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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 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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Busy Signal happy to be home following prison term

Following six months of reflection in a United States prison, prominent Dancehall superstar, Busy Signal is back home and glad to be amongst his loved ones and fans once more after a tenuous ordeal.

Busy Signal returned to Jamaica last week Friday after serving time for absconding bail in regards to a drug case 10 years ago in Minnesota. Speaking for the first time since his ordeal during a press conference on Wednesday evening, Busy insists that prison was a life changing experience for him, intimating that he saw things that gave him a reality check during the prison term.

“Give thanks to the most high God and the support from the media, it’s been a rough six million years for me for the past six months. What I did, came back to haunt me, but my lifestyle free me up,” he said.

“Mi nuh know how fi explain the feeling of being in prison for the six months because it had a negative effect on my health, life and career. It gave me a lot of knowledge. Me see people drop down dead from heart attack, I see a lot of things. I’m here giving thanks to the media and everybody who support me.”

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Back on home turf: Busy Signal returns to Jamaica after release from U.S. prison

Prominent Dancehall/Reggae superstar, Busy Signal has returned to the streets of Jamaica after serving his six month prison term in the United States on a charge of absconding bail.

The popular entertainer, whose real name is Glendale Goshia Gordon arrived at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston on Friday night. Busy Signal was met at the airport by his manager, Shane Brown and fellow Dancehall superstar, Elephant Man, as well as friends and family.

Pictures of Busy’s arrival emerged late Friday night via Busy’s official Twitter account with statuses such as “Guess who is back? God Is GOOD!” and Turf and brothers reunited. Only God.”

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BUSY SIGNAL’S MANAGER SHANE BROWN SPEAKS ON THE DEEJAY’S SENTENCING, HIS HEALTH AND LIFE IN PRISON…

IrishandChin Inc scored another industry exclusive on Sept 25th when Busy Signal’s manager Shane Brown called in to Sound Chat Radio which aired on Road Block Radio and spoke with host Chin on a number of issues affecting the deejay at present including his sentencing, life in a US prison, his health, the state of his music among other exclusive information concerning their artiste-manager relationship. See more on http://www.irishandchin.com

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Busy Signal’s manager speaks out on the deejay’s prison stay, future in music

With embattled Dancehall/Reggae superstar, Busy Signal just under two months away from regaining his freedom, the entertainer’s esteemed manager has illustrated a very thought-provoking picture of his client’s prison experience.

Busy Signal was slapped a six month sentence last week Friday for absconding bail in relation to a 2002 drug case in the American state of Minnesota. However, given that the Reggae Music Again singer had already served time in Jamaica and the United States in relation to the matter, presiding judge, Donovan W. Frank ruled that Busy Signal would be released on November 21 and will subsequently be given 45 days to leave the North American country.

But before Busy can one again return to his musical exploits, the internationally acclaimed singjay will be focused on regaining full health after a rigorous stay at the Sherbourne County Jail in Minnesota. In an interview with Irish and Chin Inc. radio outlet, Sound Chat Radio, Busy’s manager, Shane Brown painted a grim picture of his client’s life behind bars, revealing that the entertainer would only be fed fish once a week, would never see sunlight and has lost considerable weight and energy while in jail.

“Busy has lost quite a bit of weight…closer to 12-15 pounds. He’s very weak and he’s not eating right ‘cause Busy just prefer to hol’ it and eat some crackers and some juice fi all a week straight,” he said.

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Busy Signal faces November 21 release date, could perform in the United States

The outlook seems to be getting brighter for embattled Dancehall/Reggae megastar, Busy Signal as not only will the singjay secure freedom within a matter of months, he could also perform in the country where’s he’s currently incarcerated.

Busy Signal was sentenced to six months in prison for absconding bail during a hearing in the American state of Minnesota last week Friday. The charge of absconding bail was in relation to a 2002 court case where the prominent entertainer faced a drug charge.

However, with time served considered by the presiding judge, Donovan W. Frank, Busy Signal will only spend an additional two months in the Minnesota-based Sherbourne County Jail and ,as a result, the prominent entertainer faces a November 21 date when he’s scheduled to be released from prison.

According to Busy Signal’s manager, Shane Brown, in an interview with Billboard.biz just minutes after the sentencing, the Nah Go Jail Again singer feels relieved that he’ll be back on the streets very soon.

“Busy felt like he was in prison for the last 10 years; all he could think about when he went to sleep was this situation so today is a milestone for us because now he is mentally free,” Brown said.

Originally, Busy Signal, who pled guilty to a charge of failure to appear in court in July after being extradited from Jamaica, was potentially facing a prison term of anywhere between 12-18 months. However, Brown credits the diligence of Minnesota-based attorney, William Mauzy, who represented the artiste during his legal proceedings.

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Busy Signal gets six months in prison, will be out this November

Fans of embattled Dancehall superstar, Busy Signal won’t have to wait too long before they see the ‘Hot Head’ back on the road as the prominent singjay will be released from jail this November.

