Shaggy set to release new studio album this month

shaggy1by Jodee Brown

Ranch Entertainment is proud to announce the release of Shaggy‘s 12th studio album, Out of Many, One Music,’ produced by legendary Jamaican duo, Sly & Robbie and Sting International Co. The album, also co-produced by Lenky Marsdenwill be available digitally on September 24th 2013.

As one of music’s highly acclaimed artist with two multi-platinum albums, eight number one hits, twelve top ten singles worldwide, a diamond selling album and a Grammy for best reggae album, Shaggy is at it again.Out of Many, One Music puts Shaggy in a class of his own and shows the authenticity and creativity Shaggy is so well known for. The vibe of the album was inspired by deep grooves of pioneering roots Reggae band, Black Uhuru, to which Shaggy added his own flavor.

“Those hard Black Uhuru drum and bass tracks with my pop style of writing and melodies added a nice twist. I feel this album is really something solid and authentic”says Shaggy.

The lead single, Fight this Feeling is a duet with lover’s rock icon, Beres Hammond, set to a timeless Sly & Robbie rhythm, which has changed the Dancehall scene this summer, forcing DJs to play lovers rock during their set. Fight this Feeling is a modern day love song with excellent production from Sly & RobbieSting International and Lenky.

The second single released off, Out of Many, One Music, titled You Girl features R&B pop star, Ne-Yoand is currently number one on the Reggae iTunes charts.You Girl is a body roll- inducing love song that finds the fellas serenading a lucky young lady about how wonderful she is.

The remaining tracks on this 13-track album are all new and have not been released. Shaggy collaborated with many of the industry’s legends and upcoming Reggae and Dancehall sensations. This album gives you the opportunity to enjoy good reggae, great musical production and take a journey with Shaggy and some of his friends as they pay tribute to the culture and one of the many gifts given to the world from the island of Jamaica, Reggae.

Out of Many, One Music is not a new Shaggy album but a collaboration as he explains, between him and legendary Jamaican rhythm duo, Sly & Robbie.

“I’ve been criticized for years for not being authentic because of my pop success…People say I’m not this…I’m not that…Now I’m doing a Reggae album with the masters and people are saying it’s a game changer. The first 2 singles have already proven that to some extent! You be the judge on September 24th! says Shaggy.”

Usain Bolt to retire following 2016 Olympics

Usain Bolt6by Jodee Brown

Arguably the greatest sprinter in history, Usain Bolt has left an indelible mark on the sport with his talent, charisma, and a plethora of records along the way. The summer of 2016 will be the last chance for the world to see the Jamaican legend showcase his unique skill set.

On Wednesday morning, Bolt announced that he is set to retire following the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio Di Janeiro, Brazil. The six-time Olympic gold medalist and reigning world champion in the 100m and 200m signaled his intent to win gold at next year’sCommonwealth Games in Glasgow, the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing and the 2016 summer games before calling it quits from a spotlight that has shone on him since he made waves as a teenager.

“So far, it [retirement] is after the Olympics in Rio,”Bolt told the Associated Press ahead of his final race of the season in Belgium. “I think if I am in great shape, I’ll go there and do what I have to do. I think it will be a good time to retire on top.”

He continued, “If I want to be among the greats of [Muhammad] Ali and Pele and all these guys, I have to continue dominating until I retire.”

Bolt’s track record is impeccable as the now 27-year-old sprinter became the only man in Olympic history to win back to back gold medals in the 100m, 200m and 4 by 100m relay respectively. After winning gold in all three events in last month’s IAAF World Championships in Moscow, he became the most decorated runner in the event’s history, with eight gold and two silver medals.

He owns the world records in the 100m (9.58) and 200m (19.19), both which he broke in the 2009 world championships in Germany while helping the 4 by 100m relay shatter its own world record at last year’s summer games in London.

Before he goes out, Bolt hopes to top those marks once again, admitting that while the 100m remains the toughest mark to top, the 200m record is well within reach.

“I have learned, I have mastered the art of running the turn,” Bolt said of the 200. “So if I can stay injury-free and be in good shape, then it is possible for me to definitely go after the world record.”

Aidonia records Usain Bolt tribute song

Usain Bolt6by Jodee Brown

With today marking the 27th birthday of legendary Jamaican sprinter, Usain Bolt, Dancehall star, Aidoniahas given the six-time Olympic champion a gift in song after releasing a tribute song in his honor with a special remix of his hit single, Run Road.

