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Mavado Bounty Killer feud

Mavado calls out Bounty Killer, Busy Signal in new interview

Mavado Bounty Killer feudDancehall star, Mavado has opened up about his ongoing feudwith former mentor and Alliance leader, Bounty Killer, claiming a lack of respect, among other things have cause the falling out between the two deejays.

Mavado appeared on CVM’s OnStage talk show, aired Saturday night, speaking from the We The Best Music Group headquarters about the issues between himself and Bounty. In the interview,Mavado held nothing back, joking that Bounty must be ‘mixing Hennessey with crack,’ after questioning his loyalty to the Allianceand calling him a ‘sellout,’ saying he’s always shown his ex-mentor respect.

“Mi stand up beside yuh straight and mi show yuh loyalty and respect straight, everywhere inna di world mi go, mi she big up Killa when yuh nah dweet,” he said. “How Killa fi get up and she mi nuh show loyalty and who sellout. Weh u mean by dat Killa? A your actions mek we inna da spot hah today.”

Mavado then brought up the fatal shooting outside the QUADnightclub in Kingston in 2011, outside Bounty Killer’s birthday party, which claimed the life of his best friend, Conroy ‘Connie’ Edwards.He says Bounty acted disloyal in the first place by having the party at a club which was partially owned by then rival deejay, Vybz Kartel. However, his biggest gripe remains that Bounty never sent condolences to him about his loss, instead blaming him for ruining his party.

“After what happen at the club, Killa still couldn’t tell mi condolences fi mi friend,” he said. “Him couldn’t look pon mi fren mother, daughter, family and seh simple condolences, and remember she is a ute weh u know too,” saying Bounty used to have Edwards run errands for him and even hung out with him and Mavado the week before the shooting.

Following a slew of diss songs Bounty Killer aimed at Mavado, the ‘Gully Gaad’ maintained that the songs were not up to par, saying Bounty sounded ‘hungry’ more than angry. He even said he went to great lengths to defend his then mentor, but never felt he got enough credit for it.

“Me a di defending champion fi di Alliance, when you nah do nutten, when a man a diss you to the last ground and you couldn’t defend yuhself. Mi loyal to the Alliance weh mi help mek.”

Not only did Mavado speak openly about his issues with Bounty, he took shots at former Alliance teammate, Busy Signal, who he called an ‘idiot’ and ‘Gary Reanno Gordon,’ in reference to Busy’s hit One More Night in which some music listeners said Busy mentioned ‘Gary’ in the song.

“Oooh, mi sell platinum and this and that. 30,000 streaming inna Europe. Platinum? Yuh a gwaan like yuh sell a million copy Busy. Stop talk and top gwaan suh Busy,” Mavado said in response to Bumaye, Busy’s single with Major Lazer which went platinum in Denmark.

“Yuh nah no street cred Busy. We nuh see yuh no weh. How yah talk bout ‘di General, di General,’ and nobody nuh see yuh and Killa a par fi years now,” he added, which also calling Busy an imitation of legendary artists Shabba Ranksand Terror Fabulous.

Meanwhile, We The Best Music Group founder, DJ Khaled also spoke on the Bounty-Mavado feud, tellingOnStage, “Mavado is my friend and I heard things in the street that there is a little vibe going on… But at the end of the day Mavado will tell you I am always going to promote love and promote peace and I am always going to promote positivity because that is what a real friend is going to do.”

He also hopes for a future peace collaboration between Bounty and Mavado, writing on his Instagram page, “Everyone always ask me what’s a collaboration u would love to make happen. I tell the world I would love to make a rec wit @mavadogully @grunggaadzilla ! Jamaica STAND UP! #Alliance #wethebest the people the streets want to see this happen!! I’m going go hard and find away to make it happen !!! Jah know!!!!”

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Major Lazer to perform in Kingston next month

Major Lazer 2013Internationally-renowned super group, Major Lazer is set to return to Jamaica in time for the holidays as they will headline a concert in Kingston the week before Christmas, according to reports Monday.

The group, consisting of Diplo, Jillionaire and Black Chiney’s Major Lazer will perform at the New Mas Camp on December 20. Early bird tickets for the show will go on sale this Friday at the Acropolis Gaming Centre in Barbican for JA$2,000. The event is drinks-inclusive and is slated to kick off at 8 p.m.

