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Inner Circle Signs Deal with Warner Music Group and Launches Their 2015 One Love Reggae Revolution Tour

Earlier this month we hosted a remix contest in partnership with the legendary reggae group Inner Circle and their record label Warner Music, for the track ‘Tenement Yard’ ft. Chronixx & Jacob Miller. This track is particularly special to the group since they recorded the original with the late reggae pioneer Jacob Miller in 1976, before a tragic car accident took his life a few years later. For Inner Circle, the contest represented an opportunity to let young producers breathe new life into their classic hit, and to give a whole new generation the chance to work with a piece of reggae music history.The contest received significant attention from blogs and other digital media channels, resulting in over 350 contest entrants and 60 remix submissions! Though many remixes blended traditional roots reggae and dub elements, several producers tried creative ways to embed tropical house, future house, electro, dubstep, jungle, drum and bass, and various other genre’s into their remixes. The Inner Circle crew and their label especially liked the tropical feel good vibes in a remix submitted by Swedish up-and-coming producer, Cookie Climber, and have selected his entry as the contest winner, earning him a release on Warner Music for the ‘Tenement Yard’ remixes EP! The two runner’s up, Medial Banana and D&A made the decision quite difficult with their quality remixes, and deserve some recognition from the SKIO community for their work.
This being only the second remix contest hosted on the SKIO Music platform, the substantial increase in traffic resulted in helpful user feedback. We are happy to announce that our SKIO developer team is already working on incorporating these improvements into the platform for our future contests. That being said, we’d like to take this opportunity to thank our SKIO Music family for your patience in waiting for a winner announcement and for giving us valuable feedback on the remix contest format. Together we can truly build SKIO into a platform where artists from all around the world with various skill levels and styles can engage with high quality content and create meaningful collaborations!
June 20 | Colors of the Caribbean Festival | Hollywood, FL
July 10 | Sherwood Festival | Padova, Italy
July 12 | Afro-Latino Festival | Belgium
July 15 | Jazz Cafe | London, UK
July 17 | Seasplash Festival | Croatia
July 19 | Eastrock Festival | Linz, Austria
July 25 |
Feelgood Festival | Kragero, Norway

July 26 | Reeds Festival | Switzerland

August 2 | Irie Music Festival | Toronto, Canada  

August 8 | Cari Fest | Rochester, NY
August 14 | Hard Rock Poolside | Las Vegas, NV
August 16 | Hollywood Bowl | Los Angeles, California
August 29 | Organic Music Festival | West Greenwich, RI

Sean Paul Wife Says Usain Bolt Is Neighbor From Hell


Usain Bolt is a neighbor from hell, at least so says Sean Paul’s wife Jodi Stewart-Henriques.

Apparently, residence in the upscale Norbrook community in St. Andrew have been complaining about the loud noise from cars, motorcycle and music coming from Usain Bolt’s house.

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“Between the bikes … , loud, horrid music, parties and screams, I honestly wish he would go back to where he came from. He’s a horrible neighbour. I cannot wait to move,” a furious Jodi Jinx wrote on Facebook. “So unfair and disrespectful. I’ve honestly lost all respect for him. He takes his nasty behaviour with him everywhere. So many people love him and he’s such a poor example of how to behave. I honestly can’t blame the set of UPT (uptown) that have him as poppy show in parties or on their boat. He’s the ultimate party clown.”
“So convenient that the part about the multiple gunshots on 2 different occasions was left out,” Jinx tweeted on Friday.

Bolt fans have been bashing Jodi Jinx on social media ever since she made the post with some caller her a bully.

Usain Bolt has not responded to the allegations.

Chase & Status Ft. Cutty Ranks – London Duo sample 1991 Dancehall Classic


Dancehall artiste Cutty Ranks is making EDM waves, courtesy of English duo, Chase and Status.The track, International, samples the deejay’s 1991 single The Stopper. Formed in 2003, Chase & Status comprise London duo Saul Milton (Chase) and Will Kennard (Status).

“It was great working with Chase and Status. They are signed to Universal, and they shot the video in London, a few months ago. Since the video came out, it has been doing well. Skrillex has also done a remix of International as well that is also doing well on several video platforms,” Cutty Ranks says.

International, released in the latter part of 2014, is making the rounds on social media. A video on the VEVO platform has racked up over 1.3 million views.

This is not Cutty Ranks’ first EDM foray as he did a remix with Major Lazer a few years ago.

“I found out about it some time last year. It was a remix of one of the songs I did with John Dub, founder of London Fashion Records, which had produced songs like Limb by Limb and The Stopper in the ’90s,” he said.

