Jamaica Observer http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/ JamaicaObserver.com, the most concise and in-depth website for news coverage on Jamaica and the Caribbean. Updated daily 7 days a week, 24 hours a day en-us copyright Jamaica Observer, 2011 teenAGE BPL Matchday 21 predicitons http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/teenAGE-BPL-Matchday-21-predicitons One point is awarded for the correct winner and two points for the correct scoreline.<br /> <br /> This is the current table:<br /> <br /> Yakum &ndash; 54<br /> <br /> Trevann &ndash; 45<br /> <br /> Brian &ndash; 39<br /> <br /> Alexei &ndash; 37<br /> <br /> Join us and let us know your thoughts on our predictions as well as your own predictions.<br /> <br /> The predictions for this week are:<br /> <br /> Yakum&rsquo;s:<br /> <br /> Swansea 1-2 Arsenal<br /> <br /> Leicester 1-2 Chelsea<br /> <br /> Everton 1-3 Manchester City<br /> <br /> Manchester United 1-2 Liverpool<br /> <br /> Trevann&rsquo;s:<br /> <br /> Swansea 2-2 Arsenal<br /> <br /> Leicester 2-3 Chelsea<br /> <br /> Everton 1-2 Manchester City<br /> <br /> Manchester United 2-1 Liverpool<br /> <br /> Brian&rsquo;s:<br /> <br /> Swansea 2-3 Arsenal<br /> <br /> Leicester 1-2 Chelsea<br /> <br /> Everton 2-3 Manchester City<br /> <br /> Manchester United 3-1 Liverpool<br /> <br /> Alexei&rsquo;s:<br /> <br /> Swansea 0-3 Arsenal<br /> <br /> Leicester 1-1 Chelsea<br /> <br /> Everton 2-3 Manchester City<br /> <br /> Manchester United 1-0 Liverpool http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13530805/249638_76219_repro_w300.jpg Teenage Friday, January 13, 2017 2:48 PM Alkaline set to perform for the first time in Jamaica after a long hiatus from the island http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/Alkaline-set-to-perform-for-the-first-time-in-Jamaica-after-a-long-hiatus-from-the-island Brian Pitter The announcement was made on the deejay&rsquo;s Instagram page where he captioned a picture of the flyer with &ldquo;Mhm.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> The artiste&rsquo;s caused social media stir  last week after Beenie Man had made claims that Alkaline was done with &ldquo;dutty Jamaica&rdquo;, a statement which caused younger artiste to defend himself, calling the 43-year-old a liar on Instagram.<br /> <br /> This will be Alkaline's first performance in Jamaica since his rise to prominence in the last two years. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13142984/216015_w300.jpg Teenage Thursday, January 12, 2017 2:02 PM Yaya Toure to China? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/Yaya-Toure-to-China- Brian Pitter Toure seems to be the latest victim of China&rsquo;s relentless efforts to attain almost all the big stars in the game. However, according to his agent, Dimitri Seluk, Toure turned down a lucrative contract offered to him by an unnamed Chinese Football team in order to stay in the Barclays Premier League with Manchester City.<br /> <br /> Seluk told Russian media outlet Championat &ldquo;For all the money in China, there is not a single player at the level of Yaya Toure. I am sure he will play at the highest level for another five years&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Lionel Messi<br /> <br /> No immediate potential move for the Barcelona and Argentine legend but reports in Spain suggest that Barcelona CEO Oscar Grau fears that the club will be unable to offer the diminutive attacker an improved contract that will see Messi&rsquo;s wage rise from that reported  &pound;19.6m-per-year he currently earns.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Barca can&rsquo;t exceed 70% of its budget on wages and therefore we have to make the numbers add up&rdquo; Grau said on Wednesday. It is unlikely that Messi will move anytime soon but failed contract negotiations could prove to disrupt the Argentine's stay at the Camp Nou in the near future. <br /> <br /> Morgan Schneiderlin<br /> <br /> Schneiderlin arrived at Everton this week to complete a &pound;24million move from Manchester United. It was announced that a deal had been reached by the two clubs on Tuesday for the Frenchman who has had a relatively absent role at Old Trafford since joining in 2015 from Southampton.<br /> <br /> Fernando Llorente<br /> <br /> Reports are that Blues boss Antonio Conte is interested in Spaniard Fernando Llorente and could even go as far as doing a swap deal with new signing Michy Batshuayi, with the Belgian going on loan at the relegation threatened side. According to British newspapers, Conte seems set to confirm the signing of Llorente at Stamford Bridge in the coming days as the Italian seeks to ease the burden on star striker Diego Costa, who already has 14 goals this season.<br /> <br /> Kyle Walker and Danny Rose<br /> <br /> According to the Sun in England, Manchester United are set to raid Tottenham&rsquo;s defence by offering &pound;60million for their two English full-backs.  Both players have been exceptional thus far, contributing significantly to Spurs&rsquo; title run this season. United will however find it difficult to attain their signatures after the pair recently signed long-term contracts at White Hart Lane back in September.  http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11789972/000_DV2024708_w300.jpg Teenage Thursday, January 12, 2017 1:58 PM Selena and The Weeknd http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/Selena-and-The-Weeknd2017-01-12T10-57-54 Charlene Buchanan When low quality paparazzi shots emerged of the two leaving an Italian restaurant on Tuesday night holding hands, kissing and looking every bit the happy couple the internet was abuzz. Cue all the Can't Keep My Hands To Myself and The Heart Wants What It Wants jokes.