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Konshens Reveals How New Album ‘Red Reign’ ‘Flipped The Switch’ On His Artistic ‘Complacency’

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Konshens Reveals How New Album ‘Red Reign’ ‘Flipped The Switch’ On His Artistic ‘Complacency’

With his new album, music superstar Konshens aimed to inspire others ‘to find the new soul of dancehall,’ but as he tells HL, he also was looking to inspire himself as well.

It’s hard to associate the word “complacent” with Konshens. The Kingston, Jamaica native burst on the dancehall scene in 2005 with the international hit, “Pon Di Corner.” All Music describes him as “prolific as both a solo artist and a contributor to other’s tracks,” and he boasts a massive credit list. Yet, Konshens used that word to describe himself in an interview with Dancehall magazine and that his new album, Red Reign, was a way to snap him out of it. “After achieving certain stages and achievements in their careers, artists can easily become comfortable and complacent,” he tells HollywoodLife. “I feel like I was starting to become that way until Covid-19 woke me up.”

The global pandemic has had a significant influence on music – postponing tours, shuttering venues, causing many release delays – but for Konshens, the worldwide catastrophe forced him to confront the truth that his time on this plane of existence is limited. “The pandemic inspired me to maximize my potential, the genre, and the culture because it can all be taken away in an instant,” he says. And so, he got to work on the batch of tracks that would make up Red Reign. For dedicated fans, Konshens believes it’ll have them thinking “he’s back,” as he returns to form after venturing into soca with 2020’s Soca Virgin. For new listeners, Red Reign may introduce them to their new favorite artist, as Konshens dips in and out of genre, with reggae, soca, Afrobeats, and other sounds that have been added to the equation. However — be you someone who’s been on this since day one or is coming late to the party — Red Reign reaffirms why Konshens is one of the hottest names in music today.

The album is also a personal triumph, as it represents Konshens reigniting his creative spark. “If you listen to the album, you can tell the difference in the mindset,” he tells HollywoodLife. “You can feel where I flipped the switch. If you listen to the entire album, you can tell the difference.” In an EXCLUSIVE interview, Konshens shared how Red Reign couldn’t have happened if it weren’t for the pandemic, how the album will leave fans “happy,” and why this record might be the best introduction to new fans. (Spoiler: It “has a lot of songs that are easy on the ear.”)

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HollywoodLife: You’ve just released Red Reign, your new album and follow-up to last year’s Soca album Soca Virgin. How does it feel to have this project out in the world to kick off “Season 4”?

It feels good to have it out. I have been working on it for a while now. I am excited by the positive feedback I have been getting. People have loved the diversity of the music. Every song has a unique vibe, so different people gravitate towards different songs. People are recognizing that a lot of thought was put into the project.

You said this album is an about-face, that you were “getting complacent.” What did you mean by that? How did you grow “complacent?”

After achieving certain stages and achievements in their careers, artists can easily become comfortable and complacent. I feel like I was starting to become that way until Covid-19 woke me up. It made me appreciate time and respect the blessings of life. The pandemic inspired me to maximize my potential, the genre, and the culture because it can all be taken away in an instant.

Is there a moment in Red Reign that represents the biggest change from this complacency? Like, is there a song that you pushed yourself hard on, one that saw you take things to the next level?

There isn’t a particular song, but if you listen to the album, you can tell the difference in the mindset. You can feel where I flipped the switch. If you listen to the entire album, you can tell the difference.

Red Reign features a handful of stars like Davido, Spice, Jesse Royal, and Kaelyn Kastle, to name a few. Were you surprised by any of these collaborations – like, did someone bring the fire to their verses, maybe made you do a double-take?

They all delivered. The album has a lot of songs that are easy on the ear, so it was easy for the artists to float on the beat. Everybody added their flavor. Jesse and Kaelyn definitely complimented the songs and took them to another level. Spice, the “Queen of Dancehall,” came into the project and did her thing. Everybody I worked with added something special to the album, and I appreciate all of their contributions.

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Do you think you could have made an album like Red Reign if the pandemic didn’t happen?

I don’t think so. I probably would have been too relaxed and fallen into old habits. It took a year to make, and it was a challenge because I challenged myself. If the pandemic didn’t happen, I probably would have made an album that sounded similar to my past work. The creative process of the pandemic helped me elevate myself as an artist even with all of the negativity that came with Covid-19.

You’ve been in the game for nearly two decades now. For those who have been with you since day one, how do you think Red Reign might surprise them?

I think they will be happy. It feels like “he’s back.” That is how I feel, and the people around me feel. I hope to bridge the gap between what is new and hot and the foundation of the culture. I wanted to inspire the producers and artists to find the new soul of dancehall.

Red Reign is out now.

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Jennifer Lopez Models Low-Cut Top & High-Waisted Jeans To Wish Her Fans A ‘Happy Friday’

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‘La-La-Lavender’ J.Lo declared in her caption as she wished her millions of followers a ‘happy Friday’.

Jennifer Lopez is back with another hot look! The 52-year-old superstore sizzled in a plunging light purple top paired with a wide legged jean in her Instagram post shared on Friday, Jan. 21. “La-La-Lavender,” she began her caption, including a purple heart. “#HappyFriday #JLoJenniferLopez,” she added.

