Tems’ Bob Marley Cover Hit Four Billboard Charts
time No woman No Cry debuted on four Billboard charts after debuting in the first trailer for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Last week.
The Bob Marley cover debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard World Digital Song Sales Chart, No. 3 on the R&B Digital Song Sales Chart, No. 50 on the US Digital Song Sales Chart, and No. 7 on the US Afrobeats Songs. Chart, all of which are dated August 6.
Neither Bob’s original song nor any of his more than 70 covers had previously entered a Billboard chart.
With No woman No Cry, Tems currently holds ten spots on the Afrobeats song chart, including his solo track. Free spirit at No. 2, and Essence with WizKid at No. 3.
The Nigerian singer also currently holds two spots on the Billboard Hot 100, with expecthis collaboration with Future and Drake at No. 5, and Free spirit at number 77.
The cover of Tems was released on July 25, as part of a three-track prologue soundtrack, released before the The sequel to Black Panther. A body, a coffin by Amaarae and Soy by Santa Fe Klan also appear on the prologue.
It was produced by Swedish composer Ludwig Göransson (Adele, Kendrick Lamar, Justin Timberlake).
Marley’s late friend Vincent “Tata” Ford was credited as the cover songwriter.
The original song was first released on October 25, 1974 on Bob Marley and The Wailers’ Natty Dread album.
A year later, a live recording of the track from the album Live!, which took place at the Lyceum Theater in London during Marley’s Natty Dread tour, was released as a single. It spent nine weeks on the UK Singles Chart, peaking at No. 22, and became the best-known version of the song. It has been included in several compilation albums, including the Diamond-selling Legend in 1984.
An official music video from the Lyceum recording was released in honor of International Reggae Day in July 2020. It has since amassed over 27 million views on YouTube.
In April of this year, No woman No Cry became the fifth Bob Marley & The Wailers single to be certified platinum in the UK.
Interference (1977), Is it love (1978), and could you be loved (1980) are all currently certified platinum, having sold over 600,000 units each, while three little birds was certified double platinum earlier this year after selling over 1,200,000 units in the country.