ABC/Randy HolmesChris Cornell‘s catalog, including his work with Soundgarden, Audioslave and Temple of the Dog, plus his solo material, has experienced an 522 per cent increase in sales and streams following his death.
According to Billboard, Cornell’s albums have sold 38,000 copies, an uptick of 1,732 per cent, and his total song download sales increased 2,222 per cent to 144,000. Meanwhile, his collective songs streams have jumped 549 per cent, from five million the week ending May 11 to 32.5 million now.
On Billboard‘s Hot Rock Songs chart, seven of Cornell’s songs have jumped on the tally. Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun” charted the highest at number seven. The other six songs that make the chart include Soundgarden’s “Fell on Black Days” and “Spoonman,” Audioslave’s “Like a Stone,” “Show Me How to Live” and “I Am the Highway,” and Temple of the Dog’s “Hunger Strike.”
As for albums, Soundgarden’s Superunknown charts on the Top Rock Albums tally at number five with 17,000 units, up from 1,000.
Cornell died last week at age 52, officially of suicide by hanging. However, his widow Vicky has suggested that prescription anti-anxiety medication may have contributed to his death.
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