Samantha J inks deal with Columbia Records

Teenage singing sensation, Samantha J has finalized a record deal with acclaimed American label, Columbia Records.

Teenage singing sensation, Samantha J has finalized a record deal with acclaimed American label, Columbia Records.

by Jodee Brown

Teenage Jamaican singing sensation, Samantha J, who burst onto the music scene last year with her hit single, Tight Up Skirt, has signed a record deal with major American label, Columbia Records.

According to reports Monday, the 17-year-old singer, whose real name is Samantha Gonsalves came to terms with Columbia, a label under the umbrella of Sony Music Entertainment and will be working with the label soon once she completes her exams. TMZ, who claims to have obtained a copy of the contract, reports the singer will be collecting 16% of sales and advances that could exceed US$1 million, depending on how long she stays with the label.

In a statement, Samantha J, who is currently on a promotional tour across North American, said, “I cannot express how happy I am to be a part of the Columbia Records family. The label has a rich history of developing great artistes and music. As soon as I have my exams under my belt, I can’t wait to get back to producing music and most of all making Jamaica proud.”

Playing on Red Rat’s classic hit with the same name, Tight Up Skirt,produced by Washroom Entertainment, garnered a lot of buzz forSamantha J since its release last summer, with the video for her debut single topping two million views on YouTube. She won the Youth View Award for Favorite Breakout Celebritythanks to the single and even performed it on BET’s 106 and Park last December, nearly two months after the video was premiered on the station.

She has since released her follow-up single, Hot Gyal Anthem, also produced by Washroom Entertainment and featured on several interviews locally and overseas.

Samantha J joins prominent Jamaican acts such as Peter Tosh, Ini Kamoze, Tony Rebel, Mad Cobra and Tigerwho have previously signed with Columbia Records.

Vybz Kartel Reggae album to be released in June

A new Reggae album from Vybz Kartel, 'Reggae Love Songs and Other Things,' will be released on June Jodee Brown

A Reggae album by incarcerated Dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartelwill be released in early June, according to reports Saturday, marking the first compilation by the deejay since being convicted of murder in March.

The 14-track album, Reggae Love Songs and Other Things, is produced by Short Boss Musik, the label founded by Kartel’s common-law wife, Tanesha ‘Shorty’ Johnson. It will feature a number of songs released since Kartel’s conviction under his Addi Innocent moniker, including Crashing Head On, Can’t Call This a Love Song, Miami Vice Episode, Downtown Kingston, My Love My Love and Love Mummy, featuring PG13, a group comprised of Kartel’s sons, Little Vybz and Little Addi.

Reggae Love Songs and Other Things also showcases production from TJ Records, So Unique Records and Bigga DonDon. The album largely showcases songs speaking on social issues, love and other topics.

A release from Short Boss Musik says that despite Vybz Kartel’s situation, his music will forever live on, saying, “music cannot be imprisoned.”

Reggae Love Songs and Other Things will officially be released on June 3, via iTunes and will be distributed by 21st Hapilos andJohnny Wonder. However, music lovers can pre-order the album on iTunes right now.

Vybz Kartel is currently serving a life sentence for the August 2011 murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams at a St. Andrew residence. He will not be eligible for parole for 35 years, however, he and his legal team have long signaled their intention to appeal the conviction.

A few Kartel albums have been released since his September 2011, including Kartel Forever: Trilogy and The Voice Of The Jamaican Ghetto – Incarcerated but not Silenced, a roots Reggae album based on his book with the same name

Earlier this month, a gospel song by Kartel, Ordinary Servant was released. That song was produced by TJ Records.

Queen Ifrica pulled from New York show following gay rights protest

Reggae singer, Queen Ifrica has been pulled from the 'Invasion of the Queens' show she was scheduled to headline in New York on Saturday due to protests from gay rights groups.

by Jodee Brown

Revered Reggae singer, Queen Ifrica has been axed from a show she was scheduled to perform Saturday night at the Amazura Concert Hall in Queens, NY following protests by a gay rights group objecting her appearance at the show, Invasion of the Queens.

On Friday, a protest including over 100 people was held outside the club calling for organizers of Invasion of the Queens to cancel the show, citing Queen Ifrica’s past lyrics condemning homosexuality, including her 2009 hit, Keep It To Yourself and the lyrics’ contribution to violence against the LGBT community. The rally was led by openly gay NY councilor, Daniel Dromm, who out rightly denounced her presence at the show.

“We don’t need homophobic people like her coming to Queens to spread their message of hate,” Dromm told the New York Daily News.

A Jamaican-born human rights activist, Michael Forbes also spoke out against Ifrica during the protest, saying, “The majority of her music has been very, very homophobic and it rings in the ears of men, women and kids. She uses the stage to burn gays.”

