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VP Records News Roundup

IN CASE YOU MISSED…

A SUMMARY OF THE LATEST MUSIC NEWS AT VP RECORDS

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VP RECORDS CONGRATULATES 2019 GRAMMY NOMINEES

VP Records congratulates all nominees of the 61st Annual Grammy Awards. To everyone involved in the creation process for nominees in the best reggae album category; Black Uhuru “As The World Turns,” Etana “Reggae Forever,” Protoje “A Matter Of Time,” Ziggy Marley ” Rebellion Rises” and Sting & Shaggy ” 44/876,” we wish you all the best of luck.

The 2019 Grammy Awards airs February 10th on CBS-TV.

AN INTIMATE CONVERSATION AND PERFORMANCE BY ESTELLE AT THE GRAMMY MUSEUM, DECEMBER 3RD- THE DROP: ESTELLE PRESENTED BY AMERICAN EXPRESS

To celebrate the release of her latest album Lovers Rock, the GRAMMY Museum welcomed multi platinum GRAMMY Award-winning UK singer, songwriter, actress, and humanitarian Estelle to the Clive Davis Theater for an intimate conversation and performance moderated by GRAMMY Museum Artistic Director Scott Goldman, this past Monday, December 3rd at 7:30pm. (tickets at link below)

Lovers Rock is Estelle’s most personal album to date, as it is not only a retelling of her parents’ love story, but also her centering in on her West Indian roots with a full-fledged reggae album, with touches of Afro-beats, dancehall and Soca. Lovers Rock represents a full circle moment for Estelle.

On the heels of her acclaimed 2004 debut The 18th Day, she soared to international prominence on 2008’s Shine. The lead single, “American Boy” featuring Kanye West, won a 2009 GRAMMY for “Best Rap Sung Collaboration” and achieved an RIAA double-platinum certification. She released the follow-up All Of Me in 2012, and the single “Thank You” received a GRAMMY nomination for “Best R&B Performance.”

2015’s True Romance yielded the smash “Conqueror.” Guest starring in a popular episode of Empire in Season One, she joined star Jussie Smollett for a duet of the tune. It stood out as “one of the show’s highest-charting songs” and fueled the Original Soundtrack to a #1 bow on the Billboard Top 200. Beyond Empire, she has cameoed in films such as Girls Trip and voiced lead character Garnet on Cartoon Network’s smash Steven Universe since 2013.

Alborosie - Contraction Dub LIVE

ALBOROSIE LIVE DUB OF ‘CONTRADICTION’ THIS FRIDAY- AUDIO FROM SESSION TO BE CUT TO AN EXCLUSIVE NON-LP 7” VINYL

Reggae artist Alborosie will be premiering a brand-new official dub version of ‘Contradiction’ live on hisYouTube Channel this Friday Dec 7th at 12:00 PM EST. The exclusive and innovative live stream will showcase Alborosie creating the Dub mix live in his Kingston, JA studio. Simultaneously viewers will have a chance to chat with him during the premiere. The audio from the session will be cut to an exclusive non-LP 7” Vinyl. This follows the November premiere of the official music video with Chronixx. Fans can tune in to see Dub Mechanic, Alborosie live on the controls and help share this event by using hashtag #DubMechanic.

An energetic roots reggae track used to highlight issues that are apparent in society today, “‘Contradiction’ was ultimately a song born from the time we are living in and speaks to the current everyday life, social and political climate.” says Alborosie on the single. The video ends with a snippet of another popular track off the album, “Lie.”

“Contradiction” is the third single from the studio album, “Unbreakable: Alborosie Meets the Wailers United,” which was released June 29th of this past summer. Enlisting The Wailers United (former members of Bob Marley and The Wailers with the addition of Aston Barrett Jr.) for instrumental backing, the album upholds the tradition of roots- rock-reggae. The album has amassed over eleven million streams worldwide to date.

Dalton Harris - No More Will I Roam | Official Lyric Video

VP RECORDS CONGRATULATES DALTON HARRIS ON THE X FACTOR UK VICTORY- LYRIC VIDEO FOR “NO MORE WILL I ROAM” NOW AVAILABLE

VP Records would like to congratulate Jamaican born reggae powerhouse, Dalton Harris on winning the 2018 The X Factor UK Competition this past Sunday.

