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Tuesday, 29 December 2015
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Wednesday, 25 November 2015
There are some who may be saying: 'She is doing this as a hobby because her brother made it big in the music industry, she's trying a thing'," she told the Jamaica Observer. She is, however, determined to prove the naysayers wrong with her upcoming single See It Clear. Written by Michael 'Askell' Fairman and Melissa Stewart, the single will be released in December on the United Kingdom-based Live MB Music Production label and 21st Hapilos is slated to do the distribution.
According to Brooks, See It Clear tackles social injustice which is prevalent in society. "In the song, I deal with poor people needing a voice, Jamaican injustice system, and the corrupt politicians neglecting our needs," said the 29-year-old. An accompanying video will also be shot. The sing-jay, who holds a diploma in nursing, described her style as "software" and said her scope is wider than that of dancehall.
"Well, my style of music is what I call software. I'm into reggae, pop and R&B music. I still have a love for dancehall music, but I do not consider myself a dancehall artiste," she said. Born in the Cassava Piece community of Kingston, she is youngest and only daughter of seven for the Brooks brood. "I had always love music, ever since I started singing on the church junior choir as a child from eight until 17 years old, so music was always around me.
Then I am always tagging along with my brother (Mavado) from age of 14 to different studios, so there I even got more inspired to be part of the music industry," she said. Brooks got her break in 2009 with Heart Beat and has subsequently released Whatever You Want and Serenity. She is booked for a New Year's Eve stage show in Grenada. "I hope to be a household name in the music one day like my brother. I'm very proud and motivated by him. I'm bringing positive, yet clean sexy music to people around the world," she added.
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Thursday, 15 October 2015
Downsound Records and popular music producer Cordell 'Skatta' Burrell have been ordered to pay close to $15 million in damages for use of the rhythm on Specialist's 2011 song 'Street Hustle', a street anthem that paid tribute to phonecard and banana chips vendors.
The multimillion dollar award was made in a breach of copyright suit filed against them by fellow music producer André 'Rookie' Tyrell, who claims that he was not compensated after "the whole or a substantial part" of his 'Superstar Rhythm' was used on the song, as well as for a major advertising campaign.
Skatta and Downsound Records have been ordered by a High Court judge to pay Tyrell $9.5 million for statutory damages under the Copyright Act; $2.5 million for breach of moral rights and US$15,000 (J$1,785,000)for general or compensatory damages.
The awards for general damages and breach of moral rights will attract interest at 14.99 per cent annually from June 2012, when Tyrell filed his legal motion to October this year when the ruling was made.
Tyrell charged, in court documents, that in 2011, Skatta and Downsound Records created a beat they named the 'Street Hustle' rhythm, which was "a reproduction or adaptation and or derivative work of the whole or a substantial part" of his 'Super Star' rhythm.
"This is not a case of mistake, but of a blatant and unapologetic use of the claimant's (Tyrell) copyrights," Justice Audre Lindo wrote in her ruling handed down last month.
Tyrell asserted that all of this was done without his authorisation and charged that in October 2011, Skatta and his publishing company "falsely lodged and claimed 100 per cent share in the musical composition for the song with the American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers."
Skatta and Downsound did not contest the suit or the assessment of damages even though court documents indicate that they were properly served with papers.
The documents also show that in October 2012, the court declared Tyrell owner of the 'Superstar Rhythm' and ordered, among other things, Skatta and Downsound desist from using it.
They were also ordered to "immediately rectify any and all accreditation information, including with collecting societies ... to reflect the claimant (Tyrell) as the writer/composer of his portion of the musical work contained in the said Street Hustle song and 'Street Hustle' rhythm."
But Tyrell said, armed with the court order, he later approached the United Kingdom-based Performing Rights Society for Music to register his interest in the song only to discover that Downsound "apparently registered the infringing song under different names."
As a result, the presiding judge had some very strong words for Skatta and Downsound Records.
"I agree with the submission of counsel (Tyrell's attorney) that the evidence before the court demonstrates that the actions and/or inactions of the defendants have been nothing but contemptuous and/or calculated for
their own selfish gain," Lindo wrote.
