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The greatest hits album has had a remarkable run since its release in 1984, three years after Marley’s death. It has sold 11.7m copies since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991, making it the biggest seller of any album released before that year and more popular than many released decades later, such as ‘N Sync’s No Strings Attached. It has spent more than 330 weeks on the Billboard 200 chart, second only to Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon.
“In reggae, I don’t know that you have another record that defines [the genre] like Bob Marley does,” said David Bakula, senior vice-president at Nielsen Entertainment. “His place is unique – you just don’t see that across other genres.”