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Vybz Kartel, Konshens make provisional list for Best Reggae Album Grammy

Incarcerated Dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartel has something to smile about today as one of his most recent compilations has been nominated for music’s highest honor.

Vybz Kartel’s Pon Di Gaza Mi Sey album, released in October 2011, is one of 50 projects on the provisional shortlist for the Best Reggae Album award at next year’s Grammys in Los Angeles. Pon Di Gaza Mi Sey, released a month after Kartel’s arrest on drug and subsequent murder charges, features many of Kartel’s hits dating back to 2008.

Some of the songs on Pon Di Gaza Mi Sey include Virginity (Versatility), Like a Movie, Get Wild, Life We Living and the controversial track, Romping Shop (featuring Spice).

Another embattled Dancehall megastar, Busy Signal has also been nominated for his album, Reggae Music Again, which features hits like Kingston Town, Come Over and the CD’s title track, Reggae Music Again.

Busy, who also scored strong collaborations with Damian Marley (Kingston Town Remix) and Grammy-winning American rock band, No Doubt (Push and Shove) will be released from a Minnesota prison in less than two weeks after completing his six month sentence for absconding bail during a drug case.

Other notables on the Best Reggae Album shortlist include Konshens, who has been torching the music scene this year with his debut album, Mental Maintenance, which features tracks likeDo Sumn, Simple Song, Gal Dem a Talk and She’s Happy. Additionally, past Best Reggae Album winners such as Sean Paul (Tomahawk Technique), Toots Hibbert (Reggae Got Soul: Unplugged) and Jimmy Cliff (Rebirth) scored nominations while Mr. Vegas also appears on the shortlist for his successful double disc, Sweet Jamaica.

The 50 nominees for Best Reggae Album will be trimmed to five (or six) finalists when the full list of next year’s nominees are announced on December 5 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The 55th annual Grammy Awards will take place at the same venue on February 10, 2013.

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New pictures, texts emerge in ongoing Vegas saga

Just when everyone thought the drama involving Dancehall superstar, Mr. Vegas and his baby’s mother, Shellian McBayne had subsided, visual evidence has now emerged to add more controversy to this high-profile scandal.

A war of words played out last week between Mr. Vegas and McBayne after the entertainer claimed that he caught his baby’s mother sleeping with another man in his home. Vegas, who went on a day-long Twitter tirade about what he witnessed, also alleged that McBayne committed this act in front of their one-year-old daughter, a claim that the entertainer’s baby mother firmly denied.

The drama then spewed into the mainstream media where McBayne blasted Vegas in an interview with prominent talk show host, Kingsley ‘Ragashanti’ Stewart, insisting that the Bruk It Dung singer was unfaithful during their relationship and that she did not cheat on him given that they were broken up at the time of this most recent incident. Mr. Vegas quickly retorted on an interview with New York radio station, HOT 97, where he revealed that McBayne got married in the United States behind his back in an attempt to obtain citizenship in the United States while expressing fears over being able to see his daughter again, given that he has no legal rights to her as a result of the baby being born in wedlock overseas.

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‘No Jamaican shows right about now,’ says Mr. Vegas

Jamaican fans may be made to wait for a while before they see internationally acclaimed Dancehall/Reggae singer, Mr. Vegas performs on a local stage show.

Following a shortened set at the Miami-based Best of the Best stage show on Memorial Day weekend, Vegas has seemingly decided to be more selective with which types of shows he’ll be perfoming on going forward. During a recent interview on CVM TV’s D’Wrap, the veteran singjay revealed that he won’t be gracing a local show anytime soon.

“No Jamaican shows right about now. If you wanna see me in Jamaica, you see me at any show or one a dem show deh. Di Jamaican people dem understand. I want to perform my song dem and sometimes some of these show doh mek yuh perform what yuh want to perform. It’s just simple as that,” he said.

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Mr. Vegas’ Sweet Jamaica nabs top 10 Billboard spot

Internationally acclaimed Dancehall/Reggae singjay, Mr. Vegas has scored another spot on the American Billboard charts with his latest project, Sweet Jamaica.

The much talked about double album earned the seventh slot on the U.S. Billboard Reggae Charts after its official release on May 29.  This achievement marks Vegas’ fourth appearance on the Billboard charts as his MOBO Award winning 1998 album, Heads High peaked at number five while his sophomore album, Damn Right debuted at number two in 2001.

He then followed that up with a top 15 slot for his effort, Hot It Up in 2007, which peaked at number 11 on the prestigious chart.

Sweet Jamaica, released via Vegas’ MV Music label contains both Dancehall and Reggae elements as the singjay aims to satisfy fans of both genres. The double disc features collaborations with prominent Jamaican acts such as Shaggy, Luciano, Josey Wales, Jovi Rockwell and Marcia Griffiths.

The Reggae portion of Sweet Jamaica features its title track which sees Vegas join forces with the aforementioned Shaggy and Mr. Vegas while the Dancehall side of his compilation features some of his most recent hits such as Certain Law, Bruk It Down and a live version of his 2008 hit, I’m So Blessed.

 

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Mr. Vegas claims he has not enjoyed his career

Prominent Dancehall artiste, Mr. Vegas has a very accomplished resume most artistes would dream of showcasing. However, the veteran singjay doesn’t seem to revel in his consistent success.

