Shatta Wale has become the first artiste on a Jamaican album and the first African artiste to hit number one the iTunes Reggae Charts in Canada.
The artiste’s song “Dream” which headlined the Billboard charting album ‘Tropical Cruises to Jamaica: The Reggae Collector’s Edition’, climbed to the top of the charts, making history for the artiste and the album.
The song also charted on the iTunes Singles Chart for all genres in Canada and started this week it entered the Billboard chart in Canada at No. 26. This is the first time the song had featured on Billboard Canada although the album which is produced by Contractor Music Group based in Jamaica hit Billboard last year.
Executive producer for the album, Sean ‘Contractor’ Edwards said Canadian music listeners have been playing the song on rotation.
“Great way to start the year for Contractor Music and Shatta Wale who keeps getting bigger on the African continent and we are growing in the market with him. It’s good to see fans in Canada open the Canadian market which gives us another country to get sales and streams and grow reggae and dancehall,” he said.
Shatta Wale blew up in 2020 with his hit collaboration “Already” with Beyonce. The song grabbed four Grammy Awards in 2020.
Wale has been pushing the influence of Reggae and Dancehall in his native Ghana. Although dancehall is growing, the Ghanaian artiste has complained about the lack of support he has received from his countrymen.
On Christmas Day in Accra, Ghana, Wale courted controversy as he lashed out at the lack of support for artistes from Ghana compared to artistes from Nigeria.
His comments came in wake of the news that the top 10 songs on Apple Music being played in Ghana were all from Nigerian artistes. Two of the songs featured Ghanaians, something that did not sit well with Wale.