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BUNJI GARLIN’S LATEST ANTHEM “DIFFERENTOLOGY” CONTINUES TO MAKE A SPLASH BEYOND THE CARIBBEAN AND GAIN NATIONAL ATTENTION IN U.S.

BUNJI GARLIN’S LATEST ANTHEM “DIFFERENTOLOGY” CONTINUES TO MAKE A SPLASH BEYOND THE CARIBBEAN AND GAIN NATIONAL ATTENTION IN U.S.

BUNJI GARLIN’S LATEST ANTHEM “DIFFERENTOLOGY” CONTINUES TO MAKE
A SPLASH BEYOND THE CARIBBEAN AND GAIN NATIONAL ATTENTION IN U.S.

The Song Wins NYC’s HOT 97 FM’s Battle of the Beats Last Week, 
Earns Nomination for 2013 Soul Train Awards and
Unleashes New Video for Major Lazer Remix

Trinidadian Soca Star will Drop Album on VP Records in 2014 and Completes New Photo Shoot with Star Photographer Jonathan Mannion
Soca sensation Bunji Garlin, who is slated to release his new studio albumDifferentology on VP Records early next year, has already established the title track as the biggest hit of the 2013 Caribbean Carnival season. The single, which has garnered an accumulation of over a million YouTube views since its February 2013 release, continues to make major moves in the United States.

Last week, the Trinidadian vocalist was declared the reigning champion on NYC’s HOT 97 FM’s Battle of The Beats competition. Determined by fan’s votes, “Differentology” knocked out a new contender each day during this week long face off on hip hop’s premiere radio station.

“Differentology” lands Bunji Garlin a 2013 Soul Train Awards nomination for Best International Performance. The winner will be announced at this year’s prestigious award’s ceremony, which will be held in Las Vegas, NV on November 8th and airs nationwide on December 1st.  Other nominees in this category include Machel Montano, Emeli Sande, P-Square and Iyanya.

The genre-bending song also caught the attention of DJ supergroup Major Lazer, who immediately jumped on the remix.  In addition to the song’s colorful eye-popping music video directed by Nigel Thompson, a brand new video for this remix has emerged and helped fuel the buzz to a crossover audience.

Check out/post video for “Differentology’s” Major Lazer remix:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8HgpnX6QUQY

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Chris Martin inks deal with VP Records

Christopher MartinPopular Reggae singer, Christopher Martin has reached a multiple album deal with New York based record label, VP Records.

Reports on Tuesday confirmed that the Cheater’s Prayer singer is expected to release his debut album via his new label in 2014. Additionally, Martin will partner with VP for publishing and touring engagements during his contract with the internationally regarded Dancehall/Reggae label.

VP Records CEO, Chris Chin released a statement expressing optimism about his new business partnership with Martin.

“We warmly welcome Christopher Martin to our family,” he said. “His combination of vocal strength, outstanding stage presence and natural charisma are a winning formula for success, and we look forward to working with Christopher Martin and his team in the years ahead.”

Martin revealed similar sentiments when talking about the move.

“I am very happy to be working with VP. I’ve made major strides in my career as an independent artiste, and with the backing of VP plus all the hard work I will continue to put in, I strongly feel that the sky is the limit for me.”

Martin has released noteworthy singles such as Change Me Plan and Fi Mi Friend Dem while featuring on collaborations such as Celebration, alongside Ding Dong, Konshens and I-Octane as well as Till You Do Me Right with Chevaughn, D Major and Donald ‘Iceman’ Anderson. 

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Video: Romain Virgo – Rich in Love

Known for serving up Jamaica’s freshest beats and top-notch cuisine in downtown Manhattan, Miss Lily’s has become a social and cultural hub for all things Caribbean. The island aesthetic is reflected throughout the swanky decor of their restaurant, bakery, juice bar and variety shop – which serves as a record store, gallery space and home to Internet broadcast station, Radio Lily. Miss Lily’s Variety Shop, located directly next door to the restaurant, celebrates their first year in business and launches a brand new CD series Miss Lily’s Family Style (VP Records) on January 22.

