Kartel's 'King of the Dancehall' into Billboard top 10 - Soja tops chart, 10th on iTunes
His tattooed body is in prison, but with his multifaceted musical mind unfettered (although the debate about a prodigious post-incarceration output being previously recorded tracks or not continues) Vybz Kartel has made his way back into the Billboard Reggae Charts top 10. King of the Dancehall is 10th on the ranking for the week of October 22, 2016, up four places from last week. Now in its 14th week on the chart, so far it has peaked at number two.
On the iTunes listing of top 100 reggae albums chart up to Thursday night, King of the Dancehall was at number 14. Stephen Marley's Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life has maintained its Billboard second place from last week and is currently at 27 on the iTunes chart. Ziggy Marley's self-titled set has slipped two places on the Billboard chart and is now at number seven, while it is 16th on the iTunes ranking. The Reggae Gold 2016 various artistes compilation is ninth on Billboard. There is a new number one on the Billboard Reggae Albums chart in Soja's Live in Virginia, which has debuted in the top spot. However, it only does not top the iTunes chart (where the top two spots seem to have long-term leases for Bob Marley and the Wailers' Legend (Remastered) and Legend (Deluxe Edition), respectively, but the Soja set is below other albums it ranks above on the Billboard chart. So Rebelution's Falling Into Place is third on the Billboard listing (down from number one last week) and is also third on the iTunes chart.
Set in Stone, by Stick Figure, is fifth on both the Billboard Reggae Albums Chart (down a place from last week) and the iTunes Top 100 Reggae Albums ranking. The current Billboard Reggae Albums top five is completed by Seedless' The Orange Album, which debuts at number four. Nothing More to Say, by The Frightnrs, is at number six, slipping a place from last week's fifth position, and is 17th on iTunes. Bounce by The New English Beat, featuring Roger, is another Billboard top 10 newbie at number eight.
While the Billboard Reggae Albums chart is laden with more recently released projects, older albums and newer sets rub shoulders on the iTunes chart. So Beenie Man's Unstoppable is at number 30, having flirted briefly with the Billboard top 10, a place ahead of Stephen Marley's Mind Control, which was released in 2007. Chronixx's Dread and Terrible is at 46, while two Bob Marley and the Wailers in concert albums, Babylon By Bus (Remastered) and Live! (Remastered) are at 44 and 45, respectively.
Popcaan's 2014 set, Where We Come From, is at number 50, a place behind 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Toots & The Maytals, which was released in 2001. Protoje's Ancient Future, released last year, is number 58, while Steel Pulse's 1984 Earth Crisis is at number 59. New Level Unlocked by Alkaline is at number 72, with Papa San's Journey (which also had a brief Billboard Reggae Chart top 10 stint) at 78.
Just ahead of the Peter Tosh museum being opened, the Stepping Razor has The Best of Peter Tosh, released in 2002, at 67 on the iTunes chart. It is a now familiar tale of Jamaican popular music beats on the Billboard Hot 100 singles. The Diwali riddim take-off by DJ Snake, Let Me Love You, to which Justin Bieber puts the vocals, holds steady at number five. Jamaica has a hand in the number four track as well, with Major Lazer featuring Justin Bieber and MO delivering Cold Water. Sean Paul's duo with Sia on Cheap Thrills is at number eight, down a spot from last week.
The 1990s dancehall presence is number 22 in Luv by Torey Lanez, which has lines from Tanto Metro and Devonte's Everyone Falls in Love. The sample of Beenie Man's Tear Off Mi Garment, in Drake's Controlla, has a number 36 spot, down from 32 last week (it is two Drake cuts on the trot as For Free, produced by DJ Khaled, is at 37). All in My Head (Flex) by Fifth Harmony featuring Fetty Wap is at number 79 with its milder version of Cobra's chorus in Flex.
Let Me Love You has a strong presence on the Billboard Hot Electronic/Dance Songs chart, holding firm at number three. On the same chart, Charly Black's Gyal You a Party Animal is at number 23, down two places from last week in its 19th week on the chart. However, while Let Me Love You is second on the Dance/Electronic Digital Gong Sales ranking, Gyal You a Party Animal does not appear on that top 25 listing.