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Beenie Man parts company with Virgin Records

Posted by Dresonic on March 25, 2007

Beenie Man is reportedly no longer a part of the Virgin Records roster. The dancehall kingpin recently parted company with the label after releasing four albums including a Grammy-winning disc.

Sources close to his former management company, Shocking Vibes Productions, hinted that Beenie Man’s departure from Shocking Vibes, as well as the low sales of his most recent Virgin album Undisputed, may have been contributing factors.

Said the source, who requested anonymity: “The situation is normally one that exercises options. Virgin will look to recoup their money from proceeding options, seeing that Beenie Man’s last album flopped. He was signed through Shocking Vibes to Virgin.” The source further added Virgin didn’t exercise the option on the contract to take up another album.

However, when contacted, Beenie Man refuted the claim that he was dropped by Virgin. Said Beenie Man, “I have no contract with Virgin. Virgin has merged with Universal EMI so there is no more Virgin Records. A contract is still there to put out a next album. I left them, they never dropped me,” Beenie Man assured.

He added: “I will be putting out my album on MAFIA House.”
Beenie Man was signed to Virgin Records in 1998 by the label’s A&R, Patrick Moxy, on the strength of the Billboard charting single Who Am I (Zim Zimma). Under the deal, he released Art & Life, Tropical Storm, Back To Basics, and Undisputed. Art & Life has been the most commercially successful, having sold 404,932 copies to date, according to Nielsen Soundscan. Tropical Storm has sold 282,976, while Back To Basics, which contained the Billboard charting singles Dude and King Of The Dancehall, sold a paltry 165,311 copies. Undisputed, which rocketed to the top of the Billboard Reggae Album chart (a similar feat accomplished by all the albums he released under Virgin), has to date sold 61,420 copies in the US.

Prior to signing with Virgin Records, Beenie Man made some strides on the Billboard charts. Two singles released by Island Records, Slam and Dancehall Queen (featuring Chevelle Franklin) reached number 75 and number 64 respectively on the R&B Hip Hop Singles & Tracks chart. The VP Records release Who Am I (produced by Jeremy Harding), is to date his biggest hit on the R&B chart, having peaked at number 15 in 1998. His subsequent Billboard R&B-charting titles include Tell Me (with Angie Martinez), Love Me Now featuring Wyclef Jean, I’m Serious featuring rapper TI, Fresh From Yard featuring Lil Kim, Girls Dem Sugar featuring R&B singer Mya, Feel it Boy featuring Janet Jackson, Dude with Ms Thing, King Of The Dancehall, Hmm Hmm, Compton with Guerilla Black and Soul On Fire with soca artiste KMC.

Ras Myrhdak’s birthday bash and debut album set for April

Ras Myrhdak has been riding high with the hit single Blazer, which topped the charts late last year. But don’t dismiss him as a one-hit wonder. He is featured on quite a few edible recordings which have already begun attracting support from radio.

Among his latest are Cyaan Tek Fi See Wi featuring Wayne Marshall, and Searching. Both songs are on the Forward rhythm from Tren-Setta Productions. Additionally, there is the track Still Say Yes produced by Natural Bridge and which features Mr Peppa, as well as Stand Up For Love which features Tony Curtis, Kristopher, and Mr Peppa.

“Stand Up For Love is calling for peace within the music industry,” explained Ras Myrhdak. Myrhdak himself was the victim of some negativity at the recently held Spring Break show in Negril. He was prevented from going on stage by security personnel and the stage manager, even though the emcee had called him to take the stage. “A band member had to intervene and they allowed me to come on stage.
Trust me, it was one of the biggest forwards of the night. The people gave me a great reception during the performance,” Ras Myrhdak explained.

His birthday bash will be held on April 27 at the Arizon Inn on Port Henderson Road in Portmore. Among the artistes billed are Vybz Kartel, Mavado, I-Wayne, Erup, Fantan Mojah, Mr Peppa, Teflon and Wayne Marshall. Stars International, Danger Zone, Hotta Ball and Foota Hype will spin the hits.
Ras Myrhdak will be in action at Hype 2007, Unite The People, and Unity is Strength. His debut album, Prince A Fyah, is set for Japan release in April.

Watch out for Dubbi and Shot Belly

Recording artiste Dubbi says he is focused on making an impact in the entertainment arena. Last year, he made his debut with Let Me Loose, a single released on the Loose Cancer riddim for House of Love recording company. Although the song didn’t create the massive impact that he craved, the feedback was encouraging enough for him to soldier on.

But then again, when a veteran artiste such as Ken Boothe sanctions your talent and encourages you to put it to good use, then you know you are already off to a winning start. Dubbi (real name Marvin Scott) and his partner Shot Belly have teamed up to produce music of substance. They are doing this through the House of Love studios.

House of Love’s Loose Cancer rhythm generated songs such as Shot Belly’s single Left Cigarette; Youths Are The Future from Sizzla; Close To Woman by Munga; Private Dancer from Singer J and Leaning On You by Major Christie, among other conscious messages.
Dubbi not only considers himself an artiste, but he also dabbles in songwriting and producing. He has written songs for other up-and-coming acts and he has also produced songs on the Loose Cancer rhythm project. Jet Star recently released a compilation CD featuring Dubbi’s Any Season.
Both artistes have linked up under the Fire Links label to work on a number of projects.

BITS AND PIECES

P&L Records recently signed a distribution deal with EMI Latin America. The deal calls for the distribution of the label’s products including the main act, Jah Selah’s debut album, Kingston Town. The album, which features production work from the likes of Sly and Robbie and Stephen McGregor, is due out in July. Need You is the first international release from the album.

Jah Cure’s Longing For stage show is set for August 26 at the James Bond Beach. Jah Cure is scheduled to be released from prison in July. The stage show, which is being promoted by his management company, will feature the likes of Gyptian, I-Wayne, Richie Spice, Fantan Mojah and Super Cat, among others.

Big things are in the pipeline for deejay Mr Peppa. He just signed on for the new promotional campaign for Singer. And we understand that a major deal is on the table from an overseas record company. Our reliable sources have sworn us to secrecy about revealing more details about the label interest.

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