<br /> <br /> You will remember that Selena and The Weeknd both performed at the 2015 VS Fashion Show, and though they didn't duet there were group photos galore and both seemed amicable enough.<br /> <br /> It is believed that the two have been an item for some time now and intended to keep their romance a secret but recently decided against that.<br /> <br /> Bella Hadid, The Weeknd's ex girlfriend, has since unfollowed Selena Gomez on Instagram. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13567299/image_w300.jpg Teenage Thursday, January 12, 2017 1:55 PM Leon Bailey&rsquo;s decision to not represent Jamaica indicative of the JFF&rsquo;s poor leadership http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/Leon-Bailey-s-decision-to-not-represent-Jamaica-indicative-of-the-JFF-s-poor-leadership Brian Pitter However, from an early age, the JFF showed little interest in the upcoming star, despite him attracting interest from some of the world&rsquo;s best teams like Chelsea and Ajax. Recently, the 19-year-old did an interview with ESPN FC and stated that "There is a lot of pressure from Jamaica, but I don't see a future there. I want to play in big tournaments against top players, and with all due respect I don't see that happening in Jamaica any time soon." Bailey&rsquo;s comments may come off as a bit harsh, especially for a country in which he was born and raised. But can you blame him? One can presume that if any other person was given the opportunity to play for a bigger, better nation then they would also seek to jump on that opportunity.<br /> <br /> The average age of the Jamaican squad is 32, with very few players below the age of 23 being featured.  The focus on getting players who were born and raised in other countries, but have Jamaican lineage, to play for the team has also contributed to the lack of young players being implemented into the national squad.<br /> <br /> Leon bailey was developed in Jamaica with the Phoenix All Star Academy under the guidance of his stepfather Craig Butler. Since signing for Genk in 2015, the pacy winger has gone on to become one of the most important players in the team. His exploits in the Europa League this season also turned a lot of heads and he was subsequently named in the Europa League team of the group stage. His other achievements also include being shortlisted for the FIFA Golden Boy award last year and he was also named best young player in the Belgian Pro League for the 2015/16 season.<br /> <br /> He&rsquo;s quick, he can score goals and he has the will to become a great player: superb attributes for a talent so young. However, in Leon Bailey, Jamaica lost the opportunity to boast one of the world&rsquo;s best talents and perhaps a talent which could have helped us to achieve that ever elusive spot in another World Cup.<br /> <br /> We might find it extremely difficult to lure Bailey to play for Jamaica, but the Jamaican football powers should now focus on how we can transition our prolific and extremely talented young footballers into a national team that is ageing and under-achieving. There are so many players in our schoolboy football leagues that deserve to be looked at and developed.  Many mentioned the likes of Alex Marshall who had a fantastic season last year. This year, it&rsquo;s Jourdaine Fletcher who has everyone talking after having a fantastic 36-goal return in the recently concluded ISSA FLOW Schoolboy Football Competitions. These players and more, based on recent history, will eventually get lost in the system and never be heard of or seen again. <br /> <br /> If our football is to improve and return to where it once was then the youths should become our priority. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12997965/Leon-Bailey_w300.jpg Teenage Monday, January 09, 2017 1:56 PM #PressRecord with reggae artiste Runkus http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/-PressRecord-with-reggae-artiste-Runkus http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13552177/Runkus_w300.jpg Teenage Friday, January 06, 2017 8:55 AM Top rumours after one week in the January transfer window http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/Top-rumours-after-one-week-in-the-January-transfer-window Trevann Hamilton 1. Tiemoue Bakayoko to Chelsea - The Monaco midfielder is likely to be a welcomed addition to the Blues. He impressed managers with how instrumental he has been for his team in Ligue 1. Chelsea now &pound;60 million rich after Oscar's transfer to China is said to start bidding soon. Chelsea, is however not ready to pay the &pound;30m asking price.<br /> <br />  Bakayoko is also being linked to Manchester United. If he's looking to win any trophies this season he might be better off at Chelsea. Chelsea midfield has also seemed to lack a bit of incision a few times this season, particularly in rough matches when Eden Hazard goes MIA.<br /> <br /> 2. Diego Costa to Tianjin Quanjian - Costa has been linked to the Chinese Super League team who is rumoured to be offering &pound;80m for the forward. Costa attempted to dismiss the rumours by expressing his satisfaction with his place at Stamford Bridge. Additionally, it would make little sense for Antonio Conte to sell his top goal scorer at such a critical point of the season.