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Tribal Seeds on top for Christmas

Published:Wednesday | December 13, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke
Damian 'Jr Gong' Marley

Tribal Seeds, the band from San Diego, California, founded by brothers Steven and Tony-Ray Jacobs, is heading into the 2017 Christmas season on top of the Billboard Reggae Charts.

Their Roots Party set has hit number one in its chart debut and sits just ahead of Damian 'Jr Gong' Marley's Stony Hill, which may be making some stocking-stuffing gains, as it has moved up a place from last week.

The Tribal Seeds' set goes the way of having a dub version of almost every song, making for a doubling of the tracks. So there is Aroma and Aroma Dub, Empress and Empress Dub, Roots Party and Roots Dub, plus Gunsmoke and Ride Girl.

Marley's set has exchanged places with The Dubplates Box Full of Steel, while Good Life by Colli Buddz re-enters the chart at number four. Closing out the top five is SOJA's Poetry in Motion.

Albums by two Jamaican performers are sitting beside each other, with Chronology (Chronixx) at number six, followed by I'm Yours (Sizzla) at seven. Chronology is the current charts' greatest gainer. Two former chart-toppers, Marching Orders (The Green) and Lost in Paradise (Common Kings), are in eighth and ninth, respectively. However, at 37 weeks, Lost in Paradise has spent 30 more weeks than Marching Orders on the Billboard ranking of reggae albums.

The top 10 of the penultimate Billboard Reggae Chart for 2017 closes off with Mista Savannah's Havana Meets Kingston (Soundtrack).