The first installment is executive produced by Radio Lily resident DJ Max Glazer along with one of Miss Lily’s founding partners, Paul Salmon, who also owns Jamaica’s award-winning Rockhouse Hotel and co-founded Joe’s Pub in Manhattan. Enclosed in the CD’s vintage vinyl-inspired packaging are in-depth liner notes written by reggae journalist and Radio Lily DJ Rob Kenner along with a free download card of a 43-minute mix by DJ Max Glazer.

Miss Lily’s family of DJs and tastemakers have carefully selected fifteen of their must-have favorites – including certified classics like Sizzla’s “Just One of Those Days,” Tanya Stephens’ “It’s A Pity” and Buju Banton & Wayne Wonder’s “Bonafide Love” as well as modern day anthems like Busy Signal’s “One More Time,” Vybz Kartel’s “Whine,” Konshens’ “So Mi Tan” and Gappy Ranks’ “Pumpkin Belly.”

MISS LILY’S FAMILY STYLE TRACK LISTING:
1. Sizzla – Just One of Those Days
2. Mr. Vegas – Mus Come a Road
3. Gappy Ranks- Pumpkin Belly
4. Tarrus Riley – Original Dancehall
5. Buju Banton & Wayne Wonder – Bonafide Love
6. Gyptian – Hold You
7. Konshens- So Mi Tan
8. Busy Signal – Real Spenders
9.Vybz Kartel – Whine
10. Lil Rick- Guh Down
11. Kes The Band – Wotless
12. Romain Virgo – I Am Rich in Love
13. Tanya Stephens – It’s a Pity
14. Queen Ifrica – Below the Waist
15. Busy Signal- One More Night

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Artist Spotlight : Etana

Etana  –  biography

It’s been five years since Jamaica’s reggae princess hit the music scene, and the genre has never looked back. Now, with two albums under her belt, Etana is a household name worldwide, with a voice and message that soothes and entertains.

 

Since Etana’s breakout hit Roots, the songbird has found herself as a staple on reggae charts across the globe. Following up with Wrong Address, the Strong One began to build a catalogue of conscious music… and a massive fan base.

 

Increasingly, her music connected with people through relatable messages of love, fighting injustice and prejudice, having pride and more.  “Overall, my music has to uplift. It can’t just be that I go in a studio and string words together. My music must have a message, it must have a purpose. It has to make people feel good and want to really listen to what I’m saying,” says Etana – who was born Shauna McKenzie.

 

In 2008 Etana released her debut album, The Strong One. It was a hit. The wildly successful debut album, recorded and released on the VP Records label, silenced critics who claimed Etana was a one-hit wonder. In fact, so popular and successful was The Strong One, that every one of the tracks on the album was released as a single – and also charted. The Strong One featured songs such as Warrior Love, Jah Chariot, Don’t Forget, I Am Not Afraid, Blessing, More & More, Caltariba System as well as her first two hits Roots and Wrong Address.

 

More than that, Etana had spread her wings and was filling clubs and stadiums in the Caribbean, North America and Europe – and it was a humbling experience.   “Travelling to another country to perform is perhaps one of the most exciting things for me. Especially if it is a country where English isn’t the first language. Being in Portugal or Spain, for example and hearing a crowd of 100,000 people sing every one of your songs word for word is just exhilarating”.

 

While touring, Etana also picked up a new hobby – collecting award trophies. Since her berth in the music world, she has copped one prestigious musical honour after another. Ranging from Best New Artiste, Female Vocalist of the Year and Reggae Singer of the Year to Most Admired Female Artiste, Cultural Artiste of the Year and several Album of Year trophies, Etana has a sizeable list of accolades behind her name.

 

Etana began to tease fans with what was to come on her next CD when she released Free, Happy Heart and August Town. Almost immediately, critics clamoured and fans anxiously awaited the release of her sophomore attempt at a full-length album. She continued to record, and in 2011 released Free Expressions. With this, Etana pulled off what many artistes are unable to – a successful second album. Free Expressions is lining up to be as successful as its predecessor with several of its featured tracks being released as singles.

 

“This time around, I got really involved in the making of the album. For The Strong One there were a team of writers but it’s pretty much all me and my pen in the majority of the songs on Free Expressions. That was an experience I enjoyed, and I am definitely more into writing these days,” the now married artiste says.

