TESSANNE RISES AS DANCEHALL STUMBLES
Chin is enjoying renewed popularity due to her impressive performance on the top-rated NBC talent show, The Voice.
No surprise that Hideaway has benefited from this exposure. According to Neilsen Soundscan, it has sold over 15,749 downloads and jumped back onto Billboard’s Digital Reggae Singles chart four weeks ago. In the past week, Hideaway sold 298 downloads in comparison to 209 the previous week.
Chin performed a cover of Jimmy Cliff’s classic Many Rivers to Cross on a live round of The Voice two weeks ago. Her rendition spurred some interest in the original, as reflected in Billboard’s Digital Singles chart. Many Rivers to Cross sold 707 downloads over the past week, almost doubling the 408 downloads of the week before. Released in 1969 and produced by Leslie Kong, the song is on the soundtrack of the
1972 movie, The Harder They Come.
Cliff’s song has sold more than 87,000 downloads to date.
Neilsen Soundscan began tracking digital sales of reggae singles five years ago.
While sales for Hideaway and Many Rivers to Cross are encouraging, the
returns for reggae/dancehall in the US continue to be unimpressive.
On the latest issue of Billboard’s Reggae Album chart, Gyptian’s Sex Love & Reggae, which debuted at number one two weeks ago, fell to number two with 474 copies sold last week. The album has sold just over 1,700 copies to date.
Cliff’s Rebirth, which won the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album this year, has sold 43,206 copies.