"And that they demonstrate a gross disregard and lack of remorse of the infringements they committed."
Monday, 18 May 2015
BB King, whose scorching guitar licks and heartfelt vocals made him the idol of generations of musicians and fans while earning him the nickname King of the Blues, died late Thursday at home in Las Vegas. He was 89.
His attorney, Brent Bryson, told The Associated Press that King died peacefully in his sleep at 9:40 pm, PDT. He said funeral arrangements were under way.
Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg confirmed the death.
He is known for songs including The Thrill Is Gone and There Must Be a Better World Somewhere.
AMERICAN hip hop artiste LunchMoney Lewis, son of Inner Circle bassist Ian Lewis, is number one on the UK pop chart this week.
His single Bills replaced Jamaican singer OMI's Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn remix) which spent two weeks at number one.
Bills also hit in the United States where LunchMoney Lewis has featured on top-rated programmes, such as The Late Show with Jimmy Fallon and The Today Show.
Lewis, who is in his mid-20s, was born in Miami, Florida. Two years ago, he began working with hot producer Dr Luke, but first gained recognition in the United States after appearing on the Nicki Minaj album The Pinkprint. He was featured on the song Trini Dem Girls.
He also co-wrote British pop singer Jessie J's song Burnin' Up and American group Fifth Harmony's single Bo$$.
Bills, released by Kemosabe/Columbia Records, peaked at 79 on the Billboard Hot 100. It spent two weeks at number one on the ARIA Charts in Australia, where it has been certified platinum for sales of 70,000 copies.
The song went to number six in neighbouring New Zealand and has been certified gold in that country for sales of 7,500 copies.
Bills also made number one in The Netherlands and number two in Belgium. It has also charted in Canada (number 71), Germany (number 66), Ireland (number 12), Slovakia (number 63) and Spain (number 37).
Lewis released an EP titled Bills on April 24. It contains his new single Real Thing.
He is working with No Doubt singer Gwen Stefani on her upcoming solo album.
This latest news was provided by Jamaica Observer
Although Toya had been suffering from diabetes for some time, her spouse, Josef Bogdanovich, said her death came at a time when they were planning to get married.
In a solemn interview with THE Jamaica Star, the CEO of Downsound Records explained that despite his fiancée's ailment, they were still planning on getting married.
"We have been together for 13 years, from she was 19. We were engaged to get married and we were talking about it a couple weeks ago and that she was going to get well; we had the donors, and then she died," he said.
"We loved each other a lot. We had good times together and we were very close. Toya was exceptional as an artiste and as a fashionista. I miss her a lot. She is the only one I trust in Jamaica. She was a real beauty inside and out. She was great."
However, Toya's life was cut short on May 7 after suffering from diabetes for a few years. She got dialysis treatment at the Diabetic Association of Jamaica in St Andrew and she got additional treatment at the University Hospital of the West Indies. She also received treatment in Los Angeles, Miami and Brooklyn.
But Bogdanovich said he was amazed by the level of positivity Toya displayed throughout her illness.
"It was hard for her because the diabetes took her eyes, her kidney and then it took her heart, and then she died," he said.
"I don't know how she did it to keep positive that she would get well. She was blind for eight months and she still kept the faith and remained positive. I enjoyed her company. She was funny, witty, but above all, very uplifting. She gave freely."
Bogdanovich added that their six-year-old son has been coping well with the situation.
"He is doing exceptionally well. He is a great boy, and he has a lot of traits of his mother," he told THE STAR.
And although Toya was positive, Bogdanovich said dialysis treatment in Jamaica was very difficult.
"I've been to several dialysis centres with Toya and I have seenoften that all the bedsare full. These patients have a community and they come there several days a week every week, if they can afford it, and they develop a bond of hope, pulling for one another, and then asit happens, one dies. Then another one. This diabetes epidemic is trulyfrightening," he said, adding that doctors and nurses are ill-equipped to administer dialysis treatment properly.
Toya's funeral service will be held on May 24 and Her body is expected to be flown to Jamaica from the United States on May 21.
