September 30, 2015

I-Octane rocks St Vincent; conquers St. Petersburg

In his continued quest to musically conquer the globe, reggae and dancehall star, I-Octane added two firsts to his exciting journey last week.

On Thursday, the tiny southern Caribbean nation of St Vincent & The Grenadines came alive to the pulsating beats of reggae and dancehall music when Octane made his rollicking ‘Vincy’ debut, after which he headed straight to St Petersburg, Florida, where he performed on Saturday for the very first time. Such was the impact of the I L.O.V.E. Y.O.U.  singer that even Saints Vincent and Peter, after whom both places are named, must surely have found their celestial dancing feet and rocked to the beats wherever they may be.

It was a very upbeat I-Octane who arrived at the St. Vincent airport near to the capital, Kingstown on Wednesday and proceeded to do a flurry of radio interviews, visiting Boom FM, Xtreme FM and Star FM. Keeping his legions of fans up-to-date on his activities via social media, the internationally acclaimed artiste promised his fans in St Vincent – affectionately called Vincy by the citizens – a night to remember. Well, they took him at his word and flocked to the venue in their thousands.

In front of a sold-out audience, the Digicel and Busta soft drinks ambassador made good on his promise and reeled off a multitude of hits, among them My Story, Once More,  L.O.V.E., Y.O.U., Hurt By Friend, Wine and Jiggle, Buss A Blank,
Lose A Friend, Study You Friend, Never Sell Out,  Gyal Ting, Gal A Gimme Bun, Puff It and Prison Life. Feeding off the high energy from the massives, Octane was at his best as he found his comfort zone and kept the excitement level at its optimum.

As one fan accurately summed it up on Facebook, “Octane prove himself to Vincy tonight… buss a blank!”

Still relishing the Vincy vibes, the in-demand entertainer flew out of the island on Friday and made connections into Tampa, Florida for his fun-filled St Petersburg date, where his eager fans embraced him enthusiastically, as they made a big deal about his debut performance there.

prison life video shoot
“At the end of the day, it’s the fans who are the really important people. They could have been anywhere, but they chose to spend their money and time to be with me,” Octane said, flashing his trademark disarming smile. “I cannot thank them enough…and of course maximum respect to the promoters. They, too are an important factor in this equation. Lots of love to Vincy and St Petersburg. Looking forward to performing at both places in the near future,” he declared.

prison life video shoot
Meanwhile, I-Octane recently concluded the video shoot for the song which has started a much-needed and timely conversation, the exceedingly popular, Prison Life. The video, shot by Bling Blang in Tivoli Gardens on Saturday September 19th and Monday September 21 will be released in a few weeks.  

September 17, 2015

Rihanna says she would never join Taylor Swift on stage

In a new interview, Barbadian pop sensation Rihanna has candidly stated that she would never join fellow pop and country star Taylor Swift on stage.

But this is not because of any bad blood between Rihanna and the Shake It Off hitmaker, but simply because Rihanna doesn't think she and Taylor Swift go well together.

"I don’t think I would [join Taylor Swift on stage]. I just don’t think it makes sense.

I don’t think our brands are the same. I don’t think our audiences are the same. In my mind she’s a role model, I’m not," said the 27-year-old Pour It Up hit-maker who is known for her care-free attitude and racy outfits.

Taylor Swift however is known as a sweetheart among her young fans who are drawn to her songs which are mostly ballads that speak about relationships.

Swift is now on her 1989 World Tour, and has been making headlines for the number of high profile guests who join her on stage during her performances.

Among those who have joined Swift on stage are Avril Lavigne, Kendall Jenner, Justin Timberlake, Selena Gomez and Jamaica's very own Omi who performed cheerleader at one of Swift's concerts.

September 10, 2015

Mr. Vegas, Red Rat at odds

Dancehall artistes Mr Vegas and Red Rat have been at loggerheads since Sunday, following an incident at the Irie Jam Anniversary Festival in New York.

In a video uploaded to his Facebook timeline, Vegas held nothing back as he spoke about the incident and what may have caused it.

A video, which surfaced online on the weekend, showed Red Rat performing on the event's stage when Mr Vegas, who was the next billed acts, tried to collect the microphone from Red Rat. But Red Rat would have none of that, instead, dismissing Mr Vegas and handing the microphone to his young protégé to perform. When Mr Vegas finally performed, he questioned Red Rat's actions and whether he came to war or work.

Following the incident, Vegas took to social media and posted a picture of the Irie Jam Anniversary Festival flyer with a caption that said, "Irie Jam Flyer yesterday. Look if unu see nuh rat on this."

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On his MV Corner blog, Mr Vegas added, "It was Mr Vegas time to perform and this artiste was performing in my time slot, so I ran up like he ran up. I waited until he finished his song and I stretched my hands out for the mic and the man box weh mi hand."

When the STAR contacted Mr Vegas, he said Sunday's incident may have been stemming from something that happened years ago.

"It's just a sad reality because he's carrying feelings from the days when his label, Main Street, recorded the song Heads High, which put a dent in his career. It oust him as an artiste and build me so him a carry feelings. He needs to be different and not desperate, just move on," he said.

He added, "Anuh di first time him do supm like dat, but mi neva take it serious until now when mi see it a get outta control. I think he has a serious problem and he may need therapy. He's stuck in the past, he's a big man now with a little rat voice and he needs to find a way for that to work for him now."

Mr Vegas also said he hopes Red Rat can use this attention to get a hit song and make his comeback to the dancehall scene.

However, in a video that surfaced online yesterday, Red Rat said he saw the need to set the record straight. Red Rat added that Sunday's incident linked him not supporting Mr Vegas' relationship with his now ex-girlfriend, Shelly-Ann.

"Dating the girl of your friend is a big no-no in dancehall, and when you realise that I wasn't condoning your actions you make an argument that day and from that we nuh talk to each other," he said.

Shelly-Ann and Mr Vegas were recently involved in a scandal which revealed that she was cheating on the I Am Blessed singer in the presence of their child.

"You are a hypocrite, Mr Vegas," Red Rat said, adding that he accepts that he is a 90s artiste. "Check yourself, you and everybody inna war and yuh always play this victim like everybody want to attack Mr Vegas. You a talk bout me desperate fi attention. Really yute? Remember seh a you bring dis pan social media in the first place, once again trying to break down another artiste."
Source: Jamaica Star

September 03, 2015


BILLBOARD chart-topper OMI's celebrity continues to grow. The Jamaican singer shared a stage with country superstar-turned-pop icon Taylor Swift on Saturday at Petco Park in San Diego, California, the latest leg of her 1989 Tour.

Prefacing his stint, Swift spoke glowingly of the Clifton 'Specialist' Dillion protégé.

"He could be absolutely anywhere in the world tonight, [but] he chose to be in San Diego, California," she proclaimed. The statement was met with screams from 50,000 fans.

OMI entered the stage through a trapdoor wearing his signature sunglasses and hat. His performance of his massive hit Cheerleader elicited the obligatory sing-a-long from the crowd.

Following the concert, Swift tweeted: "Thank you @omimusiconline for singing Cheerleader tonight in San Diego!! You're amazing': #1989toursandiego". Omi replied: "@taylorswift13 it was amazing singing with you tonight! Thanks again for inviting me :) #1989TourSanDiego".

OMI joins an impeccable list of guest performers on the 1989 Tour. Avril Lavigne, Justin Timberlake, John Legend, Alanis Morissette, Mary J Blige, and the Dixie Chick's Natalie Maines have made recent appearances.

OMI is currently number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, for the sixth week, with Cheerleader.

Source: Jamaica observer