New Tessanne album records lowest first-week sales among ‘The Voice’ winners

Tessanne Chin's major label debut album, 'Count on my Love' has recorded the lowest first-weeks sales among past Voice winnersby Jodee Brown

Nearly two weeks into its shelf-life and Count on my Love, the major label debut album from Jamaican songstress and former The Voice winner, Tessanne Chin has garnered very mixed results.

Though the album, released July 1, reached number 20 on Billboard magazine’s Top Digital Albums chart, Count on my Love has struggled from a sales perspective, with only 6,623 copies of the album being sold in its first week, according to reports Sunday. Just under 5,000 copies were sold digitally while the remaining were physical copies sold across Walmart stores in the United States.

The first-week total for Count on my Love is the lowest among album released by winners of The Voice to date. Season one winner of the American talent show, Javier Colon sold a shade under 10,000 albums in his first week with his self-titled project. That album has sold over 50,000 copies to date.

Season three and four winners, Cassadee Pope and Danielle Bradbery, sold 43,000 and 41,000 album in their respective first weeks with their albums, Frame by Frame and Danielle Bradbery respectively. Frame by Frame has sold 170,000 copies overall while 136,000 copies Danielle Bradbery have been sold to date.

Season two winners, Jermaine Paul and season six winner, Josh Kaufman have yet to release albums.

Count on my Love was produced by Republic Records, a sub-division of Universal Music Group. Chin’s sophomore effort, her first since her independently-released In Between Words album in 2010, featured 10 tracks, including two singles, Tumbling Down and Everything Reminds me of You, neither of which have charted on Billboard. The album features production and songwriting from Diane Warren, Toby Gad, Supa Dups, Chuck Harmony and Ryan Tedder of One Republic.

Just hours after its release, Count on my Love peaked at number six on the iTunes top 100 chart before falling to number 10 by the end of the day.

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Vybz Kartel files defamation suit against outgoing Jamaican police commissioner

Vybz Kartel has filed a defamation lawsuit against now retired Jamaican police commissioner, Owen Ellington following Ellington's comments on a local TV show in April.by Jodee Brown

Imprisoned Dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartel has signaled his intent to sue recently retired Jamaican police commissioner, Owen Ellington and Television Jamaica (TVJ) over comments he made on a local television show in April, claiming the deejay was the head of a gang responsible for over 100 murders islandwide.

According to reports Monday, the polarizing entertainer, who was convicted of and given a life sentence for the 2011 murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams in March, has decided to file the multi-million dollar civil lawsuit, through his legal team before the end of this week,. His lead lawyer, Tom-Tavares Finson confirmed the lawsuit with ZIP FM Monday afternoon, but later told IRIE FM that he will not representing Kartel for this case.

Ellington, who had been the head of the Jamaica Constabulary Force since 2009, told the Television Jamaica (TVJ) show, All Angles, “Vybz Kartel led a gang which was responsible for over 100 murders, and we have been telling the country this for a long, long time. Every time we moved against this gang, we were criticized, we were condemned and we were accused of being malicious against this individual. In fact, if you look at his defense, what was his defense? That there was a conspiracy on the part of the police.”

According to court documents, the comments made by Ellington were an attempt to sully Kartel’s character and cause contempt and ridicule, suggesting he never made any attempt to retract his comments and that TVJ have made no effort to distance themselves from said remarks.

There has been no evidence presented to support Ellington’s comments, which caused a stir locally, causing many to wonder why the ex-commissioner would make them after Kartel’s conviction and subsequent sentencing just weeks earlier. Tavares-Finson himself called the comments out of line, saying they were an attempt to prejudice Kartel’s appeal.

Ellington shocked many when he announced his resignation from the police force last week, citing his, “need to separate himself from the leadership and management of the Force prior to the commencement of the upcoming Commission of Enquiry into the conduct of the Operations of the Security Forces in Western Kingston and other areas during the limited State of Emergency in 2010,” according to a press release by Jamaica’s ministry of security.

