Buju Banton’s Unofficial Single “Driver A” Mashing Up Jamaican Radio, Dancehalls, Charts, Cabs

– Artist Confirmed To Headline Annual Guinness Sting Concert on Boxing Day
(Kingston, JA/New York/NY – 18, December 2006) Gargamel Music is pleasantly surprised to announce that the biggest tune in Jamaica right now is Buju Banton’s “Driver A,” an album cut available solely on his Grammy-nominated new project Too Bad. A classic reality-tune laced with precision on Sly & Robbie’s vintage Taxi riddim, “Driver A” has not been released on 7″ or officially worked as a single — yet has garnered so much play in the dancehall, on the radio and by every cabbie in Kingston, that it has skyrocketed to the top of the local charts in just a few weeks.

RETV’s Reggae chart has “Driver A” sitting fit at #2 — this past week’s greatest gainer in sales. The runaway hit is also the greatest gainer and “shot to watch” on Hype TV’s Top 20 Reggae/Dancehall singles chart, gliding up two notches to #4. On Jamaica’s Weekly Top 30 Hit List, “Driver A” leaped from #15 to its current place at #5 and it moved up 6 spots to #5 on Hitz 92’s Top 20 Official Hitz From Yaad.

“Driver A” is the fifth single featured on Banton’s stellar Too Bad album to blow up backayard this year. Additional chart-toppers include “Me & Oonu,” “Til It Bend,” Hey Boy” (aka “Talk To Me”) and “Nothing.” In order to meet the high demand, Gargamel Music has tapped Penthouse Distribution to help exclusively distribute Too Bad in Jamaica, just in time for the holiday rush.

Stateside, ‘Driver A” has already steered its way to #1 on Media Guide’s Reggae Specialty chart, #4 on Dahved Levy’s Caribbean Fever Top 10 on WBLS New York and is bubbling at #14 on New York’s Top 30 Reggae Singles Chart. In addition to early support from core stations such as Waah Gwan, Irie Jam and Link Up, “Driver A” is receiving enthusiastic spins at New York’s highly influential Hot 97, WEDR in Miami, WLLD in Tampa, WPHH and WZMX in Hartford-New Haven, and KBOO in Portland.

Over in the UK, “Driver A” is getting love on BBC 1Xtra, Choice FM and Kiss FM London.

Buju Banton is scheduled to headline the annual Guinness Sting concert on December 26th at the Jamworld Entertainment Complex in Portmore Jamaica. This hotly anticipated performance will be Banton’s first on-island since the release of his critically acclaimed new album.Buju Banton. Too Bad. Pure. Uncut. Cop yours now!