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Sean Paul debuts atop Billboard Rap Album Charts sells gold in France

First Jamaican artiste to top Rap Charts

Also tops Billboard Reggae Album Charts

Sean Paul might be in Switzerland, but that won’t stop his fourth studio album, Imperial Blaze from continuing to blaze fire on the Billboard charts in the US. The album, his first in four years, has debuted at #1 on the Billboard Rap Album charts, toppling the likes of Eminem, Fabolous and Twista to top the charts.

Sean Paul is also sitting comfortably atop the Billboard Reggae Album Charts, ahead of a Bob Marley compilation, Ziggy Marley’s Family Time, and VP Record’s Reggae Gold.

This is his first time atop the rap album charts, and his second time on the Billboard Rap Album charts overall as his third studio album, The Trinity, peaked at #3 on the rap charts in 2005. It is also the first time a Jamaican artiste is topping that chart.

Imperial Blaze is heading for international success, debuting it debuted at #1 when it was released in the dancehall-hungry Asian nation of Japan last week, selling upwards of 50,000 copies in its first week. He topped the Oricon Weekly International Album Sales chart, the first time he has done so, and is holding his own on the Billboard Canadian Albums, France Albums, and European Albums with positions #5, #8, and #20 respectively. It is has also been certified Gold in France.

Aside from those charts, Imperial Blaze is also #3 on the R&B/Hip Hop Album Charts, #12 on the Billboard 200, and #9 on the Digital Downloads charts.

The platinum-selling dancehall superstar, hailed by Essence.com – the online outfit of the popular North American publication Essence Magazine – as the “dancehall king”, is now celebrating his first time atop the competitive rap charts.

“Anytime a song or an album makes it on a chart I get excited, and now to be able to top the Billboard Top Rap Album charts is something that I’m especially excited about. Not because it’s the Billboard charts, but because it’s a dancehall album. It’s made in Jamaica by Jamaicans. So I didn’t top the Billboard Rap Album Charts, Jamaica did,” said Sean Paul from Switzerland. Source Headline Entertainment.COM


The Big Band, Borokeete USA which is officially sponsored by the Caribbean’s national airline, Caribbean Airlines, is gearing up for the 42nd edition of the exciting West Indian parade. This year, Borokeete will be portraying ‘Chutney Bacchanal’ a fusion of beautiful colors for their mas. If you haven’t picked your band or your costume yet, Borokeete is going to be one of the hypest trucks heading down Eastern Parkway! There is still time to register with Borokeete and get in with all of the action! The mas camp is located at: 1740 Nostrand Ave in Brooklyn corner of Clanrandon. Tel:  347 529 1790  and ask for Anthony or Hubert. You all are invited to check out the website and see all of the chutney bacchanal for this year http://borokeeteusa.com/

Myself and the YARDFLEX TV crew will be live on the Borokeete truck hosting and animating all of the festivities throughout the day – right until the end of the night. Yes, I will be in costume and you can bet that I’ll be ‘likin’ myself’ with Borokeete.

It’s going to be another great year and why not spend the biggest carnival outside of Trinidad & Tobago with a band that guarantees nothing but the best. The New York Labor Day parade attracts millions from across the US, Canada and of course the Caribbean. Take it from me; you will not be disappointed with Borokeete’s Chutney Bacchanal! I’ll see you all in costume on the Parkway Source: YardFlex.com

Dancehall pioneer Music producer dies

Popular reggae and dancehall music producer, Wycliffe ‘Steely’ Johnson, of Steely and Clevie duo fame is dead. .

Wycliffe ‘Steely’ Johnson was in critical condition at a New York hospital where according to published reports Clevie Brownie, the other half of the dancehall pioneering duo, told the Sunday Observer. “The chance of his survival is slim.”

Johnson was suffering from pneumonia having recovered from kidney compilations in December.

Steely started his career as the original keyboard player with the Roots Radix Band which backed Gregory Isaacs, Bunny Wailer and numerous other artistes both on tour and in the recording studio, and also played on a number of hit recordings for various producers in the 70s. Steely also played on a large number of hit recordings for various artistes.

Noted as the pioneers of dancehall, but certainly not limited to this genre, Steely and Clevie have worked together for 30 years with domestic and international artistes of many styles with great success.

