Debuts, Returnees Shake Up Billboard Reggae Chart
On a chart which at times seems as slow to change as the line-up of a typical 'vintage' music show in Jamaica, the Billboard ranking for the week ending November 19, has had a major reordering through debuts by Rebelution and Shifta X Che'Nelle and two returnees in Beenie Man and Joss Stone.
This has resulted in a major drop-out, as Ziggy Marley's self-titled set is not on the list for this week, after being at number five last week, to continue a 23-week run on the chart for the former number one.
Rebelution actually has the top two spots as their number one debut, Live at Red Rocks, has displaced the previous week's top album, Falling Into Place. The EP You & I by Shifta X Che'Nelle makes its debut at number seven.
The top-placed returnee is Beenie Man's Unstoppable, which is having its third week on the chart in a sometimes in-and-out pattern.
While Unstoppable has re-entered the chart in its upper echelons, Joss Stone's Water For Your Soul has slipped back into 10th position, up a notch from last week's 11th placing. However, what is remarkable is that the set (which led to her being named Billboard's top reggae artiste of 2015) is now in its 65th week on the Billboard Reggae Chart.
Back in the top half of the listing, Stephen Marley's Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life continues to enjoy a strong presence in its 15th week on the chart, holding the number four spot. Although losing a place from last week, the album comes in just ahead of Stick Figure's Set in Stone (another long stayer, now in its 51st week on the chart), which fell three places from last week's number two.
Nothing More to Say (The Frightnrs) is sixth, the various artistes' Studio One Radio Show is up two ticks to be eighth, and HIRIE's Wandering Soul has taken a five-place tumble to come in at ninth.
Below the steady Bob Marley Legend album pair at the top of the iTunes reggae albums listing, Shifta X Che'Nelle are third on the iTunes listing (as of Friday morning), while Stick Figure's Set in Stone is fourth and Rebelution's Falling Into Place complete the top five. The Billboard Reggae Charts top set Live at Red Rocks (Rebelution) is seventh on the iTunes ranking.
The top new release is Hear of a Lion (EP) by Dirty Rice, which holds the ninth spot. Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life is at number 12. Alkaline's New Level Unlocked is 25th on the iTunes listing and Kartel's King of the Dancehall is 32nd, two places below Shabba Ranks' Greatest Hits. Jah 9's 9, which has had sporadic placement on the Billboard Reggae Chart, is 44th. The Very Best of Garnet Silk at 53, Ziggy Marley is at number 98, a place ahead of Vybz Kartel's Pon Di Gaza 2.0.
Although third on the Billboard chart, Beenie Man's Unstoppable did not make the iTunes listing.
On the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, DJ Snake's take on the Diwali riddim featuring Justin Bieber, Let Me Love You, is holding firm at number four from last week's ranking, while Cheap Thrills (Sia, featuring Sean Paul) has slipped a couple places to be at 15. Torey Lanez's LUV, with its lyrical take on Tanto Metro and Devonte's Everyone Falls in Love Sometimes, is 34th.
Meek Mill has a remarkable number of new tracks on the Hot 100, some featuring various guests, with Froze at 68, Offended at 70, On the Regular at 75, The Difference at 84, Blue Notes at 93 and Blessed up at 97.