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SHAGGY

GRAMMY-winning, certified diamond-selling music icon Shaggy kicks into high gear in anticipation of his new studio album Wah Gwaan?! – out next Friday, May 10 via The Cherrytree Music Company, Brooklyn Knights Entertainment and 300 Entertainment. Pre-order is available this Friday, May 3.

Today (May 2), Shaggy will debut the album’s latest single “You” featuring the 19-year-old Canadian singer-songwriter Alexander Stewart with a performance on The Late Late Show with James Corden on CBS. Next week, the duo will grace the stage of ABC’s Good Morning America on Wednesday, May 8 followed by performances on Live with Kelly and Ryan on Tuesday, May 14 and Strahan & Sara on Friday, May 17. Tune in to hear the song that Billboard calls an “irresistibly upbeat EDM/dancehall fusion.”

Wah Gwaan?! is Shaggy’s most personal album to date and an emblematic display of his rich sound influenced by all styles of music. He embodies his Jamaican roots on dancehall tracks like “Caribbean Way,” “Frenemy,” “Ketch Mi Up” and “Money Up” ft. Noah Powa. Shaggy balances the seductive energy of rising dancehall superstar Shenseea and GRAMMY-nominated R&B powerhouse vocalist Stacy Barthe on “Super Natural.” His musical worlds collide on “Body Good” ft. Nicky Jam, one of the biggest acts out of the urban Latino scene. Shaggy continues to spread his contagious joy on “Use Me” and “Makeup Sex” ft. Nyanda and reveals his introspective side on “Wrong Room,” an ode about his mother. The artist expands his global reach with the irresistible smash “You” ft. Alexander Stewart and “When She Loves Me” ft. Rayvon. Shaggy and Rayvon have a long hit-making history, spawning ‘90s & ‘00s mega anthems “In The Summertime,” “Angel” and “Big Up.” Shaggy also taps a diverse range of producers including the legendary dancehall brothers Tony CD Kelly and Dave Kelly, Martin Kierszenbaum (Sting, Lady Gaga), iLLWayno (Nicki Minaj, Nas, 2 Chainz), Kizzo and Costi Official. Wah Gwaan?! represents a robust musical journey by a musician/songwriter/entertainer/armed forces veteran that invites the listener in with vibrancy, urgency and hope. Most of all, it captures the Caribbean-forged, energy-infused, adventure-informed musical impulses of a one-of-kind original: Shaggy.

Shaggy will tour throughout the spring and summer. He will also join Sting for a series of shows spanning across the UK in late May performing songs off their recent GRAMMY winner for Best Reggae Album, entitled 44/876, as well as their own respective greatest hits, together. See full list of Shaggy’s tour dates.

Refinery29’s Style Out There

WATCH NOW: EPISODE FOUR OF REFINERY29’s ORIGINAL SERIES

Style Out There

Style Out There, Refinery29’s award-winning video series is back with the fourth episode of season 3. With over 26 million views, host and journalist Connie Wang digs into the way clothing has given women a way to speak out, look within, and identify the forces that limit their potential. Through these stories, Wang discovers the powerful way fashion illuminates social and political issues, ranging from the connection between sexy clothing and sexual assault to instances when cultural appropriation can actually be both useful and productive.

Episode Four of Style Out There is Now Available on Refinery29.com

In episode four, Connie Wang explores the all-female teams in the equestrian sport Escaramuza, which is a treasured Mexican tradition melding riding, fashion, and national identity. But for the athletes living in America, there’s an added vulnerability in literally wearing their Mexican pride on their sleeves.  

Episode Four Highlights

On Making Women Confident

“I say it’s contributed because practicing Charrería, and more in the United States, it magnifies and gives you a confidence as a Mexican to be able to open all the doors, remove all the barriers and not fear anything.” – Frine, Coach, Real De Valle

On Escaramuza Telling a Story from the Past

“Charging through the arena like true warriors Las Coronelas De Illinois are poised, powerful and in control. As I watch them spin in layers of crinoline Vision of Adelitas from centuries ago it occurs to me that, today, this sport and its pageantry really tells a story about the grace and bravery of these women who dedicate their lives to it.”

“On top of their horses, in these dresses, Escaramuza like Mireya are proudly announcing who they are and where they belong.” – Connie Wang, Host

On the Dress Being a Symbol of Pride

“Ever since the elections,  I do feel that wearing the Escaramuza dress is more than just  wearing team gear it’s more like sending a message and proving that I am proud of being Mexican-American .” – Mireya, Las Coronelas De Illinois

Style Out There will premiere new episodes every week on Refinery29’s YouTube channel, exploring Japanese Cholas subculture in Nagoya, the rise of Afrofuturism across the globe, the American Escaramuzas, and Jamaica’s dancehall queens.

