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Double Dare – Shaggy and Friends host second ‘I Dare You’ concert – Targeting $50 million for the Bustamante Hospital for Child

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After daring to make a difference earlier this year, Shaggy and Friends are back with even bigger dreams for their second charity concert to be held on January 2 at Jamaica House.

Shaggy and his team, sponsors, old and new, media, employees of Bustamante Hospital for Children, as well as King of the Dancehall Beenie Man, were out in their numbers yesterday at the hospital’s conference room for the launch of ‘Shaggy and Friends I Dare You 2010′. A smiling Shaggy, real name Orville Burrell, made an early appearance to greet his now extended family for the concert that last year raised $27 million, which was used to buy much-needed equipment for the Bustamante hospital.

This year, according to presenter Dr David McBean, CEO of CVM-TV, they are aiming to raise $50 million. With that goal in mind, various sponsors stepped forward yesterday, such as Digicel, KFC, Sagicor, Stewart’s Auto, Bank of Nova Scotia and Wisynco, donating $11 million combined. Red Stripe has also pledged its support alongside a number of other companies.

New developments

Executive producer for the event, Shaggy, was first up to talk about the new developments and plans for the concert. This year, reminiscent of the diamond-selling artiste, there will be a diamond ticket priced at $30,000. Shaggy commented, “Last year, we did it in eight weeks. This time we have a bit more time to dot the i’s and cross the t’s. Last year the $20,000 tickets were the first to sell off so this time we’re going super executive with $30,000. There will only be about 100-150 of these tickets so it’s best to get them in advance. It will be champagne style, all access everywhere.”

Other ticket prices are $20,000 for platinum, $10,000 for gold and $5,000 for silver.

An addition this year will be a celebrity pre-party at Fiction Lounge on January 1, which will be a star-studded affair priced at US$50. While last year several international artistes cancelled at the last minute, such as J Holiday and Sean Kingston, this year Shaggy is banking on local talent to carry the show.

“We want the brand to be perfect. Jamaicans put on the best show so this year we’re trying not to make it an international show. It’s the Jamaican artistes who have children who have to come here (at the hospital). We have the best talent here so there will be no shortage of artistes,” Shaggy said.

Performers

Confirmed to perform are Papa San, Tanya Stephens, Michael Rose, Queen Ifrica, Sanchez, Ce’Cile, Toots Hibbert, Ding Dong, Baby Cham, Machel Montano, Half Pint, Busy Signal, Beenie Man, American singer Joe and former lead singer of UB40 Ali Campbell. There will also be a red carpet at the event for all the fashionistas to strut their stuff.

Public service announcements and an official music video for Save A Life has been edited by Joel Burke for the campaign. Flow has also created a channel dedicated to Shaggy and Friends that will be on air soon.

via: The Gleaner (Krista Henry)

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VIDEO: Vybz Kartel “There Is Love”

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Marley Family wage war on trademark pirates

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Heirs of the Jamaican reggae legend are plunging into the global trademark wars, seeking to enforce their exclusive rights to an image that has grown steadily in scope and appeal since the Jamaican superstar died of brain cancer in 1981 at age 36.

The Marley name, look and sound are estimated to generate an estimated $600 million a year in sales of unlicensed wares. Legal sales are much smaller — just $4 million for his descendants in 2007, according to Forbes magazine. The Marleys refuse to give a figure.

Now the family has hired Toronto-based Hilco Consumer Capital to protect their rights to the brand. Hilco CEO Jamie Salter believes Marley products could be a $1 billion business in a few years.

“The family managed all the rights before Hilco was brought on board,” said Marley’s fourth son, Rohan. “We didn’t have a real good grasp on the international scope prior to Hilco, nor the proper management.”

The turn to big business has stirred some grousing from die-hard fans in Internet chat rooms, who say it goes against the grain of a singer who preached nonmaterialism and popularized the Rastafarian credo of oneness with nature and marijuana consumption as a sacrament.

But Lorna Wainwright, who manages a Kingston studio and music shop called Tuff Gong, Marley’s nickname during his slum boyhood in a nearby slum, backed the move, saying “the world needs the Bob Marley police.”