Busy Signal copped a six month prison term during a sentencing hearing in a U.S. courtroom on Friday. However, the Step Out singer will only have to serve two more months in prison as time previously served was taken into consideration.

A tweet emerged from Busy Signal’s official Twitter account, currently run by his manager, Shane Brown. The tweet read, “Busy will be out November. Tell the world!”

The internationally-acclaimed entertainer has spent time in a Minnesota federal penitentiary since June after being extradited to the United States on a charge of absconding bail. The charge stemmed from a 2002 incident in which Busy allegedly skipped a court appearance and subsequently fled the U.S. while facing drug charges in Minnesota.

Busy Signal was initially arrested by United Kingdom based law enforcement officials on the suspicion that he was using false documents. Busy, whose real name is Glendale Goshia Gordon had been going under the name, Reanno Gordon.

Busy Signal was then deported to Jamaica, where members of the Fugitive Apprehension Team took him into custody. A few days later, Busy waived his rights to challenge the United States Government’s extradition request during a court appearance in Kingston and was subsequently extradited to the North American country nearly a month late, accompanied by U.S. Marshals.

Once Busy Signal’s prison term has been completed, he will be given a 45-day window to leave the United States or else drug charges, which still exist from his 2002 case, could be slapped on him. Currently, the United States government doesn’t have the authority to prosecute Busy Signal, given that the extradition request for the entertainer pertained to absconding bail only.

 

 

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Busy Signal pleads guilty, faces up to 18 months in prison

Internationally acclaimed Dancehall/Reggae superstar, Busy Signal will soon say goodbye to his freedom, at least temporarily after pleading guilty to a charge of absconding bail in a Minnesota courtroom on Thursday.

The prominent singjay, whose real name is Glendale Goshia Gordon, plead guilty to one count of absconding bail; thus admitting that he fled the United States before a scheduled trial on drug-related charges in 2002. As a result, Busy Signal, who had been extradited to the United States last month, now faces a prison term of between 12-18 months as well as a fine ranging from US$3,000 to US$30,000, under sentencing guideline recommendations.

According to the Associated Press, Busy Signal’s lawyer, Bill Mauzy indicated that he would ask for a sentence of time served while assistant U.S. attorney refused to elaborate on how much time prosecutors in the artiste’s case would seek. No sentencing date has been set in Busy Signal’s case.

U.S. District judge, Donovan Frank outlined that Busy Signal will be given 45 days to leave the United States once he completes his prison term or else he could be nabbed on drug charges stemming from his aforementioned 2002 case. Though the drug charges still exist, the United States government doesn’t have the authority to prosecute Busy Signal on those counts at present given that the extradition request for the entertainer pertained to absconding bail only.

This news comes two months after Busy Signal was taken into custody on an extradition warrant at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston this past May after being deported from the United Kingdom, where law enforcement officials arrested him on the suspicion of using false documentation while traveling.

Busy Signal waived his rights to fight his extradition hearing three days following his arrests and was transported to the United States late last month; accompanied by U.S. Marshals.

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Video:REGGAE GOLD 2012 – DELUXE 20th ANNIVERSARY EDITION

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2CD Set Includes This Year’s Biggest Hits from Sean Paul, Melanie Fiona, Popcaan, Konshens and Busy Signal & Damian Marley
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The Series’ Most Crucial Songs from Beenie Man, Lady Saw, Sizzla, Mavado, Bounty Killer, Beres Hammond & Buju Banton
VP Records is set to release the 20th edition of the best-selling annual reggae compilationReggae Gold next week on June 26 with VP Records. This year’s two disc set offers double the hits.  The deluxe package includes a commemorative sticker and 15″ x 10″ fold out poster of the this year’s Reggae Gold cover girls.

The compilation’s first disc carries on the Reggae Gold tradition with the year’s most popularreggae hits. Highlights include Sean Paul’s latest single “She Doesn’t Mind,” Konshens’ chart-topping anthem “Gal A Bubble,” Jamaica’s hottest newcomer Popcaan’s “Only Man She Want” and four newly commissioned songs including Busy Signal’s “Kingston Town Remix” featuring Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley” (listen via Complex ), Tarrus Riley’s “Not Missing You” (listen to premiere on Large Up) Etana’s “Reggae” and Gyptian’s “Overtime.”

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Busy Signal – Kingston Town ft. Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley

Disc 2 is a commemorative collection of Reggae Gold classic hits spanning the past two decades. The all-star lineup includes Beenie Man, Lady Saw, Bounty Killer, Beres Hammond & Buju Banton, Mr. Vegas, Sean Paul, Sizzla, T.O.K. and many other names that fans of the series have come to know and love.

