Machel's G.O.A.T. tops Billboard

Observer writer

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

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Soca star Machel Montano has topped the Billboard Reggae Albums Chart with his latest effort, the 19-song G.O.A.T . , which debuts this week with 419 copies sold.

G.O.A.T. features collaborations with fellow soca artistes Super Blue, Farmer Nappy, Bunji Garlin and Skinny Fabulous. Another, titled So Good, features dancehall artiste Ding Dong.

This is Machel's first Billboard number one. His Monk Monte peaked at number two in 2015, while Monk Evolution stalled at number five in 2016.

Estelle's Lovers Rock rebounds to number two from five last week. The set moved 155 copies last week for total sales of 1,581.

Rising from number seven to three is Free Rein by Rebelution, a former number one, which sold 123 copies last week, for to-date sales of 19,774.

Singer Mighty Mystic (real name Kevin Holness), brother of prime minister Andrew Holness, enters the chart at number four with Enter The Mystic, which sold 115 copies in its first week.

Mighty Mystic, who is based in Boston, reached number six in February 2014 with Concrete World while its follow-up, The Art of Balance, stalled at number seven in February 2016. Released on February 1, Enter the Mystic contains 14 songs and has collaborations with Stephen Thunder and Tyler Lloyd.

Last week's number one, Strictly the Best Volume 58, is down to five with another 111 copies sold. Public Confidential by The Beat featuring Roger Ranking sold 83 copies to move from number nine to six.

With 78 additional copies sold, Grammy-winning 44/876 by Sting and Shaggy is up from number 10 to seven. The set has sold 52,251 copies in the United States.

Back in the chart is Everyday Life, Everyday People by Slightly Stoopid. It jumps from number 13 to number eight with a tally of 15,102 copies.

The waning Never Ending by Beres Hammond falls from number six to nine with sales of 3,634 copies. Strictly The Best Volume 59 tumbles from number three to 10 with 47 copies sold last week, a big drop from the 218 copies it debuted with the previous week.

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