Jamaican sing-jay Busy Signal, 33, was arrested on May 21 by members of the Fugitive Apprehension Team on a provisional extradition warrant at Kingston’s Norman Manley International Airport as he disembarked a flight arriving from the UK after having just completed a tour that included dates in Paris and Amsterdam.

According to a report in the Jamaica Observer newspaper, Busy Signal, born Glendale Goshia Gordon, but also known as Reanno Devon Gordon, abandoned his European tour after learning that an extradition warrant was issued for him by the United States Government. Gordon is charged with conspiracy to possess and distribute cocaine in the US; it is alleged that he absconded bail in March 2002.
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A quick web search revealed Minnesota District Court Case No. 0:02-cr-00054-JMR-FLN: USA v. Gordon, with a Glendale Gordon being charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, three counts of conspiracy to distribute cocaine (level 4) and a third charge of possession with intent to distribute cocaine. The ‘Level 4′ is an indicator of conspiracy to distribute five or more kilograms.

A former resident alien of the US, Gordon purportedly removed his ankle bracelet tracking device and fled to Jamaica prior to sentencing. Jamaican police said yesterday that Gordon had been under surveillance for several years.
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Gordon is scheduled to appear in Kingston’s Half Way Tree Resident Magistrate court on Thursday May 24th. The provisional warrant and court appearance facilitate the extradition process, which, based on the court’s assessment of the information presented, can lead to an extradition order. Since his return to Jamaica in 2002, Busy Signal lacked a US Visa although he performed regularly in Europe and throughout the Caribbean. A prominent artist on the dancehall circuit, Busy Signal’s authentic street savvy, quick wit, and mesmerizing vocal stream earned him numerous dancehall hits. In 2007 he released the gritty, autobiographical single “Jail,” a grim recollection of his incarceration in the early 00s.


In a previous interview with Billboard.biz in Kingston, Busy Signal reflected on that time in his life. “In my late teens, early 20s I was moving around different states, Connecticut, Florida, Boston, New York and Texas, others, basically hustling. A lot of things come with being in the street, things that let us lose focus as young youths. I got in trouble with the law for different type of stuff and was locked up once on a conspiracy charge, then I got bail. After that I was like I just want to do music. I don’t want the mixup, the confusion. Then I came here and I never try to go back to the US ever since. For me it work out good doing music, it give me a different view towards life.”
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Busy Signal has released four albums. His latest, Reggae Music Again (VP Records) has earned widespread critical acclaim as the artist adapts his precisely fashioned rhymes to classic roots reggae rhythms. Since its April 24th release, Reggae Music Again has spent five weeks on the Top Reggae Albums Chart, where it sits at No. 9 for the week of May 26, reaching as high as No. 5. The album’s first single “Come Over (Missing You)” was a significant hit in Jamaica and reached various international reggae charts.


“You can’t fight what’s there but regardless of the situation he was in, with the release of Reggae Music Again, Busy Signal was becoming an iconic artist, who could change the game; he was an ambassador for contemporary roots reggae,” said Neil “Diamond” Edwards, Director of A&R at VP Records. “Working with Busy’s manager Shane Brown (the primary producer on Reggae Music Again) we had planned to make a video for every song on the album, including the title track which would include footage of this recent European tour,” Diamond continued. “Since he couldn’t travel to the U.S. the visuals are the best way to get the music out there, and give the album continual attention beyond the initial six-week push.”




(Reuters) – Michael Jackson’s “Bad” returns this September with new music and never-before-seen concert video in the first re-release of a full album from the King of Pop’s catalog since he died in 2009, Jackson’s record company and estate said on Monday.

The “Bad 25” deluxe package, released on September 18, commemorates the 25th anniversary of the original, Grammy-winning album with hits like “The Way You Make Me Feel,” and it will include demos and songs that didn’t make the final cut of the original version.

The new songs were recorded in Jackson’s studio while he was making the album, and the package also offers a DVD of Jackson’s performance for Britain’s Prince Charles, Lady Diana and 72,000 fans at London’s Wembley Stadium in 1988.

The video was discovered in the singer’s personal collection, and thought to be the only copy of the performance, taped for Jackson’s own use, the estate said.

Jackson, a member of the Jackson Five family of singers and one of the best-selling pop stars of all time, died in 2009 of an overdose of the anesthetic propofol and sedatives. His doctor at the time, Conrad Murray, is currently in jail after being convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the singer’s death.

