Barbados has set its eye on better promoting its Soca music and artistes. The effort is being steered by Paul Husbands, founder and creator of a new music streaming service called, Selecta Charts. The service was officially launched on April 8th in Barbados and according to Husbands, the idea came to him fter attending a Canadian cultural festival, which explored the popularity of soca music access in the country.
Selecta Charts promises to deliver royalties to the top streamed artistes by local music royalty agency, COSCAP. The artistes must however sign up with the company to reap the benefits. Husbands also said Barbadian artistes will have access to statistics for all of their music, a Weekly Top 10 Charts, news updates, the option to upload their own music and new features that will be added over time. Describing the new music hub as a pioneering moment in the history of Barbados, the young creator said this is the first time a music streaming service of this magnitude has been attempted in Barbados.
Much like in Trinidad and Tobago, Husbands highlighted the fact that after the Crossover festival, soca music receives far less airplay than other genres. He said during the cultural festival attended in Canada, it was noted that the music of local artistes and local events are promoted heavily in that country.
“There is so much talent in Barbados and artists deserve an outlet with a big audience and Selecta Charts was designed to be just that.” – Paul Husbands
Murder of Rihanna’s Cousin Places Sudden International Spotlight on Gun Violence in the Caribbean.
Gun violence and the effectiveness of Caribbean policing may be making the international spotlight, this on the heels of the murder of 21-year-old Tavon Kaiseen Alleyne, Barbadian superstar, Rihana’s cousin. The young man was shot and killed on Boxing Night in Barbados while walking through a track near his home. He had been shot multiple times.
Rihanna who had been home for the holidays, expressed grief via her social media pages, writing:
“RIP cousin… can’t believe it was just last night that I held you in my arms! Never thought that would be the last time I felt the warmth in your body!!! Love you always man.”
Back in February, the young man had cited the internationally acclaimed singer as his source of happiness. He had posted a message beneath a photo of them together, in celebration of Rihanna’s 29th birthday. “Your presence in my life is a source of joy and happiness,” he wrote.
Police are now on the hunt for the killer. Rihanna has since called for gun violence to cease.
Rihanna Does Christmas in Barbados But The Worst Thing Happened.
There’s nothing like a Caribbean Christmas. That’s why one of the world’s biggest celebs chose her homeland of Barbados to enjoy the season. Rihanna’s been hard at work all year long so it was only fitting that some R&R at Christmas be accompanied by the warmth of her family and friends back at home. Boy oh boy, the blessing she is to Barbados, if only for tourism. Thing is, while she was excited to be with her mom and the rest of the gang, the singer was struck by the worst luck ever.
No, Rihanna was not robbed. She did not get food poisoning either. Unfortunately, she got the dreaded flu. Imagine leaving the wintery weather in the US only to be struck with the flu bug in the tropics. That sucks! She still managed to get all dressed up in a red sheer gown for a special night it seemed though.
Rihanna’s been working hard over the past few months. Her FENTY Beauty Makeup line has racked up millions in sales and earlier today, the brand unleashed 14 new shades of lipstick in Rihanna’s Mademoiselle lipstick line. The beauty collection only had two lip products prior to this unveiling- a neutral gloss and a bright red liquid lipstick.
The Mademoiselle collection boasts 14 shades of bold matte lip hues in shades that range from lavender to dark brown and from baby blue to navy. On Twitter, a message issued to fans suggested that everyone give the #trophywife shade a try. “We got the perfect camera effect for y’all to get into that highlight,” the tweet said. It was explained that those wishing to try it out simply had to add the effect to their Facebook camera on their mobile devices and take a selfie in the Fenty frame. A yellow toned flash of highlight would automatically be added to get the highlight, the brand’s social media rep said.
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