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Out Now! Busy Signal’s latest album, ‘Parts of the Puzzle’

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VP Records presents the long-awaited, new studio album Parts of the Puzzle, from dancehall reggae star Busy Signal is available worldwide.

The album launches the Friday after a successful week of New York and Boston promo including stops at Tidal, Billboard, YouTube, Power 105, On The Riddim, Jamn 94.5, Apple Beats 1 with Ebro which held the world premiere of his new single “100%” featuring Afro B and more. On Thursday October 3rd, he made history being the first reggae artist to do an album signing at the popular Green Acres Mall in Valley Stream New York, serving the Long Island and Queens areas.

He continues his promo with stops in Philadelphia, Connecticut and Florida for Miami carnival. In addition to these stops, exclusive listening events were held for DJ’s and music influencers in Brooklyn and Maryland.

 The new album features popular singles ‘Stay So‘ (30+ million views on YouTube), ‘One Way‘, ‘Dolla Van‘ and’Got To Tell You’. The four tracks have amassed millions of social media impressions to date, weekly streams in the hundreds of thousands and active rotations on mix-show radio in the US, as well as massive street credibility. The album includes features from dancehall legend Bounty Killer on ‘Nuh Weh Nuh Safe,’ veteran deejay Josey Wales on the retro flavored ‘Bring Back The Vibes’ and breakthrough Afrobeats artist Afro B on “100%”.

Busy Signal is renowned for his successful fusions of dancehall reggae with Afrobeats, hip-hop and EDM that have yielded unique sounds and a broad based audience. This innovation has led to international popularity, providing multiple collaborations and music placements with major corporations including Pepsi and Bacardi, in advertising campaigns. “In today’s world where, the attention spans are short,” said Busy (real name Reanno Gordon). “People don’t want to stay on one thing, they want the next thing at all times, you must keep the thing new.” Highlighting his focus on targeting as wide a fan base as possible, Busy states “It’s all love and entertainment.”

With this, his fifth project, Busy is well-established in the dancehall scene and this acclaim has transcended the Caribbean, with concerts and chart hits throughout America, The Caribbean, Europe and Africa. His long history in dancehall began in the early 2000’s, as a member of Bounty Killer’s famous Alliance crew. His musical prowess allowed him to breakthrough as a solo artist, with his 2005 hit ‘Step Out’. This was followed by years of dominance in reggae and dancehall, with classic hits such as ‘Come Over’, ‘Unknown Number’ and ‘Whine Pon Di Edge’. His ability to cater to the need for new music was showcased in his 2010 albums, crossing-over genres with multi-award winning artists such as the wildly popular Major Lazer on the 2012 ‘Push and Shove’ featuring No Doubt and one of 2013’s songs of the year ‘Watch Out For This (Bumaye)’. He also attacked the Latin music market with ‘Busy Latino’. His musical fluidity has been the driving force behind much of his success; for example, with the inventive reggae cover of Phil Collin’s soft-rock hit ‘One More Night’, which is one of his most popular tracks.

Tracklist:

01. Stay So

02. One Way

03. Real Born Gallis

04. Got To Tell You

05. Balloon

06. Everywhere We Go

07. Search No More

08. Therapy

09. Girl Like You

10. Bring Back The Vibes feat. Josey Wales

11. Fat Under

12. Dolla Van

13. 100% feat. Afro B

14. Nuh Weh Nuh Safe feat. Bounty Killer

15. Starr Buxx

16. Jah Know Dawg

17. Smiling Face

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Atlanta duo EARTHGANG have released a deluxe version of their critically acclaimed record, Ghetto Gods. Featuring five additional tracks ranging from remixes, new songs and reimagined versions of album favorites, Ghetto Gods (Deluxe) brought along friends Wiz Khalifa, Curren$y, Smino and Blxckie to add their flair to the songs. (more…)

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N.ana YS and Parko West face-off with a collaborative ‘RealEati’ EP

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Hot off of their previous EP, the two Ghanaian rappers N.ana YS & Parko West have graced fans and avid listeners with their sophomore project titled, ‘RealEati‘ EP. The 4-track EP reflects the superstar’s growth in both talent and status. (more…)

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Amanda Ofori elevates our spirits on new song ‘Abba’

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Music doesn’t get more celestial than Amanda Ofori’s new song ‘Abba’. Stream or download ‘Abba’ across all major digital platforms here: https://fanlink.to/ABBA-AO (more…)

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Gyakie Drops Second Single Ahead Of Her “My Diary” EP

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Gyakie has released another single, “For My Baby” just a few weeks after her first single of the year and its accompanying video. (more…)

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Apple Music’s Africa Now Radio this Friday with Ruger

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This Week’s Episode Features a Conversation With Ruger, the 5 Hottest Tracks of the Week, Africa Rising and Dadaboy Ehiz’s Favourite Track of the Week!

