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ZZ Top Classics Scale Billboard Charts After Bassist Dusty Hill's Death

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Billy Gibbons, Frank Beard and Dusty Hill of ZZ Top pose for a group portrait backstage at Glastonbury Festival, United Kingdom, 24th June 2016.

'La Grange' tops Hard Rock Digital Song Sales, while best-of set 'Goin' 50' reaches the Billboard 200 for the first time.

ZZ Top rises on multiple Billboard charts dated Aug. 14, including to No. 1 on Hard Rock Digital Song Sales, following the first full data tracking week after the July 28 death of bassist Dusty Hill.

1974's "La Grange," one of the band's signature songs, ascends 2-1 on Hard Rock Digital Song Sales with 1,600 sold in the July 30-Aug. 5 tracking period, according to MRC Data, becoming ZZ Top's first leader on the list. A week earlier, the song sold 1,300, up 252%.

1983's "Sharp Dressed Man" (No. 2; 1,600 sold), 1975's "Tush" (No. 5; 1,100) and 1983's "Gimme All Your Lovin' " (No. 6; 1,100) also climb Hard Rock Digital Song Sales. The four tracks additionally appear on Rock Digital Song Sales, led by "La Grange" at No. 6.

In all, ZZ Top's catalog was streamed 12.7 million times in the U.S. July 30-Aug. 5, up 20% from July 23-29. The group also accrued 14,000 digital downloads of its songs (up 29%) and 8,000 in album sales (an 82% boost). Greatest hits package Goin' 50 enters Hard Rock Albums at No. 5 with 8,400 units earned, up 409%. It starts at No. 20 on Top Rock Albums and No. 129 on the all-format Billboard 200.

ZZ Top's Aug. 14 chart roundup follows 10 of its titles having hit the Aug. 7 LyricFind U.S. tally, led by 1986's "Rough Boy" at No. 1. (The LyricFind Global and LyricFind U.S. charts rank the fastest momentum-gaining tracks in lyric-search queries and usages globally and in the U.S., respectively, provided by LyricFind. The Global chart includes queries from all countries, including the U.S. The company is the world's leader in licensed lyrics, with data provided by more than 5,000 publishers and utilized by more than 100 services, including Amazon, Pandora, Deezer, Microsoft, SoundHound and iHeartRadio. The tracking period runs Mondays to Sundays.)

According to LyricFind, "Rough Boy" gained by 2,423% in U.S. lyric usages/searches following Hill's passing (as reflected on the Aug. 7 U.S. chart), followed by "Tush" at No. 4, up 1,847%.

Hill died July 28 at age 72, with the cause not yet announced. He had recently bowed out of ZZ Top's current tour to pursue physical therapy for chronic bursitis.

Vocalist/guitarist Billy Gibbons formed the group in Houston in 1969 and for 51 years it comprised Gibbons, Hill and drummer Frank Beard. The band charted the Billboard Hot 100 top 10s "Legs" and "Sleeping Bag," which hit No. 8 in 1984 and 1985, respectively. On the Billboard 200, ZZ Top boasts seven top 10s, from Tres Hombres in 1974 through La Futura in 2012.