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I-Octane set to close Reggae Sumfest for second consecutive year

I-Octane Reggae SumfestAfter a war of words and nominations being put in as to who should close Dancehall Night at Reggae Sumfest, organizers of the show have taken the safe bet, opting for I-Octane to close the show for the second straight year.

Summerfest Productions CEO, Johnny Gourzong announced that I-Octane would finish Dancehall Night set to take place on July 17, saying at Reggae Sumfest’s official launch in Kingston this past weekend, “I-Octane is closing Dancehall Night! No ifs, buts or maybes!”

I-Octane has since accepted the news, saying he will bring his best to the show in an effort to better his closing set from last year.

This news comes after weeks of back and forth between himself and fellow singjay, Mr. Vegas after Octane challenged Vegas to close the show following disparaging comments Vegas made about him closing the show as well as his campaign to get said closing spot. Vegas responded by saying Octane should close to go given he thinks of himself as the new king of Dancehall, saying he would consider closing the show himself if asked.

Veteran deejay, Kiprich, who has previously closed STING, also threw his hat in the ring to close the show, as long as the pay was good enough.

Reggae Sumfest will take place from July 13-19 in Montego Bay.

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I-Octane and Mr. Vegas feud over who should close Sumfest

I-Octane 2014I-OcAfter headlining Dancehall Night at the 2013 edition of Reggae Sumfest, Dancehall/Reggae star, I-Octane has declined an offer by show organizers to close the show again this year, instead calling on Mr. Vegas, who questioned Sumfest’s selection of Octane as the closing act last year, to finish the show.

After it was announced I-Octane was closing Dancehall Night at last year’s show, Mr. Vegas became increasingly vocal about the Sumfest lineup, openly questioning the show’s promotion of the singjay as the closing act, while criticizing his open campaigning for the closing spot. He also questioned why young Reggae sensation,Chronixx performed on International Night 2, suggesting he would have been a better fit for Dancehall Night because hardcore Dancehall fans were a big part of his following.

I-Octane, currently on an extended U.S. tour, initially acceptedSummerfest Productions head, Johnny Gourzong’s invitation for the entertainer to close Dancehall Night for the second year running. However, he changed his mind after being told Mr. Vegas was also on the bill and has challenged him to close the show instead.

Mr. Vegas responded to I-Octane’s comments following a show in Colombia, saying Octane should again finish Dancehall Night given he considers himself the ‘King of Dancehall. However, Vegas warned Octane that he should think more long term with his career goals.

Dancehall Night at Reggae Sumfest 2014 will take place on July 17. Reggae Sumfest 2014 is scheduled for July 13-19 at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex in Montego Bay.

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I-Octane recovering in hospital following asthma attack

Internationally acclaimed Dancehall/Reggae superstar, I-Octane is recuperating in a Kingston-based hospital after falling ill last week.

A member of I-Octane’s team revealed on Monday that the prominent singjay suffered an asthma attack on Thursday night. According to reports, he was taken to hospital where he’s currently being treated by his physician.

Doctors expect I-Octane to make a full recovery from this attack but have advised him to rest until further reassessments are made.

Given his current health situation, I-Octane will be unable to honor some of his upcoming commitments but hopes to recover as soon as possible so that he can perform for his fans once more.

I-Octane last performed on Dancehall Night at Reggae Sumfest 2012 in which he gave a typically rousing set. Additionally, he’s released efforts in July such as Bun It & Laugh, Get Weh Mi Want (Mad Panerama Riddim) and Woman Mi Love (Sounique Riddim).

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Tad’s Record to release ‘The Ultimate 2012′ album

On Tuesday, June 12th, Tad’s Record will unveil this year’s essential collection bass-pounding, chart-topping hits coming straight from Jamaica. A must-have for music lovers looking for the ultimate Dancehall/Reggae experience for the summer, The Ultimate 2012 features more than 20 tunes from the island’s dominant names including Vybz Kartel, Popcaan, Baby Cham and O, I-Octane, Lady Saw, Khago, and many more.

The compilation features chart-topping singles like Popcaan’s Party Shot and Only Man She Want which in addition to hitting number one in Jamaica, also hit the Billboard Top 100 in the U.S., and club-bangers like Tun Up  and Wine by dynamic duo Baby Cham and O, Love Di Vibes from I-Octane, and Vybz Kartel’s racy Freaky Gal Part 2. The Ultimate 2012 is the latest installment in the annual Ultimate series, one of the most popular of Tad’s assortment of collector’s item compilations.

