Tessanne Chin performs Michelle Obama’s concert at White House Tonight!

Tessanne Chin will make history as the celebrated Jamaican singer will perform at the White House in Washington D.C. on Thursday night.

Tessanne Chin will make history as the celebrated Jamaican singer will perform at the White House in Washington D.C. Tonight.

by Jodee Brown

Jamaican songstress and reigning The Voice champ, Tessanne Chin has landed one of her biggest gigs yet as she has been confirmed to perform a concert at the White House on Tonight.

The concert, Women of Soul: In Performance at the White House is being put on by United States First Lady, Michelle Obama and casts Chin within a star-laden lineup that includes legendary singers, Aretha Franklin, Melissa Etheridge and Patti Labelle, who she once opened for in her younger days. The show also features high-profile singers, Janelle Monae, Ariana Grande and Jill Scott, according to a release issued Tuesday by The White House

Described as a show where artists will perform songs expressing the plights and achievements of women, Women of Soul: In Performance at the White House will be streamed live on the White House’s official website (WhiteHouse.gov/live) around 7:30 p.m. and will be broadcast nationally on PBS April 7th. The broadcast will later be seen on the Armed Forces Network to American servicemen across the world.

Additionally, an interactive, day time workshop will be held in connection with the concert to educate middle school, high school and college students about the women of soul. Chin and all the other featured performers will be at the workshop sharing their experience with students as well as answering questions regarding the music and entertainment world.

Chin has been a semi-regular fixture on American television since winning season five of The Voice last December. She performed a series of talk shows, including Access Hollywood and Live with Kelly and Michael shortly after her win and also appeared at the Rose Bowl in California on New Year’s Day. She will be the first Jamaican artist of note to perform at the White House.

Meanwhile, Tessanne Chin is also booked to perform on May 17 at the Sony Arts Centre in Toronto. It is her second of two scheduled appearances there this spring as she is set to personally accept a Luminary Award at the University of the West Indies Toronto benefit gala on March 29.

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Sean Paul’s ‘Full Frequency’ tops Billboard chart in spite of sluggish sales

by Jodee Brown

Grammy-winning Jamaican musician, Sean Paul has scored another chart-topping album as his sixth studio project, Full Frequency has reached number one on the Billboard Reggae Albums chart.

This, despite a less than impressive sales figure early on as the album, released February 18th, sold just 2,160 copies in its first week. This nearly doubles the first-week output his last album, Tomahawk Technique (2012) provided, selling over 1,200 copies.

However, combining both sales figures, they are a far cry from his multi-platinum effort, Dutty Rock in 2002, which sold nearly 20 times more copies at 65,000 in its first week.

He recently performed his new single from the album, Want Dem All alongside song collaborator, Konshens on the Arsenio Hall Show last month and has since released the official video for the song.

Meanwhile, the latest edition of the Billboard Reggae Albums chart features appearances from Papa San, whose previously chart-topping album, One Blood hails at number five, selling just under 2,000 copies to date. Tarrus Riley’s new album, Love Situation is two places higher, selling around 1,126 copies to date while Gyptian’s Sex, Love and Reggae is 10th, with just under 4,000 copies sold so far.

DJ FreshCut launches ‘De Mayor TV’ with Soca Reggaelution XXIV Recap

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Popular event promoter and DJ, Freshcut De Mayor has recently launched a dedicated YouTube channel to showcase the raving success of Soca Reggaelution XXIV in Toronto’s west end late last month.

More than a thousand die hard Soca/Reggae fans as well as notable media outlets including G98.7FM, CHRY 105.5FM, TorontoDeejays.com, and AN Photography came through to discover and enjoy the legendary Soca Reggaelution party experience. Freshcut is extending his thanks and gratitude to all those who helped in making the event a huge success.

Dedicated followers as well as hundreds of new faces make his fan base undeniable and it continues to grow as Freshcut commits himself to throwing some of the most enjoyable Caribbean-themed parties around. As a way to help fans stay connected and entertained between party events, De Mayor TV was launched on YouTube and is already receiving noteworthy viewership. Watch the full Soca Reggaelution XXIV Recap video here.

