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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.

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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.

Kevin Lyttle Signs Major Deal With Sony Ultra

Patrick Moxey (left) President of Ultra Records, seals the deal with Kevin Lyttle, with his manager Jacqueline and Julian Jones-Griffith looking on.

Pop Style CEO Julian Jones-Griffith was pivotal in the recent signing of Vincentian superstar Soca artist Kevin Lyttle in a deal with Sony Music subsidiary Ultra Records. The partnership will see Sony/Ultra and Lyttle’s Tarakon Records releasing four full-length projects, including the singer’s fourth album Slow Motion, with a single of the same name dropping first.

Still celebrating the success of his collaboration with Latin artist & songwriter, Nengo Flow, which peaked at no.1 on the Billboard Tropical chart in October 2016 as well as the charting of the Turn Me On remixes from the Turn Me On anniversary album, Kevin Lyttle is once again making headlines due to his independent label, Tarakon Records’, new partnership with major heavy hitter Sony Ultra.

“A mutual friend of ours sent me the Slow Motion single and I knew it was a hit and could benefit from being on a label to give it that wider exposure,” explained Jones-Griffith. “Sony/Ultra was the first place that came to mind so I hit them up and Patrick Moxey loved the record and the deal was done very quickly. We’re looking forward to making this an international smash in the near future.”

This is the second major label deal for Lyttle, who signed with Atlantic Records in 2004 following the success of his platinum single, Turn Me On, featuring Spragga Benz. Kevin and his team traveled to Cuba recently to shoot the video for “Turn Me On” which will be premiered in the coming weeks.

Party Animal Reaches 100 MILLION Spotify streams 300+ MILLION digital total

Congrats to Pop Style Music Publishing’s Charly Black on his incredible achievement; ‘Gyal You A Party Animal’ is officially the first Dancehall record to break 100 MILLION streams on Spotify, with only BoB Marley’s ‘Three Little Birds’ and Shaggy’s ‘It Wasn’t Me’ the only other two records by a Jamaican recording artist with (slightly!) more views.

Adding in the Daddy Yankee remix (now at 52 MILLION streams) + other streaming platforms + the Youtube views Universal informed us today that the total digital streams for Party Animal has surpassed 300 MILLION. And counting. Look out for Charly’s album coming later in the year and more history to be made.

 

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