This will Major Lazer’s second performance in Jamaica this year. The group performed a special, sold-out show at the Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) in January, dazzling crowds with props and crowd surfing. Additionally, the show featured performances from Reggae sensation, Chronixx and Dancehall star, Popcaan.

Major Lazer has long been known for its affinity for Reggae/Dancehall music and produced two smashing hits in 2013 featuring two of the genre’s popular figures.

This past Spring, they teamed up with Busy Signal for the retro-themed single, Bumaye, which has garnered close to 50 million YouTube views for the song and accompanying video. In May, award-winning dancer, Mystic Davis, who featured in the Bumaye video, featured on Major Lazer’s single, Bubble Butt alongside Bruno Mars, Tyga and 2 Chainz. That single has pushed the 20 million views mark on YouTube and peaked at number 56 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart this past summer.

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Busy Signal to release new mixtape

Busy SignalWhile embarking on an extended world tour, Busy Signal is ensuring his Jamaican fans are not left devoid of his music as he is set to drop a new mixtape in the coming weeks.

The prominent entertainer will unveil a double disc containing 56 tracks, chronicling the singjay’s classic and recent hits as well as exclusive material and freestyles. The mixtape is broken into two parts: A Reggae CD, entitled “You and Me” containing 21 tracks including the title track, “You And Me” and “Come Over” as well as a 35-track Dancehall CD, “One a Mi Gyal.”

The mixtape is produced by HITZ 92FM disc jockey, DJ Tropical, who began working with Busy on the project shortly after the artist’s release from a U.S. prison last November. The mixtape will be available on Soundcloud as well as Mediafire.

Busy has dropped or featured on several mixtapes before including the 2010 effort, “My Way,” hosted by DJ Khaled. Additionally, breakout singles like “Step Out,” “Born and Grow” and “I’d Like To Say” gained lasting momentum thanks to mixtapes featuring Busy in the early and mid-2000s.

Currently, Busy Signal is on a tour of various sections of Europe, Asia, the Middleeast and the Caribbean until November, with small breaks in between. He recently released videos for newly-released singles, “Defense,” “Bout It” and “Artist.”

As for DJ Tropical, he will be releasing a self-produced compilation, the Instant ResponseRiddim, featuring Flexxx, Dwayno and more.

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Shane Brown and Busy

Shane Brown says Busy Signal split caused weight loss, denies baby mama affair

Shane Brown and BusyNearly three weeks later, many in the Jamaican music industry are still trying to surmise the reasons why Dancehall/Reggae singer, Busy Signal ditched long-time manager and friend, Shane Brown following a six-year run together. A woman, namely Busy’s baby mother, is not one of them, according to Brown.

The Juke Boxx Productions founder and famed producer spoke candidly on his split during an interview on CVM’s OnStage, aired Saturday. Though Busy insisted the breakup was a move based solely on seeking more career control, speculation mounted that Brown has an affair with the Busy’s baby mother, Tunya Gordon while the singjay served a six-month prison term in the U.S.

However, Brown put those rumors to rest when ask about the alleged relationship.

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Shane Brown starts anew, teams with Tarrus Riley after split with Busy Signal

Shane BrownIt did not take long for prominent producer, Shane Brown to find another managing gig as he has now joined the team of highly-acclaimed Reggae singer, Tarrus Riley.

Just two weeks after being dropped by long-time friend and prominent singjay, Busy Signal as his manager, Brown will now co-manage Riley alongside fellow manager and renowned saxophonist, Dean Fraser. The arrangement was announced on Wednesday.

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Busy Signal speaks out on Shane Brown, set for extended tour

Busy SignalProminent Dancehall/Reggae entertainer,Busy Signal has finally broken his silence regarding the stunning split from long-time manager and friend, Shane Brown as he aims to take greater control over his career.

The Jamaican music world was stunned upon hearing Busy’s announcement that he and Shane Brown would no longer have a manager-client relationship as the singjay’s brother will assume managerial duties. Now Busy Signal has come forward to set the record straight about his recent decision and relationship with Brown following the announcement.

In an interview on CVM OnStage aired Saturday night, Busy told Winford Williams“Wi grow ova the years and di ting reach to a level where mi just need dat hands on, 100% overall sommen deh bout my ting…my brothers now, they’re here, they’re ready fi support, ready fi join up the team. It’s the Turf Musik Entertainment and is just unda my owna regime…is not like there’s a bad vibe between [me] and Shane.”

