VP in legal battle

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Patricia  Chin

CLIVE Chin – son of late VP Records owner Vincent Chin — has filed a lawsuit against his step-mother, Patricia, over the ownership of songs he wrote.

According to an article posted on the New York Post website, Chin, 60, filed the federal lawsuit in Brooklyn, New York.

Chin is contenting that his late father’s Queens-based VP Music Group has been licensing more than 1,100 songs, written by him and recorded by artistes, without permission.

He is seeking US$3 million from his stepmother and three music companies he claims knowingly tried to scam him.

Patricia claims the copyrights to the music were part of the “marital estate” left by her husband.

Clive Chin has worked with major players in the reggae/dancehall industry including the Wailers, Dennis Brown, Black Uhuru and Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry.

His first major commercial success was Java, an international hit by Augustus Pablo. He also produced Pablo’s debut album, This is Augustos Pablo.

He had further local hits with Dennis Brown’s Cheater, and Junior Byles’ King of Babylon. Other hits include Carl Malcolm’s Miss Wire Waist and Fattie Bum Bum, which, with the help of Jonathan King, became a UK chart hit in 1975, reaching number 8.

Credits ; Jamaica Observer


Black Am I Free Stage Show Well Supported By Top Reagge Dancehall Acts

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Black Am  I   is  free stage show  that is held every 28th of February in August  town St. Andrew to celebrate Black history month ,the show  promoters are well known names from the community such  as   Military Man , Short Man , and  reggae dancehall  Artist  Sizzla . This event goes way back from  early  1998  and it continues to bring people locally and visitors worldwide , last year  attendance was  huge  this year  the crown at hand was much more larger .

Lots of upcoming artist , came on first  to  perform  locally and from  worldwide  countries  some  was well received  from the audience . Ras Kalliko a well known dancehall  artist  from   the community and   Reggie Hammer did a good  performance   together in the top acts segment  back by well known backing Band Ruff Cut  , but was cut short because of the amount of artist that  was  schedule to  perform .

Ninjaman  was  well received  and  told  the promoters that next time that  they are putting on the show to call on him to help out  with  money  so that they could  have a better staging  , he complain that the stage was too small  and  he cannot get to move around properly  and the  sound quality was a bit too poor

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Other acts follow such as Nature, Major Mackerel who brought on two Japanese  dancehall Deejays , who came on and rock the place , followed , The Group L.u.s.t , Ghost , Jah vinci   ,Bushman , Capleton , just to name a few . Sizzla came on  to close the  show , but  was stop at  about  4:15 am  by Police in a very  kind Manner .

Check out the  video footage below , it was very poor , but  at lease you will see some of what went on

Here is a much better video

50 Cent before court

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Rapper and actor 50 Cent entered his plea of not guilty to  domestic violence and vandalism charges involving an ex-girlfriend who is the  mother of his child yesterday.

Jackson was charged after Daphne Narvarez reported that he had  trashed her Toluca Lake condo and kicked her during an argument.

Rihanna wins court case


Pop singer Rihanna has won a court case in Britain against retailer Topshop, which was selling T-shirts bearing her image without permission.

High Court Justice Colin Birss ruled in favour of the singer yesterday, saying buyers were likely deceived by believing Rihanna had authorised its sale.The judge did not make an assessment of damages in his ruling.

Check out her latest video below

Capleton speaks out after being attacked


Iconic Reggae/Dancehall artiste Capleton, is still uncertain why he was attacked on stage twice last weekend while performing at Reggae In The Hills in California.

According to the artiste, persons have put forward several reasons why he was attacked by an unidentified man, however, he is simply happy nobody from his camp was hurt.

“Maybe the security was inadequate at the show, but I am also told that he was hanging around the musicians earlier in the day, so that’s how he ended up getting access to the stage. What is of concern to me, is that he was allowed to come on stage twice. I am just glad nobody from my camp got hurt and he was not badly hurt either,” he said.

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Capleton managed to restrain himself during the ordeal. However, the attacker was aggressively pushed from the stage twice by a member of the deejay’s camp, who appeared to be acting as security personnel.

“I am proud of how I dealt with the situation instead of getting violent because music is love. Maybe for me, it was a test and I think I handled it well because it could have been serious. The thing is I have seen a lot of situations around the world, so I am very experienced on how to deal with conflicts that come with being in entertainment,” he told THE STAR.

The artiste disclosed that his management team is now looking to pay more attention to security. He also downplayed allegations that he was attacked by somebody who represented an anti-hate music institution.

