Busy Signal

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Busy Signal
Busy Signal (Chiemsee Reggae Summer 2013)
Busy Signal (Chiemsee Reggae Summer 2013)
Background information
Birth nameReanno Devon Gordon
Also known asBusy
Born (1979-01-24) 24 January 1979 (age 42)
OriginSaint Ann Parish, Jamaica
GenresReggae, dancehall, reggae fusion, ragga-soca
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, deejay, producer
Years active2000 – present
LabelsVP Records, Greensleeves, Juke Boxx
Associated actsBounty Killer, Mavado

Reanno Devon Gordon (born 24 January 1979), better known by his stage name Busy Signal, is a Jamaican dancehall reggae artist.


Gordon was born in Saint Ann Parish,[1] living in areas in West and East Kingston such as Tivoli Gardens, Papine, and Spanish Town. He is a past student of Brown's Town Comprehensive High School. Known as one of the artists leading the contemporary dancehall movement, Busy Signal has been a large part of the scene since 2003, and released his debut single "Step Out" in 2005. [2] A music video for "Step Out" was released shortly afterwards.

He was nicknamed Busy Signal by his friends because he is constantly busy. His hit tracks for 2007/2008 were "Nah Go A Jail Again", "Smoke Some High Grade", "Tic Toc" and the track entitled "Unknown Number" has made tremendous airplay and dancehall reviews especially in the Caribbean and the US.[3] He has released a hit dancehall album entitled Step Out.

On 22 September 2008, Busy Signal released his second studio album titled Loaded, a 15-track compilation on VP Records of well known dancehall hits such as "Jail", "Whine Pon Di Edge", "These Are the Days", among others, as well as never-heard-before exclusive tracks such as "People So Evil" and "Hustle Hard".

The artist announced the introduction of a self-styled clothing line in 2011.[4]

On 21 May 2012, Gordon was arrested at the Norman Manley International Airport in Jamaica due to an extradition warrant from the United States.[5] He was extradited to the US on 19 June where he faced cocaine-related charges.[6] In September 2012 he received a six-month prison sentence.[7] He was released in November, and promptly released the single "Come Shock Out".[8][9] BBC Music ranked Reggae Music Again No. 7 on their Top 25 Albums of 2012 listing.[10] Busy Signal appears on the No Doubt album, Push and Shove, collaborating with the band and the production team Major Lazer on the title track.[11] He also appears on Major Lazer's second album Free the Universe, in the track "Watch Out For This (Bumaye)", which was a hit single in several European countries.[12] In 2014, he made "Sports Day: Everyone Move", however, he pirated music off of Hatsune Miku's cover of the Internet sensation Ievan Polkka. His Parts of the Puzzle album was released on 4 October 2019 on VP Records. It entered the Billboard Reggae Albums chart at number 2.[13]




As a lead artist[edit]

  • 2005: "Step Out Inna"
  • 2008: "Tic Toc"
  • 2010: "One More Night/Night Shift"
  • 2011 : "Kingston Town" (feat. Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley)
  • 2012: "Come Shock Out"
  • 2013: "Why I Sing"
  • 2013: "Danger Zone"
  • 2014: "Professionally"
  • 2014: "Sports Day: Everyone Move"
  • 2014: "Money Flow" (feat. Eek-A-Mouse)

As a featured artist[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
BEL (Vl)
BEL (Wa)
2012 "Push and Shove"
(No Doubt featuring Busy Signal and Major Lazer)
No Doubt album
Push and Shove
2013 "Watch Out for This (Bumaye)"
(Major Lazer featuring Busy Signal, The Flexican and FS Green)
40 5 8 14 4 7 45 23 Major Lazer album
Free the Universe
2016 "Key to the city"
(Tiwa Savage featuring Busy Signal)
1 Tiwa Savage album
2018 "Loko"[28]
(Tropkillaz and Major Lazer featuring MC Kevinho and Busy Signal)
Non-album singles
2019 "Santa Maria"
(Bad Gyal featuring Busy Signal)


