Reggae’s top living earners

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The top 10 living Jamaican artistes have amassed some US$90 million (J$7.7 billion) in net worth, equivalent to the annual export earnings from bauxite or sugar based on data from an online media report released last week.

These artistes, more than others, sold millions of records, toured successfully and entered into successful business ventures, according to the report. It listed the net worth of: Continue reading

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.


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

Top 25 Reggae Albums of the Decade


The top 25 reggae albums for this decade — which ends December — was dominated by Shaggy but other dancehall artistes ranked highly, according to a list compiled by Splash.

Topping the list was Shaggy’s 2000 release Hot Shots which sold over ten million copies and was amongst the most sucessful albums of the decade. Matisyahu was second, but he also made the top 25 three times. Shaggy, Sean Paul, Sizzla, Beenie Man, UB40 and Damian Marley each made the list twice.

Music rankings are always controversial but Splash arrived at the findings, not by public opinion, but by analysing Billboard Reggae Album charts between 2000 to 2009 and ranked albums in order of weeks charted. Chart longevity indicated that the albums were not only popular but had that timeless quality as sales continued well beyond their release dates. Continue reading

2010 Reggae Grammy Nominees


The 2010 reggae nominees are below… Please vote to let us know who you think should win the the Grammy for Reggae Album of the year…

Sean Paul blazes the Billboard album charts with Imperial Blaze

Sean Paul’s Imperial Blaze album for VP/Atlantic sold 28,465 copies in its opening week to register a number 12 debut on the Billboard 200 album chart. The sales impact though not as huge as his previous opening in 2005, was enough to land the set to the top of Billboard’s Reggae album chart. Over on Billboard’s R&B Hip Hop album chart, Imperial Blaze lit up the number three spot

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