“It’s a free-for-all out there with all the fakes, all the piracy,” she said. “It’s important to continue getting his real message out like when he was alive because the world is in a crisis and Bob Marley’s lyrics provide a solution.”

Most of Marley’s heirs are also musicians, including his widow, Rita, and son Ziggy, who won four Grammys with the Melody Makers, a band that included another son, Stephen, and daughters Sharon and Cedella. Son Damian has won three Grammys.

The family says it cares less about moving merchandise than about preserving the patriarch’s legacy in such efforts as the Marley organic coffee farm, whose product is dried, roasted and packaged in bags emblazoned with Marley song titles such as “One Love” and “Mystic Morning.”
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Shaggy feat Gary Nesta Pine Fly High

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Get Your Tickets for Reggae Bash 2009 : Miami

Reggae Bash 2009

Date: Saturday, October 31, 2009
Time: 7:00pm
Venue: James L. Knight Center
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Performing:

Buju Banton,
Beenie Man,
Wayne Wonder &
Red Rat!

More Details: 786-301-4630
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Ticketmaster: 1-800-745-3000

Ticket Prices: $87, $47, $37 & $27

Purchase tickets: Ticketmaster

For more information: (305)416-5977 or (305)416-5978 Box Office

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Updated: Shyne deported today, may move to Jamaica to record next album

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shyneAccording to various media reports, Shyne is scheduled to be deported back to Belize today.

The immigration status of rapper Shyne (real name Jamal Barrow) has been under review since earlier this month. The rapper was scheduled to be released on October 6th but due to him serving time as a non-citizen of America, Shyne faced having to be deported back to Belize – the country where the rapper was born but not raised.

Though Shyne will not be able to return to his rap career here in the states, it is being hinted that the rapper will continue to record while living in Belize. According to Miss Info, reports have revealed that Shyne may move to Jamaica to record his next album.

Shyne served 8 years behind bars for his involvement in a club shooting in December of 1999, which also involved music mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs and then girlfriend Jennifer Lopez.

Diddy has yet to release a statement on the matter.
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Video: Spragga Benz – Who Inna The Middle

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MAVADO FLEXXX & SAVAGE – GULLY CHRISTMAS

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Junior Reid – Real O.G (OFFICAL VIDEO)

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Mp3: Bounty Killer – Kill Dem OFF ( Kartel Diss)

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Vybz Kartel – Gaza Nuh Bore Tongue (Bounty Killer Diss)

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News Briefs: Buju Gets Green Light | Serani Album Out Today

Buju Gets Green Light To Perform In Miami

dhusabujuBuju Banton, whose Rasta Got Soul tour of the United States has been dogged by protests from gay rights groups, will perform at the Reggae Bash show in Miami this week.

The event was in danger of being cancelled after groups like Equality Florida wrote to city officials, including Mayor Manuel Diaz, complaining that some of Banton’s music incites violence against gays.

Andrew Minott of promoters Global Vybz Entertainment told The Gleaner last week that the show will take place on Saturday at the 5,000-seat James L. Knight Center.

“Everything’s good, everything’s on,” Minott said. According to Minott, a statement from the Florida chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) admonishing the gay groups may have saved the day. It accused them of promoting censorship.

Written by the Florida ACLU’s executive director Howard Simon, the statement was published in the October 18 edition of the Miami Herald. “I guess when they (gay groups) saw that letter, they backed off,” Minott said.

Members of Global Vybz have had dialogue with the gay lobbyists. They recently appeared in a panel discussion with Equality Florida spokesperson Vanessa Brito on WAVS, a south Florida-based Caribbean radio station.

Even though is company got the green light, Minott admits the negative publicity seems to have hurt. “Ticket sales are slow, I think all the protest talk made people weary,” he said.

Equality Florida is the latest gay rights organisation to come out against Banton performing in a major US city. Similar protests forced the cancellation or rescheduling of Rasta Got Soul shows in Salt Lake City, Utah, Columbus, Ohio, Richmond, Virginia and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The groups say their protests are driven by the violent tone of Banton’s 1992 anti-gay anthem, Boom Bye Bye. Banton met gay activists prior to his show in San Francisco two weeks ago. They demanded he reach out to homosexuals, including those in Jamaica.

