Legend gets Grammy bump

Legend gets Grammy bump

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer writer

Friday, February 22, 2013

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A week after an all-star tribute to Bob Marley at the Grammy Awards, Legend, his 1984 'best of' album, sold over 20,000 copies.

The tribute featured performances from pop stars Bruno Mars, Sting and Rihanna, as well as the reggae legend's sons Ziggy and Damian Marley.

According to Billboard magazine, the sales surge allowed Legend to jump from 99 to 34 on its Top 200 Album chart.

Released in 1984 by Island Records, Legend is the best selling reggae album. It has sold over 14 million copies in the United States and worldwide sales have topped the 25-million mark.

In 2003, Legend was ranked number 46 on Rolling Stone magazine's 500 Greatest Albums.

Legend is also 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.

It has spent over 761 weeks on the United Kingdom Album chart.

Bob Marley died in May 1981 at age 36.

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