Amoeba Music Berkeley Weekly Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: 10:08:10
1) Michael Franti The Sound of Sunshine (Capitol)
2) Big Boi Sir Lucious Left Foot... The Son of Chico Dusty (Def Jam)
Ski Beatz 24 Hour Karate School (Def Jam)
Curren$y Pilot Talk (Def Jam)
4) Ice Cube I Am The West (Lench Mob Records)
5) Black Milk Album of the Year (Fat Beats)
Michael Franti & Spearhead, who last month produced and headlined their 12th annual Power To The Peaceful Festival in San Francisco, shot to number one on the new Amoeba Hip-Hop Top Five chart at the Berkeley store with The Sound of Silence on Capitol Records. Nationally, the new album, which is the group's seventh album to date, also did well, debuting at #17 on the Billboard album chart and making it the highest chart entry yet for the Oakland, CA artist and his group. This latest debut even surpassed the debut of 2008’s All Rebel Rockers, which came in at #39. On The Sound of Sunshine Franti and crew reunite with Sly & Robbie in Jamaica for parts of the new album. Even though it is charting on the hip-hop album list, the record is really a lot less hip-hop and a lot more of that upbeat, hook-driven, positive-message, sunshine-y (pun intended) reggae that has helped Franti win over so many fans around the globe. The album's title track follows.