 

Crowds around the world seem to enjoy Etana’s increased input in this album, evidenced by her performing consistently on the biggest reggae festivals and shows around the world. In fact, Etana made her debut in South America in 2011.   “I’ve been blessed with this talent, and I don’t plan on slowing down for now,” she smiles. Etana has two more albums to be released by VP Records, and she promises that she’ll try and make it her best work yet each time.

 

 

Etana’s official social networks

Official Website:  http://www.etanathestrongone.com

Facebook.com:    http://www.facebook.com/OneEtana

Twitter.com:   https://twitter.com/EtanaStrongOne

Myspace.com:    http://www.myspace.com/etanastrongone

 

 

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ETANA UNLEASHES REGGAE

Etana, the Jamaican-born, Miami-raised songstress, returns with her brand new digital-only EP Reggae on November 13th with VP Records. The 3-song preview off her upcoming studio album Better Tomorrow will give fans a taste of what is to come in February 2013. The entire set is produced by Shane Brown with Stanley “Rellee” Hayden co-creating the title track.

The charismatic singer, songwriter and performer incorporates elements of reggae, soul and pop into her captivating postmodern sound that tackles real life experiences. Etana’s unabashed romanticism shines on the soulful sway of “Reggae” and the r&b tinged “4 Play 2 Love (Start Over)” about her torn feelings of two lovers. The spine-chilling single “Better Tomorrow” addresses the atrocities of children in poverty-stricken communities, while instilling optimism for brighter days. Etana’s lyrical depth and revolutionary thought continue to impress and inspire her audience.

With a baby on the way, new EP and album in the works, Etana is in a place in her life where she looks forward to a promising future. She expands upon her 2010 sophomore album Free Expressions, which won praise for the being “a rarity: music that sermonizes, yet still sweetly serenades,” according to NPR. The anticipated album Better Tomorrow and EP Reggaeexpress a similar sentiment, while offering new-found wisdom and clarity. These releases also follow her 2008 critical acclaimed debut The Strong One, which featured massive hits “Warrior Love,” “Roots” “I’m Not Afraid,” “Blessings” and “Wrong Address” that topped reggae charts in The Caribbean, England and United States. During this period, Etana was nominated for Best New Reggae Artist at MOBO Awards and awarded Best Female Vocalist at both the Excellence in Music & Entertainment (EME) Awards and IRIE FM Radio Awards as well as the Best Solo Female Reggae Vocalist at the 1st annual Reggae Academy Awards. Vibe Magazine claimed she had already “established herself as a formidable performer and songwriter whose music and reputation precedes her.”

Reggae Track Listing:

  1. Reggae
  2. Better Tomorrow
  3. 4 Play 2 Love (Start Over)

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ALBUM OF DUETS BY RICHIE STEPHENS & GENTLEMAN TO BE RELEASED BY VP RECORDS

Jamaica music ambassador Richie Stephens and multi-platinum German sinjay Gentleman, who both enjoyed tremendous success this year with hit singles “Live Your Life” and “Warrior” have pooled their creative talents on a new album aptly titled “Live Your Life” which will be released next month on the VP Records imprint.

Gentleman, who is currently in Jamaica putting the finishing touches on the new disc was very upbeat about the project. 

“It is nice to see how things have turned out with the album. We have some excellent songs that fans are gonna really enjoy” he said.

“The project came out of a natural vibe between the two of us without being planned. We put a lot of work into the songs and I am very happy with the finished product.” 

The 12 track disc will feature 6 duets including ‘Jah Is Not Sleeping,’ ‘I Found Heaven’ and previous released singles ‘Life your Life’ and ‘Warrior.’ Also to be included on the disc are six solo tracks (three from each artiste) including ”Drift Away’ and ‘Dutty Soul’ from Stephens and Gentleman respectively. 

‘This is probably one of the most sophisticated album I have ever recorded” Stephens bragged. 

“We have a little something for everyone including an old school track that fans are really gonna love. The rest of the album is just as impressive” he said.

Given the good working vibes he has with Gentleman, the decision to do an album of duets was a no brainer Stephens said. 

“Gentleman is the consummate professional and an extremely hard worker. We have a musical connection that brings out the best in us” he gushed.

