The mu­sic in­dus­try is too cor­rupt – Ju­nior Reid


Vet­eran singer Ju­nior Reid is ris­ing above the cor­rup­tion that he says per­me­ates the mu­sic in­dus­try. Ac­cord­ing to the ‘Out Deh’ artiste, mem­bers of the en­ter­tain­ment fra­ter­nity have of­ten tried to stop his ‘bread’.

“There is so much cor­rup­tion, even when it comes to shows,” Reid told THE WEEK­END STAR. “Book­ing agents will call cer­tain peo­ple, try­ing to get me on a show, and those peo­ple will say, ‘Ju­nior Reid isn’t in the coun­try’, or they will tell them to not put me on the show and give names of other artistes to book in­stead.”

But the games do not end with show book­ings. Reid added that lo­cal ra­dio sta­tions have not been show­ing much sup­port for his last al­bum, The Liv­ing Leg­end. The 20-track set was re­leased in 2015 on his JR Pro­duc­tions la­bel and fea­tures col­lab­o­ra­tions with Buju Ban­ton, Vybz Kar­tel and Siz­zla Kalonji.

“I’m still push­ing that al­bum. In­ter­na­tion­ally it is do­ing well, but lo­cally, it is not get­ting much love from the ra­dio,” he said. “How can I have a song with Buju and Ja­maican peo­ple don’t hear or know about it? How can I have a song with Siz­zla, even Vybz Kar­tel, and the peo­ple not hear­ing it? The fans would have been re­quest­ing those songs. Me get fi find out seh the busi­ness set a way, and I can’t let that dis­tract me or dis­cour­age me. I just mo­ti­vate my­self and keep mov­ing, which is why I’m still here.”

With a dis­tinct sound and his ‘Tu Tu Tweng’ sig­na­ture phase, Reid has built an im­pres­sive cat­a­logue of time­less records, like One Blood. He also boasts in­ter­na­tional col­lab­o­ra­tions with artistes like Ali­cia Keys, Swiss Beats and The Game. How­ever, he said The Liv­ing Leg­end was de­signed to cater to fans who be­lieve he has aban­doned reg­gae mu­sic.

“My fans are al­ways com­plain­ing seh Ju­nior Reid gone hip hop and me switch from reg­gae, so I’m let­ting them know, through this al­bum, that I’m still do­ing reg­gae. I haven’t switched. I’m just tak­ing reg­gae mu­sic to an­other level and open­ing the mar­ket so it is eas­ier for other artistes,” he said.

Ju­nior Reid

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