Buju Banton's Managment Team Responds to ABC News Video Leak

On May 27 2018, ABC news published previously sealed video evidence from Mark Myrie's 2010 trial on drug-related charges. This excerpt of old surveillance footage was leaked to the internet just as Myrie, known to music lovers as Buju Banton, is preparing to return home after nearly a decade behind bars. 
The timing of the ABC report raises many important questions: What purpose does this report serve? Why unseal this dated footage now, when Myrie is preparing to resume his life and career? And finally, why did a American news network that has previously shown little interest in Buju Banton's life and career choose to run a lengthy article that omits crucial and readily available information about the case against Mark Myrie?

"Mark is a warrior," says Attorney David Oscar Markus, who represented Myrie as he defended himself. "He fought two trials and numerous appeals against a system that included a corrupt juror. He could've taken a deal after the first hung trial that would've sent him home, but Mark's philosophy was: better to fight on your feet than live on your knees."

Buju Banton's Managment team thanks everyone who has reached out with words of support for the artist. The facts of the case are a matter of public record and we trust that responsible journalists will make sure that the full story is told. Buju has learned from the past and made peace with the court's decision. For now his focus is on the future: returning to his family, recording music for his fans and making a positive contribution to society. For everyone who is unable to offer any words of support we ask that you please allow the artist to continue his journey of redemption in peace and harmony as he works to rebuild his life and career.

Vershon Steps Away From Local Controversy

After being embroiled in a number of controversies in recent times, Dancehall singjay Vershon has purged himself of that fractious environment, realigning his focus back on a path of positivity as he takes aim at the international market.

Best known for the hits 'Inna Real Life', 'Heart Too Clean' and 'Use To Hungry' this multi-talented hitmaker is definitely stepping away from all the controversy and into the international spotlight after landing a major collaboration with African superstar Shatta Wale. Wale, a Ghanaian-born producer and reggae/dancehall musician is best known for his breakthrough hit 'Dancehall King' for which he was awarded 'Artiste of the Year' at the 2014 edition of the Ghana Music Awards.

The track titled 'Can You', produced on the Real Queffa Production imprint, slated for release in short order is an infectious number geared towards the female populous that is destined to find its way onto the playlist of top-tier jocks upon official release.

Bugle Ends Tour On A High Note & Premiers New Video

Three months after embarking on a tour of Europe, Japan and the United Kingdom, Reggae ambassador Bugle is happy to finally be back on home soil. The singer has been on the road since the end of May promoting his sophomore album 'Be Yourself' across the expanse of the continents.

Bugle concedes that the tour, which ended on a high note, was not without its challenges but was an overall success as the intended mission was accomplished.

"Being in a foreign land for any extended period of time will always present some level of challenges, especially from a cultural or dietary perspective. But thankfully years of being on the road have allowed us to adapt to these situations so we can remain steadfast on the mission of getting the music to the people and keep the Jamaica and Reggae banner flying high".

Yielding positive results at almost every concert stop, Bugle said he was very thankful especially to the fans who braved the sometimes unpredictable weather conditions to show their support.

"People who have travelled to those regions of the world know that the weather is not like Jamaica it can be very unpredictable at times and to see a full house at almost every venue, I could not have asked for more from the fans." he added.

Some of the major stops on the sojourn included Fukuoka, Sapporo, Okayama, Osaka, Tokushima in Japan. Hamburg, Hannover, Berlin, Paris, Prague, Bern, Zurich, Stockholm, Amsterdam, Vienna, Pfullendorf, Valencia and Helsinki in Europe and London, Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol in the United Kingdom.

Locally, Bugle has shifted his attention to amplifying the presence around his latest effort 'Cherish Life' a musical narrative spawning from a personal tragedy that saw the singer losing his brother, as well as close friend Kunte and more recently the near fatal encounter of famed sound system selector Nickomatic. The single is also accompanied by a video, which can be viewed, via the 'Rasta Party' hit-maker official Vevo account  (youtube.com/buglean9tedVEVO).

Romain Virgo Delivers New Song and Video for 'Now'

VP Records artist Romain Virgo is back with a breakout hit and new video for his current single ‘Now’, available everywhere Friday June 9th. The reggae crooner, whose last EP “Lifted” was released in 2015, gives fans a taste of his upcoming album with this dancehall flavored track. Produced by Maximum Sounds Production, on the Skank And Wave riddim, ‘Now’ is emerging as a summertime breakout hit.