Craig Marks, editor of Popdust.com and co-author of “I Want My MTV,” said the “Bad 25” anniversary package should highlight Jackson’s legendary talents as a live performer and, perhaps, lure new fans.

“It continues to focus fans’ attention on his music … hopefully it brings to the fore what an incredible live performer he was and his songbook, given that ‘Bad’ was at the time considered to be very successful but was in the shadows of ‘Thriller,'” Marks told Reuters.

“Bad” won two Grammy awards and sold more than 45 million copies around the world, fueled by the popularity of singles such as “Dirty Diana,” “Smooth Criminal” and the album title track, “Bad.”

It was the singer’s last collaboration with legendary Motown producer Quincy Jones, who helmed the production on Jackson’s solo album “Off The Wall” and the hit follow-up “Thriller,” one of the best-selling albums in history.

Marks believes “Bad” marked the end of an era for Jackson and Jones, and that Jackson used the record to explore deeper struggles following the phenomenal success of “Thriller.”

“The paranoid romantic hell he’s in, his mini snapshots of how he felt being in the public eye so nakedly, and in some ways so alone, he wasn’t able to trust many people and he felt very isolated. You can hear that in the record,” said Marks.

To gear up Jackson fans ahead of September, the late singer’s record company will re-release the first single from the album, “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” on June 5th in the U.S.



Young Buck won’t be a free man much longer — TMZ has learned the rapper has agreed to serve 18 months in prison for gun possession, following a massive IRS raid on his Nashville home in 2010.

According to the deal, Buck agreed to plead guilty to possessing firearms and ammunition as a convicted felon.

According to legal docs filed in the case, federal agents recovered the firearms in Buck’s house during a 2010 raid — when feds busted into the house to repossess a bunch of the rapper’s belongings to settle a $300,000 tax debt.

According to the docs, feds found a .40 caliber Glock 22 in Buck’s home along with ammunition. As a convicted felon, Buck is prohibited from possessing ANY kinds of firearms.

As for the felony rap — Buck was convicted of assault with a deadly weapon after stabbing some guy at the Vibe Awards in 2004.

The judge signed off on the plea deal already but won’t formally sentence the rapper ’til July 13th.




Pauly D’s a no-talent poser — at least according to electronic music legend Deadmau5.

The famed mouse-headed DJ was shooting a music video in LA over the weekend — when we asked if he thought the “Jersey Shore” star had any real DJ talent. Deadmau5 responded, “No, not really.”

DM’s Pauly D jab comes in the wake of a little Twitter feud last week — when Mr. Mau5 publicly bashed Pauly’s new music video, saying it looked embarrassingly cheap … “like it cost about $150 to make.”

Pauly said he was flattered that DM even deigned to criticize him — but now, Deadmau5 says the entire embarrassing Internet standoff could have been avoided … if Pauly did ONE thing differently … watch the clip.



Chris Brown performed at Sunday night’s Billboard Music Awards and whilst the R&B singer seems to be able to do no wrong in the eyes of his fans, his fellow pop stars in the audience were less than impressed with his performance. Brown didn’t seem to be able to muster up the energy, or the coordination, perhaps, to sing live and it wasn’t long before the likes of Pink called him out for lip-syncing his way through the act.
On her Twitter feed, Pink posted a message after Brown had performed his hot song ‘Turn Up the Music,’ saying “One day if I lipsync i hope i do it as well as him…” The hi-energy act involved Chris riding glow in the dark bikes, on a giant ramp onstage. He seemed to have forgotten that the evening was a music celebration, not a motocross awards event, but he carried on regardless, miming his way through the elaborate routine. Pink’s husband, Carey Hart – himself a motorcycle racer – couldn’t quite stifle his own opinions on the performance, either. He remarked on the similarities between a Chris; stage show and a Pink’s performance at the 2010 American Music Awards saying “I’m pretty sure I saw my wife did that same performance, but she was 3 months pregnant and actually sang the song.”
Unfortunately for Carey, some of Katy Perry’s fans got the wrong end of the stick and thought that he was calling her out, rather than Chris Brown. He cleared up the confusion but still managed to get a dig in at Perry whilst he was at it, after writing a message that said “”Looks like someone else’s fans got a bit wound up! Funny, that performance looked real familiar too.”



Usher blasted his ex-wife in court today — testifying that Tameka Foster flew into a jealous rage, hitting him, throwing food, and worst of all … spitting on his girlfriend.

