Outsold - Billboard says American reggae acts sell more than Jamaican counterparts

In June, Billboard disclosed some news that many may have found surprising, or perhaps not. The website revealed that United States (US) reggae acts were outselling their Jamaican counterparts, by comparing the number of Jamaican acts that have singles or albums on their charts to the number of US acts also making the list.

Is payola down?

While there is no scientific data to suggest that there has been a reduction in payola in the music industry, Cordel Green, executive director of the Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica (BCJ), says there is an indication that it is not as prevalent as it once was.

The 'plane' truth of music

There are many handfuls of gems of lines in that classic movie, Shottas. One of them comes when Teddy Bruckshut is a passenger in a vehicle being driven by one of his goons.

Harmonious sounds rule 1960s, '70s music

One of the prominent features of 1960s and 1970s popular music was the prevalence of singing groups. The feature seemed to have been triggered by the penchant of many artistes of that period to emphasise harmony in their musical output.

Omari makes acting debut in 'Confessions'

Gospel artiste Omari has made his acting debut in a new locally produced play called Confessions. The artiste, who has written books and even took part in a gospel sound clash in the past, says acting is a new occupation which he wants to add to his ever-growing résumé.

Columbus powers Arthur Guinness extravaganza

Columbus Communications, operators of the Flow and Columbus Business Solutions brands, this week revealed an exciting deal with international spirits brand Diageo for the regional broadcast of the annual Arthur Guinness Day Concert, to be held from 9 p.m. to midnight, on Thursday, September 25, at the National Arena in Kingston.

International Reggae Wine Festival set for October

The date for the fourth installation of the International Reggae Wine Festival has been set.

Jah Son links with Daniel Sturridge to boost musical career

Even while Jason Scott was performing with the Ocho Rios high school band as a student, he was unsure of his future in the music business.

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