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“I don’t even want this to get negative. People are trying to make it look like its people from a certain group, while some people say he was smoking some form of drugs in the day and was already giving problems. We are not going to focus on negativity. Music is love so just focus on the positive and teach the youth right and empower them,” he said.

Capleton is also celebrating being sampled by platinum-selling hip hop artiste, Kanye West, for a single called I Am a God, which will be featured on his (Kanye West’s) new album called Yeezus.

“It’s another milestone in my career to have been sampled by Kanye. But it’s not the first that something like this has been done. My single Tour on Def Jam Records is one of the biggest crossover dancehall songs of all time,” he said.

Credits ;CURTIS CAMPBELL, The Star


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REGGAE artiste Ziggy Marley can add another accolade to his long list of credits.

Marley, a four-time Grammy winner, picked up an Emmy for his song I Love You Too! from the Disney Channel’s animation 3rd and Bird at the Daytime Emmy Creative Arts Awards held in Los Angeles

Speaking to the Jamaica Observer from his California base, he said the win came as a total surprise.

“I didn’t even know I was nominated,” said the 44-year-old Marley. “When somebody mentioned to me that I won an Emmy, I was like ‘What’s that?’. It’s not like the Grammys when you know you are nominated and there is a lot of buzz around that… so I never expected it, but it feels good.”

Marley said the contact was made regarding contributing music for the television show after he completed his children’s album Family Time, which was released in 2009.

For Bob Marley’s eldest son, the Emmy win not only supports his move to step out of the box and into other areas, but represents a positive step for reggae music.

“For the Emmy to acknowledge and recognise us in this form is something new for us, and is definitely a step forward,” Marley said.Marley, along with his siblings, has appeared on American children’s TV series Sesame Street as well as voiced a character for the animated move Shark Tale.

Credits; RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter

Famous Rock Star Chrissy Amphlett is dead at 55, she will always be remembered as one of the greatest female rock frontwoman


The Australian singer passed away at her home in New York City on Sunday (21Apr13) with her husband, former Divinyls drummer Charley Drayton, by her side.

Amphlett revealed she was living with multiple sclerosis in 2007, and in 2010, she was dealt another blow when doctors diagnosed her with breast cancer.

Drayton says in a statement, “Christine Joy Amphlett succumbed to the effects of breast cancer and multiple sclerosis, diseases she vigorously fought with exceptional bravery and dignity. She passed gently, in her sleep, surrounded by close friends and family… Chrissy’s light burns so very brightly. Hers was a life of passion and creativity; she always lived it to the fullest. With her force of character and vocal strength she paved the way for strong, sexy, outspoken women.”


She was the perfect rock star.

After serving her apprenticeship in the unforgiving bear pit that was the Australian pub rock scene, Chrissy arrived fully formed as Australia’s dark queen of the musical arts.

She knew the power that schoolgirl tunic and an insolent pout would wield, adding further mystery by hiding her eyes behind a heavy fringe.


Chrissy was sexy and dangerous. It wasn’t just in her look or her voice.

It was in the way she bit out every word in every song, daring you to challenge her intent in songs like Pleasure And Pain or Back To The Wall.


Her shock value was never calculated as a marketing exercise. I Touch Myself was a song not a message. 

Although in recent years after she was diagnosed with breast cancer, Chrissy liked the notion it could be used as an anthem to promote self-examination and early detection of the disease.

On stage, her persona loomed even larger, provocative and visceral.

As I found out when I finally got to see her live for the first time at a pub on Sydney’s northern beaches, Chrissy ruled the stage with an iron will.
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It became one of her trademarks in those pub rock days when there we no barricades or moshpits or security separating band and audience.

If you were dumb enough to leave your bag on the stage riser, Chrissy would pick it up and share its contents with the crowd. 

When Chrissy and I talked for the release of her compelling autobiography Pleasure And Pain, I revealed I had been one of those stupid girls.

Check out the video below 


Advoket Releases New Single


Reggae artist Advoket is  presently  busy promoting  his  new single  titled  “Stuck On Me (Sugar, Sugar)”which  featured upcoming dancehall  artist Trapykal . The song  is a remake  of  The Archie’s  original  hit song   ” Sugar , Sugar ” that was done in 1969  which went to become  a popular favorites  in 1970’s, then   went  on to hit the  top  spot on the Bill Board  chart . Advoket  remaking ” Sugar.sugar ”   brings back a nice vibes , with some good promotions this song  can go a far way and might hopefully  create music history to  be the first song out of Jamaica to Hit   Bill Board  top spot  .Video plans  are  in the  making for  this song .after completing the video it will be release before the next month end of May .

