Wednesday 5 August, 2020

Buju's 'Upside Down' debuts at No. 2 on Billboard Reggae chart

The cover for 'Upside Down', Buju Banton's first album in a decade.

The cover for 'Upside Down', Buju Banton's first album in a decade.

Reggae icon Buju Banton beat out incarcerated star Vybz Kartel for bragging rights on the Billboard reggae charts this week.

Buju Banton's 'Upside Down', his first in a decade, sold 2,995 copies in its first week and debuted at number two on the Billboard Reggae Albums chart (which combines streaming and sales).

Released June 26 by Gargamel Music/Island Records/Roc Nation, the 18-track set featured eight of nine Buju Banton entries in the top 100 iTunes reggae charts. Songs such as 'Memories' featuring John Legend at 21, 'Yes Mi Friend' featuring Stephen Marley, and Cherry Pie featuring Pharrell at #49 were some of the standout songs. Buju's highest charting song on this week's iTunes reggae top 100 was 'Blessed' which hit #10. 

In the meantime, Vybz Kartel's Of Dons And Divas debuts at a tepid number six on the Billboard Reggae Album chart. It also enters the Top Current Album Sales chart at 80. On the Current Reggae Albums chart, Of Dons And Divas is number two, selling 1,016 copies.

Of Dons and Divas is Kartel's seventh album to chart on the Billboard Reggae table. He first made the chart in 2011 with Kingston Story, which reached number seven.

Kartel's 'Cute Rider' is the only song from the set on the iTunes reggae top 100 chart, hitting #9.

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