Buju Banton has cleverly dodged the question of whether he, like many other international artists, has ever considered selling his music catalog.

In recent times, several international artists, including rock icons Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Stevie Nicks and Shakira and Lil Wayne, have sold off their catalogs of songs in multi-million dollar deals.

Buju was asked if selling his catalog had ever crossed his mind during an interview with The Entertainment Report during his Intimate Concert launch a few days ago. However, the Big it up The entertainer, who earned a master’s degree in music business management from New York University while incarcerated, steered the conversation away from his personal affairs.

“It’s part of the music industry, it’s part of the business because it’s the only industry that doesn’t come with a pension. So it’s up to every artist to understand what you do, the value of what you do, and work to create value around what you do,” Buju said on the subject, before gently changing the subject.

During his 30-year career, Buju, real name Mark Myrie, has released a total of 11 studio albums, the last four of which were released under his own label Gargamel Music.

The seven-time Grammy nominee’s debut album was Endurance Dad, which he recorded in 1992 under Techniques Records. This was followed by Mr Mention under Penthouse Records, also released the same year, then Voice of Jamaica in 1993, under Mercury Records.

Then came the highly acclaimed release of 1995′To Shiloh, which is considered Buju’s best album to date. Released under Island Records and Loose Canon, it has been produced by some of Jamaica’s biggest names in Reggae and Dancehall production, including Donovan Germain of Penthouse who was executive producer, Dave Kelly, Bobby ‘Digital-B’ Dixon, Sylvester Gordon and Steely and Clevie.

To Shiloh spent 104 weeks on the Billboard Reggae Album chart and peaked at No. 2 in October 1995. It was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), on its 25th anniversary, July 18, 2020 .

Inna Heights was released in 1997, his second album under Penthouse Records, followed by raging spirit under Epitahph Records in 2000, and Friends for life under VP Records and Atlantic Records in 2003.

Shame (2006), Rasta has a soul (2009) and Grammy Award winner Before dawn (2010) were all released by Gargamel Music, while his latest album Upside down 2020 was released by Gargamel Music in partnership with Roc Nation.

In March 2022, Banton teased that his next album was already sold out.

He’s not the only reggae great whose catalog has faced sales questions. In October last year, Rohan and Ziggy Marley reaffirmed the position they and their siblings had taken that the catalog and other publishing rights of their father, the reggae icon Bob Marley, would in no way be sold.

Rohan also revealed that after Bob died intestate (without a will), the Marley family approached pop icon Michael Jackson for help during their tribulations, but were mortified when instead to help with a loan, the Thriller star offered instead to buy the rights to Bob’s catalog.

In another interview, Bob Marley’s eldest son, Ziggy, said it hadn’t even crossed his mind to sell his own full music catalog let alone his father’s music rights.