Vybz Kartel has the top-selling dancehall album of 2016, “King of the Dancehall.” The project was released on June 10th last year and debut at No. 2 on the Billboard Reggae chart.
“King of the Dancehall” has since sold 3,800 units in the United States with 1,867 units sold in the first week of release, making it the highest selling dancehall project last year. The album also has the biggest first week sales in the last decade since Beenie Man released his 2006 classic album “Undisputed.” KOD is also the thirteenth top-selling reggae album last year.
Vybz Kartel, born Adidja Palmer, has been incarcerated since 2011 when he was arrested and slapped with a double murder charge, but he has managed to remain one of the top artists in dancehall thanks in part to his massive catalog of previously recorded material. The former Portmore Empire leader is currently serving a life sentence for one of the murders. He will be eligible for parole in 35 years.
Despite his certain incarceration for a long time, Vybz Kartel promises his fans that a lot more new music are coming this year including an album.