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Sat, 7th May 2011

STEPHEN MARLEY RETURNS WITH REVELATION PT 1: THE ROOT OF LIFE

(VP RECORDS, NEW YORK)  - 7-time Grammy award winning singer-songwriter, Stephen Marley, is set to release his third solo project, REVELATION PT 1: THE ROOT OF LIFE from Ghetto Youths/Tuff Gong/Universal Republic on May 23, 2011.  Conceived as a celebration and preservation for roots rock reggae, REVELATION PT 1: THE ROOT OF LIFE ensures that the music's regal template is maintained throughout the 21st century. 

Anchored in reggae's scorching drum and bass backbeat, THE ROOT OF LIFE delivers an organic and richly textured sound through its 14 tracks, making it a true body of work that delivers powerful messages and encouragement for the struggling masses ("Working Ways"); depicts the harrowing residual effect of slavery ("Old Slaves"); evokes the sorrow of rejection ("She Knows Now"); conveys the disappointment of "False Friends"; in reggae's lovers-rock tradition a duet with Melanie Fiona, "No Cigarette Smoking"; to the final track "Now I Know," a contemplative song about moving on.

The first single, "Jah Army," features Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley and Buju Banton spitting formidable, career-defining verses over a thunderous one-drop rhythm with lyrics to rally the troops. "Whether it's in the music or our life, get it together man, the Gideon is on," declares Stephen.

Conceived as a two part project, THE ROOT OF LIFE will be followed by the release of REVELATION PT 2: THE FRUIT OF LIFE, due in fall of 2011, which will feature an array of styles that have emanated from reggae's core.

"Reggae music has influenced hip hop and so many other kinds of music, "Stephen reasons. "THE FRUIT OF LIFE will be more open, eclectic kind of record. There will be songs for the club, dancehall reggae will be there, love songs in there, but it will remain conscious good music that you can always take something positive from."

Having recently completed a cross-country tour to launch this album, Marley will also see exclusive distribution for the vinyl version of THE ROOT OF LIFE from VP Records. 

Stephen Marley is now available for press interviews. Please direct all media inquiries and album review requests to the VP Records Publicity Department - Rhona Fox at 718-425-1151 or rhona.fox@vprecords.com

Sun, 10th Apr 2011

VP RECORDS GIVES BACK ON CELEBRITY APPRENTICE 'Reggae's Gone Country' Album Underway

 

Country star John Rich and VP Records' Vice-President Cristy Barber 
on the set of Celebrity Apprentice in New York City.

 

(VP RECORDS, NEW YORK)  -  VP Records joins forces with Celebrity Apprentice to give back to charity as the company purchases $7000 worth of items at an art auction during the show's "The Art of the Deal" episode, which aired on April 3, 2011 on NBC. 

The label's CEO Christopher ChinPresident Randy Chin and Vice-President Cristy Barber participated in the auction to help raise money forCelebrity Apprentice contestant John Rich (of acclaimed country music group Big & Rich), to benefit his charity, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, based in Memphis, Tennessee.

The label bought Gary Busey's painting for $5000 - a sale Busey personally brokered with the label's heads, as seen in the episode. The painting now hangs in the VP Records board room in New York. Additionally, Barber purchased Richard Hatch's final painting for $1000, to help the men's team,Team Backbone, sell every single painting in their auction. She also nabbed a New Era baseball hat, artistically decorated by John Rich. The hat was donated to Rich's young son, Cash.

This Celebrity Apprentice involvement materialized because of the partnership between Cristy Barber and John Rich, who have teamed up for a trailblazing project where the name says it all - Reggae's Gone Country. The highly-anticipated compilation album features various artists from both reggae and country music and is scheduled for release this summer as a joint venture between VP Records and Rich's label, Warner Brothers Nashville.

