Gorillaz takes Popcaan, Grace to Billboard

By Kevin Jackson
Observer writer

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

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Humanz, the fifth studio album from British virtual band Gorillaz, debuts at number two on the Billboard 200 Albums chart this week. Two of the Jamaican acts on it have never had a solo album in that table's made Top 10.Those acts are Popcaan and Grace Jones. The latter duets on the song Changes, while Popcaan is featured on the single Saturnz Barz, which made the UK Top 100 Singles chart a few weeks ago.

Jones went as far as number 32 in 1981 with the album Nightclubbing and made the Top 10 on three previous occasions as a featured act.

The soundtrack to the film Boomerang contains her song 7 Day Weekend. The soundtrack reached number four in 1992. Eight years later rapper Lil Kim's Notorious K.I.M. opened at number four on the chart. Jones is featured on the track Revolution.

Rapper P Diddy's Last Train to Paris album, released in 2010, contained the track Yeah Yeah You Would which featured Jones. The set opened at number seven.

Popcaan's solo debut, Where We Come From, peaked at number two on the Billboard Reggae Album chart and number 21 on the US Heatseekers Albums chart.

The last Jamaican presence in the Billboard 200 Top 10 was in 2014 when a remix of Bob Marley's Legend shot to number five.

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