By NAN ET Editor
News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Friday, June 28, 2019: Here are the top headlines making news on the Caribbean entertainment scene for this week:
A Caribbean Born Artist Is Behind The Soundtrack of Apple’s Newest Ad
A 21-year-old Caribbean-born artist is behind the soundtrack for the latest Apple ad.
According to AdWeek, Apple’s newest ad for “Bounce,” released Thursday to promote AirPods comes from 21-year-old Kingston, Jamaica-born producer and songwriter Tessellated. The new ad soundtrack comes from the singer’s single, “I Learnt Some Jazz Today.’
Caribbean-born Actress Leticia Wright For BBC Drama
Caribbean born actress, Guyanese Letitia Wright, heads an all-star British cast in Steve McQueen’s upcoming anthology series, “Small Axe.”
It is one of the most eagerly anticipated dramas coming out of Britain, where it will air on the BBC. Amazon has already snagged the show for the U.S. The show is set in London’s West Indian community, starting in the late 1960s and running until the early ’80s.
Production is now underway on location in London.
Maxi Priest Has A New Single
International superstar Maxi Priest has released a new single and is set to drop his new album in August.
The singer’s “I’m Alright” single features Shaggy. It is the first single off of his forthcoming album ‘It All Comes Back To Love,” which is produced entirely by Shaggy and set to drop on August 23rd via S-Curve Records.
Fans can stream and purchase the single here.
Haitian Rapper Has A Warning For Democrats
Haitian-born rapper Wyclef Jean is warning US Democrats to be careful since Donald Trump could get re-elected.
Trump can be re-elected if the Democrats don’t get it together,” Jean said at an interview at Cannes Lions, the annual advertising conference in the South of France. “If the Democrats get it together, there is a possibility that they could take the election.”
“Remember, quote me on this, if the strategy is to take [President Donal] Trump head on with a verbal match of you say one thing, I’m going to say one thing, you have lost the match already because he’s the kid in the cafeteria—you got one [insult], he got one, and he’s constantly go back with you,” he added.
Asked about Democratic front runner Joe Biden, Jean added: “If I was playing chess, I would say Joe Biden’s strong point in this is going to be what’s the VP look like? What I loved about Obama was like, ‘Okay, well maybe there’s parts I don’t know, so I’ll get a senior in that sense to rock out.’ So I think, in my humble opinion, there has to be a revolution of some sort with the youth, galvanizing the youth. Who is galvanizing the youth?”
This Caribbean Roots Singer Is Set To Star In A Biopic
Caribbean roots singer, Jason Derulo, is set to be among the cast in the biopic of famed Casablanca Records founder and executive, Neil Bogart.
Bogart promoted and signed artists like Donna Summer, Curtis Mayfield, Joan Jett, George Clinton’s Parliament, Kiss, the Isley Brothers, and the Village People. The record executive’s life was filled with lavish, disco-era parties, but tragically that all came to an end when he died of cancer and lymphoma in 1982 at 39-years-old.
According to Deadline, Jason Derulo will star as Ron Isley while Samuel L. Jackson will play George Clinton; Kenan Thompson, Motown’s Berry Gordy; Jay Pharoah, WBLS radio DJ Frankie Crocker and Jazmine Sullivan as Gladys Knight among others.
A Chinese Company Could Soon Own Part Of Rihanna’s Record Label
Universal Music Group’s parent company, Vivendi, says it is considering selling a portion of the music label to Tencent, a China-based social-media and internet company.
Universal is home to high-profile artists such as Caribbean born star, Rihanna.
The deal could be subject to review by a US committee that examines business investments for potential national-security risks.
Sean Paul Teams Up And Drops New Single
Jamaican Grammy star Sean Paul has dropped a new dancehall club banger as the summer heats up along with Squash, aka the 6ixx Boss, one of the hottest new artists in the game this year.
“Life We Living” comes as Squash is getting ready to close this year’s Reggae Sumfest in Montego Bay, Jamaica in in July on dancehall night with his 6ixx crew.
Dancehall Star Releases New Track
Jamaican dancehall artist Vybz Kartel may still be incarcerated but he continues to release music. He recently dropped another reggae hip hop fusion song titled “Loving Every Moment.” It was produced on TJ Records and sheds light on the silver lining in Vybz life despite the ostensible challenges he has faced along the way.