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Ifrica's 'Climb' Drops Six Places

Published:Saturday | March 25, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Queen Ifrica
Ken Boothe

Having debuted at number one on the Billboard Reggae Albums Chart, Queen Ifrica's Climb had already lived up to its name, and the only question was how long it could sustain the lofty position.

That question has been answered on the listing for the week of April 1, as the album has fallen six places to hold the number seven position - which, of course, leaves room for it to climb again.

After Climb's strong debut last week, for the second week running, there is a new Jamaican album on the chart. The Soul of Jamaica (Inna De Yard) is in the 13th position - vocalists on that various artistes set including The Viceroys, Ken Boothe, Cedric Myton and Kiddus I.

Two of the other albums by Jamaicans on the listing are by (surprise, surprise) Marleys. Both the father, Bob, and son Stephen have made upward movement to be side by side. Stephen's Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life is number eight, having made a significant move from last week's number 13 position and is now in its 34th week on the listing. Bob Marley and the Wailers in concert set, The Legend Live: Santa Barbara County Bowl, November 26th, 1979, has inched up a place from last week to be ninth this time around. So far it has spent 14 weeks on the chart.

Re-entering the chart at number 15 is Strictly the Best, Vol 54, Vegas, Ikaya, Tarrus Riley and Dalton Harris, among the performers on the project.


Having five Jamaican sets - of which Climb is the highest placed - means that two-thirds of the chart is albums by overseas acts. True to the season, there is a soca set in the various artistes compilation - Get Soca 2017, which is at number five.

Tenelle's For the Lovers has debuted at number one, with Common Kings' Lost on Paradise maintaining its number two slot. At 70 weeks on the chart, Stick Figure's Set in Stone has something left in the tank for an extra push, as it has moved up a place from last week, to be third on the current listing. As the number four set, Falling Into Place (Rebelution) and Get Soca 2017, as well as the number six album, Fortunate Youth, have all moved up, there must be a loser - which is Climb.

Rounding out the top 10 is J Boog's Wash House Ting.