Busy Signal

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

Busy Signal
Busy Signal (Chiemsee Reggae Summer 2013)
Background information
Birth nameGlendale Goshia Gordon
Also known asBusy Signal,[1]
Born (1979-01-24) 24 January 1979
OriginSaint Ann Parish, Jamaica
GenresReggae, dancehall, reggae fusion, ragga-soca
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, deejay, producer
Years active2000 – present
LabelsVP Records, Juke Boxx


Gordon was born in Saint Ann Parish,[2] 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. His first hit single, "Step Out", was one of the most popular dancehall songs in 2005. A music video for "Step Out" was released shortly afterwards.

He was nicknamed Busy Signal by his friends because of the fact that 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. 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.[3]

On 21 May 2012, Gordon was arrested at the Norman Manley International Airport in Jamaica due to an extradition warrant from the United States.[4] He was extradited to the US on 19 June where he faced cocaine-related charges.[5] In September 2012 he received a six-month prison sentence.[6] He was released in November, and promptly released the single "Come Shock Out".[7][8] BBC Music ranked Reggae Music Again No. 7 on their Top 25 Albums of 2012 listing.[9]

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.[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]



  • 2005: Step Out
  • 2008: Loaded
  • 2010: D.O.B. – US Reggae no. 12[10]
  • 2012: Reggae Music Again – US Reggae no. 5[10]
  • 2019: Parts of the Puzzle – US Reggae no. 2[10]


As a lead artist

  • 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: "Sport Day"
  • 2014: "Money Flow" (feat. Eek-A-Mouse)
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)
405814474523 Major Lazer album
Free the Universe
2016 "Key to the city"
(Tiwa Savage featuring Busy Signal)
1 Tiwa Savage album
2018 "Loko"[22]
(Tropkillaz and Major Lazer featuring MC Kevinho and Busy Signal)
Non-album single


  1. Meschino, Patricia (22 May 2012). "Jamaican Artist Busy Signal, With Top 10 Album on Reggae Charts, Arrested on Extradition Warrant". Billboard. Retrieved 29 May 2012.)
  2. Johnson, Carolyn (2006) "A Very Busy Childhood Archived 22 July 2012 at the Wayback Machine", Jamaica Star, 21 January 2006, retrieved 1 July 2012
  3. ‘Busy’ takes his talents to the T-shirt rack Archived 16 June 2012 at the Wayback Machine. Nation News (Barbados). 25 March 2011.
  4. Busy signal arrested on extradition warrant. Jamaica Gleaner. 21 May 2012.
  5. Campbell, Howard (2012) "Sales get Busy", Jamaica Observer, 27 June 2012, retrieved 1 July 2012
  6. Henry, Paul (2012) "Busy gets six-month sentence", Jamaica Observer, 21 September 2012, retrieved 22 September 2012
  7. Morgan, Simone (2012) "‘Nah go a jail again’", Jamaica Observer, 25 November 2012. Retrieved 25 November 2012
  8. Jackson, Kevin (2012) "Busy Signal 'shocks' out", Jamaica Observer, 23 November 2012. Retrieved 25 November 2012
  9. "BBC Music's Top 25 Albums of 2012". BBC Music. bbc.co.uk. 6 December 2012. Retrieved 16 December 2012.
  10. Jackson, Kevin (2019) "Getting Busy on Billboard", Jamaica Observer, 15 October 2019. Retrieved 19 October 2019
  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. "Busy Signal – Austrian Charts". austriancharts.at/ Hung Medien. Archived from the original on 7 October 2013.
  14. "Busy Signal – Belgian (Flanders) Charts". ultratop.be/nl/ Hung Medien.
  15. "Busy Signal – Belgian (Wallonia) Charts". ultratop.be/fr/ Hung Medien.
  16. "Busy Signal – Danish Charts". danishcharts.com/ Hung Medien. Archived from the original on 21 December 2014.
  17. "Busy Signal – French Charts". lescharts.com/ Hung Medien.
  18. "Busy Signal – Dutch Charts". dutchcharts.nl/ Hung Medien. Archived from the original on 21 December 2014.
  19. "Busy Signal – Swedish Charts". swedishcharts.com/ Hung Medien.
  20. "Busy Signal – Swiss Charts". hitparade.ch/ Hung Medien. Archived from the original on 21 December 2014.
  21. "Pulse Naija Charts". pulse.ng/ Pulse.
  22. "Loko (feat. MC Kevinho & Busy Signal)". iTunes. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
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