De­buts, re­turnees shake up Bill­board Reg­gae Chart

Jamaica Gleaner - - FAMILY & RELIGION - en­ter­tain­ment@glean­erjm.com

ON A chart which at times seems as slow to change as the line-up of a typ­i­cal ‘vin­tage’ mu­sic show in Ja­maica, the Bill­board rank­ing for the week end­ing Novem­ber 19, has had a ma­jor re­order­ing through de­buts by Re­be­lu­tion and Shifta X Che’Nelle and two re­turnees in Bee­nie Man and Joss Stone.

This has re­sulted in a ma­jor drop-out, as Ziggy Mar­ley’s self­ti­tled set is not on the list for this week, af­ter be­ing at num­ber five last week, to con­tinue a 23-week run on the chart for the for­mer num­ber one.

Re­be­lu­tion ac­tu­ally has the top two spots as their num­ber one de­but, Live at Red Rocks, has dis­placed the pre­vi­ous week’s top al­bum, Fall­ing Into Place. The EP You & I by Shifta X Che’Nelle makes its de­but at num­ber seven.

The top-placed re­turnee is Bee­nie Man’s Un­stop­pable, which is hav­ing its third week on the chart in a some­times in-and-out pat­tern.

While Un­stop­pable has re-en­tered the chart in its up­per ech­e­lons, Joss Stone’s Wa­ter For Your Soul has slipped back into 10th po­si­tion, up a notch from last week’s 11th plac­ing. How­ever, what is re­mark­able is that the set (which led to her be­ing named Bill­board’s top reg­gae artiste of 2015) is now in its 65th week on the Bill­board Reg­gae Chart.

STAY­ING STRONG

Back in the top half of the list­ing, Stephen Mar­ley’s Rev­e­la­tion Part II: The Fruit of Life con­tin­ues to en­joy a strong pres­ence in its 15th week on the chart, hold­ing the num­ber four spot. Although los­ing a place from last week, the al­bum comes in just ahead of Stick Fig­ure’s Set in Stone (an­other long stayer, now in its 51st week on the chart), which fell three places from last week’s num­ber two.

Noth­ing More to Say (The Fright­nrs) is sixth, the var­i­ous artistes’ Stu­dio One Ra­dio Show is up two ticks to be eighth, and HIRIE’s Wan­der­ing Soul has taken a five­place tum­ble to come in at ninth.

Below the steady Bob Mar­ley Le­gend al­bum pair at the top of the iTunes reg­gae al­bums list­ing, Shifta X Che’Nelle are third on the iTunes list­ing (as of Fri­day morn­ing), while Stick Fig­ure’s Set in Stone is fourth and Re­be­lu­tion’s Fall­ing Into Place com­plete the top five. The Bill­board Reg­gae Charts top set Live at Red Rocks (Re­be­lu­tion) is sev­enth on the iTunes rank­ing. The top new re­lease is Hear of a Lion (EP) by Dirty Rice, which holds the ninth spot. Rev­e­la­tion Part II: The Fruit of Life is at num­ber 12. Al­ka­line’s New Level Un­locked is 25th on the iTunes list­ing and Kar­tel’s King of the Dance­hall is 32nd, two places below Shabba Ranks’ Great­est Hits. Jah 9’s 9, which has had spo­radic place­ment on the Bill­board Reg­gae Chart, is 44th. The Very Best of Gar­net Silk at 53, Ziggy Mar­ley is at num­ber 98, a place ahead of Vybz Kar­tel’s Pon Di Gaza 2.0.

Although third on the Bill­board chart, Bee­nie Man’s Un­stop­pable did not make the iTunes list­ing.

On the Bill­board Hot 100 sin­gles chart, DJ Snake’s take on the Di­wali rid­dim fea­tur­ing Justin Bieber, Let Me Love You, is hold­ing firm at num­ber four from last week’s rank­ing, while Cheap Thrills (Sia, fea­tur­ing Sean Paul) has slipped a cou­ple places to be at 15. Torey Lanez’s LUV, with its lyri­cal take on Tanto Metro and Devonte’s Ev­ery­one Falls in Love Some­times, is 34th.

Meek Mill has a re­mark­able num­ber of new tracks on the Hot 100, some fea­tur­ing var­i­ous guests, with Froze at 68, Of­fended at 70, On the Reg­u­lar at 75, The Dif­fer­ence at 84, Blue Notes at 93 and Blessed up at 97.

Bee­nie Man

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