ESPN AND BOB MARLEY
ESPN CELEBRATES THE SUMMER WITH MUSIC FROM BOB MARLEY AND THE WAILERS’ LEGEND REMIXED ALBUM
MUSIC SHOWCASED ON ESPN IN JULY
AND X GAMES LOS ANGELES 2013
LEGEND’s Remixed Versions by Top Artists Including
Stephen Marley, Pretty Lights, Jason Bentley, Nickodemus & Zeb
Los Angeles, CA – July 3, 2013 – ESPN will showcase the music of Bob Marley and Wailers across all programming in July. Marley music will also be a part of ESPN’s X Games Los Angeles 2013 programming and content. Tracks featured are from LEGEND REMIXED (Island/Tuff Gong/UMe), released June 25, an inspired new spin on the reggae classic LEGEND, the iconic 1984 album from BOB MARLEY AND THE WAILERS. Viewers will be treated to remix versions of “Three Little Birds” (Stephen Marley and Jason Bentley Remix), “Exodus” (Pretty Lights Remix), and “Jamming” (Nickodemus and Zeb Remix).
For the first time, LEGEND is re-imagined for LEGEND REMIXED, and the 16 tracks have been remixed by top DJs/producers. Included in this cohesive new set are tracks by ten time Grammy winner and album producer Stephen Marley, Pretty Lights, Thievery Corporation, Jason Bentley, Z-Trip with Lee “Scratch” Perry, Photek, My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, Roni Size, RAC, Beats Antique, Nickodemus & Zeb, as well as a new rendition remix of “Redemption Song” by five-time Grammy Award winning reggae artist and album’s producer, Ziggy Marley.
Bob Marley and The Wailers’ LEGEND is the world’s best-selling reggae album with global sales exceeding 40 million copies, including more than 14 million in the U.S. alone. The RIAA Diamond®-certified album holds the distinction of being the second longest-charting album in the history of Billboard magazine, second only to Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side Of The Moon. In 2003, Rolling Stone ranked LEGEND at No. 46 on its “500 Greatest Albums of All Time” list.
Bob Marley remains one of the 20th century’s most important and influential entertainment icons. Marley’s lifestyle and music continue to inspire new generations as his legacy lives on through his music. In the digital era, he has the second-highest social media following of any posthumous celebrity, with the official Bob Marley Facebook page drawing more than 44 million fans, ranking it among the Top 25 of all Facebook pages and Top 10 among celebrity pages. Since 1992, Marley’s music catalog has sold more than 77 million albums worldwide and his accolades include inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1994) and ASCAP Songwriters Hall of Fame (2010), a GRAMMY® Lifetime Achievement Award (2001), multiple entries in the GRAMMY® Hall Of Fame, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (2001).
ESPN, Inc., is the world’s leading multinational, multimedia sports entertainment company featuring a portfolio of more than 50 multimedia sports assets. The company is comprised of eight 24-hour domestic television networks (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNEWS, ESPNU, ESPN Classic, ESPN Deportes and the regionally focused Longhorn Network) and five HD simulcast services (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNEWS and ESPN Deportes). Other businesses include ESPN Regional Television, ESPN International (35 networks, syndication, radio, digital), ESPN Radio (broadcast, satellite, digital, a growing category led by ScoreCenter), ESPN.com (plus a variety of sport-, college-, and market-specific sites), ESPN The Magazine, ESPN Enterprises and espnW. Multi-screen offerings include WatchESPN (access to several ESPN networks online and via an app), ESPN3 (live multi-screen network available online, on the go and via Xbox LIVE) and ESPN Mobile (mobile Web, mobile TV and video, apps, alerts and messaging). Based in Bristol, Conn., ESPN is 80 percent owned by ABC, Inc., which is an indirect subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. The Hearst Corporation holds a 20 percent interest in ESPN.
ABOUT UNIVERSAL MUSIC ENTERPRISES
Universal Music Enterprises (UMe), a division of Universal Music Group, is the centralized U.S. catalog and special markets entity for the company. Working closely with all of UMG’s record labels, UMe provides a frontline approach to catalog management, a concentration of resources, a greater emphasis on strategic marketing initiatives and opportunities in new technologies. Outside North America, the Universal Strategic Marketing division of Universal Music Group International works to maximize the profile and value of UMG’s catalogue in international markets. It acts as a service center adding value through marketing initiatives and coordination of commercial issues through local and international markets.
ABOUT TUFF GONG WORLDWIDE
The Tuff Gong label was founded in 1965 by Bob Marley, with the vision of producing, distributing and promoting his music free from the constraints of corporate label politics. In a time decades before artist-owned record labels were commonplace, the legendary Bob Marley's vision was characteristically well ahead of its time. Now, nearly a half-century later, his dream is being realized. With Tuff Gong Worldwide, Ziggy Marley continues a dream of his father to own and manage not only his own music, but nearly every aspect of his career. Since its inception in 2005, Tuff Gong Worldwide has established itself as a leader in the reggae community and has become a sought-after expert in tapping into reggae culture. For more information, visit www.tuffgongworldwide.com.