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Rebelution final Billboard reggae number one for 2016

Published:Saturday | December 24, 2016 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke
The Rebelution band (from left): Eric Rachmany, Rory Carey, Wesley Finch and Marley Williams.
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American band Rebelution is the final number one performer on the Billboard Reggae Album Charts for 2016 with Live at Red Rocks. In its seventh week on the chart, the set made a massive leap from seventh position last week to push The Legend Live: Santa Barbara - County Bowl, November 25th, 1979 (Bob Marley and The Wailers) into second spot to close out the year.

Rebelution has two albums in the top five, as Falling Into Place (marking 28 weeks on the Billboard listing) is at number three, up a spot from the previous listing's fourth position. Completing the uppermost quintet are Iration's Double Up in fourth and

J Boog's Wash House Ting at fifth.

As is the case with the top five, there is a lone Jamaican representative in the lower half of the year-ending top 10 listing. Trabas' EP Trabulation debuts at eighth, behind The Frightnrs' Nothung More to Say, in sixth position (up from nine) and Stick Figure's Set in Stone at seven (up from number eight).

Completing the top 10 are A Dollar Short (London McNamara) and the EP Release the Bound (Matisyahu).

Two Marley brothers maintain some semblance of honour for the land where reggae came from. Stephen's Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life is at number 11, slipping a place from last week, and Ziggy Marley's self-titled set holds firm at number 12.

Also staying steady at number 13 is Joss Stone's Water For Your Soul, which, at 70 weeks on the chart, is showing impressive longevity. Just behind is Iration's Hotting Up, re-entering the rankings in its 67th week on the Billboard Reggae Albums Chart. The year-ending top 15 is completed by Leaves in the Pool (The Holdup).

On the iTunes Reggae Albums ranking, Bob Marley and the Wailers' Legend (Remastered) was number one up to mid-afternoon on Thursday. The deluxe edition of the same album was in third spot, Iration's Double Up separating the two. Double Up was released on December 2, 2016, the same day as the set in fourth position, London McNamara's A Dollar Short & a Minute Late. Rounding out the top five was Matisyahu's Light (Bonus Track Version).

Rebelution's Billboard chart topper, Live at Red Rocks, was sixth on the iTunes pecking order. The band has two in a row, as Falling Into Place is at number seven. They actually have a third set in the top 10, with Courage to Grow at the beginning of double figures. In-between are J Boog's Wash House Ting (number eight) and Bob Marley and the Wailers' Live! (Deluxe Edition) at ninth.

The top dancehall set is Alkaline's New Level Unlocked at number 19, with Popcaan's Where We Come From at 22. The season of good cheer sees the various artistes compilation A Reggae Christmas coming in at number 23, one place ahead of the Bob Marley and the Wailers live set which is second on the Billboard Reggae Albums chart for the week ending December 31, 2016.

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