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Rebelution double at top of Billboard chart - New Buju Banton EP in iTunes top 10

Published:Saturday | November 19, 2016 | 11:00 AM
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On the Billboard Reggae Albums Chart for the week of November 26, Rebelution has done what is standard for Bob Marley and the Wailers on the iTunes reggae albums listing up to this morning. The American band has the top two albums, Falling Into Place in the pole position and Live at Red Rocks second.

However, this happens at a time the accustomed order of Legend albums at the apex of the iTunes chart has been broken, J Boog's new release, Wash House Thing, claiming the number one spot with the Remastered and Deluxe Legend albums in second and third, respectively.

On that listing, a new Buju Banton EP titled Buju Banton Special Edition (Deluxe Version) is at number nine. The six songs on the collection are Ladies Floss, Lipstick Stain, Lonely Nights, Mr Nine, How Are We Gonna Survive and Lonely Night in Dub. It is put out by FM Records LLC.

With Stick Figure's Set in Stone at number three on the Billboard chart, Beenie Man's Unstoppable is the top Jamaican album at number four, down a place from its peak position in its fourth week on the chart. The spot Unstoppable now occupies is where Stephen Marley's Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life was last week. It has dropped three places to be at number seven.

The Frightnrs with, Nothing More to Say, has risen a notch from last week's sixth place to complete the top five. Just behind is Shifta and Che'nelle's EP, You & I, which has also seen a one-place improvement over last week's standing. After the Marley set is Pressure Busspipe from the US Virgin Islands, who has had extensive time in Jamaica. The travelling has paid off in his Red Rose set debuting at number eight.

Closing out the Billboard Reggae Albums Chart top 10 is Wandering Soul (HIRIE) at nine, followed by Joss Stone's set with impressive stamina, Water For Your Soul, which is in its 66th week on the Billboard listing.

 

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On the iTunes listing, another new release, Strictly The Best, Vol 54, follows J Boog and the Bob Marley and the Wailers double. However, the Tuff Gong's Gold is at number five.

Best of Shaggy: The Boombastic Collection is at number six, while You and I (the Shifta and Che'nelle EP) at seven is the highest-placed set on the iTunes reggae albums ranking, which also has a Billboard presence.

Strictly The Best, Vol 55 (another new release) weighs in at number eight, while the Buju Banton EP follows and Rebelution's Falling Into Place (which tops the Billboard ranking) is at number 10.

The three albums topping the Billboard list are close to each other on the iTunes chart. However, at number 11, Stick Figure's Set in Stone gets the better of Rebelution's Live at Red Rocks, which is 13th, although it is second on the Billboard ranking.

There is no shortage of Rebelution albums on the iTunes chart, as Courage to Grow is placed 13th, Bright Side of Life (Bonus Track Version) is 35th and Count Me In, is at 37.

Generations of Jamaican popular music and eras within dancehall rub shoulders on the iTunes list. The Ultimate Collection: Jimmy Cliff, is 15th and Exodus (Remastered) by Bob Marley and the Wailers 16th, while Shaggy's Hot Shot, Shabba Ranks' Greatest Hits and Beenie Man's From Kingston to King of the Dancehall - A Collection of Dancehall Favourites, are at positions 19 to 21.

The venerable True Democracy (Steel Pulse) is 22nd.

Pressure Busspipe's Red Rose is at number 57, Alkaline's New Level Unlocked at 74, King Yellowman (a 1983 album) is at 78, guitarist Ernest Ranglin's Below the Bassline is at 98 and Vybz Kartel's King of the Dancehall at 99.

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