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February 21, 2014
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Sting 30 featured in Billboard Magazine
Carl Gilchrist, Star Writer


Isaiah Laing (left) and Joe Bogdonovich.

The impact of Sting's 30th anniversary show continues to resonate across the globe with the recent publication of a review of the show in Billboard Magazine.

The article, written by Patricia Meschino, and published February 13, encapsulates the history of Sting and some of the major clashes that have highlighted the show throughout the years, before focusing on the 2013 event.

Sting, took place December 26 and featured acts such as dancehall legends Super Cat and Ninja Man along with international acts 2 Chainz and Wyclef Jean, among others.

One of the highlights of the show was a US$30,000 prize for the clash champion, Black Rhyno, who defeated defending champion Kip Rich in the lyrical showdown.

The publicity in one of the world's most respected publication would seem to be just reward for Isaiah Laing, CEO of Supreme Promotions, which has staged the show from inception, and new partner, Josef Bogdanovich, CEO of Downsound Records, who pumped millions into the show, making it the costliest in its 30-year history.

Bogdanovich was also responsible for taking the show live to an international audience, for the first time through Pay Per View. He was pleased that an article on Sting was being carried by Billboard for the first time.

"I think the article was excellent," Bogdanovich said in response to queries by The Weekend Star.

After years of sponsoring other music-related events, the Jamaica Tourist Board finally became s sponsor of Sting in 2013.

In the article, Meschino also made reference to Laing's recently published memoir, "Point Blank Range: A Jamaican Bad Man Police — The Isaiah Laing Story."

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