When Vybz Kartel decided to release his album “Of Dons and Divas” on the same day Buju Banton was releasing his album “Upside Down 2020”, fans of dancehall and Reggae Music knew that it would be a face off for the ages. What fans did not know, however, is that Kartel and Buju would also be facing off with Bob Marley.
A full week after the release of the new albums, they are both doing great on most of the Reggae charts but having a difficult time dethroning Bob Marley’s reign.
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Vybz Kartel is proving that he is really the king of dancehall in Jamaica but once you leave the Jamaican shores, he has to play second fiddle to Buju Banton. The world boss’ album is number one Jamaica iTunes Reggae chart.
However, on the international iTunes chart which is not genre specific, Buju Banton’s album is at #29 while Kartel fails to crack into the top 100.
On the international Reggae chart, Bob Marley continues to live up to his lyrics, “Dem a guh tired fi see mi face but dem can’t get me out of the race.” Both Vybz Kartel and Buju Banton were unable to move the king of Reggae from the top spot. Marley sits atop the chart with “Three Little Birds”. Buju Banton’s “Blessed” did make it to the second spot on that chart.
12 of the songs from Buju’s album are on the iTunes Reggae top 100 chart but only two of Kartel’s song achieved this feat.
So it is difficult to dispute that Vybz Kartel is the king of Jamaica but once you leave the Jamaican shores, Buju Banton and Bob Marley are the faces of the island.