Marley's Legend Hits Top 10 On Billboard Charts

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Reggae band Bob Marley and the Wailers has finally hit the top ten of the Billboard chart, with their highest-selling album, Legend. The Marleys are celebrating the 30th anniversary of the album this year, and recently announced that internationally renowned ice-cream company Ben & Jerry would be releasing a special flavour of their product, in respect of the Legend album.



According to Billboard.com which says the album sold 41,000 copies in the week ending September 7, the sales of the album skyrocketed, due to a cost reduction.

"The set's big gain is owed to the Google Play store discounting the title to 99-cents during the tracking week. The digital album normally sells for around $8," stated Billboard's website.

The price discount resulted in the album jumping from number 100 on the Billboard chart to number five which is now a record for the legendary band and Bob Marley.

Legend was released in 1984 by Island Records and is the best selling reggae album of all time, with more than 13 million copies sold in the United States and approximately 25 million copies sold globally.

The album was also ranked number 46 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. As of August 2014, it has spent a total of 290 non-consecutive weeks on the Billboard 200 chart.

Will Smith in his hit movie I Am Legend described the Legend album as the best ever.

"He (Bob Marley) had this idea. Kind of a virologist idea. He believed that you can cure racism and hate; literally cure it, by injecting music and love into people's lives. When he was scheduled to perform at a peace rally, a gunman came to his house and shot him down. Two days later, he walked onstage and sang. Somebody asked him, "Why?" He said, 'The people who are trying to make the world worse are not taking a day off. How can I?", Smith relayed to a fellow actor.

Source: Jamaica Star