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'Scratch' earns highest debut

BY KEVIN JACKSON
Observer writer

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

LEE “Scratch” Perry scores his sixth entry on the Billboard Reggae Album Chart as Super Ape Returns to Conquer — Subatomic Sound System + Lee “Scratch” Perry debuts at 5. It is the highest-charting title for Perry.

Super Ape Returns to Conquer was released on September 22 and features 15 tracks.

Perry, 81, is a pioneer in the 1970s development of dub music and has worked with acts including Bob Marley and the Wailers, Junior Murvin, the Congos, and Max Romeo.

There's another new entry, RAW by Alison Hunte enters at 9. The eight-track set, released by The Hunted Group/Therapist Music, features the song King & Queen, a collaboration with Tarrus Riley.

Back to My Roots by IamStylezMusic returns to the number one spot after giving way to last week's chart-topper Every Posse (EP) by Ookla the Mok (which this week falls to 10). This is the fifth, non-consecutive week at number one for B ack to My Roots.

Elsewhere, Sizzla moves up to two with I'm Yours, produced by Jon FX. It is the highest-charting title on the chart for Sizzla.

Damian Marley's Stony Hill remains at three, while Morgan Heritage rises one place to four with Avrakedabra.

Chronixx moves up to six with Chronology, while Falling into Place by Rebelution is down to seven.

Holding firm at eight is Know No Better (EP) by Major Lazer, and Reggae Gold 2017 slips to 11.

The various artistes compilation Soca Gold 2017 moves up two places to 12, while Stephen Marley's Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life remains at 13.

Falling nine places is Live at Red Rocks by Rebelution which is at 14, and re-entering the chart at 15 is Fortunate Youth's self-titled set.