Bruce Springsteen’s song “The Rising” surged in U.S. download sales on Monday (Aug. 17), according to initial reports to Nielsen Music/MRC Data, following the track’s prominent usage in the first night of the 2020 Democratic National Convention.
The song, first released in July of 2002, sold 1,000 downloads on Aug. 17 – up from a negligible sales figure on Aug. 16.
Over Aug. 14-17 in the current tracking week (which runs Aug. 14-20 for next week’s sales charts), the song has sold just under 1,000 downloads total – effectively all on Aug. 17. In turn, the track has already captured its best sales week since the week ending Sept. 11, 2011, when it sold 2,000 downloads. That week marked the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, and “The Rising” was written as a reaction to 9/11.