Bruce Melodie and Shaggy enter multiple Billboard charts

March 27, 2024

article reposted by Chelsea


International recording artiste Shaggy enters Billboard’s US Afrobeats Songs and World Digital Song Sales charts for the first time in his career. His collaboration When She’s Around (Funga Macho) with multi-award winning Rwandan recording artiste Bruce Melodie débuts at #20 and #8 respectively.

The song, which was released last October via S-Curve Records, was produced by AJR.

Fusing the best of African rhythms and reggae vibes, the genre-defying song showcases the rich diversity of contemporary music not only celebrates the unique talents of Bruce Melodie and Shaggy but also signifies a cultural exchange that invites listeners to explore the shared emotions and experiences that connect us all.

“Collaborating with Shaggy has been a dream come true. It’s an incredible opportunity to bring our distinct styles together.
When She’s Around (Funga Macho) is a fusion of our worlds and I’m excited for fans around the world to hear it,” Bruce Melodie said in an interview with the Jamaica Observer late last year.

Shaggy also spoke about working with the Rwandan artiste.

“Bruce’s talent is undeniable, and this collaboration opens up new horizons for both of us. I’m thrilled to be a part of this project and hope it spreads joy and happiness the world over,” said Shaggy.

Still on the US Afrobeats Songs chart, Find Me Here (Blessings Find Me) by Trinidadian gospel and reggae artiste Sherwin Gardner improves moving up from #33 to #31. The song peaked at #18.

Onto the Billboard R&B charts, Praise Jah in the Moonlight by YG Marley is finally making its presence felt in the US. The song, which peaked at #34 on the Billboard Hot 100 (it has since fallen to #62), makes its début at #46 on R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart. It stays firm at #35 on Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay.

On the Nigeria Hot 100 chart, We Up by Balloranking, featuring Jamaican singer D’Yani, re-enters at #99. The song peaked at #53 late last year.

On Radio Songs (Nigeria), Diana by Fireboy DML featuring Chris Brown and Jamaican dancehall artiste Shenseea steps back onto the chart at #91. The song initially spent 29 weeks on the chart and rose to a high of #33.

Bob Marley and the Wailers have a lock on the Billboard Reggae Albums chart. Aside from topping the chart for the 219th non-consecutive week with Legend, the legendary act also holds the #9 position with Exodus and #10 with Rastaman Vibration.

Best of Shaggy: The Boombastic Collection by Shaggy is #2, while Dutty Classics Collection by Sean Paul re-enters at #3.

World on Fire and Set in Stone by Stick Figure are #4 and #5, while Greatest Hits by UB40 dips to #6.

Dutty Rock by Sean Paul slips a rung to #7 and Wisdom by Stick Figure is steady at #8.

Onto regional charts, Tun Up by Ginjah takes over the #1 spot on the South Florida Reggae chart.

All and All by Tanto Metro and Devonte climbs from #8 to #5, while Blind Spot by veteran singer Ambelique steps up from #10 to #7.

Not Taking No by Peter G (24) and Soul Power by The Blackstones (#25) are the new entries.

Meanwhile, Phyllis Dillon Tribute by Da Flame is the new #1 on the Foundation Radio Network (New York) Reggae chart.

Duh Road by Worl-A-Girl inches up from #3 to #2, Praise Jah in the Moonlight by YG Marley skips from #23 to #20, and YG’s aunt, Sharon Marley moves up from #27 to #25 with
Steppah, featuring Big Youth.

Here I Am by Barry Biggs (28), Carry Go Bring Come by Rod Spence (29), and Gyalis by Christopher Martin (#30) are this week’s new entries.

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