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Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley Goes Gold w/ Skrillex + Unleashes New mp3 “Is It Worth It? (Gun Man World)”




This week, reggae star Damian “Jr Gong” Marley scores another Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) Gold certified hit for his Skrillex collab “Make It Bun Dem.” This is the first time Damian has reached this status since his ‘Welcome To Jamrock’ album in 2006. The album’s title track also sold over 500,000 units in 2005.

Skrillex reached out to Damian to be on the track and the rest is history. When released in 2012, “Make It Bun Dem” saturated all blogs, clubs and airwaves worldwide. To date, the video has received over 72 million YouTube views: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGpzGu9Yp6Y

Purchase the single now, along with 6 other remixes, on ‘Make It Bun Dem After Hours (Remixes)': https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/make-it-bun-dem-after-hours/id555199107

Today, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley also reveals his brand new single “Is It Worth It? (Gun Man World).” LISTEN here now: https://soundcloud.com/withlove-pr/damian-jr-gong-marley-is-it

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Damian Marley’s Reggae Cruise ‘Welcome to Jamrock’ Sells Out Nearly a Year in Advance


Less than a month after its lineup of top tier Jamaican acts was announced on his Facebook page, Damian Marley’s inaugural Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise has sold out all of the 2,300 available cabins aboard the Norwegian Pearl cruise liner, Damian told Billboard.biz in an exclusive interview.

So named for Damian’s 2006 Best Reggae Album Grammy Award-winning “Welcome to Jamrock” (Universal Motown/Tuff Gong), which peaked at no. 7 on the Top 200, and its blockbuster title track which reached no. 55 on the Hot 100, the Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise will sail from Miami to Jamaica, October 20-25, 2014, docking for daytime excursions and beach parties in the island’s resort towns, Montego Bay and Ocho Rios.

The enthusiastic, globe-spanning response to the cruise — cabins were purchased by reggae fans from Asia, Australia, Europe, the Caribbean and the Americas — signifies reggae’s broad-based, continual appeal, despite the genre’s persistently modest sales. “Reggae doesn’t traditionally move a lot of numbers but it is loved the world over and this cruise is a testament to that; we haven’t done any marketing except announcing the lineup in late September, and it sold out,” Damian told Billboard.biz on the phone from his Miami studio.

The lineup features Damian and his older brothers Stephen and Julian Marley; dancehall superstars Sean Paul and Shaggy, contemporary roots singers Tarrus Riley, Jah Cure, and Etana; sing-jay Busy Signal, Jamaican-American sibling band Morgan Heritage and the roster of acts from the Marley family’s Ghetto Youths International imprint: Wayne Marshall, Black-Am-I, Christopher Ellis (son of Jamaican rock steady legend, the late Alton Ellis) and Stephen’s son, Jo Mersa Marley. Also on board will be renowned UK selector Sir David Rodigan and three veteran reggae sound systems Jamaica’s Stone Love and Renaissance Disco and Japan’s Mighty Crown.

The proliferation of successful American and internationally based reggae acts over the past few years and their dominance on the Reggae Album chart prompted Damian to choose acts coming from the music’s birthplace for the inaugural Jamrock cruise, which will be an annual event. “Reggae’s root is Jamaica, and it seems that the world is losing a bit of that history so we were very strict in having most of the lineup for the first cruise be of Jamaican heritage,” Damian stated.

“We are very excited to have a reggae success story and another platform to present artists that we think so highly of,” added Damian’s manager Dan Dalton of Red Light Management. “There has never been a fully chartered cruise ship devoted to reggae so this will be like a festival with sound systems playing, a rock steady lounge or dub lounge, an 80s dancehall club, a multifaceted Jamaican musical experience.”


Marley and Dalton envisioned the Welcome to Jamrock Reggae cruise several years ago and shared their concept with Brian Edelman of William Morris Endeavor (WME), longstanding booking agent for Damian and Stephen Marley; Mike Rosenfeld, head of WME’s newly developed Cruise Division was also recruited to help spearhead the project. Noting the success that genres such as country and jazz have had with theme cruises in recent years, the team believed chartering a ship and taking reggae to the Caribbean Sea would be an easy sell, but they encountered many challenges in securing financial backing. “We were repeatedly told that the typical reggae fan doesn’t have enough disposable income to afford a cruise and that reggae events don’t sell out tickets in advance and because a lot more goes into chartering a cruise ship instead of renting out a club or an amphitheater, it’s more expensive and a greater risk,” Edelman explained.