Freshcut had the following to say about his new Youtube channel:

De Mayor TV gives you VIP Access to the behind the scenes footage from some of the hottest parties in the GTA as well as out of town ‘campaign dates’ wherever De Mayor is booked! Now I cannot speak on behalf of every other promoter in Toronto, nor can I predict the outcome of their events. I can only display what to expect when De Mayor is booked for an event or has an event of his own. You will get your money’s worth and TNA – Total Non-stop Action!”

De Mayor’s next event, Caribbean Scene Investigation (CSI): The Final Chapter will be held at The Vue Nightclub on Friday, March 14, 2014 and marks the end of the ten year long party-series. Although the curtain will close on CSI after this highly anticipated night, Freshcut makes it clear that, “the action will only get bigger and better with Soca Reggaelution, Pirates Of The Caribbean and Soca In The City, to name a few…”

CSI tickets are now available for purchase on TicketGateway.com.  Tune in to Freshcut’s Confunkshun Show on CHRY 105.5FM every Tuesday 6-8pm for a chance to win tickets to CSI and other upcoming events.

IRIE FM and ZIP FM CEO, aged 27, dies from illness

Chad Young, the CEO of Jamaican radio stations, IRIE FM and ZIP FM, has died at the age of 27.by Jodee Brown

The Jamaican media industry has suffered a stunning blow as Chad Young, the CEO and managing director of popular radio stations, IRIE FM and ZIP FM has died at the tender age of 27.

Young was pronounced dead Thursday afternoon at his St. Ann home following a brief illness, though no official cause of death has been given. The two sister stations released a joint statement late Thursday confirming his passing.

“Chad was loved and respected for his happy nature, affableness and down to earth personality,” the statement read, in part. “The family of Mr. Young and the Management and staff of IRIE FM and ZIP 103 FM are grateful for the outpouring of affection and promise to carry that with them as they grow from strength to strength.”

Chad Young took over ownership of Grove Broadcasting Company, the parent company of IRIE FM and ZIP FM in 2010 following the death of his father and long-time owner, Karl Young. Under his stewardship, both stations became the first in Jamaica to have mobile apps and built ZIP into one of the country’s most popular stations with its more new-age brand of thinking.

He was described in the statement as ‘innovative,’ and ‘cutting edge’ with his work.

Lorde says she hates Reggae, Jamaican artists react

Never shy to speak her mind, Grammy-winning singer, Lorde says she's not a fan of Reggae musicby Jodee Brown

Reggae music is, for the most part, loved universally as one of the best and most celebrated genres. Grammy-winning singer, Lorde is not one of those lovers apparently.

The 17-year-old, New Zealand-born singer, who rose to international prominence with her hit single, Royals, was highly critical of Reggae music during a recent edition of her VEVO vlog titled, The World According To Lorde.

“I hate Reggae, Reggae makes me feel like am late for something,” she said.

Though the comment was made months ago, a report in the Jamaica STAR Tuesday brought the comment to light, triggering mixed views among Jamaican music insiders. However, Dancehall artist, Spice, whoremixed Royals in January, lambasted her upon hearing of the comment..

“I’m really disappointed in her statement, because I was such a big fan of her music, and fell in love withRoyals the moment I heard it,” she told the Jamaica STAR Tuesday. “I’m not a fan anymore, and will just delete her album and move on. Reggae is the most soulful genre, so I can’t understand how someone could hate it. I really regret even doing a reggae cover to her single. Everyone knows the origin of reggae music is Jamaica, and by black people. So my question is: Is it the music that she really doesn’t like, or just the black race?”

However, ZIP 103FM regular and selector, DJ Chrome was of a contrasting opinion.

“If that’s how she feels, then that’s OK. It’s her opinion. I personally wouldn’t say that I hate any genre of music,” he told the newspaper. “They might not be my favourite, but I wouldn’t go as far to say that I hate them. If she thinks Reggae is that bad, then it’s no big deal.”

This is not the first time Lorde has courted controversy with her comments on other genres. In an interview given to Complex Magazine last fall, saying she did not relate well to music from Nicki Minajand Drake because they ‘all sing about such opulence,’ while also saying, ‘How are we listening to this? It’s completely irrelevant.’

She later clarified her comments on Twitter, saying that loves and admires both rappers, saying, “Just because their songs aren’t my reality (being 17 and from Auckland) doesn’t mean I don’t admire their musicianship and careers!”