|Assassin, Tami Chynn and Cutty Ranks team up with reggae singer Elan
Remember Tony Kelly’s Buy Out rhythm? Not only did it contain the Sean Paul hit Like Glue and the Beenie Man nugget Miss LAP, but it also featured Gal Dem Every time by white reggae singer Elan.
Elan is now signed to No Doubt member Tony Kanal’s record label Kingsbury Studios. Elan’s debut album Together as One is due out on May 23 and will be distributed by Interscope Records.
Assassin, Tami Chynn, Cutty Ranks and Sly and Robbie appear on Elan’s album.
· Billboard chart hitter Mr. Vegas back on the charts with Do You Know
Reggae star Mr. Vegas has hit the Billboard charts in the past with songs including Pull Up, Heads High and Hot Gal Today (with Sean Paul). Do You Know is the latest hit for Mr. Vegas. Released on the Fi Wi Music label, the song has started its lap up the New York Reggae chart, where it debuted at number 24. Meanwhile, here in Jamaica, Do You Know is number two on the charts.
Last year Mr. Vegas regained lost territory when he took Last Week (Constant Spring) to the number one spot. His most recent hit was the collaboration Taxi Fare which featured Lexxus. The song hit the top 10 here in Jamaica. It also figured on several overseas reggae charts.
· Tony Matterhorn’s Dutty Wine creating waves
RE-TV Veejay Supa Hype’s Smash rhythm has scored with the inescapable Dutty Wine tune from sound system selector Tony Matterhorn. Matterhorn’s tune has been creating waves over the past few months, and has already begun its journey on various charts.
Matterhorn is the third sound system selector to have hit the charts within the past four years. Richie Feelings (Stone Love selector) and Asylum sound system selector Sultex have also had chart hits.
· Jamaica’s answer to American Idol, returns this weekend
With the success of the Digicel Rising Stars talent series (Jamaica’s equivalent to the popular American Idol series) over the past two years, the organizers should expect a bumper crowd at the first audition, which will kick off this Saturday April 8 at Pier One in Montego Bay. Other audition dates are April 22 at Fayor’s Entertainment Complex in Mandeville; April 29 at Wavz Entertainment Centre in Negril; May 6 at Island Village, Ocho Rios; and May 13 at the National Stadium in Kingston.
Digicel Rising Stars is open to anyone over the age of 16, who isn’t currently signed to a management or recording contract, and is a citizen of Jamaica. At the auditions, participants may either perform individually or in groups of up to six. Participants, who are unsuccessful at one location, may audition at any other location.
The prizes have been increased this year. The first place winner will collect a cool $1 million and a management contract with Shocking Vibes Productions. The second place winner will take home $600,000 cash while third place will walk away with $400,000 cash.
Anthony Miller, Nadine Sutherland and Clyde McKenzie return as judges.
* BITS AND PIECES
Matthew ‘Esco’ Thompson is the proud father of a baby girl. Assassin recently became a daddy, so too Delly Ranx.
You have to grab hold of Macka Diamond’s album Money O on Greensleeves Records. Although Macka stuck to one subject matter, it comes across in a humorous way.
Voice Mail is back on the charts with Get Crazy. The group’s debut album drops soon on local shores.
And Alozade and Wayne Marshall are dropping new singles that should keep them in the mix straight into the summer.
-By Kevin Jackson,