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CLINTON LINDSAY JOIN ONLINE INTERNET RADIO
On Monday, July 6, Veteran Radio Personality Clinton Lindsay, host of the popular radio show The
Foundation, expanded his 2:00pm – 5 pm program, via HYPERLINK on “”www.CaribZone.com on the world-wide-web.
Mr. Lindsay, who played a major role in the development of Caribbean radio in New York City for over twenty-five years, broadcast from studios in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, his residence for the past six years. The Foundation is aired Monday-Friday from 2:00 – 5:00 pm. The Foundation will continue Mr. Lindsay’s unique approach of highlighting music for the mature ear. The program, a long-time staple in New York and South Florida, combines a blend of Reggae, R&B and vintage Caribbean sounds to create “music to live by.
Mr. Lindsay will complement the music with artist-interviews, chart countdowns, “The West Coast Report with Russell Gerlach,” concerts and event updates, and other interactive features. Listeners via the web and radio will have the opportunity to request their favorite songs from their favorite artists, which has been a longtime feature of Mr. Lindsay, who has quite an extended collection of songs he has been introducing to the public over the years. Source: YardFlex
King of Pop album sales explode since death
(AP)Michael Jackson’s album sales have exploded – three of his albums are in the top three spots and 2.3 million tracks have been downloaded in the United States since his death, Nielsen SoundScan said. Album sales for the week through Sunday hit 422,000 in the US, up from 10,000 a week earlier. The week’s tally was greater than all the Jackson albums sold from the start of the year to June 21. The top three albums were Number Ones, Essential Michael Jackson, and Thriller. The Black Eyed Peas’ latest CD came in fourth.
The 2.3 million digital downloads for the week was a record-breaking rise from the 37,300 the previous week. No single artiste has sold more than a million digital tracks in a week since Nielsen began counting in July 2004. When adding in all Jackson 5 songs as well as sales in Canada, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, digital downloads for the week hit 3.3 million, up from 52,000 the previous week, SoundScan said. Source: Gleaner
Jordan Chandler “I Lied for my father, I’m sorry Michael”
I want to say that this information it’s for sure (I mess up with the names because I was crying), I don’t really care if you believe it or not, I made a promise to an old friend to tell the truth when Michael will die and that’s what I’m doing. I’m not searching for attention I have enough of it. This is for you Mikey I will always love you…
After the sudden death of Michael Jackson Jordan Chandler tells the truth.
In 1993, Chandler told a psychiatrist and police that he and Jackson had engaged in sexual acts that included oral sex; the boy gave detailed description of Jackson’s genitals. The case was settled out of court for a reported $22 million, but the strain led Jackson to begin taking painkillers. Eventually he became addicted.
Now maybe for the remorse of his death Chandler decides to tell us the truth. ” I never meant to lie and destroy Michael Jackson but my father made me to tell only lies. Now i can’t tell Michael how much I’m sorry and if he will forgive me”. Evan Chandler was tape-recorded saying amongst other things, “If I go through with this, I win big-time. There’s no way I lose. I will get everything I want and they will be destroyed forever…
Under the influence of a controversial father (Evan Chandler) told his son to tell that Jackson had touched his penis.Evan Chandler then told a psychiatrist and later police that he and Jackson had engaged in acts of kissing, masturbation and oral sex, as well as giving a detailed description of what he alleged were the singer’s genitals.
” Now for the first time i can’t bear to lie anymore. Michael Jackson didn’t do anything to me; all was my father lies to escape from being poor. “Source: trashselector.com
QUEEN IFRICA ignites techno explosion
In novel and creative move, which shows the versatility of reggae music, songstress Queen Ifrica has released techno remix of her single Far Away. The track is explosive in nature and is reaching new markets with an infusion of the dynamic and intense electronic beats of techno, with the classic ‘one drop’ reggae melody.
Originally released in January, Far Away’s laid back vibe of roots rock reggae was remixed by is creator Rickman Warren of Jamplifed Records.
