Reggae

  1. Damian Marley’s Reggae Cruise 'Welcome to Jamrock' Sells Out Nearly a Year in Advance

    December 13, 2013 5:46 PM EST Less than a month after its lineup of top tier Jamaican acts was announced on his Facebook page, Damian Marley’s inaugural Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise has sold out all of the 2,300 available cabins aboard the Norwegian Pearl cruise liner, ...

  2. Jamaica’s Rebel Salute and Jazz & Blues Festivals Thrive Despite Dwindling Corporate Sponsorship

    February 14, 2013 12:31 PM EST Although fundamentally different in their concepts, two recently concluded music festivals, held in Jamaica just five days apart, drew sizable crowds despite waning corporate sponsorship. Rebel Salute is the Caribbean's largest showcase of ro ...

  3. State Department Officer Admits to Taking Bribes From Dancehall Star Mavado For U.S Visa

    February 08, 2013 11:59 AM EST According to a February 7 report by Scott McCabe , staff writer for the Washington Examiner, a U.S. State Department law enforcement officer has pleaded guilty to accepting bribes from popular dancehall artist Mavado, (born David Constantine Bro ...

  4. Jamaican Music Biz Reacts to Controversial Volkswagen Super Bowl Ad

    February 01, 2013 4:30 PM EST What would the Super Bowl be without a commercial controversy? For this Sunday’s game, contention swirls around a Volkswagen ad entitled "Get In. Get Happy" featuring the music of legendary reggae star Jimmy Cliff, who catapulted to i ...

  5. Lloyd Charmers, Jamaican Musician and Producer, Passes

    December 31, 2012 12:10 PM EST Lloyd Charmers, an accomplished singer, pianist/organist and producer who played a significant role in popularizing reggae in England throughout a career that spanned six decades, suffered a heart attack on Thursday Dec. 27 while driving himself t ...

  6. Reggae Grammy Nominations Honor Veteran Acts, Snub Emerging Talent

    December 26, 2012 4:00 PM EST The nominations for the 2013 Best Reggae Album Grammy, as in previous years, acknowledge the genre's veteran acts while overlooking popular releases by a younger generation of artists. The nominees are Jimmy Cliff's "Rebirth" ( ...

  7. Backbeat: Beres Hammond, Shaggy, Maxi Priest Ali Campbell's UB40 Play Barclays Center First Reggae Concert

    December 24, 2012 7:30 AM EST BioLife Sounds of Reggae was Brooklyn's Barclay's Center brought out some 13,000 fans. The year-long series of celebrations honoring Jamaica's 50th anniversary of independence wound down Dec. 12 with the largest Jamaican music event ...

  8. Branding the Firebrand: How Peter Tosh's Estate Is Revitalizing An Iconic Reggae Artist's Legacy

    December 07, 2012 12:58 PM EST Peter Tosh, a reggae icon whose estate is helping to revive his legacy. (Photograper: Peter Simon; courtesy of The Peter Tosh Estate) Peter Tosh's groundbreaking achievements in taking reggae to the mainstream are remarkable: A founding membe ...

  9. Rihanna Aiming for First No. 1 Album on Next Week's Billboard 200 Chart

    November 21, 2012 6:10 PM EST Rihanna has piled up a mountain of No. 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart -- 12 of them, to be exact -- but a No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 still eludes her. That may change next week, as her seventh studio release, "Unapologetic,&qu ...

  10. Backbeat: Journalists Aboard Rihanna's Weeklong '777' Tour Spiral Into Madness...

    November 19, 2012 4:25 PM EST Billboard.com's Erika Ramirez is on a continent-hopping seven-day trip with Rihanna and 250 journalists and fans that is taking in concert stops in Mexico City, Toronto, Stockholm, Paris, Berlin, London, and (finally) NYC, where the trip will ...

  11. Backbeat: Richie Spice Launches Album at Usain Bolt's Kingston Club With Shaggy, Tad's Records Chief

    November 09, 2012 4:05 PM EST Boombastic: Raggae artist Richie Spice, founder/CEO of Tad's Records Tad A. Dawkins, Sr ; and recording artist Shaggy (Photo: Patricia Meschino) Kingston sports bar/restaurant Tracks and Records , where Jamaica's six-time Olympic gold me ...

  12. Can Sean Paul Find 'Dutty Rock' Success Once Again?

    October 19, 2012 9:30 AM EDT Get(ing) Busy: Sean Paul has just released Tomahawk Technique on VP/Atlantic records. For his fifth album "Tomahawk Technique" (VP/Atlantic) released last month, Grammy award winner Sean Paul recruited a cadre of international hit-making ...

