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Quickies: Villa Dutch seeks 'Jump Start'

Published:Friday | October 5, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Dancehall artiste Villa Dutch is seeking a hit with his new single, Give Thanks, on the Jump Start riddim for GT Taylor's record label, GT Muzik.

The song hit IRIE FM two weeks ago and has been getting airplay. Over the past few months, Villa Dutch has been putting out a slew of songs, including Born Wid Talent on the Steady Flow riddim and Stronger on the Rockin riddim, both for GT Muzik.

He has also shot music videos for these songs, which have garnered good reviews. The video for Stronger was voted number one in August on Shyrick Dancehall Radio in St Louis, USA.

Villa Dutch also has another song, Guide Mi Steps, on the Exotic riddim. The riddim is slated to be released later this year, with a long list of songs from other artistes. The deejay has also recorded a single for Richard Mason from Rebel Souls Label out of Japan, which will be released later this year.

Villa Dutch is slated to perform at GT Reggae Christmas Extravaganza and Sting in December.

Free Buju campaign goes to White House

The online universe is buzzing with talks of Buju Banton fans taking the 'Free Buju' campaign to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

According to one online source, fans of the incarcerated reggae artiste have officially launched a campaign to contact the White House in a desperate attempt to secure his freedom. The organisers of the campaign made an announcement urging at least 50,000 fans and supporters of the Grammy Award-winning artiste to contact the White House by mail, email or phone call, before October 30.

The embattled artiste is currently serving a 10-year sentence on drug-related charges and is now facing an additional 5 years on gun charges, pending an October 30 sentencing hearing.

This campaign follows a failed attempt by Buju Banton to appeal his 2011 conviction. The incarcerated reggae giant has also axed his previous lawyer, David Oscar Marcus, and is now being represented by Chockwe Lumuba, who represented late rapper Tupac Shakur.

The campaign was launched via Twitter on Monday.

RC signs with Penthouse

Reggae artiste Ryan 'RC' Campbell, who placed second in the 2009 Magnum King and Queens of Dancehall contest, has signed a record deal with Penthouse Records. He is also promoting a new single, Holding Firm, which he expects to give him his breakthrough.

"Every day Holding Firm is played on the radio. It's one of those songs that uplift the youths and tell them to keep positive and stay away from negative things. A nuff demon outa road now to distract youths but I am just encouraging them to hold firm," RC said.

The aspiring reggae act says Penthouse is aiming to keep reggae alive in Jamaica. He also said he breathes roots reggae music. "The song is produced by Darwin Brown, who also manages Romain Virgo. Basically, one drop reggae is dying locally and I just want to create music with real substance because that is what the world needs. Mi naah bash nuh other genre, but roots music is RC and RC is roots music," he said.

The artiste said reception of the song has been positive. "The response has been crazy, both yaad and abroad. It's like a rebirth of RC; who never know mi a get to know mi now, and who knew me before are being reminded of who I am," he said.

A video for the song, to be directed by Damian Gayle, will be shot next week. "Since I have signed to Penthouse my career has taken a new turn. Even now I am in the studio with some people from Germany who are here to record me. So that shows that things are looking positive," RC said.

Wealth Magazine expands with Home Sweet Home

Wealth Magazine has added yet another element to its line of products. Previously, the dynamic and innovative brand added Wealth Magazine Corporate Click, the social media arm of the company that does coverage exclusively for corporate events. Now Creative Media and Events (CME), Wealth Magazine's parent company, has taken its expertise and creativity a step further in creating the first televised real estate show in Jamaica, Home Sweet Home.

In keeping with the target audience of the parent brand, Home Sweet Home was launched in a corporate mingle setting. The show will focus primarily on real estate in Jamaica and how prospective home-owners may go about purchasing, investing, building or refurbishing real estate.

Managing director of CME, Leighton Davis, stated that this show is the first of its kind on local TV and is sure to pull in viewers, based on its content. There will be episodes showing the challenges of house hunting and ways to properly go about buying a home and/or redesigning, versus building from scratch.

Hosted by seasoned television personality Kamila McDonald, the show premiered on TVJ on Sunday September 30, 2012 at 4:30 p.m.

Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey tangle on Idol

American Idol
stakeholders are hoping the Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey feud will boost ratings for the hit reality TV show. Nicki Minaj apparently threatened and swore at Mariah Carey during American Idol auditions on Tuesday

A fly-on-the-wall video was released showing the two divas duking it out verbally, with fellow judge Keith Urban caught in the middle. Producers are now worried about how the pair will manage to work together for the rest of the season.

Mariah was said to be unhappy with Nicki joining American Idol, because she was worried it would turn the reality TV programme into a "freak show". Nicki Minaj said she was "shocked" at the rumours.

She said: "Up until the rumours, I didn't think there would be a problem because she and I had worked together, I had so much genuine love for her and respect for her. I was shocked hearing the rumours as well."

However, the pink-haired star insists that any disagreements on the judging panel would not become major personal problems, and tensions would end once filming stopped. Speaking on the Kyle & Jackie O Show on 2Day FM, she added: "It is what it is. It's a competition, we're there to help someone else become a superstar. I think if we disagree on the judging panel, then we disagree on the judging panel. It's not something that's going to bleed into our regular lives - we don't take it home with us. It is good TV. I definitely think people are going to be very, very interested in this season."

Oprah tops money pile

Television star Oprah Winfrey earned an estimated US$165 million between May 2011 and May 2012, according to figures compiled by Forbes magazine for their Richest Women in Entertainment list. Her fortune is apparently owed to her OWN TV network, satellite radio station, production company Harpo, O magazine and her now-defunct Oprah Winfrey Show.

Oprah's fortune is a staggering US$107 million more than the second-placed star on the list, newest X Factor judge Britney Spears. Spears reportedly generated US$58 million in the time period, US$1 million more than Taylor Swift, who was named in third place.

Rihanna and Ellen DeGeneres tied for fourth place, with each bringing in US$53 million, while Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez tied just below them with earnings of US$52 million.

Despite her huge earnings, Forbes warned Oprah may not retain the top spot next year because of the changes in her creative endeavours. The publication explained: "Her net worth, which we peg at $2.7 billion, will keep her on our 400 list for years to come, but this might be one of the last years she tops our highest-paid women list.

"Winfrey was still earning money from her syndicated show during the time frame we used for this list, but she shut it down in May 2011 (reruns went through the summer). She has yet to take a salary at OWN, so her sources of revenue are now the shows she produces through her Harpo production company, her satellite radio station and her magazine. But don't cry for Winfrey - even though she'll earn less than US$165 million next year, she'll still pull in enough to keep her on the list, even if she's not at the top."