Sean Paul’s ‘Full Frequency’ tops Billboard chart in spite of sluggish sales

by Jodee Brown

Grammy-winning Jamaican musician, Sean Paul has scored another chart-topping album as his sixth studio project, Full Frequency has reached number one on the Billboard Reggae Albums chart.

This, despite a less than impressive sales figure early on as the album, released February 18th, sold just 2,160 copies in its first week. This nearly doubles the first-week output his last album, Tomahawk Technique (2012) provided, selling over 1,200 copies.

However, combining both sales figures, they are a far cry from his multi-platinum effort, Dutty Rock in 2002, which sold nearly 20 times more copies at 65,000 in its first week.

He recently performed his new single from the album, Want Dem All alongside song collaborator, Konshens on the Arsenio Hall Show last month and has since released the official video for the song.

Meanwhile, the latest edition of the Billboard Reggae Albums chart features appearances from Papa San, whose previously chart-topping album, One Blood hails at number five, selling just under 2,000 copies to date. Tarrus Riley’s new album, Love Situation is two places higher, selling around 1,126 copies to date while Gyptian’s Sex, Love and Reggae is 10th, with just under 4,000 copies sold so far.

New Tarrus Riley album tops Billboard chart

Tarrus Riley's new studio album, 'Love Situation' is already top of the Billboard Reggae chart just over a week after its debut

Tarrus Riley’s new studio album, “Love Situation” is already top of the Billboard Reggae chart just over a week after its debut

by Jodee Brown

Acclaimed Reggae singer, Tarrus Riley has scored instant success with his new studio album, Love Situation, as it has topped this week’s BillboardReggae Album chart, according to reports Thursday.

The lover’s rock album, released February 4th, is the second album produced by a Jamaican artist in the last two week to top the chart following Papa San’s new album, One BloodThe latter displaced Snoop Lion’s Grammy-nominated project, Reincarnated, which had topped the Billboard chart since last year.

Love Situation is the first album of Riley’s to reach number one on the American’s magazine chart. His 2009 effort, Contagious peaked at number five while his previous effort, Parables in 2007 peaked five place lower at 10.

Riley has been promoting the first single off Love Situation dubbed, Dem a Watch, which has already garnered steady airplay in Jamaica since its release a week prior to the album’s unveiling.

Love Situation is currently available on iTunes and is co-produced by Dean Fraser, Mitchum ‘Khan’ Chinand Jordan McClure.