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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Spice Rakes in Eight Award Nominations

- The “Stage show Boss”, Spice, has returned to the island after both an exciting and terrifying time in Paris, France.

Spice, who was present in Paris during the Charlie Hebdo attacks by Muslim extremists, says although the tour was a success, she is happy to be safely back in the island and “my prayers are continuously with all my fans and friends in France.”

Upon her return, Spice received the wonderful news that she was nominated for a whopping eight awards at the Youth View Awards.

“I'm the only female in the "Favourite Dancehall Artiste" of the year category and that's an overwhelming feeling. I've worked for that to be up there with the males who are dominating dancehall,” says Spice.

The other categories Spice has been nominated for are: Favourite Local Music Video - So Mi Like It; Favourite Local Artiste of the Year; Hottest Summer Song of the Year - So Mi Like It; Favourite Musical Collaboration with two singles, Only Thing Me Want and Conjugal Visit feat. Vybz Kartel; Fashion Icon and finally, the Young Hot and Hype Female of the Year.

“To have eight nominations this year is truly a success by itself. Whether I win all of them, or not, I'm already a winner. But, I know that So Mi Like it was one of the biggest songs last year, so of course I'm expecting to take home some awards, especially that one,” says Spice.


Saturday, January 24, 2015

Morgan Heritage Returns to Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival

The Royal Family of Reggae "Morgan Heritage" will kick off 2015 by closing down the show at the acclaimed Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival in Jamaica. Deemed as the Premier Music Festival in the Caribbean, Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival 2015 boasts an impressive lineup of superstars such as multi Grammy winner Mariah Carey, Charlie Wilson, Magic, Peter Cetera, Soja, The Pointer Sisters among other notables acts. Although the past year has seen Morgan Heritage performing worldwide, It has been 9 years since the renowned band performed at the festival. "The group is really excited to be back at the festival after so long but at the same time we're humbled by the request from Walter Elmore and the organizers of the festival to close out our night. This is also our first performance on an International stage in Jamaica since our return." stated Gramps Morgan. known worldwide for their riveting live performances, the siblings are looking forward to not only engage the people of their beloved island, but the thousands of music lovers who come to Jamaica for the festival. Mojo Morgan revealed "Our set will be filled with classics and feature new material from our latest album Here Come The Kings and as well as songs from our upcoming album "Strictly Roots". The new album will be our first album released independent of VP Records on our label CTBC Music Group. VP has been great for the group and we're grateful for our years with them. We just felt it was time to approach the release of our music differently. " While in Jamaica, Morgan Heritage will film a video for their lead single "Perform and Done" from their anticipated upcoming album. Produced by BBC One/BBC 1Xtra's Seani B, "Perform and Done" (now available on iTunes) is blazing the airwaves and steadily making it's way on charts around the world. The group will then head to Toronto, Canada to headline the February 6th show at the Sound Academy. To the delights of their fans, Morgan Heritage will be touring across the United States starting the first week in April and will end the tour on Memorial Day Weekend at "Best Of The Best" in Miami, the country's largest, multicultural, family-oriented festival before heading to Europe for the Festival season.


Thursday, January 15, 2015

TJ Records Teams up with Adidjaheim Records to Presents Vybz Kartel "VIKING (Vybz Is King) " EP

Not even incarceration can slow down iconic Vybz Kartel, Vybz Is King! The international dancehall superstar has remained a constant fixture on various radio charts while blazing both the airwaves and dance floors with a succession of hits after hits. The popularity of Vybz Kartel is omnipresent and the star still garners numerous award nominations worldwide.

On March 10th 2015, Billboard producer TJ Records teams up with Adidjaheim Records to presents Vybz Kartel "VIKING (Vybz Is King) " EP also featuring productions from Short Boss Muzik, the imprint label of Vybz Kartel common law wife. Deemed to become a collector's item, the EP features such singles as "Dancehall", "Time", "Volcano" and "Facebook Like" among others. Distributed by digital giant 21st Hapilos Digital, Vybz Kartel "VIKING (Vybz Is King) EP" will be available on all major digital markets March 10th, 2015.


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Future Fambo Signs Album Deal with American Based Label, Blaze Entertainment

The key to success for any entertainer is reinvention and quality music. Although music taste is subjective, the common thread of quality will always succeed albeit be a commercial hit or not. That train of thoughts is what Future Fambo claims for the new year. Evolve and Rebirth!

Since his entry in the musical scene, Future Fambo scored various hits such as the chart-topper Kung Fu and remained constant through the years while connecting with newer generations through positive songs and party anthems Drunken Dance, Rum and Red Bull featuring Grammy award winner Beenie Man and This Life among many others. But to fans of the artist and music lovers it seemed as if Fambo took a musical hiatus.

"Well I have been touring extensively in the states and other countries around the world both independently and also with the King Beenie Man. I may have been out of sight in Jamaica but I have been working on my craft and image while out of the Jamaican Diaspora. This is a new me physically, mentally and creatively, I have been recording for top local producers such as Seanizzle, UIM, Richieloops and also a few upcoming overseas producers. The foundations has been set so now its time to step out and make the moves and get the movement up and running. I am also happy to tell my fans that I have also recently signed a 1 album deal with american based indie label "Blaze Entertainment Records Inc" which is a big deal for me because this is my first ever album, so you will definitely be seeing more of #BrandFambo in the mix." stated the reggae/dancehall star.

