Bee Gees Music Sales Grow 669% Following Grammy Salute

The Bee Gees photographed on Oct. 22, 1977 in Los Angeles.
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The Bee Gees photographed on Oct. 22, 1977 in Los Angeles. 

Stevie Wonder, Demi Lovato & Celine Dion were among the stars performing classic Bee Gees hits.

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Bee Gees-led soundtrack to the film Saturday Night Fever, which spent a whopping 24 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and earned the pop trio the Grammy Award for album of the year, the act was honored by the Recording Academy on April 16 in their own Grammy Salute.

The CBS broadcast included performances by Keith Urban, Celine Dion, Stevie Wonder and others covering classic Bee Gees hits, with many seeing sizeable sales gains in the week following the broadcast.

Overall, Bee Gees’ catalog of albums and digital songs sold a combined 83,000 in the week ending April 20 – up 669 percent compared to the week previous (11,000). Of the 83,000, traditional album sales comprised 20,000 (up 568 percent compared to 3,000 in the previous frame), while digital song sales equaled 63,000 (up 708 percent compared to just 8,000 in the previous week).

Further, the group’s songs scored a 71 percent gain in on-demand streams (audio and video combined), rising to 10 million for the week (up from 5.9 million).

The group’s classic hit “Stayin’ Alive,” which spent four weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 in February 1978, collected the most downloads among Bee Gees songs with 7,000 downloads in the tracking week ending April 22, a 300 percent increase from the week prior, according to Nielsen Music.

Demi Lovato, Tori Kelly, Little Big Town and Andra Day first performed “Stayin’ Alive” in their opening medley at the salute, along with “Tragedy,” “How Deep Is Your Love” and “Night Fever.” Barry Gibb, the last surviving member of the Bee Gees, also performed the song at the end of the show (the other members of the group, Barry’s brothers Maurice and Robin, died in 2003 and 2012, respectively). Other performers on the show included Ed Sheeran and Panic! at the Disco, among many others.

Thanks toDion’s performance of “Immortality” on the show, her earlier released recording of the track (with the Bee Gees) saw the biggest sales bump among Bee Gees songs. The track vaulted 9,000 percent in the tracking week after the performance aired, earning 6,000 digital downloads. The song was featured on Dion’s 1997 album Let’s Talk About Love, which hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200.

Additionally, the Bee Gees’ No. 1 Hot 100 hit “How Deep Is Your Love” earned the second-most digital downloads among the act’s songs with 6,000 in the tracking week ending April 22 -- a 600 percent bump from the week prior, thanks to a performance from Little Big Town.

Further, four Bee Gees compilation albums debut or re-enter on Billboard’s charts. Their 2004 compilation Number Ones re-enters the Billboard 200 at No. 57, earning 9,000 equivalent album units the week ending May 6, according to Nielsen Music (up 1,120 percent). The album originally peaked at No. 5 in August 2012. Number Ones also re-enters the Top Album Sales chart at No. 67 (with 3,000 sold -- up 333 percent).

The Ultimate Bee Gees compilation also re-enters the Top Album Sales chart at No. 68 and debuts at No. 62 thanks to identical versions of the album being available on two different labels. The title at No. 68 is the 2009 version of the set released on Rhino/Reprise/Warner Bros. Records. The version at No. 62 is a newly released edition from Capitol Records. The Warner set is no longer available through digital retailers, and Warner has stopped producing physical copies of the set. However, there are still enough copies of the CD in the marketplace for it to sell a little more than 3,000 copies in the week ending April 20. As for the Capitol version of the album, it also sold a little more than 3,000 copies, but with nearly 2,000 of that sum in downloads of the album. The 2009 version also re-entered the Billboard 200 at No. 139.

Plus, 1979’s Bee Gees Greatest re-entered the Top Album Sales chart at No. 160. The album spent a week atop the Billboard 200 in January 1980.

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