YG Marley takes European charts by storm

February 15, 2024

article reposted by Chelsea

via jamaicaobserver.com

YG Marley’s Praise Jah in the Moonlight has taken the European charts by storm. The song is not only making waves in Europe, but also in North America.

On the Billboard Hot 100, Praise Jah in the Moonlight zooms from #74 to #60 in its second week on the chart.

A correction here, YG Marley is actually the sixth Marley to chart on the Billboard Hot 100. He is the grandson of the late reggae legend Bob Marley. YG’s father is Rohan Marley and his mother is R&B/Hip-Hop singer Miss Lauryn Hill.

Here’s a quick recap of the Marleys who have charted on the Hot 100:

In 1976, Bob Marley and the Wailers topped out at #51 with Roots, Rock, Reggae. His offsprings, Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers (which comprises of his sons Ziggy and Stephen, and daughters Cedella and Sharon) peaked at #39 in 1988 with Tomorrow People. Two years later they returned with
Good Time, which shot to #85.

Bob’s son Ky-Mani Marley was featured on Avenues by Refugee Camp All Stars with Prask, which rode the wave to #35 in 1997. A year later, Ky-Mani was featured on Prince Be’s Gotta Be…Movin’ On Up and that song got as far as #90.

Damian “Jr Gong” Marley took the song Welcome to Jamrock to #55 in 2005, while Skip Marley, the son of Cedella Marley, charted at #4 in 2017 with the Katy Perry collaboration Chained to the Rhythm.

Prior to YG, the last Marley to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 was Damian “Jr Gong” Marley, who is featured on the song
Bam by Jay-Z, which stalled at #47 in 2017.

Praise Jah in the Moonlight also makes moves on other Billboard charts. On Global 200, the song rises from #81 to #20, while over on Global Excluding US chart, it rockets from #95 to #21.

On Streaming Songs chart, it enters at #38, while on TikTok Billboard Top 50 it debuts at #20.

On the Official UK Singles chart, Praise Jah in the Moonlight zips from #20 to #9 in its third week on the chart. This marks the ninth time the name Marley made it inside the top 10.

Skip Marley’s collab Chained to the Rhythm went to #5 in 2018, while the other entries are from Bob Marley and the Wailers.

No Woman, No Cry (Live) went to #8 in 1975, Could You Be Loved was #5 in 1980, Buffalo Soldier (#4 in 1983), One Love/People Get Ready (#5 in 1984),
Is This Love (#9 in 1978), Iron Lion Zion (#5 in 1992), and a remix of Sun is Shining credited to Funkstar De Luxe featuring Bob Marley and the Wailers (#3 in 1999).

Now moving to the European charts, Praise Jah in the Moonlight is #1 in New Zealand, #9 in Switzerland, #6 in Portugal, #17 in Sweden, #22 in Denmark, #20 in Belgium, #16 in Ireland, #16 in the Netherlands, #16 in Luxembourg, #8 in Iceland, and #22 in Australia.

On the Billboard Reggae Albums chart, Bob Marley and the Wailers log 213 non-consecutive weeks in the #1 spot with Legend.

Meanwhile, Shaggy’s Best of Shaggy: The Boombastic Collection remains at #2, while Sean Paul’s Dutty Classics Collection is #3.

Greatest Hits by UB40 is steady at #4, while World on Fire by Stick Figure inches up to #5. Sean Paul’s Dutty Rock slips to #6, while Set in Stone and Wisdom by Stick Figure are #7 and #8.

I am Chippy, the 10-song EP by dancehall artiste TeeJay debuts at #9, while Bob Marley and the Wailers re-enter at #10 with Rastaman Vibration.

Released on February 2 via Warner Records, I am Chippy features production work from the likes of DJ Frass, DJ Mac, Panda, Topbraff Music, Slingerz Records, and Sabaster Muzik just to name a few.

Some of the tracks include a remix ofDrift featuring Davido, Fully Auto featuring Bayka, Dip featuring Tommy Lee Sparta, Chop Life featuring Malie Donn, Never featuring Skillibeng, and Twerk it.

Jaydon and Quada also appear on the project. In the meantime, I am Chippy’s lead single Drift slides down from #33 to #39 on the latest Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart. It peaked at #33 and is spending its 15th week on the tally.

On Billboard’s Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart, Drift steps down from #28 to #30 in its 14th week. It got as far as #28.

Trinidadian gospel reggae artiste Sherwin Gardner’s F ind Me Here (Blessings Find Me) slips from #18 to #22 on the US Afrobeats Songs chart. On Hot Gospel Songs the track is firm at #23, while on Gospel Digital Song Sales, it falls from #2 to #5 in its third week.

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