Thursday, April 18, 2024

Death Sells: Old Records by The Cars with Ric Ocasek, Eddie Money Fill the iTunes, Amazon Pop Charts


Sadly, death sells.

This morning, nine of The Cars’ singles are on the iTunes top 100. The Cars were fronted by Ric Ocasek, who tragically died yesterday in his East 19th St. townhouse. He was 75.

Five of the Cars’ albums are in the top 100 albums as well.

Meanwhile, Eddie Money, who’s died last week at age 70 after a short battle with cancer, has seen six of his singles hit the charts, and several albums. He’s all over the album charts as well.

Records by both artists are selling on amazon, too.

The Cars Greatest Hits is number 1 right on iTunes. Their debut album, which every rock fan of every age should have in their library in some form, is number 11.

I guess you could say Ric and Eddie have two tickets to paradise. God bless them both.

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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