“We had a vision for the song” explained Queen Ifrica. “We just got the inspiration to make the tune on a different plane, to a different market, with a different vibe,” she says excitedly.
According to the producer Rickman Warren, the seemly unlikely marriage of the contrasting music styles is aimed at increasing the listenership of our Jamaican Reggae artistes and fans, as well as promoting Jamaica reggae music in yet another way. “Our intention is always to be a force in the world wide spread of reggae music,” adds Queen Ifrica. “Reggae music is loved the world over, and we’re just continuing to spread the love.” The “Far Away” Techno Remix will be available for down load soon, from iTunes and other major retailers. Its release coincides with the recent débuted of Queen Ifrica’s latest album Montego Bay, which features the, song in its original form.
ALAINE excites French Guiana, Europe next
Reggae songbird Alaine is still high off excitement from her recent performance in French Guiana, where she electrified a crowd of more than 20,000 people. “Oh my God, it was insane. It was crazy, and epic and amazing!” an excited Alaine thundered through her million-watt smile. She says the most memorable part of her performance was when she performed Sacrifice.
“My life is a story of leaving certainty for uncertainty with me leaving investment banking for music, and that’s what the song Sacrifice is about. And that was just so special for me, I was so emotional, seeing 20,000 hands in the air, singing my song back to me, it was just very special. At one point, I had to be saying to myself ‘Alaine, don’t cry. Just keep it together, sing the song, don’t cry’, but it was a really good moment. I mean, these people don’t even speak English but they know my song,” she said.
Meanwhile, the sultry songstress is jetting off to Europe for a series of live performances, starting with a show in Germany alongside their native Gentleman. Following her performance in Germany, she will be off to the Park pop Festival in Amsterdam.
“Parkpop is actually a pop music festival and it attracts up to 360,000 patrons so that’s a big deal for me right now,” Alaine commented. She will be one of two reggae artistes to be featured on the show with the other being Amsterdam’s own Maikal X who has a song on Don Corleon’s Changes riddim.
In light of the success of her hit Without You on Don Corleon’s Changes riddim, on the Amsterdam music charts, she was invited by media house FunX, with whom she created a bond after her performance at the Two Sevens Splash last year. “I’m so grateful that they have accepted and embraced my music. They really play my music so I’m glad for the support” Alaine stated. After Amsterdam Alaine has bookings in Guadeloupe and the Turks & Caicos Islands before touring other places in Europe and Japan promoting her upcoming album which will be released in Japan in August. Source: headlinejamaica.com
TIMEKA MARSHALL Sizzling Summer Planned
Timeka Marshall has been gearing up for summer by recording a number of radio friendly tracks all about to hit the airwaves.
For the summer months, Timeka will switch gears from the one drop tracks for which she has become known to a high energy, sassy and sporty sound. Leading the collection is Feel Fah featuring Busy Signal produced by Shane C Brown of Juke Boxx Productions. Timeka demonstrates her vocal range while sparring with Busy Signal.
Fans can listen out for Timeka’s deejay skills on Doesn’t Matter on the Equiknoxx produced Monkey Business riddim currently in rotation. The Timeka hit list also includes The Way You Love Me from Penthouse and another track from Juke Boxx on the Road Crusher riddim titled Move On.
Earlier in the year, Timeka blasted to the top of the video charts with All Night, produced by Stephen ‘Di Genius’ McGregor and directed by Jay Will. Timeka followed up with a provocative collaboration with Peetah Morgan on the Juke Boxx produced Indiscretions riddim. Her Hush track and his Secrets track were combined for a video medley directed by Gareth Cobran. Both tracks demonstrated her skills as a one drop singer.
Timeka’s increased production effort is part of a plan coined by her management team Pyramid Music Group and their strategic production associates, Juke Boxx Productions. The Barbados and Jamaican based entities have partnered to guide the career of the Guyanese born singer. Under the terms of the partnership, Pyramid and Juke Boxx will jointly collaborate on the musical and artistic direction of the artiste.
