CHART WATCH Re­be­lu­tion al­bums switch places

Amer­i­can band keeps top Bill­board Reg­gae slots

Jamaica Gleaner - - ENTERTAINMENT - En­ter­tain­ment@glean­erjm.com

AMER­I­CAN BAND Re­be­lu­tion can hardly com­plain that their Fall­ing Into Place set has fallen a place on the Bill­board Reg­gae Al­bums Chart for the week of De­cem­ber 3, 2016.

For while it has been re­placed at the top of the listing, the usurper is an­other Re­be­lu­tion al­bum, Live at Red Rocks, which was sec­ond last week.

And al­though his Rev­e­la­tion Part II: The Fruit of Life set has not bro­ken Re­be­lu­tion’s hold on the top two spots for two weeks run­ning, Stephen Mar­ley can hardly com­plain about his num­ber-three rank­ing. Not when it is the week’s great­est gainer, haul­ing its way back up from seventh spot in its 17th week on the chart.

Mar­ley’s set is one of two by Ja­maicans in the up­per quin­tet; the other is Bee­nie Man’s Un­stop­pable, at five, just be­hind Set in Stone (Stick Fig­ure). Both have been pushed down a place from last week’s po­si­tion by The Fruit of Life’s resur­gence.

At the very end of the top 10, Ziggy Mar­ley (and that is both the al­bum and the singer’s name) has had an­other lease on life in the Bill­board’s top dou­ble hand­ful of reg­gae al­bums. Af­ter a half year on the chart, the al­bum has re­cov­ered ground from its 13th po­si­tion the pre­vi­ous week.

CLOSE TO THE PAIR

Noth­ing More To Say (The Fright­nrs) is part of the shift cre­ated by Stephen Mar­ley’s strong gain, cur­rently sit­ting at num­ber six af­ter los­ing a place from last week’s rank­ing. Two gain­ers – Golden (The Move­ment), up from last week’s num­ber 11, and Wan­der­ing Soul (HIRIE), up a notch from num­ber nine, are at seven and eight, re­spec­tively.

Shifta X CheNelle’s EP, You & I, is ninth, down three places from its peak po­si­tion of sixth.

On the iTunes Top 100 Reg­gae Al­bums chart, as of Fri­day morn­ing, J Boog’s (who was re­cently in Ja­maica) Wash House Ting con­tin­ues to hold the num­ber one spot. This puts Bob Mar­ley and the Wail­ers with their Leg­end pair (one is re­mas­tered and the other deluxe) in the un­ac­cus­tomed po­si­tion of be­ing sec­ond and third, re­spec­tively.

Not only that, but the Gong and his band do not have only one other al­bum in the top 10, as Gold, which tends to be al­ways close to the Leg­end pair, is at num­ber 10.

Re­be­lu­tion’s Fall­ing Into Place (sec­ond on the Bill­board listing) is at num­ber four, while po­si­tions five to seven – Live at the Belly Up (Dubbest), The Best Yet (Josh Hein­richs) and Peace of Mind (Re­be­lu­tion), re­spec­tively – are oc­cu­pied by al­bums which do not have a top 10 Bill­board Reg­gae Charts pres­ence.

The Bill­board leader, Re­be­lu­tion’s Live at Red Rocks, is eighth, while the var­i­ous artistes com­pi­la­tion, Strictly the Best, Vol 55, is ninth.

Stephen ‘Ragga’ Mar­ley

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