Marley dominates Billboard reggae chart

After a staggering 71 weeks on this chart, the collaborative effort, Distant Relatives, between Damian ‘Junior Gong’ Marley and American rapper Nas, has muscled its way back to the top of the pile. The project which features tracks such as Count Your Blessings, Friends, Patience and As we Enter, was released by the Grammy Award-winning artistes in May of last year.

The Marley name also appears at the number three slot on the chart with Stephen Marley’s Revelation Part 1: The Root of Life, which has spent 17 weeks on this chart and advanced one position from its number four spot last week. This week’s number four is another Marley, as Ziggy’s album Wild and Free takes that spot, having been on this chart for the past 14 weeks. The Marley brand is rounded out at No 9. The original Marley, Bob, continues to chart 30 years after his death with Live Forever taken from a show at the Stanley Theatre in Pittsburgh, USA, on September 23, 1980, mere months prior to the death of the reggae icon. This album has spent 34 weeks on the Billboard reggae album chart.

The Marleys aside, this week’s chart represents a mixed bag in the world of reggae.

The recently released Reggae’s Gone Country holds down the second spot, moving up three places from the fifth position it held last week.

At number five is the compilation Jamaica Island in the Sun featuring various artistes.

Last week’s top-album on this chart, Shaggy’s Summer in Kingston has indeed slipped a few places and holds on to the sixth spot after nine weeks on the chart.

After 45 weeks on this chart, seventh place is occupied by another compilation album by various artistes, Best of Reggae, which was last week’s number nine album.

Dominic Balli’s American dream re-enters the fray of the top 10 after five weeks on the chart, holding down the number eight spot.

The top 10 on the Billboard Reggae albums chart is rounded out by a perennial favourite VP Records’ Reggae Gold 2011 featuring various artistes.



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