Mayday makes contact at number one

By Kevin Jackson
Observer writer

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

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Florida hip-hop/reggae outfit Mayday makes the Billboard Reggae Album Chart for the first time at number one with South of 5th, their fifth album.

It sold 1,767 copies to replace Sting and Shaggy's 44/876.

Released on September 7 by Strange Music Inc, South of 5th has 14 songs including collaborations with Common Kings, Danny Acosta and Stige.

The group has made the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Album Chart four times.

Also new this week is British soul singer Estelle with Lovers Rock, released by VP Records. It sold 477 copies to enter at number three.

Lovers Rock is Estelle's fourth album and her first on the reggae table. It has collaborations with Kranium, Konshens, Tarrus Riley, Chronixx and Hood Celebrityy.

Estelle, whose mother is from Senegal and father from Grenada, had a minor hit song in 2008 titled Come Over which featured Sean Paul. It was produced by Supa Dups, who produced most of the songs on Lovers Rock.

44/876 falls to number two with an additional 880 copies sold, an increase over the 672 sold the previous week. To date, it has sales of 45,453 copies.

Free Rein by Rebelution is down to number four with sales of 17, 233 copies.

Holdingfirm at number five is Everyday Life, Everyday People by Slightly Stoopid which has sold 12, 981 copies.

Ziggy Marley's Rebellion Rises (7,581 copies sold) rose two spots to number six, while Iration's self-titled set is down to number seven.

Inching up to number eight is Protoje's A Matter of Time (3,089 copies) while Agent Sasco's Hope River which entered at number four last week with 273 copies, is number nine. It sold an additional 75 copies.

Rounding out the Top 10 is a re-entry, Santigold's former number one I Dont Want: The Gold Fire Sessions.

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