Tag: Best Reggae Album

Stephen Di Genius Celebrates Grammy Win With Damian Marley & Shakira

Dancehall producer Stephen “Di Genius” McGregor is celebrating more Grammy certification

Di Genius has plenty to be happy about right now after adding more Grammy certificates to his collection. The Big Ship producer did work on both Damian Marley’s Stony Hill album and Shakira’s El Dorado won Best Reggae Album and Best Latin Pop respectively at the 60th annual Grammy Awards in New York on Sunday night. This is also his first Grammy win in the reggae category although he is traditionally a dancehall producer.

“Honored to be a part of these two Grammy winning albums today @damianmarley @shakira. Love to everyone else nominated, just to be considered is a win for all More music!! @supadups @chinomcgregor @chanelgenio @kevinadg and all of my other Grammy winning friends tonight, let’s do this again next year, shall we/” he wrote on IG.

Stephen “Di Genius” McGregor has been one of the most decorated and recognized producers in reggae/dancehall over the past decade. He started recording and producing music since his high school days growing up in a musical family. His father is none other than the legendary Freddie McGregor.

The reggae music industry is celebrating Damian Marley‘s Grammy win although some fans have mixed feelings about it. Nevertheless, Stony Hill is an impressive album worthy of a Grammy award.

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JAY-Z Will Not Be Performing At 2018 Grammy’s Despite Reports

JAY-Z will not be performing at this weekend’s 2018 Grammy Awards despite recent reports suggesting that he will.

Hov is going into the Grammys with the most nominations this year and everything assumed that he would be taking the stage possibly with Beyonce to perform “Family Feud” or even “4:44.” JAY-Z made a grand return to the music scene last year with his blockbuster album 4:44. That project is one of the most respected albums last year and will go down in history as one of the rap legend’s best body of work.

In the fall last year, JAY-Z went on tour to promote the album and that tour turned out to be his highest grossing solo tour ever. So it’s safe to say that he has been breaking new boundaries. Last week there was some reporting floating around online claiming that Hov will be performing at the Grammy’s, but now Hits Daily Double is countering those chatters with new reports that he has no plans to take the stage.

The Grammy’s has already announced an all-star lineup including acts like Bruno Mars, Rihanna, DJ Khaled, Kendrick Lamar, SZA, Childish Gambino and more. The last time JAY-Z performed at the Grammy’s was back in 2014 when he took the stage with Beyonce to perform “Drunk In Love: from her self-titled album. This year a performance on the big stage would be like icing on the cake for Jay’s fans given the success of his 4:44 album.

Bruno Mars and Cardi B will be performing their new hit “Finesse” while DJ Khaled and Rihanna will be performing their monster hit “Wild Thoughts. The Grammy Awards will be broadcast live on CBS from Madison Square Gardens in New York on Sunday night. Stay tuned to DancehallHipHop for more reporting on the Grammy’s, particularly the Best Reggae Album category. It will be interesting to see who win.

Tommy Lee Sparta’s “New Creator” EP Debuts In Billboard Top 10

Tommy Lee Sparta’s new EP New Creator has debut at No. 9 on the Billboard Reggae chart.

The EP was released on January 5th under Ricardo Gowe Records and has been doing well on iTunes. While that is an impressive achievement for the Guzu Musiq deejay, the sales figures paint a different picture. The project sold only 63 copies in its first week of release. Tommy Lee Sparta thank his fans for their support on IG despite the low sales numbers.

“New creator ep #9 on #billboard reggae charts #godisgood Spartans we all mek this possible y’all not my fan we family,” he wrote. Elsewhere on the chart, you will find Chronixx debut album Chronology at No. 8, SOJA’s album Poetry In Motion is at No. 6, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley‘s Stony Hill is at No. 4, while the top spot is being held by American band The Green.

Tommy Lee Sparta is currently working on his upcoming debut album, due in April of this year. The project will be the first off his multi-album deal with Sean Kingston’s label Time Is Money Entertainment. Chronixx and Damian Marley are currently battling with three other nominees this year for Best Reggae Album at the upcoming Grammy Awards. A rep for Sparta told us that he hopes to get a nomination next year for his upcoming album.

Aside from working on his new album, Tommy Lee Sparta is gearing up for some upcoming shows in Europe and the wider Caribbean. Last year was a big year for the former Gaza deejay who dominated the airwaves with his music after going back to his Gothic dancehall roots. He also scored some points in the streets for his diss tracks aimed at top-flight deejays Alkaline and Mavado. If you haven’t got a copy as yet, you can get Tommy Lee’s new EP on iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon.

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Damian Marley’s ‘Stony Hill’ Tops Billboard Reggae Ahead Of Grammy Awards

Damian Marley‘s Stony Hill album returns to the top of the Billboard Reggae chart this week ahead of the 60th annual Grammy Awards.

Junior Gong and Chronixx are the hot favorites to take home the Grammy for Best Reggae Album this year, but with a Marley name behind him, Gong is traditionally favored to win the trophy. Chronixx’s Chronology album is currently at No. 6 on the chart. Whether or not this latest development will sway voters in the reggae Grammy category is yet to be determined.

Both Damian Marley and Chronixx released two well-received albums last year and both artists are deserving of the award, but only one can win. The other artists nominated in the Best Reggae Album category also released great albums, they include Morgan Heritage (Avrakedabra), Common Kings (Lost In Paradise), and J Boog (House Ting). This is the first Grammy nomination for Chronixx and Common Kings.