The Reggae Gold series was launched in 1992 by VP Records and provides a round-up of each year’s most popular dancehall, roots & culture and lover’s rock hits on one go-to summer compilation.  Reggae Gold has consistently earned best seller status and debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top Reggae Chart, landed consecutively on the Billboard Top 200 chart and earned a Top 20 spots on the Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop and Independent chart. Reggae Gold serves fans of both reggae and dancehall music by gathering the big names, trends and styles from the specific year into one timeless set.

TRACK LISTING DISC 1 – CURRENT HITS

1.   She Doesn’t Mind – Sean Paul
2.   Only Man She Want – Popcaan
3.   Yah Suh Nice – Potential Kidd
4.   Gal A Bubble – Konshens
5.   Cheater’s Prayer – Christopher Martin
6.   Come Over (Missing You) – Busy Signal
7.   Reggae - Etana
8.   Will I Wait In Vain – Iba Mahr
9.   Kingston Town (Remix) – Busy Signal ft. Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley
10. I Know Better – Romain Virgo
11. Do Sum’n – Konshens
12. Wine – Cham featuring O
13. Overtime – Gyptian
14. Like I Love You – Melanie Fiona
15. Not Missing You – Tarrus Riley
16. In My Arms – Beres Hammond

17. Terry Linen – I Look To You

TRACK LISTING DISC 2 – CLASSIC HITS

1.   No Letting Go – Wayne Wonder
2.   Hold You – Gyptian
3.   Temperature – Sean Paul
4.   Romie – Beenie Man
5.   Benz And Bimma – Bounty Killer
6.   When I Hold You Tonight – General Degree
7.   Heads High – Mr. Vegas
8.   So Special – Mavado
9.   Pull It Up – Beres Hammond & Buju Banton
10. Can’t Satisfy Her – I Wayne
11. Just One Of Those Days – Sizzla
12. It’s A Pity – Tanya Stephens
13. Below The Waist – Queen Ifrica
14. Healing – Lady Saw featuring Beenie Man
15. Footprints – T .O.K.
16. Down By The River – Morgan Heritage

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Busy Signal’s ‘Reggae Music Again’ enjoys spike in sales

Though currently embroiled in a serious legal battle overseas, embattled Dancehall/Reggae superstar, Busy Signal can have something to smile about as support for his most recent album has picked up significantly as of late.

Reggae Music Again, the latest compilation from Busy Signal has enjoyed a recent spike in sales, coinciding with the artiste’s arrest and subsequent extradition to the United States over the last month. VP Records, the distributor of Reggae Music Again insists that the album has vastly improved with relation to sales figures after an initially slow start.

Though not releasing the exact figures, VP Records spokesperson, Michelle Williams intimated that Busy Signal’s appeal as a top quality artiste has been able to draw in more listeners.

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Busy Signal pleads not guilty in U.S. court case

Embattled Dancehall/Reggae entertainer, Glendale Gordon, more popularly known as Busy Signal, has pleaded not guilty to a charge of absconding bail in his ongoing case in the United States.

The internationally acclaimed singjay answered to the charge of failing to appear in court during a hearing on Monday in Minnesota before the presiding judge ordered him detained, pending trial. Said charge stems from an accusation that Busy Signal fled the United States in 2002 so he could avoid an upcoming drug trial.

According to assistant U.S. attorney, Andrew Dunn, Busy Signal fled before his trial was set to begin in Minnesota, making him a fugitive for the past decade. The prominent artiste had been slapped with a pair of charges related to cocaine trafficking in February 2002.

Should Busy Signal be convicted on the count of absconding bail, he could face up to five years in prison.

This news comes a month after Busy was detained by members of the Fugitive Apprehension Team at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston after being deported from the United Kingdom, where he was initially arrested after being suspected of using false documentation.

Two days after his arrest in Jamaica, the Kingston Town singer waived his rights to challenge his extradition to the U.S. in order to fight the charge of failing to appear in court.

Though the cocaine charges remain active, the extradition request for Busy Signal only pertained to the accusation of absconding bail. Should American law enforcement officials want to prosecute Busy Signal on the drug-related charges, the U.S. and Jamaican governments would have to work out those terms as a result of treaties in place between both countries.

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Busy Signal extradited to the United States

Internationally acclaimed Dancehall/Reggae megastar, Busy Signal has officially been extradited to the United States as he prepares to face criminal charges in the state of Minnesota.

The prominent singjay, whose real name is Glendale Gordon was under heavy police custody on Tuesday as he was accompanied by a group of U.S. Marshals who had arrived in Jamaica a day prior. The highly acclaimed entertainer was shielded from the media before the official execution of his extradition shortly after 10 a.m. yesterday morning as he entered a private plane at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston which would carry him to Minnesota.

Busy Signal faces accusations of absconding bail in relation to a 2002 narcotics charge he faced in Minnesota. Though the singjay is reportedly wanted on several drug charges in the U.S., the nature of this extradition request regarded the charge of absconding bail only.

Late last month, Busy Signal waved his rights to fight extradition to the United States as he prepares to fight the aforementioned charge.