  13. Captain Barkey, Veteran Jamaican Dancehall Artist, Fatally Shot in the Bronx

    October 16, 2012 12:12 PM EDT Captain Barkey , a veteran Jamaican dancehall deejay, was fatally shot in front of a Bronx motel in the early morning hours on Saturday Oct. 13. Best known for the mid '90s No. 1 dancehall hits "Go Go Wine" and "Bun Fi Bun,&quo ...

  14. Incarcerated Jamaican Artist Busy Signal to be Released November 21; U.S. Concerts A Possibility

    September 24, 2012 4:40 PM EDT Popular Jamaican sing-jay Busy Signal's 2008 gritty hit single "Nah Go A Jail Again" has taken on a renewed significance for the artist. On September 21, Busy Signal, born Glendale Gordon, was fined $30,000 and sentenced to six mont ...

  15. No Doubt, Rihanna, Usher, Rock IHeartRadio Fest In Las Vegas on Day One

    September 22, 2012 1:28 PM EDT Kevin Mazur/WireImage "Go ahead and stare / and take a picture please / if you need," Gwen Stefani pleaded several songs into No Doubt's opening set at iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas Friday night at the MGM Grand. The lyric ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. Ranking Trevor, Veteran Jamaican Deejay, Killed in Kingston Motorcycle Crash at Age 53

    August 08, 2012 10:18 AM EDT Ranking Trevor, an influential deejay or toaster, as Jamaican patois rappers were called during his 1970s heyday, died in the Olympic Gardens area of Kingston yesterday morning, Aug 7. According to reports, he was returning home from a dance when ...

  18. Sluggy Ranks, New York Based Dancehall Singer, Killed in Kingston Car Crash

    July 31, 2012 1:54 PM EDT Sluggy Ranks (b. Andrew Phillip Gregory), a deeply affecting vocalist who rose to popularity within New York City's vibrant dancehall reggae circuit of the '80s and '90s with numerous socially conscious singles, Sluggy Ranks was kil ...

  19. Album Reviews: Nas, Soul Asylum, JEFF the Brotherhood, Matisyahu

    July 19, 2012 5:55 PM EDT HIP-HOP NAS Life Is Good Producers: various Def Jam Release Date: July 17 Nas has admitted that the frilly green dress draped over his right knee on the cover of "Life Is Good" is the gown ex-wife Kelis wore at their wedding in 2005. It& ...

  20. Shaggy Launches New Reggae Label Based in Kingston and Long Island, NY

    July 10, 2012 10:45 AM EDT Shaggy (center) performs at the launch party for his Ranch Entertainment label with Beenie Man (right) and Roy "DJ Roy" Walters of Irie Jam Radio, 93.5 FM, New York City (left). (Photo: Roland Hyde) Shaggy, (b. Orville Burrell), 43, is J ...

  21. Michael 'Mighty Mike' Jones, Jamaica's Beloved Irie-FM DJ, Dead at 52

    July 09, 2012 8:00 AM EDT The banner on Irie FM's homepage paid tribute to the passing of famed DJ Mighty Mike. Prominent Jamaican radio broadcaster Michael Jones, known professionally as Mighty Mike of the island's popular radio station Irie FM (107.5, broadcast ...

  22. Rihanna Sues Former Accountants, Alleging Millions In Losses

    July 05, 2012 3:30 PM EDT Rihanna has sued her former accountants in New York, blaming them for tens of millions of dollars in losses, according to several online reports. The lawsuit was filed Thursday in federal court in Manhattan on behalf of the singer and her touring ...

  23. Tuff Gong Signs Distribution Deal with Warner Music

    July 03, 2012 12:27 PM EDT Warner Music Group (WMG) and Tuff Gong International Caribbean Distributors, one of several entities comprising the Marley family's Tuff Gong group of companies, have struck an exclusive licensing agreement under which Tuff Gong will distribu ...

  24. Coldplay and 'Princess' Rihanna Rally On Social 50 Chart

    June 14, 2012 9:03 PM EDT Coldplay made some significant strides in the online world this week as the group's newest video for its hit song "Princess of China" (featuring Rihanna) was released on June 2. That causes the rock band to make a big jump on Billbo ...

  25. How Rising Reggae Star Romain Virgo Is Breaking...At U.S. Caribbean Restaurants, Barbershops, Beauty Salons

    June 14, 2012 5:05 PM EDT Romain Virgo, a rising roots reggae singer whose new album The System is just out on VP Records. With strong support from Jamaica's music fraternity and his rapidly expanding fan base, singer Romain Virgo, 22 is a leading light among a new ge ...

