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Rita Marley saves 'Best' for Billboard

By Kevin Jackson
Observer writer

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

For the first time in her career, Rita Marley has made the Billboard Reggae Albums Chart. She does so with the retrospective, The Best of Rita Marley: Lioness on the Rise.

The Tuff Gong Worldwide project, which was released May 3, enters the chart at number three. The 10-song set features hits such as Harambe, One Draw, Thank You Jah and Who Feels It.

This is the third time the Marley matriarch has charted on a Billboard table. In 1982, she took One Draw to number 48 on Billboard's Disco chart (now known as the Dance Club Play chart). Nine years later, her album We Must Carry On reached number five on the World Albums chart.

As reported in Tuesday's Jamaica Observer, Christopher Martin's And Then is number one on this week's Reggae Albums chart. Vanessa Bling's Still Standing, which peaked at number three late last year, is back on the chart at number eight.

Another re-entry at number nine is A Matter of Time, the Grammy-nominated set from Protoje. Revived interest in the album is due to exposure the singjay received when he performed the song, Like This, on NBC's The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon on May 2.

A Matter of Time was number one in July last year.

The Nighthawk Recordings by Culture rises from number six to four, having peaked at number two a few weeks ago. The self-titled set from Iration falls from number one to five.

Slipping from number four to six is Rapture, the EP by Koffee, another former number one. Dropping two spots from number five to seven is 44/876 by Sting and Shaggy. This is the Grammy winner's 54th week in the Top 10.

Completing the Top 10 is Black and White by The Green, which falls from number five to 10.