BY KEVIN JACKSON—
Five of the six albums nominated for Best Reggae Album at the recent Grammy Awards have enjoyed a minor sales spike. This is reflected in the latest Billboard Reggae Album chart.
According to sales monitor Nielsen Music, Ziggy Marley’s self-titled set, which won the award, posted the biggest sales, jumping from 23 to number eight. It sold 167 copies, up from 25 the week prior to the Grammys.
To date Ziggy Marley has sold 13,269 copies.
Even though it fell two spots to number four, Rebelution’s Falling Into Place moved 483 copies compared to 267 the week before. It has sold 33,551 copies.
Raging Fyah’s Everlasting moved up from number 18 to number 20, selling 56 copies compared to 28 the previous week. Its total sales stand at 1,478.
Moving up from 41 to number 28 is Live In Virginia by SOJA. The set moved 28 copies, a slight bump from 12 one week ago.
Another nominee, Rose Petals by J Boog, is back in the chart at number 29 with 27 copies sold, compared to seven two weeks prior. To date it has sold 4,929 copies.
Back on the Reggae Album chart, Fortunate Youth debuts at number one with its self-titled album which opened with 1,714 copies. This is the group’s fourth ‘charter’ and its second number one, following 2015’s Don’t Think Twice.
Last week’s chart-topper, Lost In Paradise by Common Kings, is number two. It sold 517 copies, down from last week’s 3,100 copies.
Christopher Martin’s Big Deal opens at number three with 500 copies sold.
The various artists compilation Get Soca 2017 debuts at number five with 338 copies, while Rebelution’s Live At Red Rocks is at number six with 198 copies sold to bring its total to 4,899.
Stick Figure’s Set in Stone is down to number seven, while J Boog’s Wash House Ting is at number nine.
Completing the top 10 is Stephen Marley’s Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life, which sold 138 copies, up from 71 last week. Marley’s album has to date sold 11,510 copies.