Barber produced the Grammy-nominated Def Jamaica, a star-studded meeting of the minds from the Def Jam hip-hop roster and Jamaican dancehall music, back in 2003. Now with this unprecedented fusion of reggae and country music from some of its biggest producers and stars, she is again seeking to make in-roads and bring the reggae genre to a new fan base, and perhaps the largest musical audience whose ears give country music its powerful backbone

"Classic country music is very big in Jamaica, which is what influenced me to do this project of having reggae artists cover classic country songs," revealsBarber. "It was natural to go to my friend John Rich, whom I have known for six years, to be my partner in this dream project."

Click here to view the full episode as the VP Records crew win their auctions with Gary Busey and Richard Hatch (auctions begin at 44 minutes into the episode). Please direct all press inquiries to the VP Records Publicity Department - Rhona Fox at 718-425-1151 or rhona.fox@vprecords.com

Thu, 17th Mar 2011

REGGAE MUSICIAN-SMILEY CULTURE

Reggae musician Smiley Culture, who scored two chart hits in the eighties, died on Tuesday following an incident with police in England.

The 'Police Officer' singer, real name David Emmanuel, is believed to have stabbed himself after officers raided his home in Warlingham, Surrey, earlier Tuesday.

He was due to face trial after being charged with conspiracy to supply cocaine in september last year alongside four others,A spokesman for the independent Police Complaints

Commission confirmed they were now investigating a "death following police contact".

The 47-year-old, born and raised in south London, rose to fame as a DJ with the Saxon Studio sound system.

Mon, 21st Feb 2011

SNOOP DOGG LIVE IN CONCERT Friday, March 11, 2011 Club Cinema, Pompano Beach, Florida

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(NEW YORK, NY) - Rap superstar Snoop Dogg is bringing his special dose of "izzle" to South Florida fans as he appears live in concert on Friday, March 11 at Club Cinema in Pompano Beach, Florida. Known for his laid-back flow and lyrics that are anything but, Snoop Dogg has pioneered the rap movement for decades, transforming from a mere performer to now a multifaceted entrepreneur, in and out of music.

Born Calvin Broadus in Long Beach, California, his thumbprint on the West Coast G-funk (gangsta funk) movement shot him to stardom since the early '90s, and he has remained at the top of the game up to now, a rare feat for any entertainer. One of the handful of artists responsible for spinning rap into pop, his early hits "Gin & Juice" and feature on Dr. Dre's "Nuthin' But a 'G' Thang" have turned rap songs into international anthems that remain at the top of play lists even today.

Snoop will be performing his classics as well as new tunes from his upcoming album, Doggumentary, scheduled for release just weeks after the show on March 29, and always looks forward to bringing his sounds up close and personal to his fans. "They know me in every hood in the world and they love me because I always show love to them," he has said. "They're the reason why I still get behind the mic and do these tours. I want to see their faces and let them know that Snoop is still ... with them."   

Snoop Dogg appears live in concert on Friday, March 11 at Club Cinema, located at 3251 North Federal Highway in Pompano Beach, FL 33064-6739. Tickets are $35 for general admission and $59.50 for VIP and can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com or www.ticketweb.com. Doors open at 9pm. For more concert information, contact famegroup99@gmail.com or call 954-651-9655. Please direct all media inquiries to FOX FUSE at contact@foxfuse.com or 212-300-3813.

Sun, 13th Feb 2011

UK Talent Train have departed and are accepting applications NOW!

UK TT Showcase is a competition designed to promote and develop upcoming talents giving them the opportunity to perform to a large supportive audience, professionals in the industry and friends & families of the competitors. Talent skills and music/entertainment industry knowledge is enhanced via workshops and referrals.

Working with two main categories, under and over 18’s, the UK Talent Train Showcase competition is open to:

Artists e.g. singers, rappers and emcees
Dancers
Comedians
Poets
Musicians e.g keyboard players, drummers, saxophonists
Entertainers e.g Musicians, acrobats and circus acts

The winner receives promotional benefits and £5,000 worth of cash prizes + promotional benefits.

to request an application form email info@uktalenttrain.co.uk and or contact 079 6006 6992 /079 8418 83340

APPLY NOW!Send your videos/showreels ONLY to talents@uktalenttrain.co.uk

"WHY DO CRIME WHEN THERE'S YOUR TALENT YOU CAN GET BEHIND?"

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