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SERANI RELEASES “NO GAMES” ALBUM TODAY

seraniToday sees the release of Serani’s debut US album release, the culmination of an immense amount of hard work and creativity. 14 track “No Games” is available on iTunes and all online digital music stores, as well as in retail stores across the country.

Continuing his almost never-ending promotional tour, Serani will be all over Hot  97 today, appearing on Angie Martinez’ afternoon show and Funkmaster Flex at night. He will also appear on HOT 97′s morning show with Cipha and Rosenberg on Wednesday.

in between that you can meet Serani and have him sign your CD for you @ the Best Buy store on Broadway & Lafayette in Manhattan at 5pm, before he attends the album release party inside SOBs, 240 Varrick St, also in Manhattan. HOT 97 on air personality Rosenberg is also hosting the album release party.

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MAVADO AND SERANI NOMINATED FOR 2009 SOUL TRAIN MUSIC AWARDS

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Alliance artists continue to break ground on the world stage, with Mavado and Serani once again being given the nod at a prestigious international award show. The 2009 Soul Train Music Awards has recognised both artists in the Best Reggae Artist category. They are in great company with Ziggy Marley, Sean Paul and the torch-bearer of Jamaican conscious music Taurus Riley rounding out the nominee list.

After being on hiatus the past couple of years, this year’s show will be taped at the Georgia World Congress Center on Tues., Nov. 3 and then air on both BET and Centric (the channel formerly known as BET J) on Sun. Nov. 29. The lineup of performers includes Trey Songz, Ryan Leslie, Chrisette Michele, Ledisi, Brian McKnight, Melanie Fiona and many, many others. This year’s show will honor the careers and musical influences of Chaka Khan, Charlie Wilson, L.A. Reid and Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds.

The news comes on the eve of the release of Serani’s debut album “No Games,” in stores an available on iTunes and all online music stores as of October 27.

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Mp3 Hot Buzz: Jovi Rockwell – Tonight

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We first posted a Jovi track a couple weeks ago. And now, here’s another track from her that’s a bit older and that seems to have been released earlier this year. She really does have hints of being like a “Jamaican Nelly Furtado” as a couple people have already deemed her. But I think she has something about her that will in the long run make her a superstar. Listen/download below…


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Sizzla Kalonji on European tour Promoting Ghetto Youth-Ology Album

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Sizzla Kalonji and The Fire House Band, are currently on a ten-week European tour promoting the album, Ghetto Youth-Ology. Already one week into the tour, Sizzla and the crew have performed in the cities of Rotterdam, Geneva, and Groningen with over thirty more shows to go in Germany, Sweden, Holland, Denmark, Norway, Italy, and France.

According to reports, the Reggae crusader has been receiving rave reviews from the press in those areas. It is further reported that venues were packed to capacity with show goers representing all nationalities, genders, and religions sharing the music and love of this artiste. The rich sounds from The Fire House Band have the crowds excited and enjoying the music.

Sizzla… ‘my songs represent the cries from the youth in the ghetto’

According to Sizzla, his songs represent the cries from the youth in the ghetto who continue to be marginalised and ignored by many.

Sizzla takes the time to cater to the needs of his hungry European fans by pulling from his catalogue of over 50 albums to include songs like Black Woman and Child, Thank You Mama, Woman I Need You and others. He even sings Beautiful, a song described by Chris Blackwell as brilliant and a masterpiece. Sizzla Kalonji gives the people a special treat, which includes the newest European favorite Crucial Times, featured on his upcoming album to be released later this year.

