Plus: Gains for all 5 best original song nominees & other tunes performed during Sunday's Academy Awards.
Eminem’s surprise performance of “Lose Yourself” at the Academy Awards on Sunday night spurred a big sales gain for the former No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 single, according to initial sales reports to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.
On Feb. 9, the track sold 4,000 downloads in the U.S., up a whopping 1,894% as compared to the negligible figure it sold Feb. 8. In total, Eminem’s entire catalog of songs -- again, according to initial sales reports -- sold a combined 7,000 downloads on Feb. 9, up 307% as compared to the nearly 2,000 sold on Feb. 8.
“Lose Yourself,” from the film 8 Mile, won the 2002 Academy Award for best original song at the March 23, 2003, Oscars for the song’s three writers: Eminem, Jeff Bass and Luis Resto. However, Eminem and Bass were not present at the ceremony to accept their Oscars. After his “Lose Yourself” performance on Sunday, Eminem tweeted a message, referencing the lyrics of “Lose Yourself”: “Look, if you had another shot, another opportunity… Thanks for having me @TheAcademy. Sorry it took me 18 years to get here.”