Sales get Busy

Howard Campbell

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

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THERE has been a spike in sales for Reggae Music Again, the album by deejay Busy Signal who was extradited to the United States last week.

Michelle Williams, a spokesperson for VP Records which distributes Reggae Music Again, said the album is doing "absolutely better" than some weeks ago when returns were sluggish.

Williams could not give latest figures but said things have "definitely picked up" for the set which was released in April.

"It's not been dramatic but I think more people are tuning in to his music because they realise Busy is a good artiste," Williams told the Jamaica Observer.

VP had high expectations for Reggae Music Again which was released nine months after Busy Signal's appearance on the much-touted Reggae Meets Country album on which he covered Kenny Rogers' The Gambler.

But figures from record sales monitor SoundScan revealed that it was one of several albums by dancehall artistes that were not doing well. SoundScan's data showed Reggae Music Again had sold just over 1,500 copies.

The album featured songs produced by Donovan Germain and Shane Brown.

Busy Signal (given name Glendale Gordon) has been in the news recently for more than his music. He was detained by British authorities in England in late May. He was later apprehended by the Fugitive Apprehension Team at the Norman Manley International Airport in St Andrew.

The artiste was extradited to the United States on June 19. In October 2002, Gordon allegedly fled that country where he was scheduled to go on trial for cocaine-related charges.

Busy Signal, who was represented by Queens Counsel KD Knight and Charles Ganga-Singh, waived his rights to an extradition hearing on May 24.

Yesterday, he pleaded not guilty to one count of failure to appear in court in Minnesota.

Meanwhile, Williams says VP has launched a Facebook page (onebusysignal) with a petition calling for Busy Signal's freedom. Approximately 960 persons have signed the document to date.

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