Wednesday, 15 April 2015
Wednesday, 8 April 2015
Skatta Burrell pleased with selector's appearance on Magnum Kings and Queens
There is still a lot of talk about Saturday night's episode of the Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall contest on TVJ, that featured selector Oneil 'Foota Hype' Thomas as a guest judge on the panel.
The airing of that episode of the popular hit talent contest was injected with added intrigue, given the much-publicised feud between judge Cordel 'Skatta' Burrell and 'Foota Hype', sparked by a love triangle involving Downsound recording artiste Ishawna, who is also the mother of Foota Hype's son.
"I'm glad to know I could be a part of one of the most entertaining nights on television. As far as the so called mix-up is concerned, I think it's staler than dry Easter bun.
"I just want to clear the air that I harbour no resentment for Foota Hype, and regardless of what anyone thinks, it's just not in my character to feud with a man over woman issues," Skatta Burrell said in a statement.
At least two contestants took direct potshots at Skatta during the live show with Devin the Dakta deejaying a song saying "Skatta hold knife ah mi throat cause mi a look Ishawna and mi haffi remind him say a Foota wife yuh tek". The audience exploded at this line, and afterwards, Skatta jokingly commented that he was going "home to pray that the public vote yuh (Devin) off the show." The other contestant, Ffrench, also got a big forward when she made reference to the Skatta-Ishawna-Foota Hype love triangle.
After the live show, several memes popped up on social media, one of which showed a forlorn-looking Skatta appearing to throw the 'evil eye' at Foota Hype, while they sat on the couch beside fellow judges Ms Kitty and Professor Nuts. The two exchanged numerous good-natured barbs during the live TV show.
"It's a pity that in the pic being circulated, folks are mistaking my sneaking a look at Ms Kitty's boobs as me giving Foota the evil eye," Skatta said jokingly.
Skatta said he empathised with Foota Hype's pain at having lost the relationship with his babymother.
"Whatever Foota Hype may be saying about me, I understand and hold nothing against him because when you're dealing with heartbreak, you will do and say things to salvage pride and ego.
"Those who know me, know it is impossible for me to put woman on my head 'cause I always got money pan mi brain. I appreciate Miss Kitty, Professor Nuts and rate the fact that Foota Hype came and did his thing, and wi turn the show up for the patrons and those watching. I also ask God to forgive Devin di Dakta for the error he made with my name in the tune he performed," Skatta said. Efforts to obtain a comment from Foota Hype were unsuccessful.
Mark Kenny, the executive producer of the hit reality talent series, Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall, said Saturday night's show was one of the best ever.
"In simple terms, it was the best ever production for us, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter went ballistic. We have no actual numbers of how many people tuned in to see the show yet, but social media was off the hook. Devin had over 53,000 links after the show on social media.
"It was a calculated risk and it paid off - the security guard on the stage was there for drama, as opposed to any direct need. Skatta and Foota were great about the whole thing," he said.
Mark Kenny could not confirm rumours that breakout dancehall star Ishawna, whose Restraining Order topped several charts last year, may be a featured artiste on the finale.
"I couldn't comment on that. We have made no decisions about the final yet," he said.
Tuesday, 24 February 2015
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Wednesday, 18 February 2015
That's the word in the Street "Skully hop" the real deal and the next big Artist from Denham Town
just recently a post was made on a well known website called "JamaicaTakeOut"
Who is the real Dancehall deal "Gully Hop" or "Skully hop"?
Skully Hop’s who's real name is David Thomas and he hails from the community of Denham Town in Kingston. He was previously know as ‘Righteous’ in the dancehall, and among those who know him, he is widely respected for his lyrical ability and his propensity to launch deadly lyrical clashes against any artist, big or small.
Skully Hop has performed extensively at dances throughout the Kingston area for years and scores of fans come out to see him and his side kick Pampie Fresh perform on Saturday mornings at the Coronation Market in downtown Kingston.
Skully Hop rose to prominence when a video clip of his performance ‘Mama’ was posted on the Internet and immediately went viral. He quickly changed his name from Righteous to Skully Hop amidst the buzz. He was recently signed to Punch This Records label, and he has been locked away in studio working on a new barrage of recordings.
