Rebelution on top


BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer Writer

Friday, June 20, 2014

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The Santa Barbara, California reggae band Rebelution scored their third number one this week on the Billboard Reggae Album chart.

The group's latest release, Count Me In, takes the number one position ahead of deejay Popcaan, whose debut solo album, Where We Come From, enters the chart at number two.

Count Me In has sold 17, 208 copies to date, according to industry sales tracker SoundScan. Where We Come From has so far sold 955 copies.

The album contains 11 tracks including a collaboration with Jamaican roots singer Don Carlos (Roots Reggae Music) and Hate to be The One with Bermudan reggae artiste Collie Buddz. The album debuted at number 14 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart.

Rebelution's last studio effort, Peace of Mind, also came in at number one on the Billboard Reggae Album chart and number 13 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart in 2012, selling over 16,000 copies in its first week.

Back to the Billboard Reggae Album chart, the EP Comfortable by Jo Mersa (son of Stephen Marley) debuted at number nine.

Singer Hollie Cook, daughter of Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook (her mother Jeni was a backup singer for Culture Club), debuts at number six with her sophomore album, Twice (Pledge Music).

Legend (Remixed) by Bob Marley and the Wailers re-enters the chart at number five.

Benji Hype raves every day

Deejay Benji Hype has released his latest single, Rave Every Day. The New York City-based artiste is upbeat about the song which was produced by his Hype International Music Group Inc.

"The song is basically about someone living and enjoying his or her life. I can relate to this song because I am one of those people who like to live life an' jus' enjoy it. You may never know when it's going to be your last day, dat's how I came up with the concept," Benji Hype said.

Originally from Mandeville, the 27-year-old Hype (real name Bernard Wint) migrated to the United States as a teen.

He made his recording debut in 2011 with the song Brand of All Brands which was produced by House of Stars label. Since then, he has worked with various producers including Truck Back Records, College Boyz and Dre Day Records.

Benji Hype has also collaborated with Ginjah, Terry Linen, Khago, Laden and Kip Rich.

Geet Weh (College Boyz) and Evil People (Truck Back Records) are his other latest singles.

Tamarley joins Subkonshus

Rising deejay Tamarley is the latest addition to the Subkonshus roster. The artiste has teamed with Subkonshus CEO and deejay Konshens on the single, Time Right.

It is Tamarley's first collaboration with Konshens, whom he has known for many years.

"I learned a lot working with Konshens on this song. Me an' dem man deh have an understanding from a long time. The chemistry was jus' right," he said.

Tamarley made his recording debut in 2005 with Mother Nature which was co-produced by Wayne Brown and Carey Esquire.

He is also promoting the new singles, Badness and Fed Up, both produced by Subkonshus Music.

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