CHART WATCH: 9 to five – again

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THE TI­TLE of Jah9’s lat­est al­bum read­ily lends it­self to word­play. A sin­gle digit which is the re­place­ment of the sec­ond syl­la­ble of her first name (she is Ja­nine Cun­ning­ham), there are many ways to twist it into as­so­ci­ated mean­ings (like fer­til­ity, the stan­dard length of a hu­man preg­nancy).

The set’s placement half­way up on the Bill­board Reg­gae Al­bums chart for Novem­ber 5, 2016 is a happy co­in­ci­dence in mat­ters of ad­just­ing words. So 9 is at five (or 9 goes to five), its peak po­si­tion in its third week on the list­ing. Not that it has not been there be­fore – 9 made its chart de­but in that po­si­tion for the week end­ing Oc­to­ber 1, 2016.

There is only one al­bum on the chart which has not seen top 10 ac­tion be­fore, Ta­fari’s De­sire Ful­filled, which de­buts at num­ber nine.

Most of the shuf­fling is in the lower half of the top 10, as the top three re­main the same as last week. For the third week run­ning, Stephen Mar­ley’s Rev­e­la­tion Part II: The Fruit of Life is at num­ber two, mak­ing him con­sis­tently the high­est placed Ja­maican. Re­be­lu­tion’s Fall­ing Into Place is on top and Stick Fig­ure’s Set in Stone is again third.

The Or­ange Al­bum by Seed­less is an­other re-en­try at num­ber four, its top placement in two weeks on the Bill­board list­ing.

The two re-en­tries have pushed last week’s fourth­placed Noth­ing More to Say (The Fright­nrs) to sixth, while Ziggy Mar­ley (Ziggy Mar­ley)


has ral­lied from num­ber nine to be at seven. Round­ing out the top 10 are Fire­flies by John Brown’s Body, at eight, los­ing a place from last week, and Wan­der­ing Soul (HIRIE), which has tum­bled to 10th from be­ing fifth last week.

On the iTunes list­ing of top 100 reg­gae al­bums up to yes­ter­day morn­ing, the Bob Mar­ley and the Wail­ers pair of Leg­end al­bums, one the re­mas­tered and the other the deluxe edi­tion, are in the un­ac­cus­tomed po­si­tion of sec­ond and third, re­spec­tively. Re­be­lu­tion’s new re­lease, Live at Red Rock, is at num­ber one. It is the band’s sec­ond al­bum in the top five, as Fall­ing Into Place is at num­ber four.

The top five has only two artistes, as an­other Bob Mar­ley and the Wail­ers al­bum, Gold, is at num­ber five. Still, Re­be­lu­tion has yet an­other set in the top 10, as their Peace of Mind (Deluxe) is at num­ber six.

The high­est-placed Ja­maican on the Bill­board Reg­gae Al­bums chart, Rev­e­la­tion Part II: The Fruit of Life, is 10th on the iTunes rank­ing. Rag­ing Fyah: (from left) Court­land White, An­thony Wat­son, Ku­mar Bent, Del­roy Hamil­ton, Mahlon Mov­ing and Demar Gayle


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