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Busy Signal and long-time manager, Shane Brown part ways

Busy Signal and Shane BrownOne of Jamaican music’s most renowned artist-manager partnerships has dissolved as prominent Dancehall/Reggae singer, Busy Signal and long-time manager/producer, Shane Brown have split.

The decision comes six years after they initialized their business relationship and just four months after Busy, whose birth name is Glendale Goshia Gordon was released from a Minnesota state prison in the United States after serving a six month term for absconding bail. The Reggae Music Again singer made the decision to break up their partnership as he seeks more control over his career.

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Busy Signal back in court, facing new charge in extradition case

Busy Internationally-acclaimed Dancehall/Reggae singer, Busy Signal is not out of the woods just yet in his extradition case as new charges have emerged in the matter.

Busy, who was released from a Minnesota penitentiary last November, has been charged with obtaining passports with a false name in relation to the case. He was scheduled to appear in the Corporate Area Resident’s Magistrates Court in Kingston on Tuesday.

The charges stem from Busy’s initial arrest in the United Kingdom last May as law enforcement officials suspected he had been traveling using false identification. The entertainer is alleged to have obtained three Jamaican passports under the name, Reanno Gordon while traveling abroad on business. His birth name is Glendale Goshia Gordon.

Busy’s manager, Shane Brown insists this matter should be put to rest, saying his constant travels across the world require him to exhaust several passports, maintaining the artiste never held three passports at once. Brown also stated that his client, who’s legal name is now Reanno Gordon following a deed poll, hopes for this matter to finally be put to rest given he has already served his debt to society.

Busy Signal was arrested in late May of last year in relation to a 2002 drug case in which he fled the United States while on bail during a pending drug trial in Minnesota. The entertainer was extradited to the American state June and later pled guilty to a charge of failure to appear in court.

The revered singjay was sentenced to six months in prison and left the United States immediately after his release in mid-November, despite being given a 45-day window to remain in the country.

He has since been releasing a number of Dancehall singles and also performed at STING 2012 last December, marking his first local stage show appearance for four years.

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Sizzla, Busy Signal shine at drama-filled STING 2012

Spice prop at STINGIn the New Living Translation version of the Bible, John 1:5 reads, “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.” Perhaps this enlightening quote from scripture sums up STING 2012 in a nutshell: A night filled with few stellar performances standing out above the drama and sub-standard efforts that dominated Dancehall’s biggest stage show.

STING 2012 was hyped in recent weeks as a revamped stage show focusing on strong performances, unearthing more young talent and an adjusted clash format. Though the show left a somewhat disappointing taste in the minds of hardcore Dancehall fans, some noteworthy acts and less recognizable names added flavor to an event that has lost some taste in recent years.

After a number of unknown acts and a clash of the bands dominated the first few hours of STING, it took a couple of veterans to finally put life into the show; primarily Wickaman, who delivered a spirited performance while honoring his long-time friend and fellow deejay, Captain Barkey, delving into their catalogue of hits from the 90s and 2000s.

Fellow veteran, Lady G proved she still has gas left in the tank while comedic entertainer Food Kartel also engaged the crowd by ‘cooking’ some of this year’s biggest hits like Uncle Demon (Shook) and many others.

However, it was a newcomer that really ignited the crowd inside Jamworld in Portmore early Thursday morning as emerging Reggae star, Chronixx elevated his worth, delivering a wholesome set capped off by his smash hit, Warrior while proving himself as a must-see attraction for 2013 and beyond. From there, things heated up as ‘The Strong One,’ Etana gave a rousing set while Iba Mahr and I-Wayne also delivered strong sets.

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2012 Year in Review: The Top 10 stories in Jamaican Pop Culture

busy-signal-arrest-2012-09-22-300x300This being Jamaica’s 50th year of independence, many of us expected lots of fireworks, chaos and the celebratory hoopla that comes along with such a significant anniversary. In the entertainment world, we got that and then some throughout 2012.

From triumph to tragedy, and the stuff in between, here are the 10 stories that gripped the Jamaican entertainment scene in 2012.

10. Deanna Robins reaches Miss World final: I won’t lie. In June, while watching the Miss Jamaica World pageant, I was home shouting my objection to the final results, thinking that Trishauna Clarke and not the eventual winner, Deanna Robins should have won the crown, mainly because of my bias towards Clarke given she’s a an old prep school classmate of mine. At the time I doubted Robins could deliver the goods on the Miss World stage. After her performance in China, it re-affirmed why I shouldn’t be allowed near a pageant judging panel.