The team has not held back and neither has Timeka. In addition to a slew of releases in Jamaica bound for international recognition, Timeka has several endorsement deals in Guyana, including a major association with GT&T Celink. Plus she also recently landed an endorsement deal with international eyewear company Oakley. And, later this summer, fans can look out for Timeka in not one, but two new videos. Source: headlinejamaica.com
ETANA Tours US, Canada
From June 20th to July 18th, Etana, the captivating Jamaican singer/songwriter, will be performing on a 23-city tour throughout California, Montana, Utah, Washington, Oregon and Canada. Her debut album, The Strong One, was released last year on VP Records. Arguably the most prolific female vocalist in reggae today, Etana struck a chord with the masses and won the hearts of the people one song at a time. She made her debut with the hit Wrong Address in 2006, Roots in 2007, Warrior Love in 2008, received numerous awards in her native country, rocked major stage shows and will now unveil her first studio album boasting production by reggae legends Dean Frasier, Carl James and Robert Livingston, Shaggy’s manger.
The Strong One contains smash singles that have already impacted Jamaican radio and other international reggae charts ‐ including sultry love song, Warrior Love, which held the #1 position on Jamaica, England, U.S. and Virgin Islands reggae charts, Roots, the socio‐political tune that remained at the top of Jamaican charts for over 22 weeks, as well as her breakthrough anthem Wrong Address, “a heartbreaking acoustic reggae lament about a woman who gets rejected for a job because she comes from the wrong hood,” stated from Spin Magazine. With spirit and song, Etana celebrates life and love, mends the disheartened and spreads wisdom throughout this cohesive musical testament.
Born in Jamaica and raised in Miami, the talented artist landed her first major gig as a back‐up singer for roots sensation Richie Spice. Since then, she has scored three solo #1 hits, toured the globe from the United States to Europe to Africa and was recently 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.
According to Vibe Magazine, Etana “has already established herself as a formidable performer and songwriter whose music and reputation precedes her”. Incorporating elements of jazz, pop, rock and reggae, Etana has cultivated a pristine sound that touches on real life experiences and enlightens her listeners. “It is straight from the heart, straight from the soul, straight from the people and everyday life,” as Etana describes. Source: headlinejamaica.com
Zebra wanted for rape again
Dancehall Artiste Zebra, aka Garfield Vassell is wanted for rape by the police. He is accused of sexually assaulting a 13 years old girl. The mother of a 13-year-old is in police custody. She is being held on suspicion of aiding and abetting after she admitted that she suspected that her child was sexually active but failed to put an end to it.
Zebra, who was released from prison in September 2008 after serving seven of a ten-year sentence for raping an 18-year-old university student who was assaulted in the bushes near Barry, St Catherine, in January 2001. Previously the police are searching for the searching for entertainer, known as the ‘striped one.
In the latest allegations several persons became concerned about the child when she began to behave in a strange manner. The police were informed and an investigation launched.
Vassell rose to prominence in the 1990s with a number of popular hits including the songs Rupert and Redder than Red. Zebra emerged on the dancehall scene in the 90s with a string of hit songs such as My Type a Love, Rupert, Picture Fi Frame, Red Than Red just to name a few. However, before he got his break onto the dancehall scene he was charged with assault at common-law, stemming from an incident involving his then girlfriend Sherilla ‘Zebress’ Williams. After few months of fame he went back to prison on the same charge for the student. Since his release, Zebra has been riding the wave of success as he attempted to reclaim his prominence in the dancehall with the release of recordings and an appearance on the popular Sting show. Adapted from The Star & OutAroad.com
Mr. VEGAS Unplug Fans In New York.
Mr. Vegas showed his appeal in two key and vastly different age and income groups, one is the coveted demographic of Hispanic under 17 teenyboppers and the other is that of the loyal over 30 Jamaican reggae-dancehall lovers with two performances in the United States. The performances came back-to-back in New York and showed the incredible currency and continued appeal of Mr. Vegas after 10 years in the business.