Dalton’s musical journey began at the age of 16 after he won the Jamaican talent competition “Digicel Rising Stars” in 2010. In 2013 one of his first released singles “You Will Know” was featured on VP’s annual compilation album “Strictly The Best: Vol.48”. A year later, in 2014 Dalton released his single “Pauper” with VPAL, which has amassed over 100,000 views on YouTube since the beginning of his journey on The X Factor.

In 2016 Dalton was featured on VP’s “We Remember Dennis Brown,” a compilation album celebrating the life of Dennis Brown with covers by various artists. Harris was featured on the album with his own rendition of the 1970’s soulful tune “No More Will I Roam.” VP Records has just released a lyric video, which can be seen here. The song is now the number 1 streaming song on the album.

“We are proud to be associated with this young and rising talent,” said Christopher Chin, President at VP Records. “We wish him the best of luck in his career and hope his old and new fans alike will enjoy the singles he has released with VP Records.”

1st Photo by Ajamu Myrie

Second Photo by RJ Deed

LET THERE BE REGGAE- ART BASEL 2018- CURATED SNAPSHOT OF REGGAE MUSIC AND DANCEHALL CULTURE

Let There Be Reggae, an exclusive reggae art event was held last night. The successful event was a unique vibe showcasing a curated snapshot of Reggae music and Dancehall culture through art. Miami Art Week and Art Basel brings together artists, celebrities, musicians and art lovers from all over the world to Miami to enjoy the arts.

This year, Let There Be Reggae featured exhibitors Patricia Chin, co-founder of VP Records; Ranking Levy & Ellen G from Tel Aviv, Israel; Maria Hitchins from Dancers of Jamaica and Photographer Jik-Reuben.

Art lovers who missed the opening night last night will have a chance to attend today as Let There Be Reggae runs two nights, Thursday, December 6th and Friday, December 7th from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm both nights at The Lab Miami 400 NW 26th Street, Miami, FL 33127 in the Wynwood Art District. There is a $25 entry fee for the Opening Reception. Tickets will be available at the door and online.

An Art Exhibition on Reggae music would not be complete without musical guests. The Opening Reception featured a performance by VP Recording artist Christopher Martin, legendary sound selector of Renaissance Disco – DJ Delano and Miami’s Eccentrix Sound.

Tonight, Let There Be Reggae is featuring vintage Selector Pepperbox and Miami’s IICONDJS. Entry is complimentary on Friday for art lovers.

For tickets and more information, please visit:https://www.lettherebereggae.com/

Christopher Martin also attended an event Wednesday night put on by 305 Films hosted by Dwayne Wade. Visuals were provided by xx director Gil Green (pictured with Chris Martin), Jonathan Mannion, Claudia La Bianca, Jona Cerwinske, and sounds by Chromatic Sound, Dutty Dex LS One, Silent Addy and Tom La Roc.

PATRICIA CHIN ON “HER BIG IDEA”

Patricia Chin, Co-founder of VP Records was profiled on NYC TV and Made in New York’s show, “Her Big Idea” this past Monday night discussing the start of her career and her struggles being a woman in a male dominated industry. The program showcases inspiring profiles of NYC women entrepreneurs.

In the most recent episode, alongside Patricia Chin, Venus ET Fleur founder Seema Bansal,Financial Gym founder Shannon McLay and PopFit Kids founder Mara Wedeck were all profiled.

Click the link to view the episode, Patricia Chin’s segment starts at 7:26-https://www1.nyc.gov/site/media/shows/her-big-idea.page?id=4009?pg=0

WELCOME TO JAMROCK CRUISE 2018 ROCKED OCHO RIOS AND FALMOUTH

This year’s Welcome to Jamrock cruise followed in its tradition to deliver the best in reggae and dancehall music while patrons vacation on a luxury boat.

This year many artists performed including a staple set by the Marley Brothers as well as Jah Cure, Shenseea, Aidonia Chronixx, Queen Ifrica, Agent Sasco and more.

Please see highlights here:

JAMAICA CENTER FOR ARTS AND LEARNING PRESENTS A HOLIDAY SPECIAL PROGRAM- LOVE NOTE

MONTY ALEXANDER

Saturday, December 15, 2018

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