Scott Weiland's Bands See Sales & Streaming Gains After His Death
Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver rise on multiple Billboard charts after Weiland's death Dec. 3.
In fact, eight of the top 10 titles on the Hard Rock Digital Songs chart (dated Dec. 26) are by either Stone Temple Pilots (six) or Velvet Revolver (two), the two non-solo acts that Weiland fronted. The top-performing song, Stone Temple Pilots' "Plush," returns to top the chart, up by 1,405 percent to 18,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen Music. (It sold 1,000 the week before.) STP's "Interstate Love Song" also re-enters at No. 2 (14,000, up 1,447 percent), followed by the band's "Creep" at No. 3 (9,000, up 1,192 percent). "Fall to Pieces," the top-selling track from Velvet Revolver, ranks at No. 4 (8,000, up 2,512 percent).
Also in the top tier: STP's "Vasoline," "Big Empty" and "Sex Type Thing" arrive at Nos. 6-8, respectively, with Velvet Revolver's "Slither" new at No. 9.
Fans are also remembering Weiland with album purchases. Stone Temple Pilots' 2003 greatest hits set Thank You re-enters the Billboard 200 at No. 47, up by 1,787 percent to 17,000 equivalent album units. It's the highest rank for the collection since it debuted at No. 26 on the chart dated Nov. 29, 2003. The group's 1993 debut Core also re-enters, at No. 145 (7,000, up 530 percent), marking its first appearance on the chart in slightly more than 20 years.
Streaming for Weiland tracks also surged, with "Plush" drawing 1.3 million U.S. clicks in the tracking week -- a 313 percent rise.
On the strength of their combined airplay, sales and streaming totals, three Stone Temple Pilots songs additionally bow on Hot Rock Songs (which launched in 2009): "Plush" (No. 7), "Interstate" (No. 9) and "Creep" (No. 12). (They're the band's best placements since "Between the Lines" spent seven weeks No. 1 beginning in April 2010.). As a result of their surges across multiple metrics, STP debut at No. 33 on the Billboard Artist 100.
Weiland, 48, died Dec. 3 in Minnesota while on tour with his band Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts. He was found in his tour bus bedroom. Official cause of death is forthcoming.