1. The Music and Marketing Genius of Bob Marley, 34 Years After His Passing

    May 11, 2015 4:02 PM EDT "Have you heard Uprising Live ?" asks Cedella Marley , the oldest child of Bob and Rita Marley, during a conversation with Billboard on Feb. 6, in a recently remodeled second-floor room at the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston, Jamaica. Outside, on the museum grounds, several thousand…

  2. Madonna Praises Margaret Thatcher, Upsets Many, Then Deletes Post

    April 21, 2015 2:41 AM EDT Madonna has built a blazing career on self-promotion, good timing and aligning herself with the brightest sparks just as they're blowing up. Sometimes she gets it horribly wrong. The Queen of Pop found herself under a wave of criticism after she shared a picture of the late British prime…

  3. President Obama Visits Bob Marley Museum in Jamaica

    April 09, 2015 4:41 PM EDT The Caribbean region collectively cheered when President Barack Obama was first elected president in 2008. Calypso and reggae songs were written in his honor, the French Caribbean island of Martinique named a road after him, and Antigua's highest mountain officially became "…

  4. Jamaica Moving to Reclaim Global Dominance in Reggae

    March 08, 2015 1:16 PM EDT For decades, the sound of Jamaica has been reggae, the infectious, uniquely syncopated music that transformed the small Caribbean island into a cultural powerhouse. But the genre's success has taken it far beyond its roots, and now many in Jamaica worry that reggae-lovers abroad are…

  5. Bob Marley's Heirs Preserve Multimillion-Dollar Trial Win Against Merchandisers

    February 20, 2015 9:44 PM EST An appeals court agrees there was sufficient evidence that consumers were likely confused about who was endorsing Marley T-shirts. On Friday, Bob Marley 's children got the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to affirm a trial victory against merchandisers. The win presents good news for…

  6. A Long Q&A with Eddie Murphy: 'SNL,' Making Reggae Music, Hanging Out with Bowie and Michael Jackson's Spirit

    February 06, 2015 1:58 PM EST Until recently, the combination of Eddie Murphy and reggae most readily brought to mind his classic SNL sketch, " Kill the White People ." Then, without advance fanfare, the 53-year old comic legend quietly dropped "Red Light" online in late 2013. Breaking a two-decade…

  7. Legalize It: Marijuana's Relationship with Reggae and Its Future Prospects in Jamaica

    January 07, 2015 1:39 PM EST Despite Jamaican reggae's pro-cannabis stance over the past six decades, the plant remains illegal in the music's birthplace. Jamaica's reggae artists are unrivaled in their vociferous championing of marijuana usage and persistent rallying for its legalization. A primary…

  8. Ben & Jerry's and Tuff Gong Release First Video for 'One Love' and a Bob Marley-Inspired Ice Cream

    December 04, 2014 2:26 PM EST Phish Food, Cherry Garcia, Goodbye Yellow Brickle Road, Imagine Whirled Peace. Is your mouth watering yet? Just wait. Bob Marley to Front Global Marijuana Brand Ben & Jerry's has unveiled the latest addition to their smorgasbord of music and pop culture-inspired flavors: Satisfy My…

  9. Bob Marley to Front Global Marijuana Brand

    November 18, 2014 11:03 AM EST Bob Marley will be the face of the first global brand of marijuana. The late musician will front Marley Natural , "a premium cannabis brand rooted in the life and legacy" of the singer, the Marley family and a Seattle-based private equity firm announced on Today on Tuesday morning…

  10. How Bob Marley's 30-Year Old 'Legend' Album Finally Hit the Top 10

    September 12, 2014 9:55 PM EDT It only took 30 years, but Bob Marley & the Wailers ' 1984 greatest-hits album Legend has hit the top 10 on the Billboard 200 -- and in doing so, gives the reggae great his highest-charting album. Bob Marley's 'Legend' Finally Heading for Top 10 Legend zooms from No.…

  11. UPDATE: Exclusive: Man Jailed for Posting Lyrics to Facebook Says 'It's Pretty Worrisome'

    September 10, 2014 4:10 PM EDT James Evans didn't think twice about posting song lyrics to his Facebook wall on Aug. 24, as he often does while listening to music. This time, however, the verse he chose -- "Student bodies lying dead in the halls, a blood splattered treatise of hate / Class dismissed is my…

  12. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Justin Timberlake Brings 'SexyBack' To No. 1

    September 08, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week in 2006, JT topped the Billboard Hot 100. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Fergie, Mariah Carey and Eric Clapton Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history Sept. 8, 2007 On break from the Black Eyed…

  13. Bob Marley's 'Legend' Finally Heading for Top 10

    September 05, 2014 8:23 PM EDT Thanks to a 99-cent sale deal, Bob Marley's mega-selling 30-year old album is set for its first visit to the Billboard 200's top 10. A Legend is heading for the top 10 for the first time. Bob Marley & the Wailers ' greatest-hits album Legend is on course for the Billboard…

  14. Bob Marley Gets Bio-Musical Treatment in Baltimore

    August 19, 2014 9:46 PM EDT Baltimore's theater scene will feel some positive vibrations next year when Baltimore Center Stage premieres a Bob Marley musical. Focused on the reggae legend's life between 1975 and the tail-end of 1977, the story of "Marley" will include the assassination attempt and a…

  15. Scientists Name Water Mite After Jennifer Lopez

    July 16, 2014 11:55 PM EDT Pop singer Jennifer Lopez may be thinking life is funny after a group of scientists named a water mite in her honor after discovering a new species near Puerto Rico. The music of the Bronx, New York-born entertainer who has Puerto Rican roots was a hit with the group while they wrote about…

  16. Ask Billboard: MAGIC!'s 'Rude' Revives Reggae

    June 15, 2014 9:05 AM EDT The band's hit is the latest in a long line of reggae top 10s. Plus, Maroon 5's career sales and Father's Day music fun facts As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last…

  17. Miley & Noah Cyrus Dance to Bob Marley's 'Could You Be Loved' (Video)

    June 10, 2014 11:47 AM EDT You know what’s to love? Miley & her sister Noah Cyrus doing a choreographed dance to Mr. Marley’s “Could You Be Loved.” And what’s more summer than a little Bob Marley in your life, Miley & Noah get it, that’s for sure. This isn't the first time the sister's have shared…

  18. Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Declares 'Bob Marley Day'

    February 07, 2014 2:53 AM EST Toronto's ganga-smoking mayor Rob Ford declared Thursday as Bob Marley Day in the city. Ford, who has admitted to smoking crack cocaine and other drugs, was not at City Hall for the annual tribute to the reggae king. But this year's celebration was newsworthy after the mayor…

  19. Bob Marley Rises to New High on Social 50 Chart

    September 26, 2013 7:30 PM EDT Bob Marley, who has second-largest social media presence for a dead artist (second only to Michael Jackson), reaches a new peak on the Social 50 chart. He rises 37-8 in his 88th week on the list, marking the third time Marley has climbed into the top 10. The Social 50 ranks the most popular…

  20. Snoop Lion Wishes Bob Marley Was Alive to 'Show Me a Few Tricks': Video

    March 12, 2013 12:00 PM EDT Snoop talks film ahead of SXSW premiere: "Whether it's in the studio or on the screen, when magic happens it all comes together and that's unscripted magic" Snoop Dogg will reveal his reggae identity Snoop Lion during SXSW with a concert March 14 at Viceland in Austin,…

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