Sales of Linkin Park albums have skyrocketed following the tragic suicide of frontman Chester Bennington, according to Nielsen Music data for July 20, Billboard.com reported.
The band’s albums sold 21,000 copies on Thursday, up from less than 1,000 the day before. Meanwhile, fans downloaded Linkin Park’s stand-alone tracks 90,000 times that day, compared to 2,000 the previous day.
In total, the combined sales for Linkin Park’s albums and tracks reached 111,000 on July 20, up 5,332 percent from the day prior.
“One More Light,” the band’s last album, sold the most copies on Thursday (6,000). The set was released in May atop the Billboard 200 chart, giving the rock act its sixth chart topping album.
Billboard.com anticipates that three of Linkin Park’s albums will re-enter the Billboard 200 list dated Aug. 5. Among the band’s most recent album “Hybrid Tea” and “Meteora“ are expected to re-enter to chart.
The Billboard 200 chart will be revealed on Sunday, July 23.
Meanwhile, the band’s top selling songs on July 20 were:
“In the End,” 11,000 downloads
“Heavy,” featuring Kiiara, 7,000
“What I’ve Done,” 6,000
“Somewhere I Belong,” 4,000
“Breaking the Habit,” 4,000
“One More Light,” 3,000
“Shadow of the Day,” 3,000
“One Step Closer,” 3,000
Linkin Park canceled its “One More Light” tour in North America following Bennington’s death.
Live Nation, the promoter for the tour issued a statement on Friday:
“We are incredibly saddened to hear about the passing of Chester Bennington. The Linkin Park ‘One More Light’ North American Tour has been cancelled and refunds are available at point of purchase. Our thoughts go out to all those affected.”
Bennington died on the birthday of his friend Chris Cornell, lead singer of Soundgarden. Cornell committed suicide in May. Bennington wrote an emotional farewell letter when he learned of his friend’s death.
Bennington revealed in an interview that he was going through severe depression following Cornell’s death.