In addition to featuring Dancehall’s A-listers, The Ultimate 2012 also highlights the freshman class, including highly rated newcomer, Potential Kid whose debut single, Ah Yah So Nice has become the year’s biggest Dancehall street anthem, and Zamunda, whose single, Mad Ova Me also created a huge underground buzz within the industry.

“The Ultimate 2012 is loaded with all of the songs that have been beating down the charts and the airwaves this year in Jamaica, and overseas,” says Tad’s Record owner Tad Dawkins. “As usual, we want to keep music fans worldwide up-to-date with what’s new and hot in Jamaica, so every year we release ‘The Ultimate’ and other collections to keep Reggae at the forefront of global pop culture.”

The Ultimate 2012 will be available on digitally and in stores on Tuesday, June 12th. For more information on The Ultimate 2012 and Tad’s complete catalogue, contact Tad’s Records (Miami) at 305-654-6130 or [email protected] or Tads’ Records (Kingston) at 876-929-2563 [email protected], or visit www.tadsrecord.com.

 

 

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I-Octane compensates promoter following incident at recent show

Popular Dancehall/Reggae singjay, I-Octane has settled an issue with a promoter following the premature end of a stage show he was due to perform on.

Promoter Tia Reinford demanded compensation from I-Octane after the prominent artiste failed to meet his performance obligations during the Westmoreland Kite Festival on New Year’s Day. The event was cut short after patrons threw bottles on stage after I-Octane’s set abruptly ended. Reportedly, I-Octane asked event organizers to dim the light during his set but event organizers were unable to meet his demand. As a result, I-Octane walked off stage in disgust, prompting the incident.

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Tad’s Record releases new Dancehall compilation

Due to the overwhelming success of The Phantom Vol. 1, Tad’s Record is pleased to announce that The Phantom Vol. 2 will hit digital outlets and retail stores on Tuesday, April 17th. For the second installment of this new series that focuses on emerging and/or re-emerging talent, Tad’s Record has chosen fast-rising star Popcaan and reenergized lyrical masters Assassin and Aidonia. In addition, I-Octane is back by popular demand on the new Phantom with brand new singles.

Popcaan’s meteoric rise among Jamaica’s new crop of Dancehall deejays is underscored by the international success of his single “Only Man She Want,” which made its Billboard debut earlier this month at #89 on the Top R&B/Hip Hop Singles chart. “Only Man She Want,” is one of the featured singles on The Phantom Vol. 2, as well as his summer anthems “Ravin,” and “Party Shot.”

When asked about being a featured artist on The Phantom Vol. 2, Popcaan replied “yeah man, it’s great. ‘Nuff respect Tad’s.”

Two well respected lyricists that have surfaced from the new millennium crop of Dancehall artists in the mid 2000s, both Assassin and Aidonia have refocused and recharged their energies over the past year, spewing out a series of stinging new tunes. Assassin’s biting “Talk How Me Feel” and Aidonia’s naughty “Caribbean Girl” are just a couple of the fresh singles included on The Phantom Vol. 2.

“Popcaan is one of Jamaica’s brightest new Dancehall artists. He’s doing better than predicted internationally, and  he’s definitely at the forefront of the latest generation of deejays right now,” says Tad’s Record owner and founder Tad Dawkins. “Assassin and Aidonia have really stepped up to the plate over the past year, and are doing incredibly well. I believe we’ve got great songs from great artists on The Phantom Vol. 2, material music fans will love and appreciate.”

I-Octane, one of the featured artists in The Phantom Vol. 1, returns on Vol. 2 by popular demand – largely due to his overwhelming popularity and extensive body of new material. The Phantom Vol. 2 includes I-Octane’s single “Cyaan Do We Nutten” and his brand new single “My Story.”

The Phantom Vol. 2, featuring Popcaan, I-Octane, Assassin and Aidonia will be available digitally and in stores on Tuesday, April 17th. For more information on The Phantom Vol. 2, contact Tad’s Records (Miami) at 305-654-6130 or [email protected] or Tads’ Records (Kingston) at 876-929-2563 or [email protected], or visit www.tadsrecord.com.

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Markus Myrie pleased with career progress, motivated by Buju’s situation

Emerging Dancehall/Reggae producer, Markus Myrie continues to shine within the Jamaican music industry at the tender age of 17. Part of his desire to succeed comes from the trials and tribulations his famous father continues to endure.

Myrie hails as the eldest son of incarcerated Reggae icon, Buju Banton, who currently calls a federal penitentiary in Miami, Florida home after being convicted and later slapped with a ten year sentence regarding three drug-related charges stemming from a December 2009 incident. However, Myrie, who regularly contacts his father via email, told TVJ Entertainment Report’s Anthony Miller that Buju remains hopeful about a recent appeal filed on his behalf to overturn his convictions will prove fruitful.

