Sales of The Cars’ catalog of albums and songs surged by 2,662% in the wake of the Sept. 15 death of the band’s leader, Ric Ocasek. According to initial sales reports to Nielsen Music, The Cars’ combined albums and songs sold 27,000 copies on Sept. 16 and in the late hours of Sept. 15 (following news of Ocasek’s passing that evening). In the two previous days, The Cars’ music and sold just 1,000.
In terms of only album sales, The Cars sold 5,000 copies on Sept. 15 and 16 (versus a negligible figure in the two previous days) while the band’s songs sold 22,000 downloads (up from a little under 1,000).
The bulk of The Cars’ album sales on Sept. 15-16 came via the Complete Greatest Hits album (a little over 3,000 sold). The 20-song collection features 16 of the band’s 18 Billboard Hot 100 hits, including the top 10 singles “Shake It Up,” “You Might Think” and “Drive.”