In the meantime, Busy Signal has kept to his promise of releasing new material while in custody as he recently unveiled a collaborative effort with Grammy-winning Reggae megastar, Damian ‘Junior Gong’ Marley entitled Kingston Town (Remix).  His most recent studio effort, Reggae Music Again continues to perform well on local and international charts as a track from the compilation dubbed Come Over currently hold the top spot on the New York Top 30 Reggae Chart.

Additionally, Busy Signal teamed with award-winning American rock band, No Doubt on the single, Push and Shove which will feature on the group’s upcoming studio album which will be unveiled this September.

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Busy Signal to be handed over to U.S officials today

Embattled Dancehall/Reggae superstar, Glendale Goshia Gordon, more popularly known as Busy Signal will be handed over to United States law enforcement officials today in his ongoing extradition case.

The prominent singjay, who faces criminal charges in the state of Minnesota, will be escorted there this afternoon by a team of U.S Marshals. According to the Jamaica Gleaner, a law enforcement official close to the situation revealed that a private plane landed on Monday afternoon at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston, which Busy Signal will board en route to America.

Busy Signal was arrested by members of the Fugitive Apprehension Team on May 21 after the internationally acclaimed entertainer was deported from the United Kingdom. The singjay, known for classics such as These Are The Days and Step Out, faces extradition in relation to absconding bail after he allegedly failed to appear before the courts to answer a narcotics offence that he faced in 2002.

Busy Signal recently waived his rights to challenge said extradition and has been in police custody since the extradition warrant was initially executed.

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Busy Signal to be extradited this week?

It remains unknown when embattled Dancehall/Reggae superstar, Busy Signal will be officially extradited to the United States despite several reports that he could be handed over the North American country’s law enforcement officials this week.

Busy Signal, whose real name is Glendale Gordon waived his rights to an extradition hearing during a court appearance on May 24 after initially being denied bail. As a result, speculation has mounted regarding exactly when the prominent singjay will be handed over the American officials.

However, several reports surfaced on Monday that Busy Signal would be handed over to U.S. officials later this week and that a surrender warrant has been sent to and signed by Jamaica’s Justice Minister, Mark Golding, thus permitting the artiste’s extradition.

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STATEMENT FROM BUSY SIGNAL

In this a time of reflection, I would like to thank my fans who have supported me through this difficult situation and who will continue to support me. Your messages and prayers via social networks and via members of my team are what have brought light to the darkness of my cell.

I have never admitted that I was involved in any drug deal or drug arrangement.  I waived my rights to an extradition trial here in Jamaica, so that I can return to the US to face a charge of absconding bail ONLY.  This incident took place ten (10) years ago before I even considered becoming an artiste.

As you can understand, this is a difficult time for me, however during my time away, my fans will not be left with a void – there are several unreleased tracks that will definitely keep you “busy” until my return. I recently released my album Reggae Music Again, which debuted at number 5 on the Billboard Reggae charts. On my recent tour of Amsterdam and Paris, we shot elements for the video to the title track of the album. It features cameos from Marcia Griffiths, Queen Ifrica and Anthony B and that will be released in a couple of weeks.

For my fans overseas, my management team has been in dialogue with promoters who have all shown their support for me and my situation and for that I thank them.

For my family, you have stood by me through thick and thin and I know you will continue to do so. In my time away, I have made the necessary arrangements with my management team to have you taken care of until my return.

To my band. Hi-Voltage, you have toured the world with me and have been a tower of strength. Continue to make good music until I return, cause the mission will continue.

I know that my facebook page has been inactive for a while, but, starting this week, Shane Brown, head of Juke Boxx management team, will assume direct control of my twitter account – @busysignal_turf  and my facebook page  - www.facebook.com/OneBusySignal. I will be kept updated so please continue to send your love, support and prayers through these channels, as they keep me going.

To my legal team, KD Knight, Bert Samuels and Roxanne Mars, your positive words and unfailing belief and support in me and my case have made this situation a little easier to bear. Thank you very much.

Finally my friends, my fans and my family, thank you again from the depths of my heart. Please keep me in your prayers.  “We not going down, cause God alone controls my destiny”

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Busy Signal speaks out, promises good music while in custody

Internationally acclaimed Dancehall/Reggae megastar, Busy Signal has addressed the public for the first time since his extradition case began, promising that his fans and admirers will continue to hear his quality sound while incarcerated.

The prominent singjay was arrested on an extradition warrant by members of the Fugitive Apprehension Team at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston on Monday. Three days later, he was denied bail during a hearing at the Half Way Tree Resident Magistrates Court in Kingston. However, Busy Signal exercised the option to waive his extradition rights, meaning that he will surrender to United States authorities next month.

Addressing his family, friends and fans for the first time since his arrest, Busy Signal released a statement on Saturday explaining his situation while insisting that those close to him have been instrumental in upholding his spirits during this most difficult period. Additionally, he intimated that fans will definitely be hearing material from him while away.