“Well of course, everyone knows seh him strong; him ok. He’s still very optimistic about the case,”he said.

“He’s fine, he’s just fighting.”

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Promoter seeks compensation from I-Octane following holiday show

The wallet of internationally-acclaimed Dancehall/Reggae singjay, I-Octane could soon be lighter after a promoter claims he wrecked an event he performed at during the holiday season.

I-Octane performed at the Western Kite Festival at the Mannings School in Westmoreland on New Year’s Day (Sunday). The event also featured Reggae singer, Romain Virgo and Dancehall star, Popcaan.

In a radio interview on Tuesday, the festival’s lead promoter, Tia Reinford intimated that patrons began littering the stage with bottles after I-Octane abruptly ended his set. Reportedly, I-Octane asked event organizers to dim the lights during his performance but couldn’t meet his demand. At that point, I-Octane walked off stage in disgust; prompting the bottle throwing incident.

According to an angry Reinford, “It is his fault because yuh cyaah come to an event and talk about ‘bottle a selector…you can’t do that.”

Additionally, Reinford explained that a camera man recorded footage of the incident. Reinford said that the organizer in charge of the light told I-Octane to keep performing while they fixed the lighting issue. Following that exchange, the Badmind Fi The Year singer threw his mic down on the stage and walked off, leading fans to throw bottles on the stage in anger. Law enforcement officials then escorted the singjay out of the venue.

As a result, Reinford seeks compensation from I-Octane and his manager, Ray Alexander for damages caused. The promoter revealed that she paid Octane JA$500,000 to book the artiste for the festival but deserves her money back given that he did not fulfill his performance requirements. Reinford also claims that she paid I-Octane US$900 for a hotel room which he never stayed at prior to performing at the show.

Responding to the promoter’s claims, I-Octane vehemently denied destroying the New Year’s Day event; insisting that Reinford apologized for issues that occurred during the show but criticized the promoter for a sub-standard organization of the event. Furthermore, he said that fans threw bottles once they realized that hewould not return to the stage; blaming the organizers for not allowing the set to conclude properly while questioning their professionalism.

The artiste, whose real name is Byiome Muir, stated that fans were waiting for him to perform since 5 p.m.; slated to hit the stage after Popcaan’s set. However, I-Octane ended up working with Romain Virgo for a short while until technical issues were resolved.

As for compensation, I-Octane relented that he and his management team could work out a settlement. However, she called out the promoter for blaming organizers for the mishaps during his set, yet changing her tone following the show’s ending.

“She was blaming the people dem at the stage show, she a blame dem mek everybody hear. Dats why di people dem are so upset,” he said.

This wasn’t the first grouse I-Octane had regarding a performance or potential appearance at an event during the holidays. Billed as one of the main acts for STING 2011, the singjay was one of many notable absences from the major Dancehall stage show on December 26, 2011.

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GT Taylor Extravaganza gives fans a Christmas treat

Dancehall fans got their Christmas wish this past Sunday as the GT Taylor Extravaganza stage show offered a combination of great talent and stellar performances for everyone to remember going into the New Year.

The Jagra sponsored event took place on Christmas Day in Black River, St. Elizabeth; offering a lineup that reeled in several patrons from around the island. The 12th edition of the Christmas show featured performances from a litany of Reggae and Dancehall stars including John Holt, Coco Tea, Twin of Twins, Warrior King and Specialist to name a few.

The self-proclaimed “Princess of Dancehall,” Tiana also graced the GT Taylor Extravaganza stage; aiming to once again show her worthiness as a female deejay of the year candidate. Despite band issues during her set, Tiana proved her character by performing a edited rendition of her popular single, Pum Pum Phat, to which several fans blew their horns in support. The breakthrough star then performed another fan favourite, Bruk Out and Wine from the internationally-acclaimed Overproof Riddim before closing off with another one of her hits, No Man Can Talk Bad Bout Mi.

Fellow breakout star, I-Octane also gave fans lots to cheer about; living up to his energetic performance mantra by shelling out hits such as Licky Licky, Nuh Ramp Wid Wi and Study Yuh Friends amongst others to a wonderful crowd reception. The prominent singjay continued to wow fans by performing Burn Dem Bridge and the classic hit, Mama Yuh Alone.

Another established singjay, Mavado stamped his authority on the event by performing such as Hope and Pray andI’m On The Rock prior to showcasing newer material such as Don’t Wanna Be A Memory and Survivor featuring the highly-acclaimed rapper, Akon.

