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Global Reggae Charts - Issue #13 / June 2018

Inside you can find the latest reggae album, single, and riddim charts based on votes by radio DJs and music directors from around the world.

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global reggae charts repeatedly bring up when asked about the value that major (or established indie) labels provide to artists are their relationships to radio. Matt Colon, co-founder of Deckstar Management, said in a read-worthy exploration of the question (emphasize mine): The internet and social media have leveled the playing field enormously, so for most of my artists I only advise that we look to major labels if their music immediately lends itself to radio, i.e. pop-leaning. All that said, radio is still the key way to truly have a record go from a great song to a hit song, and major labels work radio better than anyone else. Radio is still the dominant way people discover music. Streaming and its playlist-based approach to discovery is certainly catching up and even has created several proper hits on its own. Yet, radio is still a highly relevant channel in many demographics and the place many people rely on for discovering new music. As long as radio remains critical for success, established labels have an important asset for artists targeting the mainstream. In a niche genre like reggae, attention and relevance is accumulated on different paths. Since mainstream radio mostly ignores it, the dedicated channels for the scene – e.g. reggae websites, reggae radio programs, sound systems – are much more relevant to most artists. That’s not the major labels’ turf. On a smaller scale, though, the same dynamic as outlined above exists: established actors – including but not limited to reggae labels – possess a valuable network and have access to the right people. That can be invaluable to an artist. But since the genre is small and the scene rather connected, it often doesn’t take a label deal to work with them: alternative arrangements, as outlined above, are commonplace. - The takeaway - Artists in 2018 can choose from various options when deciding how they want to structure their business. Signing with a label is an option, but definitely not the only feasible one. Which choice is the correct one is highly dependent on the respective situation and to individual preferences, for instance when it comes to one’s affinity for taking risks. Giving a default onesize-fits-all answer is therefore impossible. But advice that applies to literally every artist is: know your options! Many aspiring artists are young adults and mainly focused on their music (understandably so!). The business-side often isn’t their top priority. That, though, is likely a mistake. Finding the right model to work in might take some time but it can also make a big difference when it comes to building a sustainable career. If you have any feedback or input in the meantime, just drop me a line at thomas.euler@whagwaan-magazine.de Album Riddim Charts | top 5 Period Ending 30/04/2018 Contributing voters: 28 europe # LM 2M PK Mo Label Riddim ↑1 2 5 1 3 Digi Killaz Yaad N Abraad Riddim ↑2 5 - 2 2 Giddimani Anti-Racism Riddim + 3 - - 3 1 Walshy Fire Top Shelf Riddim + 4 - - 4 1 Massive B Rudeboy Skank Riddim + 5 - - 5 1 Ambassador Musik Mighty Roots Riddm Rudeboy Skank Riddim Top Shelf Riddim global reggae charts | issue 13 / june 2018 6

global reggae charts | issue 13 / june 2018