Summer is almost here, and that means road trips, parties, and new clothes. Recently, clothing giant H&M unveiled a new commercial launching their “Forever Summer” campaign. Providing the soundtrack was UK Recording Artist Izzy Bizu who covered Jamaican band Inner Circle’s 1993 single, “Sweat“. The single was featured on the band’s 1992 Grammy winning “Bad To The Bone” album and was a number 1 song in many countries including Ireland, Austria, and Germany. “Sweat” was also sampled by Laza Morgan for “One By One“, and Jamie T’s “If You Got The Money“. Check out the commercial below and share your thoughts in the comments section.
It’s no secret that Hip Hop Artist Drake is a fan of Jamaica’s music culture. From his choice of slang, to his affiliations, to his hometown being chock full of the Jamaican influence, it’s only right that his “Views” album gets some of the essence. Off the recently released album, Dancehall Artist Mavado is featured on Views’ 2nd track, “9“. “9” features a sample from the Deejay’s 2007 single “Dying” off his “Gangsta For Life” debut album. “Dying” was produced by DASECA Productions and features Serani. It’s not the first time both Artists have crossed paths as Mavado played a role in Drake’s “Find Your Love” video off “Thank Me Later“, and Drake was a guest during Mavado’s set at “Britjam 2011“. “Views” also sampled Beenie Man’s “Tear Off Mi Garment” on an updated version of “Controlla” which was previously leaked with Dancehall Artist Popcaan. “Controlla” also gave writing credits to Jamaican Producer Stephen “Di Genius” McGregor and Supa Dups. “Tear Off Mi Garment” was produced by Patrick Roberts and was released in 1995 on the “Urkle Riddim“. Popcaan’s “Love Yuh Bad” is also sampled on the Rihanna assisted “Too Good” and also includes Supa Dups in the writing credits. The track was produced by Dre Skull and is featured on Popcaan’s debut album, “Where We Come From“. Popcaan is currently affiliated with Drake’s OVO group. “Views” is now available on iTunes.
Canadian based recording artiste, K-Anthony has released a new single geared for a global breakthrough. The song has an international, pop sound and critics believe this is definitely a single to watch. “Billboard” is the title of the track produced by Dwain “Wiya” Campbell of Barbwiya Music. It sends a comprehensive message that you may not achieve the success and recognition that most would do anything to acquire, however there are other achievements that more meaningful and of even greater value.
The urban-gospel singer said, “Initially in my career my main aim was to be the epitome of Gospel music. Getting on the world renowned Billboard charts. I had a redefining moment in my life, while writing this song. My focus shifted from self to total surrender to God’s will. My musical passion became bigger than just getting on to charts. My new goal was to be a billboard for what I believed in. I yearn to remind Christians that being a billboard is their duty. We are the living advertisement for salvation and grace. The spirit of Jesus within us, should shine for the world to see.”
When you listen to this record you can clearly hear the influence of R &B music, particularly of Boyz to Men and Brian McKnight. They played integral roles in the defining moments for K-Anthony, encouraging him to select the musical path he travels today. His new album also titled, “Billboard” is due to hit music stores this May.
K-Anthony, given name Kevin Fowler is a former instructor of music at Northern Caribbean University. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and an Associates degree in Mass Communication. His single “Heading To The Top” was a chart-topping single on the Caribbean’s Cross Country Countdown. For more information visit www.kanthonylive.com
Fresh on the scene is UK based recording artiste, Don Andre. His addictive EDM song and catchy dance moves have exploded on the Dancehall circuit. “Tom Cruise” is undeniably one of the hottest tracks released so far this year. Its energy is racking up high radio spins and continues to enter prominent charts throughout the diaspora.
The notoriety of “Tom Cruise” is being felt across the globe with videos surfacing daily from fans based in Argentina, Poland, Chile, Russia, Lithuania, Africa, Amsterdam, Italy, Ukraine and Finland to mention a few territories.
Corporate entities including the brands: Smirnoff, Appleton, Flow, Digicel, Wray and Nephew, Magnum, SportsMax and Jamaica’s Carnival have all join in the mania endorsing the “Tom Cruise” phenomenon. They have all published the content via various media platforms. To add, both political parties in Jamaica have used the song extensively throughout their campaign trail.
Trending personalities have been “Tom Cruising” all over social media from the fluffy diva Miss Kitty to Tanto Blacks aka Mr. Real Rich. Instagram celebrities, such as, Gyalis In Paris, Prince Pine, Quite Perry and Fat Skull are among many others who have solidified the “Tom Cruise” frenzy with hilarious skits reaching millions cumulatively.
The “Dancehall Queens” who caught on to the trend very early, played an integral role in co-signing on the vibrancy of the new moves: Sher, Nickeisha, Renee Six-thirty and Head Top being the front-runners. They are now adding another move called the “Jog”.
This is the new release that’s now spreading like wild fire. Since the triple premiere, that saw a simultaneous debut in England, New York and Jamaica by Epik Jones, Noah Powa, Rick Slatta and ZJ Vybz, the track has been blazing the streets. The youngsters have already caught on to the spanking new move, as is evident via the I-Octane school tour where Don Andre tested the waters. It’s crystal clear that everyone will be jogging into shape for the summer.
Feeling like it’s 1995 again, “Mr. Lover Lover” a.k.a. Shaggy, had a song featured in one the latest commercials for US Banking giant, JP Morgan Chase Bank. The Commercial, promoting planning for Retirement, featured Shaggy’s 1995 hit, “Boombastic” which provided the soundtrack to the 30 second clip. The single was previously featured in a 2015 Tide Commercial from the Philippines and has come a long way since being featured in a Commercial for Levi’s Jeans. “Boombastic” was the 2nd track and single off Shaggy’s Grammy winning album of the same name which went on to sell over a million copies in the US. Watch the video below and share your thoughts in the comments section.
Levi’s Ad From 1995