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Common Kings debuts at two on Billboard

By Kevin Jackson
Observer writer

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

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Common Kings — the four-member band from Orange County, California — debuts at number two this week on the Billboard Reggae Album's Chart with the EP, One Day .

Last year, Common Kings went number one with its Grammy-nominated Lost in Paradise. Their previous entries on the Reggae Album Chart are 2015's Hits & Mrs (number two); 2013's Summer Anthem (number four); and 2013's #weontour Soundtrack (stalled at number seven).

Another new entry is The Trojan Records Box Set, which arrives at number 10. Released by Trojan Records, the set is among several commemorative releases to mark the British label's 50th anniversary.

It includes two three-CD collections with over 130 songs, 69 of them released digitally for the first time. There are also four vinyl LPs, and two seven-inch singles.

Among the artistes featured are The Upsetters, Harry J All Stars, The Melodians, Bob Andy and Marcia Griffiths, The Maytals, Desmond Dekker, Dave and Ansell Collins, The Pioneers, Ken Boothe, John Holt, The Gaylads, and Jackie Edwards.

44/876 by Sting and Shaggy is number one on the chart, while Rebelution's Free Rein holds at number three.

Slightly Stoopid's Everyday Life, Everyday People slips two spots to number four, and Santigold's I Dont Want: The Gold Fire Sessions, drops a notch to number five.

The much-touted Forever by Popcaan is number six for a third week, while the self-titled effort from Iration falls two places to number seven.

The VP Record's Reggae Gold 2018: 25th Anniversary, which was number three a few weeks ago, is at number eight.

Ziggy Marley's former number one, Rebellion Rises, moves up a place to number nine.

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