Shaggy and Bruce Melodie’s collaboration hits Billboard’s Afrobeats Chart

Shaggy has recently made waves in the music industry by landing on Billboard’s US Afrobeats Songs chart for the first time in his illustrious career, per The Reggae and Dancehall legend’s collaboration with Rwandan artiste Bruce Melodie on the track “When She’s Around (Funga Macho)” has marked a significant milestone, debuting at No. 8 on the Billboard World Digital Song Sales chart dated March 30.

The infectious blend of African rhythms and reggae vibes in “When She’s Around (Funga Macho)” has captured the attention of music enthusiasts worldwide since its release in October last year under S-Curve Records. The accompanying music video, shot in Miami Beach by director Jay Will, has amassed over 5.3 million views on YouTube, further solidifying the track’s popularity.

In a statement to DancehallMag, Shaggy expressed his excitement about the collaboration, highlighting Bruce Melodie’s undeniable talent and the joy of exploring new musical horizons together. Bruce Melodie reciprocated the enthusiasm, describing the collaboration with Shaggy as a dream come true and emphasising the fusion of their distinct styles in the song.

Shaggy and Bruce Melodi Image: Gwiza Rukundo for Bruce Melodie / Jonathan Mannion for Shaggy

The introduction of the Afrobeats Songs Chart in early 2022 has provided a platform to recognize and celebrate the growing influence of Afrobeats music in the United States. The chart ranks the 50 most popular Afrobeats songs based on a weighted formula incorporating official streams and download sales from top music retailers.

While Shaggy and Bruce Melodie celebrate their chart success, other artists continue to make waves across different Billboard charts. YG Marley’s debut single “Praise Jah In The Moonlight” maintains a strong global presence despite a slight dip on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Meanwhile, on the Billboard Reggae Albums chart, legends like Bob Marley and the Wailers dominate with their timeless collections, showcasing the enduring appeal of reggae music across generations.

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