Dancehall singjay Vershon is aiming to tap into the international market, courtesy of a major collaboration with African superstar Shatta Wale.
Shatta Wale, a Ghana-born producer and reggae-dancehall musician, is best known for his breakthrough hit Dancehall King, for which he was awarded Artiste of the Year at the 2014 edition of the Ghana Music Awards.
Vershon and Shatta Wale's record is titled Can You, and was produced by Vershon's own label, Real Queffa Production. Aimed mainly at the female audience, the Inna Real Life singer noted that the record has hit potential.
He also told THE STAR that his new body of music will reflect growth.
"In recent months, I became distracted with a lot of situations that could have been avoided. But I am now back on track and fully focused on what is important, and that is elevating my career to the next level. I am currently working on a number of projects, the first of which is this collaboration with Shatta Wale. Right now, we will be launching an aggressive promotional campaign around it and others singles heading into the last quarter of the year. So fans can look out for a lot of upcoming activities from me," he said.
Vershon, who recently had tongues wagging following the release of his controversial record, My Success, also pointed out that he is looking to expand his reach by tapping into the motherland.
BIG SUPPORTER"Shatta Wale is a huge act in Africa, and people need to realise that Africa is one of the biggest supporters of reggae and dancehall because we are one people. I am making world music, and right now mi just a try tap into several international markets because the work never stops. As an artiste, you can't allow yourself to be caught up into the hype and the bag of mix-up thing in Jamaica, because the world is out there waiting on some good music," he said.
Shatta Wale recently visited the island with hopes of tapping into the Jamaican hardcore dancehall scene.
PARTYNEXTDOOR's record 'Not Nice', which samples Vybz Kartel's 'Girl You Too Bad' single, has been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.
Girl You Too Bad was released in 2011, while Not Nice was produced by international producer Dre Skull, who is known for his work with former Vybz Kartel affiliate Popcaan.
Gold in the US signifies that more than 500,000 copies of the record have been purchased by fans.
Not Nice currently has more than 20 million views on YouTube.
This is the second bit of positive news for Vybz Kartel in recent times. The deejay, who is currently incarcerated, recently charted at number 37 on the R&B Billboard Chart with Fever.
Vybz Kartel's 'best-friend' Amelia 'Milk' Sewell for comment on the deejay's current wave of success internationally. The media personality, who also played the substitute teacher on Vybz Kartel's reality show, Techa's Pet, said the deejay is still a trendsetter.
"The copyright money you get from samples is your insurance for further down the line. He has kids to feed, and to see that his music is still being well received, despite his absence, really shows that he is the greatest of all time, like Usain Bolt. He is still relevant, and artistes are still trying to be like him. They don't know what to sing unless Vybz Kartel sings it first," she said.
Milk, who has visited the deejay several times since his incarceration, believes the string of success for the deejay will lift his spirit behind bars.
"This will keep him happy to see that the thing is still up. We are still close and we are still best of friends
Following an impressive performance at the recently concluded Reggae Sumfest, dancehall artiste Tommy Lee Sparta is being signed by international star Sean Kingston.
The announcement was made on Sunday via Sean Kingston's Instagram page. In a photo of himself and the 'Spartan' soldier, Sean Kingston brags about being able to work the artiste and says there are big things to come from their partnership.
"Haven't been this excited about signing an artiste since @torylanez," the caption attached to the photo read. "Mi nuh hide an talk @tommyleesparta is undeniably talented ... big news soon come," Sean Kingston wrote.
Tommy Lee's camp was tight-lipped about the deal that was struck with the singer, songwriter and record producer.
But while Tommy Lee and his management has been silent about the signing, his fans have been celebrating the announcement.
"Big moves me general, it's a good look. You deserve it," said one user said on Instagram.
"Ah big news dis. Tommy Lee is definitely one of the hottest dancehall acts right now. This is the best investment you will make @seankingston," said another.
Jamaican prisoners are to be allowed conjugal visits, which means they will be allowed to spend time in private with a visitor, usually their legal spouse, and engage in sexual activity.
National Security Minister, Robert Montague said "we must begin to humanise" people in prisons.
"A lot of us talk about we are Christians but true Christianity is when you do for the least among us," the minister said.
