Reggae/Dancehall Year In Review 2013

A round-up of Reggae/Dancehall in 2013 with a month by month summary of events, album releases, performances, charts and the 2013 Top 10 Richest Reggae/Dancehall artists alive.


2013 Top 10 Richest Reggae/Dancehall artists alive


1.  Shaggy

2.  Jimmy Cliff

3.  Sean Paul

4.  Ziggy Marley

5.  Sean Kingston

6.  Damian Marley

7.  Maxie Priest

8.  Buju Banton

9.  Beenie Man

10. Bounty Killer


-Billboard Number 1 Reggae Album (Dec 28) “Sound Wave” by Makua Rothman.

-Supercat returned to Jamaica and appeared on Sting.

-Supercat performed at Amazura.

-Damian Marley’s first cruise ever sells out shortly after it is announced.

-Billboard Number 1 Reggae Album (Dec 14, 21) “Reincarnated” by Snoop Lion.

-Billboard Number 1 Reggae Album (Dec 7) “The Journey” by Mishka.

-Grammy nods Beres, Sizzla, Sly and Robbie, Snoop and Ziggy.

-DJ HIRO – died December 4th, 2013.

-Junior Murvin died on Dec 2, Summers Town Road, Portland.




-Sizzla US visa was denied.

-Romain Virgo changed management team.

-Billboard Number 1 Reggae Album (Nov 30) “Vines” by Passafire.

-Vybez Kartel Murder Trial began.

-Billboard Number 1 Reggae Album (Nov 16) “Sex, Love and Reggae” by Gyptian.

-Funeral for Peter Tosh’s mom.

-Billboard Number 1 Reggae Album (Nov 2, 9, 23) “Reincarnated” by Snoop Lion.

-Tessane Chin’s first appearance on the Voice Season 5.

-Bob Marley Makes Forbes Rich List top five with $18 million. 

-Richard Patrick Bennett OD, better known as Charlie Chaplin honored by Jamaican Government.

-Freddie McGregor received CPR’s highest honor, the Pinnacle Award. 

-Reggae Culture Salute Nov 2nd, Brooklyn, NY.



-Peter Tosh’s mom Alvera Coke died at age 96.

-Tony Brevett of the Melodians died.

-Billboard Number 1 Reggae Album (Oct. 5,19, 26) “Reincarnated” by Snoop Lion.

-Billboard Number 1 Reggae Album (Oct 12) “9ine” by Musiq Soulchild/Syleena  Johnson.



-Queen Ifirica dropped from Rastafest in Canada.

-Patrick Roach Samuels, producer funeral.

-Bob Marley Statue Vandalized. 

-Prince Jazzbo 1970’s roots deejay died on Sept 11th from lung cancer at his home in St. Catherine.

-Billboard Number 1 Reggae Album (Sept 14, 21, 28) “Reincarnated” by Snoop Lion.

-Billboard Number 1 Reggae Album (Sept 7) “Hawaii 13” by The Green.




-Irie Jam at The Barclays Center from Aug31st to Sept 1st.

-Buju Banton Prosecutor Tells Court He Will Not Prosecute Juror.

-Ghana Honors Rita Marley.

-Billboard Number 1 Reggae Album (Aug 3,10,17, 24, 31) “Reincarnated” by Snoop Lion.




-Snoop Lion changes name to Snoopzilla

-Toots Hibbert files  $1 million in compensatory damages and $20 million in punitive damages.

-Selena Gomez Covers Buju Banton “Champion

-Rihanna’s social media video dancing to Busy Signals “Missing You” spiked 21 million in viewership.

-Shaggy on Fox 5 Good Day New York performed “Fight This Feeling

-Tifa Nominated For MTV Iggy Song of The Summer Award. Video Champion Bubbler

-Capelton’s Annual Show “A St. Mary Mi Come From” cancelled.

-Billboard Number 1 Reggae Album (Jul 20) “Automatic” by Iration.Jul. 

-Billboard Number 1 Reggae Album (Jul 13) “Legend Remix” by Bob Marley and The Wailers.

-Billboard Number 1 Reggae Album (Jul. 6 and 27) “Reincarnated” by Snoop Lion.



-Judge Throws Out Buju Banton Gun Conviction, Wants Contempt Charge Against Juror.

-Vybz Kartel Hospitalized For Chest Pains.

-Police Announced that they want to speak to dancehall artist Spragga Benz.

-Tony Rebel and Tommy Cowan sworn in as JP’s. 

