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.

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.

Gyptian’s ‘Hold Yuh’ certified gold

Gyptian has accomplished a major feat as his single, 'Hold Yuh' is the first song by a Jamaican artist since 2005 to achieve gold status.

Gyptian has accomplished a major feat as his single, ‘Hold Yuh’ is the first song by a Jamaican artist since 2005 to achieve gold status.

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Accomplished Reggae/Dancehall star, Gyptian has made a bit of history thanks to arguably his biggest hit as his 2010 single, Hold Yuh is now certified gold.

On Thursday, it was announced that Hold Yuh was officially declared a gold record by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), meaning it has now eclipsed 500,000 copies sold. The song, produced byRicky Blaze is the first by a Jamaican Dancehall/Reggae artist to be certified gold since Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley’s Grammy-winning single, Welcome to Jamrockachieved such status in 2005.

Hold Yuh gained Gyptian mass international recognition over the last three years; earning him a Music of Black Origin (MOBO) award for Best Reggae Act and a Soul Train award forBest Reggae Artiste in 2010. It also earned him spots on several Billboard charts and topped charts in the Caribbean, North America and Europe.

Sean Paul is the only other Jamaican artist in the last 10 years to be certified gold as his singles, We Be Burning, Temperature,Give It Up To Me (feat. Keyshia Cole) andBreak It Off (feat. Rihanna) all top the half-a-million mark in copies sold.