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How Bob Marley was Sold to the Suburbs

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Few artists have hits collections that become their definitive work. But if you have one Bob Marley album, it’s probably Legend, which is one reason that members of his former backing band, The Wailers, are performing it in its entirety on the road this summer. Legend also defines its genre unlike any other album, introducing record buyers to reggae in one safe and secure package. In fact, it’s been the top-selling reggae album in the United States for eight of the past 10 years.

“It doesn’t just define a career, it defines a genre,” says David Bakula, senior vice president of analytics at Nielsen SoundScan. “I don’t think you’ve got another genre where you’ve got that one album.”

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