Bob Marley & The Wailers Greatest Hits Album Climbs Chart
Bob Marley and the Wailers’ greatest hits compilation ‘Legend,’ one of the best-selling albums of all time, hit Billboard Top 10.
Since its release in 1984, the reggae great’s best of collection has sold over 11 million copies in the U.S. and has spent nearly 300 weeks on the Billboard 200.
Despite all its accolades and achievements, Legend has never appeared in the top 10 on the Billboard 200 album chart… until last-week.
This week the album saw a huge jump in sales and an even bigger jump on the Billboard 200 chart from 100 to No. 5.
Thanks to a deal with Google Play where digital copies of Legend are on sale for 99 cents, Marley is on pace to finish in the top 10 for the first time since 1976, Billboard reports.
Google Play sale helps the greatest hits collection become the reggae great’s first top 10 album since 1976
The new rise of Legend is tied to a special price cut. Billboard reports that sales of the album rose more than 1,000 percent after music service Google Play slashed the price from around $9 to 99 cents.
Google Play’s Legend pricing skirts those bylaws thanks to the album being a 30-year-old “catalog” release. Between the loophole and album sales in general plummeting to historic lows, the road was paved for Legend’s top 10 finish.
Billboard writes that Legend is on pace to sell 24,000 copies this week, up from the usual 3,000-5,000 units it moves on a weekly basis. In 1984, Legend debuted on the Billboard 200 at Number 54.
The collection peaked at Number 18 in 2012, and now two years later, Marley’s greatest hits disc is primed to finally reach the top 10, giving the Rastafarian his first top 10 album since 1976’s Rastaman Vibration.
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