Today the second edition of the Global Reggae Charts magazine releases. Felix Rühling, who started the charts, says about it: ”It feels like yesterday, that we came up with the idea of the charts, and now we already look at the second issue. We are proud, that the charts already start to serve their purpose. Artists start to use the charts as a reference and radio stations, who are not regularly involved with reggae, start using it for orientation and airplay consideration.“
On the single charts, we find a whole bunch of new artists and songs, compared with last month’s charts. Damian Marley – Bob Marley’s youngest son – and his brother Stephen Marley are topping at #1 with their new single Medication. This totally reflects the overall reception of the song, when looking at the 1.000.000 views the video reached within the first two days. Chronixx didn’t make it with one his own songs to the charts last month, however he was in the charts as a feature on Jah9 Hardcore remix, because the votes split on too many singles preparing the launch of his highly anticipated debut album Chronology. This month actually all of the tracks made it to the charts and he is the predominant artist with three singles and a feature track.
In the album charts Nattali Rize stays at #1 and our featured artists Inna de Yard climbed from #5 to #2. In general, the turnover rate in the album charts is significantly lower than within the single charts with 4 new albums in the Top 10.
Finally, we have to indicate, that while voter turnout increased by 52%, these charts are still far from representative. But thanks to the support of the media partners and several radio stations, the charts are “on the map” now. Thomas Euler, who is a part of the Global Reggae Charts team says: „We are looking forward to increased voter participation over the next months and are very optimistic that we are working on a very useful service for the global reggae community“.
The charts are online and can be found at www.globalreggaecharts.com. Voter registration is now open as well. Visit the site for all the details.