With a Top 10 U.S. Billboard hit and combined single and album sales of over 35 million under their belt, American reggae heritage band Big Mountain returns with “Perfect Summer” on May 27.

With a Top 10 U.S. Billboard hit and combined single and album sales of over 35 million under their belt, American reggae band Big Mountain returns with Perfect Summer on May 27.

Big Mountain – Here Comes The Sun – Artwork

After taking 10 years off from recording, Big Mountain teams up with VPAL, the distribution arm of the world’s leading reggae label VP Records, to give the world great music once again. Their new studio album Perfect Summer is a refreshing collection of their signature sound and features a stellar cover of The Beatles “Here Comes The Sun.” The group will also embark on a world tour in support of the album over the summer. Dates are TBA.

Big Mountain has an impressive catalog of hits and is internationally known for their 1994 iconic reggae cover of Peter Frampton‘s “Baby I Love Your Way.”

At the time, the song was featured in the blockbuster film Reality Bites, reached No. 6 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, No. 1 on Mainstream Top 40, and No. 2 in the UK. The single still continues to receive over 600,000 Spotify streams per month and is heard on the radio airwaves today.

Big Mountain consists of five members. Lead vocalist Quino is of Mexican/ Irish decent and incorporates Spanish and English lyrics into their music. Michael Hyde, former member of Ziggy Marley‘s band, plays keyboards. Danny Lopilato sings vocals and plays guitar, Montego Bay native Paul Kastick is on drums and Southern Californian Mike Ortiz on bass.

Maxi Priest: “Easy To Love” Album Coming Soon


I’m feeling the new music off the highly anticipated new album from Maxi Priest “Easy To Love,” which will be dropping this June.

Maxi Priest - Easy To Love - Artwork

Maxi Priest – Easy To Love – Artwork

U.K. dancehall star Stylo G is featured on the remix of the title track and Maxi’s take on the John Mayer song “Gravity” is impacting England now and beyond!

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Sade Serena Makes Billboard Debut

Sade Serena Makes Billboard Debut with “Tonight”

Sensation Sade Serena blasts onto Billboard with her hit debut single “Tonight,” from Uprize Music/Island Def Jam Digital. The Miami-based, Jamaican-American singer and songwriter continues to enjoy an explosive rise with the release of “Tonight” and its sizzling video earlier this year. Sade Serena

“Tonight” entered at #4 on the Billboard Singles Sales Chart, dated September 7, 2013, with pop super-group One Direction at #1, placing her in very good company. Her follow-up single “Renegade” was released to radio just in time for the Labor Day party weekend and made its official bow on iTunes and all major digital retailers worldwide on Tuesday, September 10, 2013.

Sade Serena brings a diverse, edgy yet soulful sound to the pop music world and “Tonight” is a club anthem that showcases her range and talent, lacing her butter-soft sultry vocals over a sizzling pop electronica rhythm. It was produced by Abe Stewart for Uprize Music, her management company and label.Sade Serena - Renegade

“It’s definitely a good feeling for Uprize Music and Sade Serena to have a song charting on Billboard,” discloses Richard Myrie, CEO of Uprize Music. “It’s something you work towards and it’s an accomplishment and a beginning at the same time.”

Billboard Chart

Riding on the success of “Tonight,” Sade Serena has been making the rounds on radio and events to promote her single, across the U.S. all year long. The track has since been remixed by Grammy-nominated producer Mike Rizzo and the “Tonight Remix” is also enjoying rotation across U.S. radio, bringing Sade Serena her first taste of success.sade_serena_pic

“It’s every artist’s dream to have your music get out there and be accepted,” she reveals. “This Billboard Sales Chart shows there is a demand for my music and it’s even more amazing to have my very first single be included with the likes of One Direction.”

“Tonight” and “Renegade” are now available worldwide on iTunes and all major digital retailers from Island Def Jam Digital Distribution/Uprize Music.  Follow Sade Serena at www.facebook.com/sadeserena.

Kevin Lyttle Debuts Video For New Single “Wine And Go Down”

International soca pop star Kevin Lyttle debuts the video for his sizzling single, “Wine And Go Down,” which was released in November 2011.  This is Lyttle’s first video from his highly-anticipated upcoming album, which is currently in production.

