With one of the larger global celebrations of reggae, April 20, just past, here’s the latest issue of Global Reggae Charts magazine!
Gentleman’s Dub Club has risen to the top of the album charts with Lost In Space, but it’s King Mas at #7 for the debut of Crown who has deservedly received the cover! The release is a strong stylistic blend, and watch out for the pair of live dubs from Wadadah II.
Julian Marley sits at #2 for As I Am, and Marcus Gad meets Tamal makes its initial mark all the way at #3. There’s movement amongst the top ten: Black Roots climbs up to #5, Groundation dips slightly to #8, and in its ninth month Alborosie Meets The Wailers United slips eight spots to #9. The second half of the charts find Bitty McLean with Sly & Robbie holding strong at #11; likewise for Alpha Blondy at #13 for Human Race. But more noteworthy are the four debuts: Johnny Osbourne at #14 for World In A Crisis, and then #15 finds a rare three-way tie between Oku Onuora, Mighty Mystic, and The Specials. The final three places belong to chart regulars, at least of late, Beres Hammond, Manudigital, and last month’s cover feature Eesah.
Once again, Koffee dominates the single charts as “Throne” sits at #1 and Toast at #2! Of note are the three tracks still on the charts after ten months: Alborosie featuring Chronixx at #4, Kabaka Pyramid featuring Damian Marley at #15, and Beres Hammand at #19. The Emeterians come in with a respectable first showing at #6 for “Babylon Bridge” featuring Ky_Mani Marley; likewise, Marcus Gad is right behind with “River.” Other new tracks come in at #11: “Great Men” by Busy Signal, “Stronger” featuring Luciano by Jahcoustix, and “Every Nation” featuring Chino, Tarrus Riley, and Dre Island by Sizzla. Jah9’s “Heaven (Ready Fi Di Feeling)” stays relevant at #17, following immediately by Protoje and Third World.
A quick look at the riddim charts reveals some freshness as well, with three of the five releases in their first month. “Peng Peng Riddim” still reigns in its sixth month, but Upsetta’s “Lion Pride Riddim: Reloaded” (#2), Baco’s “Big Slap Riddim” (#4), and 149’s “Sweep It Out Riddim” (#5) reflect a solid shift.Thanks as always to our voters and readers; the reggae scene thrives when our work as individuals creates 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.