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Flourgon suing Miley Cyrus for $300 million

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flourgan.jpgThe international media is reporting that Miley Cyrus was sued for $300 million on Tuesday by a Jamaican songwriter who said the pop singer's 2013 smash "We Can't Stop" closely resembles a song he recorded 25 years earlier, and that she is infringing his copyright.

Michael May, who performs as Flourgon, said his 1988 song "We Run Things" has been "a favorite for lovers of reggae music worldwide" since reaching No. 1 in his home country, and that about 50 percent of "We Can't Stop" comes from him.

According to reporter, Jonathan Stempel, Flourgon accused Cyrus and her label RCA Records, owned by Sony Corp, of misappropriating his material, including the phrase "We run things. Things no run we," which she sings as "We run things. Things don't run we."

miley-cyrus.jpgRepresentatives for Cyrus, 25, did not immediately respond to requests for comment. A spokeswoman for Sony did not immediately respond to a similar request.

May said he sought to protect his work last year with the U.S. Copyright Office, and in November won "formal copyright protection" for all musical arrangements in "We Run Things."

He said Cyrus' song "owes the basis of its chart-topping popularity to and its highly-lucrative success to plaintiff May's protected, unique, creative and original content."

The Kingston, Jamaica resident is also seeking a halt to further sales and performances of "We Can't Stop," according to his complaint filed with the U.S. District Court in Manhattan.

While the complaint did not specify damages, May's lawyers in a press statement described it as a $300 million case.

"We Can't Stop," from Cyrus' album "Bangerz," peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in August 2013.

It was kept from the top by Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," itself the subject of a high-profile copyright case over its resemblance to a 1977 Marvin Gaye song. (Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York)

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Vinyl Thursdays coming soon in Amsterdam

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Thursday 5 April 2018 - Hill Street Blues Cafe (Amsterdam - Holland) is the date to keep in mind.

Vinyl Thursdays will come to Amsterdam! The weekly Vinyl Thursdays event in Kingston (Jamaica) is one of their favorite parties, when the BLACK STAR crew is visiting Jamaica. Once a month they will bring the event to Amsterdam (Holland) now. Vinyl Thursdays Amsterdam will take place every first Thursday the month in the basement of Hill Street Blues Cafe in Amsterdam centre, starting from Thursday April 5th.

The concept of Vinyl Thursdays Amsterdam will be exactly the same as in Jamaica: every month (guest) DJ's who play strictly vinyl! Besides the DJ's/selectors, there is time for singers and toasters during the open mic. Everything will be streamed live!

Resident crew: BLACK STAR SOUND feat. Selector DEN-DEN, MC JAHFORTH and MICHELLE (MC/host and sound effects).

Free entrance + smokers friendly vibes!

Address: Hill Street Blues Cafe

Warmoesstraat 52 - 1012 JG Amsterdam - Holland

More info (English) / Meer info (Nederlands) / Facebook event

Facebook group Vinyl Thursdays For more upcoming events, see Black Star Foundation.

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Sunday 15 April 2018 - Melkweg (Amsterdam - Holland)

On Sunday 15 April 2018 BLACK STAR FOUNDATION will be celebrating the 15th Anniversary of Black Star Foundation at Melkweg, Amsterdam (Holland)! There will be live performances and DJ's, a photo exhibition, Jamaican food, reggae decorations (in cooperation with DecoRoots) and lots of Black Star merchandise and CD's.

Besides BLACK STAR SOUND, many artists will perform with whom we have worked with over the years, like BACK-A-WALL MOVEMENT (Holland), MC JAHFORTH (Jamaica/Holland), Mr. AYA (France), RAPHA PICO (Surinam/Holland), TWOROOTS band feat. ASHER-E (Holland), LEAH ROSIER (Holland) and EXILE DI BRAVE (Jamaica).

Main act for the event will be Studio One veteran LONE RANGER (Jamaica)!

From 19:00 / Tickets € 15 + membership / Buy your tickets at Tickermaster

More info (English) / Meer info (Nederlands) / More info (Facebook event)

World Clash for Reggae Sumfest

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reggae-sumfest-july-19-2018.jpgDownsound Entertainment and Reggae Sumfest bringing back Irish & Chin's World Clash in a 20th Anniversary Celebration to Montego Bay represents a historic moment in Jamaican Music History.

For a decade between 2001 and 2010, Fans were blown away by the sounds and over the top performances staged by Irish & Chin with their World Clash Sound System events at Pier One in Montego Bay......presenting the very best Sound Systems in the World in fierce competition....These events were the pinnacle of sound system events in the world....featuring David Rodigan, Bass Odyssey, Mighty Crown, Black Kat / Pink Panther, Black Blunt, Heavy Hammer, KIlimanjaro, Rootsman, Code Red, Ricky Trooper, and the list goes on and on. Crowds of upwards of 8000-10,000 jammed the event center at Pier One year after year....then one day, it was over.....some political problems. But is coming back with a vengeance, with the help of the promotional assets and expertise of Downsound Entertainment and Reggae Sumfest....Bringing the greatest sound system event back in a homecoming and celebration to the motherland of Reggae and Dancehall Music. Josef Boganovich, CEO of Downsound Enterttainment had this to say about it all....." We are looking forward to the return of Irish & Chin's World Clash to Montego Bay and making this one....The biggest and best ever " . Irish & Chin founder Garfield " Chin " Bourne expressed his excitement with the following...." I can't think of a better way to celebrate 20 years of the World Clash brand...returning to Jamaica, bringing World Clash with Reggae Sumfest is extremely exciting to me, as fans have been asking for this for many many years....What a great homecoming !

anju-blaxx-and-brent-bunting.jpgBusinessman, Brent Bunting, the son of Central Manchester Member of Parliament and former National Security Minister, Peter Bunting, up to Thursday, was reportedly is still in hospital and his condition was listed as serious.

