France Album Sales: Bob Marley

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Original 1973-1983 Albums catalog sales

While Legend was registering outstanding scores, how much his studio albums have been steadily selling then? There is two major sources of information to accurately answer this question. In November 1995, Island certified 1990 to 1995 sales of several of their biggest artists like U2 or Sade, but also Bob Marley.

Incredibly, Exodus, Kaya, Live!, Rastaman Vibration, Survival, Uprising all went Gold. Second piece of information is detailed Year End Top 100 World Albums that included an heavy amount of Bob Marley albums. In 2004/2005, the same six albums certified in 1995 sold below numbers.

1975 Live! – 13,500
1976 Rastaman Vibration – 13,000
1977 Exodus – 19,000
1978 Kaya – 16,500
1979 Survival – 16,000
1980 Uprising – 15,000

If all of them crossed the Gold status in 1990-1995, ratio of sales suggests below figures:

1975 Live! – 104,000
1976 Rastaman Vibration – 100,000
1977 Exodus – 146,000
1978 Kaya – 127,000
1978 Babylon By Bus – 158,000
1979 Survival – 123,000
1980 Uprising – 115,000

Figures for other albums in 2004-2005 are also available for earlier albums, just like a bunch of certifications received in 1992: both Catch A Fire and Burnin’ went Gold (100,000), Babylon By Bus and Survival went Platinum (300,000) and Kaya and Uprising went 2xPlatinum (600,000). As it was his catalog update in nearly a decade several of those awards were well overdue. Putting all information together give us following results:

Sales 2004-2005 Up To 1984 Up To 1989 1990-1995 1996-2015 Total
Babylon By Bus 20500 275000 370000 85000 213000 668 000
Exodus 19000 410000 527040 146300 197505 870 845
Kaya 16500 510000 611640 127050 171518 910 208
Survival 16000 305000 403560 123200 166320 693 080
Uprising 15000 605000 697400 115500 155925 968 825
Live! 13500 170000 253280 103950 140333 497 442
Rastaman Vibration 13000 160000 240080 100100 135135 475 315
Confrontation 12500 140000 220080 96250 130000 446 330
Catch A Fire 12500 80000 157000 96250 145000 398 250
Natty Dread 11000 110000 177760 84700 114345 376 805
Burnin’ 10000 70000 131600 77000 103950 312 550

One thought on “France Album Sales: Bob Marley”

  1. Thank you, Guillaume. Very interesting.

    I guess it must have taken a lot of time in this particular case due to the size of his catalogue. The result totally exceeds my expectations, 10 million, wow!

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