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Refinery29’s Style Out There

WATCH NOW: SEASON 3 PREMIERE OF REFINERY29’s SERIES

Style Out There

Refinery29 returns with season 3 of the award-winning video series, Style Out There. With over 23 million views over the last two seasons, host and journalist Connie Wang digs back into the way clothing has given women a way to speak out, look within, and identify the forces that limit their potential. Through these stories, Wang discovers the powerful way fashion illuminates social and political issues, ranging from the connection between sexy clothing and sexual assault to instances when cultural appropriation can actually be both useful and productive.

Episode One of Style Out There is Now Available

In episode one, Connie Wang explores the cultural phenomenon of Disneybounding. Despite Disney’s strict rules prohibiting adults from wearing costumes inside its theme parks, die-hard fans have found a creative way to nerd out with their clothing.

Episode One Highlights:

On What Draws Disneybounders to Disney’s Films and Theme Parks:

“I didn’t grow up speaking English, they would take me outside of class to teach me how to speak English and I felt like that was pretty much Ariel. She was not feeling really part of the Mer-world but not too much part of the human world. Her story to me was very like I get it, I’m in that in between space, I’m neither here nor there and that’s okay and I can be part of both worlds.” – Evette, Disneybounder

“Disney to me is selling a feeling of happiness and joy and magic and nostalgia. No matter how uncertain the world seems, Disney kinda stays constant and consistent.” – Chelsea, Disneybounder

“In a land of synthetic monuments, Disneybounders have found real reasons to share hope, friendships and fanny packs. If the world looks better through rose colored glasses, maybe I’ll grab a pair? Hey, those could go great with a piglet disneybound.” – Connie, Host

On Disney’s Growing Diversity:

“We’re going to see a queer prince one day. We’re going to see a Vietnamese, a Japanese, different parts of Asia we’re going to see a Latina princess from Puerto Rico, from Cuba, from South America. I feel like slowly we’re going to get there one day.” – Evette, Disneybounder

Style Out There will premiere new episodes every week on Refinery29’s YouTube channel, exploring Japanese Cholas subculture in Nagoya, the rise of Afrofuturism across the globe, the American Escaramuzas, and Jamaica’s dancehall queens.

About Refinery29

Refinery29 is the leading media and entertainment company focused on women. Through a variety of lifestyle stories, original video programming, social, shareable content, and live experiences, Refinery29 provides its audience with the inspiration and tools to discover and pursue a more independent, stylish, and informed life. Please visit www.refinery29.com/en-us, www.refinery29.com/en-ca, www.refinery29.uk and www.refinery29.de for more information and to browse content.

STEVEN MALCOLM

Steven Malcolm’s sophomore album on 4 Against 5, a division of Curb | Word Entertainment, The Second City (available 1/25/19), is a vulnerable look into Malcolm’s own journey to find his true identity. Dedicated to his father who immigrated from Montego Bay, Jamaica, nickname, “The Second City.” At the age of 10, his father was deported back to Jamaica by U.S. authorities where he later passed away leaving Malcolm fatherless and with a broken heart. Yet, it was through being without a father, he found his calling to music and true identity as a man.

This album is a musical and cinematographic representation of this young man’s journey in search for his true self. Reality is portrayed lyrically like never before – the battles, the dark valleys, failures, to ultimately showcase the redemptive light that conquers the darkness life throws at each of us. This is Steven Malcolm’s story; his hope, his pain, his joy, and his truth.

Stylistically merging hip hop with reggae and inspirational, The Second City features dynamic tracks unlike any sound available today. Featured songs include: “Redemption Song,” “Fuego (feat. Anderson Michael),” “Even Louder (feat. Leeland),” “Devil Is A Liar,” and “The Beauty of Dreams.”

Follow Steven Malcolm to The Second City as he lets you in on his story as a way to inspire you and others to achieve their dreams.

Welcome To Jamrock Reggae Cruise

Hailed as one of the most authentic, intimate and international reggae experiences, Welcome To Jamrock Reggae Cruise will celebrate its fifth year on the high seas from December 1-6, 2018. The sold-out 5-day voyage aboard Royal Caribbean departs Ft. Lauderdale, FL with stops in Ocho Rios and Falmouth, Jamaica.

