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Charly Black continues to make strides in the mainstream music market.
The Trelawny dancehall deejay recently signed a multi-album record deal with Universal Music. The full details of the deal are not yet known, but sources told us it’s a multi-million dollar deal comprising of five albums. Charly Black has been putting up some big numbers on Spotify with over a 100 million streams and even getting a taste of Billboard success. His single “Gyal You A Party Animal” has been certified diamond after selling over 10 million copies worldwide.
Black’s deal is through Aftercluv Dancelab, Universal Music Latin Entertainment which makes sense since he has had the most impact in the Latin American market over the past two years. “There’s been a great synergy working with Universal/Aftercluv so far, we’ve had some great successes and have broken a lot of barriers together already,” the dancehall star said. “I’m happy about the deal and looking forward to partnering with them now on a bigger scale to make more great music and continue to represent dancehall and Jamaica on an international level.”
Charly Black manager, Julian Jones-Griffith, says the deal has no expiration date since its a multi-album deal so the deejay can take his time to put out his best music. Universal/Aftercluv managing director, Luis Estrada, expressed his excitement of having Black on board the label.
“We are extremely excited to have him as a member of the Aftercluv family,” Estrada said. “He’s a prolific singer-songwriter and the leader of the new generation of dancehall music, as well as a perfect reflection of what Universal/Aftercluv represents, global cultural dance music.”
Charly Black next album is slated for release sometime in 2018. He also has a new song out now after being tapped for Juan Magan’s “You’re Perfect (Remix).” The deejay says fans can expect big things from him next year.
Vybz Kartel announced that he is dropping five new singles in December.
The incarcerated deejay has released over twenty new singles since the start of the fall and is closing out the year on a high note with at least five new tracks coming this month. Kartel updated his Instagram bio over the weekend where he named five songs coming this month, one of which was released over the weekend, “Christmas Fck.” The other four tracks will title “Flintstone (Yabba Dabba Doo),” “Make-Up Sex,” “Marathon,” and “My Boo.”
Two more singles will be released on Friday of this week, sources inside the Gazanation told us. “It’s going to be a crazy December, we doing it for the fans as a Christmas gift,” sources told Dancehall HipHop. “We making at least five drops and you will hear that at every Christmas party. We have some more surprises for the Gazanation fans them so stay tuned, we will be dropping something huge soon.”
Vybz Kartel has been giving fans an average of two songs per week since around the end of August, while other artists like Mavado, Popcaan, and Alkaline have been releasing one or two songs per quarter. So is this too much music for the airwaves all at once from the Worl’Boss. Our Gazanation sources told us that is not the case since Vybz Kartel has been known to drop a lot of music in a short space of time.
“This is not too much music and if anything its the fans who are benefiting, they are the ones we are doing this for,” sources said. “Addi (Vybz Kartel) is the hardest working artist in dancehall so some other lazy artists shouldn’t complain when the boss a drop them week in week out.”
Vybz Kartel is currently serving a life sentence for murder and it’s illegal for him to be recording music in prison.
Chronixx brought along some friends, Protoje and Ravers Clavers, for his Chronixx Live concert in Kingston.
The roots reggae singer pulled a massive crowd out to Mas Camp in Kingston on Friday for the latest stop in his hugely success Chronology world tour. The singer is currently at the helm of the current reggae revival movement and fans of the genre all over the world are taking notes. A large diverse crowd attended the sold out show including business men, diplomats, and politicians. The venue was at capacity when the singer took the stage and every was on their feet.
Before Chronixx took the stage for his nearly three hours set, Protoje put on a one hour set for his fans. The “Who Knows” singer performed hits from his vast catalog including “Blood Money,” “Rasta Love,” “Resist Not Evil,” “I&I,” “Sudden Flight,” “This Is Not A Marijuana Song,” and “Kingston Be Wise.” He was also joined on stage by Sevana to perform “Sudden Flight.” Other opening acts were equally well received including Eesah, Lila Ike, and Sevana.
Protoje later joined Chronixx on stage for a performance of their massive hit “Who Knows.” The Chronology singer also brought out dance group Ravers Clavers to perform his single “Likes.” A music video for that track was recently released on YouTube. The other big surprise during his performance was when Chronixx brought out his father Chronicle, who is also a musician.
The reggae star went through a number of singles from his vast catalog including, “Roots and Chalice,” “Smile Jamaica,” “Black is Beautiful,” “Alpha and Omega,” “Majesty,” “I’m Blessed,” “They Don’t Know,” and “Never Give Up.”
Minister of Culture, Gender Entertainment and Sport Olivia Grange, has issued a statement congratulating the reggae/dancehall deejay for the win. In her statement, she describes the artist as an outstanding member of the talented musical family, the Marleys. “[He] is on a roll, having just been nominated in the Best Reggae Album category of the Grammy Awards, and now winning the MOBO Award. It really feels special to say back-to-back congratulations to him,” the minister said.
Minister Grange also acknowledges artists like Alkaline, Popcaan, Aidonia, and Chronixx, who were all nominated in the category of Best Reggae Act. She said that all those artists are worthy of the award but ultimately there can only be one winner. Damian Marley and Chronixx are also both nominated in the Best Reggae Album category at the upcoming 60th annual Grammy Awards. Both artists have released great albums this year, but again only one can win the Grammy.
The Music of Black Origin (MOBO) Award was established in the UK in 1998 and as since been recognizing the contribution of reggae/dancehall artists contribution to the music over the years. This is Damian Marley’s second MOBO Award.
DJ Khaled is on his way to earning father of the year award.
The rapper’s son Asahd Khaled is on the digital cover of PAPER magazine Winter 2017 issue. The young don wore a floral green shirt and matching bright green pants by Terrell Jones. He completed that outfit with Jordan sneakers and some jewelry from Pristine Jewelers. The photo was taken with him standing beside his miniature Rolls-Royce with “BOSS” written on the license plate.
There are several more photos inside the magazine of young Khaled killing different outfits including one of him wearing a blue velvet suit and another of him wearing a Gucci tracksuit. Asahd Khaled recently celebrated his 1st birthday with a grand bash at LIV nightclub in Miami. DJ Khaled and his wife celebrated their birthdays last weekend and a ton of celebrities including Chris Brown, Diddy, Mary J. Blige, and Pharrell Williams.
This is Asahd’s second magazine cover in the last two months after gracing the cover of New Times mag last month. The photos were taken by JUCO and his styling was done by Terrell Jones.
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