The lyrics of Bob Marley’s “No Woman, No Cry” are officially credited to his childhood friend Vincent “Tata” Ford, who ran a soup kitchen in the Jamaican ghetto where Marley grew up. Marley gave Ford credit for writing the song so that the royalty payments could keep the soup kitchen open.
A funk band released an album on Spotify that consisted of 10 completely silent tracks. They encouraged their fans to play it on a loop in their sleep. They used the royalty money to fund an admission-free tour.
Frank Zappa’s Grammy-winning album Jazz from Hell received a “Parental Advisory” sticker even though it is a collection of instrumental pieces and contains no lyrics at all.
Katy Perry originally started out as a Christian rock/gospel singer, with her first album entitled Katy Hudson (her real name) being a Christian record. Seven years later, she revamped herself as Katy Perry and with edgier songs like “I Kissed a Girl”.
When Queen wanted to release “Bohemian Rhapsody”, various executives told them that a song with a length of 5 minutes and 55 seconds was too long and would never be a hit. They even played it to other musicians who claimed that the song had “no hope” of being played on the radio.
Bob Marley gave credit for “No Woman, No Cry” to Vincent Ford, a friend who ran a soup kitchen, to ensure the royalty checks would keep it open.
The lyrics of the no. 1 singles on the Billboard charts over the past 10 years average at a third-grade reading level.
In 1974, a then-unknown Queen performed at an Australian festival to a mean-spirited, drunken crowd. Before finishing, Freddie Mercury told them that Queen would be “one of the biggest bands in the world” the next time they visited. When they came back, they were at the top of the charts.
“Baby Huey” was a 400lbs Chicago soul singer who died at age 26 after releasing a single unsuccessful album. The album later became hugely influential on early hiphop artists, eventually being sampled on hundreds of hiphop tracks over the past 35 years.