Soca queen Alison Hinds plans to top Jamaican charts with her deejay-studded album Caribbean Queen but noticeably absent is fellow Barbadian star Rihanna.
"We look forward to topping charts everywhere, especially in Jamaica. Caribbean Queen is my gift to all my fans everywhere in the world so that we can celebrate together when I come to town," she told the Observer in an interview.
The album will likely chart locally as it contains collaborations with hitmakers, including Shaggy, Richie Spice, Jah Cure, Lyrikal and Moses--but still no Rihanna.
"This album does not include a collaboration with Rihanna and though it may be something in the future, that time has not come yet," stated Hinds, who is UK-born to Barbadian parents.
These two women are the most popular Barbadian artistes yet they never seen to cross paths musically. The 2004 massive hit Roll it Gyal -- an anthem of female posterior empowerment -- elevated Hinds to regional fame whilst Rihanna, the multi-platinum-selling R&B artiste and model became a superstar following her 2007 global hit Umbrella.
Caribbean Queen (Black Coral Records) was released internationally last week via iTunes. The album was pre-released last month in Trinidad for carnival and currently sits at number two on Trinidadtunes.com. The album is geared at the regional market thus Hinds was not dissuaded by the economic downturn in the US and its effect on crashing record sales.
"The role of albums in the marketplace have changed drastically in the last few years and it is primarily used as a marketing tool so that all my fans can enjoy the music that they have heard me perform and new fans will be able to enjoy the body of my work. Disc jockeys can also have a field day with all the different types of songs that I have been recording," she told the Observer. "My albums are not about America and Americans buying but made for the world to enjoy from the heart of the Caribbean. I represent Caribbean peoples, especially the Caribbean woman, independent, sexy, strong, loving, mother, wife, sister, friend, total. That's the way I roll. I am your Caribbean Queen."