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OLDIES SUNDAY: @Rihanna – Pon De Replay (2005)


Yesterday (February 20), Pop Queen Rihanna celebrated her 33rd birthday. It’s been a long time since the Bajan sensation emerged on the scene, and now she’s one of Pop’s most iconic artists. Today on Oldies Sunday, we present to you the song that started it all, “Pon De Replay“.

Produced by Vada Nobles, Carl Sturken, and Evan Rogers, “Pon De Replay” was released through Def Jam Records in 2005. The track finds Rihanna requesting the DJ turn her favourite music up so she and her friends can enjoy the party more. The song was the first single off her 2005 debut album, “Music Of The Sun“. The song has Pop, Dancehall, R&B influences, and it turned out to be a hit for the rising star. Prior to its release, it was a part of collection of demo tracks Rihanna recorded in 2004 in hopes she got signed to a record deal soon after. “Pon De Replay” caught the attention of then President of Def Jam Jay Z, and after a successful audition for him and Music Exec. L.A. Reid, Rihanna signed a 6 album contract with the label, and the rest is history. “Pon De Replay” went on to sell 3 Million copies, become a top 10 single in various countries, and catapulted Rihanna onto the Pop scene as the next big star. Fast forward over a decade and a half and a few billion streams later, Rihanna has become one of the most successful artists of all time, is one of the most influential personalities of all time, and has enjoyed lucrative careers in Music, Film, Fashion, and Beauty. It all started from that demo tape.

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.@AlicaiHarley Does “Yard Gyal Inna Britain” Things On Debut EP!


It took a lot of work for UK based Recording Artist Alicaì Harley to get here. With a fire burning in her to make it, she “tek it to dem” over the years with good music. Having made her name cover various areas, she looks to make even more official moves with the release of her debut project, “The Red Room Intro: Yard Gyal Inna Britain EP“!

With 10 tracks loaded, Alicaì Harley comes through like the “God-blessed pickney” that she is, and deliver a world of styles over some heavy production. With “Bad Gyal” anthems, fun songs, relationship songs, Female Empowerment music, and motivational music, Alicaì makes her voice be heard on a higher level, and lets the world know that this Jamaican gem is here to stay, and make a shift in music. With guest features from Stefflon Don, Moelogo, Nadia Rose, Kojo Funds, and Tony Matterhorn, Alicaì ensures that she is well supported on her debut project. She also blends Dancehall, Pop, Hip Hop, and R&B sounds thanks to production from Beat Demons, Diztortion, AntiWave, “Clevie” Browne of the legendary Steely & Clevie, Seanizzle, Jah SnowCone, and others. We promise this EP is one you will be enjoying a whole lot this year. Alicaì Harley cooked up some fire here.

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.@SarkAmbassador Teams Up With @MissRheaDawn On “Toxic”


Trini Creative Sarkastik Ambassador looks to make 2021 the year he increases his musical output. Having dabbled in other areas last year, we didn’t get to hear much music. Starting off the new year right, he gives listeners an early listen to the track, “Toxic“.

Produced by TDSK Productions and featuring Bajan Singer/Songwriter Rhea Layne, Sark and Rhea get at each other like a fighting couple as they speak about jealousy, insecurity, and plenty toxic behaviours between them. Many couples go through things like this daily, but Sark and Rhea just play it all out in a way that will have couples thinking over things and go forward with resolutions. As mentioned before, this an early listen as Sarkastik Ambassador looks to put some finishing touches and officially release this track later this year. Let us know what you think about it.

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.@JayHeartMusiq Makes Big Moves With Debut EP, “Timeline”!


Canada based Singer Jay Heart has been steadily climbing to become a prominent name in the new generation of Caribbean talent. With a few singles to his name, he felt it was time to make some big moves in his career. One of those is putting out his first project in the form of an EP called, “Timeline“.

Armed with 5 tracks, Jay Heart believes the release was a result of good timing. Having started on the EP in 2019, the vibes were just not right to make the project official, and he was having some personal challenges. Quarantining as a result of the Covid 19 pandemic prompted him to step up the work ethic, and after putting together nearly 30 songs, he settled on 5 for the EP. With love and relationships of all sorts being the main topics on the project, Jay Heart utilized familiar references for the songs, and delivered them in ways that will have the listener’s full attention over and over. With strong production from Noah Hamilton and Hunter Madden, “Timeline” didn’t go wrong with the sounds to accompany Jay’s carefully crafted lyrics. “Timeline” marks the start of more great things to come from the artist, and 2021 may find him being on the radar of some big names.

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.@CellularDada, @TarrusRileyJA & @SupaDups Celebrate The “Black Woman” On Special Remix


Canadian Vocalist Emanuel is an artist on the rise who has been making great strides this year. With vocals that touch many and possessing a steady following, it won’t be long till the world fully gets familiar with him. With a great debut single, “Need You“, and his “Alt Therapy SessionEP series taking flight before his 2021 debut album release, he is leaving marks in key places. Having made a huge impression with the single, “Black Woman” last month, he is joined by two Jamaican greats for the remix!

Produced by the legendary Supa Dups and featuring “Singy SingyTarrus Riley, Emanuel’s single gets a makeover filled with great Reggae production with an amazing pairing of vocals that will surely put a smile on the Black Queens worldwide. The original track featured production by the legendary Kardinal Offishall, John Fellner, and Ryan Bakalarczyk. Linking up with Tarrus according to Emanuel “felt like the stars were aligning“. “I know Tarrus Riley from going to the parties of my Jamaican friends where they play music that’s big and nostalgic for them. His song ‘She’s Royal’ is just huge, people are still bumping it in 2020! I think people really appreciate the legacy of that song and the link up is really big for what ‘Black Woman’ means and what I want the legacy of ‘Black Woman’ to be. To have him on it, it felt like the stars were aligning. I think the impact that this will have to the diaspora is amazing.” shared the Vocalist. “Black Woman (Remix)” is featured on his “Alt Therapy Session 2: Transformation” EP which now available!

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OLDIES SUNDAY: The Chosen Few – In The Rain (1972)


While the Caribbean and parts of the world are experiencing rainy days, today’s Oldies Sunday focuses on a different type of rain. Today’s selection comes from the Reggae Band The Chosen Few with the track, “In The Rain“!

Produced by the late King Sporty and released through Micron Music Limited in 1972, this is a cover of The Dramatics’ 1971 hit, and one of a few Reggae versions done. With many references to actual rain, The Chosen Few are speaking about heartbreak and needing to go out in the rain so no one can see them crying. A song for those who have been experiencing breakups and hurt, The Chosen Few delivered something that comforts the listener. King Sporty’s production on this blends Reggae, Funk, and Soul for something really special. The track was featured on The Chosen Few’s 1976 “Night & Day” a.k.a. “The Chosen Few In Miami” album. We featured it last year in our Youtube video titled, “Rainy Day“, feel free to check it out below.

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