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'Time' pays for Protoje

By Kevin Jackson
Observer writer

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Protoje earns his second number one on the Billboard Reggae Album Chart with A Matter of Time , released recently by In.Digg.Nation Collective/Overstand Entertainment/Easy Star Records. It replaces Rebelution's Free Rein from its two-week perch at the summit.

A Matter of Time has 10 songs including collaborations with Chronixx and Mortimer. Protoje's previous chart-topper was 2015's Ancient Future. The 8 Year Affair, released in 2013, stalled at number five.

Free Rein is number two this week.

Sean Paul is new at number four with Mad Love: The Prequel, released by Island Records/SPJ Productions Limited. The nine-song EP has collaborations with British singer Ellie Goulding, Jhene Aiko, Becky G, rap outfit Migos, the red-hot Dua Lipa, Tory Lanez, Major Lazer and British dancehall star Stefflon Don.

Mad Love: The Prequel is Sean Paul's seventh title on the Billboard reggae list. Stage One peaked at number two in 2000; 2002's multi-platinum Dutty Rock hit number one, so too 2005's The Trinity, 2009's Imperial Blaze and 2014's Full Frequency. Tomahawk Technique went number two in 2012.

Alborosie earns his eighth 'charter' with Unbreakable: Alborosie Meets The Wailers United, which enters at number six. Released by Greensleeves Records on June 29, the set contains 13 tracks which includes collaborations with Jah Cure, Chronixx, Beres Hammond, and J Boog.

The Italian singer's best performing album on the Billboard Reggae chart came in 2016 when Freedom & Fyah went number two.

St Thomas, Virgin Islands artiste Jahman enters at number seven with Altitude. The album was released June 29 via Splatterhouse Records. Its 14 songs are produced by John “Jon FX” Crawford.

“I'm very excited to have earned my first Billboard charting album, yet I remain humbled. I'm astonished and, to be truthful, words can't explain how very happy and grateful I am at this point. It is truly a wonderful feeling,” he said in an interview with the Jamaica Observer.

This is Jahman's fifth studio album.

“We did a lot of extensive work, being very dedicated with consistency, because it was over a two-year period travelling back and forth from the Virgin Islands to where we were actually putting the music together. It was definitely a very strong commitment putting the album together from all parties,” he explained.

Songs on Altitude include Journey, Call on Jah Mercy, One Day and the title track which features singer Ann Marie.

Sting & Shaggy's highly touted 44/876 slips to number three, while Soca Gold 2018 from VP Records rises six places to number five. Iration's self-titled set falls from number three to eight.

Ziggy Marley's former number one, Rebellion Rises, is down from four to nine, while Henricci's Sister Caro EP falls from eight to 10.