Monday, July 8, 2013

Digital Sale Increase Reported for Jamaican Performers at the 2013 BET Awards

Interesting observation relating to increased digital sales on tracks performed by Dancehall/Reggae artistes Dawn Penn, Beenie Man, Chacka Demus and Pliers at the 2013 B.E.T. Awards have been reported. 

Billboard's Digital Reggae Singles Charts now reflects an increase in download for Chaka Demus and Pliers 'Murder She Wrote' single which has moved nineteen places up from #40 to #21 on the Digital Reggae Singles chart, selling 1,234 downloads compared to 617 the previous week and have sold 264,339 copies to date.  'Murder She Wrote' released in 1993 peaked at #57 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart.

Beenie Man's, 'Girls Dem Sugar' are back in the charts at #66 selling 408 copies compared to 219 copies sold the previous week and an overall sales total of 103,528 to date.  The track was released in 1997, remixed featuring US RnB/Pop artist Mya in 2000 and peaked at #54 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.  Beenie Man's other track performed entitle 'Who Am I,' re-enters the chart at #74, have sold 367 copies from 129 copies the previous week and total sale of 58, 938 to date.  Importantly 'Who Am I,' released in 1997 was featured on Beenie Man's Many Moods of Moses album that sold over 250,000 copies to date.  The track which was released in the US in 1988 went #40 on Billboard's Hot 100 and #15 on the RnB/Hip-Hop chart.

Singer Dawn Penn's ever popular 'You Don't Love Me' digital sale is also on the increase after her performance at the BET Awards.  The single which was recorded in 1969 and peaked at #58 on Billboard Hot 100 chart and #10 on the Dance Music Club Play chart has increase its sale from 140 copies sold the previous week to 428 copies. It has re-entered the Digital Reggae Singles chart at #60 and records a total overall sale 48,952 to date.

There has been no reported digital sale increase for Elephant Man up to this time.

Source: Jamaica Observer