Lou Reed's Album Sales Rise 607 Percent After Death
Posted by Joseph Lee on 10.30.2013
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Billboard reports that Lou Reed's album sales have increased by 607% after his death on Sunday. Billboard's charts only reflect less than one day after the death, as the tracking week ended on October 27. That means that there will likely be even larger gains a week from now after a full week.
Reed sold 3,000 copies last week, which is up from less than 1,000 the week before. Reed's band The Velvet Underground's album sales rose to 3,000 also, up by 236%. Reed's best-selling album was Transformer, which was sold 1,000 copies (up 527%). The Velvet Underground's best-selling album was 1967's debut album The Velvet Underground & Nico, which sold 1,000 copies (up 146%).
As far as digital songs, Reed sold 17,000 downloads, up from 2,000 the week before (up 590%). The Velvet Underground's song sales were up to 5,000 from 1,000 the week before (up 410%). Reed's best-selling song was "Walk on the Wild Side", which sold 6,000 downloads (up 729%) and debuts at #38 on the Rock Digital Songs chart. It hit #16 on the Hot 100 in 1973. Velvet Underground's best-selling song was "Sweet Jane", which had 1,000 downloads (up by 521%).
"Walk on the Wild Side" is also one of Reed's most popular songs on Spotify. His song catalog has had a 3,000% increase in streams in the 12 hours after his death.