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DHUSA Viewer Request: Shaggy & Friends – Make a difference

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VIDEO: HONEY COMB MEDLEY FEAT THE ALLIANCE

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BarBee – Feels So Good

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Made In Jamaica Documentary

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A documentary about the Jamaican music scene, made in 2006, that is unselfconsciously celebratory about a culture teeming with energy and semi-absorbed influences. It is not just a matter of reggae being the country’s “classical” phase, and dancehall being the more energetic sound. Jamaican music is ingesting rap and R&B to create something less stereotypical. A lively documentary, although it passes lightly over the ugly side of dancehall. Probably the most striking contributor is the outrageous Lady Saw, one of the few women music stars in Jamaica.

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KARDINAL OFFISHALL ‘CLEAR’

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Sean Paul ‘Keep It Burning’

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Sean Paul’s parents wanted him to follow in their footsteps, and become a professional athlete – which he did at the age of 13. After eight years of playing for the Jamaican water polo team, he decided he was even better at something else – music. And he was right.

The ‘Temperature’ hitmaker has sold more than 12 million albums, won a Grammy and collaborated with the likes of Rihanna and Beyoncé. Last month, Sean relased Imperial Blaze, his first album since 2005’s Trinity. In this interview, he talks about the newfound maturity in his latest album, the single ‘So Fine’, and advises people to maintain a balance of everything in their life.

While Sean Paul still resides in Jamaica, he spends a lot of time in Britain in the summer. Currently, he is in the country as part of a promotional tour. About London, he said, “It’s good. I had a major barbeque earlier this week and the sun was shining hot. It’s always good to come here in the summer because the ladies are so beautiful and have very cute accents.”

Sean’s mother is half British, and he says that he is happy to see places he’d heard about in his grandmother’s stories. “We’re on an early promotional tour at the moment so I’m going all round Europe to get the word out. My grandmother is from Britain though – she was born in Rugby but she’s been in Jamaica longer than me. I came here for the first time in 1998 and it was a great experience because I got to see all the places I’d heard stories about.”

Sean has always said that he will never drift away from his dancehall roots. His latest song, ‘So Fine’, follows suit. About the song, he says, “It’s a real party song to get people out there and enjoying themselves. It was produced by Stephen McGregor, who’s the 19-year-old son of Jamaican balladeer Freddie McGregor, and it’s got a really uplifting vibe to it. It’s about me meeting a girl and realising how far I’d go for her.”

Sean says that the new album took this long because he kept trying to improve it. About his absence from the music scene, he said, “I took three years to make this new album and now I’m itching to get back on the airwaves. The wait was not due to any fault other than me trying to put quality into my work. I’ve been sifting through a lot of different rhythms, learning how to do more production myself, and I also took up the drums. Luckily I think I’m talented enough in music to pick things up fast.”

Sean also says that his latest album is more mature. However, he insists, the old Sean Paul is still intact.

He says, “It’s similar to the last record in that it’s a quality body of work, but it’s different in that it’s more mature. The Sean Paul that people know and love is still there though. It’s still party music, sex-oriented music, the sort of stuff about spitting it to ladies. This album isn’t different in those terms, but it just gets a bit deeper into relationships.”

Of the ‘deeper’ songs is one called ‘Straight From My Heart’, a song he wrote for his mother. He says, “She’s a very strong force in my life and I wanted to paint a picture with my words for her. It’s a very personal song and I wanted her to understand what I was feeling about her. The song came about when I tried to make a birthday card for her, but ended up making a song instead. It felt like the song I should have written first in my career.”

Sean says that the album’s title alludes to his ability to create great music. He says, “Some people have been saying it’s about smoking on a big spliff, but it’s a bit more than that. Imperial Blaze is that part of you that makes people notice you – it’s the king’s fire that’s within you. For example, you’re the best journalist in the world and conduct great interviews. Me, my imperial blaze is that I’m able to spit hot rhymes and hot lyrics and come up with great melodies.”

However, when asked if his music can pull the world out of the economic slowdown, he answers, “Haha! Sean Paul saves the world! Right after 9/11 ‘Gimme The Light’ broke and was massive. I’m always thinking about the terrible things that are going on in the world, but when I make music I don’t want it to be all about that. Music needs to be an all-rounded thing. It’s about entertaining and coming together. Who can come together when you’ve been put into a mental state of depression? Instead of going with the negative vibe, my thing is about being enlightened and enjoying the time you have right now.”