Mr. Vegas will unveil his sixth career studio album, Sweet Jamaica on March 6; a double disc CD filled with Reggae and Dancehall-themed singles which speak on all sorts on issues. As he prepares to unleash his latest effort, Vegas has made a startling admission; insisting he hasn’t enjoyed the pros and cons of his 16 years as a Dancehall artiste.

During a radio interview on Wednesday night, Mr. Vegas stated that the many pressures and burdens which accompany the music industry have taken a toll on him in recent times.

“It is just difficult sometimes…stuff that people just come at you with; sometimes you just want to get away, sometimes yuh jus wan’ go live under a rock,” he said.

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Mr. Vegas takes over New York as he promotes “Sweet Jamaica” album

The Big Apple feels more like the Land of Wood and Water now that international music star Mr. Vegas has New York City rocking to the sounds of Sweet Jamaica. With stellar unplugged performances at Lincoln Center Theatre and Miss Lily’s Variety in Greenwich Village, anticipation is high for the release of his double album, Sweet Jamaica. Celebrating the evolution of Jamaica’s rich sound in honor of the Island’s 50th Anniversary, Sweet Jamaica will hit stores and digital outlets on March 6.

Mr. Vegas, accompanied by only his backup singers and guitarist Tony Bone, debuted tracks from Sweet Jamaica Reggae to packed house of media and recording industry vets at Miss Lily’s Variety earlier this month. A musical experience that was dubbed “magical” by renowned music journalist and host Rob Kenner, Mr. Vegas performed brand new singles like Alive and Well and paid homage to Reggae pioneers with original songs like Roses In My Garden set to the music of Ska legend Eric Donaldson’s Cherry Oh Baby and Things Ruff to the tune of iconic Reggae singer Jimmy Cliff’s You Can Get It If You Really Want.

The following week Mr. Vegas was center stage at Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theatre, performing to a sold-out crowd during the New York City premiere of acclaimed Jamaican film Better Mus’ Come. Sponsored by LargeUp.com, in collaboration of the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Imagenation, Mr. Vegas brought down the house with another acoustic set from Sweet Jamaica Reggae. One of the shows many highlights was an impromptu dance party with members of the audience during his rendition of Toots & the Maytals classic, Sweet & Dandy.

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Mr. Vegas to unveil double album during Reggae month

Jamaican-born International music star, Mr. Vegas fetes his homeland’s golden anniversary with a brand new double album that explores the past 50 years in Jamaican music.

Sweet Jamaica will be released in February; Jamaica’s national Reggae Month and features a range of music from the roots of Ska in the early 1960′s through the birth of Reggae and into today’s contemporary Dancehall-driven pop music culture. Sweet Jamaica will be released to digital and retail stores under his independently-owned MV Music imprint on Tuesday, February 21st.

The two discs, Sweet Jamaica Reggae and Sweet Jamaica Dancehall together feature over 30 tracks, including exclusive new material and some of Mr. Vegas’ recent smash singles. Sweet Jamaica Reggae is a fusion of Ska, Rocksteady, and foundation Reggae rhythms. Known for melodious style of deejaying or rapping Mr. Vegas’ abandons his usual ‘sing-jay’ mode and shows off his singing talent on remakes of Toots and the Maytals’ classic, Sweet and Dandy, and Alton Ellis’ Rocksteady cover of Brenda Holloway’s You Make Me Happy.

Sweet Jamaica Dancehall features Mr. Vegas’ typically energetic Dancehall delivery on recent Dancehall hits including the current dance-driven club banger Bruk It Down, the street anthem Certain Law and Beautiful Life. Sweet Jamaica Dancehall also includes a live version of his internationally acclaimed gospel-flavored single, I Am Blessed.

Sweet Jamaicais the best of Jamaican music – from the foundation until now. Jamaica celebrates 50 years of Independence this year, and I want to celebrate that by showcasing 50 years of Reggae,” says Clifford “Mr. Vegas” Smith.

“I am releasing this album in February, which is the month we celebrate Reggae in Jamaica and Black History in America. Reggae is such an important part of what makes Jamaica unique, it is our signature sound and Reggae is key part of our culture and our Jamaican brand. Reggae figures like Bob Marley and Dennis Brown – who were both born in February – are important figures in music history in the United States and throughout the world.”

Sweet Jamaica’s lead single, aptly titled Sweet Jamaica, hit #1 on Reggae charts in Europe and the United States last year, while the video peaked at #1 on the MTV BASE Dancehall Video chart.  The album’s second release, Certain Law also spent several weeks at #1 on the MTV BASE charts. Teairra Mari, Shaggy, Luciano, Nadine Sutherland, and Jovi Rockwell are among the list of musical guests on Sweet Jamaica.

MOBOaward-winning artist, Mr. Vegas, has been one of Jamaica’s leading international forces since his entry into the music industry in 1997. Over the past 15 years, he has built an extensive catalogue which includes Billboard charting hits, Heads High and Pull Up and urban radio bangers, Tek Weh Yuhself, Hot Wuk and Gallis. Sweet Jamaica is his fifth studio album.

Sweet Jamaicawill be released independently by Mr. Vegas’ MV Music label on Tuesday, February 21st. Production credits include Clifford “Mr. Vegas” Smith,  Sly Dunbar & Robbie Shakespeare, Cleveland “Clevie” Brown and Wycliffe “Steely” Johnson, Mikey Bennet, and Rohan Dwyer.

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Video: Sweet Jamaica – Mr. Vegas, Shaggy, Josey Wales

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