Passafire starts at the top of the Billboard chart


BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer Writer

Monday, October 03, 2011

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THE rock/reggae band Passafire based in Savannah, Georgia in the United States debuts at the top of Billboard's Reggae album chart with its fourth studio album Start from Scratch. With a new member, a new producer and a newly formed label, Passafire delivers what is considered to be its best album to date.

Passafire was formed in 2003 by students attending Savannah College of Art and Design. Throughout the years they have become a perpetually touring band playing hundreds of shows a year with bands like 311, Pepper, Rebelution, Matisyahu, Michael Franti, and the Wailers among others.

And still on the Billboard Reggae album chart, last week's number one album Distant Relatives by Nas and Damian Marley falls to number two. The number three album is a former number one, Wild and Free by Ziggy Marley, while his brother Stephen inches up to number four with Revelation Part 1. The number five album is another former number one, a various artistes compilation Jamaica: Island in the Sun.

Guidance, Ico Flamez and Magano heading to Africa

LEJANAE records recording artiste Magano is heading to Africa on a tour later this year. The singer will also be accompanied by Brown Brothers recording artiste Guidance and deejay Ico Flamez.

Magano has been impacting radio with the song Never Be Your Child, while Guidance and Ico Flamez are getting attention with their collaboration By the Window.

By the Window is on the Windblown riddim from Chaka Indian Golden Production.

On October 21, Magano, Guidance and Ico Flamez will perform at the Plug and Play event in Kingston.

Hefla Nyah hunts the big break with Take You There

REGGAE artiste Hefla Nyah has been blowing up radio with his latest single Take you There (Jamaica). The song which pays homage to the land of his birth, has given the St Mary native some much-needed attention.

"Since this tune hit the airwaves it has been generating a lot of good vibes and the people love it," Hefla Nyah said recently. He added: "Take You There is an expression of love and patriotism for my home land I truly love Jamaica, so I had to do a song about my country."

A video accompanying the track was recently directed by Nordia Rose. It was shot at several scenic locations in St Mary and St Ann.


While Rihanna continues to stir headlines with her recent flesh fest while on a video shoot in Northern Ireland, the pop singer enters the Billboard Hot 100 at number 16 with We Found Love, the first single from her forthcoming sixth studio album. Meanwhile, Moves like Jagger by Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera holds at number one for a 4th non-consecutive week.

Eighty-five-year-old singer Tony Bennett becomes the oldest living person to reach the number one spot on the Billboard 200 album chart. His Duets II set sold a modest 179,000 copies to take the top spot.

Expect Jay Z's latest protégé, rapper J Cole to debut at the top of the Billboard 200 next week. His debut album Cole World: The Sideline Story is projected to sell close to a quarter-million units and sail to the top.

Marvin and Chadonnay by Big Sean featuring Kanye West and Roscoe Dash takes over from the top of the Billboard R&B Hip Hop Songs chart.

Over in the UK, Dapper is number one with the track No Regrets. Debuting at number four is It Girl by Jason DeRulo. Over on the UK album chart, Velocirapter by Kabasian is the chart's new number one.


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