But Sean isn’t trying to suggest that people should party all the time. He says, “People definitely need to keep up a positive mindset and have a good time. That good time can be my album, a night at the club, a day at the beach… it’s all about finding the balance.”

Via: Planet Radio City

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Go Go Club Medley Video Shoot Vybz Kartel, Black Ryno,Merital, Lisa Hype

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RUSSIAN PRODUCTION PRESENT STRIP CLUB RIDDIM: VYBZ KARTEL, MERITAL,BLACK RYNO, LISA HYPE, MR.VEGAS, GAZA KIM,

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Is Shaggy Dancehall’s ambassador?

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Dancehall was developed as a novelty genre. While reggae artists Bob Marley and Pete Tosh wrote about ‘One Love’ or ‘Shitstem’ respectively and ska spawned an often militant punk offshoot, it was vocal about wine, women and money.

Dancehall, in its 30-year history, has eschewed these trivialities for only two subjects, which (unfortunately) are homophobia and violence. Several times in the past decade, its artists have spoken about their anti-homosexual beliefs and written lyrics that plead with listeners to assault homosexuals.

Unbelievable as it may seem to confer upon an artist as flippant as Orville Richard Burrell aka Shaggy the job of spokesperson for a genre as wide as dancehall, it is necessary. Not only is he innocent of homophobia, his street credentials are admirable.

Burrell was raised in Ray Town, one of the roughest neighbourhoods in Jamaica. As a teenager, he moved to another rough vicinity, Brooklyn, with his single mother. While the States had a major impact on him, he made sure his music was decidedly Jamaican. He performed with the local Jamaican-style sound system Gibraltar Musik, but was not successful.

Choosing to earn a steady income, he joined the Marines at 20. He served for four years, and even credits the Marines with helping him find his voice. But the army also served as a hindrance. Two of his singles – ‘Mampie’ and ‘Big Up’ – received some recognition, but a quick follow-up was not possible as Shaggy was posted for six months in Iraq during Operation Desert Storm.

After his return, though, Shaggy took his music very seriously. He recorded a dancehall version of ‘Oh Carolina’, which found some success. But the record that brought him into the scene was the duet with Maxi Priest, ‘One More Chance’. In 1992, he signed a deal with Virgin Records.

Since then, Shaggy has always been steady. Two of his albums – Boombastic and Hot Shot – have been certified platinum six times, while hits like ‘In The Summertime’, ‘Boombastic’, ‘It Wasn’t Me’, ‘Angel’, ‘Strength Of A Woman’, have been commercially successful all over the world. This, however, shouldn’t be mistaken for artistic prowess.

Shaggy’s tunes are lauded for their hooks, but these giant hooks are usually shamelessly lifted from older R&B and reggae songs. ‘Boombastic’ is based on a Levi’s advert. ‘Angel’ is ripped from Merilee Rush’s ‘Angel Of The Morning’, while ‘In The Summertime’ is a remake of a sixties song. Other songs like ‘Luv Me, Luv Me’ and ‘Dance & Shout’ are also based on a sixties song ‘Oh Boy’ and the Jackson 5’s ‘Shake Your Body’ respectively.

So why does Shaggy still make a good candidate for ambassador? Isn’t that usually assigned to more serious artists? Like Bob Dylan and Neil Young in folk rock and Public Enemy and Wu-Tang Clan in rap? The reason is that there just aren’t any worthy candidates in the genre who are both recognised and have unimpeachable political views.

Many of dancehall’s hardcore artists advocate violence as a solution to their problems and are strictly anti-homosexual. Buju Banton’s ‘Boom Bye Bye’ incites the torture and murder of gay men, with lyrics such as ‘Anytime Buju Banton come/Batty boy get up and run’. In 2004, he was charged in connection with an incident in which he, as part of a group of about a dozen people, allegedly beat six men believed to be homosexuals.