However, it was yet another singjay, Khago who stole the Christmas show as his status continues to elevate within the Dancehall/Reggae ranks. Building his reputation as one of the best live performers in Jamaican music, Khago performed his sensual Reggae hit, Across Mi Heart before unleashing the chart-topping smash, Blood A Boil to an eruption of cheers. He then performed the hit, Badda Dan Dem which was then pulled due to the loud cheers from the patrons on hand.

Khago continued to rock the crowd by performing hits such as Nah Mek Dem Drain My Energy as well as his debut single, Nah Sell Out which was also tremendously received. Additionally, the singjay took time to seemingly call out his long-time rival, I-Octane before performing the Overproof Riddim smash, Tun Up Mi Ting.

Other notable performances included internationally-acclaimed deejay, Bounty Killer who continued his strong run of form after a dominant performance during his lyrical clash with rival, Beenie Man at Diamond Splash in Negril. The Alliance deejay performed his hits single, Who Tell Him Dweet, once again calling out Beenie while also performing hits such as No Cream To Mi Face before before bringing out his protégé, Kiprich who performed Real Badman amongst other hits.

JOP leader, Aidonia also made his presence felt at the event while performances from Wayne Marshall, Spice and D’Angel also were well-received.

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STING promoter not satisfied with crowd turnout, explains superstar absences

The lead promoter for the recently concluded STING 2011 stage show feels that the popular Dancehall event lacked support for the second year running.

The 28th edition of STING took place at Jamworld in Portmore, St. Catherine on Monday night. Looking to make up for a lacklustre 2010 show, this year’s staging of STING, tagged with the Rumours of War theme, promised several clashes and superstars galore that fans demanded after last year’s event shifted from its usual nature.

However, considering the notable absences of prominent Dancehall singjays such as Mavado and I-Octane, STING’s lead promoter, Isaiah Laing expressed his dissatisfaction with the crowd turnout for his show during a radio interview in Wednesday.

“We neva have dat big pull dis year still, even though we had clashes. Maybe those clashes were not clashes what people really wanted to see or maybe because of the elections vibes…or people generally don’t have funds this year,” Laing implied.

Meanwhile, Laing offered explanations as to why Mavado and I-Octane were no-shows at the event. According to Laing, Mavado did not show up to the Jamworld venue for his scheduled performance at around 1:45 a.m.; thus prompting STING promoters to move up the clash between Kiprich and Merciless. Once the clashes started, Laing intimated that Mavado opted not to perform at the show but the self-professed “Gully Gaad” promised to make this up to STING fans.

As for I-Octane, Laing refused to detail the root of the disagreement between himself and the internationally-acclaimed singjay; claiming that a misunderstanding occurred between them. According to Laing, the two will meet in the near future to settle their differences.

Established Dancehall superstar, Beenie Man, who STING sponsors said would clash long-time rival, Bounty Killer during the show, arrived at the event following his performance at an event in Montserrat. However, Laing intimated that fans of the self-professed “King of the Dancehall” discouraged him from engaging in a lyrical battle with the “War Lord.”

“Beenie Man was there, almost entered (the) stage and his fans discouraged him from entering…because they thought that Bounty Killer was in a very mean mood out there and that he wouldn’t be able to handle Bounty…it just never happen,” he said.

Beenie Man clashed Bounty Killer at the Diamond Splash event in Negril; a lyrical battle that many fans and industry players deemed the “Grung Gaad” the clear cut winner.

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I-OCTANE’S LATEST STUDIO RECORDING COMES “STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART”

I-Octane has had a groundbreaking year! In January he announced and promoted his My Life Tour. The six-month tour included shows in the US, Canada, the Caribbean and Japan. The year also included features in Vibe Magazine, Billboard Magazine and over ten Award Nominations of which he nabbed approximately seven wins. Added to that, the artist released a catalogue of singles that received continuous airplay on top radio stations including Hot 97 and Sirius XM Radio. Now he is rounding out the year with a new project slated for release on December 6, 2011.

 

It is the eve of the release for I-Octane’s debut EP, “Straight From the Heart” and in true I-Octane style the singer/songwriter stepped outside the box and came up with something intended just for his fans. The EP is unlike anything fans and industry executives will expect from I-Octane. Laden with tracks that include, Burn Dem Bridge, Blood A Go Run, Crime A Rise, Falling, Example for the Poor and My Problems Gone, I-Octane remarks,“I feel good about the singles and I am excited for my fans to hear something different from me.”

 

For the EP, I-Octane worked with producers Stephen “The Genius” McGregor, Kimani “DJ Frass” Palmer, Garry G of Uniiqe Impact Productions, Dev Kutta of Livity Movements, Jordan McClure and David “Hizzle Hayle of Chimney Records. “Straight From the Heart” is the first project off the singer’s own label, Conquer the Globe. The project is already receiving a ‘thumbs up’ by the media as single “Crime A Rise” was featured in the Jon Carmanica section of the New York Times.

