Skip Marley’s ‘Lions‘, which is the song featured in Pepsi’s recent commercial that was taken down due to major backlash, has ironically been gaining massive support and climbing the charts.
The song was originally covered by media outlets such as Teen Vogue and Vibe Magazine, as well as here at HypeFresh. It debuted on Spotify’s US Viral 50 as well as the Global Viral 50 charts, which came a week or so after signing with Island Records. The song was used by Pepsi only two months after its release, which boosted the visibility of the song and artist significantly. The single’s streams shot up 1,749 percent and in not even a week reached 4 million U.S. streams. The single’s sales went up almost 400 percent, selling an additional 2,000 or so downloads. Additionally, Skip climbed the Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists list, going from number 35 all the way to number 11. He’s making waves with an uplifting message and a call to action in a way that we haven’t seen since his grandfather, the late great Bob Marley.
Skip Marley was featured on Katy Perry’s song, Chained to the Rhythm, which is the first top ten song on Billboard’s Hot 100 for any Marley surprisingly. It debuted at number four and currently sits at number nineteen. Perry brought Marley out on stage during her Grammy’s performance to aid her and also give him a huge national stage to present himself to the world. He’s no stranger to big stages; when he was only 13 years old he was recruited by his uncle Stephan Marley to sing on stage with him.
Skip Marley’s debut album is set to drop sometime this year on Island Records so we’ll get to see what’s next fairly soon for the 20 year old budding star.