When Vybz Kartel decided to challenge Buju Banton by releasing his album on the same day as the Gargamel, he probably thought that he was in the same class as Buju. Album sales are proving that is not the case. In fact, for every four albums Buju has sold, Kartel has sold only one.
Buju Banton’s “Upside Down 2020” is still on the reggae chart even though it has tumbled all the way down to number 8. Vybz Kartel’s “Of Dons and Divas” disappeared from the chart after the first week, which has some music experts questioning whether it was his team that actually bought most of the albums on its release date.
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Since their respective releases, Buju has sold a total of 4,306 albums while Kartel has sold a total of 1,190, just a couple hundreds more than newcomer Lila Ike, who has sold a total of 930 albums.
Bob Marley is proving that even 40 years after his death, all the current greats in reggae combined cannot come close to him. The Best of Bob Marley and the Wailers has spent 28 straight weeks on the reggae chart moving between the first and second position. This week it is back at number one.