Quickies - Nadine's Karma tops in New York
- Nadine's Karma tops in New York
Nadine Sutherland's Karma, produced by Rory Stonelove, has copped the coveted number one position on Clinton Lindsay's Top Thirty reggae charts. This chart covers New York Tri-State Area and is a compilation of plays on selected radio and Internet stations, as well as listeners' requests.
Karma has been steadily gaining popularity and is now number two on the South Florida Clinton Lindsay's Reggae Charts. Karma is also gaining traction in Jamaica, several disc jockeys adding it to their playlists.
Nadine Sutherland is accustomed to making hits. Her international hit Action, a duet with Terror Fabulous, was dubbed as the best reggae duet of all time by Vibe magazine. Action has stood the test of time, as it is still in rotation on traditional reggae stations and contemporary pop station across North America and Europe.
Sutherland has remained relevant, gaining new generations of fans and maintaining the ones she has already made during the course of her music career.
Karma is available on iTunes.
- Noel does Alton's 'Christmas Coming'
Having established itself as a growing force in Jamaican entertainment with outstanding work in live theatre, stand-up comedy and television production, Ellis International is now getting set to make its official foray into music production with the release of a special Christmas single. It is an acoustic remake of the Alton Ellis classic Christmas Coming.
Recorded at the company's new Cave Recording Studio on Slipe Road in Cross Roads, the song is performed by Ellis' eldest offspring, the multifaceted Noel Ellis. Noel is known to some Jamaican audiences as an eccentric and hilarious singer of irreverent parodies, or the crazy Rastaman with the signature line "lock it back!" from the Ity and Fancy Cat Show. But Noel, who goes by the stage name 'Rozah Roze', exposes a more serious side whenever he performs renditions of his father's mega hits.
Noel lived in Canada for several years, but returned home after Alton's passing in 2008.
Ellis International is getting set to serve up another bellyful of laughter at the ninth staging of their annual 'Christmas Comedy Cook-up' scheduled for Wednesday, December 26 at the Wyndham Kingston hotel. Rozah Roze, who is one of the featured performers, is promising to delight the audience.
- Terminal 3 acts make progress
US-based music house Terminal 3 Productions is enjoying success as their two fresh acts, Iatana and Fame MDV, are creating waves.
Fame MDV recently released the first of three video singles, titled Surfing. The video has been compared to a short film and has a fresh concept. According to the label's publicist Karl Durrant, the video will be out on the major networks in Jamaica in a matter of days.
"Terminal 3 Productions has a unique sound and a skill of finding new acts with the ability to captivate the international audience. Put Grammy-nominated producer JP Beats in the fold, then anything is possible," said Durrant.
Surfing is from Terminal 3's Brimstone album, which is currently available exclusively on iTunes and Amazon.com.
JP Beats also released The Warning in early November featuring Busta Ryhmes, TI, Young Buck, Iatana and Fame MDV, among others.
Terminal 3 promises a video for Iatana's single That Lady will be released soon. The song has made the AC FMQB Top 200 charts at number #73 between Lady Gaga and Adele.
- Japanese Manga lecture on today
The Embassy of Japan, in collaboration with Jamaica Trade and Invest (formerly JAMPRO), will be presenting a lecture on the 'Evolution of Japanese Manga and its Characteristics' by prominent Japanese artist and lecturer Takuya Kurita today.
The session takes place at the Jamaica Trade and Invest's Business Auditorium, 18 Trafalgar Road, New Kingston, at 10 a.m. It seeks to create awareness among Jamaican artists and animators on the possibilities available in this exciting field of the animation arts. It is in response to the growing desire in Jamaica to learn from Japan's experience of developing the Manga industry.
Manga are comics originating in Japan in the Japanese language. The global animation industry is estimated to be worth US$80 billion and animation business process outsourcing in the global animation industry is valued at US$68.4 billion.
The Jamaican Film Commission, in recognition of the developmental and economic potential of the Manga animation, has been encouraging local interest in the field with a view to catalysing the start-up and growth of a vibrant animation industry in Jamaica.
- Steele goes gospel
Canada-based reggae artiste Steele gets in touch with his spiritual side with his new single The Devil Caa Stop Wi.
The jazzy, infectious track shows a new side to the artiste who has delivered songs such as She Believes in Me, Let's Stay Together and Decisions.
Steele says he has always believed in spirituality and did the song to encourage those who may be going through turbulent times, reminding them not to let evil win.
"Personally, I have faced some situations where my trust was abused and finding that people I thought would be batting for me are the very ones who turned on me," said Steele. The artiste says the song is something of a therapy for getting rid of the "bad vibes". He is also hoping it will be therapeutic to others who may be facing the same thing.
Now that Steele has forayed into gospel genre, the Hanover-born artiste says there will be many more.
According to Steele, since he released The Devil Caa Stop Wi in Canada it has been enjoying notable airplay on gospel radio shows. "Even in the dances my friends are telling me that the song had to be pulled up a few times," he said.
Last Saturday, Steele lent his support to the Canadian Cancer Society at a special event. "It's a great honour to be a part of this event. This illness that comes in so many different form is still one of the world's leading cause of death today, therefore, any contribution I can make towards the fight against cancer I'm more than willing to make," Steele said.
- Turbo Blacks decides to 'Call Name'
Mandeville-based singjay Turbo Blacks' new single, Call Name, has been creating waves locally and internationally. The artiste has admitted that the song has drastically changed the course of his career for the better in a matter of weeks.
"The moment the song drop pon Irie FM me Blackberry bun up, show tun up. It get to the point where management haffi a turn down shows to facilitate my upcoming European tour which starts Decemeber 26," said Turbo Blacks.
The controversial single pokes fun at fellow entertainers such as Mr Vegas, Tony Matterhorn, Twins of Twins and Popcaan. According to Turbo Blacks, it's just music and he has no problem with any of the persons mentioned, as he only commented on issues that were already in the public domain.
Currently, Turbo Blacks is also promoting his single, Real Bad.
According to his new management team at Mingles International, big things are in store for the artiste. "Turbo is a true talent and I am going all out to put him at the very top of the music industry," stated Ural Balfour of Mingles International.
- Whitney Houston's tops Google traffic
The late pop diva Whitney Houston's untimely death on February 11 created the biggest overall spike in US Internet traffic this year. Fans rushed to read about the I Will Always Love You singer, according to Google's annual Zeitgeist List.
The list ranks "the searches that had the highest amount of traffic over a sustained period of time in 2012, as compared to 2011".
Hurricane Sandy and (US) Election 2012 rounded out the top three longest trending searches, while movie The Hunger Games - starring Jennifer Lawrence - came in fourth place.
Asian singing sensation PSY's mega hit single Gangnam Style managed to dance its way on to the list at number eight. The top 10 also features Jeremy Lin, Olympics 2012, Amanda Todd, Michael Clarke Duncan and Kony 2012.
Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez's recent tiff spawned the most curiosity in terms of celebrity couples, followed by Heidi Klum and Seal's separation, with Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes' break-up and Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart's cheating debacle ranking third and fourth, respectively.
Meanwhile, reality show Here Comes Honey Boo Boo had the biggest sustained boost in search traffic of all TV shows, but American Idol remained the most-Googled show overall.