The tribute, which features his Jag One Productions(J.O.P) protégé, Deablo was recorded the night prior to Bolt’s defense of his 200m title at the IAAF World Championships in Russia on Saturday. Additionally, Bolt rebounded from his false start during the 100m at the 2011 edition of the world championships to take gold in that event last week while helping the 4 by 100m relay team retain their title.

Aidonia, who says he has developed a good friendship with Bolt, spoke of how the tribute came about. He told the Jamaica STAR“It was a no-brainer; when we got in studio, there were so many adjectives to describe Usain Bolt. He is the boss of track and field, the most naturally gifted and the greatest the world has ever seen.”

He continued, “In 2008, I recorded a song called Bolt Action, so is from long time the respect is there. Give thanks that my publicist got the Run Road tribute to him in time before his race and him let the world know that he appreciated it. I also want to big up all our athletes cause dem mek wi proud as an island. Nuff love goes out.”

Bolt won the 200m with a time of 19.66 seconds, with teammate Warren Weir taking silver and Mikael Ashmeade finishing fourth. He then shouted out the J.O.Pcrew in his post-race interview with BBC for their efforts.

“Usain Bolt loves music,” said Keona Williams,Aidonia’s publicist. “Run Road is one of his favourite dancehall songs he always uses the term ‘run road’ in his conversations and so as a team, we came together and said we should do this tribute for him because he would very much appreciate it, which he did.”

On Tuesday night, Aidonia held a tribute night to Bolt and all of Jamaica’s athletes at the QUAD Nightclubin New Kingston, where they had a toast for Bolt at midnight.

Vybz Kartel rushed to hospital after complaining of chest pains

Vybz Kartel, seen here in an orange shirt and jeans was taken to a Kingston hospital Thursday morning after complaining of chest pains. Credits:   jamaica-gleaner.com

Vybz Kartel, seen here in an orange shirt and jeans was taken to a Kingston hospital Thursday morning after complaining of chest pains.
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Embattled Dancehall superstar, Adidja Palmer, more popularly known as Vybz Kartel, has been treated and released from a Kingston hospital after complaining of chest pains while behind bars Thursday morning.

Kartel, who is awaiting trials on two separate murder cases, was whisked away from the Horizon Remand Centre to the Kingston Public Hospital after falling ill. Dressed in an orange T-shirt and jeans with somewhat spiky hair, the deejay was met with mass fanfare upon visiting the medical facility.

He reportedly was taken into the hospital’s x-ray department and treated for a short time before being released in handcuffs and taken back to jail in a grey police vehicle.

Vybz Kartel faces several murder and conspiracy charges in separate case in which he is alleged to have participated in the killings of Barrington ‘Bossie’ Burton and Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams respectively during the summer of 2011. He has been incarcerated since September 2011, having yet to receive bail in the latter murder case.

He is expected to stand trial next month in the Burton case.

Buju Banton gun conviction dismissed as trial juror could face contempt charge

A gun charge, carrying an additional five-year prison term, has been thrown out, meaning that Buju Banton remains on course to serve out his ongoint ten-year sentence on a drug conviction.

A gun charge, carrying an additional five-year prison term, has been thrown out, meaning that Buju Banton remains on course to serve out his ongoint ten-year sentence on a drug conviction.

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Embattled Dancehall/Reggae superstar, Mark Myrie, more popularly known as Buju Banton has received a reprieve in his fight to overturn his drug conviction as a gun charge against the entertainer was dismissed during a hearing inside a Florida courtroom Wednesday afternoon.

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The ruling, handed down by Judge James Moody was made after it was determined that Terri Wright, a juror in Buju’s February 2011 drug trial, violated federal court orders by independently researching aspects of the singjay’s case. This means that Buju, currently serving a ten-year prison term on several drug-related charges, will not have to serve five additional years as a result of the gun charge, which was reinstated following a failed appeal last summer.

Judge Moody has ordered the United States government to slap a criminal contempt charge against Wright as a result of her alleged misconduct. Wright could face up to six months in prison, as well as a fine if found guilty on contempt.