Cutty Ranks (given name Philip Thomas) was born in Clarendon. He came to prominence in the late 1980s with songs like Gunman Lyrics. A decade later, he made it to the mainstream with The Stopper and Fly the Gate.

Zj Liquid Presents Ruppinz & World Boss Mixtape @Zjliquid


ZJ Liquid ‘RUPPINZ’ Dancehall Mixtape Feb 2015

ZJ Liquid ‘VYBZ KARTEL ‘WORL BOSS’ 2014 Mixtape

Could Mavado Be Deported From The States


A United States woman launched a petition to have dancehall star Mavado deported to Jamaica.

But the “So Special” deejay’s fans are rallying on social media against the petition.

Trudy A Miller, a resident of Maryland, launched a petition on the White House website claiming that Mavado is a non-residing felon and should be deported.

Sources close to the Gully Gad said that he is undaunted by the petition and see it as just a ploy to destroy his career.

“Is just a ploy from another badmind individual looking to destroy Mavado’s career,” the source said.

“Mavado worked hard to build his career and always giving back to his community and these people are not seeing all of that, tell me what is this Trudy Miller person doing for her community,” the source added.

Thousands of Mavado fans have took to Twitter and Facebook to bash Trudy Miller and voice their support for the singjay.

The petition did not get enough signature for the US government to respond to it.


Vybz Kartel – Plot To Kill The DJ Foiled


Vybz Kartel life in prison is getting dangerous. Reggae.Zone learned that there was a plot to murder the reggae star in prison.

Sources told Reggae.Zone that an ancillary worker smuggled two bottles of a poisonous substance and two ratchet knives into the maximum security section of the prison where Vybz Kartel and his three co-accused are serving their life sentences.

“I don’t have all the details but from what I’ve learned there was a breach and knives and a poisonous substances was uncovered in what is now believed to be a plot to kill the deejay (Vybz Kartel),” the source has said.


The source suggested that the ancillary worker involved in the plot was allegedly working with another prison inmate.

“A prison inmate is believed to be involved in the devious plot. These badmind people want to kill Addi. Haven’t they done enough already to put him in prison,” the source added.

Law enforcement sources have not yet confirmed the reports.

Vybz Kartel, born Adidja Palmer, as well as, his protege Shawn Storm, and close friends, Kahira Jones and Andre St. John are all currently serving a life sentences for the murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams.

The “No Games” deejay has filed an appeal to overturn the conviction.


Demarco and Masicka Fight Ends Reggae Sting 2014


Sting 2014 came to a halt prematurely just as day break on Saturday morning after fights broke out backstage and in the crowd.

In the early hours of Saturday morning just moments before the highly anticipated clash segment, a series of fight broke out that eventually ended the show.

The first incident occurred when Major Mackerel came on stage but the promoters and MC Nuffy managed to get things under control.

Shortly after that a fight broke out backstage between Demarco and Masicka camp, where bottles were thrown and shots rang out. Again the promoters got things under control but not without a stampede in the crowd.


Another incident occurred when Black Ryno came on stage for his rematch against Kiprich. A fight broke out in the crowd that sent everyone running for cover.

Kiprich eventually came on stage with his entourage that resulted in a tense atmosphere. Cops eventually pulled the plug ending the show fearing that more fights could broke out.


Several patrons outside the venue at Jamworld in Portmore express their disappointment inthe show.

One female from Portmore said that she was only pleased with Gully Bop, the viral dancehall sensation.

“A Gully Bop take Sting all the rest could have stayed home,” she said.



Chronixx Australasia Tour


Rixton – UK Reggae Band Go Pop in the States


Starting off in a caravan Rixton now Tour the World.

Pop-reggae boy band Rixton topped the charts with their debut single debut single Me and My Broken Heart this Summer after being signed by Scooter Braun – the hit-maker behind Justin Bieber, Usher and Ariana Grande – in 2013. Their album, Let the Road, is due for release in March 2015.


After Jake Roche moved into Danny Willin’s caravan in Blackpool, they soon drafted in guitarist Charley Bagnall and drummer Lewi Morgan whom they met through mutual friends in late 2012. Together they were Rixton. Almost immediately, they uploaded covers to YouTube, of which they swiftly amassed over 100,000 subscribers. Among them was Braun, who enjoyed their tongue-in-cheek rendition of Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. Signed, sealed and packaged off to the States nine months later, the lads’ success was cemented with appearances on The Voice USA and The Ellen Show, after host DeGeneres personally invited them on.

