Entertainment

The Skints swim to Billboard's top

BY KEVIN JACKSON
Observer writer

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

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British reggae quartet The Skints enter the Billboard Reggae Albums Chart at number one this week with Swimming Lessons with opening sales of 434 copies.

Swimming Lessons was released on May 10 by Mr Bongo/Easy Star Records. It has 14 songs including the collaborations Restless (with Protoje) and Love is The Devil (with Jesse Royal).

The album, which entered at number six on the UK Top Vinyl Albums Top 40 last Friday, is the group's second Billboard entry. In 2015, FM entered and peaked at number five.

Elsewhere, Shaggy's Wah Gwaan? which was released by Brooklyn Knights/300 Entertainment debuts at number two with 351 copies. The 14-song set has a number of collaborations with Nyanda, Nicky Jam, Stacy Barthe, Shenseea, Noah Powa, Gene Noble, and Alexander Stewart.

This is Shaggy's 15th top 10 entry. One year ago, 44/876, his collaboration album with Sting, was number one; that album sits at number four with 53,670 copies sold.

Iration's self-titled album moves up to number three, while Santigold's I Don't Want: The Gold Fire Sessions is number five.

Free Rein by Rebelution slips to number six, while Koffee's Rapture (EP) is number seven.

Another Soul Jazz Records various artistes compilation enters at number eight, while last week's chart-topper, And Then, by Christopher Martin falls to number nine. Martin's set sold 126 copies in its opening week and moved another 53 copies last week.

South of 5th by Mayday rises from number 17 to 10 with an additional 51 copies sold.


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