Ricky Blaze gets major record deal
Billboard-charting producer-recording artiste Ricky Blaze has signed a deal with Island Records/Universal Republic, where he will function as a producer, DJ, and artiste.
The highly successful record label was founded by Chris Blackwell, Graeme Goodall and Leslie Kong in Jamaica, and has been based in the United Kingdom since 1962.
Island Records is a major record label that operates as a division of Universal Music Group and has helped mould the careers of several of music's biggest names, including Katie Perry, Bob Marley and The Wailers, Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez and Elton John.
Ricky Blaze's first project under the Island Records/Universal Republic banner features the remix of international singer Alexus Rose's song Apart. The record also features reggae and dancehall artiste Beenie Man.
Rose, who was discovered by Ricky Blaze, is already achieving success with the song. The effort has climbed to more than 100,000 plays on SoundCloud.com since its release. The label will also release a music video for the song in the coming weeks.
Record deals are somewhat elusive in reggae-dancehall music these days. Ricky Blaze told THE WEEKEND STAR that the label's endorsement is a major opportunity.
"It feels great to know I have support from a major to showcase my production. I grew up listening to music releases from Island Records, from pop to reggae, so to have them enhancing my music reach is huge," he said.
The Apart remix is available on all major online digital stores. The producer is widely known for his work behind Gyptian's Hold Yuh, which climbed the Billboard Hot 100 chart and later spawned a remix from Nicki Minaj.