Gentleman and Stephens’ whirlwind success started in 2011 with their first recording “Live Your Life” which topped reggae charts in New York, Florida, Atlanta and was voted the ‘Best International Song’ at the 2011 Stone Love Awards in Kingston. The video clip for the song also won the award for ‘Best Music Video’ at the 2012 International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) in Chicago this year. The pair have also enjoyed several electrifying performances in Germany, Holland, Portugal, Spain, Italy and Croatia where Stephens was the special guest of Gentleman. Their most memorable performance was before a crowd of 750,000 in Poland, at the biggest festival in the world — Woodstock. This was followed by another stellar performance at the 2012 Jazz & Blues Festival in Trewlany, Jamaica. 

Stephens and Gentleman will give fans a taste of songs from their new album along with other favorites when the perform at the American Friends of Jamaica Ball in Manhattan on Thursday, October 25 and the official album launch slated for Friday, October 26, 2012 at Mingles Cafe in the Bronx. Dub Master Chris, radio host of Irie Jam Radio in NY will be serve as MC for the launch.

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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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KONSHENS INKS EXCLUSIVE DEAL WITH VP RECORDS FOR HIS CHART-TOPPING SINGLE “GAL A BUBBLE”

VP Records and Subkonshus Music join forces in an exclusive deal to promote Konshens’ chart-topping summer anthem “Gal A Bubble.” The single, from one of hottest emerging dancehall artists, will be featured on VP’s top-selling series Reggae Gold 2012. The label began servicing the song to commercial radio this week.

 

Konshens’ “Gal A Bubble” is currently sweeping the streets and charts in Jamaica. The track has been consistently selling on iTunes and has landed the #1 spot for the second week in a row on Jamaica’s Weekly Music Countdown Chart by Richie B. The “Gal A Bubble” video  has also received almost 1.5 million YouTube views to date.
About Konshens

Born Garfield Delano Spence in the St. Andrew parish of Jamaica, the multi-talented singer and lyricist got his start while living in Kingston. In 2005, Konshens and his brother Delus formed the musical duo Sojah. Their first single ”Pon Di Corner,” produced by Cash Flow Records, led to the release of two Sojah albums in Japan.  As a solo artist, Konshens is known for hits like “Jamaican Dance” (from the video game Just Dance 3), “Do Sum’n,” “The Realest Song,” “Good Girl Gone Bad” with Tarrus Riley and “Winner” (which received a Song Of The Year nomination from Jamaica’s 2008 Hype TV Awards). Konshens also took home the title of Best New Artist at Jamaica’s Excellence In Music and Entertainment (EME) Awards as well as Stone Love Awards that same year.  In February 2012, he released the solo album Mental Maintenance on his own label Subkonshus Music through VPAL distribution. The album has been well received by fans, and critics like BBC raved that the release was “nothing short of essential.”

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Romain Virgo to drop sophomore album in May

Prominent Reggae singer, Romain Virgo looks to capitalize on his growing international exposure as he plans to unveil his second album later this year.

Virgo’s upcoming sophomore effort, The System will be released on May 8, featuring 15 tracks including Rich in Love, Mama Say and its title track, System. This is the first compilation from the former Digicel Rising Stars since his self-titled album, Romain Virgo in 2010, via VP Records.

According to Virgo, fans can expect to see some of his maturity, both as a singer and as a person.

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AWARD-WINNING GERMAN REGGAE ARTIST GENTLEMAN EXCITED ABOUT DEBUT NYC PERFORMANCE

New York: With six albums under his belt and over one million collectively sold in Europe, German’s multi-platinum and award-winning reggae artist Gentleman is fired up about his first major North and South America tour this month. The tour billed the “Gentleman & The Evolution Diversity tour,” includes a west coast run supporting SOJA that will make stops in San Francisco; Santa Cruz; Hollywood & San Diego, California; Falls Church, Virginia and New York City.

 

Earlier this week Gentleman did a private meet & greet and an intimate performance at Universal Music. He did interviews on MTV Iggy in Times Square; Intiative Radio (an NPR-affiliated radio program that is syndicated to over 10 markets in the North East and Nashville) and Irie Jam radio, 93.5FM, the loudest voice to the Caribbean Diaspora in NY. He also did an acoustic performance and an interview on Sirius XM’s ‘The Joint’ with host Pat McKay. His debut live performance at Le Poisson Rounge in Manhattan, New York will take place on Tuesday, March 13 with special guest singer Richie Stephens. 

