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2014

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Maroon 5, Jeezy Dominate Lackluster Sales Week

September 10, 2014

Finally, some megastar albums come out — Maroon 5's V and Jeezy's Seen It All: The Autobiography — but they move the overall sales needle not even a tiny bit. Album sales are still down 15 percent, track sales are still...

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Bob Marley's 'Legend' Primed for First Top 10 Chart Finish

September 6, 2014

Bob Marley and the Wailers' greatest hits compilation Legend is one of the best-selling albums of all time. Since its release in 1984, the reggae great's best of collection has sold over 11 million copies in the U.S. and has spent nearly 300 weeks...

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Bob Marley’s Daughter Aids Jamaica Soccer Team's World Cup Bid

July 2, 2014

UPDATE: The team reached their $50,000 fundraising goal and will continue their run to be the first Caribbean women's team to qualify for the World Cup. Cedella Marley, the eldest daughter of reggae legend Bob Marley, is campaigning to make the...

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Watch Karen O's 'I Shot the Sheriff' Video

April 25, 2014

Back in January, Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O collaborated with production duo N.A.S.A. on a laid-back, synth-heavy cover of Bob Marley's reggae classic "I Shot the Sheriff." Now the track has an animated music video, illustrated and directed...

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Bob Marley Musical Opening Off-Broadway

January 28, 2014

A new children's play that features the music of Bob Marley, Bob Marley's Three Little Birds, will open at New York City's New Victory Theater in Times Square this February. According to the Associated Press, the show is based on a children's...

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Meet the Next Generation of Marleys

June 20, 2014

A decade after Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers followed in their father's musical footsteps with Play the Game Right, two of Bob's other sons, Stephen and Damian, surprised many with solo releases that added hip-hop and dancehall to their father's...

2013

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Damian Marley to Set Sail with Jamrock Reggae Cruise

September 11, 2013

Damian Marley is hitting the high seas. The reggae artist and son of Bob Marley has teamed with Norwegian Cruise Lines for the "Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise," a five night event featuring Damian, Stephen and Julian Marley, Sean Paul, Shaggy, Etana,...

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Dub in This Club: Jamaican Dancehall Rises Again

August 16, 2013

Jamaican dancehall is undergoing a renaissance in both hip-hop and indie music. Jay Z sampled Sizzla for Magna Carta. . . Holy Grail's "Crown," while A$AP Ferg recently name-checked the iconic Shabba Ranks. On Yeezus, Kanye West repurposed dancehall DJs...

Song Review

"Waiting in Vain (Jim James remix)"

June 18, 2013

My Morning Jacket's frontman contributes this minimalist reworking to the dubious Legend remix project, keeping Marley's original vocals foregrounded and largely intact, adding squishy old-school keyboards, burly drums and little else. A smart move that...

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Song Premiere: Bob Marley's 'Three Little Birds' Gets Remixed by Son

May 13, 2013

Bob Marley's "Three Little Birds" radiates feel-good vibes, and this remix by his son Stephen Marley and DJ-producer Jason Bentley takes it to a new level with fresh, snappy snares and revamped synths that put a little extra pop in the positive jam. Marley's...

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M.I.A. Claims the Grammys Stole Her Stage Ideas

February 20, 2013

M.I.A. has a bone to pick with the Recording Academy: the singer claims that the Grammys stole her ideas and art direction from her live show for the ceremony's Bob Marley tribute. The apparently beleaguered M.I.A. took to Twitter to rally fans around...

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Michael Jackson Is the Top-Earning Dead Celebrity

October 24, 2013

The King of Pop is at the top of the charts again. This time, though, Michael Jackson has reclaimed his place atop the Forbes list of top-earning dead celebrities. The pop singer made an estimated $160 million between October 2012 and October 2013,...

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Sly and Robbie Connect Old with New on 'Gangsta Luv': Song Premiere

August 23, 2013

Click to listen to Sly & Robbie's "Gangsta Luv" Sly and Robbie aren't just defined by reggae, but they certainly still adore it. The prolific Jamaican production duo have worked with Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones, Sting and Britney...

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How Bob Marley's 'Legend: Remixed' Came Together

July 9, 2013

As the executive producer of Legend: Remixed – a modern reinterpretation of Bob Marley and the Wailers' best-selling greatest hits album – Jason Bentley has spent a lot of time lately wondering how young EDM fans will respond to Marley's message...

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Bob Marley and the Wailers Get an EDM Spin on 'Legend: Remixed'

June 11, 2013

Talk about a sound clash: a cadre of some of EDM's biggest names have gathered to remix Bob Marley and the Wailers' classic 1984 album Legend in a new release, Legend: Remixed. Out June 25th on Tuff Gong/UMe, Legend: Remixed features reworkings of 15...

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Q&A: Bob Marley's Producer on the 40th Anniversary of 'Catch a Fire'

April 22, 2013

Forty years ago this month, Island Records founder Chris Blackwell introduced the world to Bob Marley and the Wailers with the groundbreaking album Catch a Fire. The seminal work smoothly blended pop and protest with a slow, syncopated shuffle. It broke...

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Rihanna, Bruno Mars, Sting Pay Tribute to Bob Marley at Grammys

February 10, 2013

A genre-spanning collection of artists, including Bruno Mars, Sting and Rihanna, all of whose music was influenced by Bob Marley, gathered together on the Grammy stage Sunday night to pay tribute to the late reggae icon. The musicians performed original...

2012

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Bob Marley's Family Settles Lawsuit With Singer's Half-Brother

December 2, 2012

Bob Marley's family has settled a lawsuit against the reggae legend's half-brother, Richard Booker, TMZ reports. Last winter, Bob Marley's widow Rita and nine of their children filed a lawsuit against Booker claiming trademark infringement and unauthorized...

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