Mavado's latest VP Records album Mr Brooks . A Better Tomorrow raced to the top of Billboard's Reggae Album chart. The album, which was released via iTunes more than a week ago, was officially released on compact disc earlier this week.
The album contains some of Mavado's recent chart hits as well as a few exclusive tracks. Among the more familiar tracks are Don't Worry, On the Rock and the recent Billboard R&B singles chart hit I'm Special.
Mr Brooks..A Better Tomorrow features a plethora of dancehall producers including Linton 'TJ' White, Daseca and Trevor 'BabyG' James.
Mavado's debut album Gangster for Life: The Symphony of David Brooks, stalled at number six on Billboard's Reggae Album chart in 2007. The set watered out at number 84 on Billboard's R&B Hip Hop album chart.
An armed teenager who went on the rampage at a secondary school in southwest Germany on Wednesday, eventually shot himself when police caught up with him. He killed at least nine school students and three teachers at the school. After the school shooting, he went on to kill another three people. Is it now time for Europe to tighten its gun laws?
German media report that the gunman was a 17-year-old former student at the school. Dressed in black combat gear, he entered the Albertville-Realschule in Winnenden, a town of 27,000 near Stuttgart, at around 08.30 UTC and began firing.
He was eventually injured by police at a car dealership roughly 30 km (20 miles) from the school. With no where to go, he eventually turned the gun on himself. Two passers-by died in the final shootout and two policemen were seriously wounded. The total death toll to 16 including the gunman.
Television Jamaica (TVJ) will not air the carnival road march live, for the first time in over a decade, whilst rival CVM TV will make its decision this week, amidst fears of violating Broadcast Commission directives.
This soca sacrifice will cost the stations a lot of advertising revenue but avoid costly penalties and public criticism.
CVM TV will by Friday decide whether to air the march live. "We are in serious discussions at the moment about whether we can have a live broadcast of the road march because the Broadcasting Commission has made it clear and we have to be careful about body gyrations," noted Ronnie Sutherland CVM marketing manager. "We might not be able to run it based on the guidelines."
Under new guidelines issued last month stations must "halt ... the transmission of any live presentation, audio recording or music video from the soca, hip hop or any other music genre, which promotes, contains references to...
After being declared the winner following his face-off with Ninja Man on Follow The Arrow, deejay Merciless is now calling for Cobra to confront him on stage.
"Mad Cobra a next man. Anytime him ready, tell him seh mi ready at any given time or place, 'cause Cobra a chat up some things since the start of the year," Merciless Said.
While the clashes have brought Merciless much recognition since his return, Merciless said the main objective was not clashing, as it only brought momentary hype.
However, when informed about merciles statement, Cobra did not seem at all interested.
"Mi nuh interested inna no clash wid Merciless. Tell Merciless fi avoid me 'cause it's very personal and him know weh mi a talk bout. Him must avoid a conversation with me on and off stage; both him and him manager. Some likkle vibes go down and him choose fi call my name and it's a joke weh mi nuh...
It is felt, generally, that all Jamaican popular music can be described by one brand name - reggae. This assumption has been widely accepted because of the dominant position of reggae music, which has so captured international popularity that it is a phenomenon. But musical styles remain popular for only so many years. Then comes the period when the composing of new tunes ceases and, the music thereafter lives on in memories and reputation.
Reggae reached that stage 25 years ago. Since Bob Marley's death in 1981, there have been little new popular reggae compositions. While this follows the pattern, it is amazing that a small country striving with some success for world recognition would virtually abandon its world-wide achievement in music mid-stream. But that is what has happened. It appears that the outside world is more interested in keeping reggae alive than is Jamaica.
Singer Chris Brown was charged on Thursday with felony assault and making criminal threats in what prosecutors say was a Grammy-eve attack on his girlfriend, the pop star Rihanna.
Brown, 19, appeared briefly in Los Angeles Superior Court but did not enter a plea to the charges. His arraignment was postponed until April 6.
Wearing a gray suit, white shirt and tie, the rising R&B singer stood emotionless, answering only "Yes ma'am" to the judge.
The judge issued an order barring Brown from "harassing, threatening or using force" against anyone. But the singer was not ordered to refrain from contact with Rihanna, with whom he reportedly has reconciled.
Los Angeles prosecutors said Brown attacked Rihanna, 21, late on the night before the Feb. 8 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.
He could face up to four years in prison if convicted. It was unclear whether Rihanna, who was not in court on Thursday, would testify against him...