Shabba Ranks, once believed to be Shaggy’s main rival, has since squandered the opportunity with homophobic lyrics present in a number of his songs, like ‘No Mama Man’ and ‘Wicked Inna Bed’. He also supported Banton’s ‘Boom Bye Bye’. In 2003, a British LBGT group OutRage! called for the arrest and prosecution of Elephant Man, Bounty Killer and Beenie Man for violation of hate crimes statutes. A year later, Elephant Man was dropped from the MOBO awards.

In recent years, many dancehall artists’ shows have been cancelled in the States and the UK for the same reasons. For now, it’s just Shaggy and after he gains more experience, Sean Paul will probably replace him.

Via: Planet Radio City

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Kevin Lyttle Ft. Shaggy – Feels So Good

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Jennifer Hudson for 2010 Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival

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MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica – Multiple award-winning singer and actress, Jennifer Kate Hudson, is set to be among the acts for the next Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival from January 24-30, 2010 in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

TurnKey Production President and festival producer, Walter Elmore, made the disclosure recently as he celebrated the first official media kick-off for the event in Toronto, Canada.

Jennifer has a magic that surrounds her and the Jamaican audience loves her. We feel she is an excellent addition to the line up,` said Elmore to a host of media and travel professionals who came out to welcome the Jamaica Jazz and Blues festival on its Canadian debut at one of Toronto’s largest hotels, the Delta Chelsea, on October 15th.

Hudson came to prominence in 2004 as one of the finalists on the third season of the Fox reality television series American Idol. She made her film debut in the 2006 film Dreamgirls and won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance, as well as a Golden Globe Award, a BAFTA Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award, among many others.

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She won a Grammy Award for her eponymous debut album, Jennifer Hudson, which was released in 2008 on Arista Records and soon certified gold by the RIAA for more than 500,000 shipped copies, spawning the hit single “Spotlight.”

The album debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 with 217,000 copies in the US and opened to positive reviews. As of August 2009, the album has sold 739,000 copies in the US, receiving a Gold certification for surpassing sales of 500,000.

Her debut album garnered Hudson three nominations at the 2008 Grammy Awards; Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for “Spotlight”, Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for “I’m His Only Woman” with Fantasia Barrino, and Best R&B Album for Jennifer Hudson. She won the last of these and performed at the awards.

Hudson is said to be working on her second album and Jamaican music fans could get a taste of her new work

Also on the bill, said Elmore, will be Billy Ocean, Joe Roy Jackson, Kelly Price, Tamia, Deborah Cox, Hall and Oats, Jon Secada, Monty Alexander, Roy Ayers, Third World, BMarion Hall, and the Max Klezmer Band, a polish Jazz band which the Government of Poland has kindly arranged for the event. Several Headliners are still to be confirmed.

The festival, which since its introduction in 1996 was known as the Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival, has attracted thousands of patrons from the USA, Europe, the Caribbean and Jamaica. International artistes that have performed at the festival include Alicia Keys, Kenny Rogers, Norah Jones, Julio Iglesias, Roberta Flack, Lou Rawls, Dionne Warwick, India Arie, Nancy Wilson, Earth Wind and Fire, Kenny G., Michael McDonald, Gladys Knight, Kool & the Gang, Al Jarreau, Branford Marsalis, Brian McKnight Harry Belafonte, Babyface, Stephanie Mills, George Benson, Erykah Badu, Gladys Knight, Michael Bolton, and many more. And to bring the Jamaican flavor, well-known names such as Ziggy Marley, Morgan Heritage, Third World, Toots Hibbert, Shaggy, Sean Paul Maxi Priest, Beres Hammond, Monty Alexander, Ritchie Stephens and many other Jamaican talents have made their mark on the Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues stage.

This year the festival is again being presented by key title sponsor, the Jamaica Tourist Board.

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Mr. Lex Charged for Rape

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Dancehall artiste, Mr Lex, was arrested and charged with rape in New York, United States of America on Friday.The deejay, whose real name is Christopher Palmer, was arrested after a woman reported to the police that he sexually molested her. He is now out on bail.

It is alleged that on Thursday night while the woman was in her room at a hotel in Queens, New York, the deejay forced himself on her. The police arrested Mr Lex the next morning.

