France Album Sales: Bob Marley

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1962-2015 Non-Island releases sales

In parallel to the huge catalog built through Island label, Bob Marley early recordings with The Wailers accumulated notable sales thanks to the an heavy number of releases by various budget companies.

1970 album Soul Rebels is the strongest among the initial four albums with an estimated 80,000 units sold. All remaining albums are estimated on 60,000 units. Post-death 1981 release Chances Are quickly gained Gold status thanks to the favorable context, it sold 140,000 units.

Albums like Stir It Up (1995), Soul Almighty (1996), Early Collection (2002), Rebel’s Hope (2002), Grooving Kingston 12 (2004), Thank You Lord (2004), Bob Marley (2004-2015), 42 Great Performances : Lively Up Yourself & Sun Is Shinning (2004), From Ska To Jah : One Love (2005) and The King Of Reggae (2013-2015) all charted on various rankings. The latter album has been shifting from 5,000 to 10,000 units per year since its 2012 release.

Those records are only the visible part of this secondary discography has hundreds of albums have been released. As shown by deepest rankings from other countries, those albums sell as much as 40% of the eleven original 1973-1983 Island albums sell every year, which represents then 30,000 albums per year for non-Island records and an estimated total of 800,000 records without Chances Are and the initial four albums.

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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