In a poll that was recently conducted to compare the popularity of Vybz Kartel and Mavado saw Vybz Kartel topping Mavado, Beenie Man, Bounty Killer and was also awarded for having the largest internet fan base. Somehow, only eight persons of Vybz Kartel’s huge fan base went out to buy his album “Pon Di Gaza” that was independently released via Adidjahiem Records/NotNice Records.
According to figures from Nielsen SoundScan “Pon Di Gaza” only sold eight copies while he got 519 individual downloads of various songs off the album in its first week.
Even though many of our local acts are popular, both locally and abroad, the sale of albums from dancehall stars are not so impressive. Highest recorded sale from a Jamaican artiste for this year belongs to Sean Paul’s Imperial Blaze, which reportedly sold over 30, 000 units in its first week.
OutAroad.com wishes to use this medium to urge dancehall lovers to go out and support your favourite Jamaican artiste album so they can make impressive debuts on the Billboard and various international charts.