Performing on Tuesday night, June 30 at the East Manor club in Queens, Vegas gave a dizzying performance in front of a screaming crowd of 1,500 Hispanic teenagers, many of them not more than 16 years old. With songs such as the Billboard chart-burner Heads High, Pull Up, Hot Wuk and Hot Gal No Fight Over Man he had the teenagers in a literal frenzy throughout most of the performance, each song provoking a crescendo of screams. Security guards had to prevent some over-enthusiastic girls from jumping onstage to do a booty dance-off during the Hot Wuk segment.
Some even tried to shed their clothing and had to be restrained from doing so and escorted out of the club by security personnel. Mr. Vegas has always had an incredible appeal with the Hispanic psychographic, and has appeared on several Reggaeton mixtapes, especially after his Pull Up song inspired Pitbull to score a major US chart hit with Culo which has a similar melody.
On the following night, July 1 at the Fish Eye Bar in Brooklyn, Mr. Vegas showed the complete range of his skills as he delivered a mature set that ran the gamut of music from R & B classics to reggae favourites to his modern era dancehall hits. He started off his set with When You Love Someone, a Michael Bolton ballad, before delivering great renditions of Baby I’m Missing You, and Baby face’s Everytime I Close My Eyes. Source: OutAroad.com
The controversial Ramping Shop by Vybz Kartel and Spice is the # 2 heat seeker on the Billboard R&B Hip Hop Singles & Tracks chart. Due to solid rotation at New York’s influential Hot 97 radio station and other urban stations in the New York tri-state area and in Miami.
GHANA REMEMBERS BOB MARLEY
Reggae’s greatest ambassador, Robert Nesta ‘Bob’ Marley, was recently honoured by the Ghanaian organisation, the Diaspora African Forum (DAF) which erected a memorial marble plaque for the Jamaican musical icon.
Witnessed by dignitaries, comprising Chiefs and Elders of the community, Rastafarians, school children as well as scores of onlookers, the plaque erected on the Sankofa Wall at the DAF Mission, in Accra, Ghana, was officially unveiled by his widow Rita Marley during a civic ceremony recently.
The DAF is an African Union-endorsed initiative that links Africans at home and abroad together for the development of Africa. DAF’s Sankofa Wall, located on the historic WEB Dubois land grant, is filling fast with names of Africans from the Diaspora such as Jamaica’s Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Harriet Tubman and many other renowned and departed black figures. “It was only fitting that Mr Marley, also known by his Ethiopian Orthodox baptismal name Berhane Selassie, was memorialised on the wall reserved for African ancestors and loved ones who spent their lives committed to Africa,” a DAF release states.
According to the release, a long-time friend of Nana (African title) Rita Marley, Dr Desta Meghoo, said “Brother Berhane Selassie deserves this honour as the musical voice of Africans at home and abroad, the plaque gives him a place of remembrance in his ancestral home of Ghana.” A resident of Ghana, Rita Marley has made great impact on Ghana through various initiatives including a recording studio, art gallery, health centre, schools, and infrastructure said, “I love Ghana, this is my home so this honour means a lot to my family, his fans, and of course to me.” His songs became the voice of the voiceless, giving rise to a cross section of supporters ranging in age, class, culture, gender and race. Adapted from The Gleaner
More Bob Marley
B is for Bob, A Bob Marley & the Wailers compilation debuts at #1on the Billboard Reggae album chart and entered the Billboard 200 at number 77. Billboard Reggae album chart, VP Records’ Reggae Gold 2009 debuts at #3, while rapper Heavy D, Vibes, the Grammy nominated CD re-enters the chart at #10. The set peaked at number two last year.
MRS. JIMMY RILEY Drops Assault Charges against the Singer
Reggae singer Jimmy Riley, the father of international reggae singer Taurus Riley, who was accused of assaulting his wife Sandra Bramwell Riley earlier this year, was freed on July 2nd in the Corporate Criminal Court in Jamaica. Mrs. Bramwell Riley said she did not wish to pursue the matter because she and her husband had received counseling which has helped them. It is reported that on January 3, Mr. Riley was taking his wife home, a quarrel developed and he allegedly punched her several times in the face and pulled a knife and threatened to do her further harm.