This follows a fight with music producer Anju Blaxx and a gang of men at a complex in supper St Andrew last Friday. According to reports online, Brent Bunting reportedly complained that loud music which was being played at the complex was preventing his child from sleeping. It's further alleged that a physical altercation ensued and Bunting was tossed down a flight of stairs by Blaxxx and several men.

It's also alleged Blaxxx and his associates stomped on Bunting's face after he was tossed down the staircase.

Bunting's jaw was fractured and he suffered an injury to his eyes.

Facial Reconstructive Surgery was performed on the younger Bunting on Tuesday.

Blaxx reportedly received minor facial injury during the altercation. Both men have accused each other of being the aggressor.

37-year-old Blaxx, whose given name is Andrew Myrie, has been charged with wounding with intent in connection with the incident, while 27-year-old Bunting has been charged with unlawful wounding.

When contacted Wednesday, Head of the St. Andrew North Police Division, Superintendent Glenford Miller, told our news centre that he was in a meeting and could not comment.

In an interview posted online, Brent's father, Peter Bunting is quoted as saying that his son is "lucky to be alive".

The reporter quotes Bunting thus: "Most of the media is carrying publicity for Anju Blaxx when they are not aware of the details of the case. I was not there but from the accounts I have been getting, he is lucky to be alive, some of them had knives, and some even came to his home trying to kick off his door. He had been retreating from the situation and they ran him down and pulled him down the stairs. He was not the aggressor," Producer, Andrew Myrie otherwise called 'Anju Blaxx' walked free from wire fraud charges in the United States in August 2016. His attorney in the case, KD Knight told the press at the time that his client, Anju BLaxx did not make a plea deal with federal agents in the US state of North Dakota where he was charged. Charges against Anju Blaxx were dismissed in the United States after the prosecution there moved a motion for the case to be dismissed.

Anju Blaxx subsequently pleaded guilty in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court to aiding in the making of a false declaration to Jamaica Customs in 2013. He was fined $250,000.


Red Stripe presents Reggae SumFest

Downsound Entertainment

Catherine Hall Event Centre

Montego Bay, Jamaica

Friday July 20, 2018

Popcaan, Aidonia, Bounty Killer, Sizzla, Spice, Tommy Lee Sparta, Agent Sasco, Ding Dong, I-Octane, J. Boog, Stonebwoy, Harry Toddler, Yanique, D-Major, Kemar Hicon, Tosh Alexander, Shano, Dovey Magnum, Hood Celebrity, Stushie, More to come plus special quest stars.

Saturday July 21, 2018

Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley, Beresh Hammond, Maxi Priest, Cham, Capleton, Jesse Royal, Raging Fyah, Fanton Mojah, Kezmandi, Empress Ayeola, Naomi Cowan, More to come plus special quest stars

Tickets & Info at


Pepsi & Jamaica Tourist Board

Must be Legal Drinking Age

Enjoy Red Stripe Responsibly

Reggae SumFest - Thursday, July 19th, 2018

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reggae-sumfest-july-19-2018.jpgRed Stripe presents Reggae SumFest

Downsound Entertainment

Irish and Chin's

World Clash


Tony Matterhorn
2x World Clash Champion

Mighty Crown
5x World Clash Champion

Ricky Trooper
2x World Class Champion

Ping Panther
6x World Clash Champion

20 Years Celebration

Pier One
Montego Bay, Jamaica

A Downsound Entertainment Production

For all show and ticketing info please check:

Must be 18 years or older to drink. Please drink responsibly.

konshens-and-rick-ross.jpgRick Ross joins Jamaican dancehall star Konshens on his genre-bending single "Big Belly."

Blending reggae, dancehall, and trap, the Rvssian-produced track allows the rapper to celebrate life and money. "Big Belly, mon," he raps. "You know the don / Rolex on my arm, I keep my soldiers armed."

"Big Belly" is one of 16 tracks off Konshens' sophomore album It Feel Good, which also features Chris Brown ("Bruk Off Yuh Back"), Shaggy ("Body Happy"), and Satori ("Days of My Life"). In 2016, Konshen's "Bruk Off Yuh Back," blew up, garnering a remix with Breezy, which came became the song's official single.

Konshens has now previewed the music video for the single.

"Big Belly" is the first video to be released from the project and the Subkonshus boss recently hinted that there could be more videos coming.

Last week, he and Tarrus Riley dropped the video for their collaborative effort "Simple Blessing" featured on the 'All Night Riddim' produced by Chimney Records.

anju-blaxx-photo-2.jpgWhat a prekeh!

UIM producer Anju Blaxx and the son of Central Manchester Member of Parliament (MP) and former National Security Minister, Peter Bunting had a fisticuffs at a house in St Andrew last Friday. It all went down after Bunting's son, Bent, a businessman, knocked at Anju Blaxx door complaining about the music that was being played. Andrew Myrie, otherwise called 'Anju Blaxx', was hosting a birthday party at his home.

Well, an argument reportedly developed between the two, which escalated into a fight.

Bunting, it is reported, suffered a fractured jaw during the fracas, while Myrie sustained injuries to his face and a cut to one of his fingers from a piece of broken glass.

Both men were taken to the Constant Spring Police Station, where they were each charged with wounding.


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