1. Billboard's 10 Best Reggae Albums of 2016: Critic's Picks

    December 23, 2016 9:07 AM EST The year 2016 has been the best of times and the worst of times for lovers of reggae music. You could hardly turn on the radio without hearing a half-hour block of dancehall-style tracks, all too often classified under misbegotten names like “tropical house” and “Caribbean bass.” With both…

  2. OVO Festival 2016 Opens With Soca King Machel Montano, Sean Paul & More in Toronto

    July 31, 2016 2:55 PM EDT To celebrate the seventh edition of Drake ’s annual OVO hip-hop festival, organizers added a Caribbean music concert featuring soca and dancehall artists to launch the series Saturday (July 30) at Toronto’s Echo Beach.   The move made sense for a few reasons. First, OVO occurs during Toronto…

  3. Beenie Man Cancels OVO Festival Performance After Contracting Zika Virus

    July 31, 2016 1:10 PM EDT Veteran dancehall don Beenie Man was forced to cancel his co-headlining performance at Drake ’s OVO Festival in Toronto Saturday night (July 30) after his apparent contraction of the Zika virus. Beenie, who was scheduled to perform alongside Machel Montano , was denied entry into Canada a…

  4. Beenie Man Talks Drake's 'Controlla' Sample: 'Dancehall Is a Culture Everybody Wants To Be Part Of'

    May 04, 2016 4:00 PM EDT Among the myriad R&B samples that appear on Drake 's fourth studio offering Views --  ranging from Ray J 's "One Wish" to Mary J Blige 's "Mary's Joint" -- one standout cameo comes from dancehall legend Beenie Man. After  Views'  release on…

  5. VP Records Co-Founder Pat Chin to Receive Libera Awards' Lifetime Achievement Award

    April 01, 2015 10:00 AM EDT A2IM's Libera Awards, which celebrates the year's most successful and influential indie labels, artists, and other members of the music industry, has announced that VP Records co-founder Pat Chin will receive its coveted Lifetime Achievement Award. Last year's went to Alligator…

  6. Ashanti Reveals 'Braveheart' Release Date & Track List

    February 10, 2014 4:35 PM EST Ashanti's oft-delayed album, "Braveheart," will debut on March 4. The singer has unveiled the release date as well as the track list for the album. The 15-song effort, including Target exclusives, features guest appearances by French Montana, Jeremih, Rick Ross and Beenie Man.…

  7. Nicki Minaj 'The Re-Up' Track List: Lil Wayne, Ciara Featured

    November 02, 2012 1:05 PM EDT Nicki Minaj has claimed the month of November as her own. As the release date of "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded -- The Re-Up," quickly approaches, the singer-rapstress reveals the album's track list via iTunes . The double-disc project will include original "Roman Reloaded…

  8. Lauryn Hill, Nas, Young Jeezy Take Over 2012 Summer Jam

    June 04, 2012 11:00 AM EDT After Lil' Wayne Orders Nicki Minaj to Cancel Set, Nas Steps Up, With Hill's Help, at Hot 97 Fest Hip-hop beefs aren't new to Hot 97's Summer Jam. One of the most notorious feuds was ignited on the Summer Jam stage in 2001. Jay-Z and Nas 's rivalry took physical form…

  9. Nicki Minaj, 'Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded': Track-By-Track Review

    March 29, 2012 1:45 PM EDT "I always thought I could write pop songs for someone else or I could write R&B records for someone else, but I didn't think that people would accept me writing those type of songs and me singing them and just being who I am," Nicki Minaj recently told Complex about her…

  10. Nicki Minaj Reveals 'Roman' Track List, Announces European Tour

    March 19, 2012 10:55 AM EDT After tapping artists like Rihanna , Eminem , Will.i.am and Kanye West for her 2010 debut "Pink Friday," Nicki Minaj revealed a guest-heavy track list for her highly anticipated sophomore disc, "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded," last Thursday (Mar. 15). The 19-track standard…

  11. Report: Nicki Minaj Pays a Fee for Cursing

    July 27, 2011 5:15 PM EDT After performing at Reggae Sumfest 2011 in Montego Bay, Jamaica on Saturday (July 23), Nicki Minaj was given a summons for explicit lyrics and "sexually suggestive dance moves," reports Jamaica Observer . Nicki Minaj Involved in Altercation with Her Assistant Police reportedly…

  12. Timbaland, David Gray, Shaggy Join Global Guinness Event

    August 25, 2010 8:03 AM EDT Timbaland is to headline an outdoor concert in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur, as part of the global "Arthur's Day" Guinness brewery celebrations, set to take place Sept. 23 to 24 across the world. Timbaland will be joined by Thai-American hip hop band Thaitanium and…

  13. Jamaican Musicians Rally To Support Alleged Drug Kingpin 'Dudus' Coke

    June 18, 2010 11:48 AM EDT To the U.S. government, Christopher "Dudus" Coke is Jamaica's Al Capone. But for many Jamaicans, he's more like Robin Hood-and he's also a player in the local music business. After the U.S. government issued an extradition order for Coke on Aug. 25, 2009, over alleged…

  14. Various Artists / July 13-19, 2008 / Montego Bay, Jamaica (Reggae Sumfest)

    July 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A multi-platinum-selling rapper's appearance generated the most hype and Jamaican DJs' girls and gun exploits, as echoed throughout several performances on Dancehall Night, pulled the largest crowd. B A multi-platinum-selling rapper's appearance generated the most hype and…

  15. This Day in Music

    January 19, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Soul/R&B legend Wilson Pickett dies of a heart attack at a Reston, Va., hospital near his home. He is 64. Born in Pratville, Ala., Pickett moved to Detroit as a teen and joined the Falcons, 2006 - Soul/R&B legend Wilson Pickett dies of a heart attack at a Reston, Va., hospital…

  16. Arrest Warrant For Beenie Man In Tax Case

    October 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A Jamaican judge issued an arrest warrant for reggae musician Beenie Man after he failed to turn up in court today (Oct. 23) to answer tax evasion charges. A Jamaican judge issued an arrest warrant for reggae musician Beenie Man after he failed to turn up in court today (Oct. 23) to answer…

  17. This Day in Music

    January 19, 2007 12:00 AM EST - Soul/R&B legend Wilson Pickett dies of a heart attack at a Reston, Va., hospital near his home. He is 64. Born in Pratville, Ala., Pickett moved to Detroit as a teen and joined the Falcons, 2006 - Soul/R&B legend Wilson Pickett dies of a heart attack at a Reston, Va., hospital…

  18. Akon Corrals Eminem, Snoop For New Album

    August 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT R&B vocalistproducer Akon will on Dec. 12 release his sophomore effort, "Konvicted," via SRC/Universal. The disc boasts collaborations with Snoop Dogg, Styles P and Eminem. R&B vocalistproducer Akon will on Dec. 12 release his sophomore effort, "Konvicted," via SRC…

  19. Previewing The Week's Top New Releases

    August 27, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Bob Dylan looks back on "Modern Times," Jessica Simpson comes clean with her "Public Affair," Sam Moore recaptures his soul with a host of superstars and Tego Calderon drops the bling in this week's H A 40th anniversary edition of the Beach Boys' iconic "Pet…

  20. 'King' T.I. Holds Court

    March 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST Despite a Grammy nomination, a hand in an Oscar win, a new album and film debut, this Atlanta rapper says he's only beginning to build his kingdom. Rapper T.I. is too busy getting his career hustle on to ponder where he expects to be in five years. "I couldn't have predicted…

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