Bob Marley Is Finally a Chart ‘Legend,’ But It’s Maroon 5′s Week

Marc Hogan

By Marc Hogan

Lead News Writer
on 09.10.14 in News

This week’s album chart may smell a bit like a college dorm. At long last, Bob Marley scored his highest U.S. album chart position ever, landing at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 with the perennial Legend compilation. The 1984 greatest-hits set sold 41,000 copies in the week that ended September 7, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That eye-popping 1,166-percent boost comes after the Google Play store slashed the price to 99 cents from about $8. To really put the jump in context, though, we’d have to know how that compares to the increase in Marley poster sales every year around back-to-school time.

The chart-toppers this week long ago found greener pastures than the campus quad, but all their albums through 2012′s Overexposed were issued in part through the indie Octone, and their debut had the same producer as O.A.R. and Train. That’s right: Maroon 5‘s fifth album, V, bowed at No. 1 with 164K sold. Given the album title (and the band name — plus, did I mention it’s the L.A. band’s fifth album?), they probably should’ve swapped places with reggae legend Marley. And maybe in a year when people actually bought albums, they could’ve: Overexposed sold more copies in its first week (222K) only to debut at No. 2.

The rest of the top 10 is also full of familiar faces. The rapper formerly known as Young Jeezy, recently seen shouting out the late Joan Rivers on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, hit No. 2 with new album Seen It All: The Autobiography (121K). Guarding the No. 3 spot was the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack (53K), followed by the prior week’s chart-topper, Ariana Grande‘s My Everything (No. 4, 42K). Then there’s the late Marley, who cracked the Top 10 once before with 1976′s Rastaman Vibration and had gotten as high as No. 18 a couple of years with Legend.

Have you ever seen Adam Levine and Adam Duritz in the same place? Just asking. Counting Crows‘ Somewhere Under Wonderland — which they for some reason didn’t title Wonderland and Everywhere Under — comes next, in its first week on the charts (No. 6, 32K).

The rest of the top 10 was all on here last week, in a slightly different order: the Frozen soundtrack (No. 7, 30K), Sam Smith‘s In the Lonely Hour (No. 8, nearly 30K), the Now 51 compilation (No. 9, 28K) and Wiz Khalifa‘s Blacc Hollywood (No. 10, 20K). There are now so few unused Frozen puns that Disney is reuniting the characters for a new animated short.

From across the Atlantic comes yet another reason for Pharrell to be “Happy.” His hit song has now been downloaded in Britain more than any other song, according to The Hollywood Reporter, which cites The Official Charts Company.

In a way, the man in the sadly-not-yellow hat is only beating himself: The previous holder of that title was Robin Thicke‘s Pharrell-produced “Blurred Lines,” and Daft Punk‘s Pharrell team-up, “Get Lucky,” stands at No. 6 on the list of the U.K. most downloaded tracks.

Still time, then, for audiences to recognize the pop mastery of Pharrell’s recent track for Usher and Nicki Minaj, “She Came to Give It to You.”