Invasion of the Queens features an all-female lineup that also includes Reggae singer, Etana, Dancehall star, Spice as well as renowned veteran acts, Sister Carol and Sister Nancy.

Amazura’s manager, John Rios confirmed Saturday morning that the show will go on without Ifrica following the protest, insisting that his establishment does not discriminate against gays and are welcome to the club.

Queen Ifrica has had numerous instances of speaking out against homosexuals, including last year’s Grand Gala at theNational Stadium in Kingston on Independence Day (August 6), where she repeatedly denounced homosexual lifestyles during her performance until her microphone was abruptly cut off while she spoke.

Last August, she was pulled from a show in Canada following gay rights protests.

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Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner? Reggae Royalty Mykal Rose And Junior Reid

Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner? Reggae Royalty Mykal Rose And Junior Reidby Dwain Wellington Rattray

In a confluence of scintillating notes and harmonies, former singers of the celebrated Jamaican group, Black Uhuru, are getting together on the same stage for the first time in Toronto.

With musical careers spanning over 35 years, Mykal Rose and Delroy ‘Junior’ Reid—who succeeded Rose as lead vocalist for Black Uhuru—are certain to thrill the crowd with their unmistakable brand of mainstay reggae.

Well known for his powerful, wide-ranged voice, the “Ruff” Rose has achieved much success, both as a solo artiste and with Black Uhuru.

Before joining the group, Rose was already an established artiste with several hits like Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner and Clap the Barber both recorded with producer, Niney the Observer, and Running Around with producer, Winston Campbell.

He led Black Uhuru in recording many successes, including SinsemillaRedChill Out, and Anthem, for which they won the first-ever Grammy for a Reggae Album, in 1984.

Critics and reggae aficionados often argue that Black Uhuru at that period was considered the indelible masters of reggae, after the legendary Bob Marley.

Indeed—after Marley—the group is arguably the most internationally known reggae act.

After Rose parted ways with the group to focus on his solo career, he continued to tame success with singles like, Monkey BusinessVisit Them, and One ah We Two ah We. As a solo artist, he regularly tours the United States and Europe, while maintaining his Jamaican fan base with hit singles.

The modern roots singer fits perfectly into today’s scene, with a glorious past and a wide-open future.

Reggae and dancehall maestro, Reid started his career at 13 with the single, Speak The Truth. It gained international popularity, and Reid has enchanted fans with scores of tracks ever since. Reid has several successes to his credit, with popular tracks like self-produced Human NatureA1 Lover, produced by Sugar Minott, and chartbuster, Foreign Mind.

Boom Shacka Lacka was Reid’s first hit in the United Kingdom, and after a number of hit singles, he launched his own label, Jr Productions.

An ardent follower of Black Uhuru, he was approached to be lead vocalist, and with his unique style, Reid brought about several successes for the group.

Three of the singles he did with Black Uhuru PainNah Get Rich and Switch, and Let us Pray were released by JR Productions.

The collaboration on his first Black Uhuru album, the Grammy-nominated Brutal, in 1986, was well received by all and during the time he was with Black Uhuru they toured Europe, the UK, the U.S., Canada and Bermuda.

Two years and three albums later, Reid’s interest to produce his own material, and desire to regain his domestic popularity, drove him into the solo arena and into his own studio (One Blood Recording Studio), while focusing on his own label.

He produced a series of popular numbers, including I’m Free with The Soup Dragons, Stop This Crazy Thing. He is best known for One Blood and This is Why I’m Hot, and his recent successes include Sharing the Night TogetherNever Let You Go and Same Boat.

With a vocal repertoire that has vast crossover appeal, Reid will continue to be in high demand for the foreseeable future.

Helping to set the stage on fire will be Juno Award winner, Exco Levi. His latest hit, Strive fetched Levi his third Juno, making him the only recipient to ever receive the prestigious award on three consecutive occasions.

His previous wins were for Storms of Life in 2013 and Bleaching Shop in 2012.

On Saturday, May 24, the Sound Academy (11 Polson Street, Toronto) will host Levi and these two members of Reggae musical royalty—Mykal Rose and Junior Reid—as they invoke their pure talents, performing together for a true reggae delight.

Presented by G98.7 FM, the night will feature Mountain Edge band and will be hosted by Delroy G, with music by Spex and Ron Nelson.

Advance tickets are $35 and the doors open at 10pm. For more information call: Mystic Movement Productions at (647) 856-2237 or 416 704 2122.

Buju Banton’s defense team warns public of impostor

Buju Banton's defense team is warning the public of an impostor reportedly trying to conduct business on behalf of the incarcerated deejay

Buju Banton’s defense team is warning the public of an impostor reportedly trying to conduct business on behalf of the incarcerated deejay

by Jodee Brown

The legal team and official defense support committee of incarcerated Dancehall/Reggae singer, Mark Myrie, more popularly known as Buju Banton, has spoken out against a purported scam being committed against the entertainer as they say someone has been falsely acting as an agent on the entertainer’s behalf.

