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REGGAE IS IGNORED, AS THE BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS 2018 NOMINATIONS ARE ANNOUNCED, FOR MAY 20!

REGGAE IS IGNORED, AS THE BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS 2018 NOMINATIONS ARE ANNOUNCED, FOR MAY 20!

Rapper Nicki Minaj performs with dancers during the 2017 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on May 21, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) —By NAN ET Editor— Don’t look for any reggae category or reggae artists among this year’s Billboard Music Awards nominees. There are none! Despite the fact that there is a Reggae Billboard chart and a tremendous crossover success of the music form being incorproated by mainstream artists like Ed Sheeran, the genre … Read entire article »

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KNUTSFORD EXPRESS PROFIT DIPS DUE TO THE STATE OF EMERGENCY!

KNUTSFORD EXPRESS PROFIT DIPS DUE TO THE STATE OF EMERGENCY!

Knutsford Express CEO Oliver Townsend.— Knutsford Express Services Limited under performed financially during its third quarter ending February, for which the luxury bus company places some blame on the crime-control measures in St James, where it now operates two depots. Revenue grew in the quarter by 14 per cent to $231.7 million but the company, which operates various bus routes cross-country, had expected better outcomes. “We believe the increase was somewhat tempered by the establishment of the state … Read entire article »

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TROJAN RECORDS LAUNCHES ITS 50th ANNIVERSARY WITH A LAVISH BOX SET!

TROJAN RECORDS LAUNCHES ITS 50th ANNIVERSARY WITH A LAVISH BOX SET!

By ROBIN MURRAY—   Mighty reggae stable Trojan Records is set to toast its 50th anniversary later this year. The label opened in 1968 at a time when black British culture was scarcely acknowledged by the mainstream, but it became one of the most vital labels in the country. Pushing reggae to undreamed of levels in the UK, Trojan released a string of classic singles and launched countless careers in the process. Trojan toasts its 50th anniversary this year, with plans for … Read entire article »

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DANCEHALL ARTIST MUNGA HONORABLE RETURNS TO COURT ON MAY 29!

DANCEHALL ARTIST MUNGA HONORABLE RETURNS TO COURT ON MAY 29!

 The in camera hearing involving Munga Honorable was called up in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court in the Corporate Area yesterday.— Munga Honorable is charged for the murder of Cleveland Smith, who was shot and killed on February 12, last year. Christopher Townsend is representing the dancehall deejay. “The matter was heard, but it was not about my client. It was about his co-accused, who was seeking a bail application. The next hearing is set for May … Read entire article »

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RJR STATES ITS POLICY ON DANCEHALL MUSIC ON ONE OF ITS STATIONS!

RJR STATES ITS POLICY ON DANCEHALL MUSIC ON ONE OF ITS STATIONS!

 Dennis Howard — The RJRGleaner Communications Group has responded to the criticism of its policy regarding dancehall music on one of the stations within its portfolio. In recent months, there has been a growing critique of the policies as managed by the Head of Radio Services Dr Dennis Howard. In a statement dated April 16, the board of management of the media entity said it has taken note of the discourse, but is clearly standing by its decisions regarding … Read entire article »

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THE BILLBOARD REGGAE ALBUM CHART WILL NOT BE DISCONTINUED, SAYS MAGAZINE OFFICIAL!

THE BILLBOARD REGGAE ALBUM CHART WILL NOT BE DISCONTINUED, SAYS MAGAZINE OFFICIAL!

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer writer—    Top: Shaggy Bottom: Bob Marley   The Billboard Reggae Album Chart which appears weekly in Billboard Magazine, will not be discontinued. That assurance was given by Alex Vitoulis, the publication’s associate director and chart productions manager. Responding to emailed questions from the Jamaica Observer about the chart’s immediate future, Vitoulis denied rumours Billboard was planning to drop it. Rumour circulated on Caribbean radio in South Florida and New York that the publication would scrap its Reggae Album list due … Read entire article »

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THE GRACE JAMAICAN JERK FESTIVAL COMES TO WASHINGTON DC, JUNE 10!

THE GRACE JAMAICAN JERK FESTIVAL COMES TO WASHINGTON DC, JUNE 10!

(From left) Eddy Edwards, CEO of Jamaican Jerk Festival USA; Richard Lue, event coordinator and business development manager of VP Records; Andrea Dubidad-Dixon, charge d’affairs, Embassy of Jamaica; Elda Devarie, CEO of EMD Sales and Derrick Reckord, president and CEO of GraceKennedy Foods USA, LLC at the media launch for the annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival in Washington, DC. The occasion was held at the Emabassy of Jamaica in Washington DC last Thursday. —- THIS year’s … Read entire article »

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STARBUCKS TO CLOSE ITS 8,000 U.S. STORES FOR RACIAL-BIAS TRAINING, MAY 29!

STARBUCKS TO CLOSE ITS 8,000 U.S. STORES FOR RACIAL-BIAS TRAINING, MAY 29!

Starbucks says it will close its 8,000 company-owned stores in the United States for one afternoon to educate employees about racial bias. The announcement follows an uproar over the arrest of two black men who were waiting for a friend at a Philadelphia Starbucks last week. The store manager called the police. The racial bias training will be provided on May 29 to about 175,000 workers. “I’ve spent the last few days in Philadelphia with my leadership team listening to … Read entire article »

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TWO MORE CHINESE STORES IN DOWNTOWN KINGSTON RAIDED FOR FAKE GOODS!

TWO MORE CHINESE STORES IN DOWNTOWN KINGSTON RAIDED FOR FAKE GOODS!

By Akeem Masters— This police truck was on the scene to collect the fake goods.—- “Jesus Christ! A dah store yah mi did a go guh inna enuh. Mi can’t believe mi walk come so far fi nutten,” a pregnant woman said when she saw yellow tape barring the public from entering two stores that were being raided on Barry Street, adjacent to Matthews Lane, in downtown Kingston yesterday. “Yuh nah go in deh today, enuh. Di police dem … Read entire article »

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ENTERTAINER HITMAN WALLE WELCOMES THE STATE OF EMERGENCY IN SPANISH TOWN!

ENTERTAINER HITMAN WALLE WELCOMES THE STATE OF EMERGENCY IN SPANISH TOWN!

 Hitman Walle — Singjay Hitman Walle welcomes the state of emergency imposed on the St Catherine North Police Division. “The violence was squeezing the life of Spanish Town. I remember back in the 90’s, we used to have a lot of shows at Perry Skateland, City Rock — which was like Spanish Town Stone Love — used to play at dances all over, we had Early Buss Out, we had Della Splash. Every big man used to keep the … Read entire article »

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