Following the death of Bee Gees member Robin Gibb on May 20, his band's catalog of albums and songs saw great sales gains in the week ending May 27.
According to Nielsen SoundScan, the group sold 27,000 albums this past week -- up 339% from 6,000 in the week of May 20. (That includes the "Saturday Night Fever" soundtrack.) The pop trio's best-selling album last week was "The Ultimate Bee Gees" greatest hits, which reenters the Billboard 200 chart at No. 49 with 9,000 sold (up 291%).
The act also returns to the Billboard 200 with "Number Ones" (No. 70 with 7,000; up 695%) and the "Saturday Night Fever" album (No. 168 with 3,000; up 133%). On the Catalog Albums chart, "Ultimate Bee Gees" returns at No. 4, while "Number Ones" jumps back in at No. 8. (The Catalog chart ranks the best-selling older albums of the week -- those that are generally at least 18 months old.)
On the digital song side of things, Bee Gees moved 102,000 song downloads last week -- up from 21,000 the week previous (a gain of 379%).
The group's two biggest songs last week were "Stayin' Alive," which sold 14,000 (up 198%), and "How Deep Is Your Love" (11,000; up 362%). Neither tune sold enough to rank on the 75-position Digital Songs chart.