FULL Frequency, the new album from Sean Paul, has debuted at number one on Billboard’s Reggae Album chart.
Although this is the Grammy-winning deejay’s fourth album to top that chart, he did so with paltry sales.
The Atlantic Records/VP Records set opened with 2,160 copies. This pales in comparison to impressive numbers by two of Sean Paul’s previous albums Dutty Rock and The Trinity.
Dutty Rock opened with 65,000 copies in November 2002 and went on to sell over six million copies worldwide.
Released in 2005 The Trinity set a best opening week record for a Jamaican act with over 107,000 copies. It eventually sold over 4.3 million copies worldwide.
Elsewhere on the Billboard Reggae Album chart, the long-running number one Reincarnated by Snoop Lion falls to number two, selling 663 copies in the past week for total sales of 91,955 copies.
The sales of Jamaican acts continue to be dismal. Gospel deejay Papa San’s One Blood falls to number five, having topped the chart more than three weeks ago. Its sales tally stands at 1,820 copies.
Tarrus Riley’s Love Situation, which was number one two weeks ago, slips to number eight. After three weeks, it has sold 1,126 copies.
VP Records’ flagship compilation Reggae Gold 2013 is at number nine with 121 copies moved over the past week. Its figures to date stands at 8,286 copies.
At number 10 is Gyptian’s highly-touted Sex Love & Reggae which has to date sold 3,899 copies.
Shaggy’s Out of Many, One Music is at number 14 with 83 copies sold over the tracking period. Its total sales are 2,777 copies.
Legend Remixed by Bob Marley and the Wailers sits at 16, selling 79 copies the past week. Released last year, the set has so far sold 14,063 copies.
Jah Cure’s World Cry sold 39 copies last week to bring its tally to 4,374 copies for number 27.
Vybz Kartel’s Kartel Forever: Trilogy, another set with high expectations, is at number 33. It sold 32 copies over the previous week — a paltry 947 copies were sold in total.
At 41 is Here Come the Kings, the comeback set from Morgan Heritage which sold 22 copies for total sales of 3,662 copies.