Steely and Clevie first worked together in 1974 at Harry J’s Studio working on songs produced by Augustus Pablo. During the 80s, Steely and Clevie was employed as session musicians for King Jammy’s, Bobby Digital, Techniques, Redman International, Music Works and Penthouse labels and others.

Clevie started his musical journey as a member of the noted Browne musical family, beginning as lead singer of the Browne Bunch’s 1972 debut single We’ve Got A Good Thing Going. He was inspired by the professionalism of the group’s producer Geoffrey Chung (a leading producer of his era) who would pay as much attention to the business as he would the production of music.

Steely and Clevie say they contributed to three-quarters of top dancehall songs in the 80s. Their influence, however, continues today having worked with No Doubt, Sean Paul, Elephant Man, and others.

Clevie is the immediate past chairman of the Recording Industry Association of Jamaica where he now sits on the board. He also serves on the boards of Jamaica Music Society, Jamaica Signature Beats and serves on the Reggae Academy steering committee. Source: JamaicaObserver.com


Gay lobbyists have hit Buju Banton again. Banton was scheduled to perform in October at House of Blues venues in Chicago, Las Vegas, Dallas, and Houston, among other dates and locations. Live Nation buckled under pressure from gay lobbyists and announced that the concerts by Banton were cancelled, and that refunds would be available to ticket holders. All this for a song he did 17 years ago.One876 Entertainment.com

Sophia Sashays ‘The Spotlight’ hits 6,500 digital downloads mark

Having released her debut album “The Spotlight” in April, reggae songstress Sophia Brown is this week announcing that based on tracking statements from several online distributors her album has sold 6,500 copies digitally to date. According to Brown this marks her very first milestone as a new artist. “It really feels great to know that people are buying the album, the sales figures speaks volumes about the work I’ve put in knowing that I don’t have a major deal with any record company I’m basically independent so that is wonderful”.

Coming off a 5 week promotional tour of the U.S and Canada Brown recently returned to Jamaica to find her current single “Weak to You” still holding firm on several local charts. ” I just last week came back in the island to find that my single is #4 on the FIWI Choice Top 20 Charts and #15 on the Jamaica Music Countdown List. I was away doing some promo for the album in places like Farmington Hill Michigan, Redding in Boston, a few places in Connecticut, Washington and Canada”.

While Brown’s trip was geared mainly towards pushing her album she incidental secured an endorsement deal with a New York based Clothing Line by the name Mizchif who also provides clothing for dancehall artists like Kiprich, Elephant Man, Da’Ville and Wayne Marshall.

A philanthropist in her own right Brown has plans to also assist where possible to lest fortunate individuals. “I am a caring person who is always looking to help out so I have some clothing that I will be handing over to the Ronnie Thwaites Foundation who is currently providing assistance to fire victims. Big up Music Mecka, Icey Jace, Cell Block Music Group and everyone who is apart of my team”. Source: One876 Entertainment.com

Chino, McGregors star in documentary – National Geographic films Jamaican music, culture

Deejay Chino and the rest of the McGregor family will be making their film debut as they play a leading role in an upcoming documentary on Jamaican music and culture titled The Music Nomad – Made in Jamaica.

Set to air in Jamaica on CVM in October and then on National Geographic, PBS and Comcast, as well as being featured in Island Magazine, the Music Nomad -Made in Jamaica is a joint project between National Geographic and Wisynco.

Chris Hardy, Coca-Cola’s brand manager, explained to THE STAR, “We have a partnership with National Geographic as they cover the music of Jamaica. They approached us as they thought while covering the music, we could get an opportunity to have product placement in the coverage. After meeting with the production team of National Geographic, it was easy for Wisynco to come on-board with Ocean Spray and Coke Zero.”

Natural vibe

He continued, “Chino is a Coke Zero artiste and his story lends to one we believe would make good TV. Chino being the son of Freddie McGregor and brother to both Yashemabeth and Stephen ‘di Genius’ McGregor, it was an easy sell. National Geographic wanted to capture them at home in their natural vibe to see how they interact as a family.”

Contacted while he was in Europe on tour for the project, Chino plays the part of tour guide, showing the team his personality as well as the natural vibe at home at the Big Ship studio. “I feel honoured to land such a gig because I watch National Geographic a lot and it will be aired to over 160 million viewers internationally. I think the documentary will help people to see the more natural and positive aspect of Jamaica and Jamaicans, as opposed to the typical negativity usually being documented,” Chino said.

