Koffee & Shenseea Riding High On Billboard Top 10

Koffee Wants Greater Appreciation For Reggae & Dancehall As Separate Genres  - Urban IslandzReggae group SOJA has received a modest bump in sales for their entire catalog after their Beauty In The Silence album recently copped the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album.

However, it was not enough for the Grammy-winning album to re-enter the Billboard Reggae Albums chart dated April 16—where Koffee and Shenseea’s debut albums remain, Sean Paul holds three of the ten spots, and Bob Marley continues to reign at No. 1 for over two years.

The sales and streaming-driven Billboard Reggae chart ranks the ten most popular Reggae albums in the US, based on consumption metrics that are measured by sales tracker Luminate in equivalent album units.  Each of those units represents one album sale or 10 individual tracks sold from an album or 3,750 ad-supported or 1,250 paid/subscription streams from an album via audio or video.

SOJA

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SOJA poses in the press room after winning Best Reggae Album at the 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 03, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

On Tuesday, Luminate told DancehallMag that SOJA sold 1,400 equivalent albums units across their catalog last week, following the Sunday, April 3 Grammy Awards premiere ceremony—up from 1,000 units (38%) the previous week.

Of the 1,400 units, there were 300 in pure album sales (up 119%), 200 in digital song sales (up 371%), 1,464,200 in on-demand audio streams (up 26%) and 57,800 in on-demand video streams (up 122%).

Review: Koffee's 'Gifted' - Rolling StoneBeauty In The Silence, which was released on September 24, 2021, via ATO Records, had previously spent three weeks on the Billboard Reggae chart, peaking at No. 2.  The Virginia-based band has over a dozen other albums including Poetry In Motion, Amid The Noise and Haste, Strength To Survive, Born In Babylon, and Get Wiser.  

Koffee

Koffee’s Gifted debut, released on March 25 via Promised Land/RCA/Columbia, has dropped one place to No. 3 on the Billboard Reggae chart with 2,000 units earned last week.   This includes 200 in pure album sales, 400 in digital song sales, 2,202,600 in on-demand audio streaming, and 329,500 in on-demand video streaming.  It brings the Grammy Award winner’s two-week sales and streaming total to 5,500 units in the United States.

Interview: Shenseea on Debut LP 'Alpha,' Jamaican Dancehall - Rolling StoneWith its 18-track deluxe edition, which includes Toast, Rapture, and W with Gunna, Luminate had told DancehallMag that Gifted moved 188,100 units in total up to the week ended April 2, which included sales and streaming activity accumulated on the eight bonus tracks since 2019.  However, only Gifted‘s 3,500 first-week units were considered for the weekly Billboard chart.

The album, which had debuted at No. 9 on the UK Albums chart, has also dropped out of the Top 100 of the weekly UK chart, which is compiled by the Official Charts Company from sales, downloads, and weighted audio streams.

Shenseea

Shenseea’s Alpha debut, released on March 11 via Rich Immigrants/Interscope, has also dropped one place to No. 6 on the Reggae Albums chart with 1,500 units earned last week.  This includes 300 in digital song sales, 1,780,100 in on-demand audio streaming, and 202,500 in on-demand video streaming.  It brings her four-week sales and streaming total to 10,800 units in the United States.

Blessed with rapper Tyga, which is featured on the album, was certified Gold in Canada on Monday.

Another single, R U That with rapper 21 Savage, has dropped two places to No. 30, on Billboard’s Rhythmic Airplay chart dated April 16.  The song has also moved up two places on the Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart to No. 23 and three places on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart to No. 29. It remains at No. 20 on the Rap Airplay chart.

Bob Marley

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Bob Marley

Bob Marley & The Wailers’ Legend—a greatest hits collection first released in May 1984 by Island Records—is No. 1 for the 118th consecutive week on the Reggae Albums chart, having earned 11,100 equivalent album units in the United States last week.  This includes 2,600 in pure album sales, 1,700 in digital song sales, 10,613,500 in on-demand audio streaming, and 737,700 in on-demand video streaming.

Legend is also currently No. 87 on the Billboard 200 chart dated April 16, and No. 34 on the UK Official Albums chart, dated April 14.  It holds the distinction of being the second longest-charting album in the history of both charts, having spent 725 weeks on the Billboard 200 chart (Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon has spent 962 weeks) and 1,024 weeks on the UK Albums chart (ABBA’s Gold has spent 1,040 weeks).

Earlier this year, we reported that Legend, which was certified 15x Platinum back in 2014, had sold 609,000 units in total during 2021.

Sean Paul

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Sean Paul (Photo by Gladstone Taylor)

Sean Paul’s The Trinity and Dutty Rock albums are at No. 8 and 9 on the Reggae Albums chart with 1,300 units each respectively. 

His Mad Love: The Prequel EP is at No. 10 with 1,000 units earned last week. 

Shenseea Breaks Silence On Copyright Lawsuit: "Y'all Still Stupid" -  DancehallMagMad Love features Paul’s No Lie collab with Dua Lipa, which is currently No. 147 on the Billboard Global Excl. US chart dated April 16, down from No. 130.

Shaggy’s Best of Shaggy: The Boombastic Collection (2008) returned to No. 2 for its 159th week on the Reggae Albums chart.  The collection, which featured hits from all eight of Shaggy’s previous studio albums, earned 2,800 units last week.

UB40’s Greatest Hits compilation is at No. 4 on the chart with 1,600 units earned, followed by Stick Figure’s World On Fire at No. 5 with 1,500 units earned and their Set In Stone album is at No. 7 with 1,500 units earned last week.

Source: Koffee, Shenseea Remain In Billboard Top 10; Small Grammy Sales Bump For SOJA – DancehallMag

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