“In this a time of reflection, I would like to thank my fans who have supported me through this difficult situation and who will continue to support me. Your messages and prayers via social networks and via members of my team are what have brought light to the darkness of my cell.”

“I have never admitted that I was involved in any drug deal or drug arrangement. I waived my rights to an extradition trial here in Jamaica, so that I can return to the US to face a charge of absconding bail ONLY. This incident took place ten (10) years ago before I even considered becoming an artiste.”

“As you can understand, this is a difficult time for me, however during my time away, my fans will not be left with a void – there are several unreleased tracks that will definitely keep you “busy” until my return. I recently released my album Reggae Music Again, which debuted at number 5 on the Billboard Reggae charts. On my recent tour of Amsterdam and Paris, we shot elements for the video to the title track of the album. It features cameos from Marcia Griffiths, Queen Ifrica and Anthony B and that will be released in a couple of weeks.”

“For my fans overseas, my management team has been in dialogue with promoters who have all shown their support for me and my situation and for that I thank them.”

“For my family, you have stood by me through thick and thin and I know you will continue to do so. In my time away, I have made the necessary arrangements with my management team to have you taken care of until my return.”

“To my band, Hi-Voltage, you have toured the world with me and have been a tower of strength. Continue to make good music until I return, ‘cause the mission will continue.”

“I know that my Facebook page has been inactive for a while, but, starting this week, Shane Brown, head of Juke Boxx management team, will assume direct control of my twitter account – @busysignal_turf and my Facebook page – www.facebook.com/OneBusySignal. I will be kept updated so please continue to send your love, support and prayers through these channels, as they keep me going.”

“To my legal team, KD Knight, Bert Samuels and Roxanne Mars, your positive words and unfailing belief and support in me and my case have made this situation a little easier to bear. Thank you very much.”

Finally my friends, my fans and my family, thank you again from the depths of my heart. Please keep me in your prayers. ‘We not going down, cause God alone controls my destiny.’”

Busy Signal is reportedly wanted on several drug charges in the United States. However, his attorney, K.D. Knight explained on Thursday that he cannot be tried on any of those charges given that they were not the subject matter of this particular case. Additionally, Knight insisted should the U.S. attempt to try him on those charges, it would violate a treaty agreement and could result in very serious consequences.

Busy Signal, whose real name is Glendale Gordon remains renowned for classics such as These Are The Days, Nah Go Jail Again, Step Out, Night Shift and Up In Her Belly.

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Busy Signal waives extradition rights, will surrender to U.S. authorities

Embattled Dancehall/Reggae singjay, Busy Signal will soon face a United States courtroom after officially waiving his rights in his extradition case.

On Thursday morning, Busy Signal was denied bail when he appeared in the Half Way Tree Resident Magistrates Court in Kingston alongside his attorney and the Queen’s Counsel, K.D. Knight. Presiding Resident Magistrate, Stephanie Jackson Haisley made the decision following a bail application made on the artiste’s behalf by Knight. He was then ordered to return to court on June 6 when the case will again be mentioned.

However, Busy Signal quickly turned heads when he agreed to waive his rights to fight extradition and will surrender to American authorities next month. The singjay will then stand trial in the U.S. for absconding bail while awaiting a 2002 ruling in a drug case in the country.

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Busy Signal hires K.D. Knight’s law firm, could lose Pepsi endorsement deal

As internationally acclaimed Dancehall superstar, Busy Signal faces possible extradition to the United States, the prominent singjay has hired some strong legal representation to help him fight the case.

The artiste, whose real name is Glendale Gordon, was taken into custody on an extradition warrant at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston on Monday afternoon. Law enforcement officials revealed that the These Are The Days singer has been under investigation since 2002 when he allegedly fled the United States while awaiting sentencing on a drug-related charge. In addition to being wanted on drug-related charges in the United States, Busy Signal has also been suspected of using false.

But the highly acclaimed artiste refuses to back down as he’s hired the law firm of the Queen’s Counsel, K.D. Knight to help him fight his extradition case.

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Busy Signal arrested on extradition warrant, wanted by United States Government

The Jamaican music world has once again been left in shock after reports have emerged that internationally acclaimed Dancehall/Reggae megastar, Busy Signal has been arrested in connection with an extradition warrant.

According to several reports, the prominent deejay was taken into custody late last week after returning from his tour in Amsterdam, Holland which he had to cut short after receiving word of the extradition warrant. Busy Signal then travelled to England but was denied entry into the country before being held by British immigration officials and then deported. He then returned to Jamaica where he was arrested by members of the Fugitive Apprehension Team at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston on Monday afternoon.

This arrest comes months after media reports revealed that a prominent Jamaican entertainer was being sought out by United States law enforcement officials, who they believed was an associate of former West Kingston strongman, Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke.  Coke faces a sentencing hearing on Tuesday in which he could learn the length of time he will serve on drug-related charges and racketeering charges.