For Chino, he also believes this will be a boost for his career saying, “I’m hoping this film will introduce me to a wider audience and add to my growing fan base. As for my image, I think it will highlight me as somewhat of an ambassador, making a positive step for both the country and the music that’s often overshadowed by negativity.”

Truly talented

According to Hardy, the McGregors were easy to work with and he sees a bright future for them in music. “The history of Freddie and the work being put in by Chino and Stephen will guarantee them a place in the future. What I want to add is the admiration we at Coca-Cola have for Chino’s talent and work ethics. He is truly talented and is also very humble. Having him on-board the Coke Zero project in Jamaica has added to the brand success and as such we will definitely work with him in the future. Great things are in store for Chino and we will be there to support him every step of the way,” Hardy said.

The McGregor family is still on tour which ends with Irie Jamboree in September in New York. As soon as he arrives back in Jamaica, it will be all about work for the young star who plans to shoot a video for From Mawning. He also has new singles out including Pon Yuh Head, Nutten At All on the Coke Zero rhythm as well as Bring It Come and more singles. He also has plans to release two upcoming albums, one in Japan later this year and the other for the US early next year. Source Jamaicastaronline


Reggae stars Beres Hammond, Beenie Man, Inner Circle, and Culture (feat. Kenyatta Hill), Barbee, and Aziatic rocked the Los Angeles massive at the Irie Reggae Festival at the famed Los Angeles Sports Arena in Los Angeles, California on Sunday, August 23, 2009

The inaugural Irie Reggae Festival was the exclusive Los Angeles area stop for Beres Hammond’s “Moment In Time” US Tour, and the veteran singer held the crowd in securely his hands with hit after hit including “Rockaway,” “Feels Good,” and ended his set with a show stopping version of his “Giving Thanks” with his Harmony House female singing artist Lenya Wilkes. Grammy-winner Beenie Man closed the show in fine style after coming right off the plane from Jamaica form his Sizzle birthday show the night before in Kingston. The veteran reggae group Inner Circle (“Bad Boys” and “Sweat”) and Culture, featuring the late Joseph Hill’s son, Kenyatta, as lead singer, brought their enormous talents to the lineup. Barbee and her dancers entertained the crowd with a short set including her recent JA chart hit “Love You Anyway” and Los Angeles based Belizean artist, Aziatic, opened the show with a bit of Belizean punta rock and a tribute to “The King of Pop” Michael Jackson that the crowd loved. The Irie Reggae Festival was produced by Seabreeze Promotions in association with Chi-Ching Entertainment. Source: Foundation Media Dancehallreggaeweseh.com

Tarrus Riley’s tour gets ‘Contagious’

Reggae Singer Tarrus Riley has been on a whirlwind ‘Contagious’ tour in the United States and the Caribbean promoting his third album ‘Contagious’ which was released in July. The tour features Duane Stephenson, Dean Fraser and the Black Soil band started in Tortola in July and ends with Irie Jamboree in New York in September 6th.

Riley told THE STAR, “it’s been real nice, the music part has been great, and the music is really catching on, a big difference from last year. This is my second real tour ‘Tarrus Riley’ style and the crowds are larger and there are new venues. You can really see the support.” According to Riley some of the songs from the new album that have become popular with audiences are Human Nature and Start Anew.

Tarrus points into the crowd at the BB KING Blues Club in New York

International dancehall artiste Shaggy is flying up several European charts at presently. His collaboration, Fly High with Gary Nesta Pine, is already climbing charts in Austria, Italy, France, Germany, Portugal and Switzerland. Shaggy is currently touring Europe. Source: Jamaica Observer.com

“I am not a deadbeat dad” – Luciano

Singer Luciano has hit back at an article published earlier this week on the website that suggested that he was a deadbeat dad who owed over US$7,000 in child maintenance to Nerissa Scott, the mother of his five year-old daughter. “I am not a deadbeat dad. Better she did stab mi wid a knife and make all the blood drain out of my body,” he said passionately. “This hurts me.”

