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Tarrus Riley makes Billboard Hot 100 entry

Published:Thursday | October 1, 2015 | 7:54 PM
Tarrus Riley


Veteran reggae artiste Tarrus Riley has made his debut on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, this as his effort with Major Lazer and Ellie Goulding, titled Powerful, now sits at No. 95 on the coveted chart for the first time.

This is Tarrus Riley's first time on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, despite being consistent on the Jamaican and European music scene for a little over a decade.

The song sees Major Lazer mixing reggae music with pop to give a unique sound and according to Riley, he has always been a fan of genre-blending.

"JukeBoxx Productions and Major Lazer have always been like family. I went to Florida to work on another project with Major Lazer, and we ended up completing that project real quick, so there was time to work on other projects. I put down my part on the track, and then later, she (Ellie Goulding) did her thing and we created magic," Riley told The Gleaner.

Reggae/dancehall artiste Shaggy is back to his charting ways, this time with the single Sunset. The song, which also features Nicky Jam and Farruko, now sits at No. 4 on Billboard's Hot Latin songs chart and No.8 on the Latin Digital chart.

OMI's Cheerleader, continues its steady decline and now sits at No. 9, falling one place from last-week, while R.City's dancehall effort, Locked Away, now sits at No.7, also falling a spot down on the Hot 100 chart.

Billboard's reggae chart also experienced another shift this week as the newly released, Count Me In, acoustic album by Rebelution, has pushed aside VP Records' Reggae Gold album after just one week in the No.1 spot.

In the meantime, Jah Cure's The Cure album has fallen to its lowest ranking since its release 10 weeks ago. The album, which peaked at No.1, now sits at No.9.

- Curtis Campbell