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REACTION TO BUSY SIGNAL’S ARREST AND WHAT NOW FOR “REGGAE MUSIC AGAIN?”

 

BY KEVIN JACKSON——

DANCEHALL deejay Busy Signal’s album Reggae Music Again was released less than two months ago with high expectations.

But with his arrest on Monday by Federal agents and possible extradition to the United States, how will the album fare?

BUSY SIGNAL… released Reggae Music Again on April 10

 

Busy Signal recently returned to Jamaica following a series of promotional shows in Europe.

He has built up a solid following there through songs like One More Night, Night Shift, Unknown Number, and his cover of country singer’s Kenny Rogers’ The Gambler.

Producer Donovan Germain, along with Shane Brown, Kirk Bennett and Kevin Webster, worked on Reggae Music Again. He commented on Busy Signal’s woes.

“It is unfortunate what has happened. People appreciate good music regardless of any situation. However, if there is one person who deserves a second chance in life, that person is Busy Signal,” Germain told the Jamaica Observer.

Reggae Music Again was released on April 10 by VP Records. It is the deejay’s fourth set for the New York independent label.

The 19-track set peaked at number five on Billboard’s Reggae Album Chart. It currently sits at number nine on that chart, with 1,565 copies sold in the United States, according to sales tracker Nielsen Sound Scan. Within the past week, it sold 233 copies. It also holds the number spot on the New York Top 20 Reggae Album Chart.

Cristy Barber, the music industry veteran worked with Busy Signal on The Gambler, told the Observer that, “This is way too personal for me. I cannot comment.”

Randy Chin, head of marketing and promotions at VP Records, said, “We’re still trying to find out what is going on so I am not able to give a comment.”

Busy Signal has had a prolific career. He scored big on the Billboard Charts in 2006 with the smash single Step Out. The album of the same name was issued that year.

Two years later, the follow-up album Loaded was released, while 2010 saw the release of D.O.B.

Some of his other hits include Nah Go a Jail Again, Wine Pon Di Edge, Picante, The Days, Tic Toc, and Not Going Down.

Two weeks ago, he shot the music video for the track Reggae Music Again.

The toaster recently collaborated with ska/ punk/rock group No Doubt on the track Push and Shove for the latter’s upcoming album.

He has also collaborated with Swedish group The Teddybears, Damian and Steven Marley, Diplo and Major Lazer, R&B singer Lloyd and rapper M.I.A.

 

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