Bob Marley’s grandson Skip Marley is the first singer from the musical family to score a top ten single on Billboard Hot 100.
The young reggae singer’s collaboration with Katy Perry “Chained To The Rhythm” debut at No. 4 on the Hot 100 chart this week and the music video received approximately 10 million views on YouTube on the first day of its release.
The song, released Feb. 10 and which Perry and Marley performed on the Grammy Awards Feb. 12, debuts at No. 3 on the Digital Song Sales chart, with 108,000 downloads sold in the week ending Feb. 16, according to Nielsen Music, following its release on Feb. 10, and No. 15 on Streaming Songs (14.7 million U.S. streams). It also charges 35-20 on Radio Songs with 50 million in airplay audience after its first full week of tracking (ending Feb. 19).
While Perry tallies her 14th Hot 100 top 10, Marley achieves his first, and the significance of the latter feat is historic given his last name: Marley adds a new highlight to his family’s legacy, as the grandson of late reggae icon Bob Marley earns the family its first Hot 100 top 10.
The single “Chained To The Rhythm” is also doing very well in Europe where reggae music is much more popular than in the states. The song debut at No. 7 on the UK pop chart, No. 6 in the Czech Republic, 8 in France, 20 in Germany, 5 in Scotland, 10 in Ireland, and 12 in Switzerland.
Bob Marley charted just one Hot 100 title: 1976’s No. 51-peaking “Roots, Rock, Reggae” (with the Wailers). His history on other charts is much more robust, highlighted by a record 18 No. 1s on the Reggae Albums list. On the Billboard 200, 1984’s Legend: The Best of Bob Marley and the Wailers has reached No. 5; it has been certified 15-times Platinum by the RIAA.
Marley, who died in 1981 at age 36, did enjoy another key Hot 100 success, one even greater, in fact, than Skip Marley’s No. 4 rank. It was as a writer, however: Bob Marley wrote “I Shot the Sheriff,” which Eric Clapton took to No. 1 in 1974.
Bob Marley scored eight singles on the UK pop chart over his career while his sons have yet to debut on that chart as solo artists.
Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers scored three hit singles on that chart, but he has not done since launching his solo career.
Bob also has one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 after “Roots Rock Reggae” peaked at No. 51 in 1976. Damian Marley 2005 hit “Welcome To Jamrock” peaked at 55 on the Hot 100 chart, while his older brother’s former group Ziggy Marley and The Melody Makers 1988 classic single “Tomorrow People” peaked at 39.
Skip Marley, 20, has also released his own single “Lions,” which roared onto the Feb. 25-dated Reggae Digital Song Sales chart at No. 3 (2,000 sold).
Praising the song on Twitter on Feb. 3, the politically-minded Perry dubbed Marley “the voice of our revolution.”