American reggae act Stick Figure dethrones Bob Marley and the Wailers' ‘Legend’ from the top of the Billboard Reggae Albums chart with its latest effort ‘Wisdom’, which recorded pure album sales of 9,672 copies.
It’s the first time since ‘Legend’ took over the number one spot 140 weeks ago that it has fallen from number one.
Wisdom was released on September 9 via Ruffwood Records. The 14-song set, which was produced, recorded and mixed by Stick Figure's lead vocalist Scott Woodruff, features collaborations with Jamaican singer Barrington Levy, Bermudan singjay Collie Buddz and fellow California band Slightly Stoopid.
This is Stick Figure's fourth chart-topping album. The previous chart toppers were 2012's Burial Ground, 2015's Set in Stone and 2019's World on Fire.
In an interview with the Jamaica Observer recently, Stick Figure frontman Scott Woodruff shared details about the album.
"It's the continued evolution of the Stick Figure sound. I'm a producer first and foremost. I'm constantly being influenced lyrically by everything that's happening in my life. I love experimenting with new sounds and styles and mixing techniques, constantly trying to push myself in the studio. I've always been influenced by dub masters and music from Jamaica but have recently been very influenced by some electronic music styles as well, particularly Kygo and Major Lazer, which you'll hear some subtle influences from on this new record," Woodruff explained.
Formed in 2006, Stick Figure's line-up also includes Kevin Bong (KBong) on keyboards, Kevin Offitzer on drums, bassist Tommy Suliman, John Gray (Johnny Cosmic) on guitar, keyboards and backing vocals, and percussionist Will Phillips.
‘Wisdom’ hears the group maintaining a reggae vibe. Woodruff is optimistic melodic songs including ‘Showdown’ (with Collie Buddz), ‘Old Sunrise’, ‘Paradise’, ‘Soul of the World’ (with Barrington Levy), ‘Falling Stars’, and ‘Edge of The Ocean’ reinforce their dominance on the American reggae scene.