In a recent interview, Gong praised Chronixx for his effort while saying he is honored to be among this batch of nominees in the reggae category. “Some good albums are in the category this year,” Damian Marley said. “Chronixx put out a really nice album, which I listen to as a fan. I like that album a whole heap. Morgan Heritage, who are close family friends of mine, they have a good album out too, likewise J Boog. I am not so familiar with Common Kings, but everybody else I kinda know them music and we are all friends.”

Junior Gong already has three Grammys under his belt while Morgan Heritage won the covetous trophy in 2016. J Boog is now in his second consecutive nomination in the category. The annual Grammy Award will be held on January 28 at the Madison Square Gardens in New York. The show will be broadcast live on CBS Starting around 8 PM EST.

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Shaggy Talks Chronixx & Damian Grammy Plus New Album Dropping Next Year

Shaggy is gearing up to return to the scene with another classic dancehall album.

The dancehall legend is currently working on his next solo album as well as another joint project with Sting. During his sit down with Winford Williams last weekend, he opened up about his upcoming album, the state of the music, Chronixx and Damian Marley Grammy nomination, and his charity work with the Bustamante Hospital for Children. Speaking about the current wave of reggae/dancehall in the mainstream music, Shaggy said that he would like to see a little more chart action.

“I personally would like to see a little more chart action, mainstream chart action,” he said. “I think there is a movement, a strong reggae movement. I see more touring especially the roots artists them doing a lot of touring and connecting with an audience on a global scale. You don’t see much chart action, I think Sean [Paul] is probably one only few chart action you see now.”

Shaggy confirmed that he has an album coming out in February of next year, but didn’t give us the title. “I have an album coming out on Sony and I have been working on this album for the longest and keep changing it,” he said. The dancehall icon opened up about the Grammy nomination for Best Reggae Album with Chronixx and Junior Gong being the hot favorite.

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“In fairness, I’ve only listened to two albums out of that batch, I’ve listened to the Chronixx album [Chronology] and I’ve listened to the Junior Gong album [Stony Hill],” he added. “With both albums, it will be interesting to see who comes out on top. Chronixx at this point is clearly the crowd favorite locally. You see him at these concerts, he has a movement going on in Jamaica right now. Gong now has an album that is out and it will be interesting because he has more of an international appeal, more of a global brand and he is been around for a while, and he has being around a famous name in reggae music.”

Watch the interview below.

Chronixx Calls For Dancehall Artists To Release More Positive Music

Chronixx is calling on dancehall artists to release more positive music.

The reggae singer has been vocal about the type of music he chooses to focus on and often weighs in on other artists music that he thinks are not socially acceptable, including music from controversial figures like Vybz Kartel. Chronixx performed in front a jam-packed crowd at Mas Camp in Kingston last weekend where he took timeout to speak out against crime and to call for his musical counterparts to stop recording violent music.

“Right now the people of Jamaica need fi hear some things and that’s why you have people like us. Music is a choice and every youth have a choice,” Chronixx said. “You can chose what you want to motivate your actions … whole heap a bredren we have weh drop out last week, the week before, the week before that. Warfare a gwaan inna we place and yet still you have some man who willing fi talk bout how much gun dem buss inna dem tune or whatever, like the killing is a joke thing.”

Chronixx recently received his first Grammy nomination for Best Reggae Album for his debut LP Chronology. He also picked up a Prime Minister’s National Youth Awards for Excellence for his contribution to arts and culture.

Chronixx has been having a phenomenal year with the release of his debut album and his hugely successful Chronology tour. So far he has covered North America and the Caribbean with the tour and will be heading to Europe and Africa next.

Minister of Culture Grange Congratulates Damian Marley For MOBO Award

Damian Marley picked up another accolade last week when he won the 2017 MOBO Award for Best Reggae Act.

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.

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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.

Chronixx, Damian Marley & Morgan Heritage Gets Grammy Nomination

Chronixx, Damian Marley, and Morgan Heritage are the only three Jamaicans among the nominees for Best Reggae Album.

The Recording Academy released the list of nominees for the 60th Annual Grammy Awards yesterday and JAY-Z and Kendrick Lamar leads the pack with eight and seven nominations respectively. They are competing with some other big names in categories like Record of the Year, Album of the Year, and Song of the Year. The reggae category doesn’t usually get much publicity overseas but in Jamaica, it’s a big deal and this year we have three local acts vying for the Reggae Grammy.

Chronixx debut album Chronology is widely regarded as one of the best reggae albums released this year. Morgan Heritage also released a very good album, Avrakedabra, and Damian “Jr Gong” Marley’s new LP Stony Hill is also well received. The other two nominees for Best Reggae Album are Wash House Ting by J Boog, and Lost In Paradise by Common Kings.

“When our music is celebrated by our fans, that is the greatest satisfaction an artist can ask for,” Morgan Heritage said in a statement on Instagram. “When your peers consider your music top of the class, it’s just humbling. These are blessings and we’re grateful to Jah for giving us the guidance, health, strength and perseverance to keep spreading this message of peace, love, equality and justice for all mankind. Bless up the @RecordingAcademy @grammypro for recognizing #Avrakedabra!”

This is the first Grammy nomination for Chronixx who is currently one of roots reggae’s most talented artists on the scene right now.

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