Kar­tel’s ‘King of the Dance­hall’ into Bill­board top 10

Soja tops chart, 10th on iTunes

Jamaica Gleaner - - ENTERTAINMENT -

HIS TAT­TOOED body is in prison, but with his mul­ti­fac­eted mu­si­cal mind un­fet­tered (al­though the de­bate about a prodi­gious post-in­car­cer­a­tion out­put be­ing pre­vi­ously recorded tracks or not con­tin­ues) Vybz Kar­tel has made his way back into the Bill­board Reg­gae Charts top 10. King of the Dance­hall is 10th on the rank­ing for the week of Oc­to­ber 22, 2016, up four places from last week. Now in its 14th week on the chart, so far it has peaked at num­ber two.

On the iTunes list­ing of top 100 reg­gae al­bums chart up to Thurs­day night, King of the Dance­hall was at num­ber 14. Stephen Mar­ley’s Rev­e­la­tion Part II: The Fruit of Life has main­tained its Bill­board sec­ond place from last week and is cur­rently at 27 on the iTunes chart. Ziggy Mar­ley’s self-ti­tled set has slipped two places on the Bill­board chart and is now at num­ber seven, while it is 16th on the iTunes rank­ing. The Reg­gae Gold 2016 var­i­ous artistes com­pi­la­tion is ninth on Bill­board. There is a new num­ber one on the Bill­board Reg­gae Al­bums chart in Soja’s Live in Vir­ginia, which has de­buted in the top spot. How­ever, it only does not top the iTunes chart (where the top two spots seem to have long-term leases for Bob Mar­ley and the Wail­ers’ Leg­end (Remastered) and Leg­end (Deluxe Edi­tion), re­spec­tively, but the Soja set is be­low other al­bums it ranks above on the Bill­board chart. So Re­be­lu­tion’s Fall­ing Into Place is third on the Bill­board list­ing (down from num­ber one last week) and is also third on the iTunes chart.

Set in Stone, by Stick Fig­ure, is fifth on both the Bill­board Reg­gae Al­bums Chart (down a place from last week) and the iTunes Top 100 Reg­gae Al­bums rank­ing. The cur­rent Bill­board Reg­gae Al­bums top five is com­pleted by Seed­less’ The Or­ange Al­bum, which de­buts at num­ber four. Noth­ing More to Say, by The Fright­nrs, is at num­ber six, slip­ping a place from last week’s fifth po­si­tion, and is 17th on iTunes. Bounce by The New English Beat, fea­tur­ing Roger, is an­other Bill­board top 10 new­bie at num­ber eight.


While the Bill­board Reg­gae Al­bums chart is laden with more re­cently re­leased projects, older al­bums and newer sets rub shoul­ders on the iTunes chart. So Bee­nie Man’s Un­stop­pable is at num­ber 30, hav­ing flirted briefly with the Bill­board top 10, a place ahead of Stephen Mar­ley’s Mind Con­trol, which was re­leased in 2007. Chronixx’s Dread and Ter­ri­ble is at 46, while two Bob Mar­ley and the Wail­ers in con­cert al­bums, Baby­lon By Bus (Remastered) and Live! (Remastered) are at 44 and 45, re­spec­tively.

Pop­caan’s 2014 set, Where We Come From, is at num­ber 50, a place be­hind 20th Cen­tury Mas­ters – The Mil­len­nium Col­lec­tion: The Best of Toots & The May­tals,

which was re­leased in 2001. Pro­toje’s An­cient Fu­ture, re­leased last year, is num­ber 58, while Steel Pulse’s 1984 Earth Cri­sis is at num­ber 59. New Level Un­locked by Al­ka­line is at num­ber 72, with Papa San’s Jour­ney (which also had a brief Bill­board Reg­gae Chart top 10 stint) at 78.

Just ahead of the Peter Tosh mu­seum be­ing opened, the Step­ping Ra­zor has The Best of Peter Tosh, re­leased in 2002, at 67 on the iTunes chart. It is a now fa­mil­iar tale of Ja­maican pop­u­lar mu­sic beats on the Bill­board Hot 100 sin­gles. The Di­wali rid­dim take-off by DJ Snake, Let Me Love You, to which Justin Bieber puts the vo­cals, holds steady at num­ber five. Ja­maica has a hand in the num­ber four track as well, with Ma­jor Lazer fea­tur­ing Justin Bieber and MO de­liv­er­ing Cold Wa­ter. Sean Paul’s duo with Sia on Cheap Thrills is at num­ber eight, down a spot from last week.

The 1990s dance­hall pres­ence is num­ber 22 in Luv by Torey Lanez, which has lines from Tanto Metro and Devonte’s Ev­ery­one Falls in Love. The sam­ple of Bee­nie Man’s Tear Off Mi Gar­ment, in Drake’s Con­trolla, has a num­ber 36 spot, down from 32 last week (it is two Drake cuts on the trot as For Free, pro­duced by DJ Khaled, is at 37). All in My Head (Flex) by Fifth Har­mony fea­tur­ing Fetty Wap is at num­ber 79 with its milder ver­sion of Cobra’s cho­rus in Flex.

Let Me Love You has a strong pres­ence on the Bill­board Hot Elec­tronic/Dance Songs chart, hold­ing firm at num­ber three. On the same chart, Charly Black’s Gyal You a Party An­i­mal is at num­ber 23, down two places from last week in its 19th week on the chart. How­ever, while Let Me Love You is sec­ond on the Dance/Elec­tronic Digital Gong Sales rank­ing, Gyal You a Party An­i­mal does not ap­pear on that top 25 list­ing.

Vybz Kar­tel

Ziggy Mar­ley

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