<br /> <br /> 3. Antoine Griezmann to Manchester United - It is rumoured that Manchester United wants the Frenchman along with his club mate Saul Niguez. Unfortunately for Manchester United, their contracts were just freshly renewed and their buyout clause cumulatively is  &pound;145m. Atletico Madrid perhaps would be doing themselves a great disservice letting those players go. Both players would also likely be assured more game time and Champions League football if they stayed. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12662161/000_7W9UJ_w300.jpg Teenage Friday, January 06, 2017 8:37 AM Interview with 19-year-old producer and songwriter Tessellated http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/Interview-with-19-year-old-producer-and-songwriter-Tessellated Charlene Buchanan Here's what he had to say:<br /> <br /> Which of these kids were you in high school: the popular kid, the nerd or just a part of the crowd?<br /> <br /> Tessellated: I feel the high school experience is far too complex and multifaceted to be explained by any of those options.<br /> <br /> What's the most played song on your phone?<br /> <br /> Tessellated: Right now it's probably Redbone by Childish Gambino.<br /> <br /> If you could have any super power what would it be?<br /> <br /> Tessellated: Definitely the ability to fly! <br /> <br /> If you could only listen to one album for the rest of your life which one would it be?<br /> <br /> Tessellated: Very hard question, it would have to be between The Beatles&rsquo; Sgt. Pepper&rsquo;s Lonely Hearts Club Band or Bob Marley&rsquo;s Exodus.<br /> <br /> How did you get started?<br /> <br /> Tessellated: I was always involved with music from a young age playing various instruments on and off, but I really started making music when I was 16. I used software I downloaded online and watched tutorials on YouTube. <br /> <br /> Did you always want to be a musician? What would you be if you weren't a musician?<br /> <br /> Tessellated: I didn&rsquo;t always want to be a musician, I think if I wasn&rsquo;t doing music I would be doing something in science, probably physics or chemistry.<br /> <br /> How long does it take you to put together a new song?<br /> <br /> Tessellated: It really varies a lot! The foundation of a song generally takes anywhere between two to eight hours depending on how complex it is. But then when it comes to recording, mixing and generally fine-tuning the song to get the final product there are songs I&rsquo;ve done in a single night and others that I&rsquo;ve been working on for months and have probably put 50 or more hours of work into. It really just depends on how things flow at that specific time. <br /> <br /> Describe your musical process.<br /> <br /> Tessellated: Everything I make first starts with some form of inspiration, a lot of the time this will be from some other music I&rsquo;ve listened to, but other times it could be from a film, painting or just how I&rsquo;m feeling that day. Once I have a little idea, I open up Ableton Live (the software I use to produce) and start laying down my idea, usually a bassline or drum pattern in the beginning. After that, I start to build on it layer by layer, adding in new elements and sometimes taking out others. Once the song has started to take shape I&rsquo;ll decide whether I want to write to it or send it off to someone else to write to, and after vocals have been sorted out I&rsquo;ll go in and start to clean up everything to create the final product.  <br /> <br /> What do you believe sets you apart from other aspiring musicians and young talents on the rise?<br /> <br /> Tessellated: I think every musician or artiste is unique in their own way; nobody shares the same experiences and therefore each person has a different story to tell. For me, I think I&rsquo;m just experimenting with fusing my various influences in a way that not many people have heard before. I also go in a completely different direction sonically, compared to that of a lot of new musicians. <br /> <br /> What inspires your music?<br /> <br /> Tessellated: Like I said in the earlier question, my music is inspired by everything around me! Life itself is inspiration and in every facet of life there is something to be appreciated, which is something I try to remember as an artiste and in general.<br /> <br /> What advice would you give to anyone thinking of becoming a musician?<br /> <br /> Tessellated: If you really love it, go for it. However, you should know that real improvement and creating the kind of music you want doesn't happen overnight. I&rsquo;ve spent hours and hours, night after night for years now and I'm still learning every day, but if you love the music then you&rsquo;ll enjoy every second of it. Another important thing is to learn to take criticism but also to learn when not to take criticism. This is a hard balance to find but will allow you to grow and improve as an artiste if you figure it out. <br /> <br /> Joshua Meeks is 19 years old and in his second year at university studying music. He previously attended Campion College.<br /> <br /> Check out his music on SoundCloud: <br /> <br /> https://www.soundcloud.com/tessellated, and find him on Twitter @tessellated and Instagram @tessellatedvibes. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13552142/Tesselated_w300.jpg Teenage Friday, January 06, 2017 8:29 AM Ed Sheeran FINALLY has new music http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/Ed-Sheeran-FINALLY-has-new-music Charlene Buchanan Shape Of You is upbeat and gives slight dancehall vibes, but Ed Sheeran separates himself from most of today's artistes that are riding the popular wave of sampling dancehall songs, by using acoustic guitar heavily in the song. In so doing the song still sounds very much like Ed even though it's not quite like anything he's ever done before.