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  1. Backbeat: While Vybz Kartel Jailed, Vice Records Hosts NYC Album Party, Usain Bolt Gives Olympic Shout-Out

    August 17, 2012 7:45 AM EDT Usain Bolt (right), the Jamaican Olympian and the fastest man alive making the sign of Vybz Kartel's Gaza crew. Bolt and Kartel have known each other since high school Although he's been incarcerated for nearly a year awaiting trial on m ...

  2. Vybz Kartel, Dancehall's 'World Boss,' Facing Mounting Legal Problems

    December 23, 2011 9:40 AM EST The litany of legal problems facing incarcerated dancehall artist Vybz Kartel is mounting almost as quickly as he used to record hit songs. On December 15th, Jamaica's Supreme Court judge Martin Gayle ordered Kartel, born Adidja Palmer, to pa ...

  3. Vybz Kartel Facing Murder Charges: The Reggae Biz Reacts

    October 14, 2011 3:25 PM EDT Murder Was the Case: Vybz Kartel is facing murder charges following the death of promoter Barrington "Bossie" Bunton. As dancehall artist Vybz Kartel faces his latest and most serious criminal charges, speculation is rife within the regg ...

  4. Can Vybz Kartel's Business Empire Survive Split With Partner?

    June 20, 2011 2:30 PM EDT "I always wanted to be the Russell Simmons of dancehall," says Vybz Kartel pictured here in late-May outside the offices of of his upcoming reality TV show in Kingston, Jamaica. (Photo: Patricia Meschino) Vybz Kartel (born Adidja Palmer) ...

  5. Israel Concert Bookings on the Rise

    April 27, 2011 8:04 AM EDT When it comes to touring internationally, the Middle East, and Israel in particular, is not typically high on a pop or rock star's priority list. For one thing, the tried and tested routes through Europe and the Far East might make an artist ...

  6. Roger Waters: Band Can Rewrite Pink Floyd Song As Anthem

    August 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Pink Floyd founder Roger Waters has no qualms about giving a Canadian band permission to tinker with his band's classic "Another Brick in the Wall" for use as an anthem for young Iranians. Toronto-based band Blurred Vision, fronted ...

  7. Letter To The Editor: EA Exec Calls For Continued Dialogue On Israel

    July 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT In the recent article "Line Of Fire" by David Prince , Billboard reported on the growing - and alarming - trend of artists canceling performances in Israel in protest of actions in the West Bank and Gaza. While the piece represented both ...

  8. Pixies Calls Off Israel Concert

    June 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Pixies has canceled a concert in Tel Aviv in the wake of Israel's deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla. The group's Tel Aviv promoter, Shuki Weiss, relayed a statement from the band announcing the cancellation "with great regret ...

  9. Massive Attack To Curate Meltdown Fest

    February 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST U.K. alternative act Massive Attack will curate this year's Meltdown Festival at the London South Bank Centre. The duo, comprising Robert "3D" Del Naja and Grant "Daddy G" Marshall, has been invited to serve as artistic di ...

  10. Madonna Cancels Shows In Israel

    May 25, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Madonna says she has canceled three Israeli stops on her "Re-Invention" tour because of violence in the region, including the killing of the leader of the militant group Hamas. Madonna says she has canceled three Israeli stops on her &qu ...