Half Pint at the Half Moon Hotel: No Stress Express Album Launch

Posted on January 22, 2008

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For Immediate Attention:

Essential Media Group LLC and Loyal Haylett Management are pleased to invite you to –

HALF PINT – No Stress Express Album Launch Party

Saturday, January 26, 2008 at 1pm.

At the Royal Pavillion, Half Moon Hotel, Montego Bay, St. James, Jamaica.

Half Moon’ chefs will serve their delicious selections d’cuisine.

The album No Stress Express will be distributed by Universal Music Group.

Please RSVP to the contacts below:

Contact:
Half Pint Music Inc.
Web: HalfPintMusic.com

Management:
Loyal Haylett
Phone: (876) 851-0825 (JA) / (347) 672-3074 (US)
E-Mail: loyalsr -at- aol.com

Media Contacts:

(Jamaica)
Ra-Umi Alkebu-lan
Alkebu-lan The Media
Phone: (876) 450-9621
E-Mail: igiabeher -at- hotmail.com

(North America)
Russell Gerlach
Foundation Media/PR
Phone: (562) 948-3008
E-Mail: reggaeruss -at- aol.com

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Half Pint Music and Essential/Universal Music Group Announce Half Pint’s No Stress Express CD Worldwide Release Date – March 11, 2008

Posted on January 9, 2008

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Half Pint’s highly anticipated all-new studio album, No Stress Express, will be released worldwide on March 11, 2008. The album’s 16 tracks includes “Unity” featuring Jack Maness from LBDAS, “Mind Over Matter,” and many more hits on this soon to be released instant classic by one of reggae’s 0most loved singers.

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Half Pint inks deal with Essential / Universal Music Group

Posted on December 4, 2007

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from Xnews, November 28-December 4, 2007

Reggae superstar Half Pint has inked a landmark deal where Essential Music Group and international music giant Universal will be doing a joint ventureship with Half Pint Music.

“I have been overdue to have an international deal,” Half Pint told Xtratainment. “I think reggae music needs someone of my stature who sings songs of quality and value, that is what reggae needs right now.”

He will be touring extensively to support the project, and hopefully, this deal will open up new doors for reggae. He recognizes the awesome responsibility he has been given.

“I represent Jamaica on a level. I know I can deliver that music and keep the principle,” he said.

The deal is a potentially lucrative one if Half Pint can deliver the goods. There is also a related deal with Universal to make Half Pint’s back catalogue available internationally through the Independent Distribution Network. With the digital distribution deal, a healthy percentage would be kicked back to Half Pint Music.

Half Pint is surrounded by a competent and able support staff which consists of manager Loyal Haylett and publicist Ra Umi Alkebulan.

“The responsibility of Essential Music Group is promotion, Universal will ensure that the material is available all over the world, and Half Pint will supply the product and support it with tours,” manager Loyal Haylett explained. The deal was brokered by Essential Music Group LLC and Loyal Haylett Management, and will also include the Half Pint Music catalog. “Universal and Essential wanted to make sure that they have an option for the next album. I strongly believe that Half Pint has paid his dues and should not be treated like a new artiste.”

Half Pint has enjoyed a long history of success dating back to the early 1980s. He was the first major artist produced by Prince Jammy (later King Jammy), and together they helped establish a lighter, more relaxed, more melodic approach to dancehall that made for an easy transition into the digital ragga era. His first big hit ‘Winsome’ was later covered by the Rolling Stones in 1986 (under the new title ‘Too Rude’). Many hits followed: “Money Man Skank,” “One in a Million,” “One Big Family,” “Pouchie Lou,” the socially conscious “Mr. Landlord,” and the all-time dancehall classic “Level the Vibes.” The huge hit ‘Substitute Lover’ came in 1992, and in 1996 the rock group Sublime covered another Half Pint classic, ‘Loving’.

Next year, Essential will release “No Stress Express” the highly anticipated album of entirely new material with distribution via Universal Music Group Distribution, and a digitally re-mastered Greatest Hits compilation to be distributed by IDN. In addition, Essential intends to release the entire Half Pint back catalogue on CD, including availability through I-Tunes and all major digital outlets.

Publicist Ra-Umi Alkebulan hailed the deal as “unique” and suggested that the singer’s brilliant songwriting abilities helped to sway the deal. “Half Pint’s catalogue is the big incentive to record companies at this time. He has worked hard over the years and this deal has come along at the right time for reggae music…a man who can produce quality reggae music and who has the clout to command shelf space in the major distribution outlets for his new work as well as his brilliant catalogue of hits that have been covered by icons from other genres,” he said.

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Half Pint lands deal with Universal Music

Posted on November 14, 2007

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from Jamaica Observer

Pint and Loyal - JGInternationally acclaimed reggae singer Half Pint continues to belie the diminutive stature implicit in his moniker, as he once again makes another giant stride musically with the recent signing of a joint venture deal with Essential Media Group LLC for his expansive catalogue.

