Policulture crosses into Billboard chart

By Kevin Jackson
Observer writer

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

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SIX-MEMBER reggae band Policulture's latest effort, Mountains to Cross, is the group's first entry on the Billboard Reggae Albums chart. It debuts at number four on this week's chart with first-week sales of 152 copies.

The 10-song set was released on the group's Policulture Records on August 17. Among the tracks are the collaborative efforts Breathe In featuring Kirsty Rock; Heart and Soul ft James Searl; and Time Before ft Ruff Scott.

The group, to date, released two studio full-length albums.

Formed in 2010, Policulture is from Boulder in Colorado.

Elsewhere on the Billboard reggae table, Sting and Shaggy maintain their lock at the number one spot with 44/876, which is spending its 11th-non-consecutive week in pole position. The set sold an additional 567 copies over the past week. To date, it has moved 43,194 copies, easily the year's biggest-selling reggae album.

Free Rein by Rebelution, released on June 15 by 87 Music and Easy Star Records, has not been outside of the top 10 since its debut on June 30. It currently holds the number two spot with an additional 302 copies moved. It has figures to date of 16,333.

Everyday Life, Everyday People by Slightly Stoopid has been on the chart for the past six weeks. It moves up to number three and has to date sold 12,347.

The self-titled set from California reggae band Iration rises to number five selling 137 copies. The album, which was released on May 18 via Three Prong Records, has sold 7,742 copies.

Former chart-topper I Don't Want: The Gold Fire Sessions by Santigold is down to number six. It has to date sold 1,733.

After peaking at number two last week, One Day by Common Kings slips to number seven with 119 copies. To date it has sold 547.

Upon its release 15 weeks ago, Rebellion Rises by Ziggy Marley entered the chart at number one. This week it inches up to number eight with 116 copies. To date, the set has sold 7,247.

The much-touted Forever by Popcaan tumbles to number nine in its fifth week on the chart. It peaked at number two upon its release. It sold an additional 96 copies to bring its total to 2,218.

Damian Marley's Stony Hill re-enters the top ten moving up from number 12. To date, Stony Hill has sold 21, 640.

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