Shenseea, Buju Banton land on Billboard Hot 100 for first time courtesy “Donda” feature

Buju Banton has one more milestone to celebrate since leaving prison after serving time for a drug charge. The reggae legend and dancehall star Shenseea made the Billboard Hot 100 chart this week following their features on Kanye West’s Donda album, which was released on August 29, 2021, on West’s GOOD Music label and Def Jam Recordings.

The songs, DanceHallMag reports, mark the first Hot 100 chart placements for Shenseea and Buju Banton, who were both given writing credits for their respective tracks on the American rapper’s album. 

“Believe What I Say”, which featured vocals from Banton, landed at No. 28, while “Pure Souls”, with Shenseea and Roddy Rich, landed at No. 52 on the chart.

Shenseea, who was seen at Kanye’s Chicago listening event prior to the album’s  release, sang melodiously on the outro of “Pure Souls”, while Banton gave a prose rendition on “Believe What I Say”.

The Dancehall Princess joins an elite group of female Jamaican Dancehall artists to make the coveted Billboard Hot 100 chart and is the first woman from the island to do so in 17 years.  The coveted chart counts weekly streaming (audio and video), radio airplay and sales data from all genres in the United States.


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