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Chart Watch Billboard | Stability in top five, 'Stony Hill' at 49 weeks - Shaggy at 83 on Greatest 200 of all time

Published:Thursday | July 5, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke
Shaggy (left) and Sting.
Stony Hill (Damian Marley).
Ziggy Marley
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If the Billboard Reggae Albums Chart for the week ending July 7 seems very much like the one for the previous week (which completed half of 2018 for the listing), then that is because in part it is. Exactly. The top five remains unchanged. So Rebelution's Free Rein is still number one, where it made its debut last week; Sting and Shaggy's 44/876 is in second spot for its 10th week on the chart, and Iration's self-titled set settles in at third, during its sixth week on the Billboard ranking.

Ziggy Marley's Rebellion Rising racks up its sixth week of chart presence by retaining the fourth position and the various artistes set Tropical House Cruises to Jamaica completes a top five which seems frozen in time. Compared to the ice of the upper quintet, the lower one is an eddy one as there are two new entrants and the three holdovers from last week have all lost ground. The fresh faces are the self-titled Mystic Bowie's Talking Dreads at number six and the No. 10 placed set This is Trojan Roots. Just ahead of that is Damian 'Jr Gong' Marley's Stony Hill, which is three weeks shy of an unbroken year of chart presence, as it is now at 49 weeks. Stony Hill was released on July 17, 2017.

Completing the chart are Legacy (Katchafire) at No. 7 and Henricci's EP Sister Caro at No. 8.

Apart from 44/876 consistently being in the top ranks of the Billboard Reggae Albums Chart, Shaggy has a solo album on another Billboard listing, as his Hotshot is at No. 83 on the Greatest of All Time ranking. Adele tops that chart with 21.