This monumental year will be packed with unforgettable moments. To celebrate this occasion, five of Bob Marley’s kin Ziggy, Stephen, Julian, Ky-Mani and Damian will unite on one stage for a rare performance.

Welcome To Jamrock Reggae Cruise (WTJRC) has become one of the most in-demand reggae gatherings in the world. Since its inception in 2014, every single cruise sells out almost a year in advance. Each year, fans spanning from over 40 countries all converge for their love of reggae music and Jamaican culture.

Founded by Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, the Grammy-winning musician has made it his mission for the cruise to embody the island’s rich culture. The music, entertainment, food, fitness and wellness activities all give cruise-goers a slice of the Jamaica before they dock, from Ital Rastafarian cuisine to the celebrity football (soccer) tournaments to cult-classic films to the annual soundclash (in layman’s terms, a Jamaica-originated DJ battle), this is not the average cruise. It is the only place where fans can stay up until dawn to catch their favorite acts performing throughout the ship and join them the same morning on the pool deck for sunrise meditation with Nyabinghi drumming and chanting. After fully immersing into these pure organic experiences, the cruisers appreciate their arrival to Jamaica that much more.

This year’s artist lineup boasts a diverse range of Jamaican talent from today’s emerging stars to the legends who paved the way. In addition to the Marley Brothers’ anticipated performance, Damian “Jr Gong” Marley will carry on the Jamrock tradition to deliver an electrifying solo set. The power bill continues with Mykal Rose with Sly & Robbie, Bounty Killer, Jah Cure, Chronixx, Tarrus Riley, Third World, Konshens, Elephant Man, Aidonia, Queen Ifrica, Agent Sasco, Kabaka Pyramid, Shenseea, Skatalites, Ken Boothe, Leroy Sibbles, Horace Andy, Jo Mersa Marley, Jesse Royal, Dexta Daps, Spragga Benz, General Degree, Red Rat, Buccaneer, Jah9, King Jammy’s, Johnny Osbourne, Admiral Bailey, Pinchers, Bunny General and Pad Anthony.

Following the artists’ performances, cruisers can catch their favorite sound systems (Stone Love, Renaissance, Mighty Crown, Tony Matterhorn, Kingston 12 Hi-Fi, Bass Odyssey, Heavy Hammer and Black Scorpio) spinning tunes until the wee hours of the night.

Throughout the cruise, there will also be a variety of DJs and hosts (DJ Rory, Mutabaruka, Bambino, Big A, Nikki Z, Colin Hines, ZJ Liquid, DJ Roy, Spex, Robbo Ranx, Rassarella, GT Taylor, Ron Muschette, Seani B, Westafa, Steelie Bashment, Shacia Payne, Foota Hype, Shortkut, DJ Gringo, Yaardcore, Mad Out, Mixmaster J, Supa Hype and Hotta Rice) providing sounds and entertainment along with enlightening discussions from guest speakers Cindy Breakspeare and Neville Garrick.

2018 may be sold out, but fans can reserve a spot on 2019’s ship, on sale now.

Legalise Medical Cannabis symposium

Held at Portcullis House, Westminster at 7pm on Wednesday 27th June, the symposium took place ahead of the 2nd reading of the debate on the proposed bill of legalisation of Cannabis (Medicinal Purposes) in the House of Commons scheduled for July 6th.

In light of Sajid Javid’s intervention last week, granting permission for two mothers to legally use cannabis to treat their children in the UK and launching a review into medical uses of cannabis, the symposium of experts deliberated the benefits of cannabis-based medicine and called for change in the legal status of the drug for medicinal use in the UK.

The symposium consisted of five individuals invested in changing this law: Damian Jr Gong Marley, Professor Green, Norman Lamb MP, Dr Frank D’Ambrosio and Change.org activist Kate Rothwell.

Damian Jr Gong Marley, the legendary Grammy award winning reggae artist, and youngest son of Bob Marley is an advocate of the medical benefits of cannabis. In 2016 Damian partnered with Ocean Grown Extracts to buy a former prison in California, the Claremont Custody Centre, to turn it into a farm producing cannabis oils, extracts and other products for medicinal use.The music video for Damian’s recently released single Medication, which features his brother Stephen Marley, was shot in the former prison and stars former inmates and includes testimonials from people who’ve been helped by the plant including as US Marine Crops Sergeant Sean Major who uses cannabis for brain trauma and PTSD.

