Patoranking earns his Billboard stripes

Patoranking becomes the first Nigerian artiste to make Billboard’s Reggae Album Chart.




His debut, God Over Everything, which debuted at number four last week, is down to number five.

Released by VP Records on August 1, God Over Everything posted first-week sales of 385 copies.

The 26-year-old Patoranking (real name Patrick Nnaemeka Okorie) began his career collaborating with African artistes such as XProject, Konga, Slam and Reggie Rockstone. He signed a record deal with Igberaga Records in 2010.

In February 2014, he signed a deal with Foston Musik and released Girlie O, a song that put him in the limelight. That year, he won Nigeria’s Channel O Music Video Award for Best Dancehall/Reggae Act Of The Year.

 Patoranking cites Buju Banton, Bob Marley, Lucky Dube and Chaka Demus as his biggest influences.

Elsewhere on the Billboard Reggae Album Chart, Stephen Marley’s Revelation Part II: Fruit Of Life slips to number two. To date, it has sold over 5,764 copies.

Set in Stone by Stick Figure jumps two places to number three, while Ziggy Marley’s self-titled set is number four.

The VP Records’ compilation, Reggae Gold, moves one place up to number six, while Vybz Kartel’s

King Of The Dancehall rose five places to number eight.

Kingston Fyah by New York-based band New Kingston debuted at number 14 last week with 66 copies.

American singer Joseph Israel’s Paradise entered at number 11 last week with 81 copies. It is the Arkansas native’s first ‘charter’ since Gone Are The Days peaked at a similar position in 2007.

Mykal Roze’s Rasta State entered the chart last week at number 25 with 32 copies, while Ernest Ranglin’s Boss Reggae came in at number 36 with 24 copies.

—Kevin Jackson

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