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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Gyptian For O2 Arena, London

Jamaican-born reggae star Gyptian, who continues to sizzle this year with his single `Hold Yuh,` is set to perform at The O2 Arena in London, the same venue Michael Jackson was slated to headline for his infamous `This Is It` concert.

Gyptian will perform in London along with the iconic Mary J. Blige on the England leg of her UK tour. Gyptian was enlisted for Blige`s new single, `Anything You Want,` which is expected to be on her new album. The reggae-infused track also features Busta Rhymes and has been receiving steady airplay since its release in early September.

Gyptian has been heating up the UK scene recently, with his performance at BBC Radio 1Xtra Live in late September, and will return on October 20 for the MOBO Awards, where he`s nominated for `Reggae Artist of the Year.`

Gyptian will also perform with Blige to the LG Arena in Birmingham on November 3rd, before resuming his own tour. The singer has been touring consistently since releasing his current album Hold You this summer, even joining Damian `Jr. Gong` Marley and Nas on several dates of their recent `Distant Relatives` tour in the U.S.

The concert collaboration was secured by Planet Reggae, the new booking division of VP Records/Greensleeves Records, with AEG, which dubs itself as the world`s number 1 concert production company.

`These are the opportunities that come about by having the #1 record label in reggae enter the live-touring business,` said Neil Robertson, head of Planet Reggae. `Our brand lends credibility and comfort for the major international talent buyers.  When you combine that with a great artist like Gyptian and a manager like Ivor Ruddock, who both understand the bigger picture, you can expect more high profile opportunities which are good for the whole genre.` 


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