Tuesday, 17 February 2015
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Tuesday, 10 February 2015
Also Claims deejay stole his song
Dancehall artiste Don André has ignited a feud with Gage, claiming that the Throat deejay copied his song Evil Again. According to the former member of Tommy Lee's Sparta camp, his song was released first and he has proof.
"I released the song on the 19th of January, via Crush Road on YouTube, then couple days after, in fact the 22nd of the same month, Gage released a song, also called Evil Again,which mirrored the lyrics of my song," he said.
The artiste said his team approached Gage about the song. However, Gage decided to go on Instagram and rant and even called him (Don André) a copycat. The artiste has since released a diss song aimed at Gage called Walking Dead.
"The reason why I decided to diss him is because he made a statement saying I am a nobody and I am just looking a hype. Him nuh badda dan me and I find it so strange for somebody like Gage to be calling me a wannabe, when he hasn't got his own identity. He is nothing but a merge of Vybz Kartel and Tommy Lee. Gage cannot clash me lyrically and he is not a better artiste than Don André ... self praise is no recommendation, but on this basis, I will definitely give myself some praises," he said. "If yu feel yu bad just answer the tune, a wey yu duh, scared? Yu sey yu a walking gun, but you are just a walking tongue because a pure chat yu a chat. Don't be a chicken, have some courage. You are always dropping shots at artistes, so now when you are on the receiving end, don't run away."
Gage was unavailable for comment. However, a message shared from his Instagram account regarding the issue shows that he does not intend to entertain a lyrical battle.
"Tell that ni@@a I voice that song from last year and gave it to a producer, I did not even know he would put it out. Tell this wannabe I only go on YouTube to check my stuff and see what World Boss have new. I don't even know this ni@@a, tell him he won't get the time of the day to get a hype. Their levels can't cross the barrier," read the post.
Don André recently charted in Costa Rica with an effort called Needle Eye.
Thursday, 5 February 2015
Dancehall artiste "Gully Bop" has addressed allegations made by a YouTube uploader that he was disrespectful to the person who crashed into his car recently during a video rant, in which Gully Bop described the car as having no insurance and being outdated.
In a lengthy video uploaded on YouTube, the seemingly upset man levelled several insults at Gully Bop.
"Gully Bop yu ugly nuh (expletive), it come een like Chin a fly up inna yu (expletive)." he stated along with disparaging comments about Gully Bop's mother.
Gully Bop in a response video cleared the air on the issue and also stated that he was unfairly insulted by the man, also said to be a promoter.
"Just coming out of an accident mi express my feelings and I could have expressed it a little better ... Right now, mi nuh rate yu fi a sey dat about me, you don't know anything about my mother. But your talk can't go anywhere, you not even show your face, suh stay behind di fence nuh matter how much bad comment yu mek the world still love mi," Gully Bop said.
Gully Bop's manager, Shauna Chin, also had some clarity to the controversy. She said persons involved in motor vehicle accidents aren't generally happy during the ordeal and Gully Bop was simply a regular person expressing his frustration because he could have been severely injured.
"We found out that the other car that crashed into us wasn't insured nor was the papers straight. The driver was rushing and could have killed us. Now tell me, who wouldn't be upset about that? Every driver have problems and everybody cuss when they are upset. But Gully Bop is the furthest from being hype. Right now him still wah climb ackee tree same way and dem regular things deh," she said.
According to Chin, the video of Gully Bop venting about the accident was edited and uploaded to stimulate controversy.
"The persons who did the video also cut out the parts where Gully Bop was saying good things and only highlighted the negative part. That is why we won't be doing no more interviews with them. We have spoken and I told him he has to be careful what he says to the media, because it can make you and break you," Chin told The STAR.
Special thanks to Jamaica Star writer Curtis Campbell for providing the news
Tuesday, 3 February 2015
NOT many artistes or producers have had a lot of success blending reggae with soca, but for his latest song, singer "Imar Shepherd" thought fusing the two sounds would be a good idea.
"Do It" is the title of the song which is now available on "itunes" by "Nyah Bless Music" a Philadelphia-based company.
