The Huffington Post | by Christopher Rosen
If Rihanna's "Diamonds" sounds like it was written in less than 15 minutes, that's because it was: Speaking to the New York Times, songwriter Sia Furler revealed she wrote the track -- with its repeated chorus ("Shine bright like a diamond") -- in just 14 minutes.
In an interview with HuffPost Entertainment in 2012, producer Benny Blanco said that "Diamonds" happened "overnight."
"We're sitting there trying to make records, and we finally just said, 'Let's just do something we like. Let's make a hip-hop record with some really cool chords on it,'" he recalled. "It didn't sound Rihanna at all. We were more thinking of making a record that sounds like Kanye. Let's make a record with a dope beat. So we did. Then Sia heard the track and instantly gravitated towards it. We weren't even thinking of putting a pop song on it, but she wrote this amazing song."
As relayed to the Times, Sia recorded a version of "Diamonds," one that Rihanna followed to the letter when she sang the track for her album.
"I literally punched him in the arm. I thought Benny was playing a trick on me," Sia told the Times. "[Rihanna] could’ve done it her own way, but I think she really genuinely liked the way it was."
CLICK HERE To Listen Sia sing "Diamonds" below; Rihanna's release is above.
By Alan Duke, CNN
(CNN) -- Chris Brown's assault trial in Washington has been delayed until the appeal of his bodyguard's conviction is completed.
The singer now faces another grueling cross-country trip on "Con Air," the federal prisoner transport system, that could last a week or more from Washington to Los Angeles.
The U.S. Marshals Service promised a Los Angeles judge it would return Brown, 24, to California, where he had been jailed earlier awaiting a probation revocation hearing.
Brown's attorney, Mark Geragos, will ask the California judge to allow his client to be released to travel on his own back to the Los Angeles jail, where he was locked up after getting booted from a court-ordered rehab program last month. Another attorney representing Brown will be in court Wednesday afternoon in Los Angeles to argue that point, Geragos said.
Planes, chains and automobiles: Chris Brown's miserable trip to trial
Otherwise, the singer will make the trip in chains in the custody of U.S. marshals. The federal inmate transport system is a combination of airplane hops between cities and bus trips with prisoners chained and guarded.
Dancehall superstar will be premiering the video for her sexually charged single, Big Foot, this week on CVM's Onstage.
"Big Foot ah go hard inna the streets, Foota Hype, Bredda Hype, Boom Boom, Harry Hype, everybody ah show the song love, and it ah get crazy pull ups, the male fans dem love the sexy voice mi a use pon the songs, the ting balance out now with both female and male fans," she said.
The song appears on the Stashment Records imprint. Macka Diamond is also pleased with the response to her 'Wicked Heart' video which is now in heavy rotation on HYPE TV, RE TV, LINKS, SWAG, and CVM TV.
In the meantime, the Spanish version of her breakout single, Dye Dye, which went number one on local and international charts, continues to get excellent rotation, giving the song a second boost. The song has been added to the playlists of several radio stations in Central and South America and the Spanish version to the song is selling well on iTunes in Latin America.
"The calls are coming in from Panama, Nicaragua and Columbia so far, so I have to be prepping up on my Spanish vocabulary," she joked.
If you're not already familiar with Ky-Mani Marley, he is the son of reggae legend Bob Marley and has been making music like his father since the late 90's. Having collaborated with many artists such as Pras (of The Fugees), Young Buck, and of course his brothers Damian, Julian, and Stephen Marley in the past, Ky-Mani's last album "Radio" was released in 2007. He also starred as the lead role in the cult favorite Jamaican crime movie "Shottas."
Today he releases the new single "Get High" off his upcoming album which will release later this year. You can stream the song and get the art work below. Would love to hear your thoughts on the music. Please let me know if you can post on your site or are interested in an interview. Thank you for your consideration!
Listen to "Get High" here: https://soundcloud.com/kartelpr/get-high-by-kymani-marley
Young Lion presents EPISODE 90 of the weekly #DRB aka "Dancehall Reggae Bashment Show"
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Lion drops a special rollercoaster edition and drops 100% Bashment + Reggae fusion.
Nothing but da best and newest Dancehall Vibes in da mix.
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OutAroad Hot Singles Chart also has a huge international following... So Dancehall/reggae songs that are also doing well overseas will be climbing the chart as well ... OutAroad Wi Seh!!!
