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February 5, 2014
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Tarrus Riley's latest album debuts at No.1 in US
Davina Henry, Staff Reporter


Tarrus Riley

Reggae artiste Tarrus Riley is celebrating another milestone in his career as his latest studio album, 'Love Situation', debuted at number one on iTunes.

The album debuted at number one in USA, number two in Italy, number three in the UK, number five in Canada, number six in Japan, and number seven in Australia.

Riley told THE STAR that this was a very good start to reggae month, especially because the album is heavily influenced by strains of rocksteady.

"It's very encouraging and motivating. It's a great album with great songs that I personally like. It's good reggae-rocksteady music that everyone can enjoy. The album debuted at number one, and I'm ready to be number one and be my best. It's representing something from then until now - rocksteady music. My mother and father love the album. They were the roots and we are the fruits. A whole heap a niceness. It's a really beautiful way to start reggae month," Riley said.

The album features several collaborations with other notable artistes including U-Roy, Big Youth, Konshens and Mr Cheeks, and the album is a collaborative effort with Riley's Blak Soil Music Group, Dean Fraser for Cannon, assisted by talents such as Shane C. Brown of Juke Boxx Productions, Mitchum 'Khan' Chin and Jordan McClure.

"Good reggae music will stand out all the time. It's a team effort. We worked really hard and it's paying off right now," the legendary saxophonist, Fraser, told THE STAR.

Brown, who is currently on a US tour with Riley with performances set to take place in New York, Las Vegas, Utah, Denver and San Francisco, stated that this once again proves that reggae is very much alive.

"We are blessed and surprised at this number-one debut. It's very encouraging especially because we did this independently and without a record label. This is not just for us - it's for all our fellow artistes and musicians. Even if you don't have a record label behind you, once you believe in yourself and put in the work, you will be rewarded. Big up VP for still investing and believing in reggae music, also," Brown told THE STAR.

Riley will embark on the second leg of his American tour in May beginning at Best of the Best. The tour will make stops in several states including Alaska, before moving on to Japan, Europe, New Zealand, Australia, Africa and the Caribbean before the end of the year.

Just last year, Riley's Gimme Likkle One Drop was added to BBC 1Xtra's official playlist.

davina.henry@gleanerjm.com

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