THE first-ever chart dedicated to reggae and dancehall music has been recently established in Australia by radio presenter DJ Ragz.
Known across Australia as one of the leading consultants for reggae and dancehall, DJ Ragz has 20 years under his belt having worked in both the UK and Australia with the likes of Sean Paul, Tarrus Riley, Demarco, and Ce'Cile.
The founder of Black Diamond Sound, he is presenter for both the Dancehall and Ting Radio Show on Fresh 92.7 FM and Caribbean Connection on 5EBI 103.1 FM in Australia.
DJ Ragz is utilising his years of experience to bolster the chart. DJs submit playlists, and artistes submit their albums and songs for chart consideration. Further consultation is done with other sources — iTunes, sound systems, nightclubs, and radio play within Australia.
Chronixx sits atop the Australian Reggae and Dancehall Chart with Likes. The track is one of the singles from his debut albu m Chronology. Medication by Damian Marley featuring Stephen Marley holds the number two spot; Kabaka Pyramid's Can't Breathe is in third place, while the fourth spot belongs to Blood Money by Protoje. Australia makes its way onto the chart in the form of Nattali Rize, the reggae singer who frequents Jamaica. The track Rebel Frequency from her album of the same name is at number 5.
At number six is Under the Lights by Criss P; StapWantaim Yu from Kid Nesian holds the seventh spot; Moon and Stars by Klass Kut is at eight. Charly Black is enjoying prominence in this market. His track Independent is at number nine, and Here we Go, which features DJ Ecko is at 13. Damian and Stephen Marley return to round out the top ten with Grown and Sexy, which is taken from Damian's album Stony Hill.
Popcaan makes his debut on this Australian chart with My Story, a collaboration with Davido, at number 11. No Wahala, with Demarco and Akon, is in the 12th spot. This is followed by 10 Feet Tall by Fat Freddys Drop at 14. Held By You from Raive holds down the 15th position. Stacious is also on the Australian chart with one called Squeeze You Right at number 16. While Crazy by Agent Sasco and Elesia Limura from his Theory of Reggaetivity album is at 17.
Dancehall's current It Girl, Shenseea is at 18 with Badish — a collaboration with Nailh Blackman. Digicel Rising Stars winner Christopher Martin is at 19 with Good Good.