“There are tiers of pricing depending on the view, the level of the cabin on the ship, interior or balcony, the number of people who will stay in the cabin and because there are so many variables, cruise promoters like Flying Dutchman have the proprietary software that enables them to easily ticket the passenger, which cuts through another layer of complexity like buying a ticket through Ticketmaster,” offered Rosenfeld. Rosenfeld has put hundreds of acts on cruise ships and says the Jamrock cruise is among the fastest-selling he has seen. “We just had the third annual Backstreet Boys cruise, which sold out in about the same amount of time and a year in advance, but the Jamrock cruise sold out after just a few posts on Facebook. The vast majority of the world doesn’t know this cruise exists because no traditional marketing or advertising was done, so we have barely scratched the surface of the potential for this market.”

According to Edelman 48% of the cabins sold were purchased by reggae fans from outside North America, representing 40 countries, with an age range evenly split among 25-50 years old. 170 people are on the waiting list should cabins become available for the 2014 cruise, and over 200 are on the waiting list for the 2015 cruise, the dates for which have not yet been announced. “I work in the live side of the business, I have been to events all over the world and this is the most globally diverse event I have ever been a part of,” Edelman acknowledged.

“We are also trying to get a few promoters to come on board, to draw attention to reggae from a business perspective, to open people up to taking more risks with our music,” Damian acknowledged. “The cruise will provide great exposure for our Ghetto Youths acts, but it is a broader mission to give exposure to the genre and show there is more that we can do to get the music out there besides putting out records.”

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Bass Odyssey vs. Coppershot
It was a show down of giants at the Guinness Sounds of Greatness last Saturday night as Coppershot Disco faced off against Bass Odyssey. 

In one of the closest matches to date, Bass Odyssey scrapped a win against Coppershot due to the technical difficulties the Coppershot sound experienced.

Bass Odyssey vs. Coppershot -Guinness Sounds of Greatness

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It was a show down of giants at the Guinness Sounds of Greatness last Saturday night as Coppershot Disco faced off against Bass Odyssey.

In one of the closest matches to date, Bass Odyssey scrapped a win against Coppershot due to the technical difficulties the Coppershot sound experienced. The stage was set in Highgate St Mary for the well anticipated match of newcomers to the Guinness stage Coppershot went against the more experienced Bass Odyssey. Despite the rain that could have put a damper on the event patrons came out in their numbers to experience the fun of the sound clash competition and to win a chance at Guinness giveaways. Hosted by comedian Elva, the clash also saw the likes of Jamrock and Swatch International facing off with Jamrock coming out the winner.

The first clash saw Bass Odyssey versus Coppershot with Coppershot starting first in the juggling segment. With music provided by DJ Sanjay and toasting being interchanged by DJs Small Voice and Cutty, Coppershot whipped the patrons into a frenzy, which climaxed with a customized dub from Bugle warning Bass Odyssey that they were going to die tonight. While Bass odyssey earned a good response from their intro from Assassin, which was centered around Guinness, they failed to really move the crowd from there with a very lackluster selection and saw the crowd awarding the first round unanimously to Coppershot.

In the second round Bass Odyssey managed to gain back their thunder in the tune for tune segment, with a gospel song that had patrons moving. Bass Odyssey caught another advantage as Coppershot’s laptop malfunctioned and Coppershot’s Mc tried to explain to the patient crowd what was happening. The judges gave the edge to Bass Odyssey subtracting points from Coppershot for the glitch.

The dub-for-dub third round proved to be the most exciting of all in which each sound was required to play 7 dubs each. Coppershot come out strong with dubs from the likes of DeMarco, Tarrus Riley, Twinz of twinz and Chino who the sound played a remix of his Pon Yuh Head. Bass Odyssey came back with a custom built Ras Penco and Wasp’s Unfair Officer special that while good didn’t get the same reaction as Coppershot’s customized dubs all calling Bass Odyssey’s name. However at the deciding moment as Coppershot prepared their final dub threatening to kill Bass Odyssey with one of their own selectors, in the form of a Charly Black dub, another technical mishap caused the song to be played distorted leading to the judges subtracting points once again.

At the end of the night the judges gave Bass Odyssey 223 points to Coppershot’s 221. Judge DJ Squeeze explained that Coppershot’s technical difficulties and lack of a vintage song gave Bass Odyssey the edge in what was a competitive match.

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