No love for sisters

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer Writer

Monday, March 27, 2017

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Despite a return of female acts to the top of the Billboard Reggae Album chart, sales for the sisters are not good.


The current number one on the chart is For The Lovers by Californian singer Tenelle. She is the fourth female since 2014 to reach number one.



For the Lovers opened with 786 copies sold.


The previous week’s number one, Climb, by Queen Ifrica has fallen to number seven. The set had first-week sales of 435 copies and drops to the bottom half of the Top 10, with an additional 74 copies.


Soca star Fay-Ann Lyons debuted at number three two weeks ago with her first album Break The World, which sold 244 copies. It falls to number 21 with another 25 copies sold.


After debuting at number five in October, 9 by Jah9 has sold 1,108 copies. Last week it sold 23 copies and is currently number 22.



Wandering Soul from Hawaiian reggae artiste Hirie opened at number one last September. It has, to date, sold over 2,916 copies, with an additional 22 copies moved over the past week.


It is number 26.


This is a far cry from impressive returns of Patra, Diana King, Dawn Penn and Nadine Sutherland in the 1990s. They had gold albums and singles.


Only two albums by Jamaican male reggae acts posted double-digit figures on the Billboard Reggae chart. Stephen Marley’s
Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life has sold 11,829 copies since its release last July.


Ziggy Marley’s self-titled set, released in May 2016, has registered 13,531 in sales.


The biggest sellers are Rebelution with Falling Into Place (34,491 copies) and Stick Figure’s Set in Stone which has sold 25,745 copies.

 

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