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Published:Friday | August 14, 2015 | 11:39 PMCurtis Campbell

Jamaican pop/dancehall artiste Samantha J has collaborated with American rapper Dej Loaf for her new single called League of My Own.Dej Loaf broke commercially last year with the successful single, Try Me, which climbed on the Billboard charts after...

Published:Wednesday | August 12, 2015 | 12:00 AMCurtis Campbell

In recent times, many critics have suggested that reggae is making a resurgence among major genres like hip hop on the international charts, and OMI's recent No.1 Billboard hit is evidence that there is still some amount of steam left in Jamaican...

Published:Tuesday | August 11, 2015 | 12:00 AMCurtis Campbell

The recently concluded 'Celebrity Playground' hosted under the Dream Week package, brought out thousands of patrons this year.Hosted by Kaci Fennell and Aidonia, the event exceeded expectations and pulled one of the biggest turnouts for Dream Week....

Published:Wednesday | August 5, 2015 | 12:01 AMCurtis Campbell

Reggae artiste Duane Stephenson and his label Kong Star Records are claiming that the recently released EP Nature Boy is being promoted without his permission by a former record producer and associate.The EP, which is now available for purchase in...

Published:Sunday | August 2, 2015 | 12:00 AMCurtis Campbell

On the heels of OMI's success on the US, Hot 100 chart, some industry players have credited the artiste's achievements to the professional management skills of iconic artiste manager Clifton 'Specialist' Dillon.The industry players argue that...

Published:Thursday | July 30, 2015 | 12:00 AMCurtis Campbell

Legendary reggae band Bob Marley and The Wailers have found themselves atop another musical chart as their album, Legend: The Best of Bob Marley and The Wailers, currently sits at No. 1 on the Billboard catalogue album chart.The album beat out...

Published:Tuesday | July 28, 2015 | 12:00 AMCurtis Campbell

When superstar comedian/actor Cedric The Entertainer took the stage recently with a big smile, it was clear to patrons attending the opening night at the United States Virgin Islands (USVI) Music Festival in St Thomas that the festival would deliver...

Published:Wednesday | June 24, 2015 | 12:00 AMCurtis Campbell

After sharing the stage and recording with Grammy-winning reggae artistes Damian and Stephen Marley, Bob Marley's grandson Skip Marley has decided to launch his solo career as a full-fledged recording artiste and musician.Skip Marley's new project,...

Published:Sunday | June 21, 2015 | 12:00 AMCurtis Campbell

Patricia Chin, co-founder of VP Records, recently told The Sunday Gleaner that the company was celebrating the ongoing revival of vinyl in Europe and Japan. However, according to Roc Nation/former Hot 97 media personality DJ Cipha Sounds, the US...

Published:Saturday | June 20, 2015 | 12:00 AMCurtis Campbell

Reggae's last presence in the Billboard Hot 100 top 10 dates back to 2014, when Caucasian American band MAGIC! spent six weeks in the number-one spot with their Rude single.The success of the record perhaps answered questions about reggae's...

Published:Wednesday | June 17, 2015 | 12:01 AMCurtis Campbell

Reggae artiste Natel is raising eyebrows on the international scene with the success of his single Only for You, produced by Chimney Records on the 'Country Bus' rhythm.Seeing the potential of the record, producer/recording artiste Mr Vegas, who has...

Published:Saturday | June 13, 2015 | 12:00 AMCurtis Campbell

Veteran actor/comedian Christopher 'Johnny' Daley, has lauded JAMPRO for endorsing the first staging of the Jamaica Film Festival. According to Daley, he has long yearned for this moment in the local film industry.The festival, set to be hosted in...

Published:Monday | June 8, 2015 | 12:00 AMCurtis Campbell

After more than 20 years dominating the music industry as arguably dancehall and reggae's most sought-after backing band, Ruff Kutt says it wants its legacy to inspire the new crop of backing bands to represent Jamaican music to the best of their...

Published:Monday | June 8, 2015 | 12:00 AMCurtis Campbell

Hundreds of children residing in Dominica will receive books and other school supplies from reggae artiste ORieL, who will be hosting a series of fundraising concerts in Pittsburgh, United States, this month. According to the artiste, he was raised...

Published:Tuesday | June 2, 2015 | 12:00 AMCurtis Campbell

Singer Aisha Davis has been recruited by deejay Shabba Ranks to be his co-performer. Davis, who spoke with The Gleaner at Best of The Best in Miami, United States, two weekends ago, said the connection with Jamaica's first Grammy-winning deejay was...

Published:Sunday | May 31, 2015 | 12:00 AMCurtis Campbell

Patricia Chin, co-founder of VP Records, says the label is celebrating the revival ofvinyl. According to the veteran producer, who started the label with her late husband Vincent Chin in 1979, the label, which has pushed reggae and dancehall music...

Published:Thursday | May 28, 2015 | 12:00 AMCurtis Campbell

Heavy rain forced a delay from its scheduled start, but when Best of the Best got under way after 1 p.m., at Bayfront Park, downtown Miami recently, the performances justified the wait.Best of the Best, which will celebrate its 10th anniversary next...

Published:Wednesday | May 27, 2015 | 12:00 AMCurtis Campbell

The recently concluded ninth staging of Best of the Best has broken yet another record as the annual Caribbean music and food festival grew in size, according to co-organiser for the event, Jabba.The popular DJ/promoter, says the event saw a decline...

Published:Tuesday | May 26, 2015 | 12:00 AMCurtis Campbell

Veteran sound system selector/producer-turned-songwriter, Delano Thomas of Renaissance Disco, recently became Jamaica's first disc jock to receive an award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) for composing lyrics....

Published:Monday | May 25, 2015 | 12:00 AMCurtis Campbell

The Scotia Foundation has partnered with the Jimmy Cliff Foundation to raise funds in aid of the island's children.The joint initiative will see Scotiabank and Jimmy Cliff hosting a fundraising dinner to launch the single called Children, written by...

Published:Sunday | May 24, 2015 | 12:00 AMCurtis Campbell

Willing to pay big bucks for rare commoditySince the rise of digital streaming, the sales of vinyl, and music, to a large extent, has declined tremendously, with music consumers opting to utilise cheap and free methods of building their musical...

Published:Saturday | May 23, 2015 | 12:00 AMCurtis Campbell

Minott Movements Production in association with My Block Records will be hosting the fifth annual staging of Sugar Minott Day, but this time, the celebrations will take place over two days, May 24 and 25.The event will be held at Youthman Promotion...

Published:Sunday | May 17, 2015 | 12:00 AMCurtis Campbell

Following the recent success of Omi's Cheerleader single in international markets, veteran reggae artiste Paul Elliott is encouraging other Jamaican acts to export more of their music. Elliott, who is now promoting an album titled Reggae Music Tun...

Published:Thursday | May 7, 2015 | 12:00 AMCurtis Campbell

Reggae/dancehall and pop artiste Omi has finally entered the United States (US) Billboard Hot 100 chart with his single Cheerleader. The single, which was recently certified gold in the United Kingdom, is currently enjoying its first week on the US...

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