Soundgarden, Audioslave & 'Singles' Soundtrack Back in Top 40 of Billboard 200 After Chris Cornell's Death
Cornell's music sales gained 2,396 percent in the past two weeks, according to Nielsen Music.
In the wake of Chris Cornell's death on May 17, three of the renowned rock artist's affiliated albums dot the top 40 of the latest Billboard 200 chart (dated June 10), which reflects the tracking week ending May 25.
Cornell's band Soundgarden rises 32-28 with its 1994 Superunknown album; the 1992 Singles movie soundtrack (boasting Cornell recordings) re-enters at No. 33; and supergroup Audioslave sees its 2002 self-titled effort vault 54-37. (The Singles soundtrack was reissued in a deluxe format on May 19, which assists its re-entry. The reissue was announced last December.)
In total, eight Cornell-related albums grace the latest Billboard 200. Outside the top 40, the tally houses Soundgarden's Badmotorfinger (climbing 110-64), Temple of the Dog's self-titled album (up 136-80), Cornell's live album Songbook (183-82), Cornell's final studio album Higher Truth (a re-entry at No. 155), and Soundgarden's Down on the Upside (a re-entry at No. 158).
On the Top Rock Albums chart, those same eight Cornell-related albums also rank among the chart's 50 positions. Further, over on the 25-position Rock Digital Song Sales chart, 10 Cornell-related tunes show, with Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun" the highest-ranked, at No. 4.
Overall, Cornell's catalog of music (solo and with his bands) saw a sales gain of 2,396 percent in the two weeks ending May 18 and 25, as compared to the two prior weeks (ending May 4 and 11). Collectively, his albums and digital tracks sold 421,000 copies in the two weeks ending May 25, up from 17,000 in the two previous frames.
In terms of on-demand streams (audio and video combined), his music tallied a 703 percent gain in the two weeks ending May 18 and 25, rising to 81 million streams from 10.1 million streams in the two previous weeks.