TW means This Week, LW means Last Week and WOC means Weeks on Chart
TW…LW…WOC - Artiste Name - Song Title - Record Label
1 - 1 - 14 - Alkaline - Things Me Love - NotNice Records - (3weeks@#1)
2 - 2 - 24 - Tiana - Gyal Broad Out - HitMaker Muzik - (Stand Still)
3 - 3 - 15 - Tarrus Riley - To The Limit (Hurry Up) - JukeBoxx/BSMG/JamHouse - (Stand Still)
4 - 5 - 14 - I-Octane - Wine & Jiggle - Seanizzle Records - (Move 1 Place Up)
5 - 4 - 20 - Kalado - Good Good Bring Life - HitMaker Muzik - (1week@#1)
6 - 9 - 12 - Konshens - Show Yourself - Birchill Records (Move 3 Places Up)
7 - 10 - 9 - Jah Bouks - Angola - Sunizes Ent Jamaica (Move 3 Places Up)
8 - 8 - 13 - Major Lazer ft Busy Signal - Watch Out Fi Dis (Bumaye) - Secretly Canadian / Mad Decent - (3weeks@#1)
9 - 11 - 11 - Vershon - Boom (Like A Ball) - Birchill Records - (Move 2 Places Up)
10 - 14 - 6 - Alkaline - 123 - U.I.M Records - (Move 4 Places Up)
11 - 16 - 5 - Tiana - Yuh Nuh Groupie - (123 Counteraction) U.I.M Records - (Move 5 Places Up)
12 - 13 - 7 - Ginjah - Sweet Killer - Silly Walks Discotheque - (Move 1 Place Up)
13 - 6 - 16 - Hitmaker - Dah Look Deh - HitMaker Muzik - (Peaked@#6)
14 - 7 - 12 - Gage - In Deh In Deh- UPT007 Records/ Dutty Fridaze Promotion - (Peaked@#7)
15 - 12 - 22 -Chronix - Smile Jamaica - Silly Walks Discotheque - (3weeks@#1)
16 - 19 - 2 - Chronixx - Here Comes Trouble - Overstand Ent. - (Move 3 Places Up)
17 - 18 - 4 - Razor B - Whine and Stop - OG Entertainment - (Move 1 Place Up)
18 - 15 - 10 - Gage - Hey Mama - Dutty Fridaze Promotion - (peaked@13)
19 - NEW - 1 - RDX - Ride It - Apt 19/BlackSheep Music
20 - 17 - 17 - Liquid - Bubble - Techniques Records(Kurt Riley) - (Peaked@#5)
Top Five Bubblers Out A Road
1 - Alkaline - Gyal Bruk Out - Notnice Records
2 - Spice - Suh Mi LIke It - Notnice Records
3 - Voicemail - Step ft. Boom Boom - Adde Prod/Johnny Wonder
4 - Vershon & Tiana - Wine Pon Yuh Vershon - Birchill/Twelve “9” Records
5 - Berri - I Cant Let Go - OutA Road Records
(Kingston, Jamaica) Always ready to try something new, RDX is embracing the social media wave and presenting #RDXLive! Coming soon to your Instagram, the progressive duo will be launching #RDXLive a fan experience.
"Without our fans, we wouldn’t be here! We’re just taking time out to bond with our fans worldwide, sharing some behind the scenes insight, answering questions and getting insta-active!"
Want to know how many songs have they release? Can Delomar and Renigade really dance? How many times have they dyed their hair? Is the hair color symbolic? #RDXLive is just for that! Each and every Wednesday, RDX will respond live to inquiries via Instagram. The only requirement to participate is that fans must follow the @RDXMusic page on Instagram, the hub for all things RDX. Fans can be prepared to ask Delomar and Renigade questions, participate in contest, receive shout outs, view studio footage, interviews and most important, hear undying appreciation that RDX has for their fans.
#RDXLive will launch on April 30th. Questions can be submitted by using the #RDXLive hashtag. While fans wait for the #RDXLive launch, they can check out the latest RDX releases "Hold Yuh Lane" "Whisper" and "Bum" all produced by Apt 19 Music. Fans who follow @RDXMusic will not only be privy to #RDXLivebut able to hear sneak peeks from upcoming albums "Soul Poetry" and "Bangers" but catch behind the scenes footage of forthcoming RDX European tour!! So let's get insta-active with #RDXLive!
Jesse Royal meets Chinna Smith and Sly & Robbie
'Little Did They Know' (Official Live In-Studio Performance)
Watch The Video At This Link: http://youtu.be/BEE7slEp8Nk
Some of the great names in reggae music; Sly & Robbie, Chinna Smith and Riff Raff met up with Jesse Royal and the XTM.Nation inna Anchor Studios. They performed 'Little Did They Know', a track from the 'Living Heart' album which was produced by Kareem Burrell of XTM.Nation in livication to his father, Philip 'Fatis' Burrell. The clip was shot and edited by Sameel 'Kush-I' Johnson of DestinationRoots.com.
