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December 19, 2013
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Tega releases cover of 'Royals'


New York-based reggae artiste, Tega, is generating a lot of attention on the club scene with a cover of Billboard chart-topping hit 'Royals'.

"The response has been incredible so far. I love Royals so I did a reggae dancehall version of it and it has liked wowed everyone, I am really proud of it," she said.

Royals was recorded by New Zealand singer-songwriter Lorde, taken from her debut studio album Pure Heroine (2013). It became a commercial success, peaking atop the Billboard Hot 100 chart for nine consecutive weeks.

Produced on a reggae beat by upcoming producer J Small from JSR records in Kingston, the cover song has become somewhat of a sensation on social media with several links over Facebook, Soundcloud and Twitter. Tega is planning to step up her visibility in the marketplace with the planned release of a number of singles in 2014. She has also broadened her horizons by dabbling in acting and commercials.

"I've been mostly working on singles to be released back to back in the new year, including a collab by me and ZJ Liquid. I've also been doing some acting out in L.A. This coming year I plan to be more consistent with my releases, and change up the scheme a little bit. Now, I am doing each single in such a way that each release will have something for everyone's ears," Tega said.

Tega is known for singles such as Can't Hold Me Down, Damn featuring Harry Toddler, and the infamous No Hotness, which caused controversy with another female artiste back in 2008. Now, Tega's focus is to show her growth as an artiste, and her incredible sonic talent.

"I plan to satisfy everyone musically, both old and young. My biggest motivation this year was all the positive advice I've been getting from world-renowned producer Rohan 'Snowcone' Fuller. This new year I plan to showcase all of my musical talents, I am going to go all out," she said.

The buzz around her version has solidified a decent underground for the talented singer, and she plans to amp up her promotion of the single in US markets in the coming weeks.

"Right now, I am trying to ride this buzz by releasing another hot single in the first week of January 2014, and of course dancehall will be seeing me around a lot more often," Tega said.

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