-Morgan Heritage return after 5 year break with “Here Come The Kings

-Ziggy Marley Wins Emmy for original song in a children’s or animation program, for ”I Love You Too!” from Disney Channel’s ”3rd and Bird

-Buju Banton retains new counsel, as previous lawyer elected as Mayor of Jackson, Mississipi.

-Jah Cure has a new manager, Robert Livingston.

-Mikey Jarrett, Jr., son of Reggae Dancehall Hall artist Mikey Jarrett  and the manager of Junior Reid died.

-Toots Hibbert Sues Former Manager For U$1.2 Million.  Suit was filed over the singer’s publishing.

-Inner Circle Tour Bus crashed in Louisiana.

-Billboard Number 1 Reggae Album (June 1,8,15,22, 29) “Reincarnated” by Snoop Lion.



-Anthony B cancels South American Tour, as he was unable to obtain a waiver to travel outside of the USA because of marijuana charge and pending court trial in GA.

-Billboard Number 1 Reggae Album Snoop Lion Reggae  “Reincarnated” (May 11, 18, 25)

-Billboard Number 1 Reggae Album John Brown’s Body “Kings And Queens” (May 4)

-Daville released from a New York jail on domestic dispute with his wife.

-Mr. Vegas Accused Infringement 1990’s hit rhythm Black Widow produced by Shines.  HisSweet Jamaica album was pulled from iTunes, Amazon and Google Play due to this.

-Sugar Minott’s Daughter Family Feud.

-Cedric Brooks, a Jamaican saxophone player and influential roots reggae musician, died. He was 70.



-Producer 1970’s Harry “Harry J” Johnson Died at age 68 on April 3.

-Billboard Number 1 Reggae Album (April 27) “Peace of Mind” by Rebelution.

-Billboard Number 1 Reggae Album (April 13, 20) “Reggae Worship. A Roots Revival” by Christafari.

-Shane Brown Co-manages Tarrus Riley.

-Billboard Number 1 Reggae Album (April 6) “Its All A Jam” by Fortunate Youth.



-Billboard Number 1 Reggae Album (March 30) “Ocean Is My Potion” by Mishka.

-Busy Signal parted ways with longstanding manager Shane Brown.

-Etana launches “A Better Tomorrow” album in Jamaica.

-Nikki Manaj and French Mantana sample “Murder She Wrote” Rhythm song Freak.

-Billboard Number 1 Reggae Album (March 23)  “Ghetto Youths International Presents. Set Up Shop” Vol 1 – Various Artists.

-Billboard Number 1 Reggae Album (March 16) “Ocean Is My Potion” by Mishka.

-Downsound Records Drops Khago.

-Billboard Number 1 Reggae Album (March 9) “Born And Raised II. The Rebirth” by Fiji.

-Billboard Number 1 Reggae Album (March 2) “Spark Seeker. Acoustic Sessions” by Matishyahu.



-Sean Paul “Gimmie Di Light” featured in Kia Motors tv ad.

-Etana digital release of “A Better Tomorrow

-New Female Producer Shilo Evans released her first project.

-Buju Banton Trial For Juror Misconduct

-A U.S. State Department law enforcement officer pleaded guilty to accepting bribes to help Jamaican musician Mavado gain a visa to enter the US.

– Billboard Number 1 Reggae Album (Feb 16, 23) “Spark Seeker” by Matisyahu.

-Jimmy Cliff collects Grammy for best reggae album.

-Reggae Photographer Diane Osborne died on February 9, 2013.

– Guitarist Alva Reggie Lewis Died Feb 4.

-Billboard Number 1 Reggae Album (Feb 2, 9) “Spark Seeker.  Acoustic Sessions” by Matisyahu.

-Movado BET 106 and Park.




-Billboard Number 1 Reggae Album (Jan 12, 19) “Peace of Mind” by Rebelution.

-Rebel Salute a hit.

-George “Little Bop” Clarke of Mystic Revelation died on Jan 8 at his Rockfort, St. Andrew home.

-Sean Paul sued U$80 M by an alleged ex-lover from Europe.

-Trevor Roper from the group Chalice died Jan 2 in Chicago.  He was 59.

-Billboard Number 1 Reggae Album (Jan 5) “Marley” by Bob Marley and The Wailers.


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Michelle E. Arthurton, is the  President and CEO E2 Recordings, Inc. She is also  a Music Business/Entertainment Consultant & Paralegal. You can follow her on twitter:    MEArthurton@twitter or MEA_1@twitter or email her at [email protected]