According to the head of the Organized Crime Investigation Division (OCID) and Senior Superintendent of Police, Fitz Bailey, Busy Signal is wanted on drug-related charges in the U.S.

Additionally, reports have indicated that the arrest was made after the Swag Tun Up singer has been suspected of using false identification while travelling. The artiste’s real name is Glendale Goshia Gordon but has been going by the name Reanno Devon Gordon. Furthermore, Busy Signal has been accused of fleeing the United States before he could be convicted on a cocaine charge in October 2002.

Busy Signal, who received bail on said cocaine charge in March of that year, allegedly removed his ankle bracelet which American law enforcement officials used to track him before fleeing to Jamaica. The highly regarded singjay has travelled across various continents such as Europe and Africa throughout his career but has avoided going to the United States.

Busy Signal will appear in the Half Way Tree Magistrate’s Court on Thursday where he will learn his fate regarding extradition. If extradited, he’ll be the first high profile Jamaican to be surrendered to American authorities in the two year’s since the arrest of Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke.

Busy Signal is renowned for several classics such as Step Out, Nah Go a Jail Again, These Are The Days, One More Night and Night Shift. He recently released his all-Reggae album, Reggae Music Again which recently copped a top 5 spot on the U.S Billboard Reggae Chart.

 

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Busy Signal teams up with No Doubt on new single

Prominent Dancehall/Reggae superstar, Busy Signal has scored another major accomplishment on his international resume as he’s joined forces with prominent rock and roll group, No Doubt.

Having previously collaborated with Dancehall stalwarts such as the Queen of Dancehall, Lady Saw (Underneath It All) as well as Busy Signal’s long-time mentor and Alliance leader, Bounty Killer, No Doubt has merged with the Step Out singer on a new single entitled, Push and Shove.

The joint effort will become the lead single on No Doubt’s fifth studio album which will be unveiled on September 25, 2012 according to the legendary band.

For Busy Signal, his experience alongside No Doubt’s lead vocalist, Gwen Stefani and her group mates was enjoyable as the level of innovation while in the studio was unlimited given their different backgrounds and ideas created while brainstorming throughout the recording process.

The artiste, whose real name is Reanno Gordon also believes that this venture shows how much attention that highly regarded overseas artistes are giving to authentic Dancehall/Reggae music.

Meanwhile, Busy Signal’s manager, Shane Brown explained the origins of this collaboration, explaining that after Busy had recorded a single alongside Diplo of Major Lazer which Stefani later heard and liked; thus leading them to meet in studio and record, Push and Shove.

No Doubt’s previous collaborations with Dancehall/reggae acts have earned music’s highest honor as their 2001 collaboration with Bounty Killer (Hey Baby) and the 2004 effort alongside Lady Saw (Underneath It All) both nabbed Grammy awards for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group.  

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Beenie Man, fellow artistes support tribute event for Bounty Killer’s mom

An array of Dancehall and Reggae superstars turned out to support industry giant, Bounty Killer at a tribute event dedicated to his late mother.

Bounty Killer held a nine night on Monday in honor of his mother, Ivy Williams aka Miss Ivy, who passed away last week Sunday at the age of 71 following an illness. The wake, which took place in Bounty’s home community of Seaview Gardens in Kingston featured appearances from several prominent Jamaican artistes such as Busy Signal, Elephant Man, Richie Stephens, Bridgez, Richie Stephens and Elephant Man, amongst several others.

Perhaps the biggest name, however, on the list of stars that appeared at the nine night was Bounty Killer’s long-time rival, Beenie Man who offered condolences and words of encouragement for his on and off friend as they remembered Miss Ivy.

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Busy Signal to drop new Reggae album next month

Internationally regarded Dancehall singjay, Busy Signal continues his preparations prior to the release of his upcoming album, which will surely offer fans a never before seen side of the artiste.

Busy’s new album, Reggae Music Again will be unveiled on April 24, via American based Dancehall/Reggae label, VP Records. The Roots Reggae album features 14 tracks and its lead single, Come Over has received strong acclaim on the local music scene as well as its accompanying video, which was unveiled last month.

According to Busy Signal, via press release, Reggae Music Again will be “celebrating the uplifting spirit and tightly woven grooves that epitomize Jamaica’s signature rhythm.”

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Top 10: Most underrated Jamaican artistes

Though debate lingers as to whether or not the Dancehall/Reggae industry wallows in decline, there certainly isn’t a shortage of good, young talent within Jamaican music.

Yet some artistes, whether still relatively new or polished veterans, either are somewhat overlooked or don’t garner the respect their production deserves. Keeping that in mind, here are ten prominent Dancehall/Reggae acts that warrant more attention for their work than they’ve been given.

