Bob Marley sets Billboard Record with ‘Legend’-ary Album

Thirty years after its release, Bob Marley & the Wailer’s Legend has scored its highest ever Billboard chart position landing at number five.

His perennial Legend album sold 41,000 copies during the week ending September 7 according to Billboard.com.

The significant surge in sales is largely attributed to a major cost reduction.

The digital album’s usual price is about US$ 8 on the Google Play Store but was discounted to a mere 99 cents. That equates to about 6 cents per song.

Bob Marley Billboard top 10 number 5This allowed the album to rapidly move from number 100 on the Billboard chart to number 5.

The album was released in May, 1984 and is also the best selling Reggae album of all time.

Over 13 million copies have been sold in the United States alone with approximately 25 million sold worldwide.

Some songs included in the album are:  “Stir It Up,” “I Shot the Sheriff,”  “Get Up, Stand Up,”  Uprising, “Redemption Song.

According to Yahoo Chart Watch, Legend has sold more copies since 1991, when Nielsen SoundScan started tracking music sales, than any other album from the ’60s, ’70s, or ’80s. 

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