Entertainment

The Melodians 'return' to Billboard

BY KEVIN JACKSON
Observer writer

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

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Legendary rocksteady trio, The Melodians, score their first entry on the Billboard Reggae Album chart with The Return (Ska, Rocksteady, Reggae) which debuts at number 19.

Hailed as one of Jamaica's great vocal groups, The Melodians cut a series of classic songs during the late 1960s and early 1970s. The classic line-up consisted of Brent Dowe, Tony Brevett and Trevor McNaughton.

Dowe and Brevett have died, but McNaughton currently leads a new version that also includes Taurus Alphanso and Winston Dias. They cover some of the group's biggest hits on 'Return', including Little Nut Tree, Sweet Sensation, and You Don't Need Me.

The Return (Ska, Rocksteady, Reggae) was released in May of last year by TWT Music and contains 10 tracks. It is one of 10 albums/compilations featuring music from veteran reggae acts on the latest Billboard Reggae Album chart.

Damian Marley's Stony Hill continues to hold the number one spot, selling 160 copies last week to bring its tally to 16,756 copies. SOJA's Poetry in Motion is number two, while Roots Party, a former chart-topper by Tribal Seeds, moves from five to three.

Falling one place to number four is Marching Orders by The Green, while Nigerian singer Henricci moves up one spot to number five with Sister Caro (EP).

Chronology by Chronixx falls from four to six after selling 91 more copies, while Heavy is The Head by Tropidelic surges from number 16 to seven, thanks to 78 additional copies.

Stephen Marley's Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life rebounds from 22 to number eight, moving 56 copies to bring sales to 13,726 copies. Major Lazer's Know No Better (EP) is back in the Top 10 at number nine, up from 12.

Nothing More to Say by The Frightnrs jumps from 14 to 10 after registering 41 copies sold last week. To date, the set has sold 7,056 copies.

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