The latest album from imprisoned deejay Vybz Kartel, King Of The Dancehall, debuts at number two this week on the Billboard Reggae Album chart.
With first-week sales of 1,867 copies (according to sales tracker Nielsen Music), King Of The Dancehall has the biggest first-week sales for a dancehall artiste since Beenie Man’s Undisputed in 2006.
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The album, which was produced by Adidjahiem Records and TJ Records, is distributed by Zojak Worldwide.
Produced by longtime Kartel collaborator Linton ‘TJ’ White, the 14-track set contains the hit songs Fever and Western Union.
This is Vybz Kartel second album to debut in the top ten since his incarceration and his sixth title to chart on Billboard.
His previous albums were 2015’s Viking (Vybz Is King) which reached number three; 2011’s Kingston Story which stalled at number seven; 2014’s Reggae Love Songs & Other Things which reached number seven; 2013’s Vybz Kartel Roots & Culture: The Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto which peaked at number six; and Kartel Forever: Trilogy which went number 11 in 2013.
Elsewhere on the Billboard Reggae Album Chart, California band Rebelution remains at number one with Falling Into Place which sold an additional 2,238 copies to bring its two-week tally to 15,128.
Ziggy Marley’s self-titled album, which spent two weeks at number one, slips to number three with an additional 616 copies sold. To date the album has figures of 8,028 copies.
Alkaline’s ‘New Level Unlocked’ album debuted at No.1 on Billboard Reggae chart selling less than 1,000 copies in its first week, while Kranium’s debut album, ‘Rumors’ failed to pass the 1,000 mark.
However while some fans celebrate, Dancehall insiders are saying the genre is in a crisis with poor numbers.
Vybz Kartel is serving a life sentence in Jamaica for murder.
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