December 6, 2023

The English Beat almost dethrones Bob on Billboard

article reposted by Chelsea


Record Store Day on November 24 has seen two titles make their way on the sales- and streaming-driven Billboard Reggae Albums chart.

A re-released expanded version of British 2tone/ska band The English Beat’s 1980 album I Just Can’t Stop, debuts at #2 on the chart, posing a threat to Bob Marley and the Wailers’ long-running Legend, which spends 203 weeks on top.

Lee Scratch Perry’s EP titled Scratch’d with Rolling Stones member Keith Richards enters at #6. This is the 19th entry by Perry. He peaked at #1 in 2019 with Heavy Rain.

The English Beat earns its second entry on the reggae table. Bounce stalled at #8 in 2016.

Meanwhile, Best of Shaggy: The Boombastic Collection by Shaggy falls to #3, Dutty Classics Collection and Dutty Rock by Sean Paul are #4 and #5, respectively.

Set in Stone by Stick Figure is down to #7, while UB40’s Greatest Hits dips to #8.

Stick Figure occupies #9 and #10 with World on Fire and Wisdom, respectively.

Over on the R&B charts, Teejay’s Drift continues to make moves. On R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay, Drift cruises from #43 to #41, while over on Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay, it steps up from #35 to #29.

The song remains steady at #30 on Rhythmic Top 40.

In Germany, Shenseea makes gains with Beama, featuring Lola Brooke, moving up from #40 to #37 on the German Urban Top 40 chart.

On regional reggae charts, Look a Girl by Stephen and Chino McGregor remains at #1 for a second week on the South Florida reggae chart.

Over on the New York Reggae chart, I shall be, released by Hezron featuring veteran deejay Big Youth, takes over the #1 spot.

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