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8593769076?profile=RESIZE_710xJust this week music streaming giants Spotify announced that it would be opening up the app in 85 new markets across the globe. Low and behold Spotify announced Jamaica in its full list of 85 countries that will now be able to access the Spotify app, bringing their market numbers up to 178 countries which is a whopping 91% of countries worldwide.

Making the grand announcement at its Stream On event for creators and partners this past Monday, Alex Norström, Spotify’s chief freemium business offic

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8552990288?profile=RESIZE_710xSons of the embattled exiled pharaoh of Dancehall, Vybz Kartel, is poised to take over his now seemingly struggling record label Adidjahiem Records. Likkle Addi, who is 16 years of age and still in school, spoke on the popular entertainment TV programme, On Stage with Winford Williams this past weekend. He emphasized how serious he and his brother Likkle Vybz are taking the music business and his dad Adidjahiem Records label.

Though no longer at Jamaica College, Likkl Addi is still pursuing high

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8526650858?profile=RESIZE_584xLast week, Ghana’s Afro-dancehall prodigy Stonebwoy passed through Jamaica on a short but fruitful business trip. The international recording artiste was here to link up with several reggae and dancehall acts including ‘the Gargamel’ Buju Banton. The Putuu lyricist holds Buju in the highest regard for his ‘schooling on some things’. He also linked with Jah Cure, Sean Paul and Beenie Man - all of whom he dubbed legends in their field. 

 

Unfortunately, I could only spend three nights (two days)

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Mad RE: View – Skillibeng ‘Hot’ or Not?

8470443874?profile=RESIZE_710xDancehall artiste Skillibeng's flow may be misconstrued as a lack of lyrics, as his unconventional recording style sees him taking long breaks in sections of a song. Funnily, it creates a unique structure that almost every time, interrupts the overall pattern and flow of the riddim in the music. Recently, social media was set ablaze with viral memes ridiculing the artiste's flow in the single Not, which preceded his latest release Hot. An unphased Skillibeng continues to hone his craft with his

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8470498279?profile=RESIZE_584xThe newly formed reggae-dancehall record label, Innovation Muzik - which is owned and operated by both Garfield Lewin aka DJ Kool G and DJ Matches - is sharing the first song from their camp. The record is a reggae track performed by international recording artist Tarrus Riley titled Be Great.

 

This is the lead single from an upcoming compilation dubbed 21 Greatness Riddim. The full project, which is scheduled for release in February, will feature the likes of Luciano, Queen Ifrica, Tarrus Rile

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Skillibeng drops off his brand new mixtape titled "The Prodigy" . The project features Prince Swanny, Tommy Lee Sparta, Popcaan, Dre Island & Jakal. The mixtape is fill with brand new tracks and is definitely worth checking out . Surely one off the best mixtape released this year so far

 

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Dancehall star Tommy Lee Sparta behind bars, after being charged with illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition yesterday.

 

The artiste, given name Leroy Russell, was charged in relation to a police operation on Holborn Road, St Andrew, on Monday.

According to a Twitter post from the Jamaica Constabulary Force's (JCF) Corporate Communications Unit (CCU), about 6 p.m., a Toyota Mark X motor vehicle was stopped, the occupants searched and the firearm found in the deejay's waistband. The twee

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Rygin King Back In The Studio

7945810684?profile=RESIZE_584xAFTER being sidelined by gunshot wounds for months, Rygin King is back in studio. The dancehall deejay posted a picture of himself on Instagram to announce his 'return to the office'.

“Give thank fi life,” Rygin King wrote, along with a praying emoji.

 

His colleagues I-Octane and Chronic Law were very supportive and posted several praying emojis. Deep Jahi referred to “powers” of a supreme being in his response.