<br /> <br /> In that same song Ed croons about a girl he met at the bar. Lines like 'Girl you know I want your love, your love was handmade for somebody like me'  and 'I'm in love with the shape of you, we push and pull like a magnet do' coupled with Sheeran's penchant for story-weaving make this song light and give it a love song kind of vibe, instead of just an ode to a beautiful body.<br /> <br /> Castle On The Hill is all about Ed's days growing up in the countryside. He sings about memories from breaking his arm at age six to first kisses and first weekend jobs. So it's not as outright catchy or lighthearted as Shape Of You, but by the time the chorus hits the third time you'll likely find yourself caught up in Ed's emotion and thinking of friends from back when (or even those you hung out with yesterday). http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13552137/Ed-Sheeran_w300.jpg Teenage Friday, January 06, 2017 8:21 AM Assessing Chelsea&rsquo;s title hopes ahead of their Tottenham clash http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/Assessing-Chelsea-s-title-hopes-ahead-of-their-Tottenham-clash Brian Pitter It has been a convincing start to the 2016/17 campaign after a very tumultuous year last season, finishing 10th which was the lowest the club has finished since Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich took over in 2003.<br /> <br /> Under the guidance of Italian and former Juventus boss Antonio Conte, Chelsea&rsquo;s season has been nothing but solid. After two disappointing losses to Liverpool and Arsenal, the energetic 47-year-old has guided Chelsea to a never before done 13 consecutive Barclays Premier League victories.<br /> <br /> The loss at the Emirates prompted Conte to switch formations to a 3-4-3 and the team hasn&rsquo;t looked back since, conceding only four goals and scoring 30.<br /> <br /> Star striker Diego Costa looks like he&rsquo;s back to the form that led the team to the title two years ago under then manager Jose Mourinho. The Spaniard has 13 goals in the league already this season, which is one more than he got in the entire 2015/16 campaign. If Chelsea are to claim their fifth title then they would need Costa to remain on top form and out of the referee&rsquo;s books.<br /> <br /> As for other contenders that might spoil Chelsea&rsquo;s season, Liverpool seems to be their closest threat, sitting five points behind the leaders. Chelsea has the opportunity to go eight points clear with a win in their clash against Tottenham Hotspurs tomorrow. <br /> <br /> Liverpool's leaky defence creates an imbalance within the team that is currently the league&rsquo;s highest goal scorers with 41 goals. Pep&rsquo;s Manchester City has been inconsistent so far, after what was a very impressive start to the Spaniards reign at the Etihad. Arsenal, as usual, has begun to falter and many doubt, even with the goal scoring form of Alexis Sanchez, that the <br /> <br /> Gunners will be able to go all the way and challenge for the title.<br /> <br /> With no external influence (European competitions), Chelsea seems unstoppable. They&rsquo;re fit, determined and have a manager who believes in winning titles. They are the most consistent team in the league at the moment and history has proven that with their current position in the table, we can expect only one outcome. Let&rsquo;s see what will happen. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11651506/000_Par8136536_w300.jpg Teenage Tuesday, January 03, 2017 12:29 PM teenAGE matchday 20 predictions http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/teenAGE-matchday-20-predictions One point is awarded for the correct winner and two points for the correct scoreline.<br /> <br /> This is the current table:<br /> <br /> Yakum &ndash; 53<br /> <br /> Trevann &ndash; 43<br /> <br /> Brian &ndash; 38<br /> <br /> Alexei &ndash; 35<br /> <br /> Join us and let us know your thoughts on our predictions as well as your own predictions.<br /> <br /> The predictions for this week are:<br /> <br /> Yakum&rsquo;s:<br /> <br /> Sunderland 0-3 Liverpool<br /> <br /> West Ham 1-3 Manchester United<br /> <br /> Bournemouth 0-1 Arsenal<br /> <br /> Tottenham 0-0 Chelsea<br /> <br /> Trevann&rsquo;s:<br /> <br /> Sunderland 1-2 Liverpool<br /> <br /> West Ham 1-2 Manchester United<br /> <br /> Bournemouth 1-1 Arsenal<br /> <br /> Tottenham 2-3 Chelsea<br /> <br /> Brian&rsquo;s:<br /> <br /> Sunderland 2-1 Liverpool<br /> <br /> West Ham 2-3 Manchester United<br /> <br /> Bournemouth 2-1 Arsenal<br /> <br /> Tottenham 0-1 Chelsea<br /> <br /> Alexei&rsquo;s:<br /> <br /> Sunderland 1-2 Liverpool<br /> <br /> West Ham 0-2 Manchester United<br /> <br /> Bournemouth 1-0 Arsenal<br /> <br /> Tottenham 1-3 Chelsea http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12092585/000_DV2100870_w300.jpg Teenage Monday, January 02, 2017 11:54 AM #Worstof2016: Local male artiste http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/-Worstof2016--Local-male-artiste Trevann Hamilton Don't get us wrong,Tommy Lee tried hard, but unfortunately the controversial artiste was in the media due to trouble with the law than for his music.<br /> <br /> As it concerns music, however, he mostly spent his time releasing diss tracks like Badness Rise and Murder Dem aimed towards fellow artiste, Alkaline.  <br /> <br /> It was said that the two artistes were en route to Trinidad and ended up beside each other. Tommy Lee Sparta reportedly took to social media insinuating that Alkaline was afraid of him because of his 'cowering' position in the seat.  