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Strictly Roots retains top Billboard spot

Published:Saturday | May 9, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Morgan Heritage
Jamaican reggae singer Bob Marley

Billboard Reggae

Albums Chart

For the week of Saturday, May 16, Morgan Heritage holds on to the top spot with Strictly Roots, ahead of ARTIKal sound system's Inversions and the live set Easy Skanking in Boston 78, by Bob Marley and The Wailers. The other Jamaican performer in the top 10 is Etana with I Rise, at number 10.

Billboard Reggae

Digital Songs Chart

For the week of May 16, OMI stays on top with Cheerleader, ahead of Shaggy's (featuring Mohombi, Faydee and Casti) I Need Your Love. Rude by MAGIC! is showing staying power at number three.

iTunes Reggae

Album Chart

Don't Think Twice by Fortunate Youth, released on May 5 this year, is one of the few new reggae sets on the iTunes chart. Bob Marley and the Wailers' Legend and Gold are in second and third, respectively, with Rebelution's Courage To Grow (a 2007 release) fourth, and the five-year-old Time Bomb by Iration, is fifth. Morgan Heritage's Strictly Roots, with a release date of April 20 this year, is at number seven, and another Marley, Damian, at eighth with the 10-year-old Welcome to Jamrock.

iTunes Reggae

Singles Chart

It is all older material in the top 10, with Shaggy's It Wasn't Me and Angel first and second, Bob Marley coming in third courtesy of Three Little Birds. Kranium's Nobody Has To Know, released on October 15, 2013, qualifies as relatively new in this company and charts at number seven.

- M.C.