Americans dominate Billboard reggae

Thursday, April 18, 2013

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AMERICAN performers continue to dominate the Billboard Reggae Album Chart, according to the latest issue of the respected publication.


Six of the top 10 albums are by Americans, including Reggae Worship: A Roots Revival by veteran band Christafari.


The next two spots are also occupied by 'Yanks', namely Peace Of Mind by California band Rebelution and Spark Seeker by Jewish rapper Matisyahu.


The popular VP Records compilation Reggae Gold 2012, comes in at number four while Marley: The Original Soundtrack to the documentary directed by Kevin MacDonald of Scotland rounds out the top five.


Ocean Is My Potion, an EP done by Bermuda-reared singer Mishka is number six.


Strength To Survive from Virginia's SOJA occupies the number seven spot, followed by singer/guitarist Josh Heinrichs' EP, Rooftop Session.


Two reggae veterans complete the top 10. Jimmy Cliff's Rebirth, which won the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album in February, is at nine followed by One Love, One Life, the double disc from Beres Hammond.


The Billboard Reggae Album Chart is one of the smallest of that publication's lists, with sales by entrants rarely breaking the 50,000 mark.


In its end-of-year sales tally for 2012, SoundScan revealed dismal returns for albums by leading Jamaican dancehall/reggae artistes such as Sean Paul and I-Octane.


The figures for American journeyman bands like SOJA, Rebelution and John Brown's Body were far more encouraging.


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