Linkin Park Streams Increase 730% in Wake of Chester Bennington's Death

James Minchin
Linkin Park

Following the death of Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington on July 20, fans remembered the artist through the band’s music on streaming services in huge numbers, according to Nielsen Music. Based on initial streaming reports for July 20, Linkin Park’s songs earned a 730 percent increase in on-demand audio streams that day in the U.S., as compared to July 19. In total, the band’s catalog of songs tallied 12.6 million on-demand audio streams on July 29, versus 1.5 million a day earlier.

The group’s most streamed song on July 20 was “In the End,” earning 923,000 streams that day (up from 107,000 a day earlier). “In the End” is the group’s highest charting song on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, having peaked at No. 2 in 2002. It also ranks as the band’s biggest hit ever on the tally.

Linkin Park’s Top 10 Streamed Songs (July 20)
“In the End,” 923,000 on-demand audio streams
“Numb,” 740,000
“Heavy” featuring Kiiara, 684,000
“One Step Closer,” 480,000
“Crawling,” 439,000
“What I’ve Done,” 420,000
“Papercut,” 412,000
“Somewhere I Belong,” 394,000
“Numb/Encore,” JAY-Z/Linkin Park, 356,000
“Bleed It Out,” 350,000

As reported earlier, Linkin Park’s sales grew 5,332 percent following Bennington’s passing. In total, the act’s albums and songs sold 111,000 copies on July 20 (versus 2,000 the day previous) -- a gain of 5,332 percent.