“Essential Media Group LLC and Loyal Haylett Management are pleased to announce the signing of a joint-venture deal for Half Pint Music catalogue and the venerable chart topping dancehall reggae superstar, Half Pint,” reads the release on the EMG website.

When contacted, an elated Loyal Haylett, Half Pint’s manager for the past 10 years, confirmed, “I’m very happy about it, very happy. Finally I was able to make what I call a unique deal for a unique artiste.”

Asked to explain the uniqueness of the deal, Haylett explained: “For one, this deal is a major distribution deal with Universal, a joint-venture with Essential Media Group called EMG, with them and Half Pint Music. What makes this deal so unique, is that they will be committing a certain amount of funds to the promotion of the album and to the artiste, but they are not getting any option.

“There is no option in terms of picking up a second album. they have never done it before and I personally wanted a situation where after all is said and done, we’re still in a position to look on new horizons if we so desire, and if we’re happy with what is going on, then we will remain there. But things change constantly and sometimes what is great now isn’t okay next year, because deals change constantly.

“Secondly, we also got involved with another part of the deal for his (Half Pint) back catalogue and that is to remaster some of his classic songs and put out a best of collectables. like a double CD packaging, a very unique style of packaging that I work on with them, something like a book format and a story on his life.

“That will also be coming out with worldwide distribution but instead of just Universal alone, there will be other sub-distributors who will be able to get this, so it won’t be exclusive to Universal. Other sub-distributors throughout the world will be able to distribute this music as well.”

Haylett also told the Observer, that a special arrangement of the deal, is for placement of Half Pint’s songs in movies and TV commercials with the company coming directly to the singer’s management instead of going to the publisher.

“A lot of times let’s say a movie director likes a certain song and they would like to put the song in a movie, but sometimes it ends up in the publisher’s office and it takes weeks for clearance. By the time that clearance comes through the movie producer might have already moved on to something else.

“And so to eliminate those issues which we have had in the past, because some wonderful opportunities came and because people didn’t get back in a timely fashion, now this is coming to management. We have agreed that in three days, as soon as the song is chosen, we will okay it and have the power to sign off on it. And then the publisher will do the collecting and so forth for us.” “Our publisher now is Universal, a direct publishing deal with Universal, as they acquired BMG, which was our publisher and they have asked us to re-sign the deal with them. We agreed to move forward with them with those changes that we implemented and which they have decided to agree to,” Haylet said.

He also explained that Universal would not only distridute, but publish on their behalf. He said his management company and the artiste had more control by playing a major role in decision making.

With his vocal capabilities and explosive stage presence, Half Pint has enjoyed a long history of success dating back to the early 1980s. If vintage in this context improves like wines that get better with the passing years, the prolific hit-maker, born Lindon Roberts, over the years blooms continually with classics like Greetings, Political Friction, Winsome, Sally, Too Rude, Pouchie Lou, Substitute Lover, Money Man Skank, One In A Million, One Big Family among countless others lasting from generation to generation.

“For me it’s for more continuation of maintaining reggae music out there internationally and knowing that the music itself is coming from a far way, wherein the ingredients of it is life, love and liberty. And so we still have that conviction and that devotion is continuing doing the same works such as the greats,” was how Half Pint, in a tone of humility reacted to this, the latest milestone in his illustrious career.

Shortly, EMG will release No Stress Express, his latest of over 15 albums and which, to borrow from the title of his second album, catches Half Pint In Fine Style.

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New joint venture announced

Posted on November 12, 2007

PRESS RELEASE:
For Immediate Attention

EMG, LLC

Essential Media Group LLC and Loyal Haylett Management are pleased to announce the signing of a Joint Venture deal for the Half Pint Music catalog and the venerable chart topping Dancehall Reggae superstar, Half Pint.

Half Pint has enjoyed a long history of success dating back to the early 1980’s. He was the first major artist produced by Prince Jammy (later King Jammy), and together they helped establish a lighter, more relaxed, more melodic approach to dancehall that made for an easy transition into the digital ragga era. His first big hit “Winsome” was later covered by the Rolling Stones in 1986 (under the new title “Too Rude”). Many hits followed: “Money Man Skank,” “One in a Million,” “One Big Family,” “Pouchie Lou,” the socially conscious “Mr. Landlord,” and the all-time dancehall classic “Level the Vibes.” The huge hit “Substitute Lover” came in 1992, and in 1996 the rock group Sublime covered another Half Pint classic, “Loving.”

Essential will shortly release NO STRESS EXPRESS, the highly anticipated album of entirely new material with distribution via Universal Music Group Distribution, and a digitally remastered Greatest Hits compilation to be distributed by IDN. In addition, Essential intends to release the entire Half Pint back catalogue on CD, including availability through I-Tunes and all major digital outlets.

For more information, contact:

ESSENTIAL MEDIA GROUP
Web: www.essentialmediagroupllc.com

Web: www.HalfPintMusic.com

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No Stress Express

Posted on August 19, 2007

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