  26. Jamaican Artist Busy Signal, With Top 10 Album on Reggae Charts, Arrested on Extradition Warrant

    May 22, 2012 12:34 PM EDT Jamaican sing-jay Busy Signal, 33, was arrested on May 21 by members of the Fugitive Apprehension Team on a provisional extradition warrant at Kingston's Norman Manley International Airport as he disembarked a flight arriving from the UK afte ...

  27. Jamaica's Reggae Film Festival Tells Island's Rich Music Story

    May 10, 2012 7:30 AM EDT While it's unlikely any of the movies presented at the recently concluded 5th Annual Reggae Film Festival (RFF) will attract the widespread interest generated by director Kevin McDonald's "Marley" documentary, many are just as ...

  28. Sizzla Returns to Roots On New Album as Protests, Show Cancellations Continue Over Past Anti-Gay Lyrics

    April 24, 2012 7:15 AM EDT How Jamaica's Sizzla Kalongi can sing righteous lyrics decrying social and political injustice on his new album The Chan" (out on Afro jam, a subsidiary of the Munich-based Kosmo Music), while violently and unjustly denouncing homosexual ...

  29. Rihanna Tops Social 50 Chart, Ending Adele's 11-Week Reign

    March 29, 2012 8:16 PM EDT Thanks no doubt to her unrelentingly active online audience, Rihanna once again tops Billboard's Social 50 chart. She reaches No. 1 for the first time since July 30, 2011, dethroning Adele, who had sat atop the chart for 11 straight weeks. Ad ...

  30. How German Reggae Star Gentleman Found Success By Keeping It Real

    March 27, 2012 12:18 PM EDT Richie Stephens (left) and Gentleman perform at New York City's Le Poisson Rouge March 13. (Photo: Marjorie Flash) In 1998, German sing-jay Gentleman flew to Kingston, Jamaica to further his career in reggae. Seeking recording opportunities, ...

  31. How SOJA Topped the Reggae Chart and Played 360 Gigs in 18 Months

    March 12, 2012 12:00 PM EDT Referencing Bob Marley's 1979 album "Survival" (Island Records), his most overtly political release, Washington D.C. based band SOJA's "Strength to Survive" (ATO Records) has topped the Reggae Album chart for four out ...

  32. From the Skatalites To Shaggy to the Blue Note: How Jamaican Jazz Legend Monty Alexander Keeps Keeping On

    February 29, 2012 4:05 PM EST How does a venerated jazz pianist whose career spans six decades remain relevant among a younger audience? If you are Monty Alexander you take it back to your Jamaican roots and invite friends like multi-platinum selling dancehall superstar Shaggy ...

  33. Jimmy Cliff To Celebrate Brooklyn! in June

    February 28, 2012 3:52 PM EST Reggae pioneer Jimmy Cliff will open the 34th season of the Celebrate Brooklyn! Performing Arts Series, one the nation's longest-running free summer festivals, on June 5 in Brooklyn's Prospect Park. Jimmy Cliff, 'Sacred Fire': ...

  34. Rihanna, Chris Brown Reunite On 'Birthday Cake' Remix (Report)

    February 16, 2012 5:31 PM EST Word on the blogosphere is that the feature on Rihanna's upcoming remix to "Birthday Cake" is none other then ex-boyfriend, Chris Brown. According to MissInfo.tv, the collaboration is indeed happening. Sources tell Info that Chris B ...

  35. David Rodigan, Reggae-Dancehall DJ Extraordinaire, Receives MBE From Queen Elizabeth

    February 14, 2012 5:00 PM EST Throughout an illustrious nearly 35-year career span devoted to promoting reggae music through his various radio programs and in musical battles against some of Jamaica's most feared sound system selectors, England's David Rodigan has re ...

  36. Damian, Stephen Marley, Romain Virgo Celebrate Roots Reggae at Jamaica's Rebel Salute

    February 09, 2012 4:15 PM EST With more than 40 veteran artists, contemporary stars and upcoming acts performing during its 12-hour presentation, Pepsi Rebel Salute, held on Jan. 14 at the Port Kaiser Sports Complex, St. Elizabeth, Jamaica, reaffirmed that culturally-themed ro ...

  37. King Stitt, Reggae Dancehall Pioneer, Dead At 72

    February 01, 2012 8:00 AM EST KINGSTON -- King Stitt, a pioneer in the distinctive Jamaican vocal practice of toasting or deejaying, died yesterday (Jan. 31) at his Kingston, Jamaica home. Although an official cause was not given for his passing, it was reported yesterday in t ...

