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Devin Di Dakta hits Billboard

Saturday, July 15, 2017

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FORMER Magnum King of the Dancehall winner, Devin Di Dakta has become the first contestant from the televised competition to enter the Billboard charts.

The deejay is featured on the track Oh Devil by California band Electric Guest. The song enters the Billboard Hot Rock Songs chart at number 47. It was released by Downtown Records.

Devin Di Dakta was elated about his latest milestone.

“Making the billboard chart is a great accomplishment that I'm thankful for. I'm feeling excited right now,” he said.

The collaboration came about after an A&R from the California-based Downtown Records reached out to the deejay's management after watching YouTube clips of his performance during the Magnum Kings & Queens of Dancehall competition.

“They reached out to us about the feature on the song after they saw my work on the internet and fell in love my musical style,” he said.

“Devin cracking the Billboard Hot Rock Song chart with this collaboration is one more way that dancehall culture has broken through the glass ceiling of popular international music. We are extremely proud of his accomplishment, especially following his Grammy-nomination (on Sly and Robbie's album) this year. We are happy to support his career from Magnum Kings & Queens of Dancehall to the Grammy's, and now to the Billboard charts,” said Tamika West, marketing manager at J Wray & Nephew Ltd — title sponsor for the Magnum King of the Dancehall competition.

“It's amazing that a local television show such as Magnum (Kings and Queens of Dancehall) can be seen internationally as a platform to discover new talent.”

Devin Di Dakta is currently promoting the song Beautiful. He is set to release another single called Get Hot. Videos for both songs are to be completed shortly.

He is also booked for Reggae Sumfest Dancehall Night.

“The Sumfest fans can look out for a more mature set from me. Lots of lyrics and energy as usual,” he said.

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