These energetic performances proved Rixton had something different: “A lot of people assume we’re just another boyband, but we change their minds when they come to see us live,” says frontman Roche. The band have since toured sold-out venues in the UK and States.


Chudney J’s new single Gimme Love – @ChudneyJ @PRGirlAngel


Izy Beats produces new Chudney J single ‘Gimme Love’.

‘Gimme Love’  a sweet, roots rock reggae island sound, infused with lyrics and harmonies that take your mind on an imaginative journey, inspired by sensual love. The single is already buzzing in Europeanmarkets due to some recent radio airplay, making this one of Chudney J’s most highly anticipated singles.

When asked how the concept of the song came about, Chudney answered“It’s about me wanting love, searching for that guy that just makes me tingle inside..” (she laughs) she went on to say “I believe in love, real love, and I love the feeling of being loved and giving love”.

“Gimmi Love” is available on iTunes for pre-order starting today November 8 2014, the single will be released on all digital platforms November 18 2014.

Twitter and Instagram @Chudney



DMX Claims..Sean Paul Made Me Dislike Reggae


American rapper DMX says he lost interest in reggae music after he was rejected by dancehall artiste Sean Paul – when he approached the deejay to be featured on the remix of his 2002 hit ‘Gimme Di Light’. According to DMX in a recently uploaded video by US hip-hop journalist VLAD, Sean Paul told him that he was not interested in doing a remix for the song. However, weeks later a remix was released featuring Busta Rhymes. DMX says he considers Sean Paul’s action to be disloyal since he thought they had a friendship, based on the fact that he featured Sean Paul on his Top Shotter record, along with Mr Vegas. “Reggae lost me; music is music. I respect it as an art form, I respect the people who do it as being talented artistes, I just don’t like the music. (It was) like he had this joint and I just wanted to do a remix to the joint on my own – like make me just blaze that; you know? You don’t have to come out of your pocket or nothing. I just wanna blaze it, the beat is hot. He was like ‘oh mi don’t know if they gonna do a remix’ and he put me on a phone with another lady. I’m like; ‘hold up, when we were in Jamaica you and me were sitting down talking about the song and you gonna do me like that?’ I’m like alright, cool, and two weeks later I hear Busta Rhymes on the remix,” he said. DMX also claimed that he refused to work with Sean Paul on other projects because of how the situation was dealt with. “When I was doing my fourth album, he was now like; ‘yo mi have a hot song mi want you to do the remix.’ I was like; ‘no dawg get the … out of here with that bull… you know what am saying? I just wanted to do something – I wasn’t asking you for no money or anything. If I did a … greasy he deserved it and he deserved that one,” he said. The WEEKEND STAR contacted Sean Paul’s publicist Jerome Hamilton for comment on the video. However, he told The WEEKEND STAR that Sean Paul was locked in recording secession and would not be able to comment. Sean Paul’s Gimme Di Light went on to peak at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The deejay also released his most recent album Full Frequency in February.

The Reggae.Zone News Update 2-11-14 Hosted By K-oss



The Reggae.Zone news Update 2-11-14 hosted by K-oss bring viewers the latest news in the reggae industry with news on Foota Hype and Ishawna, Stylo G, Demarco’s Talk yuh Mind + more

The UK Reggae Scene


Uk Dancehall Scene

The UK dancehall scene is current and full of high energy music. With the number of Pirate Radio Stations such as Vibes FM, Beat FM, Whoa FM, primarily focussed on their individual demographical communities, growing the potential of the music and the spread nation-wide. These media platforms have become the driving force of a greater music industry for the audience, the controllers and the instagram-celebrities alike.

Reggae has historically been an in-demand and popular genre, in addition to the music houses that have added to the growth of a community-orientated culture such as @Jetstarmusic, the now, newly formed @Greensleeves and @Vprecords partnership, the influential signings of what is now @UniversalIsland, in addition, there are popular music promoters aligning communities into a larger music circuit.

With dozens of hits released from the central hub Jamaica, every week; it clearly becomes evident why there is a huge scene in UK’s inner cities such as London, Birmingham, Leeds, etc

It has become a great cycle of individual players, those in business, media and production churning to create the industry as we know it here in the UK. It is far more than a few people creating revenues from live shows and dubs, there are hundreds of individuals involved from the producers and artists to musicians and agents, the promoters and caterers, clubs, security, even ‘the weed man’ .There is a great future for this ever-evolving genre – only if the industry players can come together to identify and create growth potential, knowledge management and business systems (in the same sense as it takes to buy and sell a kilo of your finest crops) for a far more professional and lucrative industry.