Skip Marley has made US chart history with ‘Slow Down’, his global smash with multi-platinum Grammy Award-winning artist H.E.R.
The track has hit the No.1 spot on the Billboard Adult R&B Songs chart and at Mediabase Urban AC (Adult Contemporary), with Skip Marley becoming the first Jamaican-born artist to top the Adult R&B Songs chart.
Just weeks ago, ‘Slow Down’, with over 44 million global streams, became the quickest-streaming song in Marley Family history catapulting Skip to well over 162m global artist streams.
At the same time, Marley became the first Jamaican-born lead artist inside the Top 15 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart in nearly a decade and a half (since Sean Paul and Keyshia Cole in 2006, with ‘When You Gonna Give it Up to Me’).
As the original ‘Slow Down’ was making its way to the top, momentum was building for ‘Slow Down (Remix)’ with H.E.R. featuring Wale, which received early support from Power 105.1’s The Breakfast Club and BBC 1xtra’s Seani B.
The news comes as Island Records are currently celebrating the 75th anniversary of the birth and life of music legend Bob Marley, Skip’s grandfather.
“I never set my sights on a chart position when we recorded the song,” Skip Marley said in a statement, “but I give praise and thanks to the almighty that the music can reach these heights and connect to a wider audience.”
“Ever proud to represent Jamaica achieving new levels in any endeavour. We appreciate and love all the DJs, programmers, and stations who supported. It takes an army of Jah soldiers to make this type of noise. Maximum respect to H.E.R. for lifting the track with her heavenly vocals and much love to Wale for blessing the remix.”
Island Records President/CEO Darcus Beese, added: “Skip not only continues to build on the success of the Marley legacy but has carved out a unique lane for himself in this business.
“As the first Jamaican artist to reach No.1 on the Adult R&B Songs chart, his Island Records family couldn’t be prouder.”