by Jodee Brown
The good news keeps on coming for Dancehall/Reggae superstar, Busy Signalsince his release from prison as his latest project has copped a top 10 spot on BBC Music’s ‘best of the year’ chart.
Busy Signal’s critically-acclaimed album,Reggae Music Again earned seventh slot on BBC Music’s Welcome to the top 25 albums of 2012 chart. The chart was compiled byBBC Music pundits while fielding votes from a number of disc jocks as well as well as presenters from BBC Radio 1, Radio 2, Radio 3, Radio 1Xtra, 6 Music, Ulster andBBC Scotland.
A release issued by BBC Music stated that each voter submitted their top five albums of the year, including new releases, mixtapes and DJ compilations. The final positions on the chart were determined by a points system based on the votes that were cast.
Amongst the pundits swayed by Reggae Music Again was BBC music writer, Lloyd Bradley. Bradley said of Busy’s compilation,“With Reggae Music Again Busy Signal builds on all the clever musicality of 2010’s D O B to produce an album that, appropriately for the 50th anniversary of Jamaica’s independence, immerses itself in Reggae music heritage. This is far more than what it seems to be billed as, namely ‘Busy Signal changes style‘. It’s an important evolution of dancehall, connecting it to the timeline of Jamaican music, then pushing forwards into the 21st century.”
The Welcome to the top 25 albums of 2012 chart was topped by Kendrick Lamar’s Good Kid, M.A.A.D City followed by fellow American entertainer, Frank Ocean with Channel Orange.
Though the VP Records-distributed album enjoyed great success in Europe, the album did not garner a nomination for the Best Reggae Album Grammy album. Busy’s manager, Shane Brown relayed that while he and the entertainer were disappointed by the news, they were not surprised that Reggae Music Again was overlooked by The Academy.
Busy Signal has been working feverishly to get back into the Dancehall fold since his release from prison over 3 weeks ago, dropping new singles such as Defense, Come Shock Out, Jail Juice and Artiste.
Additionally, the prominent entertainer will be headlining STING 2012 on December 26 atJamworld in Portmore, St. Catherine.