristin Luckey.

Ryno heads to Belize

from his Caribbean tour, dancehall deejay Ryno is set to depart the
island this week to Central America for the official album release party
of Def Jam recording artiste Shyne. The event is set to unfold
tomorrow, the Princess Poolside and Casino in Belize City, Belize. Ryno,
one of the show's headliners, is very upbeat about the concert and
plans to make the occasion a memorable one.

is a good look for Jamaica and being an ambassador for our music I plan
to represent dancehall to the fullest," Ryno said. The concert also
features his fellow Jamaicans acts Chino and Barrington Levy, alongside
two surprise US platinum-selling hip-hop and R&B artistes and a
number of local acts from Belize. Shyne is a former member of the Sean
'Diddy' Combs led US-based recording powerhouse Bad Boys Records.

of tomorrow's concert, Ryno was expected to make stops in Panama and El
Salvador as part of his ongoing promotional campaign, conducting
several interviews and promoting his latest singles. Ryno has released a
new single on the Notice Productions label titled Carpenter, featuring popular radio jock ZJ Wah Wa, and plans are also in the pipeline for an accompanying video.

'High School
Musical' exes cordial

Vanessa Hudgens and Zac Efron are still "friends". The High School Musical
co-stars ended their five-year relationship in December and the actress
thinks that because they had been together for such a long time there
was no question they would not want to have remained part of one
another's lives.

said: "After being in a relationship with someone that long, you stay
friends." The brunette beauty has recently been romantically linked with
her Journey 2: The Mysterious Island co-star Josh Hutcherson, but Vanessa insists there is nothing going on between them. She said: "I'm
single. Can't a girl have friends? Aww, I love him. We just did a movie together and we had the
best time."

Vanessa, 22 years old, can next be seen in fantasy action adventure movie Sucker Punch,
which follows a group of tough girls trying to escape from a mental
institution. She admits she felt "empowered" after seeing the
finished film for the first time. She told Nylon magazine: "My
energy, my spirits were so high that I literally felt like I had just
walked out of a rock concert. When I saw it, I was literally like, 'Woo,
yes! I can do anything! Yay! Go women!' Like, I feel so empowered."