The deejay was given bail on Saturday and is booked to appear in court on November 2.

When contacted by the Star Newspaper yesterday, Earlton Clarke, Mr Lex’s manager, admitted that the deejay had been charged. Clarke, however, said that the deejay, known for hit songs such as Full Hundred and Cook, was innocent of all charges.

“The matter is now before the court and we have all faith in the judicial system,” he said.

Mr Lex, Clarke said, would never hurt women and the court would soon find he is innocent. He said the deejay knew the young lady and had the highest regard for her and her parents.

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According to Clarke, who spoke to The Star by telephone while travelling back to Jamaica, he didn’t want to disclose much detail on the case, since it would be appearing before the court.

The manager said in the meantime, the deejay, who cannot leave the United States until his court appearance, would be working on some musical projects.

“He was up here voicing and working on some tracks when this thing happened. It just affected everything. He is still in shock about it because nothing like what they said (are alleging) happened,” the manager said.

Mr Lex rose to fame in the late ’90s with the hit song Gonna Make Some Money and quickly became one of dancehall music’s hottest artistes. Things slowed down after a few years, however, and despite still having other records he has been out of the limelight for sometime.

Via: Jamaica Star

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Demarco Ft. Ding Dong – Badmind Energy

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Jah Cure – Protect U Like A Soldier

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Bounty Killer – Gaza Fag

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Vybz Kartel & Don Sniper – Hice It Up Medley

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JAH VINCI GOT SUNSHINE

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Jay Sean feat. Sean Paul and Lil’ John

MTV News has a great story here about how Sean Paul told Jay Sean at the VMA’s that he wanted to work with him.

According to the article Jay Sean says “I was like, ‘What are you talking about? Me? I’m brand new to America,’ ” Sean said when asked about the lineup. “You could choose anybody and I’m from England, so this is incredible. To be up there with such amazing, Grammy Award-winning artists is an honor.”

Since then, the song “Do You Remember” was made with Jay Sean, Lil John, and Sean Paul and a video will be shot soon.

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Gramps Morgan – One in a Million / Come Back to Bed

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Gunman (short movie) feat Spragga Benz

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Guman (Short Film Starring Spragga Benz, JT Money, 1 Monzta, Benzino & Nore ) + Music Video

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Shawn Storm – Do It And Done

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Ce’Cile Signs Music Deal With MTV, E!

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Ce’Cile is not just dancehall’s ‘bad gyal’ anymore. She is large abroad too and about to get even larger. The Manchester-born diva has signed a licensing agreement to provide music for popular reality TV shows on MTV Networks and E! Entertainment Television.

Jamstar Productions, LLC announced late last week that a master and synchronisation licensing agreement for popular reality TV shows will include several songs performed by Ce’Cile. The agreement covers the use of Ce’Cile’s tracks for the hit reality television series Keeping Up with the Kardashians aired on E!, and The Real World and Road Rules Extreme/All-Star Challenge, currently airing on MTV Networks.

“I’m very excited about it,” Ce’Cile said of the agreement and what it means for her career. “Millions of people, including myself, love watching those shows, so without a doubt my music will reach new audiences and that’s the intention.”

The agreement was reached with Bunim-Murray of Los Angeles, California, the leading producers of reality TV docu-dramas in the USA.

Ce’Cile has been a growing international force with the success of her songs, including the hit single Hot Like We that was just a few months ago the number one song on the German Black Music Charts.

“Ce’Cile is a very talented artiste, and she has put in a lot of hard work over the years. This agreement is just further testament of the dedication she has devoted to her career and her music. We are excited for her, and we think it’s great, especially for the female artistes in the Jamaican music industry. There is a lot of untapped talent there,” said Donald Harper, CEO and president of Jamstar Productions, LLC.

Keeping Up with the Kardashians is entering its fourth season on E! and will premiere in November while Real World/Road Rules Challenge recently began its 18th season on MTV.

