NEW YORK – On November 22, 2019, VP Records will celebrate the 60th edition of one of the label’s staple compilation brands, with the release of Strictly the Best Vol. 60. The set includes current and breaking hits from some of the top artists in roots reggae and dancehall.
As a kick-off to the label’s 40th Anniversary celebrations, a first ever live show “Strictly The Best – Live Montego Bay” was broadcast in January from Usain Bolt’s Tracks and records in Montego Bay.
For this latest release, the label will produce another live show to be broadcast Tuesday, November 19th from BRIC in Brooklyn, New York at 7pm.
This history making event will be the first time ever that a broadcast has been done from New York and broadcasted back to Jamaica live on RETV and VP Records YouTube channel.
Confirmed acts include Christopher Martin, Romain Virgo, Richie Spice, Noah Powa, Dovey Magnum, D Major, Red Fox, The Danca family and more.
Tickets are available for free HERE.
The event will be hosted by On The Riddim’s Kevin Crown and Queen Bremmer who will also be filming the season finale at BRIC earlier that day from 1-4pm.
On The Riddim (OTR), is VP Records YouTube show which launched in June and has garnered over 20,000 views collectively so far.
In addition, Sound Chat Radio’s premiere syndicated program, which airs and streams in 31 markets around the world, will feature very special guest artists from “Strictly the Best Vol. 60.”
Listeners can tune in to www.irishandchin.com from 7-10 PM EST to hear from some of your fav “Strictly the Best” featured acts, including Richie Spice, Romain Virgo, Christopher Martin, D-Major, Dovey Magnum and Nowa Powa!
The on air music and vibe continue on Tuesday, November 19th, as Sound Chat Radio streams live from the “Strictly the Best Vol. 60” album launch party in Brooklyn, NY.
Tune in to www.irishandchin.com from 5 PM – 10 PM EST. The live stream will also feature interviews and performances.Listeners are encouraged to call in and join the vibes.
To be an OTR audience member, please email: [email protected]
STB 60 combines two discs of hits in one package. Disc 1 consists of reggae and lovers rock tracks.
Featured tracks on the disc include “General” by Christopher Martin and “Together we Stand” by Richie Spice. The powerful anthem tells a story of being united in a time when division is more prevalent than ever.
Exclusives on the album include a remake of Lorna Bennet’s “Breakfast in Bed” by former Voice winner Tessanne Chin and “Lost My Heart” by emerging solo reggae artist, Kumar Bent.
Disc 2 features dancehall tracks. Stand-outs include “One Way” by Vybz Kartel and “Glow” by Romain Virgo and Christopher Martin. The music video for “Glow” has recently amassed over 628K views on YouTube.
Another exclusive to STB 60 is “No Stress” by Noah Powa who has been making waves in New York City and beyond with recent interviews on Breakfast Club, Lip Service and an appearance on Angela Yee Day.
Strictly The Best highlights top hits and breaking songs in dancehall and reggae.
Launched in 1990 and leading off with Foxy Brown’s “Sorry (Baby Can I Hold You),” in recent years, alternate editions have focused on reggae and dancehall, respectively.
The series exploded in popularity in its early years, featuring four editions in both 1992 and 1993. Inclusion on the set has been a coveted first step for emerging artists and a point of pride for established performers.
The artists with the most songs included on the series are Beres Hammond, Beenie Man, Sanchez, and Mr. Vegas. The artist with the most Strictly The Best appearances: Beres Hammond with 26. More than 350 artists have been featured on the series to date.
“As our 40th anniversary year winds down, we are happy to release Strictly The Best 60,” said Richard Lue, Director of Business Development and Project Manager for the label. “Everything from the tracks, to the cover of the album by Murasaki, to the event coming up in Brooklyn, is aligned perfectly to celebrate the 60th edition of one of VP’s staple compilations,” he concluded.