PRIME Minister Bruce Golding was adamant yesterday that his Government would in no way bow to pressure from individual organisations, individuals, foreign governments or groups of countries to give a free rein to buggery.
Speaking in the House of Representatives while tabling additional amendments to the proposed Sexual Offences Bill now being debated by the House, Golding made it clear that he "will never support acts or threats of violence or intimidation in any shape or form against persons because of their sexual preferences and lifestyle". However, he also said that the Government would never give legal endorsement to such practices.
"We will never start peeping in anybody's bedroom to see what they are doing in privacy... but what we are not going to do is give official or legislative endorsement that holds that up and says this is a perfectly acceptable way to live," the prime minister said. "This Government is not going...
NINJA vs MERCILESS
Ninja Man, who came with the intention "to settle all arguments" with Merciless, might be kicking himself right now. After totally dominating the 'Warhead' Merciless in the early goings, getting most of the 'forwards' from the crowd, the Ninja gave it away in the end.
He attacked Merciless with "Yuh talk bout Cobra a bowers, Bounty a coward, yuh nah tel dem di amount a man whe ...... u down a Riker's". Merciless appeared to have been speechless as the crowd went into a frenzy.
Ninja Man thought that was the defining moment and declared himself winner by walking off the stage. But Merciless stood strong and when Ninja Man came out for a second time that was the beginning of the end.
"You a run... me ago kill yuh inna yuh yard," said Merciless at about 6:00 a.m. For the next half hour, Ninja Man struggled to regain his dominance and the counter actions of Merciless got great responses.
Last year, he had declared that he "done with the clash thing", this year he has stepped it up several notches with his very public announcement at follow di Arrow on Saturday night that "I will not contribute to the demise of Jamaica. I was the one who said 'People dead'. Well nobody more nuh fi dead," a very intelligent-sounding Killer stated.
"And, those who don't like the new Bounty . bye bye," he added for good measure, stating that he has grown older and much wiser, even as he reached for highly charged songs from his repertoire, which he described as "lyrics done when I was trodding like the devil".
Perhaps it was his confidence and his don't-give-a-damn attitude, but unlike Sting when he made his declaration to 'boos', this time the fans wholeheartedly embraced the Killer's statement and his were among the biggest forwards of the night. "It's time to change and we artistes have the voice," he said in recognition of a...
Despite attempts by local authorities, human trafficking remains a major problem for Jamaica, according to a recent human-rights report published by the United States (US) Department of State.
The report states that regardless of the fact that laws in Jamaica prohibit all forms of trafficking, persons are very often transferred to, from, through and within the country.
The conclusions of the US 2009 report on the incidents of human trafficking in Jamaica are quite similar to its 2008 review.
According to the US State Department, most of the victims were poor women and girls, but also increasingly boys, who were trafficked from rural to urban and tourist areas for commercial exploitation.
"Women were reportedly trafficked from the Dominican Republic, Russia and Eastern Europe, while some women and girls were trafficked to Canada, the US, The Bahamas and other Caribbean destinations," the report, which was released last week...
Former Managing Director of Synergy Production, Ronnie Burke, is urging Jamaica's recording artistes to create more sustainable music that will be accepted in the global marketplace, and thus contribute to the economic development of the country.
"We have lost out a lot on marketing and overseas tours, because our dominant music is dancehall, which is not accepted in the traditional European festivals. What we have found in Europe, North America and the United Kingdom (UK), is that they simply don't understand what the DJs are saying and we find that its not marketable. Thus, tours have fallen off, because there is just not enough melody in what we call popular music today," he pointed out.
"Even when people understand, they do not like it, and the homophobic lyrics are not accepted in Europe, especially in places like Germany. We have also found that in Germany and Japan their own DJs are taking over the scenes, using lyrics...
Dancehall artiste Mr Vegas has parted ways with his management Irish and Chin. Garfield 'Chin' Bourne of Irish and Chin said the parting of ways was a mutual one and he harbours no hard feelings for Vegas' decision. "The artiste said he wanted more control of his career. I still hold Vegas in high regard as an artiste and I wish him all the best," said Bourne.
Irish and Chin began working with Vegas in 2007. Their association yielded many accomplishments for Vegas, according to Bourne. 'Some of the achievements include taking the song Mus Come a Road to the Top 10 on the German R&B singles chart; his song Tek Weh Yuself was ranked among the Top 85 songs of 2008 by Vibe magazine, as well as extensive touring and promotion in Europe.