- Leighton Levy

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Damian Marley Ft. Lil Wayne – The Mission Remix

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Demarco Ft. Justin Timberlake – Fallen _ Gone (D&H Remix)

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Soulja Boy Jamaica Adventure Pt.1

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I Wayne – The Beast

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Bramma – Warn Dem, Click to download full “Multitude Riddim”


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Sizzla feat Jay Sean-Down-D&H Remix

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Bounty charged for weed again

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Controversial dancehall entertainer Bounty Killer has found himself in another run-in with the law. The deejay was charged with possession of ganja by police in the business and clubbing district of New Kingston last Thursday.

An officer at the New Kingston Police Post told The Gleaner yesterday that Bounty Killer was stopped by police while driving along Knutsford Boulevard at 4:30 a.m. He was allegedly smoking a ganja spliff, a Jamaican term for marijuana rolled like a cigarette, and also had a small quantity of the contraband in his vehicle.

He was charged at the police precincts and is scheduled to appear in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court on November 17.

Regular run-ins

The Gleaner made several calls yesterday to Bounty Killer’s manager, Julian Jones-Griffiths’ cellphone, but there was no response.

This is Bounty Killer’s latest in a long list of brushes with the authorities. The 37-year-old, whose given name is Rodney Price, has three other cases in the courts.

Just last Thursday, he pleaded not guilty to drug charges in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court, related to an October 9 police search on Grenada Crescent, also in New Kingston.

Another case relates to traffic violations allegedly committed in late 2008. He was accused by the police of breaking seven red lights, obstructing traffic and refusing to undergo a breathalyser test in an early-morning incident.

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He has also been charged with assaulting a police officer and illegal possession of a firearm in a September 2007 incident outside a New Kingston nightclub.

Three weeks ago, he was barred from entering Trinidad and Tobago where he was down to perform at a show in Port-of-Spain.

Bounty Killer has been one of the biggest attractions in dancehall for almost 20 years. His long-running feud with arch-rival Beenie Man has been a sideshow of the genre since the mid-1990s.

Musically, he is best known for edgy songs like Fed Up, The Lord Is My Light And Salvation and Benz & Bimma, taken from his highly rated My Xperience album. In 2001, he teamed with American punk band, No Doubt, on the international hit song, Hey Baby.

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Teflon’s Taking Over

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After being unable to travel outside of Jamaica for a year reggae artiste Teflon is now on his first European tour. The fire brand artiste left Jamaica on Wednesday morning to join Sizzla for seven weeks in Europe. Some of the countries which they will be performing are Holland, Sweden, Belgium, France, Spain, Italy, Slovania and Germany. After wrapping up the tour at the end of November TEFLON will leave for a two week stint in Africa.

TEFLON was recently freed of gun charges stemming from police raiding his St. Mary property in last August and allegedly finding an illegal firearm. Charges against the entertainer were dropped after the judged ruled that the police officers tampered with evidence and were inconsistent with their statements. TEFLON did not let his case deter his recording, he released songs such as Jailhouse Rock, No Rapist and Team with us all of which were in heavy rotation on local radio.

In February of this year TEFLON released his debut album MOTHERLESS CHILD on TAD’S International label, the album was a best seller on i-tunes peaking at #34 on i-tunes 100 best selling reggae albums. TEFLON also teamed up with Jamaica’s most prolific dancehall producer Stephen “Di Genius” McGregor to release a number of singles including  Jah has been there which was in rotation on BBC 1Xtra (UK’s urban radio station).

TEFLON will return to Jamaica to do a number of shows during the christmas season. He will also be in the studio working on his sophomore album with extensive production from legendary producer Fattis Burrell. Jah answer prayers is the first single that will be released from the album, the song which features the remake of the music to Sizzla’s Taking Over is already in rotation on the radio and getting good reviews.

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Kanye West Mini Movie – “We Were Once A Fairytale”

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The supremely talented filmmaker Spike Jonze will reunite with Kanye West on an upcoming short film titled We Were Once a Fairy Tale. The two well-known personalities in their respective industries of music and film hadpreviously worked together on Kanye Wests Flashing Lights video. The We Were Once a Fairytale short film will be available on iTunes starting September 8th.

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Tami Chynn “To The Floor”

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