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Posted at 10:24 AM ET, 02/23/2011

Reggae star Buju Banton faces up to life in prison; Phish to play two dates at Merriweather

By David Malitz

buju bantonReggae superstar Buju Banton faces life in prison. (Melanie Burford/FTWP)

- Reggae superstar Buju Banton, who just last week won the Grammy for best reggae album, was convicted in a Florida court of three cocaine-related charges and faces up to life in prison. The 37-year-old Banton, who is wildly popular in his native Jamaica, was found guilty of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense and using a telephone to facilitate a drug trafficking offense. This was the second trial for Banton, with a case last year ending in a mistrial. No sentencing date has been set.

- Reunited jam band favorites Phish will play two shows at Merriweather Post Pavilion as part of its summer tour. The shows will be June 11 and 12, with on-sale information to be announced.

- Rick Ross is making lots of moves with his Maybach Music Group label. After signing D.C.'s own Wale and Philadelphia's Meek Mills (who appears on the upcoming XXL 2011 Freshman Class cover), Atlanta rapper Pill is the latest to join the stable. Maybach also recently agreed to a distribution deal with Warner Bros. Records.

Clicky shuffle: Your random song for Wednesday morning:

- Destroyer, "Downtown" (last night on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon")

By David Malitz  | February 23, 2011; 10:24 AM ET
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  Buju Banton, Phish, Pill, Rick Ross  
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