He had served in various parts of the police force for over 30 years.

Ninja Man calls Beenie Man hypocritical, accuses him of stealing from artists

Dancehall legends, Ninja Man and Beenie Man are at odds following a recent interview in which Beenie questioned the state of Dancehall during a recent interview on HOT 97by Jodee Brown

Add legendary deejay, Ninja Man to the growing list of industry players voicing their displeasure with Beenie Man after comments his fellow deejay made during a recent interview with American radio station, HOT 97 in which he made strong comments regarding the state of Dancehall.

In said interview, Beenie told the American hip-hop station that he didn’t feel artists such as Cham and Mr. Vegas were consistent enough, while suggesting Sean Paul needs to ‘come back to the roots’ more often. He also called out former collaborator, Elephant Man, saying, “I haven’t seen Elephant Man for like two years now, like seriously….Dancehall is not broken, some of the artistes are broken. The followers are here, I am still here, and I am still putting out hit songs,” leading to a war of words between the two deejays last week.

According to reports Wednesday, Ninja Man has been very displeased with Beenie’s comments, deciding to let loose in a radio interview earlier this week, in which he issued a stark response to the self-professed King of the Dancehall’s remarks.

“Beenie Man is not here before Ninja Man, he is not here before Daddy Roy and Josey Wales, so who is Beenie Man fi say him a hold up dancehall? Him see dancehall a drop dung? Beenie Man is a total thief,” he said. “Him is mi friend and mi nah keep no secret fi dem because mi nuh eat a nobody yard and mi nuh scrape nobody burn pan. Him is a thief. Him thief weh di ‘Doctor’ from Early B, him go back and tief the King from Yellow Man, him tief weh di girls from Shabba inna dancehall, and now him want come tief dancehall fi himself? Him too greedy.”

The ‘Don Gorgon’ accused Beenie Man of being a ‘hypocrite’ for not paying homage to those who came before him and allowed him the platform he has performed along for the past two decades.

“A Ninja Man a yuh boss,” Ninja said. “I am the one that you idolise and grow up and study and when you do sumn fi mek it hurt me, it hurt me. Stop gwaan like a you run dancehall. Yuh nuh run no dancehall. You is the artiste weh get the most boo inna dancehall.”

Ninja Man even issued a challenge to Beenie Man should he want to take the issue to wax, saying, “mi resign from war but if yuh nuh like wah mi say and can defend it lyrically, face me any minute, any second, any hour, any time.”

Hitmaker reaches iTunes front page with Skin to Skin riddim

Emerging Jamaican producer, Hitmaker, who is currently promoting his new single, 'Every Night,' has been featured on the front page of iTunes for his recently-released 'Skin to Skin Riddim.'

Emerging Jamaican producer, Hitmaker, who is currently promoting his new single, ‘Every Night,’ has been featured on the front page of iTunes for his recently-released ‘Skin to Skin Riddim.’

by Jodee Brown

As Skin To Skin hit the iTunes stores, the summers most anticipated riddim made it to the iTunes front page on Tuesday.

Jamaica’s Zip Jocks’s; Liquid and Dymond gave the riddim its premiere last week on popular Jamaican radio station; ZipFM. It also had its Canadian premiere on Montreal, Canada’s radio K103FM with DJ, James Bond.

The compilation itself fuses an inspiring and sexy sound while bringing originality to the Dancehall market. Songs on the riddim include: Hitmaker’s own Body Calling, GageBun Fi Bun, Jah VinciGive It To Me, Kalado – “Stimulate, MasickaCome Over, NatelNaah Tell, RDXWurla Glue, RutineBody Party, Stylish & IshawnaSecret Lovers, Stylo GCome Inna Mi Room, and TianaSo Sexy.

Toronto fans got together over the past weekend, as they repped “Hitgang – Skin 2 Skin” attire at popular Toronto parties, showing the masses that the anticipation is real.

With radio and media campaigns already underway and Hitmaker Muzik’s street team; “Hitgang” well at work, the riddim is guaranteed to make an impact in the dancehall market.