Check out the song below

Justin Timberlake serenaded United States President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at a concert in the White House.



Justin Timberlake performed for Barack andMichelle Obama at the White House last night (09.04.13).

The ‘Mirrors’ hitmaker topped the bill for the US President’s celebration of soul music from Memphis, Tennessee – the singer’s hometown – at the latest ‘In Performance at the White House’ concert, performing alongside the likes of soul legend Booker T. Jones, Queen Latifah and Cyndi Lauper.

The 32-year-old star serenaded the couple and a private audience in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C. with a cover of Otis Redding’s ‘(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay’, while Steve Cropper, who wrote the song along with Otis, looked on and appeared to be impressed by the crooner’s take on the soulful hit.

The event marks the 10th ‘In Performance’ concert at the White House since President Obama first took office in 2009. The concerts celebrate America’s rich musical history, with the latest gig particularly focusing on soul music from the south.

The usually reserved president was seen bobbing his head, tapping his feet and mouthing lyrics to the performances, reports the Washington Post newspaper.

Obama also exchanged words with Justin and wife Jessica Biel, 31, who accompanied the ‘Suit & Tie’ singer to the event.

Announcing the engagement of two White House staff members, he encouraged the happy couple to seek wedding tips from Justin and Jessica, who tied the knot last year.

According to the USA Today newspaper, the president then quipped: ”Justin, they are looking for a wedding singer, just sayin’.”


 Credits ;Contactmusic
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Jamaica Bacchanal 2013 Road March


Led by the Bacchanal Marching Band, the much-anticipated Bacchanal Road March was massively successful yesterday, as thousands of revellers seized popular roadways in the Corporate Area.

While the police were present, it was music, liquor and colourful costumes that ruled the streets of St Andrew.

The day started under the scorching wrath of the sun, however the sun’s glow only managed to enhance the beauty of the glistening costumes, revellers dancing with each other – water bottles and rags in tow.

The ‘socaphiles’ had their every need tended to with officers and bouncers moving through the march on bikes, on foot and on horses. Their job was made easier by the long ropes used to make revellers go about the business of enjoying themselves unmolested.

There was also an ambulance for those who might find the trek more arduous than they expected.

There was even a designated truck called the ‘Wee Wee Truck’ that carried bathroom gadgets for those who needed to relieve themselves.

By 1 p.m. the clouds threatened to release water on the revellers like last year. However, that was not to be this time around; instead of raining, the dark clouds provided a cooler environment for patrons.

The Appleton, Digicel, Pepsi, Smirnoff and Pure Country bands were out in full and seemed to be competing to see who could deliver the most energy.

Smirnoff dared to be versatile with their selections, and their truck played some dancehall music which included music from Konshens and Mr Vegas. Mad Mi by Konshens had a most-noticeable effect on the women, however, it was the soca version of Aidonia’s 6:30 that created the most interest, as scantily dressed women gave spectators something to talk about, performing the dance move (which involves bending over backwards with the head pressed between the knees) to interesting effect.

Revellers danced freely and expressively to soca hits from Machel Montana, Destra, Bunji Garlin, and Kes, among others. There was not a dull moment.

Upon reaching Half-Way Tree, the audience grew in size, as many revellers used the location as a waiting point for the Bacchanal trucks.

Many male bystanders squeezed themselves into some of the bands, attempting to dance with the beautiful women in costumes, while others simply watched in amusement from the sidelines, capturing images on their phones and cameras.

There was no particular truck that seemed to carry more energy than the others, because at some point or another, all the sound systems ended up playing the same music.

However, the Smirnoff truck stood out because for some reason, bystanders decided to congregate around it, bouncing to the selections of experienced soca selector Kurt Riley.

As the parade neared Trafalgar Road, some revellers seemed to be suffering from fatigue, reducing their pace and energy levels to their minimum. Track star Usain Bolt, suffered no such problems.

Sporting jeans, no shirt, a handkerchief of the Jamaican flag and clutching to a cup, Bolt made no secret of his obvious appreciation for soca music.

But this was not even close to the end of the day’s activities, as the Bacchanalists proceeded to The New Mas Camp for what was expected to be a stellar finish to an exciting season of Bacchanal events

Check out the video below