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Music industry prepares for post-merger of Live Nation and Ticketmaster Entertainment

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After nearly a year of intense scrutiny, political posturing
and consumer outcry, it's time for the music business to
come to grips with its new superpower: Live Nation Entertainment.

At a time when live entertainment remains one of the healthier
sectors of the troubled music industry, the combined Live Nation
and Ticketmaster stands to dominate each part of that sector:
touring, management and ticketing.

Live Nation is the largest promoter and venue operator in the world,
owning the majority of North American amphitheaters and promoting
most of the...

Alborosie Announces His United States West Coast Tour.

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The Virtuoso Alborosie is shaking up California in February
with his ESCAPE FROM BABYLON TO THE KINGDOM OF ZION
tour. This tour is the presentation and representation of
Alborosie’s sound, giving people the chance to catch this
rising reggae star in person. He will be visiting numerous
venues performing his various hits, this tour is a must see.

Introducing Alborosie
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Ziggy Marley Presents: Dancehall Originators Vol 1.

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Multiple Grammy winning artist Ziggy Marley, and Tuff Gong
Worldwide present "Dancehall Originators Vol 1," the first in
a new series of dancehall reggae albums designed to pay homage
to the groundbreaking original artists that paved the way for
dancehall artists today. The album, which will be released on
February 2, 2010.

In 1992, producer/songwriter Phillip Smart, founder of Long Island's
HC&F Studios, created the scorching "Hot This Year" riddim, whose
bouncy keyboard riffs and resounding bass were considered ground
breaking at the time.

From...

Songs for Reggae Lovers 3 Album Releases on February 9, 2010.

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Songs for Reggae Lovers 3 releases on February 9th, this
album aims straight for the heart; presenting 30 top hits
from reggae’s brightest stars, singing about love. Specially
prepared for Valentine’s Day (and everyday), this collection
showcases old and new favorites including the latest hit from
rising UK vocalist Gappy Ranks titled ‘The Rain’. For collectors
of all ages, this disc gets better with each listen!

TRACK LISTING DISC 1
1. Good Thing Going – Sugar Minot
2. The Rain – Gappy Ranks
3. In Your Eyes – Sanchez
4. She’s Royal – Tarrus Riley
5...

Buju Banton Defense Says He's A Victim Of Entrapment.

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Lawyers for Buju Banton claim that the government set
up Buju Banton, by using a paid informant.

According to court documents filed on Tuesday January 26, 2010
Buju Banton’s defense attorneys David Markus Marc and David
Seitles claimed that the government entrapped the singer, because
the informant pressured Buju to purchase the cocaine.

According to the document filed in the court: "The informant was
clearly an active participant in the entire chain of events."

Defense attorneys David Markus is pushing to have the informants
identity revealed...

Gappy Ranks Announces the plan Release of "Breakfast in Jamaica" Album

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British up and coming reggae artist Gappy Ranks has
just signed a hot new record deal with the Greensleeves
Records. Ranks first climbed up the reggae ranks on the
strength of his hit 'Heaven in Her Eyes,' a single that earned
him the Crystal Blue Best Artist of the Year Award.

In a statement, Greensleeves representatives announced
that Gappy's first feature length album will hit stores "in early 2010,"
and in addition to 'Heaven in Her Eyes,' his debut will include the
smash hit track 'Stinkin' Rich,' and will feature appearances from
Spice and...

Caribbean artiste records song "Rise Again" to benefit Haiti victims.

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Shaggy has recorded a new song with a diverse group of
Caribbean artiste to raise money for earthquake survivors
in Haiti.

The 7.0-magnitude quake on Jan. 12 killed an estimated
200,000 or more people in Haiti.

It features Shaggy, fellow Jamaican Sean Paul, Haitian musician
Belo and soca singers Alison Hinds of Barbados and Destra
Garcia from Trinidad and Tobago.

The song is called "Rise Again" and was written by Shaggy.

