Vybz Kartel's 'Fever' climbs Billboard chart

August 12, 2017
Vybz Kartel

Vybz Kartel's dancehall record 'Fever' has charted on the coveted Billboard R & B/Hip Hop airplay chart at number 37.

The song, which is also the lead single from his album King of The Dancehall, was released in 2016.

The record is also making its first entrance on an international chart in a year.

Kartel's business partner Michael Dawson said the incarcerated deejay is in high demand in the US.

"I think people like Drake and Justin Bieber have brought back dancehall into the mainstream and Vybz Kartel is the best dancehall has right now, so he will be the most searched-for entertainer. In the States right now, Vybz Kartel is very popular, and mainstream radio has been playing a lot of dancehall music," he said.

The businessman/author also said dancehall's popularity at present mirrors the glory days of the '90s.

"It is the first I have seen it like this since the days of Shabba. Shabba Ranks never filtered his music nor conformed to the English language, and neither does Kartel, and we can see where it still works internationally," he said.

Fever has been viewed over 21 million times on YouTube.com.

This is not Kartel's first time on the Billboard chart. He has had Billboard success with songs like Clarks, Romping Shop and Notnice.

Fever is the only dancehall record on the chart and is competing with songs from artistes including DJ Khaled, Future, Kendrick Lamar, Chris Brown, and 2 Chainz.

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