Alkaline album fails to chart on Billboard
Dancehall artiste Alkaline released his debut album, New Level Unlocked, last week with much social-media fanfare. However, despite climbing the iTunes chart, the project failed to make an impression on Billboard reggae chart.
DJ Frass, who is the executive producer on the album, said Alkaline's album features mature material. However, he also admitted that dancehall was not selling as much as reggae music.
"A one drop wi get the Grammy with, that's why it's good to do reggae. Mi mek more money off a reggae than dancehall music because a few dancehall artiste sell ... I am the executive producer, but Alkaline produce one of the track, Lee Miller produce some and Sunshine produce one ... this album has some different type of things - the raw Alkaline and the clean Alkaline," he said.
Jah Cure back in top 10
In the meantime, Jah Cure returned to the Billboard top 10 this week and now sits at number nine after last week's surprise demotion.
In the climax of the carnival season, Machel Montano has seen some amount of success in sales. He climbed into the top 10 this week with his album, Monk Evolution. The effort, which has spent eight weeks on the chart, moved from number 12 to number seven.
Dancehall artiste Sean Paul also had a good week on Billboard. His collaboration, Cheap Thrills, with Sia, now sits at number 71, making it the song's highest placing after spending six weeks on the Billboard Hot 100. The song is also doing well in Germany and is currently placed at number four on the German Billboard chart.