Two men, who were held with nearly 500 pounds of ganja, were fined more than $1,000,000 or six months imprisonment. They are 46-year-old Gary Edwards and 39-year-old Evol Taylor both of Manchester.
Edwards was sentenced to $15,000 or six months imprisonment for possession of 602 pounds of ganja. He was also sentenced to $1 million or six months imprisonment for dealing in ganja.
Taylor was sentenced to $15,000 or six months imprisonment and 12 months imprisonment for possession of 483 pounds of ganja. He was also sentenced to $1 million or six months imprisonment for dealing in ganja.
The sentences are to run concurrently if the fines are not paid.
Both men were arrested after the quantities of ganja were found during an operation by the police at two beaches in Hellshire, St. Catherine on May 4
Yanique ‘Curvy Diva’ Barrett, took on renowned ‘Daggerring Master’ Marvin the Beast at the recent staging of Chug It held in Portmore, St. Catherine. The Curvy Diva surely didn’t shy away from the challenge of dancing with Marvin; who is notoriously famous for conducting risky stunts with his female partners. In fact, Yanique insisted on an encore performance after the Beast decided to go easy on her on his first attempt.
Feeling a bit inspired, the host for the night – MC Nuffy decided to throw his hat in the ring by also challenging the Curvy Diva.
The very outspoken Nuffy did a series of unusual antics, including jumping on Yanique’s posterior – which sent the audience at Chug It into a frenzy.
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Comedian Christopher 'Johnny' Daley, who, just this week, returned from an immensely successful trip to Helsinki, Finland, has announced that his hugely popular radio show, 'Johnny Live' morning show, will no longer be a part of the SunCity Radio portfolio.
The show, owned and executively produced by the actor and comedian, has been on the station since 2013. However, Daley says it is now time for a new journey for the growing entertainment brand.
For the fans and dedicated listeners of the show, Daley expressed gratitude for their support.
"I would like to extend hearty gratitude to my listeners, corporate partners and staunch supporters for the dedication they have shown. It is for that reason and the love for my many fans of the show why I can safely say we will be back at a new home to be announced soon. One love!" he said.
Sting - The Greatest One Night Reggae and Dancehall Show On Earth. Not this year!
Today OnStage, Jamaica's Premiere Entertainment Show, published an interview with Sting promoters Isaiah Laing and Heavy D. Watch it below:
ABOUT THE CANCELLATION…„The last two, three years the headliner is just never there.“
„There was no crowd at Sting, because there was no headliner.“
„Since Kartel gone, the headliner move!“
„We have 50 Artists to work, but If you don’t have two [main acts], the 40 don’t count!“
„The ones that are hot now.. is not interested.“
„For the last 8 years we have not made a profit at Sting!“
ABOUT DECEMBER 26TH 2016…„We doing an award ceremony for the people who have made Sting what it was over the years.“
Come July 1 when the new policy announced by Prime Minister Andrew Holness takes effect at the National Housing Trust (NHT), scores of contributors who own land are expected to converge on the housing entity to engage the Trust as they seek to access loans to build houses, while others will make single or joint applications to purchase houses on the open market.
The Gleaner has sought additional information from the NHT, particularly in relation to how the new policy will benefit low-income earners.
A 25-year-old minimum wage earner who approaches the NHT on July 1 for a loan could access up to $4 million, including a home grant. This means that this low-income earner would have a monthly mortgage payment of $8,808.58.
At the same time, a 45-year-old minimum wage earner could borrow $2.2 million and access a home grant of $1.5 million, bringing the total sum available from the Trust to $3.7 million. This middle-aged person would be required to pay a similar monthly mortgage of $8,804.90.
With a weekly income of $12,000, a 25-year-old contributor could access $4.5 million from the NHT and pay a monthly mortgage of $12,271.03. Another contributor in a similar age group who earns the same amount weekly and who wishes to purchase a house in a new housing development or who plans to build a house, can get up to $5.5 million from the Trust. This person's monthly mortgage would be $14,997.41.
However, a 45-year-old contributor earning $12,000 per week could borrow up to $4.25 million as of July 1 and end up paying a monthly mortgage of $ 17,009.36.
