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Jah9’s new al­bum de­buts mid­way Bill­board reg­gae top 10

Jamaica Gleaner - - ENTERTAINMENT - en­ter­tain­ment@glean­erjm.com

IN A sit­u­a­tion of sig­nif­i­cant re­order­ing on the Bill­board Reg­gae Al­bums chart for the week end­ing Oc­to­ber 1, 2016, singer Jah9’s new al­bum, 9, has de­buted at num­ber five. She is the high­est placed Ja­maican at the up­per end of the rank­ing, and her semi-epony­mous set is one of three new full-length projects to de­but in the top five.

The oth­ers are Fire­flies by John Brown’s Body, which takes the top slot, and Bumpin Uglies’ Keep it To­gether, which sits at num­ber three. Last week’s num­ber one, Noth­ing More to Say (The Fright­nrs) is down a place to num­ber two. Last week’s num­ber-two placed reg­gae al­bum, Fall­ing Into Place (Re­be­lu­tion), has dou­bled in num­ber while slip­ping in rank­ing to sit at num­ber four.

It is not the best of weeks for Ja­maican per­form­ers on the Bill­board Reg­gae Al­bums chart, as both Stephen and Ziggy Mar­ley have lost ground, while come­back set, Strictly Roots (Mor­gan Her­itage), has re­turned to the land out­side the top 10, from whence it had reap­peared briefly. Stephen’s Rev­e­la­tion Part II: The Fruit of Life, has lost two places and is now at num­ber six in its eighth week on the chart, while Ziggy’s self-ti­tled set is cling­ing to a list­ing at num­ber 10. This is af­ter 17 weeks on the Bill­board Reg­gae Al­bums chart for the for­mer num­ber one.

PRE­CIOUS FEW

Po­si­tions seven through nine are oc­cu­pied by Set in Stone (Stick Fig­ure, 44 weeks on the chart, num­ber three last week), Livin Free (Roots of Cre­ation, new en­trant, two weeks on the chart), and Wan­der­ing Soul (HIRIE, four weeks on the chart, num­ber seven last week, for­mer num­ber one) re­spec­tively. Pre­cious few full-length sets in Bill­board’s reg­gae top 10 have found a place in the iTunes equiv­a­lent. In that rank­ing, up to the wee hours of yes­ter­day, Re­be­lu­tion’s Fall­ing Into Place, was at num­ber three, Stick Fig­ure’s Set in Stone, was in sev­enth po­si­tion. Bee­nie Man, with

Un­stop­pable, was the high­est-placed liv­ing Ja­maican at num­ber four on a top 10 that is largely a Tuff Gong and Ju­nior Gong af­fair. The fa­ther (Bob), along with The Wail­ers, held the num­ber one and two slots with ver­sions of the same al­bum.

Leg­end (Deluxe Edi­tion) is in pole po­si­tion, and Leg­end (Re­mas­tered) just be­low. Both have the same re­lease date of May 8, 1984.

Bob Mar­ley and The Wail­ers’ Gold (re­leased Jan­uary 11, 2005) is at num­ber five.

The son, Damian, has back-to-back al­bums at the edge of the top 10. Wel­come

to Jam­rock, re­leased in the same year as his fa­ther’s Gold, is at num­ber nine. The com­bi­na­tion set with Nas, Dis­tant

Rel­a­tives (Bonus Track Ver­sion), is at num­ber 10.

Round­ing out the iTunes reg­gae al­bums top 10 are Re­be­lu­tion’s Peace of Mind

(Deluxe) at num­ber six, and Make it Bet­ter by the Guerilla Panda Dub Squad at eight.

Shaggy has two long stay­ers on the list­ing. Hot Shot, re­leased on Au­gust 8, 2000, is at num­ber 12, and Best of Shaggy: The Boom­bas­tic Col­lec­tion is at num­ber 14. It was re­leased on Septem­ber 9, 2008.

Buju Ban­ton’s Til Shiloh, with a re­lease date of De­cem­ber 31, 1994, comes in at num­ber 31. How­ever, in terms of dura­bil­ity, the sound­track set The Harder They Come (Re­mas­tered) is a tough act to fol­low. Hold­ing the num­ber 34 spot on the iTunes rank­ing, it is given a re­lease date of De­cem­ber 21, 1971.

Ja­nine ‘Jah9’ Cun­ning­ham

Bee­nie Man

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