Usher took the stand in his ongoing child custody trial with his ex, and under questioning by his attorney, revealed how Tameka once went ballistic and “wanted to fight” … when he showed up at her house with his new sidepiece.

Ush testified Tameka walked to his car and said, “I’m gonna kick your ass. Bitch get out of the car. How dare you bring this woman into my subdivision in my house?”

He added, “She continued to spit. At this point she pulled the door open, tried to swing at her.”

Usher claims he had to get out of the car and block Tameka … who then hit him. Usher said he pleaded with Tameka to calm down, but claims “she threw a plate of food at the car” … as he fled the situation.

You gotta hear Usher describe the intense showdown — and remember, Tameka previously testified she once told the gf, “I will f**k you up.”



Cross-industry trade body UK Music last week published research conducted on its behalf by Oliver & Ohlbaum, which attempted to identify how much value was added to an MP3 player, smartphone, tablet computer or cloud locker service by the fact it is possible to transfer music that originates on CD onto these devices or platforms.

The survey was conducted in response to the government’s recent copyright consultation which, amongst other things, is considering introducing a private copy right into the British copyright system. As previously reported, at the moment it is technically illegal in the UK to make personal back-up copies of CDs, or to transfer CD tracks to a digital music device.

Under most other systems, copyright law allows such personal private copies to be made by default, though in many European and some other jurisdictions the music industry is compensated via a levy system, where a levy is charged on devices onto which such copies are made. Though quite what devices the levy applies to varies from country to country, and has not been without controversy in the digital era (pre-web levies were charged on blank cassettes and CD-Rs, though in the digital age should levies be applied to iPods, phones, any PC with a CD player, and what about new cloud lockers?)

Both the copyright reviews undertaken by UK governments in the last decade – so Gowers in 2006 and Hargreaves last year – have advocated the introduction of a private copy right without levy. But, while the UK music industry generally supports the introduction of the private copy right in principle, as the current government looks to make Hargreaves’ proposals law, it will lobby that the right only be introduced alongside some sort of levy or opt-in licence system to compensate rights owners, putting Britain on a level playing field with other European copyright systems.

With digial device and cloud locker operators likely to lobby against those proposals, the UK Music research presumably hopes to show that such companies have been benefiting for years by providing the tools that enable private copies of CDs to be made, even though technically such copies have been illegal to date. Once such copies are legal, some rights owners will argue, labels and publishers should be rewarded for the added-value their content brings to MP3 players, smart-phones and cloud-lockers, through some sort of Europe-style levy or licence system.

Though the device makers might argue that if they didn’t make and sell their gadgets consumers wouldn’t be able to listen to the music industry’s content at all, so wouldn’t buy any songs or recordings in the first place, so perhaps the device manufacturers should be paid for the value they bring to the record industry’s music. Actually the device makers’ PR folk are more likely to go for the much more emotive if not entirely accurate “we’ll have to add this levy onto the top of our existing unit prices, and this is just another example of the money grabbing music industry screwing over the customer”. Which will be fun.

Though whatever your viewpoint on the private copy and levy debates, the Oliver & Ohlbaum research, which was peer reviewed by Professor Ken Willis from the University of Newcastle, makes for interesting reading. The report reckons 44% of the value of a basic MP3 player device can be attributed to the ability to play music copied from CDs, which would work out in cash terms at about £21 (with the average basic device costing £47.45). It was calculated 53% of a mid-range player’s value was linked to CD tracks (so £65.17), and 32% for a top-end device (£80.00).

For smart-phones, the report says 2.5-4.1% of value can be attributed to music copied from CDs (making the cash value anything from £6.67 to £23.60), while for tablets it was worked out 6.7% of the value could be linked to CD music, resulting in a value of £33.50. As for cloud-locker services, even with those digital storage services that are not specifically focused on music, the storage of tracks copied from CDs was the second most important facility to consumers, according to the study.



(Reuters Health) – Doctors know that drinking, drugs and risky sex go together in young people — and a new study suggests loud music should be added to that list.

In the report from The Netherlands, researchers found that teens and young adults who spent a lot of time listening to loud music — already risky because of the long-term chance of hearing loss — were also more likely to smoke marijuana, binge drink and have sex without a condom.

“I think they’ve really shown that sex and drugs go with rock and roll,” said Dr. Sharon Levy, head of the Adolescent Substance Abuse Program at Boston Children’s Hospital who wasn’t involved in the new study

But, Levy said, it’s far too early to warn parents that listening to loud music could lead to drug or alcohol use.