“I am extremely excited about my debut performance in New York, home to the largest Jamaican population in the Diaspora. Any opportunity I get to perform for my Caribbean fans is an opportunity I cherish” the German sinjay noted. 

Gentleman’s North and South American tour is in support of his VP Records album titled Diversity that was released in February. The international version of the album already sold Gold (more than 100,000 units) and charted at #1 in Germany as well as #2 in Switzerland and Austria and is the follow-up to his Europe platinum-selling record Confidence.

On Diversity, Gentleman stays true to his first musical love – roots reggae – teaming up with top Jamaican recording artist Tanya Stephens; the late Studio One veteran and dancehall pioneer Sugar Minott; Christopher and producers Don Corleon, Red Roze, Shane Brown, Xterminator and Firehouse Crew.

Gentleman, the son of a Lutheran pastor was drawn to reggae’s revolutionary spirit and truth-seeking lyrics ever since he was introduced to the island’s sounds. He has since had a string of solo hits and platinum-selling records in Europe. He won Best National Artist five times for three different award shows (Echo Award 2003 & 2005, Comet Award 2005, 1Live Radio Award 2004 & 2005) and has been nominated twice for Best Reggae Artist (Martin 2004 Awards and Reggae and Soca Awards). He has collaborated with artists ranging from pop superstars Pink and Destiny’s Child to reggae legends Michael Franti & Spearhead and Barrington Levy.

Last summer he teamed with Richie Stephens on the tribute single “Live Your Life” which topped reggae charts in Florida and Jamaica and was voted “Song of the Year 2011″ in New York by Irie Jam Radio. Their follow up single/video ‘Warrior,’ has already started to make inroads on the play list of stations across the globe.

Earlier this year, Gentleman delivered a riveting live rendition of “Live Your Life” at the 16th annual Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival, where he was a special invited guest of Stephens. Their performance was hailed as one of the highlights of the festival. 

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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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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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EUROPE’S PLATINUM AND AWARD-WINNING ARTIST GENTLEMAN SET TO RELEASE DIVERSITY ON FEB 14 2012 IN THE US

With six albums under his belt and over one million collectively sold in Europe, the German platinum and award-winning singer Gentleman is long overdue for his U.S. debut. Diversity, set for release on February 14, 2012 with VP Records, charted at #1 in Germany as well as #2 in Switzerland and Austria and is the follow-up to his Europe platinum-selling record Confidence.

Gentleman is currently touring Europe and plans to embark on the second leg of the Diversity world tour throughout the U.S. and South America beginning in March 2012. The series of shows include a west coast run supporting SOJA and his debut NYC showcase. Dates and venues to be announced.

On Diversity, Gentleman stays true to his first musical love – roots reggae – and teams up with top Jamaican recording artists, including reggae lyricist and singer Tanya Stephens, the late Studio One veteran and dancehall pioneer Sugar Minott, Christopher Martin (Season Two winner of Jamaica’s televised talent competition, Rising Stars ) and producers Don Corelone, Red Roze, Shane Brown, Xterminator and Firehouse Crew.

With new vigor and passion, Gentleman feels renewed on this 14 track set and is ready to take the U.S. by storm. “That fire you feel as a newcomer does not keep up for very long. It is up to you to stoke the embers and this (album) has much more force behind it,” he notes.

One may not assume that the Cologne native and son of a Lutheran pastor would become an international reggae superstar, but Gentleman (born Tilmann Otto in 1975) has been drawn to reggae’s revolutionary spirit and truth-seeking lyrics ever since he was introduced to the island’s sounds. He immersed himself in the culture and music at the age of 18, making Jamaica his home away from home.

In 1997, he eventually got his first break with German hip-hip group, Freundeskreis, after delivering a verse on single “Tabula Rasa” with his distinctive singjay style. Since then, Gentleman has had a string of solo hits and platinum-selling records in Europe. He won Best National Artist five times for three different award shows (Echo Award 2003 & 2005, Comet Award 2005, 1Live Radio Award 2004 & 2005) and has been nominated twice for Best Reggae Artist (Martin 2004 Awards and Reggae and Soca Awards).  He has collaborated with artists ranging from pop superstars Pink and Destiny’s Child to reggae legends Michael Franti & Spearhead and Barrington Levy. After over a decade under the label Four Music, he moved to Universal in 2010 and will release Diversity in the U.S. with VP Records next year.

