Chik-V ‘airborne’

Wayne J

THE outbreak of chikungunya virus (chik-V) has certainly been Jamaica's hot-button topic in recent weeks. And, 11-year-old deejay Wayne J has added his voice to the discourse. His single, Chikungunya, has been doing the rounds. Produced by Ikation Records, the track was officially released on Sunda ... Read More

DJ Richie D Marlin Mayhem creates a splash
SUPER-INCLUSIVE party Marlin Mayhem was the perfect start to the 51st Port Antonio International Mar ... Read More

Hewett Hewett promises a night to remember
FANS of Howard Hewett can brace themselves for a great performance from the American singer when he ... Read More

Nancy Honour for Sister Nancy
ROOTS reggae artiste Sister Nancy is among four persons being honoured at the 13th staging of Icons ... Read More

Clooney/Alamuddin wedding No 2

Tuesday, September 30, 2014    

wedding No 2

VENICE, Italy (AP) — The romantic canalled city of Venice has been the venue for 323 weddings of foreign couples this year. Only one has drawn crowds and paparazzi. George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin said 'I do' for a second time, yesterday, celebrating a civil wedding ceremony in Venice's City Hall on the Grand Canal, greeted by hundreds of well-wishers who waited hours for a glimpse of the newly-weds. The couple tied the knot two days earlier in a private ceremony attended by Hollywood ... Read More

Amanda Bynes arrested for DUI

Tuesday, September 30, 2014    

Amanda Bynes

LOS ANGELES, United States (AP) — Former actress Amanda Bynes was arrested early Sunday morning on suspicion of driving while under the influence of a drug, authorities said yesterday. Bynes, 28, was stopped by a California Highway Patrol officer after she stopped in the middle of an intersection in the Van Nuys neighbourhood of Los Angeles around 4:00 am on Sunday. The former child star was determined to be under the influence of an unidentified drug after being evaluated at a nearby pol ... Read More

Wal-Mart: Morgan, others weren’t wearing seat belts

Tuesday, September 30, 2014    

Tracy Morgan’s limo bus.

NEWARK, United states (AP) — Wal-Mart says actor-comedian Tracy Morgan and other people in a vehicle struck from behind by a company truck on a New Jersey highway in June weren't wearing seat belts. Wal-Mart's filing was made yesterday in federal court in response to a lawsuit Morgan filed in July. The accident killed a friend of Morgan's who was accompanying the former Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock star back from a show in Delaware. Morgan spent several weeks in rehab with rib an ... Read More

Atlantic Records severs ties with Sean Paul

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer Writer | Monday, September 29, 2014    

Sean Paul

AFTER a decade-long relationship that produced a string of hit singles and two platinum albums, Atlantic Records has parted ways with deejay Sean Paul. Rumours that the label had dropped the Grammy-winning artiste have made the rounds in recent weeks. Craig Kallman, chairman and CEO of Atlantic Records, confirmed the split via email on the weekend. Asked by the Jamaica Observer if Sean Paul was still with the label, Kallman responded: "No longer." He did not elaborate about what caused the spl ... Read More

When the ‘majors’ came a-calling

Monday, September 29, 2014    

Patra, Wayne Wonder and Shaggy

DANCEHALL was the toast of major labels in the 1990s. Just about every major act in the genre was signed to a big American company, led by Shabba Ranks, Mad Cobra, Patra, Diana King, Beres Hammond and Garnet Silk. They set the pace for artistes like Shaggy and Sean Paul who signed with Virgin Records and Atlantic Records later that decade and 2000, respectively. The ‘majors’ came courting in the late 1980s once they discovered dancehall was making inroads in the lucrative hip hop ma ... Read More

Entertainers spice up pan chicken festival

Monday, September 29, 2014    

Assassin (Agent Sasco) in
performance at the CB Pan Chicken
Western Regional Eliminations at
Dump Up

A delightful mix of gospel and secular music spiced up the CB Pan Chicken Western Regional Eliminations at Dump Up Beach in Montego Bay, on Saturday. Gospel artiste Goddy Goddy and dancehall deejays Cham and Assassin (Agent Sasco) served up a musical treat which was well received by the more than 6,000 patrons. Goddy Goddy opened the performance segment and whipped the crowd into a frenzy. His popular Chaka Chi Chi was well received. Assassin gave a yeoman performance laced with hit tracks in ... Read More

Aretha Franklin's diva classics due Oct 21

Monday, September 29, 2014    


NEW YORK, USA (AP) — Aretha Franklin is showing some R-E-S-P-E-C-T to her fellow divas: The Queen of Soul will release an album October 21 covering classic songs from other female singers. Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics will include songs such as Gladys Knight's Midnight Train to Georgia, Barbra Streisand's People and Whitney Houston's I'm Every Woman. The most contemporary track is a reworking of Adele's colossal hit Rolling In the Deep, which is the first single off the ... Read More

Clooney, wife make appearance

Monday, September 29, 2014    

George Clooney and his wife Amal Alamuddin, cruise the
Grand Canal after leaving the Aman luxury Hotel in Venice,
Italy yesterday. George Clooney married human rights lawyer
Amal Alamuddin Saturday, the actor's representative said,
out of sight of pursuing paparazzi and adoring crowds.

VENICE, Italy (AP) — Wedding bands glinted under the Venetian sun on the hands of George Clooney and his new bride, Amal Alamuddin, as the heartthrob actor and the human rights lawyer emerged Sunday from the luxury hotel where they were married a day earlier. The groom, in a smart light Gary suit, sported a simple ring on his left hand. His wife, in a flouncy white short dress with pastel-coloured appliqués resembling flower blossoms, wore a thin band studded with what appeared to ... Read More

The Equalizer tops box office

Monday, September 29, 2014    

Denzel Washington in a scene from the movie The Equalizer.

NEW YORK, USA (AP) — Flexing his star power, Denzel Washington led the thriller The Equalizer to a US$35 million debut, according to studio estimates yesterday. The Sony-Columbia Pictures release dominated the weekend box office, surpassing some expectations for the film. Washington plays a former commando living a quiet life in Boston when the disappearance of a prostitute acquaintance (Chloe Grace Moretz) lures him into a battle with the Russian mafia. The strong opening marks the thir ... Read More

Dancehall moves to classroom

BY SIMONE MORGAN Observer reporter morgans@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, September 28, 2014    

Dance Xpressionz in

CHOREOGRAPHER Orville Hall may have pulled off his best move to date. Come January, he will be conducting a course in dancehall dance at his alma mater Excelsior Community College in St Andrew. "I am just trying to preserve dancehall and wanted to show others that there are sections of dancehall that can be taught in school. People can get accredited and certified," he told the Sunday Observer. According to the founder of the 14-year-old dance group Dance Xpressionz, he got the nod after submi ... Read More



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