She opted to go with a dark wash trouser style jean for the look, a contrast to the ripped, faded styles that have been all over social media in recent months. Always known for her glam touch, she added layers of gold chain necklaces around her neck, including a vintage key. She matched the necklaces with a chunky gold bracelet as well as several rings on her fingers.

The On The 6 singer‘s makeup and hair was on point, too: she kept her highlighted blonde-brunette locks back into a sleek bun with side pieces to frame her face. Her skin was glowing, likely thanks to her JLo Beauty line (she swears by the serum and sheet masks), topped off with a glossy lip and brown and gold eyeshadows.

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“Loving this darker hair on you,” one fan wrote in the comments. “Loved this whole look,” her makeup artist Mary Phillips added. YouTube star Hayley Fitzgerald posed, “HOW DO YOU NOT AGE. Like what kind of Benjamin Button?” while another penned, “Omg yes to everything about this look and YOU.”

Jennifer, who has undoubtedly been a major influencer in fashion for over two decades, has often remarked about her love of dressing up. “For me, fashion is an expression of who I am right in that moment — so what you’re seeing is what I’m influenced by now,” she previously said in an interview. Notably, J.Lo effectively gave birth to Google Images in the year 2000 after creating a major sensation with her plunging green Versace dress at the GRAMMY Awards (when she was the date of ex Diddy). She was also one of the first stars to launch a namesake clothing line, J.Lo by Jennifer Lopez, in the early 2000s, followed by subsequent lines Sweetface and a now shuttered collaboration with Kohl’s.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Involved In Scary Car Crash Near Home, Injuring Other Driver — Photos

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Arnold Schwarzenegger was spotted at the crash site of a four-car accident.

Arnold Schwarzenegger, 74, was involved in a gnarly car accident a mile away from his home. “There a four-car accident today at 4:35 pm on the corner of Sunset Blvd. and Allenford in Los Angles,” Officer Drake Madison at the LAPD tells HollywoodLife. “In the accident, one car rolled on top of another. That is the only accident today on Sunset Blvd. No one is suspected to have been transported to the hospital.”

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The former governor of California was driving his Yukon SUV on Sunset Blvd when he intercepted a red Prius, as per TMZ. The crash was so intense that Arnold’s SUV rolled on top of the Prius, crushing it and the female driver in it and then rolled left into a Porsche Cayenne. “It was crazy … it looked like a stunt in a movie,” an eyewitness told the outlet of the accident.

The woman in the Prius was badly injured, bleeding heavily from her head. An ambulance arrived at the crash site and rushed her to the hospital. The Terminator actor is ok and hasn’t sustained any injuries. A source told the outlet he wants to reach out and check on the woman as soon as it’s possible. Jake Steinfeld of “Body By Jake” fame was also at the scene of the crash and seemed to be fine as well.

 

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Why Tori Spelling & Dean McDermott Are ‘Working Things Out’ Instead Of Ending 15 Year Marriage

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Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott are resolute on making their marriage work despite rumors that their relationship may be in trouble.

Tori Spelling, 48, and Dean McDermott, 55, are determined to “working things out” despite rumors of trouble in paradise for the married couple of 15 years. HollywoodLife spoke EXCLUSIVELY with a few sources close to the pair who revealed why the True Tori stars aren’t calling it quits on their marriage.

Tori and Dean are working things out for the sake of their kids,” one insider said. “Over the holidays they both realized that they have too much to lose by getting a divorce and that their lives together are much better than they would be apart. They were questioning whether their love was strong enough to get over their differences.”

Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott are determined to make their marriage work. (DFree)

“But since Dean has been working now on a film and a TV show, a lot of Tori‘s worries about finances have gone away. He is earning money to support their family now and she is so happy about that. Him also being away while filming gives them the time apart that they need in order to maintain a healthy marriage,” the friend continued.

Last summer Tori revealed that she and Dean hadn’t been sleeping in the same bed. The Mommywood author made that confession after she was spotted without her wedding ring in March 2021. Tori also went without the jewelry back in 2013, amid early reports of Dean’s affair. Dean confessed to his infidelity the following year, and the fallout of the affair was chronicled in Tori’s 2014 reality TV series, True Tori. The couple share five children together: Liam, 14, Stella, 13, Hattie, 10, Finn, 9, and Beau, 4.

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Despite rumors of trouble in paradise the ‘True Tori’ stars aren’t calling it quits on their marriage. (Picture Perfect/Shutterstock)

Tori just tries to focus more on herself and the kids to distract her from worrying about Dean,” a second source told HL. “She’s been more into her physical appearance lately and is just trying to make herself feel good. It’s working! She looks the best she has ever looked and it’s making her feel more confident overall.”

Tori is super excited to be back doing her 90210 podcast with Jennie (Garth) where she gets some much needed girl time to just have fun and forget about family life for a little bit,” the pal added. “The nostalgia is fun for her. Especially now that she is a new woman looking back on it all. She has really been focusing on her physical, mental and emotional self and ridding herself of any toxic feelings or people around her. Tori has been through a lot and is determined to make 2022 her best year yet.”

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