Buju’s lawyer, Chokwe Lumumba maintains that he was happy about the judge’s rulings, but thinks the entire drug case against his client should have been thrown out, telling the Tampa Bay Times, “If we can’t believe her on the Pinkerton issue, we can’t believe her on anything else.”

Last October, Buju’s legal team requested that the entertainer’s drug conviction be overturned and that he be granted a new trial days after a report came out in a Florida newspaper that Wright had admitted to researching facts of Buju’s case on her laptop.

During a hearing in April, it was found that Wright has submitted the wrong hard drive to a forensic examiner hired by Buju’s legal team as they tried to determine whether Wright had researched aspects of the singer’s drug case during the February 2011 timeline. This revelation led to Wednesday’s hearing, where Wright was deemed to have lied about her behavior during the trial.

Lady Saw blasts boyfriend on Twitter, wants out of relationship

Lady Saw has hinted that she is through with her long-time boyfriend, 'John John' following numerous incidents of infidelity

Lady Saw has hinted that she is through with her long-time boyfriend, ‘John John’ following numerous incidents of infidelity

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The ‘Queen of Dancehall,’ Lady Saw has apparently reached her breaking point after a series of tweets posted recently in which she claims her long-time boyfriend has treated her unroyally for too long.

Lady Saw, whose real name is Marion Halltook to the social media website to blast famed producer Lloyd ‘John John’ James,her lover of 14 years. According to the deejay, her common-law husband’s infidelity and greed has become too much to bare, suggesting she wants out and even wants him to pay back money she contributed to the development of his new home.

“You ungrateful brute! You need to sell your apartment and pay me back all the money I gave to you to refurbish it and pay your mortgage for all these years,” she said.

This is not the first time the entertainer has blasted her now ex-beau on Twitter,confirming last October that John Johnimpregnated another woman who lived close to her. In March, she ranted once more after claiming an affair between her boyfriend and a hairdresser.

Her most recent Twitter blasts were just as poignant, insisting she was glad she did not marry John John after all these years and accusing him of only wanting to get married to gain access to her riches.

“You and your new baby mom drag my name in the mud and God pick me up and gave me a hit so I can get away from you,” she said “And now you want to pull me down again? Even after you get babies on me, my money pay for anything you give them, because I was not selfish – school fee, shoes, clothing? Come on, man!”

Lady Saw has been scarce on the local scene since the video for her hit single, Heels On in January. She said she has been absent from Jamaica in recent months as she does not want to be in the same surroundings as her man.

The prominent deejay is currently touring in Canada and will reportedly address the situation to her fans upon her return to Jamaica.

Vybz Kartel’s conspiracy case postponed until July

Vybz Kartel and Gaza Slim will both return to court this July after their conspiracy case was once again delayed.

Vybz Kartel and Gaza Slim will both return to court this July after their conspiracy case was once again delayed.

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Incarcerated Dancehall star, Vybz Kartel will return to court for a second consecutive summer as his conspiracy case has been put off until July.

The matter, which is connected to the Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams murder case was mentioned at a hearing inside the Corporate Area Resident Magistrates Court in Kingston Friday morning. Kartel, whose real name isAdidja Palmer is jointly charged alongside singer and long-time protégé, Vanessa ‘Gaza Slim’ Saddler as well as studio engineer,Andre ‘Pim Pim’ Henry with attempting to pervert the course of justice and perverting the course of justice.

Gaza Slim admits the constant delays havefrustrated all parties involved, telling IRIE FM that the legal process has been tiring. However, she is optimistic there will be a light at the end of the tunnel.

“Dem just constantly putting it off, putting it off but yuh done know, a God we put we trust inna enuh, not mankind so what is to be must be,” she said. “Just waiting on the boss [Kartel] to just come out. Yuh done know everybody miss him but I miss him the most.”

Gaza Slim and Pim Pim are currently out on bail while Kartel, who was granted bail in the conspiracy matter last November, remains imprisoned as he has yet to be afforded bail in the Williams murder case. It is alleged that Kartel ordered Gaza Slim to file a police report claiming she had been robbed and gun-butted by Williams in October 2011, the same month Kartel was charged with Williams’ murder.

He is expected to return to court May 27th in the Williams matter when the trial is expected to commence. He and five other men are accused of participating in Williams’ murder at a Havendale, St. Andrew residence in August 2011.