Damian Jr Gong, Marley spoke on the growing scientific evidence for the benefits of cannabis: It’s been a big part of my culture from ever since. A big part of Jamaican culture, reggae music and my faith as a Rasta. Itߣs a big part of my culture. Even before proof of the medical benefits of the plant, we were always endorsing the plant. We use it as a spiritual sacrament and recreationally. We have a saying in Jamaica that: The herb is the healing of the nation. With it becoming legal in various places, there’s now slowly more research that proves there is evidence of that.

Representing the political establishment Norman Lamb, the Liberal Democrat MP for North Norfolk and chair of the Science and Technology Select Committee, called on Theresa May to legalise cannabis, particularly in the wake of recent news stories about how children like Alfie Dingley and Billy Caldwell, who suffer from seizures, could benefit from using cannabis-based medicine.

Norman Lamb MP spoke on the significance of recent cases, the importance of medicinal legalisation and the potential for full legalisation: I’ve always said that you have to get medicinal use legalised first, and I think last week was a very significant moment because it was the first time a government has reacted by saying: We’re reviewing it. That’s not nearly enough, and we need to keep pushing them constantly to go the whole way, but that was a big breakthrough for this government to do that, and it was because children’s lives were seen to be at risk. They thought: There’s political embarrassment here. If we can get medicinal use legalised, just as has happened now in the majority of US states, then you can have a rational debate about full legalisation, which I strongly support.

UK Rapper, documentary maker and activist Professor Green (AKA Stephen Manderson) brought his passion and insight to the panel following his critically acclaimed BBC documentary on the subject, Is It Time to Legalise Weed?

Professor Green&#a0;spoke on British attitudes to cannabis: I think it’s a generational thing, to be honest, and I donߣt think we have a very liberal attitude to much. What happens with that is you have a lack of education because things aren’t spoken about. We’re less liberal when it comes to many things when you compare us to other parts of the world, and what we get from that is many more problems. It doesn’t help anything, all it does it cause more problems. If somethingߣs underground, it’s not spoken about. It’s all the scaremongering in the media. How many times do you see cannabis psychosis in the newspapers?

Dr Frank D’Ambrosio delivered his expertise to the debate. As one of the USA’s leading voices for medicinal cannabis policy reform his knowledge of how successful medical marijuana has been in the US proved invaluable.

Dr Frank spoke on California’s experience with legalisation: California is doing just fine. I don’t think anybody needs to worry about California. We’ve had medical cannabis legalised since 1996, we passed the Compassionate Use Act, Proposition 15, Senate Bill 420. So for 20 years we’ve had patients getting access to medicine. Although the underground market still existed, people were using the dispensaries and they were able to get their medicine. Two years ago we voted for legalisation for the recreational end. Recreational only means intent. Just because youߣre intending to use the cannabis to achieve the psychoactive effect of the THC, doesn’t mean you’re not still getting the benefits. Even though it’s called recreational, you’re still getting the medical benefits.

Kate Rothwell, who started this petition via Change.org provided both a personal story and more systemic ask, calling for legalisation for medical use in the UK, and for it to be available on the NHS. Inspired by the experience of her 11-year-old cousin, Oliver, who has severe epilepsy that is alleviated by cannabis oil, she highlighted the predicament faced by many parents where doctors are forced to withdraw medical help on the NHS if patients are using cannabis oil. Leaving families having to choose between medical care or an increase in seizures.

Kate Rothwell spoke on her cousin Oliver and the family situation which inspired her to start her petition: About 18 months ago, my aunt and uncle spoke to the hospital who said: You can try cannabis oil. We’re not allowed to prescribe that because obviously it’s not legal as a medication here. They bought it online and were delivering it at home, a couple of drops, and the symptoms dropped massively. He was having 20 seizures a day and that dropped down to just a handful, which was completely lifechanging for him and for our whole family, really. About a month ago, the doctors turned around and said: We’re really sorry, we thought it was going to become legal sooner than this and our hands are completely tied. You’re going to have to stop giving him the medication. They had to, because the NHS couldnߣt give them any other medication if he was still on cannabis oil. He came off it, and within 48 hours he had a drop seizure and knocked out his teeth. He’s been having really severe seizures ever since. It’s absolutely devastating, and none of us really knew what to do.

The symposium can be viewed in full on NME.com Friday 29th June 2018.

Damian Marley x Living It Up

DAMIAN MARLEY “LIVING IT UP” VISUAL AVAILABLE NOW EXCLUSIVELY ON TIDAL

Today, Damian “Jr Gong” Marley premiered the music video for his impassioned single “Living It Up” off his GRAMMY Award-winning fourth studio album, Stony Hill, exclusively on global music and entertainment platform, TIDAL.

