Monday, June 17, 2024

Blockbuster Tribute: Van Halen Sales of CDs and Downloads Jumped 3100% in 48 Hours After Eddie Van Halen’s Death


Dig this.

Sales of Van Halen CDs and downloads jumped 3133% in the 48 hours after Eddie van Halen’s tragic death was announced. According to Buzz Angle, sales this week in those formats totaled 28,000, up from 866 the week before. Wow.

But when you throw in streaming, the total number climbs to over 62,000, up from around 7,000 the prior week. That’s only a 700% increase.

And those numbers are just for Tuesday from around 5pm through Thursday night. Van Halen records have been selling like crazy ever since then. So it’s quite a tribute to Eddie that his fans have gobbled up everything.

Among the singles, “Jump” is the bestseller. I always loved “Dance the Night Away,” which is below. You don’t know what you’re missing til its gone. I realized how how that chunky guitar sound was so embedded in my cerebellum. And how it makes me smile when I hear it.



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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