Bob Marley is back on the charts again, as the music legend breaks into the top ten on billboard’s social chart. According to billboard.com:
“Bob Marley breaks into the top 10 on Billboard’s Social 50 chart for the first time.
“The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, Wikipedia, Myspace and Instagram. The chart’s methodology blends weekly additions of friends/fans/followers along with artist page views, song plays and reactions as measured by music analytics company Next Big Sound.”
Marley has apparently gained some traction this week, jumping from 34 to 9 this week on the chart, due to ESPN featuring his work.
As reported by vibe.com:
“The No. 9 ranking comes after ESPN’s partnership with the musician’s posthumous remixed versions of songs from the LEGEND catalog, as the sports network plans to use his music during their ‘programming and content.’ His melodies will also be featured during the station’s X Games.”
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It constantly amazes me how Bob’s music never seems to grow old, as his truly legendary music transcends from generation to generation. This latest set of remixes will put a new spin on the already classic music collection, an idea that stemmed from the reggae legend’s son, Ziggy Marley.
According to rollingstone.com:
“Ziggy Marley approached [Jason] Bentley (the famed dj/music producer) months earlier with the idea of a remix album. Bentley chose a diverse lineup of artists to put their own spin on the elder Marley’s music – from EDM stars like Pretty Lights and Z-Trip to Ziggy and Stephen Marley and My Morning Jacket** frontman Jim James.
“‘The whole point of art is to give you a different appreciation of something,’ says Bentley. ‘Something that is powerful and unifying for people, and has a certain magic quality.'”
As a true legend, we celebrate Bob Marley’s success. And while I often wonder what would have happened if his career wasn’t cut short, I take comfort in knowing that the legend lives on.