Meanwhile, Hitmaker is promoting his new single, Every Night, a sexually-charged single combining R&B and Dancehall sounds.

The up-and-coming talent gears his hit songs to the ladies, who are big part of his fan base, Hitmaker ensures that the girls are consistently satisfied. His last single, Dah Look Deh off the popular, Seduction Riddim, which is just as explicit, received great feedback from radios across Jamaica, The Caribbean, U.K, and North America.

Hitmaker has a few more singles in which he is working on, with a few features on other riddim compilations releasing, insisting that he will working hard, his team and himself ensuring that his fans are always up to date.

You can check out the https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/skin-to-skin-riddim/id891502406Skin to Skin Riddim here.

Beenie Man responds to Elephant Man’s rant

Beenie Man has upped the ante in the ongoing war of words between himself and Elephant Man, questioning his relevancy in Dancehall recent interview

Beenie Man has upped the ante in the ongoing war of words between himself and Elephant Man, questioning his relevancy in Dancehall recent interview

by Jodee Brown

The war of words is heating up between Dancehall stalwarts, Beenie Man and Elephant Man as the ‘King of the Dancehall’ has issued a blunt retort following a rant the ‘Energy God’ made following Beenie’s recent interview on HOT 97.

The interview, done several weeks ago, focused mainly on the state of Dancehall today. Speaking with Cipha Sounds and Peter Rosenberg, Beenie Man called out several artists, including Cham, Mr. Vegas and Sean Paul, questioning the consistency of Cham and Vegas while saying Sean Paul needs to ‘come back to the roots.’”

His comments on Elephant Man however, were particularly strong, telling the American hip-hop station, “I haven’t seen Elephant Man for like two years now, like seriously….Dancehall is not broken, some of the artistes are broken. The followers are here, I am still here, and I am still putting out hit songs.”

Those comments drew the ire of the Pon Di River singer, who accused Beenie of damaging Dancehall’s reputation internationally with his comments, not grooming young artists and being jealous of other entertainers.

In an interview published on one876entertainment.com on Thursday, Beenie held nothing back.

“Elephant is looking a hype because he is not hot but I have no beef with him,” he said. If Ele want to buss back come we sit down and plan a strategy but don’t run to media and smear my name for a hype. Elephant cannot name an artist that him buss, who is that artist? I can honestly say that all the artistes in Shocking Vibes was highlighted because of Beenie Man, I helped to nurture their careers, and we built a powerful camp.”

He also claimed that Elephant Man’s career was in steep decline, reiterating his point on HOT 97 that the deejay has not had a hit song in years.

“Let’s talk about hit songs. I have one of the hottest singles in the dance and on radio at the present moment – My life so Happy,” he said. “Plus Hottest Man Alive is a must play song in every dance every night in any dancehall setting across the world. Ask Ele to name his hot song? Who produced it and where is it playing?”

Furthermore, Beenie took shots at Elephant Man’s lifestyle and questioned his sexual orientation, making reference to a rumor that came out last year claiming the ‘Energy God’ was in a pool with several men at his home, a rumor he later refuted and threatened to sue over.

“Who nah no house on the hill? Elephant must not talk things he doesn’t know. Cause when I stand on my balcony I can see his rainbow colored house – a sore sight for the community,” he said.

“Elephant no fi talk bout mi hair and my teeth, him love man? A no me dem catch in a pool naked with a bag a man.”

Beenie Man is reportedly in the U.S. on tour while Elephant Man is touring in Europe.

Newly-released Tessanne Chin album reaches top 10 on iTunes charts

Tessanne Chin has already seen positive results with her newly-released album, 'Count on my Love,' as it reached the top 10 of the iTunes top 100 just hours after its release

Tessanne Chin has already seen positive results with her newly-released album, ‘Count on my Love’ as it reached the top 10 of the iTunes top 100 just hours after its release

by Jodee Brown

Jamaican songstress, Tessanne Chin is seeing immediate results after releasing her sophomore studio album, Count on my Love as the 10-track set hit the top 10 on the iTunes charts just hours after its release on Tuesday.

