Men lie, women lie, dancehall fans lie but numbers NEVER lie and today the numbers are saying that Alkaline is by far the best in dancehall music. The artiste’s latest album aptly named “Top Prize” is proof that he stands head and shoulder above his nemeses Vybz Kartel and Popcaan after selling an impressive 1,527 copies in its first week.
Alkaline’s first week sales is way better than Vybz Kartel’s “Of Dons and Divas” that only sold 1,016 copies in its first week; and more than double Popcaan’s last album’s first week sale of just over 600.
Top Prize debuts at number two on the streaming- and sales-driven Billboard Reggae Albums chart. The set released by Autobam Records on May 14, has 14 songs including the previous hit Ocean Wave, Maniac, Hostage, and Nuh Trust Mankind.
The album also features on other Billboard charts including Top Current Album Sales (number 56) and Heatseekers Albums (number 19). For the first time, Alkaline debuts at number 37 on the publication’s Emerging Artists Chart.
Here’s a breakdown of Alkaline’s first week sales figures. Total Album Sales streaming and sales combined 2,957; Song Sales 638; Track equivalent albums (TEA) 64; Audio Streaming 1,623,382; Video Streaming 355,103; and, Total (stream equivalent albums) SEA Audio 1,366.
Skillbeng also makes moves on the Billboard charts as the remix of Crocodile Teeth featuring rapper Nicki Minaj debuts at 100 on the Hot 100 chart. The song enters Digital Song Sales chart at 43 and is 182 on Billboard’s Global 200.
This is the first time in four years that a Jamaican has entered the Billboard Hot 100. The last time this occurred was in April 2017 with Sean Paul’s guest appearance on Enrique Iglesias’s Subeme La Radio.
Meanwhile, on the US Current Reggae Albums chart, Coastin Dub by Iration rises three places to number two, while Uprising Live! Limit by Bob Marley re-enters the chart at three.