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Rihanna Putting In “Work” As Her Dancehall Single Tops Billboard Chart For 8th Consecutive Week

Rihanna Putting In "Work" As Her Dancehall Single Tops Billboard Chart For 8th Consecutive Week

Bajan BadGyal Ties The Beatles With 57 Career Weeks At #1

As the dancehall World Boss put it in his 2015 anthem, “Dancehall cyaa stall forever and ever.” Rihanna has once again proved Kartel’s maxim as her single “Work,” featuring Drake posts its eigth consecutive week at the top of the pop charts. The music industry bible Billboard reported today that the Bajan pop star has reached a new career milestone, tying The Beatles with her 57th career week at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100,  which measures the most popular singles in the U.S.A.  Full Story After The Jump… Read more »

Billboard’s Best Reggae Albums of 2015

Billboard's Best Reggae Albums of 2015

Boomshots Selects The Year’s Essential Reggae Discs

As reggae lovers mark the 70th anniversary of Bob Marley’s birth, the music that the Tuff Gong spread around the globe has come full circle. While dancehall permutations from Major Lazer to Justin Bieber reverberate throughout pop culture, and Brits from Joss Stone to Keith Richards try their hands at Jamaican sounds, the land of this music’s birth is rediscovering its roots. Billboard enlisted Boomshots to pick this year’s best reggae albums, and the results may surprise you: Almost all are Jamaican productions, and almost none have anything to do with dancehall. And just because Bob’s latest live album takes the top ranking spot doesn’t mean this music has any less bright of a future than it did when he walked the earth. As the dreads say: Nothing before the time. Audio After The Jump…
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The Biggest Riddims of 2015

The Biggest Riddims of 2015

Who Run The Place? Johnny Wonder, CEO of 21st Hapilos, Counts Down The Year’s Top Juggling

When pressed to identify his most influential rhythm track or “riddim” of all time, the late Clement S. “Coxsone” Dodd chose the “Real Rock.” And Downbeat ought to know, half a century ago his house band, Sound Dimension, laid down an instrumental track that provided the blueprint for countless reggae classics, as well as hits by international artists from The Clash to Boogie Down Productions. Such is the power of a great riddim. Fast forward to 30 years ago, when King Jammy’$ first released the mighty “Sleng Teng,” ushering in dancehall’s digital era. Such is the power of a great riddim. So where does reggae and dancehall music go from here? Few people are better qualified to predict the music’s future than Johnny Wonder, CEO of 21st Hapilos Digital, the leading digital distributor of new reggae and dancehall music. As the man who breaks most big riddims first, Johnny Wonder’s  ranking is based strictly on sales—never payola or political influence. So if you want to know who ran the place in 2015, look no further. Audio & Video After The Jump… Read more »

Kartel Busts The Billboard Charts

Kartel Busts The Billboard Charts

The Unstoppable WorldBoss Just Keeps On Winning

Controversial Deejay Vybz Kartel‘s latest album Viking (Vybz Is King) made a grand debut at #3 on the Billboard‘s Reggae Album Chart and currently sits comfortably at #6. At the moment, he is the only dancehall artist to have an album in this chart’s Top Ten. This milestone marks the highest debut of his career, adding to Kartel’s string of successful musical feats since he has been incarcerated for the murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams. Against all odds, he has remained at the forefront of the dancehall music scene—regularly releasing new songs, dominating radio airwaves and winning awards even as detractors denounce him. Audio After The Jump… Read more »

HEAR THIS: Feel Up Radio Vol. 2 – Chicken & Beer

HEAR THIS: Feel Up Radio Vol. 2 - Chicken & Beer

Jillionaire And Feel Up Records Get Us Ready For Miami 

South Beach is set to host the 2014 Miami Music Week, Winter Music Conference, and ULTRA Music Festival later this month, loads of artist and industry professionals will be setting foot on Magic City. Not to be left out Jillionaire and his newly minted Feel Up Records in conjunction with Dream Live and  Alienware are set to host a crazy party entitled Chicken & Beer with some surprise guests you really shouldn’t miss. Rather than put out a regular ol’ flyer, Jillionaire hooked us up with this dope mix filled with all your Caribbean favorites. Listen After The Jump… Read more »