Track Listing:
1. The Reason
2. Changes
3. Hold On Strong
4. Tempolution
5. To The Top ft. Christopher Martin
6. Lonely Days
7. In A Time Like Now
8. Moment Of Truth
9. Another Melody ft. Tanya Stephens
10. I Got To Go
11. Good Old Days ft. Sugar Minott
12. Fast Forward
13. The Finish Line
14. It No Pretty

www.gentleman-music.com /// www.facebook.com/gentleman /// www.myspace.com/gentleman

VIDEO LINKS

“I Got To Go” (Live) Music Video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0k6OaDKYYzg

“Lonely Days” Music Video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwr6Yoe2lKo

Sizzle Reel:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3djHnDbk_uo

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Grammy winning Dancehall/Reggae artiste, Sean Paul has cut ties with manager, Jeremy Harding following over a decade of working together.

Sean Paul severs ties with long time manager, Jeremy Harding

Grammy winning Dancehall/Reggae artiste, Sean Paul has cut ties with manager, Jeremy Harding following over a decade of working together.

Harding & the internationally acclaimed deejay have worked together since 1996 when Sean Paul released his breakthrough single, “Baby Girl,” via Harding’s label, 2 Hard Records. Other hit singles such as “Hackle Mi” & “Infiltrate,” were released via Harding’s label; establishing Sean Paul as one of the biggest, rising stars within Dancehall music during the late 90s & early 2000s. Additionally, Harding managed Sean Paul’s first four albums, including his first album via VP Records in 2000, “Stage One” as well as his Grammy Award Winning album, “Dutty Rock” in 2002, “The Trinity” in 2005 & most recently, “Imperial Blaze” in 2009.

Headline Entertainment, representatives for Sean Paul, confirmed the split & that Sean will now be managed by David Sonenberg, founder of the music management label DAS Communications & the producer of the Academy Award winning film, When We Were Kings.

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The Jamaican music industry is still in shock following the news that VP Records producer & director of artists & repertoire (A & R), Joel Chin was shot & killed in front of his residence on Tuesday night.

Dancehall/Reggae fraternity expresses shock regarding Joel Chin’s death

The Jamaican music industry is still in shock following the news that VP Records producer & director of artists & repertoire (A & R), Joel Chin was shot & killed in front of his residence on Tuesday night. Chin was approached by gunmen as he exited his vehicle in front of his Stony Hill, St Andrew home & was then shot several times by the men. Residents who heard the loud explosions called the police & Chin was later taken to hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival. He was just 35 years old & is survived by his mother Juliette, his father Clive, his newborn daughter, two brothers, and three sisters.

Soon after the news broke that Chin was murdered, members of the musical fraternity expressed their sadness & shock regarding Chin’s murder. VP Records artiste, Sean Paul tweeted following the confirmation of the news, “As another bright light fades, we give thanks for life and reminisce. R.I.P Joel Chin.” Veteran Dancehall/Reggae artiste, Spragga Benz intimated, “Deepest condolence to the family and staff of VP Records. The reggae music industry has suffered a great loss. S.W.A Joel. Sleep With Angels.” Meanwhile, Masterone Recording Artiste, Denno recorded a tribute song dedicated to Chin entitled, “Gone Too Soon.” The single was released on Thursday. You can download the tribute song at: http://www.mediafire.com/?gxqc8a5gfnous3d

Chin is the grandson of VP Records founder, Vincent Chin and nephew of the New York based label’s owners, Chris and Randy Chin. Following in his family’s footsteps, Joel became heavily involved within the Jamaican music industry in the 1990s; helping to launch the careers of many Dancehall/Reggae heavyweights such as T.O.K, Wayne Wonder, Sean Paul, Sizzla, Etana & several others. Additionally, Chin was a focal point in the production of the perennial Reggae Gold album series by VP Records; a compilation of the year’s biggest, chart-topping Dancehall/Reggae singles. Chin is also known for working on Sean Paul’s debut album, Dutty Rock that was released in 2003. The album later sold 7 million copies worldwide.

Meanwhile, police are investigating the murder case while funeral arrangements for Chin will be announced at a later date.

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