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Hot 97 Massive B Fire Sundays Live Stage Show

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Picture by Johnny Wonder

Johnny Wonder From 21st Production took Aidonia, Charly Black,
Ishawna, Demarco and Bugle to Hot 97 Massive B Fire Sundays
for a promotional live radio stage show Sun Jan. 24 2010.

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No Jamaican Artiste For Dominica Festivals International Artiste Night.

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The International Artiste Night show will not be staged this
Dominica Festivals carnival season due to financial limitations.
Dominica Festivals Committee (DFC) Events Director Val Cuffy
said too much expenses are incurred to organize that event.

The first International Artiste Night was held in 2008 with
Jamaican dancehall artiste Mr. Vegas as the headline act. In
2009, Jamaican reggae and dancehall artiste Wayne Marshall
was the featured performance.

Source: Dominica Online

Third World Band's 35TH Anniversary Celebration.

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Reggaeme- On Friday, January 29, 2010, the Riu Hotel in
Montego Bay, Jamaica, will host Third World Band's 35th
Anniversary press conference.

The Reggae Ambassadors, in celebrating over three decades
of hit singles and albums, will announce their plans for a year-
long tour - which will see the group performing in Europe, Asia,
Africa, Canada, the United States and the Caribbean, and the
release of their upcoming album "Patriot."

Following the press conference, on Saturday, January 30, 2010,
Third World will perform on the main stage at Jamaica Jazz...

Rocksteady Legend Lynn Taitt Dead at 70 (June 22, 1934 – January 20, 2010).

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Lynn Taitt (June 22, 1934 – January 20, 2010) was a reggae guitarist
born in San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago, closely associated with
Jamaican rocksteady music.

Lynn Taitt, the rocksteady guitarist who played with nearly every
reggae legend and the man widely credited with creating the very
first rocksteady bassline, has died in Canada at the age of 70. A
Trinidadian by birth, Taitt had no problem making Jamaica his home,
where his musical career eventually came into full bloom. In addition
to playing with major ska and early reggae groups like the...

Errol Kerr of the Jamaican Ski Team qualifies for Winter Olympics.

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After placing 11th in the World Cup skicross race in France, it has
become official. Errol Kerr has qualified for the Winter Olympics.
Eric Holmer, aka Homey, Kerr's tech, trainer, and part-time
psychiatrist, broke the word saying, "Its official Errol Kerr of
Jamaica qualifies for the Olympic Skier X in Vancouver."

Jamaican Medics Heading for Haiti.

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A medical team from the Ministry of Health left Jamaica on
Friday (January 22), to relieve colleagues in Haiti who have
been helping with relief efforts, following the January 12
earthquake.

Jamaica currently has a 26-member health team stationed in
Port-au-Prince, comprised of doctors, emergency medical
technicians, public health inspectors, nurses and a health
educator.

Since arriving in Haiti, the team has been working from two
facilities and has seen about 150 new patients within the first
three days of arriving. They have also performed...

Greensleeves Announces New Publishing Deals With Rising And Legendary Reggae Stars.

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New York, January 22, 2009 -- Greensleeves Publishing, the
world’s leading reggae music publisher, signed exclusive agreements
with leading singer/songwriters Gappy Ranks, Chino, Laden, Chukki Starr,
Goofy, and Keith Hudson. Those deals will see Greensleeves Publishing
represent and market the songs of these six in-demand reggae singers
and songwriters worldwide.

Rising British Reggae star, Gappy Ranks, signed an exclusive publishing
agreement with Greensleeves Publishing, quickly followed by a record
deal with Greensleeves Records. Gappy‘s most recent...

Reggae Label VP Exec Launches Grammy Campaign

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Heeding annual criticism that reggae's finest releases are
oftentimes overlooked as nominees in the Grammy's best
reggae album category, Cristy Barber, VP of marketing and
promotions at New York-based reggae label VP Records, is
spearheading a drive to educate her industry about the role
of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

Barber, a 2005 Grammy nominated producer for the various
artists compilation "Def Jamaica" (Island/Def Jam) and the
former president of the Marley family's Tuff Gong/Ghetto
Youths labels, will commence an...