Entertainment

Billboard feels Koffee's Rapture

BY KEVIN JACKSON
Observer writer

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

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Rapture , the five-song EP by high-riding singjay Koffee, returns to the number one spot on Billboard's Reggae Albums chart this week. She debuted in that position two weeks ago and fell to number three one week later.

Rapture sold an additional 208 copies last week, a slight decrease from the 214 it registered the previous week. To date, it has sold 866 copies.

Last week's chart-topper, Black and White by The Green, slips to number two with 191 copies, a major drop from the 1,184 it sold the week before.

Thanks to a mini sales surge of 187 copies, Public Confidential by The Beat, featuring Ranking Roger (who died recently), moves up six places to number three. This is the set's highest place since it debuted six weeks ago at number six.

New at number four is the various artistes compilation Pay it All Back, Vol 7. Released on March 29 by On-U Sound Records, the 18-song set sold 144 copies. It has songs by Max Romeo, Junior Delgado, Rebel MC, Daddy Freddy and Horace Andy.

Veteran producer Bunny “Striker” Lee earns his second entry with S oul Jazz Records Presents Bunny Lee — Dreads Enter the Gates With Praise. It debuts at number five with 108 copies.

This 23-song collection has songs by Johnny Clarke, Jackie Edwards, Jah Stitch, The Aggrovators, Dillinger, and The Mighty Diamonds. Lee's previous entry was 2015's Bunny 'Striker' Lee & Friends: Next Chapter, which stalled at number 12.

The resurgent Poetry in Motion by SOJA returns to the top 10 at number six, leaping 32 places. With an additional 88 copies sold, the set has moved 8,957 copies since its release in October 2017 by ATO Records.

Sting and Shaggy's Grammy-winning 44/876 moves up three places to number seven, selling an additional 87 copies. Its sales stand at 53,148 copies.

Free Rein by Rebelution is down to number eight with 84 copies for a total of 20,506, while Oakland, California, singer/songwriter K'Nova earns his first entry at number nine with Rhythm of Speech. That set was released March 28 by Golden State Records.

Rounding out the top 10 is Everyday Life, Everyday People by Slightly Stoopid. Since its release last year, it has sold 15,644 copies.


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