The album, her first since winning season five of the American talent show, The Voice last December, peaked at number six on the iTunes Top 100 albums chart Tuesday afternoon, trailing only Robin Thicke, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Magic! And Hillsong Worship. By the end of Tuesday, Chin’s compilation was tenth on the chart.

Chin expressed shock at how fast the album garnered such buzz, posting a snapshot of the iTunes chart on her Instagram page with the message, “Oh snap!!! #CountOnMyLove #OutNow #itunes #walmart thank you all so much!!! I couldn’t even begin to do this without you. #SoGrateful,”

Count on my Love is Chin’s major label debut under the Republic Records imprint, a syndicate of Universal Music Group. Two singles, Tumbling Down and Everything Reminds Me of You have been released from the album since the end of last year, performing them across various stage shows, talk shows and other TV appearances since winning The Voice.

The album features production and songwriting efforts from Supa Dups, Rock City, Diane Warren, Toby Gad, Mark ‘Exit’ Goodchild, Jerry ‘Wonda’ Duplessis, Stargate, Shama ‘Sak Pase’ Joseph and Shaun Pizzonia aka Sting International. It also features a mix of pop and Reggae elements and has received positive feedback from critics in the early going.

Count on my Love is the follow-up to her independently-released album, In Between Words in 2010.

Chin is currently on tour across the United States with her former cast mates from season five of The Voice. The tour, dubbed The Voice Summer Tour 2014, began in San Antonio on June 21 and will conclude on August 2 in Washington.

You can purchase Count on my Love via iTunes here.

 

Elephant Man blasts Beenie Man following HOT 97 interview

Elephant Man has hit Beenie Man with strong words following an interview in which Beenie questioned Elephant Man's relevancy in Dancehall music today.by Jodee Brown

Never one to be lost for words or triggering strong opinions with said words, Dancehall superstar, Beenie Man is at the epicenter of controversy following an interview in which he called out many of his contemporaries, including Elephant Man, who is none too pleased with his commentary.

In a recent interview with Cipha Sounds and Peter Rosenberg on HOT 97, Beenie Man was asked about the state of Dancehall music and speaking on some of its marquee acts, including Cham and Mr. Vegas, stating that they were both inconsistent while stating Sean Paul needs to ‘come back to the roots’ and that he is ‘not coming home enough.’ He also called himself ‘the balance of Dancehall music,’ saying the genre needs him to continue making hits to help sustain it.

When further pressed about Dancehall’s state, Beenie told the American radio station, “I haven’t seen Elephant Man for like two years now, like seriously….Dancehall is not broken, some of the artistes are broken. The followers are here, I am still here, and I am still putting out hit songs.”

In an interview published in the Jamaica STAR on Tuesday, Elephant Man shot back at Beenie, who he performed alongside at the BET Awards last year, intimating that he damaging the genre with such comments.

“Beenie Man badmind until him teeth and the middle of him hair a drop out. He never has nothing good to say about other artistes,” he told the newspaper. “He is all about himself. That’s why him in the music fi suh long and nuh buss no artiste, because him badmind.”

The ‘Energy God’ continued his rant against Beenie, saying, “Yuh gone pon interview gone tell people sey a you alone a duh good inna music, after dem never ask yuh bout yuhself. When Vybz Kartel deh road, yuh run bakka the man and talk bout Gaza yu sey, then yuh same one gone pon interview gone bash di man. Mi deh Europe, and di bwoy know sey mi deh Europe, and gone tell people foolishness.”

He continued, “Yuh too badmind. Yuh try offa Yellowman. Yuh not even own a studio fi record yuh song dem, bout yuh live inna apartment with 300 man. Wicked people cyah pretend too long, ah yourself yuh a trick because yuh nah run no dancehall, go fix yuh teeth dem wey a drop out.”

Watch Beenie’s full interview on HOT 97 here.