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Sales of Linkin Park Music Spike After the Death of Chester Bennington

Sales of Linkin Park material are up 5,332% week over of week following the death of Chester Bennington last Thursday.

On July 20–the day we heard of Chester’s death–Linkin Park sold 21,000 albums, up from less than a thousand just a day before. Downloads also exploded, going from 2,000 to 90,000 over the same period.  The best-selling album on July 20 was the new record, One More Light, which barely sold anything (Billboard describes sales as “negligible”) the day before it bounced up to 6,000 copies.

It looks like three Linkin Park albums will re-enter the Billboard Top 200.

Here are the top selling sounds as of July 20.

“In the End,” 11,000 downloads
“Numb,” 10,000
“Heavy,” featuring Kiiara, 7,000
“What I’ve Done,” 6,000
“Crawling,” 5,000
“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

 Full chart information will be released late Sunday/early Monday.

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