Legendary Van Halen Guitarist Eddie Van Halen’s death earlier this week lead to a spike in the band’s music sales.
According to Billboard.com, the rock band saw its catalog of albums and songs post an incredible 6,198% sales increase in the United States the same day Eddie passed away.
Initial sales reports show Van Halens’ collection of songs and albums sold 40,000 copies on Tuesday as opposed to under 1,000 copies the day before, accounting for the over 6,000 percent increase.
Billboard reports the group sold 31,000 single tracks on the day Eddie died. That number is up an impressive 6,317% from the previous day.
The band’s biggest-selling songs on October 6, according to the report, were: “Jump” (3,000), “Panama” (2,000), “Eruption” (2,000), “Runnin’ With the Devil” (2,000), “You Really Got Me” (2,000), “Dance the Night Away” (1,000), “Why Can’t This Be Love” (1,000), “Hot for Teacher” (1,000), “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love” (1,000) and “Jamie’s Cryin’” (1,000). (Totals are round to the nearest thousand.)
Van Halen’s only number one Billboard hit was “Jump,” which spent five weeks atop the chart in 1984.
Eddie Van Halen, widely considered one of the greatest rock guitarist, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 65. He long battled throat cancer which was determined to the the cause of his death.
According to a TMZ report, Eddie’s condition was deteriorating over the last few days prior to his death. The guitarists’ cancer spread to his brain, as well as to other parts of his body.
Eddie Van Halen Remembered
Van Halen is known for long-winded guitar rifts that will go down as some of the greatest guitar solos of all time. Following his passing, numerous musical artists paid tribute to the late rocker. Gene Simmons, Kenny Chesney, Ozzy Osbourne, and Tim McGraw are just a few of the artists paying tribute to Van Halen, demonstrating the rocker’s influence across diverse musical genres.
His former bandmate David Lee Roth was one of the first to honor Van Halen on social media.
“What a long great trip it’s been,” he simply says.