THE Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) yesterday arrested and charged two members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force from the Area One Headquarters in Montego Bay, St James, for the alleged shooting injury of a woman in Mount Salem on January 22.
Senior Superintendent of Police Anthony Castelle and District Constable Rohan McIntosh were both charged with unlawful wounding, unlawful discharge of firearm, and misconduct in a public office.
The two policemen appeared before Judge of the St. James Parish Court Sandria Wong-Small, where they were granted bail.
Alkaline is the latest dancehall artiste who has had his visa revoked. He joins fellow deejays who has had their visas revoked Beenie Man, Mavado and Bounty Killer.
It is reported that the move was made by the US immigration after he released a politically motivated track titled Save Yourself in which he addressed Jamaica and Caribbean nations, saying “You can’t change my pride,you can’t take my power.”
Alkaline has since dismissed the act as a joke; however the United States Embassy in Kingston did not share his humour as his visa was subsequently revoked on May 13.
Republic Records says Drake’s Views sold 1.2 million copies worldwide in under six days. Republic also claims the album was streamed over 250 million times on Apple Music in the same time period. Over 200 million of those streams came from inside the United States.
Physical copies of Views will be available starting tomorrow (May 6) as well as digital downloads from retailers like iTunes. Streaming rights for the album will stay with Apple Music for another week; on May 13, Spotify and other streaming competitors will receive Views.
Youth and Culture Minister Lisa Hanna seems to be trying her very best to connect with today’s youths by delivering a positive message in a form that they can appreciate.This was evident from her recent instagram post where she quoted lyrics from the incarcerated Dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel. It can be said that Vybz is one of Jamaica’s most provocative and controversial artiste but during the course of his career he has managed to produce several positive songs filled with inspiration messages which includes“School”, which Minister Lisa Hanna decided to directly quote from.
The police are reporting that they have begun a probe into the fatal shooting of a correctional officer on main street Bog Walk, St Catherine last night.The deceased has been identified as 22-year-old Roman Bent of Ackels district, Kitson Town, in the parish, and is said to have worked at the St Catherine Adult Correctional Facility.
Reports from the police are that about 10:00 pm, there was an altercation between Bent and two members of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) during which he was shot. He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The police say that the matter has been reported to the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM).
Businessman Corey Todd has responded to the allegations levelled at him last month by artiste manager Shelly Curran that he beat artisteDevin di Dakta with a belt over a diss song.
“My question is : was Shelly Curran there? The answer is no and when she was told that Devin sexually assaulted a dancer, her reply was: “my Devin would never do that” and then said she had to go,” the statement read.
Todd admitted that security personnel had to forcibly remove Devin Di Dakta from the Taboo Gentlemen’s
“I’ve known Shelly for a few years and I’m very surprised by her antics. She then called me back very hysterically and emotionally saying ‘you made 20 people beat Devin, and I’m like Shelly, listen to yourself and at that point I just hung up because I knew she was trying to cover for him as a artiste manger or something else. I’m not sure but charges have been filled by the dancer he violated. Was he thrown out the club? Yes, and anyone who did what he did would be kicked out. Yes, he was forcibly removed from the compound which security has the right to do,” he said.
With rumors swirling that Rihanna is finally releasing her ANTI album this week, she just debuted her new single, "Work," featuring Drake on all iHeartRadio stations across the country. This latest connection between Drake and RiRi has also been rumored for a little bit now, as footage of them shooting a video for the song at a mall in California surfaced earlier this month.
The song is slower and very rhythmic with Rihanna showing off her vocal skills over the crafty production. Drake is also singing on the track, but it fits with the overall flow, as he and Rihanna end up going back and forth at one point. Drake appears to still have some focus on Meek Mill at the moment, as he sings "Sorry if I'm way less friendly, I got n***as trying to end me." "Work" is produced by Boi-1da, Allen Ritter, and Sevn Thomas.
While the reactions to "Work" are still fresh, the song will have big shoes to fill seeing that their 2012 collaboration, "What's My Name," hit No. 1 on the charts. Will "Work" see similar success? Only time will tell. Listen to the song via Tidalhere. The single is also available to purchase on iTunes here.