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Big moves on Billboard

Philadelphia-based band, The Movement, earns its third chart-topper on this week’s Billboard Reggae Albums Chart, with their seventh studio effort, Ways of The World . Released June 7, the album has 13 songs and sold 1591 copies in opening week The first single, Diamonds, is produced by Future Sound of Reggae, a joint venture between...

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Jermaine Michaels encourages perseverance

Former Digicel Rising Stars contestant Jermaine Michaels is getting a major boost with his reggae-flavoured single Am a Soldier , released on May 23 on the Big Dreams Production label. The song speaks to perseverance in the face of insurmountable odds. “After entering Rising Star in 2010, not many producers were willing to help. But...

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Bobby Bigga 5 gets his day

Bobby Bigga 5 is pleased with the feedback to his message-based Day One and its accompanying video. The visuals for the single was released a few months ago, while the song was done in January. Day One is on the Trinidad-based Universal Stars label. “The feedback to Day One video has been phenomenal online, and...

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Mr Chumps looks to Sumfest

Montego Bay-based deejay Mr Chumps plans to give a memorable performance at this year’s Reggae Sumfest at Catherine Hall Entertainment Centre in St James. The festival is slated for July 14 to 20. Mr Chumps is booked for the July 19 stage show. “I am coming to surprise the world on the Reggae Sumfest stage...

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Final battle heats up

Argentinian music producer Hernon Sforzini plans to step up promotion for his all-star album, Sly and Robbie vs The Roots Radics: The Final Battle, this month. The set contains songs by top reggae singers backed by the Taxi Gang and Roots Radics Band. On June 29, Sforzini will release videos for two of its singles...

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Woodham set for Classics

Though he has appeared several times on the concert series, acclaimed violinist Steven Woodham is gearing up to provide a refreshing set at Classics in June this evening. “I feel honoured to be invited again to perform at the Classics in June concert season. I will be performing chamber music on the viola, collaborating with...

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Legend turns 35

Last Friday, The Marley Family, Island Records , and UMe joined forces to observe the 35th anniversary of Bob Marley & The Wailers’ album Legend with a reissue of the iconic work on vinyl. Initially released on May 8, 1984, Legend holds the distinction of being the world’s best-selling reggae album of all time with...

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Artikal looks to the future

Deejay Artikal believes that for reggae and dancehall to survive globally, artistes and musicians must create music with substance. “We need to change the direction of how we create the music and where we are sending the music. We need to be making music that last, not just for a month. If we continue to...

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Shotty Shane is back

Six months after releasing his first project, producer Orlando “Shotty Shane” Chance returns with two songs — Bruk it Off by deejay Razor B and Rider by Vershon. According to Shotty Shane, the singles are aimed at hot girls who will be hitting the clubs and dance floors this summer. “The Razor B rhythm is...

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A new chapter for ‘Realignment’

Singer Kevin Downswell officially launched ‘Chapter 3’ of his Realignment Tour at Jamaica National Financial Centre on Belmont Road in Kingston Tuesday evening. This year’s theme is ‘Never…Alone’. Downswell said providing support for disadvantaged children and communities are priorities for Chapter 3. “When we found the theme, we never knew that everything else would take...

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