“I love all my children and I support them. I have had a difficult year and she knows this, I have attorney fees to pay and maybe I have not been paying consistently, but I send money when I have the chance. Just last month, Sandy sent her US$900, and I have several receipts where I have sent her money. Luciano, whose real name is Jepther McClymont, showed us copies of the Western Union receipts of money remitted to the United States which add up to more than US$1,500. Two of the receipts were dated in January, one in February and another in August 2009. There are gaps in the child maintenance payments, but this delinquency, Luciano attributes to the global recession and his personal legal woes. Luciano, who has been charged with harbouring a fugitive in a well-publicised case, returns to court on October 20th to face trial.

“She knows that I have had to pay my attorneys to deal with my court case, my former manager had worked out an agreement with her to pay her US$1,500 a month. We renegotiated that to US$1,200 and I have consistently tried to send the money to take care of my daughter, I love my daughter, but I have been struggling to meet all my needs.”

He said that Ms. Scott was acting with malice aforethought when she attempted to smear him in such a way in the public eye. He said that she has done him wrong in the past, saddling him with an unpaid loan secured through a credit union, and selling a restaurant they co-owned without his consent.

“Jah know, I don’t deserve this, When I got into a relationship with Nerissa, she already had a son, John Lee and I treated him like my own, for eight years, I was there for him so why would I turn my back on my own flesh and blood. She is a wicked woman to say this. I have eight children and I try as best as I can to care for all of them.” Source: One876 Entertainment.com

Macka Diamond rocks Soca Wet Fete

Energised from the local premiere of the movie Redemption of Paradise, dancehall artiste   Macka Diamond took to New York to let loose dancehall fury on the annual Soca Wet Fete in the Big Apple

The first dancehall artiste to ever be booked for the event, Macka Diamond performed to over 2000 people packed inside the CPAC in Brooklyn and had them moving to tunes like Bun Him, Dun Already, Hula Hoop and her current high-riding charting collaboration with song writer Unicorn, Think Bout Mi.

“The show was mad, mad, mad,” said an excited Macka Diamond. Speaking from New York, she said “being the first dancehall artiste to ever perform at this event felt really good and it was a blessing. I represented well for dancehall, the crowd danced and jumped and sang along. It was just a good show”.

Macka Diamond also performed the remix she did with the sizzling soca siren Patrice Roberts for the track Wukkin Up which she said “mek the crowd get wild”. She also mentioned that after her performance at Soca Wet Fete, the promoters for Miami Carnival approached her, in hopes that she would be able to appear on the popular event.

“I really hope I get to perform at Miami Carnival, because it’s just one of those events that really bring Caribbean people together,” Macka commented. The ‘money goddess’ is still in New York, completing a string of radio and television promotional appearances, as well as appearances in popular nightclubs in the city.

“We doing a full-on radio blast in the tri-state right now, along with the promotions for the movie, so it’s a really busy time for me right now,” Macka said, before adding that the work she’s doing is “hard but fun”. Macka Diamond and Unicorn score #1 with Think Bout It Still riding an emotional high after the local premiere of the movie ‘Redemption Of Paradise’, dancehall artiste Macka Diamond has another big reason to smile as her combination single, Think Bout Mi has hit the #1 spot on the Jamaica Music Countdown


Winner of the 2008 MOBO Award for Best Reggae Act, Gully God Mavado, has been nominated for 2009 award. Also nominated is Serani, an Alliance colleague whose breakout, hit No Games made huge strides on the international chart. Both nomination is both a great achievement for such these new acts and shows Bounty Killa led Alliance’s winning formula for success and dominance of the international market. 2009 has been another excellent year for Mavado and Serani, touring the world and chart action.

Other nominees are Taurus Riley, the hottest male singer for the past 3 years, Sean Paul and Vybz Kartel, who had his nomination withdrawn in the past for homophobic lyrics. The Mobo nominations were announced in London and the ceremony itself will be held outside London for the first time, taking place in Glasgow, Scotland. Source Outaroad.com


Multi-talent artist Serani has scored his second successive Billboard hit with “She Loves Me,” the second single from his upcoming album. Debuting this week at number 82 on the Billboard Hot Hip Hop/R&B Chart, She Loves Me is in heavy rotation on the station that breaks Dancehall records in the US – New York’s HOT 97, as well as at other urban and crossover formats across the country as it begins to pick up speed.” It’s a great time for Jamaica right now,” said Serani. “Our athletes are on top the world and we’re continuing to make huge strides like Usain with our music! 2009 has been a great year for me and for Jamaican music, now I am just readying up to drop the album and try to move some units!” Source Outaroad.com

Mr. Vegas Headlines HOT 97’s ‘On Da Reggae Tip’ in New York

Singjay Mr. Vegas will be one of the headliners at urban radio station HOT97’s “On Da Reggae Tip” show on Friday September 4th at the Hammerstein Ballroom in Manhattan, New York. The singjay’s monster hit song, I Am Blessed, on the Liv up Records imprint has been bombing the airwaves into submission in the United States over the summer alongside other big songs on the same riddim from fellow entertainers Vybz Kartel, Mavado and Serani.

