Despite becoming a Rastafarian and only doing reggae for just some months, rapper-turned-reggae artiste Snoop Lion has been enjoying strong presence on all the major reggae charts.
After releasing La La La that was done by Diplo and Major Lazer in June, Snoop managed to get a top spot on iTunes. While many local artistes are hardly seen on major charts, Snoop’s Reincarnated album that was released in April this year has definitely been maintaining a presence on major charts. Of 22 countries featured in the iTunes Store for Top 10 Reggae Albums, Reincarnated was placed in the top 10 for more than 50 per cent of the countries.
In the United States and Belgium, the Reincarnated Deluxe Version took the number one spot. The album placed at number three for France, fourth for Germany and Spain, seventh in Belgium, second in Canada, ninth in Finland, fifth in Italy, third in Luxembourg and Switzerland, sixth in Netherlands and Portugal and eighth in Norway. But iTunes is not the only chart that Reincarnated has been doing well on, as it is currently number one on the Billboard Reggae Albums Chart after being on the chart for nine weeks. This chart records the week’s top-selling reggae albums, ranked by sales data compiled by Nielsen Sound Scan. The album also peaked at number 16 on Billboard 200, which measures the top-selling album among all genres.
Tommy Lee Sparta has officially launched his own dancehall team called the Spartan Army and a recording label, Guzu Musiq. “Mi a build a Spartan Army right now. It important to have yuh own thing to add more to what yuh personally have out there. The label is Guzu Musiq and we sign four artistes, Jimbo Sparta, Destiny Sparta them a represent fi Montego Bay, as well as Stylish and Tabeta Cshae,” Tommy Lee said in a recent statement to E Zone. People have been asking to book his artistes, “Request a come in fi dem already and we just a do production wi nuh reach promotion yet. The song weh name Di Creature the video a premiere in a few days.
Ninja Man is now allowed to travel to other Caribbean islands. The veteran dancehall deejay, who got his passport last week, flew to Trinidad where he’s doing ground work for an upcoming charity project to minimize crime and violence in the country. Ninja Man has been making moves after joining forces with Downsound Record boss Joseph Bogdanovich. Ninja’s freedom to travel was tainted after being arrested and charged for the killing of a 20 year old man. The matter is still before the courts.
Dancehall recording artiste, Adijah ‘Vybz Kartel’ Palmer, was taken to the Kingston Public Hospital recently after complaining about chest pains. Patients visiting the hospital flocked to a section of the institution to get a glimpse of artiste who has been incarcerated without trail for over two years. After leaving the hospital building in handcuffs, Kartel was whisked away in a grey Nissan police motor vehicle. According to reports, Vybz Kartel was taken to the X-ray department of the hospital.
Jamaican dancehall star Stein makes his worldwide debut just days ago with his All Or Nothing Album. Stein’s music reflects his diverse Chinese-Afro heritage and echoes an eclectic edge that secures a place for his sound both at home and abroad, with international audiences. Bubbling with 15 sizzling tracks and three satirical skits, All Or Nothing is testament to Stein’s ambitious sound, showcasing contemporary dancehall music at its best. Driven by up-tempo, heavy-bass beats bound to send dancehall fans into a frenzy, Stein teams up with some of dancehall’s hottest hit makers for this debut effort, The album also features his smash hits “Shell Dung Di Party” and “More Than Ten Gal,” and new anthems “Pray For Mi” and title track, “All Or Nothing.” “I’m very proud to have my debut album finally available for dancehall music fans across the world,” reveals Stein. “We’ve been working on the album for a year now and I want to thank all the producers, musicians and engineers who helped me accomplish this tremendous feat, and all my longtime and new fans for your support of this album.”
Still more hurdles are ahead for promoters and event’s organizers. While they still battle with the night noise abatement act, promoters are now required to pay JACAP and JAMMS for a copyright license or a copyright permit. According to authorities for a hassle free event, it is imperative that the promoter secure all four permits which include the parish council, police, JACAP and JAMMS.
Artist Spotlight For This Week
Artiste For This Week Is Beenie Man! Courtney Mac a feature a new song from the King Of The Dancehall, the track is called “Hottest Man Alive” Look like the Doctor find back a flow fi the summer “Hottest Man Alive” a climb up all the charts, and the video is currently getting good rotation on local stations. Some lines in the song says: “When you see me, remember I’m the hottest man alive, yuh see mi, the clothes mi wear, the car dem weh mi drive, yuh see mi, woman a scream any weh mi arrive”The Artiste find it peeps, Beenie look like him ready fi run the place again.
Michael Jackson’s eldest son was the first of his family members to testify in the wrongful death suit brought against This Is It tour promoter AEG Live. The civil suit was filed by his mom Katherine Jackson, on his children’s behalf. Prince, 16, spoke for 90 minutes detailing the day his dad died and saying that MJ would sometimes cry after phone conversations with the promoters. According to The LA Times, Prince testified that he was in their rented Holmby Hills home when he heard a scream. He ran into the kitchen and saw Dr. Conrad Murray run upstairs, where his father was, MJ was rushed to Ronald Reagan Medical Center. Jackson died of a propofol overdose Jun. 25, 2009.
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