Numbers, it is said, never lie and the truth they tell about The 8 Year Affair is one of marked improvement for Protoje.
While pundits near and far have been heaping praises upon the artiste’s sophomore effort, masterfully produced by Donovan ‘Don Corleon’ Bennett for Don Corleon Records, it took actual figures to validate the mass response.
On Wednesday, Protoje’s effort was listed at number five on the Billboard Reggae Chart.
By this measure of success, The 8 Year Affair has already surpassed the impact of its predecessor, The 7 Year Itch, but this is icing on the cake for the singer who declares, “I’m just making music from my heart, not music for the charts” on the album’s final track, Music From My Heart.
No. 4 Listing
Last week, the Billboard-affiliated, Next Big Sound, listed Protoje at number four. According to the official website, Next Big Sound measures “the fastest accelerating artistes during the past week, across all major social music sites, statistically predicted to achieve future success …”
On the iTunes Reggae Charts, Protoje quickly shot to number two in Germany, behind noted German band, Seeed.
The St Elizabeth native also climbed steadily to number three in the United States, outdone only by Bob Marley’s Legend (Deluxe Edition) and Legend (Remastered).
The 8 Year Affair has also charted strongly in France, United Kingdom, Canada, Switzerland, Spain, Finland and Luxembourg.
The album was released on February 12 with a launch at Tuff Gong International in Kingston. Yet, instead of performing the tracks live, Protoje opted to play the album from start to finish through two towers of speakers in a setting reminiscent of vintage dancehall.
“I wanted people to hear the full potential of this album sonically,” said the artiste. “However, I am very excited about Saturday.”
He was referring to his show to be held on Saturday at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts.
Limited tickets are available, $1,000 each, at the Bob Marley Museum, Bookophilia and Base Kingston. Copies of the album will be made available at the show for the special price of $500.
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