FOR the first time in three years, a female artiste is number one on the Billboard Reggae Album chart. Queen Ifrica’s Climb, released March 3 by VP Music Group, is on top this week.
The 17-track set is led by the song Trueversation (with Damian Marley). Other tracks include Love is Not Blind, Medical Marijuana, Black Woman and Rebellion.
This is Ifrica’s second album to chart on Billboard, following 2009’s Montego Bay which peaked at number nine. The last woman to top the Billboard reggae table was Etana in 2014 with I Rise.
Elsewhere on the chart, Trinidadian Fay-Ann Lyons earns the highest debut ever by a soca artiste. Her debut, Break The World, enters at number three.
“We are so happy with the first week results and can’t wait to get out with the fans to support this album,” Lyons said in a media release. The 16-track Break The World was also released by VP Records on March 3.
Among its tracks are Hold On Something, Block The Road (featuring Stonebwoy), Everybody Joli (with Bunji Garlin), Hands In The Air and last year’s hit, Raze.
Another new entry is Highest Grade, a five-song EP by Hawaiian roots-reggae band, Inna Vision. It enters at number eight.
Last week’s chart-topper, Lost In Paradise by Common Kings falls to number two, while Set In Stone by Stick Figure is number four. Former number one, Falling Into Place by Rebelution, is down to number five.
The compilation Get Soca slips to number six. At number seven is a re-entry, Get Ready! Live In Columbus by Brett Wilson.
Another chart-topper, A Dollar Short & A Minute Late by Landon McNamara, falls to number nine. Bob Marley & The Wailers’ The Legend Live: Santa Barbara Country Bowl, November 25th 1979, completes the Top 10.