Do It is a song that empowers the ladies; there are not a lot of those around today," said Imar Shepherd. He added that Do It is also a stress-buster: "People can get up in the morning and exercise to it; it's real uptempo."
Shepherd has been recording with Nyah Bless for the last three years, but Do It is his first release for the label.
Born Omar Shephard, he is originally from Richmond Gap, St Thomas, and has been recording since 2007. His first release, Woman I Love You, was done in 2007 with Demarco.
This was followed by songs for various producers including 'Calibud' (Black and Beautiful) and Carl Morrison (Africa).
Imar said he have the material and a great team working with and just need for all radio dj to support, as well as his friends and fans to make his dreams into a reailty.
Sunday, 1 February 2015
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Feelings is a new single written by
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soon to be release on'"Itunes" February 10th, 2015
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Veteran reggae performer Errol Dunkley took Jazz and Blues 2015
patrons down memory lane as he opened the tribute to the late John Holt segment here at the Trelawny Stadium.
The seasoned performer belted out hits of the past including, You're Gonna Need Me, Please Stop Your Lying and Black Cinderella.
He topped off his performance with his biggest hit, OK Fred, which was written by John Holt
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The daughter of late singer and entertainer Whitney Houston was found unresponsive in a bathtub Saturday and taken to a hospital in the north Atlanta suburbs, police said.
Bobbi Kristina Brown was found by her husband, Nick Gordon, and a friend and given CPR, said Officer Lisa Holland, a spokeswoman for the Roswell Police Department. When police arrived, they gave Brown additional care until she was taken alive to North Fulton Hospital.
The incident remains under investigation, police said.
Brown is the daughter of Houston and R&B singer Bobby Brown. A representative for the family did not immediately return messages seeking comment.
Whitney Houston was found dead in a hotel bathtub on Feb. 11, 2012, in Beverly Hills, California. The 48-year-old Houston had struggled for years with cocaine, marijuana and pills, and her behaviour had become erratic.
Authorities examining Houston's death found a dozen prescription drug bottles in the hotel suite. They concluded that Houston accidentally drowned. Heart disease and cocaine use were listed as contributing factors in Houston's death.
Over her career, Houston sold more than 50 million records in the United States alone. Her voice, an ideal blend of power, grace and beauty, made classics out of songs like "Saving All My Love For You," ''I Will Always Love You," ''The Greatest Love of All" and "I'm Every Woman." Her six Grammys were only a fraction of her many awards.
Houston had her first No. 1 hit by the time she was 22, followed by a flurry of number one songs and multiplatinum
Wednesday, 7 January 2015
Noel “King Sporty” Williams, reggae songwriter and DJ, died at Jackson Memorial Hospital Monday evening. He was 71.
Williams was a prolific, if not widely known, musician. He made several contributions to popular music -- including penning the Bob Marley hit “Buffalo Soldier.”
Roger Lewis, Sporty’s friend and member of the Grammy Award-winning band Inner Circle, reflects on Williams -- who he says was a key figure in the formation of Miami’s musical styles.
“Sporty was a legend,” Lewis said by phone Tuesday. “He was the glue that held the music community together. We had a real fraternity.”
Lewis met Williams in 1977. He says the Jamaica-born Sporty had been in Miami since the late ‘60s, contributing to local music for years.
“He created that whole Miami sound,” Lewis said. “That groove sound with that island flavor.”
King Sporty was married to Miami resident and R&B and soul musician Betty Wright, who achieved fame in the 1970s and ‘80s with singles like “Clean Up Woman” and “No Pain, No Gain.”
“Sporty gave her the muscle to fight for her rights and her publishing,” says DJ Tom Laroc, Williams' friend and fellow musician. “He helped make her a very empowered woman in the music business.”
"Going to his house was an experience," Laroc said. "It's the same reggae studio from the 1970s."
Laroc says King Sporty wrote over 400 songs during his lifetime, including Bob Marley’s "Pimper's Paradise" and his own piece, "Self Destruct" — which was sampled in the Justin Timberlake song "That Girl.”
Williams was the recipient of the International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010.