International Dancehall and Reggae music superstar Beenie Man, releases the lead single I Know from his forthcoming studio album The Greatest Gallis EP, exclusively through VP Records and set for a US release on April 22.
The latest project from Beenie Man features a 7-tracklist album produced in Jamaica with stand out records I Know, My Life So Happy and title track The Greatest Gallis featuring Sean Paul. Currently on a world tour, Beenie Man will support the release of The Greatest Gallis by introducing the lead single on stage and support through local radio promotion.
The Full Tracklist is below;
1) My Life So Happy
2) Truck Load
3) I Know
5) Spend A Money
6) Boom Wine
7) Greatest Gallis
Beenie Man over the course of his 20 year spanned career, has produced several international hits including - Romie, Who Am I, Dude, King of the Dancehall and Feel It Boy featuring Janet Jackson. Continuing his musical legacy, Beenie Man updates his sound on The Greatest Gallis offering his familiar upbeat drum tempos mixed with a modern electronic sound. The Greatest Gallis will be available for purchase through iTunes and at retail locations nationwide.
Vybz Kartel musical legacy is alive and well as it continues through two of his precocious and talented sons, Jaheim aka Little Vybz and Raheim aka Little Addi. The feel good single "PG 13 Gimme Di Money" produced by "Short Boss Musik" the imprint label of Tanesha 'Shorty' Johnson, common law wife of dancehall superstar Vybz Kartel, is a remake of the late great Risto Benji's King Jammys produced hit "Gimme De Money". A video for the hit bound single will be shot in Jamaica in the upcoming week. The single is now available on itunes distributed by digital giants 21st Hapilos Digital.
Regarded as one of Jamaica's most dynamic Reggae bands on the scene "Raging Fyah" is well known for their roots rock reggae feel, heavily influenced by passion, purpose and life. The band aims to touch the soul of each listener in a positive way uplifts and motivates people from all socio-economic, Political and cultural background. Their latest release praises "Jah Glory". Produced by Frankie Music, the single is now available on itunes distributed by 21st Hapilos Digital.
Headed by son of reggae icon Freddie McGregor, Stephen "Di Genius" McGregor label Di Genius Records have been responsible for some billboard hits and constant chart topping singles such as the hit bound "Loyal Girl" performed by Sultry singer Denyque known for her melodic voice laced over pop, reggae and dancehall fusion. "Loyal Girl" is available on itunes via 21st Hapilos Digital.
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Nothing but the best on this edition:
FAST LANE RIDDIM
LOVE QUEST RIDDIM
ZION TRAIN RIDDIM
PLUS lots more in store
Straight heavy weight singles on this edition from:
Let’s take you back into the archive with a mix from: Capleton
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"We gonna burn it down, PLAY THE MUSIC LOUD, don’t turn it down"
Sunday Night Rick Ross Blew the top of Bamboo Miami's World Famous "Prestige Sundays", The entire MMG family was in the building including Young Breed, Tracy T, and Gucci Pucci. The City of Miami came out in Droves packing all three levels of Bamboo with a special Guest Appearance from Abebe Lewis of Abebe Marketing and Branding group/ Circle House Studios. If you missed it we are here for you with the assist, don't miss out next week. Photo Cred to Miami's Hottest Photographer ExclusiveAccess.Net
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By Marc Parc
Embattled Dancehall star, Vybz Kartel has called for fans and others top stop making threats against journalists and members of the public in the aftermath of his March murder conviction in the Clive 'Lizard' Williams trial.
Since the verdict and subsequent life sentence on April 3, several threats have been made against journalists due to their coverage of the trial, as well as telecommunications giant, Digicel following voice notes implicating Kartel in the lead up to when the murder allegedly took place. Nationwide News reporter, Abka Fitz-Henley received some of said threats after playing some of the voice notes obtained by the local radio station following the trial.
An editor at the Jamaica Observer faced similar treatment after it was alleged he was the author a story that broke Sunday citing an unnamed police source as saying Kartel had given them information on wanted men in his native Portmore in exchange for the possible dismissal of his murder charge, a claim the deejay's lawyer later refuted.
In a statement released Tuesday morning, Kartel said persons making these threats should cease and desist, insisting they are not making his situation any easier.
"I appeal to any misguided individual or individuals who may think it appropriate to seek to threaten or intimidate anyone to stop it," he said. "Such action is not helping me or my fellow appellants and is playing into the hands of the police and others who are seeking to discredit me and prejudice the fair hearing of my appeal."
Speaking out for the second time since his conviction, Kartel also said he harbors no negativity towards those involved in his trial.