BY KEVIN JACKSON—
FOR the second-straight year, the top-selling reggae album is by a non-Jamaican.
Falling Into Place, a Grammy-nominated album from California band Rebelution, outsold some top Jamaican acts, according to Billboard magazine.
The publication’s best-selling reggae albums for 2016 are:
Falling Into Place (Rebelution);
Ziggy Marley (Ziggy Marley);
Reggae Gold 2015;
Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life (Stephen Marley);
Water For Your Soul (Joss Stone);
The Cure (Jah Cure);
Hotting Up (Iration);
Soca Gold 2015; and
Rose Petals (EP) by J Boog.
Released on June 3, Falling Into Place by Rebelution debuted at number one on the Billboard Reggae Album Chart with first-week sales of over 13,000. The 11-track set features Inhale, Exhale with Protoje.
Falling Into Place has topped the chart consistently and sold 43,000 to date. That comprises streaming and traditional album sales.
The group’s fifth studio album, it is nominated for Best Reggae Album at the 59th Grammy Awards to be held in Los Angeles in February.
Set in Stone was released by Ruffwood Records in November 2015. To date it has moved 24,000 copies.
Ziggy Marley’s self-titled set was released by Tuff Gong Worldwide in May last year. It debuted at number one a week after its release and has so far sold 13,000. It has also been nominated for a Best Reggae Album Grammy.
Reggae Gold 2015 maintains the popularity of VP Records’ long-running compilation. The 20-track set contains songs from Christopher Martin, Magic!, Etana, Gully Bop, and Ding Dong.
Released on July 17, 2015, Reggae Gold 2015 has to date sold nearly 33,000. Most of its sales were in 2015.
Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life was released by the Marley-owned Ghetto Youths International, and topped the Billboard Reggae table in early August. ‘Revelation’ has collaborations with rappers Busta Rhymes and Pitbull, Junior Reid, Capleton, Sizzla, and Bounty Killer. It has sold just over 10,000 copies to date.
Water For Your Soul continues to chug along. Released in July 2015, it sold 27,000 at the end of last year, and has picked up an additional 10,000 copies since.
Last year’s Grammy-nominated The Cure has sold nearly 19,000 copies, most of those sales recorded in 2015.
Hotting Up was released in August 2015 by Three Prong Records/Iration LLC. It has sales of nearly 18,000.
Soca Gold 2015, another compilation from VP Music Group, has some of the biggest soca hits from 2015, including Raze by Fay Ann Lyons and Party Done by Machel Montano and Angela Hunte. They helped the album sell 17,000 copies.
Another nominee for Best Reggae Album is Rose Petals which was released by Wash House Music Group in March. Buoyed by collaborations with Chaka Demus, Snoop Dogg and Stephen Marley, it has sold 5,000 copies.