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Castles ~ Wasionkey x Jada Kingdom (Remix)

Hot on the high heels of the success of her debut single/video – Love Situations – Jada Kingdom’s growing army of fans and followers have been baying for new music. So Jada blessed Soundcloud sensation Wasionkey’s ‘Castles’ with a verse. By popular demand….

 

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Malice in the dancehall palace – Julian Jones-Griffith chimes in

http://jamaica-star.com/article/entertainment/20171101/malice-dancehall-palace-beenie-spice-odds

The issue of who are the king and the queen of dancehall has once again caused strife.

Beenie Man and Spice, widely regarded as the current monarchs of the genre, have been exchanging unpleasant comments over the past few days, each claiming the other is not worthy of the title.

In an interview on the weekend, Beenie Man said the queen of the dancehall was baptised, in reference to Marion Hall, formerly known as Lady Saw.

And when asked about Spice being designated as the next queen, Beenie Man said: “She is the one that step up to the plate but that’s not how you become a queen because if yah go take Lady Saw crown yuh affi do weh Lady Saw do. No disrespect, yuh can’t do less work. She’s the designated queen, the queen elect.”

CROWNED HIMSELF

Spice was not amused and used her Instagram platform to launch a broadside against Beenie Man, saying he crowned himself king when Yellowman had the crown.

“Unlike Bounty Killer who highlighted so many dancehall careers, what did you ever do for dancehall after so many years as the ‘king’? Not even a one girl yu never buss as a dancer much less, not even your own daughter, a Ding Dong haffie dweet,” Spice vented.

Spice admitted that Hall had left big shoes to fill and said that they would not be filled overnight. But she asked Beenie “You also do know that the king is incarcerated right?” referring to Vybz Kartel.

Julian Jones-Griffith, manager for Charly Black, told THE STAR that dancehall is full of kings and queens, and believes that an entertainer’s body of work should decide whether they are crowned.

NATURAL SUCCESSOR

“Lady Saw was appointed queen by the people and everyone is looking at Spice as her natural successor. When titles are self-appointed, detractors are always going to have things to say. Beenie called himself king of the dancehall and Kartel also released an album of that name, but who’s going to argue with either of them about their achievements and claims to that title?” Jones-Griffith reasoned.

“Spice is a humble person and knows those are tall heels to fill, but she has the love of the fans and talent to step up. Dancehall is extremely competitive so crowns and titles are always going to be coveted and argued over. But your body of work will ultimately decide where you stand in the history of Jamaican music,” Jones-Griffith added.

Keona Williams, entertainment consultant, said some entertainers are not concerned about titles because their work speaks volumes.

“(But) it’s all perspective. After many years of being on top, topping the charts, winning the awards, some people want that respect. There is no question about it, Spice is right there. She is going to be that person that dominates year after year. So after years of being that dominant female, you just want that respect.”

Jada Kingdom ~ Love Situations

Released on Pop Style Music on July 21, 18 year-old Jada Kingdom’s debut single/video had a phenomenal start to its first week of release. With an epic premiere on Ebro’s Beats1 Apple Music radio show on July 20, Love Situations was also added to Apple Music’s The A-List: Reggae playlist.

The video launched on Jada’s VEVO channel and has racked up an amazing 50k views in its debut week. Love Situations’ ‘Dexter’-inspired video induced thousands of comments, almost wholly positive, and quickly went viral. Jada’s Instagram stories have been full of dozens of fans who initiated the #LoveSituationsChallenge – clips of her fans singing their favorite Love Situations lines. Jamaica’s hottest radio stations have also started to plug the record into their playlists, with ZIP FM and Sun City leading the charge.

Fulljoy the video and expect more greatness from Jada soon.

Serani >MY TEAM< Out Now!

New York, NY​ — Hometown glory hits the dancefloor with “My Team,” the brand new single by Serani. The song is being released by Feel Up Records. This ultimate shoutout anthem features bright, pulsating synths, unforgettable pop/R&B melodies (with a signature reggae flare), and of course, a contagious dancehall beat.Hailing from Kingston, Jamaica, Serani is a triple-threat singer/producer/musician, known for his work with production trio DASECA and his smash hit “No Games.” Born Craig Serani Marsh, the singer merges dancehall and reggae with R&B and Pop to create the chart-topping, international sound that shot him into the spotlight back in 2009.On Serani’s newest release, “My Team”, the singer’s smooth tenor vocal flickers in and out of his falsetto on the carefree chorus as he calls out “This one’s for my team.” The track was produced by Billboard Producer DJ Delano & his Son DJ 3D of Renaissance Disco Inc. and is being released by Jillionaire of the chart-topping group Major Lazer’s label Feel Up Records. “My Team” is a nonstop party anthem for teams across the globe.
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Artistes Urged To Put More Thought Into Their Music – Many Limited To Just The Local Market

Jamaica Gleaner July 3rd, 2017

 

Local artistes are being urged to put more thought into the music they produce if they want to establish themselves on the international scene.

Industry insiders with whom The Gleaner spoke, said while Jamaica possesses a plethora of talented entertainers, too many of them are focused on making music for the local market while neglecting their potential overseas pull.

Julian Jones Griffith, manager for Diamond-selling artiste, Charly Black, says that while there isn’t one singular thing that limits an artiste’s potential to break on the international scene, he believes a song that is too localised will automatically work against that artiste.

“You have to have the right songs, they have to be structured properly and the beat has to be right, too. If the content of your song is too localised, then the artiste is automatically limiting the song’s potential reach,” he said. “Keep true to the culture, but something about the song has to be translatable. Songwriting is an art and making hit records is a formula and maybe we need to study it a bit more.”

With that said, Griffith pointed out that local artistes do not have a level playing field in the world of music. He explained that despite the progress that dancehall music has made, it is still placed in a box.

“It’s always been hard to get

our music on commercial radio, and we are facing the same battle with streaming in terms of getting records on playlists that introduce your song to a wider audience,” he said. “It rough out deh, but at least give yourself a fighting chance by making the right songs.”

 

Lacking Vision

 

Shelly-Ann Curran, manager for Grammy-nominated dancehall/reggae artiste Devin Di Dakta, agrees. She believes the main reason behind local artistes being unable to tap into the international market is their inability to see the music as a business.

“I definitely think some artistes lack vision, but mostly they lack guidance. They don’t look at the music market as a world market, they are busy making songs for Jamaica , speaking on issues only relatable to Jamaica and Jamaicans,” she said.

Curran says she had to adjust her client’s image and sound to fit the international market and believes those adjustments were what landed him a Grammy nomination.

“The first six months (as Devin’s manager) I entered without a strategy, just to learn the business. I quickly understood that most of his music was really being made for the Jamaican audience, so we decided to go for an international appeal. We slowed down his style so he could be more audible; we used better lyrical content and made songs with a world appeal. Now, apart from the Grammy nomination, Devin has had three international collaborations, and we are definitely seeing progress.”

Curran also believes that there are too many artistes who have the wrong team around them, pointing out that having people around you who know the best moves to make regarding one’s career is what determines success or failure.

“Once an artiste sets a goal, he or she should pick a team that will help them meet that goal. Having a good management team is important because they can make the necessary moves to get you where you want to go.”

– Shereita Grizzle

Charly Black’s Performance on Wendy Williams’ TV show

Under the management of Pop Style’s Julian Jones-Griffith Charly Black continues to make strides on the international scene. Watch his recent critically-acclaimed performance on the Wendy Williams show. Charly is also slated to perform on Wendy’s All White Block Party Sunday July 23 at the Ford Amphitheater in Coney Island, Brooklyn, alongside Fat Joe, Remy Ma and more.