He then appeared to spend his year releasing diss tracks which Alkaline responded to with more hits. <br /> <br /> Between his songs not taking off and him running into trouble with the law, it just wasn't his year. However, his talent can't be denied and if he finds the right formula he can too churn out hits for 2017. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13344247/233582_60676_repro_w300.jpg Teenage Saturday, December 31, 2016 4:15 PM #Bestof2016: Local male artiste http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/-Bestof2016--Local-male-artiste Trevann Hamilton He released the album New Level Unlocked and it is arguably the best dancehall album this year even surpassing King of the Dancehall by Vybz Kartel. Of course Kartel had notable hits like Fever and Western Union. However, the songs from Alkaline's album like One More Time, Side Chick and the well known Champion Boy seemed to be more popular.<br /> <br /> Everywhere you go in Jamaica you would almost certainly hear an Alkaline song playing.<br /> <br /> Alkaline has also achieved quite a bit this year. Not only has his album debuted number one on the Billboard Reggae Album Chart, the dancehall prodigy also won the award for the best dancehall song with Fleek back in September at the 21st Hapilos award show. In addition to that he received a MOBO nomination for the best reggae act of 2016.<br /> <br /> 2016 will always be remembered as Alkaline's year. He won the hearts of dancehall fans both locally and abroad with his witty lyrics, his flow and just his overall demeanour.<br /> <br /> This year, the youngster has secured his name as a household name in the dancehall industry and if he continues on this path he will certainly be remembered as one of the greats.  Other notable local artistes were Vybz Kartel and Mavado. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13539604/195808_24996_repro_w300.jpg Teenage Saturday, December 31, 2016 4:03 PM #Worstof2016: Local female artiste http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/-Worstof2016--Local-female-artiste Brian Pitter The picture that went viral of the 43-year-old back in November landed the dancehall star in the middle of a firestorm on social media. In the photo, Macka's legs were wide open and she is seen clutching a sword pointed suggestively towards her groin area.<br /> <br /> These acts only served to direct her audience away from her music, which also suffered a lot this year. In August, Macka released a single entitled Dem Anuh Nobody, reportedly directed at fellow female superstar Spice in which she stated "Them anuh nobody, me a the baddest female deejay, ask Addi". Many of her critics professed that this was Macka's way of staying relevant and her constant jibe at the self-professed Queen of Dancehall was, according to Spice's group, an indication of jealousy.<br /> <br /> Her other singles this year include Cya Stop Me, Shake, Bad Gal Ting and My Baby. They however, failed to propel the veteran artiste back to the top of the charts.<br /> <br /> Despite being on the end of a few hilarious and unfortunate instances, Macka Diamond still performed locally though quick to indicate that her "thing was international" on Entertainment Report recently.<br /> <br /> There's no doubt of her ability to draw a crowd given that it was only a few years ago she was number one in the charts with her single Dye Dye. She's also equally remembered for her 2006 hit Bun Him which propelled her to the forefront of the industry at the time. It is however an analysis of her year on the Jamaican scene that has allowed us to give her this title.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13539558/Macka-Diamond_w300.jpg Teenage Saturday, December 31, 2016 3:59 PM #Bestof2016: Local female artiste http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/-Bestof2016--Local-female-artiste Brian Pitter Her songs tend to be &lsquo;spicy&rsquo;, direct and often times lewd in the eyes of many persons in the Jamaican society, but in the dancehall arena she is very much loved and adored. That disparity was revealed when she was asked to perform at the Rio Sports Gala and Awards ceremony back in October. Her raunchy performance left a few mouths agape and many tongues wagging  in a forum which included the likes of the Governor General and the Prime Minister . The situation sparked a major discussion online and within the Jamaican media fraternity. It did nothing to dampen her year however, as the 32-year-old was still being booked and continued with her life after the controversial situation was cleared up.<br /> <br /> Despite that awkward predicament, Spice had a relatively good year, being one of the few Jamaicans to perform internationally on a regular basis. She has been credited with improving the movement of the industry in Europe. There have been a lot of positive comments and good reviews coming out of the countries she performed in this year, such as Austria, indicating that the artiste&rsquo;s hardcore performances completed with explicit dance moves have helped her and the industry to gain a new fan base.<br /> <br /> In terms of her musical success this year, &ldquo;The stage show Boss&rdquo; as she likes to be called, released the video for her single Indicator, which has received over 3 million views on YouTube and has gained major affection by local fans in Jamaica. She also collaborated with American pop singers Kid Ink and Jeremih in a single called Nasty, which itself garnered over 11 million views.