After recently making the discovery, The Buju Banton Defense Support Committee issued a statement Sunday denouncing this alleged scam.

“It has been brought to the attention of The Buju Banton Defense Support Committee and Buju Banton’s attorney, Professor Charles Ogletree that a certain individual has approached promoters with the false claim that he is the local agent for renowned reggae musician, Buju Banton,” the statement read. “He has further sought to swindle monies by stating he is authorized to collect funds for a concert being held for Buju Banton in Trinidad during this year.”

We wish to warn the public that it is totally untrue. Buju Banton has not given such rights to anyone in Trinidad. Nor is a concert being organized at this time.

Anyone seeking to do this would suffer legal consequences. We urge that you immediately inform the authorities of anyone who solicits monies from you for that purpose.

Buju Banton is grateful to his many fans for their support and prayers.”

Buju Banton continues to serve his 10-year prison sentence on drug-related charges and remains due for release in 2019. However, the deejay recently applied for a new trial in an American court of appeal as he continues to fight his 2011 conviction .

Sean Paul to perform at Reggae Sumfest 2014

Sean Paul will be back on the Reggae Sumfest stage this year after confirming on Friday that he is on the bill for the July show.

Sean Paul will be back on the Reggae Sumfest stage this year after confirming on Friday that he is on the bill for the July show.

by Jodee Brown

Reggae Sumfest 2014 has added another big name to its growing list as organizers confirmed Grammy-winning deejay, Sean Paul will make his return to the prominent stage show for the first time since 2003.

The entertainer confirmed his appearance via social media on Friday as he posted a video expressing his delight at being back on the Sumfest stage. He will perform on International Night 2 on July 19 and will be joined on stage by a band, dancers and will unveil a few surprises for fans, according to Summerfest Productions executive director, Johnny Gourzong.

Having rarely performed in Jamaica throughout the last 11 years, this opportunity allows Sean Paul the opportunity to reconnect with his home fans live and direct.

“I’ll be bringing the love the world has shown for reggae music home,” he said in a release. “There is no stage like home. I’ve toured the world, but Jamaica is still my favorite place to be.”

Sean Paul is currently promoting his most recent studio album, Full Frequency, which features big name acts such as Damian Marley, Nicki Minaj, Konshens and Iggy Azalea. He is currently on the European leg of his Full Frequency tour, which saw him make stops in Austria, Switzerland and Germany, where most of the tour takes place.

Sean Paul now joins a Reggae Sumfest 2014 lineup which also includes Tessanne Chin, Busy SignalWiz Khalifa, Sanchez, Mr. Vegas, Beenie Man, Chronixx, Jah Cure, Freddie McGregor and many more.

This year’s edition of Reggae Sumfest will kick off on July 13 with a beach party at Aquasol Beach followed by an all-white party on July 15 at Pier 1 before the performances kick off at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex withDancehall Night, International Night 1 and International Night 2 on July 17, 18 and 19 respectively.

The show is being sponsored by The Gleaner Company Ltd., Jamaica Tourist Board, Digicel, Iberostar, Pepsi, Secrets and IRIE FM.

Tessanne Chin to drop highly anticipated new album on June 24

Tessanne Chin has announced that her new album, Count on my Love, will be released on June 24

Tessanne Chin has announced that her new album, Count on my Love, will be released on June 24

 by Jodee Brown

Season five winner of The Voice, Tessanne Chin has confirmed that her highly-anticipated album, Count On My Love, will be unveiled on June 24, her first album under the Republic Records imprint.

The announcement was made by Chin during her return to The Voice on Tuesday during the semi-final round of season six as she performed her second single off the album, Everything Reminds Me of YouThat song was written by Virgin Island producing duo, Rock City, who has written hits for Rihanna, Jennifer Hudson, Justin Bieber and several other top acts. It was produced by Black Chiney’s Dwayne ‘Supa Dups’ Chin-Quee

Count On My Love will also feature production from Toby Gad, Mark ‘Exit’ Goodchild, Jerry ‘Wonda’ Duplessis, Stargate, Shama ‘Sak Pase’ Joseph and Shaun Pizzonia aka Sting International, as well as writing from highly-acclaimed songwriter,Diane Warren, AC Burrell, Claude Kelly and One Republic’s Ryan Tedder, who penned Chin’s debut single from the album, Tumbling Down.

It has not been revealed which artists will feature on her record, thoughin an interview last month, Chin said the album will feature elements of her island roots as will feature different sounds and emotion reflective of her personality.

