Singers Toni Braxton and Neyo are among the top performers added to Reggae Sumfest. Braxton has won six Grammy Awards and has sold over forty million records worldwide. Her number-one single, `Un-break My Heart,` is the second biggest selling single by a female singer in Billboard history. Her most recent albums were More than a Woman under the Arista label, and Libra, her first and only release on Blackground. Braxton was involved in the 7th season of the reality show Dancing with the Stars.
Since his debut, Ne-Yo has five top ten songs on the Billboard Hot 100 as a lead artist and two number-one albums on the Billboard 200. Ne-Yo has also amassed a catalog of chart-topping songs that he has written for other artists. Ne-Yo broke into the recording industry as a songwriter, penning the hit `Let Me Love You` for singer Mario. The single’s successful release in the United States prompted an informal meeting between Ne-Yo and Def Jam label head to signing a recording contract. In 2006 he released his debut album, In My Own Word, which contained the US number one hit `So Sick.`
The July 19th – 25th event will feature some of the who`s who of reggae and dance hall performers including Damian `Jr. Gong` Marley, the doctor, Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Vybz Kartel, Mavado, Elephant Man, Lady Saw, Busy Signal, Spice, Kip Rich, D`Angel, Flippa Mafia, Morgan Heritage, Jah Cure, Coco T, Tarrus Riley, Etana, Da`ville, Rhaatid and Queen Ifrica as well as Nas and R&B star Jazmine Sullivan.
Sponsors for the 2009 event include Digicel, Air Jamaica, Jamrock Magazine, Ocean Spray and the Jamaica Tourist Board among others.
Tickets can be bought online through the site at www.reggaesumfest.com. Hotels can also be accessed through the site. The Festival has devoted a section of its website to accommodation and fans can view a list of hotels in Montego Bay, as well as read short reviews and other information on the properties. Organizers say they will continue to add more properties as the deals are finalized.
Author: World Music Central News Department
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