Ghanaian reggae and dancehall artiste Stonebwoy has made history with the release of his latest album, “5th Dimension”. The 17-track album, which is his fifth studio album, debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard World Reggae Album chart, making it the first Ghanaian album to achieve this feat.
According to Billboard, the ranking was based on multi-metric consumption, which blends traditional album sales, track equivalent albums, and streaming (audio and video) equivalent albums. This achievement adds to Stonebwoy’s list of notable Billboard appearances, including a World Album Chart appearance with his 2017 album “Epistles Of Mama (EOM)”, and a World Digital Song Sales Chart appearance for his 2020 lead single “Nominate” off the “Anloga Junction” album.
The album features a blend of different genres, including Afrobeats, reggae, dancehall, amapiano, folk, and more. Stonebwoy collaborated with various African and international artistes such as Nigeria’s Davido, Oxlade, and Tiwa Savage, Beninese legend Angélique Kidjo, South African amapiano progenitor DJ Maphorisa, Jamaican artistes Shaggy and Dexta Daps, and US singer Mereba and UK singer Jaz Karis.
The album’s lead single “Life & Money”, which features UK rapper Stormzy, has also made an impact on the Official UK Afrobeats Chart Top 20 songs this week, claiming the No. 14 spot based on sales and streams since its release.
For the most part, the success of Stonebwoy’s “5th Dimension” album is a testament to the artiste’s talent and versatility, as well as his ability to create music that transcends borders and resonates with audiences around the world. The album’s diverse range of collaborations and genres also speaks to the growing influence of African music on the global stage.