 

In a previously released statement, I-Octane shared the following sentiments about the EP, “As an artist we spend so much time on the go and our interaction with our fans is so limited for so many reasons. Therefore, I take the opportunity while singing to speak to my fans. On this EP I went in depth about the unfortunate situations when friends turn their backs on you, falling in love, the recent increase in crime worldwide, the struggles of the poor and the lack of support ghetto people receive from those inna Jacket and Tie. I also go on to tell fans no matter what your struggles, Jah is the constant source to strength and he will help shoulder your burdens.”

 

On Monday, December 12, 2011, DROM NYC, in association with Federation Sound and Destine Media, will host a by invitation only launch for the EP. I-Octane will perform selected tracks from the EP for media outlets and industry insiders. Thereafter, fans will be able to see I-Octane perform on Thursday, December 15, 2011 at Sparks in Newark, NJ and on Friday, December 16, 2011 at Rebel in New York City.

 

“Straight From The Heart” will be available for purchase through Amazon and Itunes on Tuesday, December 6, 2011.

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Bounty Killer, Mavado confirmed for STING 2011

Prominent Dancehall stalwarts and Alliance affiliates, Bounty Killer and Mavado, headline a star-studded list for the upcoming STING 2011 stage show on December 26.

The internationally-acclaimed artistes return to the STING stage after being notable absentees from a disappointing show last year; joining Aidonia, Gyptian, Elephant Man and Spice for the “Generals” section of the program. The 28th anniversary of the Dancehall super show, dubbed with the theme, Rumours of War, was officially launched on Wednesday at the Wyndham Hotel in Kingston.

During the launch, it was announced that four lyrical clashes have been set up for the event. Reigning Magnum Kings & Queens of Dancehall winner, Hurricane will face runner-up, Specialist as they renew hostilities from the popular talent show.

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Star-studded lineup takes over RE 5 to 7 Live

Stars shone bright in the RE 5 to 7 Live studios as a plethora of Dancehall superstars appeared on the popular entertainment show.

The show kicked off with an energetic performance from internationally-acclaimed Dancehall/ Reggae singjay, I-Octane, who dazzled RE’s stage with hit singles such as, One Ting Mi Kno Seh and Burn Dem Bridge.  The singjay, who’s set to unveil a new EP (Extended Play) entitled, Straight From The Heart on December 6, intimated that he’s pleased with the progress shown through his music and brand.

Additionally, the recently re-signed Digicel Ambassador claims that he’s yet to accomplish every goal desired within music and want to help mold the next generation of Dancehall/Reggae stars.

“Even if I doe fully accomplish from it, I pave the way for the new utes dat a come up,” I-Octane said.

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I-Octane to release debut album in January

Internationally-acclaimed Dancehall/Reggae singjay, Byiome “I-Octane” Muir, plans to start the New Year with the unveiling of his highly-anticipated debut album.

Crying To The Nation,a 17 track album containing some of I-Octane’s biggest hits as well as some unreleased material, will officially drop in January 2012. Classic singles expected on the album include Lose A Friend, My Life and Study Yuh Friends amongst others. The album will follow a six track EP (Extended Play) that’s scheduled for a December 6 release, via digital outlets.

According to I-Octane, the timing is ideal for the album’s release; a project he believes will appease his growing fan base.

“I really don’t believe in releasing a few singles then dropping an album shortly after. There are several artistes who do that and several months after they are not heard of. It’s really about honing my skills and allowing my fans to really get to know the brand I-Octane,”he told the Jamaica Observer.

For me it is not about making money alone it is about contributing to the music industry in a positive way like Bob Marley. I would rather get an album that is recognized worldwide than to hurriedly collect a million dollars,”I-Octane intimated.

Additionally, I-Octane insisted that his inspiration for Crying to The Nation resulted from personal experiences he still holds dear as well as the experiences of others.

“Although some of what I sing about I have not experienced personally, it does happen to other people. People lose their loved ones to death daily so there I got the idea to pen the lyrics to Lose A friend and other singles. There are some believe that I am ‘throwing words’ but I’m not. My lyrics are those that people can relate to,” he said.

Meanwhile, I-Octane is currently promoting his latest singles, How Some Bwoy on the Intensity Riddim as well as the controversial song, Informer A Work. The latter single was axed from ZIP FM’s airwaves but has already earned tens of thousands of YouTube views and positive reaction from fans and Dancehall observer alike.

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