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Buju Banton Appeals Drug Conviction

12/18/2011 2:01pm EST
Buju Banton
Reggae star Buju Banton is appealing his federal drug conviction, insisting there was not enough evidence to prove he was involved in a cocaine conspiracy.

The Grammy Award winner's attorney filed appeal papers on Friday claiming his client was the subject of entrapment by a federal informant who hounded the singer.

Banton, real name Mark Myrie, is currently serving a 10-year prison sentence following his conviction in February.

The Jamaican hitmaker was taken into custody two years ago after he was busted with two other men for planning a cocaine distribution deal. Banton appealed for ...

Buju Banton Sentenced To 10 Years In Prison

6/23/2011 2:18pm EDT
Buju Banton
Embattled reggae star Buju Banton has been sentenced to serve 10 years behind bars for allegedly planning a cocaine deal in 2009.

The Jamaican hit-maker was taken into custody two years ago after he was busted with two other men. The case originally went before a judge last year but ended in a mistrial after the jury failed to reach a unanimous verdict.

A second trial got underway in a Florida court in February and Banton was convicted on three counts - including conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine, which carries a potential 15-year sentence.

Banton appealed fo...

Buju Banton Facing 20 Years in Prison After Drug Conviction

2/22/2011 11:50pm EST
Buju Banton
Reggae star Buju Banton is facing up to 20 years in prison after he was convicted on drug charges on Tuesday.

The Jamaican star, real name Mark Myrie, was hit with four cocaine-related counts stemming from an arrest in 2009, which related to a drug deal he was planning with two other men. Banton boasted about his drug connections to a federal informer on a flight from Spain to America.

The case ended in a mistrial last year when a Florida jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict.

A second trial got underway in a Tampa court last week, and during his testimony, Banton insisted he was ...

Buju Banton's Drug Case Declared A Mistrial

9/28/2010 12:00pm EDT
Buju Banton
Reggae star Buju Banton's drug case has been declared a mistrial, after a jury failed to reach a unanimous decision.

Banton, real name Mark Myrie, was jailed in December 2009 after he was caught allegedly attempting to buy more than five kilograms of cocaine from an undercover law enforcement officer in Sarasota, Florida.

The case was postponed twice earlier this year but the troubled Jamaican took the stand last week to face charges including conspiracy to possess, intent to distribute and possession of a firearm. Banton denied the charges and claimed he had lied about his ambitions to...

Buju Banton's Drug Trial Postponed

4/15/2010 5:30pm EDT
Buju Banton
Reggae star Buju Banton will have to spend another two months in police custody after his trial date for drug charges was delayed until June.

Banton, real name Mark Myrie, has been behind bars since his December arrest, when he was caught allegedly attempting to buy more than five kilograms of cocaine from an undercover law enforcement officer in Sarasota, Florida.

The case was expected to go to trial on Monday, but U.S. District Judge James Moody has now pushed the date back to June. No reason was given for the change.

Banton pleaded not guilty to the accusation in January and his la...

Reggae Gold 2007 Treasures Of The Caribbean Features 18 Recent Reggae Gems

7/8/2007 9:00am EDT
Reggae Gold 2007
The #1 reggae compilation; Reggae Gold 2007 Treasures of The Caribbean, divulged its riches to the rest of the world on June 12, 2007. VP Records discovered 18 of the most prized reggae gems of 2007 along with an exclusive bonus DVD featuring the hottest music videos, artist interviews, footage of Kingston's liveliest dancehall parties and the Reggae Gold cover model casting call and photo shoot.

After digging and searching, VP experts found the essential jewels necessary for a first-class compilation. The medley of Caribbean tunes ranges from the top-rated hits to rare exclusive track...

Reggae 'Triple Threat' Sean Kingston To Release Debut Album Fall '07; Listen To 'Colors'

4/24/2007 8:00pm EDT
Sean Kingston
After producing an endless array of hit records for the likes of musical heavyweights such as 50 Cent, The Game, Rihanna and Snoop Dogg, production savant J.R. Rotem has turned his attention to one of the most innovative young talents in music, Sean Kingston, the first signing on his Beluga Heights label.

Kingston, a 17 year old native of Jamaica who now lives in Miami brings his very unique triple threat of talent of rapping, reggae chatting and soulful harmonization with the 2007 release of his debut yet to be titled album.

"As an artist, my whole goal is to make powerful and ...

Dancehall Legend Sizzla To Tour U.S.; New Album, "The Overstanding," Hits Stores November 21

11/13/2006 3:23pm EST
On the eve of his new release, dancehall legend Sizzla, announces national tour dates. His new album, The Overstanding, is scheduled to be released on November 21. The Overstanding will be marketed and distributed by DDMG/Kalonji Records.

Sizzla emerged during the latter half of the '90's, and quickly became one of the leaders of the modern dancehall movement. Along with Buju Banton and Capelton, he helped lead dancehall back to the musical and spiritual influences of roots reggae, favoring organic productions and heavily Rastafarian subject matter.

Sizzla's first success came...

New Album From Tego Calderón Coming August 29th

8/9/2006 12:18pm EDT
Tego Calderon
Atlantic Records has set August 29th as the street date for the eagerly anticipated label debut from Latin rap superstar Tego Calderón. Released on Calderón's own Atlantic-distributed Jiggiri Records, the album is already being hailed as a landmark in the Latin hip-hop and reggaetón movement. When Calderón inked a worldwide deal with Atlantic last year, he became the first artist in the Latin hip-hop field to ink a global pact with a major label.

Calderón describes his Atlantic debut as "a musical journey through the Afro-Caribbean culture." It showcases poetry from the heart and is a ...