Glen Campbells Music Sales Increase 5,429% in Wake of Death

Keith Caulfield | August 12, 2017

U.S. sales of Glen Campbell’s music grew 5,429 percent in the two days following his death on Aug. 8, while streams of his songs increased by 1,430 percent, according to initial data reports to Nielsen Music.

On Aug. 8 and 9, Campbell’s albums sold 11,000 copies (up 2,300 percent from less than 1,000 on Aug. 6 and 7). His digital songs sold 46,000 downloads (up 7,846 percent from about 1,000 in the two previous days). Combined, his albums (both physical and digital) and digital songs sold 57,000 copies (up 5,429 percent from 1,000 in the two previous days).

In terms of on-demand audio streams, his collected songs tallied 2.3 million streams on Aug. 8 and 9 -- up 1,430 percent compared to just 150,000 streams in the two earlier days. His most streamed song on Aug. 8 and 9 was his No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hit “Rhinestone Cowboy,” with 264,000 clicks.

It’s expected that Campbell’s passing will be felt on Billboard’s charts dated Aug. 26, which reflect the sales and tracking week ending Aug. 10.

Here’s a look at Campbell’s top 10 selling songs and on-demand streamed songs in the days immediately following his death:

Top 10 Selling Songs* (Aug. 8 and 9)
1. "Wichita Lineman" (7,000 downloads)
2. "Rhinestone Cowboy" (8,000)
3. "Gentle On My Mind" (6,000)
4. "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" (4,000)
5. "Southern Nights" (4,000)
6. "Galveston" (4,000)
7. "I'm Not Gonna Miss You" (2,000)
8. "Adios" (1,000)
9. "Country Boy (You Got Your Feet In L.A.)" (1,000)
10. "Try a Little Kindness" (1,000)

Top 10 On-Demand Audio Streaming Songs* (Aug. 8 and 9)
1. "Rhinestone Cowboy" (264,000 streams)
2. "Southern Nights" (258,000)
3. "Wichita Lineman" (213,000)
4. "Gentle On My Mind" (188,000)
5. "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" (133,000)
6. "Galveston" (123,000)
7. "I'm Not Gonna Miss You" (62,000)
8. "Try a Little Kindness" (48,000)
9. "Everybody's Talkin'" (43,000)
10. "Dreams of the Everyday Housewife" (41,000)
*according to Nielsen Music, based on initial reports

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About the author: Keith Caulfield is a co-director of charts at Billboard.