Album saluting 'The Dead' tops Billboard

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

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New Hampshire band Roots of Creation have their second number one on the Billboard Reggae Album Chart with Grateful Dub , a 15-track tribute to legendary rock band The Grateful Dead.

The set debuts with 1,357 copies sold.

Roots of Creation previously topped the chart with 2016's Livin Free (Deluxe). They also peaked at number eight in October 2016 with Livin Free.

Released on March 9 by Bombshelter Records/Controlled Substance Sound Labs, Grateful Dub includes collaborations with Stephen Marley, Marlon Asher, Hayley Jane and Fortunate Youth. Bob Marley's former engineer Errol Brown worked on most of the tracks.

Southern California band Tunnel Vision enters the chart at number three with Days Away, also released on March 9 by LAW Records. It has sold 195 copies.

Khago's Walk A Mile makes a big jump from number 19 to number two. The set sold an additional 238 copies to bring its tally to 665 copies.

Damian Marley's Stony Hill falls to number four with an additional 146 copies sold. Since its release last July it has tallied just over 18,854 copies.

Jumping five places from number 10 last week is Reggae Forever by Etana. Released on March 9, it sold a mere 69 copies in its opening week; last week it registered another 134 copies.

Falling from number one to six is Real Labour of Love by UB40 Featuring Ali, Astro and Mickey. It sold another 124 copies to bring its two-week haul to 405.

At number seven is Sister Caro EP by Henricci, while Tropical House Cruises to Jamaica tumbles from number four to eight.

Box Full of Steel by The Dubplates re-enters the chart at number nine, while Poetry in Motion by SOJA is down to number 10. Since it was released late last year Poetry in Motion has sold 6,705 copies.

Singer Phyllis Dillion, who died in 2004, was a trailblazer of the rocksteady era who never made the Billboard Reggae Album Chart in her lifetime. A re-issue of One Life to Live (Limited Violet Vinyl Edition) by British company Real Gone Music debuts at number 25 with 39 copies sold.

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