Expendables rules reggae

By Kevin Jackson
Observer writer

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

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THE six-track EP Moment by The Expendables is the number one title on this week's Billboard Reggae album chart. Released May 5 via Faction Entertainment, the set features collaborations with Hawaiian singer HIRIE and Rebelution lead vocalist Eric Rachmany, among others.

Formed in 1997, this is the Santa Cruz, California-based four-member act's first entry on the reggae table. Their 2010 set Prove It and 2015's Sand in the Sky charted on Billboard's Heatseekers Albums, Independent Albums, and Top Rock albums charts.

Debuting at number two on this week's chart is Change by San Diego-based five-member outfit Mystic Roots Band. This is the act's second charting entry, having peaked at number 13 in 2010 with Cali-Hi.

Also, new on the chart at number 12 is the Seasons Change Riddim EP. Released by Berta Records, it contains the tracks There Is A Way by Tarrus Riley; Rising For A Fall (Bugle); No Problem (Romain Virgo, featuring Bugle); Never Change (Kabaka Pyramid); I Nah Worry (Chino McGregor); and No Get Away (Rockaz Elements).

Elsewhere on the Billboard chart, last week's chart-topper Set in Stone by Stick Figure falls to number three, while Falling Into Place by Rebelution falls to number four.

Fortunate Youth's self-titled set is back inside the chart at number five, while Live at Red Rocks by Rebelution holds firm at number six.

Moving up seven places to number seven is Stephen Marley's Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life, while the various artistes compilation series Get Soca 2017 slips to number eight.

Lost in Paradise by Common Kings is down to number nine, while Ziggy Marley re-enters the top 10 with his self-titled, Grammy-winning set.

Surfer Landon McNamara rebounds onto the chart at number 11 with A Dollar Short & a Minute Late, while Bob Marley & the Wailers' The Legend Live: Santa Barbara Country Bowl November 25th, 1979 falls to 13.

Christopher Martin's Big Deal tumbles from three to number 14, and J Boog's Wash House drops from eight to 15.




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