 

In the visual, Marley takes his son back to his hometown in Jamaica to share the culture of where his father Bob Marley grew up and where reggae music was born, as well as the parallel between his upbringing and where he is now.

 

The video was directed by Gil Green, and filmed in Trenchtown, Stony Hill and Port Antonio, Jamaica.

 

“If I have to pick a single track that represents the theme of the album overall, I would say it is probably Living It Up, it represents my history. It comes down to where my father is coming from and where my mother is coming from, it’s not likely that people from these two worlds meet up like that on a regular basis and have children. That whole journey, I think is an inspiring story in itself” says Marley about the track.

 

Previously, the TIDAL artist-owner collaborated with the platform to debut the visuals for “Speak Life,” “Stony Hill to Addis” DocumentaryTIDAL X: High Times, a 4/20 celebration. “Medication“, “Nail Pon Cross” as well as performed during TIDAL’s annual charity concert in 2016, TIDAL X: 1020.

 

 

TIDAL’s commitment to connecting fans with their favorite musicians has spanned dozens of livestreams, thousands of ticket giveaways, and an extensive array of exclusive content – including: TIDAL X Brooklyn, the annual star studded benefit concert; TIDAL X livestreams from Chance the Rapper, Ty Dolla $ign, Alicia Keys and more; exclusive album premieres such as Beyonce’s LEMONADE and Rihanna’s ANTI; unique content including 21 Savage’s 30 Days with 21 Savage, Rick Ross‘ album annotations and more!

 

WATCH ON : TIDAL.COM/DAMIANMARLEY

UB40 A REAL LABOUR OF LOVE

UB40

FEATURING ALI, ASTRO & MICKEY

‘A REAL LABOUR OF LOVE’

THE NEW ALBUM AVAILABLE NOW ON UMe

This digital package includes a fully stream-able or downloadable, watermarked version of the audio, cover art, publicity photos and press release for review.

‘A Real Labour Of Love’ is the new album from UB40 Featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey, to be released March 2nd on UMe. As founding members of Britain’s biggest reggae band UB40, singer Ali Campbell, second vocalist Astro and keyboardist Mickey Virtue topped the UK singles chart on three occasions and sold 70 million records as they took their smooth yet rootsy musical blend to all corners of the globe. Now with ‘A Real Labour Of Love’ the trio give us a fresh take on the legendary series of albums, putting the focus primarily on reggae tracks from the 1980s.

“The first three albums featured the songs we grew up listening to,” says Ali. “This one is built around the records we were listening to once UB40 were on the road.”

Between 1983 and 1998 UB40 produced three ‘Labour Of Love’ albums, bringing hits such as Eric Donaldson’s ‘Cherry Oh Baby’, Lord Creator’s ‘Kingston Town’ and Johnny Osbourne’s ‘Come Back Da! rling’ to a new, global audience. They also topped the charts on both sides of the Atlantic with their reggae cover of Neil Diamond’s ‘Red Red Wine’.

And now 20 years later Ali, Astro and Mickey are revitalizing the concept by exploring the tunes of a later golden age, ‘A Real Labour Of Love’ sees the group explore the songs that defined reggae in the Eighties. The concept isn’t a rigid one: Stevie Wonder’s ‘A Place In The Sun’ is a Motown classic from 1966, and there are numbers from the late Seventies in Dennis Brown’s sublime ‘How Could I Leave’ and Culture’s ‘International Herb’. But most of the tracks on ‘A Real Labour Of Love’ are from the Eighties, a decade that saw dancehall reggae enter the mainstream.

“We were spending more time in Jamaica and some of these numbers are the ones we’d hear on the radio and out in the streets,” says Astro. “The singers of these songs were our heroes. They are quintessential reggae artists.”

The new album builds confidently on the momentum gathered in the five years since Astro rejoined singer Ali and keyboardist Mickey in 2013. They have released two acclaimed albums, ‘Silhouette’ (2014) and ‘Unplugged’ (2016), their first ! acoustic album and their first release with UMG.

Recorded and mixed at Dean Street and RAK Studios, ‘A Real Labour Of Love’ was produced by Ali, whose instantly recognizable voice is augmented by the ‘sing-jay’ vocal style of Astro. The latter takes the lead on six of the album’s 16 tracks, placing the two singers at the helm of an 11-piece band. Sadly, ‘A Real Labour Of Love’ also marks the passing of long-serving trombonist John Johnson. A former member of Simply Red who joined forces with Ali seven years ago, John played on the album but passed away the night before the rest of the group were due to play a benefit concert to raise money for his cancer treatment. The album is dedicated to him.

