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RnB 19/06/2006

Tanya Stephens Heats Up Reggae Charts

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LOS ANGELES (Tanya Stephens Official Website) - "These Streets," finds superstar Tanya Stephens once again taking the Reggae charts by storm. The song earned "Biggest Mover" kudos last week as it jumped 25 spots to the No 3 slot on Mediaguide's Dancehall Reggae Specialty Chart. In addition, the song remained in the No 4 spot for a second week on the New York Top 30 Reggae Singles Chart, and No 6 on the South Florida Reggae Chart. "These Streets," an airy acoustic guitar track that finds Tanya pleading with her thug-love to realize that "these streets don't love you like I do," is the first single off of Tanya's forthcoming 6th album, Rebelution, which will be released 8/15 by VP Records. A pre-release live/acoustic version of the song is currently available exclusively on iTunes

Tanya Stephens recently finished shooting the video for "These Streets," with cutting-edge hip hop director Dale Restighini (Cam'ron "Touch It Or Not," Juelz Santana "Clockwork," Sizzla "Ultimate Hustler"). The two day shoot took place in Miami, FL and Kingston, JA and was loosely based on the classic Jamaican gangster flick "Shottas." Spragga Benz, Kymani Marley, and Louie Rankin (all lead characters from the movie) make cameos in the video, as Tanya plays the girlfriend of a street hustler who pays more attention to his thug life than his love life.

With 5 albums under her belt, Tanya Stephens has established herself as one of dancehall's genuine hitmakers and the quintessential Jamaican singer/songwriter -equally adept at blazing the latest dancehall riddims as she is at blessing an acoustic guitar-driven ballad with lyrics that are insightful, relevant, humorous, and often scathing.

Tanya has scored international hits with the classics "Goggle" and "You Nuh Ready Yet." Her last album Gangsta Blues yielded the one-drop anthem "It's A Pity," one of the biggest reggae tunes of 2004. The song introduced the rest of the world to Tanya Stephens with the single finding its way onto commercial radio and eventually video outlets like MTV Jams. The success of that single, followed by the critical acclaim from numerous media outlets (including the NY Times, Village Voice, The Source, and Vibe Magazine), helped propel Tanya to the forefront of Jamaican music, and is the reason why nearly 2 years after its release, Gangsta Blues remains on the Billboard Reggae chart.

The NY Times' K Sanneh heralded Gangsta Blues as having the ability to "reach beyond the reggae world, converting NPR listeners and XXL readers alike." Pitchfork has already weighed in on Rebelution as Tanya's "excellent new album."






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