Ini Kamoze’s ‘Here Comes the Hotstepper’ Revives on Billboard Charts

Reggae virtuoso Ini Kamoze’s iconic album, ‘Here Comes the Hotstepper,’ first released in 1994, has made an unexpected and impressive resurgence on the Billboard Reggae Albums chart, ranking at the 10th spot.

This classic album, renowned for its title track, a multi-platinum smash hit, also includes updated versions of Kamoze’s earlier work.

The dozen tracks that make up the album were brought to life by Sony Music and reigned supreme on the Billboard Reggae Albums chart for several weeks throughout 1995.

This Sly and Robbie-produced masterpiece showcases the artistic collaboration of noteworthy musicians such as Dean Fraser, Willie Lindo, Richard Dunn, and Robbie Lyn.

The catchy and infectious single, ‘Here Comes the Hotstepper,’ found itself at the apex of the Billboard Hot 100 chart for a fortnight in December 1994. Globally, the song’s sales have exceeded 2.2 million copies, earning platinum certifications in the United States and the United Kingdom. It also soared to the top of the charts in Zimbabwe, Denmark, and New Zealand.

Meanwhile, the eternal legacy of Bob Marley and the Wailers continues to prevail on the Billboard Reggae Albums chart, as ‘Legend’ maintains its stronghold at the top for a whopping 174 non-consecutive weeks.

Close behind, Shaggy’s ‘Best of Shaggy: The Boombastic Collection’ retains its second-place stronghold, followed by Sean Paul’s ‘Dutty Classics Collection’ securing its position at number three.

‘Greatest Hits’ by UB40 holds steady at number four, while Stick Figure dominates the next three slots, with ‘World on Fire,’ ‘Wisdom,’ and ‘Set in Stone’ at positions five, six, and seven, respectively.

Rounding out the chart, we have ‘Backyard Sessions: Malibu Edition’ by Iration at number eight, and ‘Live at Red Rocks’ by Rebelution at number nine.”