Miguel, Chronixx confirmed for final night of Reggae Sumfest 2013

Miguel will look to 'Adorn' his Jamaican fans as he is set to headline this year's edition of Reggae Sumfest in Montego Bay (July 21-27)

Miguel will look to ‘Adorn’ his Jamaican fans as he is set to headline this year’s edition of Reggae Sumfest in Montego Bay (July 21-27)

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Two of the music world’s emerging superstars will be thrust into the spotlight at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex in Montego Bay as American R&B singer, Miguel and Reggae sensation, Chronixx will headline International Night 2 of Reggae Sumfest 2013.

Miguel, whose hit single Adorn won this year’s Grammy Award for Best R&B Songwill make his maiden trip to Jamaica for the show. Adorn, a soulful rendition of Marvin Gaye’s classic single, Sexual Healing topped the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop charts and was the feature track on his successful sophomore album, Kaleidoscope Dreamreleased last September.

Also known for hits such as Sure Thing, Do You and Where’s The Fun In Forever,Miguel has been associated with Jamaican music before as Dancehall superstar,Konshens remixed his Adorn single last summer. Earlier this month, Miguel featured alongside Mariah Carey for her new single,Beautiful, which already has made waves on several charts in the U.S.

“Sumfest patrons can expect to be wowed by the young artiste’s striking vocals and alluring stage presence, while rocking to the sounds of his eclectic LPs,” said Sumfest organizers,Summerfest Productions in a media release.

Meanwhile, Chronixx will also perform on Reggae Sumfest’s final night, marking his second major stage show performance in the island. After dominating 2012 with hits such as Warrior, Behind Curtain and They Don’t Know, Chronixx delivered a well-received set at STING 2012 last Christmas and is set to debut at Sumfest this summer. 2013 has seen the singer continue his blistering form with Smile Jamaicaand Beat and a Mic.

Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley, who was regarded by many media outlets as last year’s top performer at Sumfest will also headline closing night while Dancehall stars, Popcaan, Aidoniaand Kiprich as well as Reggae star, Tarrus Riley have also been confirmed for the show.

Now in its 21st year, Reggae Sumfest will take place from July 21-27. Early bird tickets for the show are now available online through Touchstone Ticketing, the official ticketing stub for the festival.

Reggae Sumfest is sponsored by Digicel Jamaica, Iberostar, Secrets Resorts, Red Stripe, Pepsi and the Jamaica Tourist Board.

A Mother’s Love: 10 hit songs dedicated to mothers by Dancehall/Reggae acts

Bounty Killer is one of many Dancehall/Reggae acts to pay homage to their mothers, as he did with his Mom, 'Miss Ivy' following her death in February Credits:   thegullyside.com

Bounty Killer is one of many Dancehall/Reggae acts to pay homage to their mothers, as he did with his Mom, ‘Miss Ivy’ following her death in February
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As a show of respect to mothers and the struggles they had to bare, many artistes across various genres have dedicated songs to them in an effort to show their appreciation for all they sacrificed. Several Dancehall and Reggae superstars have similarly poured their hearts out to pay homage to the concept of motherhood and the burdens that came along with that responsibility.

In honor of Mother’s Day, check out this list of ten songs done by current Jamaican artistes that were dedicated to Moms or the evolving concept of motherhood.

1. Jahvinci – Mama Don’t Worry: FormerPortmore Empire singjay, Jahvinci had showcased some of his potential as a hybrid artiste with songs like Money andChristmas Story. However, his prospects first shone in the summer of 2009 withMama Don’t Worry, a song wholly dedicated towards those who promise better days for their mothers, even during the worst of times. Additionally, the songreflects on the struggles his mother went through to care for him and the emotional toll motherhood can take.

2. Jahvinci – Mama Love: Just months before his departure from the Empire, Jahvinci scored another hit while a member of the ‘Gaza’ group with Mama Love in March 2011 on the Eternal Riddim. This song was seemingly more personal for Jahvinci as he spoke to growing up in the ghetto but managing to overcome the daily struggles and dangers of the inner city thanks to the love and support of his mother. It gaveJahvinci noteworthy acclaim on the local music scene and helped build the singjay’s reputation as a promising prospect, even after leaving Vybz Kartel’s crew in May 2011.

