1. Buju Banton Granted New Appeal Hearing

    August 19, 2014 5:48 PM EDT Jamaican reggae star was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2011. A lawyer for convicted Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton says a U.S. federal appellate court has agreed to hear his appeal. Buju Banton Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison The Grammy-winning singer is serving a 10-year sentence for…

  2. 10-Year-Old Grace Liu Wants You to 'Get in My Car': Watch

    March 12, 2014 9:51 PM EDT The studio that brought you "Friday," "Chinese Food" and "It's Thanksgiving" is about to get bilingual with its newest venture. Such is the video for "Get in My Car," the new music video/song/best birthday ever from 10-year-old Grace Liu that'…

  3. Winston Riley, Veteran Jamaican Producer, Dead at 65

    January 20, 2012 5:49 PM EST A pivotal figure in expanding reggae's international renown, record producer, songwriter and vocalist Winston Riley , 65, passed away yesterday succumbing to the gun shot wounds he received on Nov. 1, 2011 at his home in Kingston, Jamaica. According to his son Kurt Riley, a disk jockey…

  4. Reggae Star Buju Banton Appeals Drug Conviction

    December 16, 2011 6:28 PM EST Grammy-winning reggae star Buju Banton claims in an appeal of his federal drug conviction there was not enough evidence to prove he was involved in a cocaine conspiracy. The appeal filed Friday by attorney David O. Markus also says Banton was relentlessly pursued by a federal informant…

  5. Buju Banton Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison

    June 23, 2011 10:55 AM EDT Despite pleas for leniency from family members, fans and supporters, a federal judge sentenced Grammy-winning reggae singer Buju Banton on Thursday to 10 years in prison Thursday for conspiring to set up a cocaine deal. Banton was found guilty of conspiracy to possess with the intent to…

  6. Rebecca Black Looks To Move Beyond 'Friday'

    March 25, 2011 12:30 PM EDT News flash for the legions of online haters who've poked fun at Rebecca Black: We probably haven't heard the last of the YouTube phenom. Black, 13, has been in the eye of a media hurricane thanks to the viral spread of her party song "Friday," which had racked up a mind…

  7. Buju Banton Found Guilty of Cocaine Charge

    February 22, 2011 3:25 PM EST A Florida jury has found Grammy-winning reggae singer Buju Banton guilty on cocaine conspiracy charges. Jurors returned their verdict on Tuesday after deliberating for 11 hours over two days. The 37-year-old Banton, whose given name is Mark Myrie, was on trial on accusations that he conspired…

  8. Wilco Leaves Nonesuch Records, Starts Own Label

    January 27, 2011 8:52 AM EST W ilco , the Chicago-based experimental rock band led by Jeff Tweedy, has announced they are leaving their long-time label Nonesuch Records to start their own record company, dBpm Records. The band's longtime manager, Tony Margherita, will run the enterprise from his offices in…

  9. Stephen Marley Bails Buju Banton Out of Jail

    November 11, 2010 1:19 PM EST Jamaican reggae singer Buju Banton is out of jail in Florida to await his retrial on federal drug charges after a son of reggae legend Bob Marley posted his home as bond. Banton was released Wednesday (Nov. 10). He signed an extradition waiver, and he must wear an electronic monitoring device…

  10. Buju Banton Drug Case: Judge Declares Mistrial

    September 28, 2010 8:11 AM EDT A Florida judge declared a mistrial for Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton , who was accused of conspiring to buy cocaine from an undercover police officer last year. U.S. District Judge James Moody made the decision after the 12-person jury sent him a second note saying they couldn't…

  11. Buju Banton Drug Trial: U.S. Informant Testifies

    September 22, 2010 7:07 AM EDT After Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton had a conversation about drugs with a government informant he met on a plane, it triggered a series of meetings and phone calls about buying and selling cocaine, according to testimony from the informant and recordings played in Banton's federal…

  12. Buju Banton Starts Drug Trial

    September 21, 2010 12:20 PM EDT Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton was an established drug trafficker before the singer allegedly tried to buy cocaine from an undercover officer in Florida last year, attorneys for the U.S. government said Monday at the beginning of Banton's drug trial. "Do you have any contacts…

  13. Buju Banton Pleads Not Guilty To Drug Charge

    January 08, 2010 6:41 AM EST Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton has pleaded not guilty to a drug charge in a Florida federal court. Banton was arraigned Thursday (Jan. 7) on a charge of conspiring to buy more than five kilograms of cocaine from an undercover law enforcement officer in Sarasota last month. The 36-year-old…

  14. Buju Banton Set To Appear At Bail Hearing In Miami

    December 16, 2009 8:20 AM EST Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton is set to appear in Miami federal court. A bail hearing is scheduled Wednesday (Dec. 16) morning for the 36-year-old singer, whose real name is Mark Anthony Myrie. Banton and two others allegedly attempted to buy a large amount of cocaine from an undercover…

  15. Buju Banton Facing Cocaine Charge In Florida

    December 14, 2009 9:45 AM EST Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton is facing a drug charge in Florida. Banton, whose real name is Mark Anthony Myrie, has been in U.S. federal custody in Miami since Thursday. Drug Enforcement Administration spokesman David Melenkevitz said Sunday that Banton was arrested on a charge of…

  16. N.A.S.A. Blasts Off With Kanye, M.I.A., Waits

    October 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Boasting one of the more eclectic guest lists in recent memory, Brazilian-influenced duo N.A.S.A. will unveil its debut album, "The Spirit of Apollo," Feb. 17 via Anti-. Boasting one of the more eclectic guest lists in recent memory, Brazilian-influenced duo N.A.S.A. will unveil its…

  17. B-Real Theme Keys 'Scarface' Videogame Soundtrack

    October 04, 2006 12:00 AM EDT "We are fans of the movie, fans of hip-hop and fans of video games," B-Real tells Billboard.com, "So when we were approached to do a song, we jumped right in." In addition to nearly 100 well-known tracks from the '80s, Vivendi Games/Sierra Entertainment's "…

  18. Banton Presses On Despite Renewed Controversy

    September 29, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Controversial reggae star Buju Banton has two words for the gay rights groups that have sporadically protested his concerts across the U.S.: "F*ck them." Controversial reggae star Buju Banton has two words for the gay rights groups that have sporadically protested his concerts…

  19. BUJU BANTON, "Too Bad"

    September 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Jamaican icon Buju Banton unveils his first album on his own record label (christened in honor of his nickname, Gargamel). Jamaican icon Buju Banton unveils his first album on his own record label (christened in honor of his nickname, Gargamel). True to his gravely voiced history, Banton…

  20. Billboard Bits: Bumbershoot, Shakira, Reggae Sumfest

    June 05, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Jeremy Enigk, Badly Drawn Boy, Zero 7, Lady Sovereign, Alejandro Escovedo, Jose Gonzalez, the Veronicas, Particle, Great Big Sea, Sonya Kitchell and Rogue Wave are among the acts that have joined the Jeremy Enigk, Badly Drawn Boy, Zero 7, Lady Sovereign, Alejandro Escovedo, Jose Gonzalez, the…

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