10. Natalie Storm: Formerly a part of the dominant trio of divas known as TNT (featuring Tifa and Timberlee), Natalie Storm has always been considered a well-rounded artiste, but somewhat in the shadow of her long-time friends. However, she deserves more consideration than she’s actually received, given her strong international resume’ which includes her hit collaboration with Mr. Vegas (Doggy). That single, along with her highly regarded single, Hotta earned her strong acclaim in Europe and North America as she’s built a growing fan base overseas.

Locally, her star has shone bright in recent months through the release of her sultry single, When You Hold Me as well as the Reggae-themed song, I A’int Missing You showcased varying sides of an artiste that possesses as much lyrical dexterity and sex appeal as her female counterparts. Perhaps, 2012 will be the year she finally earns local recognition as a top-draw act.

 

 

 

9. Stein: In 2011, few artistes released more singles than Gully Squad deejay, Stein whose work ethic can hardly be questioned. Always regarded as lyrical mean machine since his emergence in the early 2000s, Stein stepped up his efforts in 2011 with reputable singles such as Take You for a Ride (feat. Gyptian) Party Hard on the Overproof Riddim and Shell Dung Di Party, amongst several others.

However, his talent, while appreciated on an underground level, hasn’t been appreciated as much via the mainstream. Perhaps, that’s what led Stein to accuse the Dancehall industry of racism in a scathing YouTube rant last month. Hopefully, he won’t be forced to resort to such measures again in exchange for recognition regarding his quality music.

 

8. Raine Seville: Having been away from music for over a year due to the birth of her first son, Raine Seville returned with a bang last year with hit singles like, Showdown, Tra La La and See Dem A Look which reinforced the strong potential she showed after releasing Curious in 2009.  Her strong vocals and easy-flowing lyrics make her a contender for big accolades and in 2012, she’s already made a name for herself, collaborating with Mavado on the sparkling duet, Cheating Games to rave reviews locally.

Certainly making up for lost time, Raine Seville seems poised to take her place as a dominant Dancehall diva going forward.

 

 

 

 

 

7. Demarco – Known for several top ten hits such as Duppy Know Who Fi Frighten, Fallen Soldiers and True Friends, amongst several others, Demarco has a resume that more seasoned artistes would envy. However, it was with Love My Life where Demarco scored on an international level, earning over 30 million YouTube views for the chart-topping single, putting him in elite company with Sean Paul and Shaggy as the only artistes to achieve such as feat.

Though many might consider him in the second tier of top-draw Dancehall acts, his concepts and lyrical delivery warrants even more praise. Iron Bird and 6:30 have already proven so far this year why he merits more credit.

 

 

6. Ikaya: Certainly one of Dancehall’s sexiest acts, Ikaya’s qualities as a musician frankly should garner just as much notice. Whether a risqué, sensual vibe on a Dancehall track or a cool, soothing essence while performing Reggae, Ikaya has proven herself as the total package through internationally-acclaimed singles such as These Tears, Get High and the chart-topping single, Hard Way.

While showcasing thought-provoking singles, Ikaya has also proven herself as a culpable performer with strong sets at Reggae Sumfest 2011 and STING 2011 aswell as a memorable rendition of the classic Bob Marley single, Redemption Song at this year’s Youth View Awards. Ikaya’s heard from scarcely, which might explain why she’s not as highly rated as talent deserves. But in her case, quality does exceed quantity, thus leaving no doubt that she’ll fulfill her high mainstream potential.

 

 

 

5. Denyque: When fans first heard the chart topping single, Can’t Breathe back in 2008, Denyque unleashed a heartwarming voice that elicited countless goose bumps across the world. Expectations quickly rose following her debut and, to her credit, unveiled notable follow-up efforts such as Summer Love and Hooked on Me in 2010.

Since then, many wondered if she’d ever live up to her potential as she released culpable efforts but never quite connected on the charts like expected after her first mainstream success. But with a seemingly more mature attitude, Denyque has re-dedicated herself and, in turn, collaborated with Chino for the smash hit, Driving Me Insane which paid homage to Shabba Ranks’ classic single. Driving Me Insane re-ignited the aforementioned expectations initially placed on her and with more recent hits like Turn My Music Up, To Be in Love and What You Like alongsideDing Dong have renewed her status as one of Jamaica’s best singers.

 

 

 

4. Chino: Along with Driving Me Insane, Chino and Denyque have the underrated tag in common. Living up to expectations set by legendary father, Freddie McGregor and his brother/producer, Stephen ‘Di Genius’ McGregor, Chino is an apparent afterthought when it comes to the discussion of Jamaica’s best artistes. Given his willingness to present unconventional ideas within his music, Chino has become an international success with singles like Protected, From Mawnin, Seal the Link and Handwritings, which was an ode to late Reggae superstar, Dennis Brown. Having previously named Singjay of the Year at the EME Awards in 2010, Chino hails as one of Jamaica’s most versatile products and his lyrical clarity deserves even more local acclaim as his typically conscious vibe brings forth a refreshing aura which Dancehall desperately needs.

