Chart-topping artist Stephen Marley has made another significant mark in the world of reggae music with his fourth studio album, “Old Soul.” Securing his fifth title on the Billboard Reggae Albums chart, “Old Soul” debuts at an impressive #10, showcasing Marley’s continued influence and prowess in the genre.
Released on September 15 under the labels Ghetto Youths, Tuff Gong Worldwide, and UMe, the 15-track masterpiece boasts an eclectic mix of collaborations. Notably, “Cast the First Stone” features the harmonies of Damian Marley, while “Thanks We Get (Do Fi Dem)” pulsates with the unique voice of Buju Banton. Stephen also collaborates with his brother, Ziggy Marley, on “There’s a Reward.” The album surprises with a fresh rendition of “I Shot the Sheriff” where Marley joins forces with legendary Eric Clapton. The sultry track “Standing in Love” sees Stephen pairing with Slightly Stoopid, adding to the album’s rich tapestry of sound.
Marley is no stranger to dominating the charts. His impressive résumé boasts four #1 titles. His groundbreaking album “Mind Control” held its reign for 14 weeks starting in April 2007 and graced the charts for 78 weeks. Following its success was “Revelation Part 1: The Root of Life,” which held its ground for four weeks in 2011 and “Revelation Part 2: The Fruit of Life” with two weeks at the pinnacle in 2016. “Mind Control: Acoustic” also reached the zenith, albeit for a week in 2008.
The Marley legacy remains intact on the Billboard Reggae Albums chart as Bob Marley and the Wailers hold steadfast at #1, registering an incredible 193 non-consecutive weeks. Other notable mentions on the chart include Shaggy’s “The Best of Shaggy: The Boombastic Collection” at #2 and Sean Paul’s “Dutty Classics Collection” holding its own at #3.
Reggae enthusiasts will also note the upward trajectory of UB40’s “Greatest Hits” moving to #6 and the consistent presence of Stick Figure with “Set in Stone,” “Wisdom,” and “World on Fire” maintaining their spots in the chart’s top 10.
Stephen Marley’s “Old Soul” proves that the Marley name and its rich reggae heritage continue to be a force to be reckoned with in the music industry.