The STAR’s selector of the year for 2012, Boom Boom, says a number of the music charts locally are not reliable.
The ace selector, who either plays at or attends most dancehall events and dances held across the island, says the persons who compile charts need to go to the dances and get a first-hand feel as to what songs are hot.
In a release to the media, Boom Boom says unreliable charts look bad on the industry and stakeholders.
“It is hurtful to see songs doing well in the dances and they are not on the charts. At the end of the day, it is not a good look for anyone. The people doing the charts need to go out and see what is happening in the streets”, Boom Boom said.
He added, “There are some songs on the charts that nobody knows. They are not getting played on the radio and they are not making any impact in the dance. How can it be justified for them to be on the charts?”
The popular selector says dancehall is vital to the survival of Jamaican music.
“Dancehall goes all over the world. Dancehall has made me able to help others in my community of Grants Pen. I am not in a position to do a lot like most entertainers, however, the little that I do, it’s because of the dancehall why I am able to offer some assistance”, Boom Boom noted.
He is of the opinion that the current charts have no relation to how well any particular song is doing in the dance.
“I guarantee you that if there was any relation, a lot of the songs that are doing well in the dance would have been on the charts”, said Boom Boom.
He also points out that a number of current hot songs in the dancehall are not on any charts. These includeForward by Rayted, Haters a Pree by ANG artiste Iyara, In Deh In Deh by newcomer Gage, and Stay Away by Singer J.
“These songs are big songs in the dance, and they are not on any chart. Do you think that is fair?” he queried.
Apart from a prolific career as an in demand dancehall selector, Boom Boom has experimented on the artiste side of the business.
Late last year, he recorded the track Wine Wine with Beenie Man, which was produced by Jamhouse Records. He recently collaborated with Black Queen on the track, Up Inna Di Jelly. Another recent collaboration, Hot Gal Suppen, features Kibaki and Singing Sweet.
Boom Boom’s annual birthday bash will be held on December 17 at Barons Plaza in Kingston. The event is sponsored by Guinness.
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