<br /> <br /> Her hard work was also deservedly recognised as she was nominated for a Music of Black Origin (MOBO) award along with fellow artistes Popcaan, Alkaline, Protoje and Kranium. Spice&rsquo;s nomination was historic as it signalled the first time a female was nominated for the Best Reggae Act Category. The MOBO awards are said to be the biggest celebration of urban talent and the artiste was very much elated to be a nominee even though she lost out to the eventual winner, Popcaan.<br /> <br /> The question is, can Grace &lsquo;Spice&rsquo; Hamilton continue to dominate the female dancehall industry in the years to come? She very much can, being one of the few veterans left in the game and claiming a huge fan base that many other female artistes cannot attest to. But, with new sensation Shenseea coming onto the scene, Spice might have a new competitor for her Queen status. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13180245/219311_47123_repro_w300.jpg Teenage Saturday, December 31, 2016 3:53 PM #Worstof2016: Worst dressed male http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/-Worstof2016--Worst-dressed-male Rashida Byfield Gayle dresses as though he is still in the year 2003. This is due to his continuous choice of tight shirts with odd designs and even weirder pants and shoes. Evidence of Gayle lack of style can be seen on his social media pages or wherever you happen to see him. Whether at a gala or a party as seen at the event Cabana City Reserve Gayle always stands out and never for the best reasons. Gayle is one who likes to make statements as is evident in his beard (which is now dyed) and his daily attire but we believe there a more stylish and well put together ways to stand out and this superstar needs to find some. <br /> <br /> For the year 2017, assuming Gayle doesn't have a stylist for at least formal events, I'm recommending one as soon as possible or at least some more honest friends. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11839932/ChrisGayle_w300.jpg Teenage Saturday, December 31, 2016 3:46 PM #Bestof2016: Best dressed male http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/-Bestof2016--Best-dressed-male Rashida Byfield  However for the year 2016, Jamaican men have stepped up to the plate and shown their style and growing elegance, 2016 was the year for well tailored suits and designer shoes. <br /> <br /> The competition for "best dressed male" of the year was undoubtedly tight, but singer and songwriter Christopher Martin took the prize for the most stylish and well dressed male.<br /> <br />  The former Digicel Rising Stars winner has come a long way from being criticised for his fashion sense and crushed shirts to being quite impactful in the Jamaican fashion world. Martin's style is unique and his looks are always tailored to fit, coupled with a designer pair of shoes and well done hair. He is always stylishly well put together. His look is one that transcends not only while on international tours and award shows but simply to an everyday slay. When it comes to the world of fashion, Jamaican star Christopher Martin is undeniably a big deal.<br /> <br /> It is also important to give honourable mention to the Sub10 king Asafa Powell. Powell doesn't only rock the track but also the hearts of women as well. This is done with his well tailored suits, eye catching shoes and even simply his every day casual look. His rock hard abs only accentuates his commendable taste and is proof that Powell is a star both on and off the track. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13167302/217928__w300.jpg Teenage Saturday, December 31, 2016 3:38 PM #Worstof2016: Worst dressed woman http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/-Worstof2016--Worst-dressed-woman Rashida Byfield This year we had some difficulties in selecting someone fitting the title of worst dressed, but with some thought one popular female was identified.<br /> <br /> This individual is the legendary Jamaican dancehall artiste Charmaine Munroe, known more commonly as Macka Diamond.<br /> <br /> Now, we don't want to be ganging up on Macka (as we also gave her worst local artiste) but it is with heavy hearts that we witnessed several of her outfits this year.<br /> <br /> While Macka Diamond who is forty-three-years old has changed her name numerous times over the years an unfortunate lack of style has remained this year. The Die Die singer was not seen much for the 2016 music year but her few appearances were memorable due to her brightly coloured outfits that lacked simple colour coordination.<br /> <br /> One example of this was at a popular dancehall persona's birthday event a few weeks ago where she was seeing sporting a royal blue dress and shoes as well as blond hair that was in an unfortunate disarray and poorly done makeup.<br /> <br /> Such a look is common for Munroe and unfortunately in the fashion world she has had much more misses than hits. While at forty-three, some may believe her chance at redemption has passed but us at teenAGE feel there may be hope in 2017, for improvement in the fashion arena.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13539558/Macka-Diamond_w300.jpg Teenage Saturday, December 31, 2016 3:34 PM #Bestof2016: Best dressed woman http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/-Bestof2016--Best-dressed-woman Rashida Byfield It was the year when everyone found themselves with regard to style,  we met a lot of show stoppers, trend setters and a majority of trend followers. These individuals rocked chokers, trench coats and thigh-high boots and they in fact made it quite difficult to spot the "best dressed female" for the year 2016. <br /> <br /> This individual was to be chosen based on their sense of style, uniqueness, creativity and overall look.