For comparison, earlier in 2017, “Eclipse” was selling around 1,000 downloads per week. In total, the song has sold 1.6 million downloads.
The song's sales are bound to surge on Aug. 21: the track was sitting among the top 10 sellers on the U.S. iTunes Store’s sales ranking at 7:30 a.m. PT, about an hour and a half before the eclipse was set to become visible in portions of the U.S.' West Coast.
“Eclipse” became Tyler’s only No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, spending four weeks atop the tally in 1983. The single’s success was enhanced by the popularity of its melodramatic music video, directed by Russell Mulcahy. The clip depicts Tyler roaming the halls of a posh boys' school in a long white dress while the students – some scantily clad as gymnasts, some inexplicably dressed as ninjas – cavort around her, occasionally flashing creepy "bright eyes," a reference to the song's lyrics.
“Eclipse,” which was written and produced by Jim Steinman (Meat Loaf, Air Supply, Celine Dion), also scored Tyler a Grammy Award nomination for best pop vocal performance, female.
The track became her second of (so-far) three top 40-charting hits. She first visited the top 40 with “It’s a Heartache” in 1978, reaching No. 3, and then later notched a No. 34 hit with “Holding Out for a Hero” (another Steinman tune) in 1984.