One year ago the very first issue of the Global Reggae Charts magazine was released. Today we are looking at issue 13 of an outlet, that is now well established and has many supporters around the world. This month we feature King Kong – a veteran artist who made it to the top of the album charts with his new release “Repatriation” – as the artist of the month. You will find a new chapter of the “Reggae Careers in the Internet Age” series talking the pros and cons of DIY vs. a traditional label deal. In the “Business Insight” section you will find an interview with Gary “Riga” Burke about artist management in the 21st century and as the voter of the month we had a short chat with Anderson Muth – who is not just a voter on the charts, but also the editor for the Global Reggae Charts magazine.
One major change you can find in this magazine. From now on the charts are released upfront to the month they are mend for, so, that they can have a longer relevance.
When we are looking at the single charts, we’ll see the biggest winner at #1: Raging Fyah – Rebel. This single was at #20 last month. Bryan Art managed to increase his position from #14 to #5 and the first new entry is coming from Samory I at #9. More new entries coming from Kabaka Pyramid at #12, Freddie McGregor at #16 and Cocoa Tea at #20.
On the album charts, we see much more change. King Kong climbed his way to #1, Etana – our last month’s featured artist – is at #2, while Romain Virgo entered the charts with his “Lovesick” album directly at #3. More new entries are coming from Mellow Mood (#7), Alpheus (#9), Shaggy & Sting (#12), Joe Pilgrim & the Ligerians (#13), I-Octane (#17), Moja (#18), and Javada (#20).
The riddim charts have some new entries as well. While “Yaad N Abraad Riddim” made it to #1 and “Anti-Racism Riddim” to #2, we have three new entries – Top Shelf Riddim, Rudeboy Skank Riddim, and Mighty Roots Riddim – at #3-5.
The charts are online and can be found at www.globalreggaecharts.com. Voter registration is now open as well. Visit the site for all the details.