Tune in to Africa Now Radio with Dadaboy Ehiz this Friday, July 1st at 9a Lagos/London / 10a Johannesburg/Paris / 1a LA / 4a NYC on Apple Music 1 and broadcast on Cool FM in Nigeria every Sunday at 6pm.

Cover Star Interview
Nigerian Afropop star Ruger joins Dadaboy Ehiz via FaceTime on Apple Music 1 to talk about his latest track, “Girlfriend.” He also discusses his new album, ‘The Second Wave (Deluxe),’ recording music in unusual places, and reaffirming his talent.

The Big 5
Dadaboy Ehiz shares the 5 hottest new African tracks of the moment. This week’s selection includes new tracks from Ibraah feat. Maud Elka, Timaya, Mlindo The Vocalist feat. Madumane, Yemi Alade, and Sampa the Great feat. Chef 187, Tio Nason and Mwanje.

Africa Rising 
Ghanaian Afro-fusion singer-songwriter Gyakie is the latest Africa Rising cover star, a campaign which shines a light on the next generation of African superstars, and this week’s show features her singles, “FOR MY BABY,” and “SOMETHING.” Listen HERE.

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Dadaboy’s Song of the Week
Each week, Dadaboy Ehiz chooses his favourite track from one of Apple Music’s African playlists. This week he spotlights South African singer-songwriter Samthing Soweto and his single, “Amagents,” from Apple Music’s Mzansi Hits playlist, showcasing South Africa’s biggest hits. Listen HERE.

Tune in and listen to the full episode this Friday July 1st at 9a Lagos/London / 10a Johannesburg/Paris / 1a LA / 4a NYC on Apple Music 1 at apple.co/_AfricaNow or on Cool FM in Nigeria every Sunday at 6pm.

RUGER ON RELEASING A DELUXE EDITION OF ‘THE SECOND WAVE’

 

It was only right for us to do that, because these songs were supposed to be on that from the beginning. We were supposed to release like 7 songs, but we cut it down to 4. Then, the idea came from releasing ‘The Second Wave’ EP. We said that we’d release 4 songs, then release 3 additional songs as a deluxe. Then, as life goes on new vibes came from the studio, so we said we’re not even putting those additional 3 songs, we’re going to put new additional 3 songs. That’s how it happened, and I’m happy with how it’s going. Thank God for everything.

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RUGER ON HIS GRATITUDE AND DETERMINATION

 

I feel good, I feel blessed going to every country that I go to. Netherlands, Australia… People singing my songs word for word. It’s an amazing feeling because not every artist comes out within a year and that song travels that far, but I am a testimony. I thank God and I thank everyone that enjoys my music as it comes out every time. It’s just encouragement for me to work harder and keep doing my best. Never going to the studio to do any mediocre sounds, never going to the studio to say “Whatever I drop they’re going to listen,” I go into the studio giving my 100% best and God will do the rest for me.

RUGER ON FAST-CONSUMING FANS

 

People tend to forget how good Ruger is. People are fast consumers so they consume what they have now and then… Do they forget about you? I don’t know but I feel like if they don’t hear anything from you in a while they feel like “Where’s Ruger?” They should always know that whenever Ruger comes through, it’s always a 100% vibe so these songs are very personal songs to me – “Girlfriend” is a personal song, “WeWe” is a personal song, “Warning” is a personal song – it’s just me stating about my personal experiences, and people who can relate to what I’m talking about, can relate. I feel like these songs are going to go very far, I’m proud of what I’ve done in the studio and I’m thankful to everyone supporting me in every little way they can. I’ll keep giving my best.