 

International footballers Leon Bailey and Raheem Sterling also sent their best wi

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Legendary Reggae Singer Toots Hibbert Dead At 77

7904232887?profile=RESIZE_710xLegendary reggae singer Frederick "Toots" Hibbert died in the University Hospital of the West Indies in St Andrew on Friday evening. He was 78.
The singer had been admitted at the hospital last week Monday and was in a medically induced coma.

Claude Mills, Hibbert's publicist, confirmed the singer's passing.

"Jamaica has lost a great cultural icon. The soul of an age has died," he told Observer Online a short while ago.

"The family is asking for privacy at this time as they are going through a v

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Beenie Man Mourning Death Of His Mother

7899702268?profile=RESIZE_710x'Mama Lilieth' the mother of international dancehall artiste, Beenie Man,  passed away on Thursday. Rohan 'Blue' Smith, Beenie Man's brother and manager, confirmed the news.

"Yes, it is true. Mama Lilieth passed away. She was about 63 years old. Miss Lilieth Sewell was hospitalised in July after she suffered a series of strokes. Since the news broke about her death Beenie Man, has deleted all the posts on his Instagram account, 

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7839180266?profile=RESIZE_584xSeveral lyrical battles post Beenie Man Verzuz Bounty Killer, and it has been declared that the title of 'Best Battle' (thus far) can be awarded to the Jamaican dancehall-reggae stars. Both delivered a unique and stellar performance in their face-off for Verzuz which was the quarantined brainchild of award-winning producers Timbaland and Swizz Beatz.

Though the writing was already on the wall, American entertainment media and charting giant Billboard Magazine published a poll for people to vote

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Kabaka A ‘Nice Up Di Dance’

7816247092?profile=RESIZE_584xKabaka Pyramid recently unleashed an updated version of Michigan & Smiley's mega dancehall hit, 'Nice Up the Dance.' The renowned lyricist incorporated both new and original lyrics to bring the track into a contemporary context. According to a release from the artiste's team at Bebble Rock, the song is supported by a visually rich and celebratory video shot in Jamaica and produced by Davida-Mae Chambers and directed by 300K.

The original version of 'Nice Up the Dance' was released in 1979 on the

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7722091876?profile=RESIZE_584xStandard on the lips of up and coming dancehall/reggae acts is the lack of support they get in and from the establishment and players in the entertainment industry. Many complain about being snubbed by producers for already established artistes, not getting support from the media/radio stations, having to pay for everything they need etc. Others emphasize that corporate brands and the government aren’t willing to help them get the big break but are always at the ready to jump on the band-wagon i

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7695724654?profile=RESIZE_710xIf your name is Skillibeng, you are having a great August! Less than a week ago the dancehall up and comer dropped his unconventional 3 track EP and is already trending internationally. 

On August 20, the artiste released his second musical compilation, and to everyone's surprise, the EP (which is more like a Demo Album… sorry not sorry) has only 3 tracks. The EP aptly titled 'Brik Pan Brik' features his already released breakout hit of the same name, another already famous Skillibeng track; 'Mr

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Tommy Lee Sparta Drops ‘Hot Topic’

7574577085?profile=RESIZE_584xIt has been four days since dancehall artiste Tommy Lee Sparta has been released from police custody, and already he is dropping musical bombs. Less than 24 hours ago (August 21), the Sparta boss dropped an audio on Youtube for what seems to be his new banger 'Hot Topic'. The song immediately started moving up on Youtube's on Trending list.

Contrary to what speculations may suggest, the song is not about his recent run-in with the Jamaica Constabulary Force. The song doesn't so much as mention i

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7574156073?profile=RESIZE_584xEstablished as an underground dancehall act for a few years now, Fully Bad, is beginning to sprout new leaves. Though the present climate of the genre portrays artistes from Jamaica's East and West side as the dominant forces, Fully Bad is undaunted nor intimidated by it. Since cutting ties with former management, the Foota Hype-led Foota Hype Music (FHM), he is fully ready to put down roots in the dancehall community.

Since cutting tied with Foota Hype, Fully Bad has secured a management deal w

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