May 15, 2009
Mr. Vegas 'I Am Blessed' Hits #1 on BBC chart
Mr. Vegas hit the #1 spot on the BBC 1 Xtra dancehall chart this week with his smash hit, I Am Blessed, toppling Busy Signal’s Praise and Worship and outshining Laden ‘s Time To Shine. In the meantime, the single continues to vault up local charts, hovering at #3 on the Jamaica Music Countdown charts and at #4 on the HYPE TV charts.
“When the song starts picks up on those reggae overseas chart, then you know it is a hit tune, there is no doubt about the appeal and popularity of the song...it’s a genuine hit. I performed it in Brooklyn over the weekend, and I passed through Squeeze’s Rock the Mic show on Monday, and the song created a big vibe with the people, it connect big time,” Vegas said
Vegas flirted briefly with the idea of retirement last year, but has revamped his management structure and is ready to go at it again. He has hired a new manager, Khool head honcho Ray Alexander, while jettisoning Irish and Chin, his former managers. The singjay is now turning his attention towards a Summer tour and the completion of his new album.
“I am working on the album right now, we’re trying to get the right label or distribution deal possible so that the album can do well. A lot of mistakes were made with that last album, and that was a big album. So we want to straighten out the business side of the creative process, so that the album can get the necessary shelf space and do well in the marketplace,” he said.
Vegas has an uncanny knack of making hits. After jumping into the spotlight with Nike Air, his next single, "Heads High", had a successful chart run in the UK and a #69 peak on the Billboard R & B chart. In 1998, his debut album, Heads High, was released, which hit #5 on the US Reggae chart. Vegas won a MOBO for Best Reggae Artist for the Heads High album as well. 2000's single "Hot Gal Today" was a minor hit on the US R&B charts, peaking at #66.
In 2001, he issued Damn Right, featuring guest appearances from Shaggy and Big Yard. This album went to #2 on the US Reggae chart. 2004 saw the release of the Pull Up LP, and the title track scraped the bottom of the Billboard Top 200, peaking at #98 (as well as #68 on the R&B chart). In 2007, his Tek Weh Yuself song on the Dutch Pot riddim was named as one of the top 50 songs of the year by Vibe magazine.