Filmed in Irish Town and Hope Gardens Kingston Jamaica, the video, produced by Ruption Design Studio was released on Romain's VEVO Page Sunday, June 4th. The visuals are perfectly matched with the songs playful cat and mouse lyrics. “We are having a good time, sharing the moment and I say to the girl, after this moment I will fall in love with you,” said Romain about the video. 'Now' begins with Romain rescuing his love interest from a rain storm, as the attraction continues to grow, he offers to take her to his end of town. She resists, but ultimately takes him up on his offer. They end up at an outdoor party where Romain makes a very public declaration, that she is his girlfriend “now.”

Growing up in the industry, from making history as the youngest winner of Television Jamaica’s (TVJ) popular “Rising Stars” talent competition at just 17-years-old to winning Artist of the Year by JaRIA (Jamaica Reggae Industry Association) in 2012, he is now coming into his own and flourishing as not just a reggae artist but a versatile musician. ‘Now’ represents his growth and ability to be in alignment with the industry but still remain true to his origins. From the energetic video to the lyrics and melody laced on top of the popular skank and rave riddim, ‘Now’ is the perfect song to thrust Romain Virgo into the mainstage.

“Music is for everybody and I am happy to share my new music with my loyal fans and those that are just getting to know me. I truly believe I was here to make a difference,” Romain concluded.

Please view video here.

Grammy Winning Artist Estelle Announces New Single 'Love Like Ours'

VP Records announces the completion of a new album deal with Grammy(R) winning R&B artist Estelle. The full length reggae album is scheduled for a fall 2017 release. The first single, ‘Love Like Ours’ featuring reggae star Tarrus Riley is available June 16th with a music video to follow.

The melodic and captivating ‘Love Like Ours’ gives fans a first taste of the upcoming album that will showcase the pivotal influence reggae music has had on the London, England born singer. Raised in a religious, Senegalese/ Grenadian household, Estelle's musical upbringing included a variety of Afro-Caribbean, Gospel, Hip-Hop and dance styles with a healthy dose of reggae music.

Since 2008 and the release of the crossover radio hit "Come Over" featuring reggae star Sean Paul and produced by Supa Dups (Sean Paul, Drake, Party Next Door), fans have been encouraging Estelle to record a reggae album. This project will bring their desires to life with a unique fusion of lover’s rock, afro beats and dancehall flavors anchoring her soulful, R&B vocals. "When I told some friends about doing this album" said Estelle, "they were like - 'finally!'" She continued, "everyone who knows me, understands the deep connection I have to reggae music." Estelle has joined forces with Supa Dups again on this project and her fans excitement for the full album is brewing.

"Love Like Ours" draws you in with smooth guitar and keyboard hooks and keeps the listener engaged with upbeat, feel good lyrics. "The song is shaping up to be the lover's anthem of the summer" said VP records President Randy Chin.

Estelle's performing credits include multiple nominations and a Grammy(R) win for "American Boy," her collaboration with Kanye West, The number one radio record anthem 'Thank You', a number one hit on the Billboard Top 200 with ‘Conqueror’, the epic duet with Jussie Smollet and a recurring cameo role on the Fox Network series Empire. She is also a featured character role on the Cartoon Network series Steven Universe. 

Estelle has shown a wide and expanding range of talent and with this album, will complete the musical circle, showcasing one of her earliest musical influences. The singer concluded, "I’m happy to give the people what they have been asking for and I’m proud to share another piece of my life and art with the world.”

‘Love Like Ours’ exclusively premiered on The Jamaica Gleaner.

Assassin a.k.a. Agent Sasco Featured on Baywatch Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

The summer blockbuster movie features two scenes scored with original music by the reggae/dancehall artist.
Assassin a.k.a. Agent Sasco now adds summer blockbuster to his resume. The reggae/dancehall artist known for his lyrical dexterity on Jamaican rhythms and also being a secret weapon on hip-hop collaborations makes his vocal presence heard in Baywatch. The Paramount Picture stars Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Zac Efron, with a musical score by Christopher Lennertz.  
Assassin is part of the film’s score on two compositions, "Off the Jetty" and "Leeds - To the Tower."
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