Reggae Grammy Doesn’t Influence Chart Position

MOST Reggae Grammy winners of the decade didn’t get a boost in the charts, like their pop counterparts, following the US-based award show.

Only three of the 10 winners since 2000 saw increased chart success of the winning album, according to Observer analysis of Billboard data.

STEPHEN MARLEY: Mind Control jumped three spots from five following its Grammy win.
STEPHEN MARLEY: Mind Control jumped three spots from five following its Grammy win.

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These included Mind Control by Stephen Marley, which jumped three spots from five, following the 50th Grammys on February 10, 2008;

Half-Way-Tree by Damian M a r l e y, which had the highest jump of that week, from six to five, following the 44th Grammys; and Jah is Real by Burning Spear, which had the second highest jump of that week allowing it to re-enter the charts at number 11, following the 42nd Grammys. Continue reading

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Jason Robinson’s Response To – Grange passes on bad MIDEM report

Jamaica Gleaner News – Grange passes on bad MIDEM report – Entertainment – Sunday | February 21, 2010

Jason Robinson -President Free i Ent.

As a promoter in California I have manged to bring the reggae dancehall scene to Hollywood with my ‘Rock Jamaica’ events. However 2009 saw a steep reduction in interest for reggae club events on the west coast unless we played a substantial amount of hip or had a known act such as Damian Marley.

Last years reggae record sales were dismal and probably the worst the industry had ever seen. Yes its true foreigners don’t understand dancehall but there are artists such as Shaggy and Sean Paul who have had huge success. This is because their music is focused on party vibes that people can dance to in clubs and the music makes them feel good. The exact opposite of what todays dancehall heroes are putting out. The Gully vs Gaza lyrical Continue reading

Usain Bolt Pens £2-M (US$4M) Book Deal

JAMAICA’S triple Olympic and World Championships gold medallist Usain Bolt has inked a book deal with HarperSport, valued at a whopping £2 million. According to a report published by insidethegames, the two-book deal, which was announced yesterday, will include an autobiography shortly after the London 2012 Games.

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Ding Dong – Holiday (Official Video)

There has not been many dancehall songs to crossover to the American radio stations of late and trust me this is hurting reggae promoters outside of Jamaica… We think the Damian Marley/Nas Album Distant Relatives will change that so listen out for the duo’s first single ‘As We Enter’ on your local radio stations. In the mean time check out this hot tune by ding dong thats been tearing up Jamaica for months now and I think should crossover to the USA market… Its got that catchy star quality and wicked flow that just could get the song some airplay so please repost and request to your local disc jockeys…

Bob Marley’s Legend Second Longest Charting Album

Bob Marley’s Legend has kept the title of second longest charting catalogue album on Billboard whilst also topping every major reggae chart on iTunes except Japan.

Marley, who would have been 65 on Saturday, currently charts at number 10 on Billboard Catalogue Albums with Legend, which has been on that chart for 914 weeks or some 17 years according to Billboard data. The only album charting longer (at 944 weeks) is Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon at number 12. Marley’s 1984 album currently outlasts catalogue albums by Journey, ABBA and the Beatles at 755 weeks, 416 weeks and 351 weeks respectively. Besides Marley’s catalogue album, the reggae icon is also charting with his 2009 album B is For Bob on the Billboard Reggae Albums charts at number three. Continue reading