You Could See This Coming: Tragically Hip Music Sales Spike

Every since we got the new about Gord Downie’s incurable brain cancer a week ago, fans worldwide have rallied behind the band offering support in a myriad of ways. A lot of people have also bulked up their Hip music collection.

Prior to the announcement last Tuesday (May 24), just 340 Hip albums were sold across Canada. Since then, sales have spiked to over 5,000, led by their 2005 greatest hits collection entitled Yer Favourites. Add up the sales, streams and track sales and it was enough to propel the record to #6 on the charts.

Three more albums have moved into the Canadian Top 200:  Fully Completely (90), Road Apples (137) and Up to Here (165).

Taking a look at track sales, they went from 1,400 two weeks to over 15,000 in the last seven days. Streams shot from 400,000 to over 2 million. And spins on the radio increased by 28%.

Expect the new album, Man Machine Poem, to comfortably debut at the top of the Canadian charts after its release on June 17.

(Via FYI Music News)

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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