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Within hours of its release in North America, Buju Banton's album, Before the Dawn, is already creating waves.

The album, which comes on the heels of Monday's news of a hung jury in Buju's drug trial, has debuted at number two on the iTunes Reggae charts for the US market.

Buju’s album hits charts within hours of release

Within hours of its release in North America, Buju Banton’s album, Before the Dawn, is already creating waves.

The album, which comes on the heels of Monday’s news of a hung jury in Buju’s drug trial, has debuted at number two on the iTunes Reggae charts for the US market.

On this chart, Bob Marley’s album, Legend, holds the top spot. Other acts holding down places are Hassidic Jew, Matisyahu, Michael Franti and Spearhead and US-based Reggae band, Rebelution.

Described by Gargamel Music as a prophetic project, the album is said to encapsulate the experiences of the artiste who has been imprisoned in Florida since last December on a charge of conspiracy to possess and distribute five kilogrammes of cocaine.

Gargamel Music quotes Buju as saying, “All the songs on this album were written before I and I found I self in this current situation, yet they all speak profoundly to what I and I am going through right now…You might can lock the flesh but you can never lock the spirit of Rasta.”

In an interview with the Jamaica Observer on Monday, Buju’s manager Tracii McGregor was asked whether she felt that the publicity the deejay has received throughout the trial would have a positive effect on the release of the album. McGregor noted that like all Buju’s releases, Before the Dawn was highly anticipated by the Gargamel’s fans.

Already, the track Innocent, is being seen as the unofficial anthem of Before the Dawn, which is Buju’s ninth studio album. The release date for the UK and France is set for next Monday, October 4, the album will be available in the rest of Europe this Friday.

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A Florida judge declared a mistrial Monday in the drug case against four-time Grammy winning reggae singer Buju Banton. The jury, which was deliberating since Thursday, had sent a second note to the judge claiming they were unable to reach a unanimous verdict.

Buju Banton Case: A Mistrial

TAMPA, Fla. (CBS/AP) A Florida judge declared a mistrial Monday in the drug case against four-time Grammy winning reggae singer Buju Banton. The jury, which was deliberating since Thursday, had sent a second note to the judge claiming they were unable to reach a unanimous verdict.

Banton was charged with conspiracy to possess and distribute cocaine and aiding two others in possessing a firearm during the course of cocaine distribution. Prosecutors say Banton conspired to buy cocaine from an undercover police officer last year. He faced life in prison if convicted.

Banton’s attorneys have asked that the reggae singer be released on bond. Banton has been held without bond since his December, 2009 arrest.

Banton’s attorney maintains that the singer was entrapped by a government informant.

The jury had sent a note earlier Monday saying they could not agree on a verdict, but U.S. District Judge James Moody ordered them to continue deliberations. After the second note was sent Moody ruled in favor of the defense motion to declare a mistrial.

The trial ignited a lot of debate in Baton’s home country Jamaica, with fans and critics dissecting every detail of the case in editorial pages and on social networking sites, with his most ardent fans comparing him to the reggae legend Bob Marley.

“I’ve been following it close because Buju is big in Jamaica, like a Bob Marley,” Charles Barrett, a resident of the capital, said Sunday. “Way I see it, they need to free the man cause they don’t have any concrete evidence against him.”

There have even been a few conspiracy theories from fans as to how the Rasta star came to be in this predicament. Some say the U.S government framed him, others point to gay rights advocate groups who have actively protested many of Banton’s appearances because of violent, homophobic lyrics from early in Banton’s career as a brash dancehall singer.

Shows in several U.S. cities were canceled because of protests over those early lyrics and his unapologetic anti-gay stance through the years.

The reason for such fierce debate lies in the cultural influence that many say Banton has had on the music scene in Jamaica. According to musicologist and disc jockey Bunny Goodison, “[Banton has] been extremely important through the years because he’s represented Rastafari and black consciousness in a very focused way.”

Others are more critical of Banton, whose real name is Mark Myrie. “No matter how the trial turns out, Mr. Myrie has already let down himself and his fans,” the Jamaica Observer said in an editorial Sunday.

A new trial date is expected to be announced later Monday.

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