The unique artwork for ‘A Real Labour Of Love’ by celebrated American contemporary artist Mark T Smith was specially commissioned for the release. A first edition print, signed by the artist and the band, is being auctioned with proceeds going to the Teenage Cancer Trust, details to follow soon.

The group are now looking forward to taking their new album on the road, with UK festival appearances lined up for the summer and a UK arena tour in the pipeline f! or 2019. Given the massive success of the trio’s last ‘Labour Of Love’ outing, a 2016 tour that featured sold-out shows at the O2 Arena in London and the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham, there is bound to be a huge appetite for ‘A Real Labour Of Love.’

“The reaction to that tour was fantastic, and every show was a sell-out,” says Ali. “Now we’re ready to do it all again. We knew most of these songs back to front before we began recording ‘A Real Labour Of Love,’ so the challenge was to make them our own rather than copying the originals.”

‘A Real Labour Of Love’ Track Listing:

1. Making Love

2. She Loves Me Now

3. Strive

4. Here I Come

5. Telephone Love/Rumours

6. How Could I Leave

7. Ebony Eyes

8. Hush Darling

9. Hard Times

10. Moving Away

11. International Herb

12. A Place In The Sun

13. Tune In

14. Once Ago

15. In The Rain

16. Under Me Sleng Teng

Official website:http://ub40.org

UB40 U.S. Tour Dates 2018

July 27 + 28      Las Vegas, NV         Brooklyn Bowl

July 29              Sacramento, CA       California State Fair

August 1           Saratoga, CA            The Mountain Winery

August 2           Ventura, CA               Ventura County Fair

August 3           Costa Mesa, CA        OC Fair & Event Center

August 5           Denver, CO               The Hudson Gardens & Event Center

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Sting & Shaggy × “Don’t Make Me Wait”

Sting & Shaggy: “Don’t Make Me Wait” video out now!

Filmed in Kingston, Jamaica, the new video was directed by Gil Green (Nicki Minaj, Drake, John Legend) and celebrates the duo’s mutual love of Jamaica – its music, the spirit of its people and the vibrancy of its culture.

Watch the video here 

Following their broadcast debut performance of “Don’t Make Me Wait” on the Grammys live from New York City’s Madison Square Garden, Sting & Shaggy also performed their new single at the NFL’s Superbowl Tailgate event that aired on NBC this past Sunday.

“Don’t Make Me Wait” – the new, Caribbean-flavored song from Sting and Shaggy – was released on January 25th and will be followed by a collaborative, island-influenced album, entitled 44/876, on April 20th.

DRAKE’S PRODUCER BOI-1DA TAKES OVER THE BILLBOARD HOT 100 CHARTS

This week, eight-time GRAMMY® Award-nominated multiplatinum producer and songwriter Boi-1da conquers the Billboard Hot 100 with a total of three songs in the chart’s Top 10.

Occupying the #1 spot, he produced Drake’s new record-breaking smash “God’s Plan, while his other productions “Diplomatic Immunity” (also for Drake) and G-Eazy’s “No Limit” [feat. A$AP Rocky & Cardi B] occupy the 7th and 10th places, respectively.

“God’s Plan” impressively becomes his second song to debut at #1 following Eminem’s RIAA diamond-certified “Not Afraid. Additionally, this marks his third Billboard Hot 100 #1 following “Not Afraid” and Rihanna’s six-times platinum “Work” [feat. Drake].

About this achievement, he humbly commented, “This is God’s work. I’m blessed to have accomplished the things that I have in my career. This is the kind of thing that you dream about as a kid making beats in your basement.”

This feat remains emblematic of his influence throughout the worlds of pop, hip-hop, R&B, and beyond. Born in Kingston, Jamaica and raised in Toronto, ON, an international scope informs his production style. It’s a big reason why Boi-1da’s songs resonate around the globe more. With eight GRAMMY® Award nods to his name, he has produced some of the defining hits of the past decade including Eminem’s “Not Afraid” (10x-platinum), Rihanna’s “Work” [feat. Drake] (6x-platinum), Drake’s “Controlla” (3x-platinum), “Best I Ever Had” (2x-platinum), “Headlines” (1x-platinum), and more.

Stay on the look out for more music soon!