<br /> <br />  One person continuously shone through however and that was Natasha Lee- Duhaney, know commonly by her instagram moniker @natashaleeds, she is a style and beauty blogger with a unique that hoists her up as a patron saint on any young fashionista's journey.<br /> <br />  Lee's style, elegance and grace has allowed her to be teenAGE's best dressed female for this year, her ensembles are timeless and while on trend never seem common or "already done". The young blogger who was also the face of the Jamaican brand "Slang Teez" has the correct mix of edginess and class. She is know to make use of tones such as silver and white, while incorporating bursts of print to stay fresh and unique. Evidence of Lee's continuous slay can be seen on her social media pages, whether she is rocking a chartreuse satin gown from Missguided at the Collection Moda Show or simply her regular everyday slay. While others are clamouring to keep up with the latest trends, this young Jamaican gem has found a way to stand out with her fresh and  classy sense of style making her our best dressed female for the year 2016.  http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13539548/Bestof2016_w300.jpg Teenage Saturday, December 31, 2016 3:15 PM #Bestof2016: Sports performance http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/-Bestof2016--Sports-performance This year, the now legendary Usain Bolt, further cemented his legacy as the greatest sprint legend of all time and perhaps one of the greatest sports men of all time. During his rise to stardom, he has broken records and made history on numerous occasions and this year he did it one last time. Bolt became the first man to win the &lsquo;triple-triple&rsquo;. That is, winning three gold medals in the 100m, 200m and the 4 x 100m relay in three consecutive Olympic Games. With an achievement like that it would have been impossible for him not to win this title, especially since the great man himself announced that this was going to be his last Olympics in his very illustrious career.<br /> <br /> The achievement was even more profound because all the talk prior to the 31st Olympiad was of an ageing Bolt whose rival, Justin Gatlin, would finally be able to beat him. Many doubted his ability to remain consistent. Many wondered if he would be able to dominate one last time and he very much proved all his critics wrong with a master class in Brazil.<br /> <br /> What was most paramount and will perhaps stay in the memory of many persons around the world is that Usain stayed true to himself whilst displaying a roller coaster of emotions in the Games in Rio de Janeiro. His usual gimmicks before the start of every race, the way in which he was smiling while he convincingly led the track in the 100m semifinals and his obvious disappointment as he failed to attain a new world record in that same event, in the final. These scenarios not only showed Usain&rsquo;s ability to have fun while doing what he loves but they epitomise Bolt&rsquo;s will to achieve greatness and to never stop working hard to accomplish what you desire.<br /> <br /> It is perhaps fair to say that the world will never see another Usain Bolt. For such a tiny island, the 30-year-old has placed us and cemented our position on a very high pedestal in athletics. He is now a name that has become synonymous with our beautiful country to many persons around the world. When you speak of Jamaica your immediate thought is of Bob Marley, Jerk Chicken and now, Usain Bolt. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13459736/243516_70014_repro_w300.jpg Teenage Saturday, December 31, 2016 3:09 PM #Worstof2016: Social media personality http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/-Worstof2016--Social-media-personality The fact that anyone can reach a large number of people in the social media era is a good thing. But sometimes it may not be.<br /> <br /> Anyone who watches any of his videos will find it easy to determine that he lacks creativity, substance and all the other elements required to be a good vlogger and comedian. Known among the Twitter community for following and subsequently unfollowing when the 'follow back' isn't forthcoming, Tavii seems to possess a disturbing sense of humor which has allowed him to mention impregnating a goat in one of his videos in a painful attempt to be funny.<br /> <br /> Almost all his videos are &lsquo;rammed&rsquo; with unoriginality and jokes as out of place as a 'nanny' in manish water. They are in fact, painful to watch and are largely curried by unnecessary sound effects, dry jokes, poor characterization, and poor acting. His voice can be comical, but the timing and content of jokes definitely needs work. We're not kidding.<br /> <br /> Even though 2016 has provided us with many horrible social media personalities, this gentleman is in fact the absolute worst. Everyone has a talent, and one can only hope that Kyng Tavii finds his soon, so that we may stop being harassed on the internet.<br /> <br /> Until then, it is best for everyone who has been scarred by his videos that he remains in 2016 as a distant memory. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13539508/KyngTavii_w300.jpg Teenage Saturday, December 31, 2016 3:03 PM #Bestof2016: Social media personality http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/-Bestof2016--Social-media-personality Fredrika Gordon Since then the young vlogger has proven himself with unique, original, and creative content which has gained him many followers and fans. His 241,000 followers on the social media application Instagram are well deserved as he has continuously shown his ability to place a comedic spin on many real-life scenarios applicable and relatable to young persons. 