October 11, 2023
BERMUDIAN reggae artiste Collie Buddz got some attention locally in 2007 when his pro-marijuana song Come Around made inroads in the dancehall and on radio. He later followed up with the hits Blind to You and the soca infused Mamacita.
Collie Buddz scores his sixth entry on the Billboard Reggae Albums chart with his fourth studio effort Take it Easy. It debuts at number ten.
Take it Easy, released September 29, is a compelling collection of songs that seamlessly blends reggae, dancehall, and hip hop influences to create a captivating musical experience.
The 12-song set features collaborations with Bounty Killer, B Real, Danny Towers, Keznamdi and Demarco.
While the majority of songs on Take It Easy are produced by Collie Buddz, long-time collaborator Jason “J-Vibe” Farmer, Bobby Konders, and Fatbabs also contribute to the project.
In a media release Collie Buddz spoke about the project.
“I feel blessed to be able to continue my musical journey. I poured my heart and soul into this project and I’m thrilled to finally share it. I especially love how the album came together, consisting of multiple writing and recording camps around the world with some of my favourite people. Take It Easy is a celebration of life, love, and the power of music to unite us all. I hope it brings joy and positive vibes to everyone who listens,” said Collie Buddz.
Tracks on the album include High Grade (International Herb), Brighter Days, You Around, Close to You, Twisted Agenda, Collision and Money Up.
The other entries by Collie Buddz which charted on the reggae table are Come Around (6 weeks at number one in 2007), Good Life (3 weeks at number one in 2017), Hybrid (one week at number one in 2019), Blue Dreams EP (peaked at number three 3 in 2015), and Cali Roots Riddim 2020 (rose to number seven in June 2020).
The album Come Around peaked at number 68 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart and number 15 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, while the title track hit number 47 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart in 2007.
Elsewhere on the Billboard Reggae Albums chart, Legend by Bob Marley and the Wailers spend a record-setting 195 non-consecutive weeks at #1, while Shaggy’s Best of Shaggy: The Boombastic Collection remains at #2.
Dutty Classics Collection by Sean Paul is firm at number three, meanwhile, No Love by Byron Messia spends another week at number four.
Set in Stone by Stick Figure rises from number seven to number five, but it holds at number six for another week with Wisdom.
Greatest Hits by UB40 dips to number seven, Sean Paul’s Dutty Rock is number eight, and World on Fire by Stick Figure is number nine.
After debuting at number 47 on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart last week, Drift by Teejay has drifted from the chart.
Byron Messia continues to impact various Billboard charts with Talibans. Talibans II with Burna Boy is number eight on the US Afrobeats Songs chart.
The original version of Talibans inches up from number 22 to number 21 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay, in its 16th week on the chart. Over on Rap Airplay, the song remains at number 11 in its 14th week. On Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay, Talibans bullets at number 17. Over on Rhythmic Top 40 Airplay, Talibans steps up from number 19 to number 18.
Wind Me Up, the collaboration between Jamaican reggae artiste Anthony B and American inspirational singer Dante Bowe, rises to a peak at number 13 in its 16th week on the chart.
On the Nigeria Hot 100 chart Talibans II backtracks from number 48 to number 50, having peaked at number 16.
We Up by Nigerian afrobeats recording artiste Balloranking, featuring Jamaican singer D’Yani, moves up from number 88 to number 82 in its third week on the chart.
On the Rebel Vibez Top Ten Canadian Reggae chart, What Ah Joy by The Memberz and Exco Levi spends another week at number one.
Swept Away by Jamaican-born singer Andrae Duhaney rises to number two, while Jamaican dancehall artiste Razor B, who resides in Canada, holds down the number four spot with Commentary.
Damian “Jr Gong” Marley’s cover of George Harrison’s My Sweet Lord spends another week at number one on the New York Reggae chart. It simultaneously tops the South Florida Reggae chart.
Still on the New York Reggae chart, Love Yu Self by Khristopher bolts from number six to number four, while Let My People Go by Buju Banton rises from number 27 to number 24.
Richie Stephens’ cover of David Ruffin’s 1975 haunting ballad Statue of a Fool, debuts at number 29 while Tanto Metro and Devonte are back on active chart duty with All and All entering at number 30.
On the South Florida Reggae chart, Call Him by Kevin Downswell and Bounty Killer steps up from number seven to number four; Man of Mine by Marcia J Ball climbs from number 10 to number five; and King Banton’s cover of Love Has Found its Way improves from number 11 to number eight.
This week’s new entries are Niceness by Marica Griffiths (23) and Endlessly by Robert Ffrench (25).
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