Friday 21 September, 2018

Etana sees spike in sales after summer tour

Etana

Etana

Reggae star Etana has experienced a boost in the sales of her albums after a successful 'Reggae Forever' Summer tour which saw her performing at venues across the United States in Georgia, Florida, Texas, Arizona, Illinois, Ohio, New York and North Carolina. 

"We sold a lot of albums on the tour, I Rise (2014), and Reggae Forever (2018), many people were still asking for the 'Strong One' which was released in 2008 especially the new fans, that's the one they want," Etana said. 

In March 2018, Etana has achieved her second number one on the Billboard Reggae Album Chart this year when her 'Reggae Forever', her fifth studio effort, got to the pole position on the charts. This achievement makes her the first female artiste from Jamaica to have back-to-back albums hit the top spot on the chart. Her previous album 'I Rise' also hit number one in 2014. The 'Reggae Forever' album is Etana's first executively produced independent album distributed by Tad's Record.

Etana said the tour generated a lot of support among reggae lovers across the United States, from the east coast to the American Midwest to the west coast. 

"The tour did very well, and I performed in venues ranging from 500 to 2000 people all over the United States, and the venues in Chicago (Illinois) and Salisbury (Massachusettes) were sold out," she said.  

She also performed at the Festival of Voices in Guadeloupe in June, the Reggae Geel festival in Belgium in August, and received a music award from UNIA after a performance in the continent of Africa. Etana has been at the forefront of a new wave of reggae artistes pushing the genre into the 21st century, a female in an industry dominated by talented males. 

"I’m not sure what it means for other females because everyone has their own path to tread but I can see my fan base growing on each tour and that’s a great thing for future works and tours," Etana said.

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