  1. ^ Johnson, Carolyn (2006) "A Very Busy Childhood Archived 22 July 2012 at the Wayback Machine", Jamaica Star, 21 January 2006, retrieved 1 July 2012
  2. ^ Gracie, Bianca (4 October 2019). "Busy Signal Has Nothing Left to Prove on 'Parts of the Puzzle,' His First New Album in Seven Years". Billboard. Retrieved 8 September 2020. The Saint Ann, Jamaica native hasn't missed a beat since the release of his debut single, 2005’s"Step Out".
  3. ^ Records, VP (7 October 2010). "Busy Signal". VP Records. Retrieved 21 April 2021. His hit tracks for 2007 / 2008 were “Nah Go Ah Jail Again,” “Smoke Some High Grade,” “Tic Toc” and the track entitled “Unknown Number” which received tremendous airplay, and received dancehall reviews, especially in the Caribbean and US.,
  4. ^ ‘Busy’ takes his talents to the T-shirt rack Archived 16 June 2012 at the Wayback Machine. Nation News (Barbados). 25 March 2011.
  5. ^ Busy signal arrested on extradition warrant. Jamaica Gleaner. 21 May 2012.
  6. ^ Campbell, Howard (2012) "Sales get Busy", Jamaica Observer, 27 June 2012, retrieved 1 July 2012
  7. ^ Henry, Paul (2012) "Busy gets six-month sentence", Jamaica Observer, 21 September 2012, retrieved 22 September 2012
  8. ^ Morgan, Simone (2012) "‘Nah go a jail again’", Jamaica Observer, 25 November 2012. Retrieved 25 November 2012
  9. ^ Jackson, Kevin (2012) "Busy Signal 'shocks' out", Jamaica Observer, 23 November 2012. Retrieved 25 November 2012
  10. ^ "BBC Music's Top 25 Albums of 2012". BBC Music. bbc.co.uk. 6 December 2012. Retrieved 16 December 2012.
  11. ^ Busy Signal will appear on No Doubt song "Push and Shove" Archived 14 June 2012 at the Wayback Machine. Official No Doubt Website. 8 May 2012.
  12. ^ Jackson, Kevin (2013) "Watch out for Busy Signal", Jamaica Observer, 21 July 2013. Retrieved 10 August 2013
  13. ^ a b c d Jackson, Kevin (2019) "Getting Busy on Billboard", Jamaica Observer, 15 October 2019. Retrieved 19 October 2019
  14. ^ "Busy Signal - Step Out". Discogs.
  15. ^ "Busy Signal - Loaded". Allmusic.
  16. ^ "Busy Signal - D.O.B." Allmusic.
  17. ^ "Busy Signal - Reggae Music Again". Allmusic.
  18. ^ "Busy Signal - Parts of the Puzzle". Allmusic.
  19. ^ "Busy Signal – Austrian Charts". austriancharts.at/ Hung Medien. Archived from the original on 7 October 2013.
  20. ^ "Busy Signal – Belgian (Flanders) Charts". ultratop.be/nl/ Hung Medien.
  21. ^ "Busy Signal – Belgian (Wallonia) Charts". ultratop.be/fr/ Hung Medien.
  22. ^ "Busy Signal – Danish Charts". danishcharts.dk/ Hung Medien.
  23. ^ "Busy Signal – French Charts". lescharts.com/ Hung Medien.
  24. ^ "Busy Signal – Dutch Charts". dutchcharts.nl/ Hung Medien. Archived from the original on 21 December 2014.
  25. ^ "Busy Signal – Swedish Charts". swedishcharts.com/ Hung Medien.
  26. ^ "Busy Signal – Swiss Charts". hitparade.ch/ Hung Medien. Archived from the original on 21 December 2014.
  27. ^ "Pulse Naija Charts". pulse.ng/ Pulse. 29 July 2016.
  28. ^ "Loko (feat. MC Kevinho & Busy Signal)". iTunes. Retrieved 10 June 2018.

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