by Jodee Brown
Though currently embroiled in a serious legal battle overseas, embattled Dancehall/Reggae superstar, Busy Signal can have something to smile about as support for his most recent album has picked up significantly as of late.
Reggae Music Again, the latest compilation from Busy Signalhas enjoyed a recent spike in sales, coinciding with the artiste’s arrest and subsequent extradition to the United States over the last month. VP Records, the distributor ofReggae Music Again insists that the album has vastly improved with relation to sales figures after an initially slowstart.
Though not releasing the exact figures, VP Recordsspokesperson, Michelle Williams intimated that Busy Signal’s appeal as a top quality artiste has been able to draw in more listeners.
“It’s not been dramatic but I think more people are tuning in to his music because they realize Busy is a good artiste,”Williams told the Jamaica Observer.
Early on, sales numbers for Reggae Music Again were disappointing since its release in April as record sales monitor, the Nielsen SoundScan revealed that the album had sold just over 1,500 copies. This despite the album nabbing a top 10 spot on the U.S. Billboard Reggae chart and featuring notable efforts such as Kingston Town, Come Over (Missing You) and Modern Day Slavery.
The album also features contributions from Penthouse Records hitmaker, Donovan Germain as well as Jukeboxx Productions producer and Busy’s manager, Shane Brown.
Busy Signal is currently languishing in a Minnesota jail after being extradited to the U.S. state last week. The highly acclaimed singjay was initially detained in London after law enforcement officials suspected that Busy had been using false documentation while traveling. He was then deported to Jamaica where he then waived his rights to fight his extradition to America to fight accusations of absconding bail while awaiting a drug trial in 2002.
On Monday, Busy Signal pleaded not guilty to the charge of failure to appear in court and remains in custody.