Released on his very own Tarakon Records, “Wine And Go Down” exemplifies the artist’s versatility as he embraces the role of a deejay/rapper to fuse with his acclaimed signature vocal-style, forming this hybrid of island soca and pop club fusion. The singer/songwriter teams up with Richy Peña (talented music producer of the Latin Grammy-Winning album Mi Niña Bonita), for the hit track, which has been making the rounds internationally on radio and in the clubs.

“Dancing is a strong part of our Caribbean culture, so when you hear the beats and the vibes, it makes you just want to wine and go down,” discloses Lyttle, on his inspiration for the video. “With the Miami backdrop and the sexy ladies bringing their moves to the dance floor, we captured all the action for you in this video.”

The video was directed by Hamlet Mark from Grenada, and was edited by a team that included Kevin Lyttle,  Jacqueline P. James-Lyttle, Hamlet Mark, Parick Ramdial, Christopher Persaud, and Mark Shapley.  It was shot on location in Miami and will see an official launch on Saturday, March 23 at the Blue Martini in Kendall, Miami. The red carpet event will be open to media and the public.

Lyttle shot to international fame when his smash hit “Turn Me On”  grooved all the way to number four on the Billboard Hot 100 Pop Chart, representing soca music in the mainstream market in a way that’s never been done before, and hasn’t been done since. The track was from his self-titled debut album on Atlantic Records, back in 2004.

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Kevin Lyttle Releases New Club Banger, “Hot Girls And Alcohol”

Combining two of the world’s favorite things, beautiful women and alcohol, international soca superstar Kevin Lyttle has another hit on his hands with his brand-new single, “Hot Girls & Alcohol.” Produced on the Super Soca Riddim by Black Shadow Records, whose claim to fame is Sean Paul’s breakout hit “Gimme The Light,” this track is sure to be a dancefloor favorite, worldwide.

Released on his very own Tarakon Records, “Hot Girls & Alcohol” exemplifies the singer/songwriter’s versatility as he embraces the role of a deejay/rapper to fuse with his acclaimed signature vocal-style, forming this hybrid of island soca and pop club fusion. This is his second hit single released within one month, as he continues to blaze a trail for soca music.

“I wanted to bring my classic sound to my fans but creatively step it up a notch by rapping as well,” Lyttle discloses. “When you’re around hot girls and alcohol, it makes you feel like you can do anything, and I hope this song empowers you the same way. It’s the same fun, feel-good vibe that I always bring.”

Just having returned from a European tour this week, Lyttle remains intent on bringing Caribbean music to all corners of the globe. He is also in the studio recording new music and working with numerous producers to bring the unique flavors and blends from the islands, to the world.

Lyttle shot to international fame when his sexy single “Turn Me On” grooved all the way to number four on the Billboard Hot 100 Pop Chart, representing soca music in the mainstream market in a way that’s never been done before, and hasn’t been done since. The track was from his self-titled debut album from Atlantic Records, back in 2004.

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Reggae Vault Classics at The Sound Table – Pics and Audio


The inaugural Reggae Vault Classics event, which took place on Thursday, April 21st at The Sound Table in downtown Atlanta‘s historic fourth ward district was truly a refreshingly joyous occasion.  I would definitely look out for the next installment in this promising party series.

Here is a glimpse into what took place:

AUDIO (Part 1)

AUDIO (Part 2)

Gallery: Reggae Vault Classics @ The Sound Table

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UB40 Love Songs Tour and Labour of Love IV


Like Bob Marley before them and Matisyahu today, UB40 has the rare distinction of a reggae band that attracts fans beyond those who already love dub, reggae, or dancehall music. With 54 UK hit singles and over 70 million albums sold, they are truly kings of modern reggae.

UB40 is heading to the United States with its 2009 Labour of Love Tour, before returning to Europe and the UK later in the year. UB40’s US tour begins on April 10 in Snoqualmie, Washington, and runs until May 8 in Glenside, Pennsylvania, including live reggae shows in 18 cities. Most of the tour venues are on the US West Coast, including shows on April 13 in Portland, Oregon, and on April 21 in Solana Beach, California. The tour will also take UB40 up to Canada for a show on April 11 in Coquitlam, British Columbia.

