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Chart Watch - iTunes | Big names on DJ Grid Project

Published:Saturday | November 18, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Vybz Kartel
Sean Kingston
Wyclef Jean
George Nooks

It takes going through the top 10 (headed by the Legend pair of Remastered and Deluxe albums by Bob Marley and the Wailers) and some way into the second double handful of the iTunes Reggae Albums listing to get to a new release. It is, however, worth the wait if only for the heavy hitters on The DJ Grid Project, Vol. 1, the number 13 entry on the digital ranking up to yesterday evening.

Among those on the album are Vybz Kartel, Sean Kingston, Ed Sheeran and Mojo Morgan. It is followed immediately by the Upendo EP, another multi-artist compilation. Among the vocalists on the six-track set - that count including the riddim - are Machel Montano (Take it Slow), I-Octane (Hey Mama), Iration, Rebelution, Tribal Seeds, The Green and, of course, Marleys galore dominate the charts. On a chart where the older releases tend to dominate, the soundtrack of classic film The Harder They Come is making inroads, the remastered version sitting at number 19.

Even with the accustomed proliferation of Marleys, the consecutive albums by father, Bob, and two of his sons, in the mid-30s, is remarkable. At number 35 is Damian's Half-Way Tree, then it is two in a row for Bob, with the remastered editions of Survival and Babylon By Bus. At number 38 it is Stephen's Mind Control and the Dad finishes the Marley run with Confrontation (Remastered).

There is a multiple artiste album of a different sort in Each One Teach One, where Groundation, Marcia Higgs and Ras Michael collaborate. In these marijuana-changing times Peter Tosh's Legalize It holds the number 47 slot.

George Nooks' new release Broken Vessel is at number 54. The tracks include I Remember Mama, Stand by My Woman, If You Don't Know Me By Now and Always On My Mind. Heading towards what should be the end of his last full year in a US prison, Buju Banton's Til Shiloh set is 78th.