May 2011 Archives
Not relying on solely older means of marketing his album Chino, singjay Chino McGregor hosted his own social media listening party at the Big Ship studios to get the buzz popping around the album's May 24 release.
Social networking sites Twitter.com and Facebook.com got a sneak peek from social media insiders from the listening party, as persons tweeted their views on the album, track by track. Last Wednesday night, popular twitter persons Toniann Lindo, Wayne Jones Jr, as well as Jamaicansmusic.com, Skkan Media Entertainment, Miss Jamaica Universe Yendi Phillipps, singer Denyque, Laden, Shema, Stephen McGregor and STAR of the Month Chino were all present to share in the excitement.
The listening party was streamed live online as fans logged on to their computers to hear the songs, some of which have never been heard before. Representatives from Guinness were also present at the studio doing give-aways as Chino soon kicked off the night by giving a little introduction to each of the songs.
The album started off with known hits such as From Mawning and Protected as Chino commented, "this song is wid me and Di Genius, di baddest producer in dancehall and reggae music." The recently released I Am followed after which Yeah Yeah from the Pepper rhythm. Then it was on to the new songs such as Badness which Chino explained was recorded live at Tuff Gong Studios, and was a big hit with those present.
Another exclusive was God Nah Sleep as Chino explained, "This is probably one of my favourites if not my favourite from the album. It's a deeply story telling song, two verses, with two different (but) similar stories ... listen keenly to every single lyric." Another song which got a strong forward from persons at the listening party was My Soul which talks about persons selling their souls for fame.
More popular songs followed such as Ruff It Up, Before Dem Gone and another new song Driving Me Insanewhich features Denyque. Driving Me Insane has a Shabba-like sound, which Chino says he wanted to make the first release but was outvoted.
Judging by persons who followed the response on twitter www.twitter.com/jamaicastar and facebook, the social media listening party was a huge success. A pleased Chino reminded fans online that the album is available for pre-order on iTunes.
Want to be a part of the launch of Chino's upcoming album?
The Big Ship artiste will be launching his album on Tuesday, May 24 at Devonshire, Devon House. To win two passes to the launch and a VIP table as the special guest to Chino's album launch, all you have to do is answer the following questions!
1) What is Chino's real name?
2) What are the titles of the two albums he released in Japan?
3) What is the name of his upcoming album?
4) What do you love most about Chino and his music?
Email your answers to: ChinoMay24@gmail.com!
"I cannot be associated with or do business with someone I don't trust. Kartel and I haven't seen eye to eye in a while, and late last week, after a disagreement, he threatened me on the phone because I "refused to tek chat". I don't take kindly to threats against me and my family, and I have contacted my lawyers and the relevant authorities to deal with this issue immediately," Todd said.
"I am my own man, I have never worked for Vybz Kartel, I helped to build his career, but I was never about the division in music, or his need to pigeonhole everything as Gaza or not Gaza. I don't understand
the creative direction he's moving in with regards to his image or his music. I don't know this new Vybz Kartel, I haven't known him for quite a while. Enough is enough. I wish him the best with his career," Todd said.
Todd and Palmer started the Unlimited Daggering company three years ago to manufacture, market and distribute Street Vybz Rum. The company also employs several people at a St. Andrew-based factory. The two also operate the Building nightclub in New Kingston.
Todd sought to reassure his workers that he would find employment for them in his other business ventures if they are displaced.
'I am not keeping any events at the Building nightclub for the foreseeable future, I am not doing anymore business with Vybz Kartel. However, I will be doing another product soon, so I am moving forward and I hope to work with other artistes to help build their careers as well," he said.
Over 2,500 politicians, journalists and celebrities, including Hip-Hop mogul Russell Simmons and will.I.am, attended the annual dinner, which honors excellence in journalism.
President Obama and Saturday Night Live comedian/dinner host Seth Meyers centered the majority of their jokes on Donald Trump, who had been questioning if the President was born in Hawaii.
President Obama began his speech by immediately addressing the "birthers" who claimed he wasn't born in Hawaii.
He then set his sites on Donald Trump, who was booed as he arrived at the dinner.
"Donald Trump is here. I know he's taken some flack recently, but no one is more ready to put the birther issue to rest than the Donald," President Obama said. "So he can focus real issues at hand facing America, like 'Did we really land on the moon?' 'What really happened in Roswell?' And, 'Where are Biggie and Tupac?'"
The rap name checking didn't stop there. President Obama also made fun of Donald Trump's aspirations to run for the oval office.
"We all know about your credentials, and your breadth of experience," President Obama said. "For example, on a recent episode of Celebrity Apprentice, at the steakhouse, the men's cooking team did not impress the men from Omaha Steaks. There was lots of blame to go around, but you, Mr. Trump, recognized that the real problem was a lack of leadership. Ultimately, you didn't blame [rapper] Lil Jon or [singer] Meatloaf, you fired Gary Busey. These are the kinds of decisions that keep me up at night. Well handled, sir! Well handled."
Donald Trump claimed he didn't think President Obama would address him during the White House Correspondence Dinner and called the ribbing "inappropriate."
"I had no idea it would be to that extent, where you know, it was just joke after joke after joke," Donald Trump said on Fox and Friends earlier this morning (May 1st). "It was almost like, is there anyone else they could talk about?"