Friday, 22 February 2013

LEADING MEN: Richie B takes up new gig at Mello FM + Konshens preps second studio album + Usain Bolt confirms March appearance in Brazil

ON THE HORIZON: Olympic champ Usain Bolt is set to return to one of his favourite exotic countries, when he flies to Brazil to compete in a 150m beach race next month-end. The six-time gold-medallist will run the race on the South American country’s famous Copacabana beach against four of the world’s best sprinters, according to online reports. A track will be built on the beach for the distance for which Bolt holds the world record of 14.35 seconds, set in Manchester, England almost four years ago. Bolt also currently holds the world records over the 100m and 200m and will be seeking to win both events at the upcoming World Championships in Moscow, Russia, this summer. Meantime, the World’s Fastest Man will be in Rio de Janeiro on March 11 for the Laureus World Sports Awards. 

NEW CHAPTER: As we previously reported, broadcaster Richard ‘Richie B’ Burgess has left Hot 102’s The Hot Mix after a decade-long stint. What’s next for the veteran radio host? Turns out he’s heading to the second city to take up his latest gig at the St. James-based Mello FM, as of March 4. In his new capacity, Burgess will serve as the station's morning man on Mello Daybreak (from 6:00 am to 9:00 am Monday through Friday), replacing Errol Smith, who has been promoted to news and sports director. According to the latest all-media survey, Mello FM presently commands 8.5 per cent of Jamaica’s listenership. 

NOTE WORTHY: Hotel Room is the title of Konshens’ eagerly anticipated second studio album, due out later this year. “The last album, Mental Maintenance, had me on the road for the majority of the year, I was unable to go to the studio and voice as often as I would like so we brought the studio on the road and voiced in the hotel room,” the deejay explains. “My producer and engineer Markhize is also my DJ when on the road, so more time after a show we vibe and voice a song. On this album if you hear a soca song it’s possible that we just done perform a Trinidad and then go back to we room and voice. You may hear a bad one-drop, and [it means] we were probably in Africa at the time. So the title really signifies the hard work we put in this past year on the road.”

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