Bunji Garlin’s “Differentology” Major Lazer Remix Free On iTunes

Bunji Garlin's "Differentology" Major Lazer Remix Free On iTunes

One Of The Biggest Remixes Of Last Year Can Be Yours For Free

Yes, you read that correctly, Bunji Garlin’s “Differentology” (Major Lazer Remix) is free right now on iTunes, but there is a catch. The remix will only be available for one week, so you better get moving. Link After The Jump… Read more »

HEAR THIS: Machel Montano x Major Lazer “Sound Bang”

HEAR THIS: Machel Montano x Major Lazer "Sound Bang"

Mr. HD And Major Lazer Link Up

Following his Soca brethren Bunji Garlin, Mr. HD himself Machel Montano links up with Major Lazer on a wicked tune entitiled “Sound Bang.” As the title states, the song definitely bangs. Using their trademark fusion of Electro and caribbean influences Lazer manages again to create a track that will no doubt appease both sides. Now, pair that with Mache’ls commanding vocals and you have the perfect recipe. Tune After The Jump…  Read more »

HYPE TV Top 20 Countdown: I-Octane Once Again Takes The Lead

I-Octane Has The Number One Spot, How Long Can He Keep It?
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I-Octane has been jumping all around the Hype TV countdown for quite some time now with his hit Dancehall tracks. Keeping his listeners entertained with his newest track, “Happy Time,” he has now grabbed the number one spot once again. The video features I-Octane and all his friends have a big bash at his house while he sings about having some happy times. Check out the video and the Hype TV countdown after the jump!

HYPE TV Top 20 Countdown: Beenie Man Holds On to Number One

Beenie Man Is Still the Hottest Man on the Countdown
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Beenie Man has been on the Hype TV countdown for 16 weeks but for the past three weeks he has been at the number 1 spot. His hit single, “Hottest Man Alive,” has ladies all around the globe whining and shaking their assets. The track glorifies Beenie Man the entire time but it has seemed to become a catchy song and his fans are keeping it at number one on the countdown. Check out the video and the countdown after the jump.

HYPE TV Top 20 Countdown: Beenie Man is Back!

Beenie Man Takes the Number One Spot as the Hottest Man Alive
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Beenie Man’s newest single, “Hottest Man Alive,” has been climbing the charts pretty quickly and has finally made it to the  number one spot on the HYPE TV countdown. The video for the track features Beenie Man chilling out in his hood with a good amount of lovely ladies washing his car, doing his laundry and dancing around him. Obviously, Beenie Man is living the life as the hottest man alive. Let’s just hope his fans agree and enjoy the video as much as he did making it! Check out the countdown after the jump. Read more »

HYPE TV Top 20 Countdown: Demarco Holds the Number One Spot

Demarco Stands His Ground at the Top
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This is Demarco’s second week at number one with his hit track, “Continue Whine,” and he is making quite the progress. The video’s popularity has grown very quickly and it now has 76,748 views. Fans all over the world are whining to this track and can’t seem to get enough of it. Let’s hope Demarco’s momentum keeps up for the weeks to come! Check out the countdown after the jump.

HYPE TV Top 20 Countdown: Demarco Knocks Anthony B Down Two Spots

Demarco is the King of the Countdown this Week
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Dancehall artist, Demarco, has been entertaining his fans for years with his  hit party tracks and his newest single, “Continue Whine,” will definitely have fans on the dance floor. The visual for “Continue Whine,” features some very lovely ladies competing in a rump shaking contest for, wait for it….a television. The video is quite funny and of course the dancing ladies will have your eyes glued to the screen. After watching the video, it is quite obvious why Demarco is number one on the Hype TV countdown this week. Check out the countdown after the jump.