The study couldn’t show that one type of risky behavior led to the other, she pointed out. And it didn’t answer another important question: what type of music, exactly, were study participants listening to?

Researchers led by Ineke Vogel at Erasmus MC University Medical Center in Rotterdam surveyed 944 students from inner-city vocational schools, aged 15 to 25, about their music-listening habits and other typical behavior.

They assessed “music-listening dose” by asking students how much time they spent listening to tunes on their MP3 players or at a club or concert and estimating how loud that music typically was for each participant.

The researchers then divided the students into those exposed or not exposed to risky music levels, based on a cut-off defined as one hour per day of music at 89 decibels — about as loud as a lawnmower — or the equivalent.

According to that definition, about one-third of the participants were risky MP3-player listeners and close to half were exposed to music at risky levels at clubs and concerts.

Young people who often listed to loud music on MP3 players were twice as likely to have used pot in the last month, compared to non-risky music listeners, the research team reported in Pediatrics on Monday.

And those who were frequently exposed to music at clubs and concerts were six times more likely than people who weren’t to binge drink and twice as likely to have risky sex with inconsistent condom use. Club- and concert-goers also happened to be less likely to smoke pot than other youths.

“We know that high-risk behaviors certainly run together, so in some ways it’s not a big surprise,” Levy told Reuters Health.

The study can’t say anything about whether listening to MP3 players makes people feel like smoking marijuana — or vice versa, she said.

And a more critical question, Levy said, is whether young people are listening to music that glorifies risky behavior and making decisions about drinking, drugs or sex based on that.

“That’s a really important question: is what they’re hearing changing their behavior? That becomes important for parents.”

The Dutch researchers conclude that further research into risky health behaviors should take loud music listening into account, and interventions to prevent unsafe practices could target loud-music venues, like nightclubs, for maximum effect.

The current data, Levy said, shouldn’t change anything about the way doctors treat their patients or how parents see their kids’ music-listening, however.

“It’s really an important reminder that these risk behaviors, they really go together,” she said. But, “I don’t think that we’re at the point that we should say, ‘Boy, you should really cut down MP3 player use’ — we should because of the hearing loss, but I don’t think there’s any evidence that’s going to affect other risky behaviors at this point.”





A MUSIC producer has released an iPhone and iPad application for apsiring DJs.

Ben Frost, 24, from Egleton, launched Bass Drop on Friday and has already seen his creation featured on the music section of download site iTunes.

The app gives DJs in the dubstep genre, which features distinctive extended bass notes, an easy way to create tracks and experiment with different sounds.

Ben said: “It took me more than a year to learn how to create dubstep tracks. I found it quite tricky.

“So I wanted to make it easier for people to use their skills rather than spending ages developing the sounds themselves.

“I’m really proud of the app and I am getting a lot of positive reviews.”

Ben, who has been producing music since he was 15, picked up the skills to design the app while studying for a degree in systems and control at the University of Sheffield.

The app is currently only available for Apple products, but Ben plans to make a version for Android devices in the near future.

He added: “The app is free to download until June 1. I wanted to get it out there because I’m only a small indie developer.”

The app was developed with the help of former Stamford Schoolboy Calum Ogg under the Fresh Touch Media name. Ben hopes to expand his range and move into games and other music genres.

To download Bass Drop visit the iTunes store.



Cracks down on piracy
Despite its economic woes, Greece has decided to focus the efforts of its courts on forcing Internet service providers to block music sharing websites that it claims are participating in piracy.
This falls in line with several other European countries that have issued block orders to ISPs including the UK – though so far none of the blocks have been proven to do anything, even in The Pirate Bay’s case, increasing its user numbers by several millions. Despite this however, Greece is continuing with its censorship plans, considering the property rights of copyright holders above those of an individual’s free speech.
Funnily enough though, the sites being blocked in Greece has nothing to do with the popularly blocked Pirate Bay. Instead, the ones being targeted are Music-Bazaar.com and Ellinadiko.com. The former of the two is an MP3 sales site that offers tracks at low prices. Operated out of Russia, it’s more of a money making site than a traditional “sharing is caring” approach. The former was a music forum with some sharing, but it has recently disappeared – making the block seem unnecessary.
The IP address and domain name will be blocked by the country’s major ISPs, though chances are the implementation won’t be any more sophisticated than we’ve seen in the UK and elsewhere. Get ready for a lot of Greeks making use of proxy services once the block begins to take effect.

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