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Tessanne Chin Top 6

Tessanne soars to top six on ‘The Voice’

Tessanne Chin Top 6Jamaican songstress, Tessanne Chin continues to reinvent herself and her sound with each passing show, and her transformational efforts were once again rewarded as she advanced into the top six of NBC’s hit talent show, The Voice Tuesday night after once again tapping into her roots by performing a chart-topping Reggae fusion classic.

Chin moves on along with fellow Team Adam mates, Wil Champlin and James Wolpert, leaving Adam Levine as the only coach with all of his protégés still alive in the round. Cole Vosbury of Team Blake (coached by Blake Shelton)and Jacqueline Lee of Team Christina (coached by Christina Aguilera) also advanced through the initial round of votes while Lee’s teammate, Matthew Schuler moved on thanks to the ‘instant save’ feature.

This meant Ray Boudreaux (Team Blake) and show favorite, Caroline Pennell (Team Cee’Lo) were sent home, the latter’s elimination leaving coach, Cee’Lo Green with no more artists on his team.

Having shown off her versatility by mastering Reggae, pop and soul music, Tessanne Chin dipped into the sound which made her a star in Jamaica in the mid-2000s, going Reggae fusion with Underneath It All, the Grammy-winning single by rock band, No Doubtand the ‘Queen of Dancehall,’ Lady Saw.

Monday night’s performance allowed viewers to witness Tessanne in her most natural element, singing a smooth higher-pitched version of Gwen Stefani’s spots in the song before deejaying Lady Saw’s part and moving her hips, showcasing a pure island style of performing. Christina Aguilera in particular pointed this out in her assessment of Tessanne’s stellar performance, saying she finally saw who she truly was in her musical element.

Intensity will surely be at an all-time high next week on The Voice as the top six vie for four spots on next week Monday’s live show, which means Tessanne and her compatriots will have to step up their games much higher to guarantee a spot on the penultimate show of season five.

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Lady Saw

Lady Saw distancing herself from fellow female deejays

Legendary Dancehall superstar, Lady Saw has put her female contemporaries on notice as the prominent deejay insists that she’s separating herself from other Dancehall divas following recent controversy.

Several weeks ago, Lady Saw gave an interview on TVJ’s Entertainment Report (ER) in which she allegedly stated that no current female Dancehall artiste could spend a day in her shoes. However, the artiste whose real name is Marion Hall vehemently denied that she said such a thing, insisting that producers of ER edited the interview in a way which made it seem like she was dissing her female compatriots, namely Spice and Tifa.

Following that interview, speculation arose regarding a possible beef between Lady Saw and Tifa which both denied. Spice later commented on the matter via TVJ’s Intense, saying that she was surprised by the alleged feud.

Now reflecting on recent events and surprised by the response by other female artistes regarding the interview, Lady Saw insists that she refuses to build personal relationships with fellow divas within the Dancehall industry.

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Busy Signal

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 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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Alicia Keys doing material for upcoming album in Jamaica, teaming with local artiste

Apparently big plans are in the works for American R&B superstar, Alicia Keys as she temporarily calls Jamaica home to delve into new music projects.

On Saturday, the 14 time Grammy Award winner arrived in the island; making her way to Geejam Studios in Portland. The renowned studio complex, known for previously hosting international acts such as rock bands, No Doubt and Gorillaz offers several accommodations, including a self-contained villa, spa, gym and restaurant, amongst other luxuries. Also, the level of privacy and security Geejam Studios offer create safe havens for the high-volume celebrities who visit the island.

However, details have emerged regarding the nature of Alicia Keys’ recording work in the island. According to online magazine, Urban Islandz, Keys is currently doing new material for her fifth studio album, set for a 2012 release. Sources close to a local producer Keys has teamed with told the magazine that it was easy to get the prominent singer on board.

“Her management team made the link with us to do some work on a single for her upcoming project, and from there everything was organized,” the source said.

Additionally, Keys will work with a highly-acclaimed local artiste for a combination single, the source stated. However, further details cannot be disclosed given the private nature of her visit.

Keys previously worked with Dancehall superstar, Baby Cham on the remix for Cham’s smash hit, Ghetto Story. Also, the Unbreakable singer joined forces with Junior Reid for the Reggae remix of her chart-topping single, No One while also working with internationally-renowned singjay, Mavado in 2009.

Keys’ discography includes multi-platinum albums such as her debut album, Songs In A Minor (2001), The Diary of Alicia Keys (2003), As I Am (2007) and The Element of Freedom (2009).

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