LOS ANGELES (Billboard) - Sean Paul led Billboard’s reggae albums chart for a second consecutive year, while the top artist in the genre was newcomer Matisyahu, a Hasidic Jew who enjoyed mainstream popularity with his strident tune “King Without a Crown.”
Paul’s “The Trinity” may have been released in September 2005, but it sold well into 2006 thanks to the single “Temperature,” a No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in April. He was No. 2 on the reggae artists recap for the year.
New Yorker Matisyahu’s album “Live at Stubb’s,” which spawned the rock-radio hit “King Without a Crown,” was No. 2 on the year-end tally; “Youth,” which debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 pop albums chart in March, was No. 3 for the year.
The Marley family rounded out the top-five: Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley was No,. 4 with his Grammy-winning “Welcome to Jamrock,” while Bob Marley and the Wailers were No. 5 with “Africa Unite: The Singles Collection.” The elder Marley, who died 25 years ago, logged two other albums in the top-15: “Gold” (with the Wailers) at No. 6 and “20 Best of Bob Marley” at No. 15.
Willie Nelson and Sinead O’Connor also had an impact on reggae in 2005, as their respective albums “Countryman” and “Throw Down Your Arms” finished at No. 10 and No. 11.