Anthony B talks Billboard entry, new album, touring
Reggae artiste Anthony B says the collaboration Wind Me Up with Grammy-winning and multi-platinum-selling American Christian music recording artiste Dante Bowe came by the request of the artiste and his management team.
“The collaboration came by the request of Dante and his management team. They reached out to me and from the moment that I heard the song, it was on fire. I said yes, let’s make it happen, and that was it,” Anthony B disclosed in an interview with the Jamaica Observer last week Tuesday.
The song has moved up on the Billboard Adult R&B Airplay chart. This is Anthony B’s first entry here.
According to Anthony B, the response to the song has been good and a video, which was recently completed, is expected to be released shortly.
“Hearing that the song has entered the Billboard R&B chart is a blessed feeling, one of accomplishment for both me and Dante. This is my first time being on a Billboard R&B chart,” said Anthony B.
With a career spanning more than 25 years, Anthony B has carved out a name for himself in Jamaican music circles. He has to date released more than 20 studio albums and is known for hit singles including Bad Cop, Raid Di Barn, and Fire Pon Rome.
The Trelawny native recently released the album Bread and Butter, his first since 2020’s King in My Castle.
Said Anthony B: “The fans can expect the album to be musically creative, cultural, and inspiring.”
Production for the album features the likes of Massive B, Cali Roots, House of Riddim, S Class Beats, Mint Records, Trainline Records, Born Fire Music, and Neva Stop Bookings.
Released via Ineffable Records, Bread and Butter has 16 tracks, including the collaborations Revolution featuring Zamunda, Bramma and Lina Mulan; Irie Love featuring Robbyn Goode; Stand Firm featuring Chronic Law; and Everybody featuring Busy Signal.
“This project is more creative than most of my other albums because it’s not just a roots or just reggae album; it’s a mixture of roots reggae and dancehall with many other styles and influences such as Afrobeat and hip hop,” said Anthony B.
He shared the inspiration behind the album’s title.
“What inspired the album’s title Bread and Butter is the fact that music is not just a culture to us. As Jamaican artistes and musicians it’s our bread and butter; the ways I use to take care of our families, friends and communities. That’s why it is called #breadandbutter.”
Anthony B is currently on a multi-country tour promoting Bread and Butter.
“I’ve been on tour since June 15. We started in Boston, USA, and I am now in Europe. I did a few festivals in the Caribbean. We will take a break from the tour in December and resume in early 2024 in Gambia, Africa, to close off [that] leg of the tour,” said Anthony B.