“I am going to make a statement at the HOT 97 show, my single I Am Blessed is in heavy rotation on HOT 97 and other urban stations along the east coast so my fans are looking forward to the performance, and I am going to give them a high energy set,” Mr. Vegas, who just completed a highly successful European tour, said. The show will be hosted by Bobby Konders & Jabba, and is widely regarded as the biggest dancehall show in New York City during the Labour Day weekend. Other acts on the show include Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Elephant Man, Mavado, and Serani.

Mr. Vegas has always had an incredible appeal with the Hispanic demographic, and has appeared on several Reggaeton mixtapes in that community, especially after his Pull Up song inspired Pitbull to score a major US chart hit with Culo which has a similar melody. Mr. Vegas has consistently scored hits in the US marketplace ever since jumping into the spotlight with Nike Air. Songs such as Heads High”, had a successful chart run in the UK and a #69 peak on the Billboard R & B chart. The year 2000 saw the single “Hot

Gal Today” featuring Sean Paul becoming a minor hit on the US R&B charts, peaking at #66.In 2001, he issued Damn Right, featuring guest appearances from Shaggy and Big Yard; this album went to #2 on the US Reggae chart. 2004 saw the release of the Pull Up LP, and the title track scraped the bottom of the Billboard Top 200, peaking at #98 (as well as #68 on the R&B chart).

Two months ago, Mr. Vegas made a much talked about cameo at the DJ Prostyles’ party in Orlando where his I Am Blessed song was one of the high points of a night full of excellent performances from rappers and dancehall superstars. Mr. Vegas will be performing in Guyana on the weekend. Source Outaroad.com

Fun raiser in Ft Lauderdale for Thrilla U’s slain daughter

In a show of support, members of the music fraternity based in the Ft Lauderdale area of Florida have bonded to stage a fund-raiser for Nekitta Hamilton, the slain 15-year-old daughter of LUST member, Trilla U.

It will be held on Saturday at the Top Hop Gardens 4340 North State Road (441 South of Commercial Bl) Ft Lauderdale. Among the artistes who will be present are Freddie McGregor, Mikey Spice, Professor Nuts, Kymani Marley, Glen Washington, Code Red Band, Screwdriver, Michael Russell and Thrilla U. himself.

Food will be on sale, there will be a cash bar and CD giveaways compliments of Joe Fraser Records & VP Records, Kymani Marley Tee- Shirts compliments of Warrior Productions. Persons will also be able to win tickets to Beres Hammond Concert Palm Beach.

There will be a live radio broadcast on WAVS 1170 with Rich Davis 12 noon to 2:00 pm and Luther Mack from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. Nekitta (Nicky) was one of three persons murdered in a house in Miramar, earlier this month while visiting Ft Lauderdale with a relative. The relative, who was shot in the face and left for dead, remains in hospital in serious condition.

Nekitta, an ‘A’ student of Immaculate High School in Kingston, had gone shopping for her Sweet 16 party when the tragedy occurred. The mother and son with whom she was staying were the other two persons killed in what police are theorizing was a robbery.

A reward for information leading to an arrest in the case has been increased to a maximum of $25,000, with the Broward Crime Stoppers offering $5,000 and the Federal Bureau of Investigation offering up to $20,000.

According to information on the Internet, “Police believe the killing of Faith Bisasor, 49, and her son Davion Bishop, 15, happened at their home on the 9500 block of Encino Street between 11:00 pm on August 16 and the following afternoon. Family friend Nekitta Hamilton, 15, of Jamaica, also was killed. The survivor remains at Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, where a police officer is at her bedside 24 hours a day. ”

At a press conference held last week, Trilla U, whose real name is Eustace Hamilton, is quoted as saying in a message to his daughter’s killer or killers, “You’ve taken the world from me.”

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