Signing an album deal is a great feat for any artist, but for Future Fambo a veteran of music, this concurrence will be his first studio length album. In a statement to the media, Blaze Entertainment CEO explained the decision to work with Fambo "In this day and age of music its all about the unexpected to be the expected. Fambo voice is like non other and for years it has been one of the best kept secret on a global scale not just dancehall. Yes he has hits under his belt but with such a voice and likable spirit and energetic stage presence, all he need is that guidance to turn him into a legitimate global star/icon/legend. I said to myself, Fambo has so many songs out and has had so many hits and has never produced a EP, mixtape or a album so I decided to approach him with the idea of a joint venture. It took us 3 years to actually get to really sit and have a man to man convo about business and just lifestyles and struggles and it was basically a wrap after that. As for the album this its a new Fambo, no more drunking master image, no more playing around this is a more mature, grown and sexy type image for ladies want him and fellas want to be him. Swag and everything way up. His sound is revamped, his entire style is revamped I guess we can officially say a full fledged make over. The album features Jamaican producer, richie loops, american producer Magnedo7- produced for Eminem, Jay Z, 50cent and many more, also american producer Blahzae and many more. It is slated to be release sometime in April we are still figuring out dates. But the singles are def about to start picking up steam. "Bloodclaute Song & One more Time"

2 lead tracks were recently released in anticipation of the album, "Bloodclaute Song" for the streets, and "One More Time" a friendly radio hit. The feedback has been very positive both locally and internationally and will garner a video to be shot on location in New York while Fambo is there headlining the "Be True, Be You" benefit concert.

"It is one of my greatest inspirations to know that I am from the same parish as greats like Marcus Garvey, Bob Marley, Burning Spear and Shabba Ranks. I aspire to leave a legacy as they

While the musical fans recognize Future Fambo as Mr. Rum & Redbull, the man born as Warren Gladstone Williams, is extremely proud of the fact that he hails from the "Garden Parish" of St. Ann, along with some of the most iconic legends of Jamaican culture. Growing up his talent shined immediately, by the age of eight a young Future Troubles (as his was known) began performing for local meetings. By his teen years vocal talent gave way to physical and saw him as a member of the dance group "Crazy Boys". As childhood passion gave way to a viable livelihood, Future Troubles evolved into Future Fambo turning his hobby into a career.

From his first hit "Iya Iya Hoo" (fashioned after a Jackie Chan movie), Future Fambo realized his knack for creating that perfect high energy song that's easy to grasp yet exciting enough to incorporate dancing. This combination has made Future Fambo one of the few sustainable Dancehall acts over the last few decades. 2010 saw a groundbreaking revitalization within the grasp of Dancehall, one particular riddim and song tapped into that energy. Fambo's mega crossover hit "Rum and Redbull" featuring Beenie Man, produced by Seanizzle. Future Fambo was able to keep the party flowing with follow up singles like "Wedding Crasher" (w/ Sean Paul), "Faded", "Drunken Dance" and "Swaggin" (featuring Wayne Marshall & Tifa). While Fambo has worked or collaborated with just about everyone in the Dancehall genre from producers to artist, his creativity and seasoned artistry affords him many opportunities to create with a variety of production houses to date. Recent releases include singles from Seanizzle, Kapa Shanti and UIM Records.

In August 2014, Fambo inked a deal with US based label, "Blaze Entertainment Records", which has set out to produce and release Future Fambo's debut album "Evolve - The Uprise". Through Blaze Ent, Fambo's album will see production from Grammy winning producer Magnedo 7, Richie Loops, Blahzae, Stylez and Sisco Kennedy. While the album awaits an official 2015 release date, it's receiving rave reviews from industry tastemakers such as Atlantic Records own Mike Keran and Dancehall gatekeepers. Premiere singles "Bloodclaute Song" and "One More Time" will mark the promotional launch for "Evolve - The Uprise". So if "Rum and Redbull" is Future Fambo's current legacy, just sit back and have one more as he journeys to legendary.


Sunday, January 11, 2015


VP Records is happy to announce the signing The Simpkin Project. The 6-piece group, based in Orange County, CA, has inked a multi-album deal with the world's largest reggae label. The band consists of Phil Simpkin (lead vocals and guitar), Shawn Taylor (organ, keyboards and vocals), Sean Kennedy (drums), Sergio Sandoval (percussion), Eric Riegler (bass) and Jules Luna (rhythm guitar and vocals).

They are currently recording material for the new album, which is set to be released this year on VP Records' newly formed imprint Dub Rockers. The Simpkin Project also plans to tour the United States in support of the release.

Known for their energetic live performances and stellar songwriting, the group makes music that addresses everyday struggles, while still showing the beauty in all things. Their multi-faceted blend of reggae and Americana music is filled with stirring honest lyrics over authentic roots rock rhythms.

VP Records Marketing Director Michael McGraw is pleased with this new venture. "The Simpkin Project stood out because, much like Jamaican reggae, their natural sound and level of musicianship exemplifies the qualities of a timeless sound that makes the music so enduring for multiple generations," he states.

The Simpkin Project is also delighted to join VP Records roster. "We love reggae music period. It is what we were all raised on, strictly roots, rock and reggae music. What other genre of music exists solely as the vehicle that carries with it messages of peace, positive vibes, respect, love, empowerment and spiritualism," states lead vocalist Phil Simpkin.



VPAL Music, VP Records' subsidiary label and distribution arm for reggae music teams up with the revered comedian/actor/singer Eddie Murphy to release his new single "Oh Jah Jah," available January 27, 2015.

This song is not the first time Eddie Murphy has dabbled in the genre. "Oh Jah Jah" follows his 2013 collab "Red Light" feat. Snoop Lion.

Murphy penned and co-produced "Oh Jah Jah," which was recorded and mixed at Soul Mountain Studios in Beverly Hills, CA. Ralph Hawkins Jr. and Trenten Gumbs also had a hand in the production.

Rolling Stone chats with Eddie Murphy and gets the exclusive scoop about the new single. Read more here:

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