2016 has been a great year for Legore professionally.<br /> <br /> He has been deemed a trendsetter and won the 2016 Youth View Award for Favorite Social Media Personality. Due to his traction, he has attracted the attention of brands and event planners and has transformed his hobby into a source of income. Subsequently he has branched out into event hosting, and was even contracted for this year&rsquo;s ISSA/Grace Kennedy Boys&rsquo; and Girls&rsquo; Championships to entertain fans and is now a Brand Ambassador for Bigga Soft drinks. This has been a phenomenal year for Prince Pine and he is expected to continue this path to bigger things in 2017.<br /> <br /> Honourable mention to Quite Perry who made real moves this year. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12826698/195041__w300.jpg Teenage Saturday, December 31, 2016 2:44 PM teenAGE matchday 19 predictions http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/teenAGE-Matchday-19-predictions Every week we will predict four matches and our writers will give their predictions for the winner and the scoreline.<br /> <br /> One point is awarded for the correct winner and two points for the correct scoreline.<br /> <br /> This is the current table:<br /> <br /> Yakum &ndash; 48<br /> <br /> Trevann &ndash; 39<br /> <br /> Brian &ndash; 34<br /> <br /> Alexei &ndash; 31<br /> <br /> Join us and let us know your thoughts on our predictions as well as your own predictions.<br /> <br /> The predictions for this week are:<br /> <br /> Yakum&rsquo;s:<br /> <br /> Chelsea 0-1 Stoke<br /> <br /> Manchester United 3-0 Middlesbrough<br /> <br /> Liverpool 2-1 Manchester City<br /> <br /> Arsenal 2-0 Crystal Palace<br /> <br /> Trevann&rsquo;s:<br /> <br /> Chelsea 2-0 Stoke<br /> <br /> Manchester United 2-1 Middlesbrough<br /> <br /> Liverpool 2-2 Manchester City<br /> <br /> Arsenal 1-0 Crystal Palace<br /> <br /> Brian&rsquo;s:<br /> <br /> Chelsea 3-1 Stoke<br /> <br /> Manchester United 4-1 Middlesbrough<br /> <br /> Liverpool 3-2 Manchester City<br /> <br /> Arsenal 2-1 Crystal Palace<br /> <br /> Alexei&rsquo;s:<br /> <br /> Chelsea 1-0 Stoke<br /> <br /> Manchester United 4-2 Middlesbrough<br /> <br /> Liverpool 2-2 Manchester City<br /> <br /> Arsenal 2-0 Crystal Palace http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12908920/000_9W8RG_w300.jpg Teenage Friday, December 30, 2016 10:30 AM teenAGE Matchday 18 BPL predictions http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/teenAGE-Matchday-18-BPL-predictions One point is awarded for the correct winner and two points for the correct scoreline.<br /> <br /> This is the current table:<br /> <br /> Yakum - 43<br /> <br /> Trevann - 34<br /> <br /> Brian - 30<br /> <br /> Alexei - 26<br /> <br /> Join us and let us know your thoughts on our predictions as well as your own predictions and enjoy the rest of your holidays.<br /> <br /> The predictions for this week are:<br /> <br /> Yakum&rsquo;s:<br /> <br /> Arsenal 2-0 West Brom<br /> <br /> Chelsea 2-1 Bournemouth<br /> <br /> Hull 0-3 Manchester City<br /> <br /> Liverpool 3-0 Stoke<br /> <br /> Trevann&rsquo;s:<br /> <br /> Arsenal 1-0 West Brom<br /> <br /> Chelsea 2-0 Bournemouth<br /> <br /> Hull 0-2 Manchester City<br /> <br /> Liverpool 3-2 Stoke<br /> <br /> Brian&rsquo;s:<br /> <br /> Arsenal 2-1 West Brom<br /> <br /> Chelsea 3-1 Bournemouth<br /> <br /> Hull 1-2 Manchester City<br /> <br /> Liverpool 4-2 Stoke<br /> <br /> Alexei&rsquo;s:<br /> <br /> Arsenal 2-1 West Brom<br /> <br /> Chelsea 2-0 Bournemouth<br /> <br /> Hull 0-2 Manchester city<br /> <br /> Liverpool 4-1 Stoke http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13509549/247895_74320_repro_w300.jpg Teenage Monday, December 26, 2016 7:16 AM J Cole's '4 Your Eyez Only': Smash or Trash? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/J-Cole-s-4-Your-Eyez-Only--Smash-or-Trash- Thristan: It's no Born Sinner or 2014 Forest Hills Drive. It's not as catchy as some of his other work, since he took it down a bit and made 4 Your Eyez Only more mellow, but it shows a different understanding of his surroundings and his life. You won't bop your head as much to this one but it's definitely a smash. The story-telling aspect of it is a perfect example of America's indictment on the black man.<br /> <br /> Rashida: It's full of passion and brings out all the emotions I never knew I had, particularly the titular track.<br /> <br /> Brian: 4 Your Eyez Only only serves to reiterate J. Cole's ability to paint a vignette in the minds of his listeners. The album was also unique in a sense that it was specifically written for one person (his late friend's daughter) and through this we were given an insight about the struggles black men face in American society. In comparison to his other albums, it isn't instantly captivating and this may lead many people to believe that the album is a fail but for me personally, it ranks with some of the best albums that have been released in recent years.<br /> <br /> Charlene: J. Cole brings back easy listening, story-telling and a high level of consciousness to rap music on 4 Your Eyez Only. The album is really special and as weird as it may seem to call a newly released project a classic this definitely has all the qualities of a classic album. Even though the title sounds and looks like the name of a cheesy pop song stylised to seem gangsta and cool, this is an album we'll tell our grand-kids about. It's a smash hit.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13522159/J--Cole_w300.jpg Teenage Thursday, December 22, 2016 1:33 PM