UB40 is also booked to headline South Florida’s SunFest, to be held April 29 to May 3 in downtown West Palm Beach. Other bands in the lineup include Slightly Stoopid, 311, The Steve Miller Band, and others.

The penultimate US tour date will be a May 7 show in Times Square, New York City.

They are also performing at the Epsom Downs Racecourse on Thursday 30th July, as the grand finale of the 2009 Epsom Live! series of events, which feature a live outdoor concert after the last race.

Nick Blofeld, the Epsom Downs Racecourse’s Managing Director, praised their 2006 show at the same venue: “The atmosphere was fantastic with young and old enjoying UB40 perform their classic hits as the sun set across The Downs after watching some thrilling racing around the unique Derby course.”

UB40 is particularly popular in the UK, with their most recent release, Love Songs, reaching #3 on the UK Album Charts. Love Songs is a 2009 issue of digitally remastered hits from the band’s past reggae albums. The 20 tracks on Love Songs are UB40’s favorite lovers sounds, including the hit singles I Got You Babe and (I Can’t Help) Falling In love With You. The album includes other UB40 favorites such as Please Don’t Make Me Cry, Homely Girl, Breakfast In Bed, and I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight.

The full track list includes:

  1. (I Can’t Help) Falling In Love With You
  2. I Got You Babe
  3. Kiss And Say Goodbye
  4. You’re Always Pulling Me Down
  5. Don’t Break My Heart
  6. Please Don’t Make Me Cry
  7. I Love It When You Smile
  8. Homely Girl
  9. Where Did I Go Wrong
  10. Come Back Darling
  11. Impossible Love
  12. Dream A Lie
  13. Tears From My Eyes
  14. Breakfast In Bed
  15. I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight
  16. Bring Me Your Cup
  17. I’ll Be There
  18. Gotta Tell Someone
  19. Here I Am (Come And Take Me)
  20. I Would Do For You

UB40 formed in Britain’s West Midlands in 1978, eventually gaining global popularity as one of the world’s foremost reggae bands, delighting existing reggae fans and drawing new listeners to the genre with reggae hits such as (I Can’t Help) Falling in Love With You and Kingston Town. The original reggae band’s line up included Ali Campbell, his brother Robin Campbell, James (Jimmy) Brown, Norman Hassan, Earl Falconer, Brian Travers, Mickey Virtue, and Astro.

UB40 truly took off in the beginning of 1980, when the reggae band was invited to tour with The Pretenders. Drawing on their roots in Jamaican music, UB40 joined the Two Tone sound that had grown from Caribbean ska, rock steady and reggae and was then becoming popular in nearby Coventry. UB40 has released dozens of studio and live albums, their most famous song, 1988’s Red Red Wine, the original Labour of Love album, became a global hit, topping the Hot 100 chart.

UB40’s 8-member band lineup has remained active for over 30 years, drawing on their Irish, Scottish, English, Yemeni and Jamaican heritage for a truly global sound. Founder and former lead singer Ali Campbell left UB40 last year, and Mickey Virtue left UB40 shortly thereafter. Fortunately, they managed to finish the Twentyfourseven album just in time to keep the original line up. Ali and Mickey Virtue were replaced with Duncan Campbell and Tony Mullings. Other members of the UB40 lineup include drummer James Brown, guitarist/vocalist Robin Campbell, bassist/vocalist Earl Falconer, percussionist/vocalist Norman Hassan, saxophonist Brian Travers, and vocalist/trumpeter Astro.

Despite an earlier press release from the band, indicating that Ali Campbell was leaving to pursue a solo career, the lead singer released a statement indicating that he had “been deeply unhappy with administrative practices and with many decisions that have been made in recent years.” He did soften his tone with closing well-wishes, concluding: “I know UB40 will carry on successfully without me and I wish them all the best.”

UB40’s new lineup is currently working on the next studio album Labour of Love IV, scheduled to be released in October 2009. The band’s official website reports that it’s all “business as usual,” and that “despite rumors to the contrary,” the band is moving forward making new music; the Labour of Love IV album release will be followed by a UK/European arena tour in November and December 2009.

SOURCE: music.dubandreggae.com

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