Shaggy, Sting back on top

By Kevin Jackson
Observer writer

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

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Since its release in April, 44/876 , the album by Sting and Shaggy, has not left the Top 10 of the Billboard Reggae Album Chart. It returns to the top spot this week after selling 896 copies to bring its tally to 38,919 copies sold.

44/876 was released by A&M Records/Interscope Records/Cherrytree Records, and is the first album in the reggae table for Sting. It is Shaggy's first entry on the chart since Out of Many, One Music: Sly & Robbie Presents Shaggy reached number three in October 2013.

Etana returns to the Top 10 with Reggae Forever. It zooms from number 41 to six, selling an additional 171 copies last week. It sold 13 copies the previous week.

To date, Reggae Forever (released by Tad's International Record) has sold 1,326 copies. It went number one in March.

California band Rebelution's Free Rein sold an additional 871 copies and remains number two. Since its release four weeks ago, Free Rein has sold 13,497 copies.

Last week's chart-topper, A Matter of Time by Protoje falls to number three with another 455 copies sold. It opened with 1,908 copies the week before and has sales of 2,363 copies.

Another former number one, Ziggy Marley's Rebellion Rises, surges to number four from number nine last week. It sold 198 copies to bring its tally to 6,590.

Rising from number eight to five is the self-titled set from Iration. Some 6,586 copies have been sold to date. Of that sum, 187 were registered last week.

Holding firm at number seven is Altitude by Jahman, a singer from St Thomas in the US Virgin Islands. Altitude is produced by Jamaican John “Jon FX” Crawford.

Of the 29 weeks that Henricci's Sister Caro EP has been on the chart, it has fallen outside of the Top 10 once. This week it moves from number 10 to eight, though selling only 90 copies — a slight drop from the 121 it sold the week before. Sister Caro has total sales of 3,474 copies.

Damian Marley's Stony Hill is also back in the top 10 at number nine, with 21,164 copies sold since it was released one year ago.

Closing out the Top 10 is the VP Records compilation Soca Gold 2018, which moved 65 copies last week, down from the 375 copies sold the prior week. It has sold 957 copies.

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