June 24, 2021
PROLIFIC production duo Sly and Robbie return to the Billboard Reggae Albums Chart this week after an eight-year absence. The Final Battle: Sly and Robbie vs Roots Radics debuts for the first time at number nine.
It is the second entry for the ‘Riddim Twins’ who have produced many hit songs for Jamaican and international acts.
Produced by Argentinan Hernan Sforzini, The Final Battle: Sly and Robbie vs Roots Radics was released in 2019. The 12-track set, which was re-released on Record Store Day (June 12), has contributions from Luciano, Toots Hibbert, Ken Boothe, Horace Andy, Freddie McGregor, and Mykal Rose.
The first time Sly and Robbie charted on Billboard was in 2013 with Out of Many, One Music: Sly and Robbie Presents Shaggy, which rose to number three.
Elsewhere, Bob Marley and The Wailers clock 76 weeks at number one with Legend.
New at number two is Sublime Meets Scientist and Mad Professor. The set was released June 12 and it features brand new dub mixes of six classic songs with the California ska band and dub greats Scientist and Mad Professor.
Best of Shaggy: The Boombastic Collection by Shaggy dips one place to three, while for the first time since its North American release in 1975, Funky Kingston by Toots and The Maytals debuts on the Reggae Albums Chart. It enters at number four, giving the iconic act their seventh charting title.