3. Bounty Killer – Mama’s Love: Originally done in early 2011, Bounty Killer spoke highly of his love for his mother Ivy ‘Miss Ivy’ Williams, as he often did on previous singles like Mama Ivy Last Son and Mama U Know. Mama’s Love gave credence once again to the dedication and determination that mothers show while also speaking of how his mother raised him and encouraged him throughout his childhood and rise to superstardom.

The single was re-released in February of last year after Miss Ivy passed away following a long illness while the Dancehall fraternity showed strong support for Bounty Killer when holding a wake in honor of his mother.

4. Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers – Mama: During his hay day in the late 80s and early 90s, a young Ziggy Marleyshowed his love for mothers in song as he and the Melody Makers released the sizzling Reggae single, Mama. Not only did this song honor the strength and persistence that his mother showed, but Marley also described the essence of motherhood and how well they spread their love.

5. Lady Saw – Infertility: For every mother able to bare the joy of carrying a child in their womb, there are some women who’re unfortunately unable to bare children of their own. One of those women is the ‘Queen of Dancehall, Lady Saw who surprised her hardcore Dancehall following in 2007 with the release of No Less Than a Woman (Infertility), speaking candidly about her past miscarriages and sadness of not being able to have her own children.

With three adopted children of her own,Lady Saw used No Less Than a Woman as a way to inspire women who endured similar fates to keep their heads up while suggesting that there are many Jamaican children without parents, looking for mothers to love and take care of them. The song received high praise within local music circles as she spoke up for women in similar circumstances.

6. Gyptian – Mama Don’t Cry: In 2006, Gyptianbecame a household name when he released his debut album, I Am Gyptian, featuring smash hits like Serious Timesand Beautiful Lady. Another single from that album, Mama Don’t Cry painted an eloquent picture of a man who strives to make it on his own while attempting to make life better for himself and his mother.

The visuals for Mama Don’t Cry followed suit, showing how life in the inner city was a major struggle for him and his mother to the point where his mother feared the worst. However, Gyptian’s lyrics of encouragement resonated with many who were in similar situations as his scintillating voice won the hearts and support of fans across the world. Check it out here:

7. Garnett Silk – Hello Mama Africa: The concept of motherhood isn’t just limited to people. Sometimes, it can be a place which one calls a ‘mother’, as shown by late great Reggae singer, Garnett Silk in Hello Mama Africa. Paying homage to the proverbial Motherland while showing his devout beliefs in Rastafari, Silk flourished as one of Reggae’s most promising acts of the 90s with Hello Mama Africa as he speaks of one day returning to the Motherland while speaking of the joy that the continent brought to him.

A remix of the single was later done with fellow Reggae superstars and friends, Buju Banton and Anthony B and since Silk’s untimely death in December 1994, Hello Mama Africa remains one of Reggae music’s biggest hits.

8. Sizzla – Black Woman and Child: Again dealing with a greater concept of motherhood, Reggae singer, Sizzla Kalonjiascended to superstar status after the release of Black Woman and Child in 1997. Speaking of his admiration for black women raising their children through the toughest of times, Sizzla spoke to the long road that black women had to overcome dating back to the days of slavery. Additionally, he put the emphasis on one natural love and support instead of a reliance on material things.

Black Woman and Child was the title track of Sizzla’s 1997 album which was later named as a top 50 Reggae album of all time by MOJO Magazine in 2002 and is regarded by many fans as Kalonji’s best compilation to date.

9. Vybz Kartel – Mama: Easily Dancehall’s most controversial artiste, Kartel once again showed his trait of unpredictability withMama; a conscious effort dedicated towards honoring all the achievements and efforts his mother made in order to provide a better life for him and their family.

Kartel also called out those men who fail to take care of their mothers; instead spending their money on random women while leaving the main women in their lives to suffer. A chart-topping single added to his already rich résumé, Kartel referred to his mother and others as queens who should be given their rightful respect as they gave up so much just to make their children happy.

10. Sizzla – Thank You Mama: It was the first single that Sizzla ever put to visuals and still is most impactful single to date. With a simple message relaying all the pain and pressure mothers have to bear when having children, Sizzla reflected on his own days a child with his mother and the belief that he and his mother would one day overcome.

Thank You Mama dominated Reggae charts, won over fans from all corners of the world and made Sizzla a global phenomenon. The single remains a universal anthem for celebrating motherhood and will surely be played a plethora of times this Mother’s Day.