AFTER an outstanding performance at last weekend's Rebel Salute concert, Etana is now gearing up for a European tour based on the strength of her Billboard chart-topping album, I Rise.

The 31-year-old kicks off her tour on January 29 in Belgium and will go through several countries before climaxing on February 22 in Stuttgart, Germany.

Released in 2014, I Rise marked the first time in 17 years that a Jamaican female reggae artiste has topped Billboard's Reggae album chart.

"It [the album] was a great showing. It topped the album charts for four weeks, and then when I went on a US tour, it jumped once again and topped the chart for three weeks, so it shows that my brand is very strong in the reggae world," said Etana.

The Clive Hunt-produced album is Etana's fourth entry on the album chart. The last time a Jamaican female reggae artiste topped the chart was 1997 with Diana King's Think like a Girl.

Etana, whose given name is Shauna McKenzie, released her debut album The Strong One in June 2008. Her other sets include Free Expressions (2011) and Better Tomorrow (2013).

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