Count on My Love will mark Chin’s major label debut as it will be distributed by Republic Records, a label under the Universal Music Group umbrella. This is her follow-up to her debut album, In Between Words, which received little fanfare when it was released independently in 2010.

Meanwhile, Tessanne Chin has been confirmed along Jacqueline Lee and Will Champlin to headline The Voice’s North American tourbeginning June 21, which will see the former contestants perform 31 dates.

The 29-year-old singer will be in Toronto on Saturday for a performance at The Sony Centre.

Krymis tells the youths that they are ‘Heading To The Top’

Gully side deejay, Krymis aka Northbound says music is his main focus despite the ongoing feud between Mavado and Bounty Killer

Gully side deejay, Krymis aka Northbound says music is his main focus despite the ongoing feud between Mavado and Bounty Killer

by Jodee Brown

In spite of the developing war between Alliance leader, Bounty Killer and long-time protégé, Mavado, emerging artist and Gully Side affiliate, Krymis aka Northbound is looking past all the negativity as he has released a single signaling his intentions as an artist, aptly-titled, Heading To The Top.

Produced by D1 Productions, this uplifting song sees the deejay live up to his Northbound moniker as he calls attention to the desire he and other ghetto youths possess in trying to reach the top of their chosen professions. Showing off his singing and deejaying skills on a up-tempo, yet conscious beat, Krymis puts true emotion into the song as he lets us know why he won’t let any negativity stop his progress while pointing out that all inner-city youths need is one chance to prove their worth in society.

“When you see the youths them a rise, just give it up, and don’t fight for the cake ‘cause it is big enough, dem nuh like ghetto youths and that’s ridiculous, badmind, grudgeful nuh wan’ fi see wi buss,” the motivated deejay sings while adding, Mi heading to the top, mi nah laugh, serious as a ute and mi nuh too talk, neva go a college, but yuh know mi street smart, true mi a no fool mek dem nuh bump mi off.”

The lyrics mirror Krymis’ mentality in a genre which, as previously mentioned, now sees two of its greats, Bounty Killer and Mavado squaring off, with the former releasing a slew of disses in his long-time protégé’s direction. Having known and been affiliated with Mavado and viewing Bounty Killer as ‘The General’ in music, Krymis insists he is taking no sides in this developing feud as his career remains his main objective.

“Right now, mi jus a do me, mi nuh inna no distractions,” he said. “I have two songs inna di juggling, playing pon regular rotation. We a get some good energy from the dance dem, including Weddy Weddy Wednesdays. That’s all I’ve ever wanted. I feel like it’s a very great step.”

In addition to promoting Heading To The Top, Krymis continues to show off his writing skills as he currently writes for fellow deejay, Quick Cook and recently featured with him on Game Over, a single feature on ZJ Liquid’s Good Book Riddim. He also is working with emerging producer, Red Boom and is featured on the Super Juggling Riddim.

Heading To The Top is a true motivational anthem that will inspire anyone to fight for their dreams no matter what surroundings they find themselves in. A sure radio hit, Krymis intends to do his best to live up to the song title with each and every effort he puts out.

Anju Blaxxx being plagued by scammers

by Jodee Brown

CEO and producer of UIM, Andrew Myrie, known to fans as Anju Blaxxx, is seeking to remedy the malicious work of scammers who have been plaguing his musical career.

In an official press release, UIM announced, “There has been a pervasive scam being done by unscrupulous persons, that has been ongoing for several months.”

This started since summer of last year, when Anju Blaxxx was contacted by friends, saying someone was soliciting cash and call credit from a fake Facebook account.

Anju Blaxxx also disclosed that clients have been contacted and generally told by scammers using the Facebook page, that they are working on a rhythm and that persons should send money via Western Union. However, Anju Blaxxx wants to make it clear that, he does not have a personal Facebook account, only a Fan Page which is under UIM, further emphasizing that he does not use Facebook to conduct business.”

General Vigilance

The UIM producer also took the opportunity to encourage prospective clients that they should be vigilant against phone and email scams that use his name as a lure. UIM (Uptempo International Music) does not initiate contact with clients from Facebook or does not request call credit, confidential access information or similar manipulative schemes.

Nevertheless, persons looking to conduct business with Anju Blaxxx of UIM, should contact UIM’s manager, Ms. Tanya Thelwell at 1-876-898-4311, 1-876-546-2759 or

Meanwhile, there are a number of projects in the pipeline for the producer. The latest rhythm is called the Punjabi Riddim, which features artistes: Mavado, Popcaan, Tommy Lee, Spice, Blak Diamon, Alkaline, Konshens and more.

Recording artiste, Tommy Lee currently has his video on the Riddim on YouTube. Additionally, there’s a single with UIM’s artiste, Blak Diamon titled Bang Bang, which has been enjoying rotation on the airwaves.