Following the death of Bill Withers on March 30 — and its announcement publicly on April 3, streams and sales of his iconic catalog of songs gained in great numbers, according to initial reports to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.
Overall, his songs tallied 22.1 million on-demand streams (audio and video combined) in the U.S. on April 3-5 – up 780% as compared to 2.5 million on March 31-April 2.
Withers’ beloved tune “Lean On Me” was his most streamed track following his passing, with 4.1 million clicks (up 729% from 496,000). The 1972 single was written, produced and performed by Withers, and was his only No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (of 13 total entries). It topped the list for three weeks in 1972.