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Apple Music Live announces a Mary J. Blige one-night-only performance

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Grammy award-winning and Academy award nominated artist, actress, producer and entrepreneur Mary J. Blige will host a performance for one-night-only to celebrate her life and music that will be available to stream exclusively on Apple Music in over 165 countries on July 27th at 7:00 PM PST. Blige’s performance at New York City’s historic United Palace will feature a career-spanning setlist and reflections from her unparalleled career in music.

Blige will be the latest artist to take the stage for Apple Music Live, the exclusive live performance series on Apple Music giving the biggest stars in music a global platform to connect with audiences around the world.

Launched this spring, Apple Music Live has previously featured exclusive live streamed performances from global chart-toppers Harry Styles and Lil Durk, available to watch on-demand on Apple Music.

Mary J. Blige quote: “The last year of my career in particular has been an exciting ride. From continuing to act, to recording and releasing my 15th studio album, growing and expanding different businesses like Sun Goddess and Sister Love Jewelry, to performing at the Super Bowl, launching my Strength of a Woman Festival and Summit and now getting ready to go back on tour, it feels amazing to take this opportunity to celebrate, reflect and have an intimate night with my fans through this platform Apple Music is providing me.”

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Apple Music is inviting Mary J. Blige fans in the greater New York region the opportunity to register for free for a chance to be in the room as the influential artist takes the stage for this can’t miss one-off performance. Fans can register to attend HERE.

In anticipation of her exclusive Apple Music Live performance and to mark the 30th anniversary of her landmark debut album ‘What’s the 411?‘, on July 27th Apple Music Hits will devote the entire day to all things Mary, including exclusive programming, music, and interviews showcasing the key moments from her legendary catalog and career. Tune in all day HERE.

Mary J. Blige reached new heights on Apple Music in 2022, with the release of her fifteenth studio album, ‘Good Morning Gorgeous’, and her performance in the Super Bowl LVI halftime show. The week following the halftime performance was her biggest week in Apple Music history, with 325% more streams than she saw the same week in 2021. Blige’s saw songs new and old have reached the Daily Top 100 in countries worldwide. “Family Affair” hit the Daily Top 100 in a number of countries, including the U.S., Canada, Norway, and Denmark. All told, Mary J. Blige has hit the Daily Top 100 in 38 countries, and her music has been featured across many major editorial playlists on Apple Music, including R&B Now, ’90s Hits Essentials, Brown Sugar, and more. Blige is also a frequent guest on the Zane Lowe Show and Ebro show on Apple Music 1 where she regularly shares new music and connects with her fans around the world.

Mary J. Blige is a figure of inspiration, transformation and empowerment making her one of the defining voices of the contemporary music era. With a track record of eight multi-platinum albums, nine Grammy Awards (plus a staggering 32 nominations), two Academy Award nominations, two Golden Globe nominations, and a SAG nomination, among many other accolades, Blige has cemented herself as a global superstar. And in the ensuing years, the singer/songwriter has attracted an intensely loyal fan base—responsible for propelling worldwide sales of more than 50 million albums.

Blige brought her own gritty, urban-rooted style—fusing hip-hop, soul and honest, frank lyrics—to the forefront on her 1992 debut album What’s the 411? The multi-platinum set, executive produced by Sean “Diddy” Combs, quickly spun off several hits, including two No. R&B No. 1s: “You Remind Me” and “Real Love”. Blige helped redefine R&B and began forging a unique niche for herself on the more personal second album, 1994’s My Life. She is loved for her passionate, chart-topping hits like “Be Without You”, “No More Drama” and “Family Affair” all of which have made her a force in music.

Each subsequent album reads like a chapter from an autobiography: Share My World (1997), Mary (1999), No More Drama (2001), Love & Life (2003), the multiple Grammy-winning and hit-spewing The Breakthrough (2005), Growing Pains (2007), Stronger with Each Tear (2009), My Life II… The Journey Continues (2011), A Mary Christmas (2013), The London Sessions (2014), Strength of a Woman (2017) and Good Morning Gorgeous (2022). Along the way, she’s lined up a string of hit singles, including Not Gon’ CryLove Is All We NeedSeven DaysAll That I Can SayFamily AffairJust Fine and U + Me (Love Lesson). In late 2021, Blige released the first two singles off her 15th studio album, “Amazing (feat. DJ Khaled)” and “Good Morning Gorgeous,” followed by “Rent Money (feat. Dave East)” in January of 2022. This all led up to the release of her latest studio album “Good Morning Gorgeous,” which dropped on February 11th.

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