Even though the numbers are marked with spookery (11), I think the idea is right. Dying (while on top – and promoting your upcoming death for a couple of years beforehand) is great for business.
TORONTO — Fans of the Tragically Hip flocked to the band’s music as they mourned the death of singer Gord Downie, which drove a huge boost in sales, streams and radio play.
Eleven albums by the Kingston, Ont., rockers climbed onto the Billboard Canadian Albums chart for the week that ended Oct. 19. It was the previous day that Downie’s family announced the Hip frontman had died.
Overall sales for the band’s catalogue spiked 1,000%, rising to a combined 11,000 equivalent units from 1,000 units the previous week. The chart is tallied by Nielsen Music and is based on both physical and digital sales along with a calculation of on-demand streams.
Canada “lost” their biggest singer today. Since his brain tumor was announced, he’s had two new albums, a record last tour, honors, awards, medals, social justice warring.
Hope he is found again somewhere, with hair.
I do enjoy his music. Was this due to psychic driving or was it organically good?
Male model in chief can make it rain.
Canada just lost their ass in a trade deal with Trump land. Which story deserves comment from our head cheerleader?
Zach, by the numbers.
I wish they timed this death better – if it’s not as we are told. Vegas owns the media right now, so this amazing rocker deserved a few days of his own.
Tom Petty, an old-fashioned rock superstar and everyman who drew upon the Byrds, the Beatles and other bands he worshipped as a boy and produced new classics such as Free Fallin,’ Refugee and American Girl, has died. He was 66.
Source: Rocker Tom Petty dead at 66 – Entertainment – CBC News
I am a musicologist too – listening to endless hours in the 70s to now.
I didn’t realise (until I looked now) the amazing depth of Petty’s library. I hope it gets the kick it deserves.
Too many coincidences to note on this one, but fitting that the lead Heartbreaker dies of a heart attack.
DCP or not, amazing music. RIP Tommy Petty, persona.
It’s been 40 years – and this is still one of my favorite concerts of all time.
The power of celebrity has never had a better example than Elvis to this day.
I have little doubt that as Elvis slid down into playing local state fairs, they figured this most manipulated figure was worth more “dead” than alive. Boy were they right. As usual, they made up a story that defies logic and made him look like a model of debauchery. I doubt he was, although his last TV special didn’t showed an out of shape, slurring singer (I still enjoy the show below though).
On a warm August afternoon in 1977, the world was stunned by the news coming from their radios and TVs.
In Memphis Wednesday, tens of thousands of fans traipsed past his Graceland grave.
But this year, it was going to cost them $28.75 for the privilege.
Longtime fan Fred Schwarz of Springfield, Ill., said he and his wife have been to several vigils over the years and have enjoyed them.
But not this year. He says fans should be insulted at the new charge.
Learn how to kill yourself in room 1136 (9/11) with these easy to understand pictures.
If anyone still believes that this was anything other than a staged event then they are sadly mistaken.
New details released by Detroit officials Tuesday under the Freedom of Information Act shed additional light on what happened the night rock star Chris Cornell hanged himself inside Room 1136 of the MGM Grand Casino Hotel.
At 1:35:33, @adamcurry actually questions Stephen Hawking and calls it a hoax. Another leak in the gatekeeping.
Great story on data roaming in Europe as well.
* Duration: 2:45h, Played: 1:35h
… scare people out of having sex and it worked.