Robins was the epitome of brains and beauty as not only did her beautiful skin tone ad angelic face win her plaudits, her dancing and sporting skills proved her all-round qualities. Not only did she represent ‘The Rock’ well, she excelled on the Miss World stage, earning a spot in the Top 7. Reminding me of a young Lisa Hanna, Robins was undeterred by the pressure and pulled off our best performance at a major pageant since Yendi Phillipps’ second-place finish at the 2010 Miss Universe pageant.

Her excellence made us proud and for that, I salute her.

9. Yendi and Chino have child together: Speaking of Yendi, she garnered attention for her belly more than the rest of her body in 2012. Phillipps received much praise and scrutiny when she announced her first pregnancy.

News of her first child with boyfriend and prominent Dancehall/Reggae star, Daniel ‘Chino’ McGregor brought lots of joy and congratulation to her life. However, Phillipps also faced tongue lashings from several detractors, including fans of her ex-boyfriend and former world-record holding runner, Asafa Powell.

Despite the trolling cartoons and the hateful messages, Phillipps was unmoved by the criticism. In late September, the Smile Jamaica co-host gave birth to a bouncing baby girl in late September. Reports of a possible engagement soon followed, but it’s clear that Yendi and Chino are now one of Jamaica’s power couples.

8. Deaths of Mighty Mike/Ewan McRae/Captain Barkey: With the joy of life comes the inevitable fate of death, and that sadly was realized in the case of three Jamaican entertainment veterans.

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Busy Signal to tour Europe next year, maintain presence in the U.S.

busy_signalRecently freed Dancehall/Reggae superstar, Busy Signal will return to arguably his most accommodating overseas market as he’s set to tour Europe early next year.

The popular singjay, who recently served a six month sentence for absconding bail in the United States, will embark on a promotional tour next month to highlight his highly successful album, Reggae Music Again. According to Busy’s manager, Shane Brown, the album has thrived despite the singjay’s legal issues and still has a strong shelf life in terms of popularity and appeal.

This is big news for Busy, whose album was recently named as one of BBC Music’s top 10 albums of 2012. Not only was Reggae Music Again the only Reggae project on the list, it was lauded as some plaudits as an authentic representation of the Reggae genre, fitting for the island’s 50th anniversary.

Busy Signal was humbled by this development, stating in a press release, “When I heard, I just went speechless. This is really a great honor and I just want to big up everyone who supports this album and who will continue to support this album.”

Busy’s European tour will make between 15 and 18 stops in 10 countries, according to Brown. Additionally, Busy Signal will perform a number of Reggae festivals scheduled for next July and August.

Meanwhile, despite being unable to travel to the United States due to his legal issues, Busy Signal maintains a strong presence in the North American country. According to Brown, the highly-revered entertainer will continue to promote himself to his American fans through social media and radio interviews.

Busy Signal recently revealed in a TV interview that while he may not be able to travel to the United States for the next two years, he can apply for a visa at the earliest possible convenience.

The artiste has been very busy on the local scene since returning last month, releasing several Dancehall singles and will continue to do so in the immediate future, according to Brown. Busy will also perform his first stage show in Jamaica for four years when he headlines STING 2012 on December 26 at Jamworld in Portmore, St. Catherine.

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Busy Signal album hailed by BBC Music as one of the best for 2012

The good news keeps on coming for Dancehall/Reggae superstar, Busy Signal since his release from prison as his latest project has copped a top 10 spot on BBC Music’s ‘best of the year’ chart.

Busy Signal’s critically-acclaimed album, Reggae Music Again earned seventh slot on BBC Music’s Welcome to the top 25 albums of 2012 chart. The chart was compiled by BBC Music pundits while fielding votes from a number of disc jocks as well as well as presenters from BBC Radio 1, Radio 2, Radio 3, Radio 1Xtra, 6 Music, Ulster and BBC Scotland.

A release issued BBC Music stated that each voter submitted their top five albums of the year, including new releases, mixtapes and DJ compilations. The final positions on the chart were determined by a points system based on the votes that were cast.

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Video: Busy Signal tells tales of US jail – Jamaica Gleaner

Dancehall artiste Busy Signal on Wednesday November 21 recounted his experience in a US jail on charges of absconding bail. The artiste was speaking a press conference at Devon House in St Andrew. Jamaica Gleaner

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