New York, USA – (BUSINESS WIRE)- With the kind of critical acclaim rarely
bestowed on any artist, an opening slot on the biggest tour of the year,
multiple television appearances, a record breaking sales debut, and
certification as Gold (500,000 copies sold), one might be tempted to look at
what Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley has already attained with his heralded Tuff
Gong/Universal Records album
Welcome to Jamrock . Last night Marley added to the long list of
accomplishments two Grammy Awards. Marley won the Grammy for Best Reggae Album
and the Grammy for Best Urban/Alternative Performance.With two Grammy Awards, a performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live set for tonight
(February 9th,) a new single and video hitting this month ("Beautiful" featuring
Bobby Brown) and a hefty slate of concerts appearances coming together in the
Europe, Australia, Japan and the U.S., including appearances at Bonnaroo and
Coachella, "Jr. Gong" and his record label are putting a huge, worldwide push
behind the second phase of what is certainly the most praised and respected
reggae music effort to be released in recent memory.
2005 was a great year for Damian. When his album was released in September, it
attained Number 7 on the sales charts, making it the biggest opening for a
Reggae artist in history (Sean Paul now holds the record).
Welcome to Jamrock
also received unparalleled critical acclaim right out of the box, making the
album a rare commercial and critical success.
Welcome to Jamrock rose out of Kingston to become the undisputed street hit of
2005, an anthem in American cities all across the country. The track got the
attention of rock superstars U2, who enlisted Marley to open on 15 sold out
dates of their Number One U.S. tour. Marley was also honored by Vibe Magazine
with the "Boomshot" Award for Jamrock at their annual televised awards show last
The strong radio and street profile, a video on multiple video channels,
performances on a multitude of latenight outlets and a slew of solid roadwork,
have all helped to propel Jamrock to Gold status. With so many exciting events
and performances on the horizon for "Jr. Gong," the best days for Marley’s
Jamrock are undoubtedly yet to come.
Author: World Music Central News Department
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