  38. Billboard Power 100: Steve Bartels

    January 26, 2012 10:23 PM EST No. 53 Steve Bartels President/COO Island Def Jam Music Group Twitter: @IslandRecords Taking Care of Business... When Antonio "L.A." Reid (see No. 37) was chairman of Island Def Jam Music Group, Steve Bartels oversaw business operations ...

  39. Winston Riley, Veteran Jamaican Producer, Dead at 65

    January 20, 2012 3:07 PM EST A pivotal figure in expanding reggae's international renown, record producer, songwriter and vocalist Winston Riley, 65, passed away yesterday succumbing to the gun shot wounds he received on Nov. 1, 2011 at his home in Kingston, Jamaica. Acc ...

  40. I-Octane, Rising Dancehall Star, Poised to Break Through

    January 06, 2012 12:17 PM EST Dancehall artist I-Octane's sensitively fashioned love songs have made him a ladies' favorite while his outgoing personality is ideally suited to his role as Brand Ambassador for such products as Jamaican telecommunications company Digic ...

  41. Did Another Rihanna Video Take Its Premise From a Photographer?

    December 29, 2011 1:13 PM EST Real Or Memorex? A shot of fashion photographer Sølve Sundsbø's Numero fashion spread (left) and a screen grab from Rihanna's "You Da One" video (right). Something about Rihanna's "You Da One" video looks familia ...

  42. 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 ...

  43. Sean Paul, Shaggy Headline 'Strictly The Best' Concert/Tribute to Late VP Records Exec Joel Chin

    December 19, 2011 5:01 PM EST A flyer for the Strictly the Best concert/tribute to the late Joel Chin at B.B. Kings in New York. Sean Paul and Shaggy were the headliners at an all-star dancehall reggae concert on Dec. 14 commemorating the late Joel Chin, Director of A&R at ...

  44. Celine Dion To Play Jamaica Jazz & Blues Fest -- Singer Has Surprisingly Rabid Local Following

    December 12, 2011 11:45 AM EST Splash Page: The home page to the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival where Celine Dion will make her Caribbean debut. Non-Jamaicans may be surprised by the animated responses Celine Dion songs elicit at sound system dances across the island. Patrons ...

  45. Chris Anokute Named Senior VP of A&R at Island Def Jam

    December 08, 2011 2:37 PM EST Chris Anokute, has been appointed Senior Vice President, A&R, Island Def Jam Music Group, according to an announcement by Karen Kwak, Executive Vice President / Head of A&R, Island Def Jam Music Group. Anokute is best known for his A&R ...

  46. Philip 'Fattis' Burrell, Jamaican Producer, Manager, Xterminator Records CEO, Dead at 57

    December 05, 2011 4:30 PM EST A celebrated prolific producer, successful artists manager and an all around staunch defender of cultural roots reggae, Philip 'Fattis' Burrell, 57, died at Kingston's University of the West Indies Hospital on Saturday Dec. 3. Burre ...

  47. Barrington Llewellyn, Founding Member of The Heptones, Dead at 63

    November 30, 2011 2:29 PM EST Barrington "Barry" Llewellyn, 63, a founding member of The Heptones, a prominent vocal trio during Jamaica's Rocksteady era of the late 60s, died on November 23 at Kingston Public Hospital in Kingston, Jamaica. Born on December 24, ...

  48. Bruce White, British Reggae-Industry Trailblazer, Dead at 68

    November 15, 2011 5:28 PM EST Bruce White - a trailblazing manager, producer, record label founder, and overall pivotal figure in popularizing Jamaican music throughout the UK -- succumbed to the lung cancer he had battled for the past 15 months on November 10. Born in London ...

  49. The Green Bring Hawaii to the Top of Reggae Chart

    November 15, 2011 7:00 AM EST Incorporating drum and bass driven grooves, nuanced harmonies and the positive vibrations that have made Jamaican reggae an internationally embraced music since the early 1970s, Hawaiian band The Green's sophomore album "Ways & Means ...

  50. Winston Riley, Veteran Jamaican Producer and Creator of Stalag Riddim, Shot in Kingston

    November 02, 2011 4:30 PM EDT The cover of Winston Riley's 2009 "Quintessential Techniques" (VP Records) a compilation album featuring the hits he created over four decades. Songwriter and record producer Winston Riley, 65, was shot in the head and arm on Tuesda ...

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