Bob Marley 67th Bday today. A look back…

Today, Bob Marley would have turned 67 years old. There will be several events around the world marking the reggae legend’s birthday. In December 1976, Marley was involved in a tragic incident in which he, his wife Rita, manager Don Taylor, and a friend, were shot at his Hope Road home. Reporter Leslie Miles, then working with the Daily News, was at the house that evening. He recounts the episode in an interview with the Observer’s reporter Basil Walters last week.

ON December 3, 1976, two days before the ‘Smile Jamaica’ concert organised by Prime Minister Michael Manley, tragedy struck in the country’s capital.

Reggae star Bob Marley, main act for the Heroes Circle event, was shot at his Hope Road home.

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Marleys lose case over hit albums

Marley filmed from left stage door during concert.

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US Judge says UMG rightful owner of five Marley albums

NEW YORK, United States – The family of reggae legend Bob Marley today lost their court battle to own the copyrights of five of his best-known albums, recorded between 1973 and 1977, and recover millions of US dollars in damages. Continue reading

Bob Marley’s Legend Second Longest Charting Album

Bob Marley’s Legend has kept the title of second longest charting catalogue album on Billboard whilst also topping every major reggae chart on iTunes except Japan.

Marley, who would have been 65 on Saturday, currently charts at number 10 on Billboard Catalogue Albums with Legend, which has been on that chart for 914 weeks or some 17 years according to Billboard data. The only album charting longer (at 944 weeks) is Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon at number 12. Marley’s 1984 album currently outlasts catalogue albums by Journey, ABBA and the Beatles at 755 weeks, 416 weeks and 351 weeks respectively. Besides Marley’s catalogue album, the reggae icon is also charting with his 2009 album B is For Bob on the Billboard Reggae Albums charts at number three. Continue reading

Top 25 Reggae Albums of the Decade

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The top 25 reggae albums for this decade — which ends December — was dominated by Shaggy but other dancehall artistes ranked highly, according to a list compiled by Splash.

Topping the list was Shaggy’s 2000 release Hot Shots which sold over ten million copies and was amongst the most sucessful albums of the decade. Matisyahu was second, but he also made the top 25 three times. Shaggy, Sean Paul, Sizzla, Beenie Man, UB40 and Damian Marley each made the list twice.

Music rankings are always controversial but Splash arrived at the findings, not by public opinion, but by analysing Billboard Reggae Album charts between 2000 to 2009 and ranked albums in order of weeks charted. Chart longevity indicated that the albums were not only popular but had that timeless quality as sales continued well beyond their release dates. Continue reading

Richest Dead Celebrity: Bob Marley

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A deal with the music superstar’s estate is set to generate more than $1 billion in worldwide annual sales by 2012.

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TORONTO (Fortune) — Is reggae superstar Bob Marley bigger than Jesus? That’s debatable, but the music legend who died 28 years ago is about to challenge Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson for the title of richest dead celebrity.

Toronto-based private-equity firm Hilco Consumer Capital has struck a management deal with the Marley estate, which is expected to generate worldwide annual sales in excess of $1 billion by 2012. That seems like a huge number, but by some estimates the Marley name, sound, and image already generate as much as $600 million in pirated merchandise. Continue reading

Rockers Takes Over Saturdays Inside Kress Restaurant

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After many requests to bring back a weekend party for our fans we are proud to announce the launch of ‘Rockers’ this Saturday August 15th inside Kress restaurant.  Last Saturday’s success of the ‘Rock The Bells’ after party hosted by Damian Marley showed us the potential of the Kress restaurant to bring our dancehall/hip hop vibe there on a weekly basis. ‘Rockers’ will feature monthly live shows, live art, the best in reggae, dancehall, hip hop, crazy remixes and mash ups. Our goal is to make the restaurant have a totally different feel than the rest of Kress on Saturday nights which currently has a typical Hollywood club vibe. Continue reading

This Saturday ‘Rock The Bells’ After Party Hosted By Damian Marley

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Rock Jamaica is proud to announce that we will be having Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley host the official ‘Rock The Bells’ After Party this Saturday night inside the Kress restaurant in Hollywood. Right after Damian finishes his ‘Rock The Bells’ set he will come straight to Kress  to host Rock Jamaica and chill with his west coast crew. Once the vibes get crazy enough there might be a ‘Welcome to Jamrock’ gift a long with some new tracks including possible duo with his Distant Relative. Brap Brap. Expect to be taken on a dancing journey all night with veteran Dj PJ Butta holding the turntables playing the best in reggae, dancehall and hip hop. Continue reading