The singer was charged by the Stony Hill Police after his wife reported the matter. When the matter came up in court earlier this year, defense attorney Peter Champagne had suggested to Senior Magistrate Glen Brown that the couple seek counseling. But Mrs. Bramwell-Riley said then that she was determined to pursue the case against her husband. She told the Magistrate that she was already removed from their matrimonial home, adding that this is not the first time her husband had abused her.
D’Angel ‘Stronger’ despite her problems
D’Angel, despite her recent run of bad luck, is enjoying a purple patch as it relates to her career as she has fine-tuned and almost perfected her onstage delivery, plus she has landed two major corporate endorsements in the last four weeks, the details of which will be announced soon.
Last weekend, she performed at the Junior Reid Birthday Bash where she got good forwards for First Lady and closed her set with Stronger and earned a big encore before returning to finish performing her number one hit. “It was a laid back performance, I am getting more and more comfortable onstage and the people are loving the music and the message that is being conveyed, I am just trying to project the energy and the love to the fans and they are responding well,” she said.
She also performed at Lena British’s Birthday bash held at The View club in HWT. She will also be the opening act for Eve at this year’s Caribbean Fashion Week show this Sunday. You can also look out for D’Angel’s recent combination, ‘Good Life’ with Vegas that has been getting mad love on local FM radio. Source: One876entertainment.com
NATALIE STORM makes successful New York run
Hot dancehall artist Natalie Storm was recently in New York City recording some brand new material, performing and appearing at several high profile events. Natalie was flown in by DJ Max Glazer’s Business Class Records to record several songs with her T.N.T family Tifa and Timberlee for an upcoming release. She also began recording several brand new songs for her own album while staying at the luxury Borgata Hotel in Atlantic City.
While in NYC she was a special guest at the grand opening of the Sunglass Hut flagship store in Midtown Mahattan along with some of New York’s most fashionable and influential trendsetters. Natalie had the opportunity to do numerous interviews with media outlets including Fader Magazine, World Flavas Radio and Pat McKay on Sirius Radio.
The highlight of the hectic week was definitely her stellar performance at Federation Sound’s 10th Anniversary show at Club Santos. Pop superstar Rhianna, Hot 97’s DJ Cypha Sounds, DJ Stretch Armstrong and many more celebrities came out to see Natalie, Tifa , Timberlee, Sean Paul, Leftside and several other dancehall acts perform their hits to a completely sold out crowd. “I really really loved the vibe of the whole trip, I got crazy stuff done in a short time and most importantly met with some major figures in the overseas music industry,” Natalie said. “It gives me even more strength and motivation to push my music and my style to the world.”
Natalie returned to Jamaica continuing her blistering schedule. In the last few days, she has almost completed voicing and started mixing her debut riddim “Firestorm”. She has just recorded a new song for producer Skatta’s Hindu riddim and is making preparations for two new music videos. It looks like we may be in for a Stormy summer if this dancehall diva continues this pace. Source: One876entertainment.com
BUJU BANTON pulls big numbers on tour
Reports reaching one876 are that Rastafarian firebrand Buju Banton’s tour bus was robbed in Barcelona, Spain several days ago. The robbery occurred on the same night that he rocked Sal Apolo as part of his well-supported Rasta Got Soul tour. Tracii McGregor, President of Gargamel Music, Inc., confirmed that a “security breach” on the tour bus had led to personal items being stolen by thieves. “Yes, unfortunately the security of the tour bus was compromised and some items were stolen,” Ms. McGregor said in a message sent from her iPhone. In the meantime, Buju Banton’s tour continues to pull in bumper crowds and in a development that augurs well for reggae, is drawing crowds in relatively untapped markets for reggae music concerts. “The tour is going incredibly well. Buju hit two new markets so far: Czech Republic, which drew 15,000 people and Portugal, which drew 10,000 people. The biggest show so far would have to be Summer Jam in Cologne, Germany, this past Saturday. Source: One876entertainment.com