As for Chin's next move musically, he said he enjoyed the experience of working with Vegas and he is looking forward to working with other artistes. "I want to go full speed ahead working with...
Studio engineer Freckles said that it was more than 10 years of pent-up frustration that caused him to attack and beat Rastafarian singer Luciano with a piece of metal pipe last week.
Friday at a gas station on Dunrobin Avenue, St Andrew, producer, songwriter and booking agent Freckles took a piece of iron and repeatedly beat singer Luciano, whose real name is Jepther McClymont, in retaliation for what he claims was an incident that took place in August 1998.
Freckles said his pent-up anger at Luciano has been brewing since he assisted some Australian promoters to book the artiste for a tour. Money issues arose from the incident. After leaving Australia, Freckles said he heard that Luciano was 'bad-mouthing' him and continued to do so on his return to Jamaica.
Upon returning to Jamaica, Freckles said the two spoke and discussed the issue and agreed to meet at Luciano's office. Upon meeting with Luciano, a fracas ensued...
Word on the street is that Elephant man a borrow people song, them melody and most of all, them dance move and is like you forget to give the people back they things. Elephant man, if a true it can't continue so, cause them a say the new dance Sasa Step is not yours. they said it's Mundo Ravers originally create the dance and OverMars and QSean do the song. Remember that it's Ding Dong did do the original Badman Forward Badman Pullup and Nuh Linga and you tek it over. You also thief the Gully Creepa and a going on like a yours.
The murder of Shelly-Ann Gordon, a student of Frome Technical High School in Westmoreland, is the third tragic incident involving a student of that school in just under two weeks.
Gordon, 14, was found dead in bushes near her home after she was abducted from her house at Hatfield in the parish on Sunday.
According to her father, all four occupants of their house were at home about 9:30 p.m. when a gunman entered and demanded money. "Me tell him say me only have three hundred dollars, two one hundred and two fifty dollar and him take it."
Lie face down
He said the gunman tied him up, set him to lie face down and proceeded to tie up two other relatives before escaping with Shelly-Ann.
The police were called and a search for Shelly-Ann was launched. Due to darkness, the search was abandoned, but continued yesterday when the teen's body was found with the throat slashed.
Jordan Anthony Brown doesn’t mesh with his new surroundings.
He’s swimming in his jail-issued shirt, and his pant legs are cuffed six times to keep them off the floor.
He cries and is scared. He misses his dad. He wants to go back to school. He wants to go home.
Jail isn’t a place for an 11-year-old, his attorney said.
“It’s surreal, just surreal,” said New Castle attorney Dennis Elisco, who is representing the boy. “Bizarre, really.”
Jordan Brown is accused of shooting and killing 26-year-old Kenzie Houk and her unborn son Friday morning. He was charged as an adult Saturday morning with criminal homicide and criminal homicide of an unborn child and is being held in isolation at the Lawrence County Jail.
Jordan Brown is the son of Houk’s live-in boyfriend, Chris Brown. The couple lived at 1146 Wampum-New Galilee Road, New Beaver, with the boy and her two daughters. Chris Brown is the father of the child Houk...
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Jamaican regulators say they are forbidding all explicit references to sex and violence over the airwaves.
The new rules from the island's broadcast commission ban any song or music video that depicts sexual acts or glorifies gun violence, murder, rape or arson.
The Saturday announcement follows a Feb. 6 ban that specifically targeted dancehall tunes and videos depicting "daggering" — a dance style popular among Jamaican youth that features pelvic grinding simulating sex.
The beat-driven fusion of reggae and rap known as "dancehall" is hugely popular in Jamaica despite recurrent controversy over its lyrics and the dance style.
The latest ban also targets hip-hop and soca, a dance music that originated in Trinidad and Tobago.
The celebrity Web site TMZ, which posted the photo Thursday night, did not explain its origin. The site wrote only that it was taken after an altercation between platinum-selling singer and her boyfriend, fellow pop star Chris Brown.
Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton acknowledged Friday afternoon that the photo could prove embarrassing to the woman pictured, a view shared by some advocates for abused women. But in the welts and marks on the face of the woman in the photo, some also saw a teaching moment.
Brown, 19, was arrested Feb. 8 on suspicion of making felony criminal threats, but police have not publicly identified his alleged victim. The woman was Rihanna, according to a person familiar with the situation, who was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter and requested anonymity.
Rihanna broke her silence on Friday, her 21st birthday, by releasing a statement through Rubenstein Associates.