The Green make history with ‘Hawaii ‘13′
BY JOHN BERGER / email@example.com
Reggae band The Green made history this week when “Hawaii ‘13,” the group’s third album, debuted at #77 on The Billboard Top 200 Chart. Hawaii’s recording artists routinely appear on Billboard’s Reggae chart — “Hawaii ‘13” debuted there at #1 this week as well — but The Green is the first local reggae group to reach any of Billboard’s six major mainstream charts (i.e. the Top 200 albums chart and Hot 100 Singles chart, plus their counterpart charts for the country and urban/hip-hop/R&B music genres).
The Green Album Release Party
» Where: The Republik, 1349 Kapiolani Blvd.
“With its No. 1 debut on the reggae charts, ‘Hawai‘i ’13’ continues to prove that The Green is one of the top reggae acts today,” Eric Smith, co-founder of Easy Star Records, said in a press release announcing the group’s history-making accomplishment. “But debuting at #77 on The Billboard Top 200 chart and seeing big sales spikes in new territories also demonstrates that the band’s aggressive touring and infectious music is winning over new fans and taking things to another level.”
Another level, indeed! The last time a Hawaii resident artist appeared on any of the six major charts was in 2007 when Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo‘ole’s posthumously released album, “Wonderful World,” debuted at #44 on the Top 200; IZ also appeared on the Top 200 in 2001. The only other Hawaii residents to do so thus far in this century are Hoku Ho (2000), Darrell Labrado (2001) and Yasmeen Suleiman (2002).
The list of Hawaii-resident artists who appeared on any of the six major charts in the 20th century from the dawn of the Rock Era in 1955 on through to Y2K isn’t much longer: Robin Luke (1958), Arthur Lyman (1958 through 1963), Martin Denny (1959 through 1965), Don Ho & The Aliis (1966), Don Ho as a solo artist (1966 through 1969), Liz Damon’s Orient Express (1970), Sheila Tilton (1976), Glenn Medeiros (1987-1990), Tenderoni (1997) and the Hi-Town DJs (1998).
The Green will kick off their 25-show “Hawaii ‘13” Tour with a two-night “‘Hawai‘i ’13’ Album Release Party” at the Republik in October. Hip-hop artist Shwayze will also perform.
John Berger has been a mainstay in the local entertainment scene for
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