Strictly speaking, the Billboard ranking of reggae albums, which was updated yesterday, is not the final chart for 2017. It is for the week ending Saturday, December 30, so next Tuesday, a listing which includes New Year’s Eve 2017 will be issued. However, since that will go up to Saturday, January 6, the current listing is the final one with only 2017 dates.
And Jamaican performers have five of the 10 spots, although albums by US performers occupy the top three places. The highest-placed Jamaican set is the Grammy-nominated Stony Hill by Damian ‘Jr Gong’ Marley at number four, down two places from the previous week.
Morgan Heritage’s Avrakedabra is in the number six slot, making a return to the chart to rack up its 17th week on the listing.
The third Grammy nominee, Chronixx’s Chronology, has lost a place from last week to be seventh. Rounding out the Jamaican handful is Jesse Royal’s Lily of Da Valley in ninth and Sizzla’s I’m Yours at number 10.
Tribal Seeds’ Roots Party is number one for the second week running, followed by Collie Buddz’s Good Life, which has moved up two places from last week’s number four. A former number one, SOJA’s Poetry in Motion, is in the third spot.
Filling out the top five is The Green’s Marching Orders which, having moved up from eighth on the previous listing to fifth this week, has nabbed greatest gainer honours. And with 38 weeks on the chart the number eight album Lost in Paradise (Common Kings) is the set on the ranking which has enjoyed the most extended presence. It is also a Grammy nominee for the 2018 awards, which means that J Boog’s Wash House Ting is the only current nominee missing from the year-end Billboard Reggae Albums Chart.