Grammy tribute to Bob Marley sends Legend sales soaring

The best selling reggae album ever, “Legend” has sold over 14 million copies in the United States, with worldwide sales topping the 25-million mark.


KINGSTON, Jamaica, Monday February 25, 2013 – The detractors who panned the tribute to legendary Jamaican reggae star Bob Marley at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards on February 10 now have another reason to wipe the egg off their critical faces.

Quite apart from the response it generated at Los Angeles’ Staples Centre – with the audience of celebrities on its feet, many jamming throughout the set – the collaboration by the iconic musician’s sons Ziggy and Damian “Junior Gong” Marley, Barbados’ six-time Grammy award-winner Rihanna, Bruno Mars and Sting has refocused attention on the music and message of the undisputed king of reggae, who died from cancer at age 36 in 1981.

Just one week after the “Could You Be Loved” tribute rocked the Grammys, “Legend”, the 1984 Best of Bob Marley album, sold over 20,000 copies.

The sudden surge in sales skyrocketed “Legend” to number 34 from its previous 99th spot on the Top 200 Album chart, according to Billboard magazine.

Since its release by Island Records in 1984, three years after Marley’s death, the “Legend” compilation has annually sold over 250,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and it is only the 17th album to exceed sales of 10 million copies since SoundScan began its tabulations in 1991.

The best selling reggae album ever, “Legend” has sold over 14 million copies in the United States, with worldwide sales topping the 25-million mark.

“Legend” also scores as the second-longest charting album in the history of the Billboard charts, with 992 combined weeks on the Billboard 200 and Billboard Top Pop Catalogue Album charts.

The biracial activist and musician’s enduring influence on post-colonial music is showcased in such perennial favourites as One Love, Redemption Song, No Woman, No Cry, Could You Be Loved, Stir It Up, Get Up Stand Up, and Jamming.

In 1994, Bob Marley was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in December of 1999 his 1977 album Exodus was named Album of the Century by Time Magazine.

One Love was designated Song of the Millennium by the BBC.

Marley was bestowed with The Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001.

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