Eddie Money's 'Take Me Home Tonight' Streamed Over 3 Million Times in U.S. Since His Death

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Eddie Money performs on stage during the iHeart80s Party 2017 at SAP Center on Jan. 28, 2017 in San Jose, Calif.

The track posted a 349% gain in on-demand streams in the three days after his passing on Sept. 13.

Fans mourning the death of Eddie Money (who died on Sept. 13) turned to his classic hit “Take Me Home Tonight” to remember the artist. On-demand streams of the song in the U.S. increased by 349% to 3.1 million in the three days after his passing (Sept. 13-16) as compared to the three previous days -- according to initial reports to Nielsen Music.

On Sept. 13 alone, “Take Me Home Tonight” garnered 1.73 million on-demand streams (both audio and video combined), up from just 236,000 on Sept. 12.

“Take Me Home Tonight” was Money’s highest-charting single on the Billboard Hot 100, reaching No. 4 on the Nov. 15, 1986-dated chart. The track additionally spent more time on the list than any other Money hit, racking up 23 weeks on the tally. The single also spent two weeks at No. 1 on the Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart.

“Take Me Home Tonight” interpolates The Ronettes’ “Be My Baby,” which peaked at No. 2 on the Hot 100 in 1963. On “Take,” Money is joined by The Ronettes’ lead singer Ronnie Spector to provide backing vocals and reprise the line “be my little baby” and her signature “oh-oh-oh-oh” lyric from the original tune. The success of the track revived the careers of both singers: Money was in a career slump while Spector wasn’t “really in the business anymore.”

Music fans didn’t only stream “Take Me Home Tonight” following Money’s death, as his entire catalog of songs saw a 931% gain in on-demand streams on Sept. 13-16 versus Sept. 10-12 (growing from 1.2 million to 12.2 million). In terms of sales, his catalog of albums and songs sold 43,000 copies on Sept. 13-16 -- up 7,261% compared to less than 1,000 sold on Sept. 10-12.

It's likely Money's catalog will impact Billboard's various rock charts dated Sept. 28, after the first week of chart impact has been felt since his death (in the streaming and sales tracking week of Sept. 13-20).


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