Friday, April 12, 2024

Chuck Berry’s Death Puts Legend Back on Charts with Hot Sales 45 Years After Last Appearance


The last hit Chuck Berry had was in 1972, with “My Ding a Ling.”

But after he died this weekend, Berry went back on the charts and has stayed there for several days.

On the iTunes album chart he has the number 7 album with his “Definitive Collection.” On the singles chart, he’s number 67 with “Johnny B. Goode.”

According to buzzanglemusic, “Overall, Chuck Berry album sales increased 9,581% after his passing. His album sales average was 39 per day, which went to 2,054 the day of his death and then to 3,808 the day after. Two-thirds of those album sales were for his album, The Definitive Collection.

Chuck Berry song sales increased 11,684% with 16,616 total sales the day after his passing. Johnny B Goode was the most downloaded song the day after Chuck Berry’s passing with 4,297 sales, a 10,330% increase.”

So great that Chuck went out with a bang– and maybe educated some new fans in the process.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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