3. Busy Signal: Everyone knows Busy’s plethora of number one hits and commercial appeal through various Red Stripe and Red Label Wine. But for some reason, Busy Signal doesn’t get talked about with the likes of Vybz Kartel and Mavado despite over 10 number one hits and a rare lyrical ingenuity that made him a household name.

Disregard the fact he doesn’t perform at STING and Reggae Sumfest every year, his crossover appeal continues to rise as he aims to break down international barriers that Beenie Man, Sean Paul, Shaggy and Damian Marley did previously. Whether a country-influenced single like, The Gambler, a Reggae track like Life or ‘pure’ Dancehall like Swag Tun Up, Busy’s range has never been more evident and with a Reggae album now out, there’s little doubt that this artiste should be in the conversation of Jamaica’s best musicians.

 

2. Tiana: Combine the number of videos that Tifa, Lady Saw and many other female artistes unveiled in 2011 and they still don’t equal Tiana’s total. Her 11 videos in 2011 were unprecedented for a female artiste in 2011 and amongst them, some notable gems such as Pum Pum Phat, Gyal Mi Love Yuh (featuring Konshens) as well as Bruk Out and Wine on the Overproof Riddim.

With a musical resume’ many would envy, Tiana still seeks to earn the respect commercially that she warrants while taking the Dancehall world by storm. Her mainstream following is only now just taking shape after dominating the underground and international ranks and while Tifa and Lady Saw continue to assert themselves as prominent divas, Tiana’s body of work should garner more accolades. Nevertheless, her attempts to grab mainstream attention are finally succeeding as the ‘Princess of Dancehall’ looks to elevate her royal status within Dancehall while leading a very talented group of female prospects.

1.Konshens: Like Tiana to female artistes, nobody is more underrated as a male act that Konshens. Since the hustling anthem, Winner took the local industry by storm in 2008, Konshens’ affinity for the unorthodox has earned him his share of fans and critics in the industry. Whether voicing on frowned upon ‘one-drop’ Riddims or earning few award nominations, Konshens continues to ignore stereotypes as singles like Simple Song, Last Drink (feat. Voicemail) and Do Sumn show aspects of an artiste whose vision goes beyond music but more so, uniting and educating society. His willingness to work with younger artistes shows his optimism for Dancehall’s future and intelligence shown while addressing key music issues make him a well-polished product.

In 2012, Konshens looks to ascend within the Dancehall ranks as he’s already triggered Deejay of the Year conversation with singles like Bad Gal, Gyal A Bubble and Badman Settings. Saying that he merits his place as one of Dancehall’s elite is an understatement. But at this pace, there’s no question Konshens could quickly shed this label as Jamaica’s most underrated artiste.

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Augustus Mitch – New Artist Pon Di Rise

Born a native Jamaican at Spanish Town Hospital to parents Cecilia Harvey and Solomon Mitchell Sr,. August Mitchell Jr the eight sibling for his mother and Last for Mitchell Sr, Grew up in the Parish St Catherine, Attended Macarley Primary and Spanish Town High, Schools. Hobbies are swimming, football and singing. Inspired by the likes; Anita Baker, Mariah Carey, Baby Face and the Late Michael Jackson. August soon later on develops the unique and brilliant Sound, one that has similarity to Michael Jackson, started to perform at events In his community as well at school at age 10 and would leave an impression at Each time he takes the stage. Got encouraged by many to pursue a music career serious, He began to start going to the studio, Digital B, Stone Love and Jack Scorpio all in Kingston. Voiced his first song ‘Girl How U Look So Good’ for Kennedy International Records ‘Stamina Man’ For City Dog Records, which got air played on Irie Fm, by Disc Joc Gary G. Got introduced to Friends Records by singer I-Octane year 2008 and was a camp artiste there got Billed for a couple of stage shows in the Turks and Cacaos Island through the means of Friends Records Working alongside the likes of Busy Signal, Dermaco and Dudsy Ranks, giving an astonish performance At each time for the patrons there, they just always were wanting for more of August. August now working with Hierarchy Records and voiced his new collaboration song with Ico-bad ‘Pretty
Girl’ on the One King rhythm for Hierarchy Records.

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Busy Signal to drop Reggae album in February

Internationally acclaimed Dancehall/Reggae superstar, Busy Signal plans to start off the New Year with a bang as he aims to revitalize a perceivably dying genre.

The artiste, whose real name is Reanno Gordon will unveil his all-Reggae album in February 2012, according to his manager, Shane Brown. Busy Signal’s been somewhat absent from the Dancehall scene in recent months a result of work done on the new album as well as a rigorous overseas touring schedule. One of his more recent singles was a remix of Kenny Roger’s classic song, The Gambler, which appeared on the VP Records produced, Reggae Gone Country compilation.

Brown, also a producer for Penthouse Records, revealed that Busy Signal’s album will be unveiled in three months, despite local radio stations choosing to ignore Reggae in recent times.

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