NEW YORK, Feb. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Rohan Marley, the son of worldwide cultural icon and reggae music superstar Bob Marley, launched a contest today via his father's official music app to find the biggest Bob Marley fan in the U.S. The contest is part of a week-long celebration of Bob Marley's birthday who would've been 72 years old on February 6th.
Fans are encouraged to enter by downloading the Official Bob Marley App powered by EscapeX via the iTunes or Google Play stores and writing in the comments section about why they are the biggest Bob Marley fan. Rohan will read the comments and identify the most passionate fan. The winner plus a guest will be flown to New York City to have lunch with Rohan Marley to share memories about his legendary father whose music and life created an enduring legacy which is being celebrated to this day in every corner of the world. The contest winner will be announced on February 8th.
"This is a chance for me to meet one of the best Bob Marley fans and share the many blessings that my father has given to the world," said Rohan Marley.
Launched in 2015 by technology company EscapeX, the official Bob Marley App is a powerful portal into the music and life of one of the world's most important cultural icons. The free app enables Bob Marley fans to listen to his music, enjoy an enormous catalog of photographs of the artist and his talented extended family and other unique content offerings. It's the ultimate portal into the world of Bob Marley which can be accessed from the music fan's smartphone. More than 4,000,000 Bob Marley fans have downloaded the app to date.
Headed by mobile technology experts and entertainment industry leaders, EscapeX develops advanced mobile solutions to provide celebrities and social influencers like athletes, actors, models, comedians, and other creators with a direct connection to their audiences, greater control over their content, and monetization of social engagement through e-commerce and in-app advertising. For fans, the apps deliver streamlined access to content, including key social media feeds from Facebook, Instagram, and more. The platform also features a proprietary loyalty program that rewards users for spending time on the apps and interacting more closely with influencers.
Bob Marley, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, is notable not only as the man who put reggae on the global map, but, as a statesman in his native Jamaica, he famously brought together the country's warring factions — symbolized by rival politicians Michael Manley and Edward Siega joining hands on-stage -- during his legendary "One Love Peace Concert" in Kingston, which took place on April 22, 1978, less than six weeks before this Music Hall performance in Boston. It was five years since Marley and the band arrived from Jamaica, with the 1977 release of EXODUS, recorded in London just after an assassination attempt on his life, turned into not just a socio-political statement, but one which included such hits as the title track, "Waiting In Vain" and "One Love," paving the way for their next release Kaya and a world tour in '78. Together with his music's theme of liberation, Marley's own rags-to-riches story brought inspiration to subjugated people around the world, where he was revered as a larger-than-life leader.
Today, 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 74 million fans, ranking it among the Top 20 of all Facebook pages and Top 10 among celebrity pages. Marley's music catalog has sold millions of albums worldwide.
Thirty years after its original release, Bob Marley & The Wailers', LEGEND, shared the top of the charts, holding the No. 5 spot on Billboard's 200 Album Chart among Maroon 5 (#1), Jeezy (#2), Guardians of the Galaxy Soundtrack (#3), and Ariana Grande (#4). LEGEND also holds the distinction of being the longest-charting album in the history of Billboard magazine's Catalog Albums chart and remains the world's best-selling reggae album. Marley's 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). For more information visit: bobmarley.com and facebook.com/bobmarley.