Aloha time on Billboard chart

Observer writer

Friday, December 28, 2018

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Hawaiian reggae acts have enjoyed considerable success on the Billboard Reggae Album Chart over the years. Three of them debut this week. They are Ekolu, Sammy Johnson and Fia.

Ekolu Music 3: Hawaii by three-member group Ekolu, enters at number one. It is the 24-year-old group's first entry on the reggae table, having charted three times on the World Albums chart.

Released December 20 by Waiehu Records, Ekolu Music 3: For Hawaii has 10 tracks.

Moonlight Lovers (EP) by Australian-born, Hawaii-based singer Sammy Johnson, debuts at number two. Released December 14 by Mensch House Records/Big Poppa Records, it contains five songs.

This is Johnson's third charter. In 2014, he peaked at number three with The Sammy Johnson EP, while 2013's Prelude stalled at number 12.

Singer Fia earns his first title with The Artist, an EP released December 14. It opens at number four.

Last week's chart-topper 44/876 by Sting and Shaggy, drops to number three, while Free Rein by Rebelution falls to number five in its 27th week on the chart.

Also on the slide at number six is Everyday Life, Everyday People by Slightly Stoopid. It is also a former number one and has been on the chart for 22 weeks.

For the first time since its debut in October, Never Ending by Beres Hammond falls outside the top five, slipping from number two to seven.

Vanessa Bling is the sole female in the Top 10. Her EP Still Standing which peaked at number three, falls to number eight in its eighth week on the chart.

Iration's self-titled set, which peaked at number two, is down to number nine. In its 63rd week, Damian Marley's Grammy-winning Stony Hill slides to number 10.

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