The set has sold 10,227 copies since its release on April 21.
This is the first time in two years that an album topping this chart has posted double-digit numbers in opening week. The last album to achieve that feat was Rebelution’s “Falling Into Place” with 13,000 in 2016.
“44/876” features collaborations with Sly & Robbie, Aidonia, Morgan Heritage and Agent Sasco, among others.
“We’re very pleased with the reviews so far. We’re doing great and enjoying the promotion, and looking forward to the tour in June,” Shaggy told reporters.
“I don’t want to put a damper on the thing; it’s an accomplishment. But it really doesn’t take high numbers to make it No. 1 on the Billboard Reggae Charts,” he added.
Still, Shaggy remains proud of the numbers his collaborative work with Sting did achieve.
For the veteran dancehall star, what is more buzzworthy is the fact that “44/876” debuted at No. 40 on the Billboard Top 200 – a chart which pools all the media outlet’s recognized musical genres.
“The weakest point was [North] America; radio support was not as strong – and we know that has to do with age. Looking at the music industry now, it’s geared towards a younger demographic. With overseas, international labels, we had more success because they’re not like America; it’s not about age,” Shaggy said.
Numbers show that the rock-reggae album has been positively received by non-America audiences.
In France, the album sits in the top five, and in Canada, the top 10. The album is also No. 1 in Germany, Poland, Austria, and Argentina.
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