Dancehall star Benzly Hype has had a rough couple of weeks. First, he lost his mother, Beatrice Morris, after a long battle with cancer, then he has had to undergo a traumatising experience because of a mix-up between the cemetery and the funeral home which resulted in her coffin being disinterred so it could be placed in the right funeral plot.
Several media houses are now before the Supreme Court, facing charges of breaches of the copyright laws. The lawsuits were brought against them by the Jamaica Association of Authors Composers and Publishers (JACAP), which represents over two million creators of music worldwide, including over 3400 Jamaicans.
For all the huffing and puffing, Alkaline is still #2 in dancehall when it comes to actual sales. Despite his claims otherwise, Vybz Kartel’s King of the Dancehall album is the top-selling dancehall title for 2016. Based on figures obtained from sales tracker Nielsen Music, the album has sold 3,800 in the United States since its release on June 10, 2016.