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Aretha Franklin's Music Sales Gain 1,568% in U.S. Following Her Death

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Aretha Franklin

Following the death of Aretha Franklin on Thursday (Aug. 16), sales of the Queen of Soul’s music catalog grew tremendously in the U.S., according to initial sales reports from Nielsen Music.

Her combined album and digital song sales increased by 1,568 percent on Aug. 16, as compared to Aug. 15. On the day of her passing, the legendary diva sold 134,000 combined albums and digital song downloads, up from 8,000 the previous day.

Isolating just Franklin’s digital songs, they sold 115,000 downloads – up 1,569 percent versus the day before, when they sold 7,000.

Franklin’s top 10 selling songs on Aug. 16 were: “Respect” (16,000), “A Natural Woman (You Make Me Feel Like)” (13,000), “I Say a Little Prayer” (10,000), “Chain of Fools” (8,000), “Think” (8,000), “Freeway of Love” (4,000), “Until You Come Back To Me (That’s What I’m Gonna Do)” (4,000), “I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me), with George Michael (4,000), “I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)” (3,000) and “Bridge Over Troubled Water” (3,000).

In terms of album sales, her assorted titles sold 19,000 copies on Aug. 16, an increase of 1,566 percent over the 1,000 copies her albums sold on Aug. 15.

Her top five selling albums on Aug. 16 included four best-of collections, along with her iconic gospel set, Amazing Grace. Her top sellers were: 30 Greatest Hits (10,000), Amazing Grace (2,000), Queen of Soul: The Best of Aretha Franklin (1,000), Soul Queen (1,000) and The Best of Aretha Franklin (1,000).

Further news about streaming gains of Franklin’s catalog will be reported in the coming days. An array of her albums and songs are also expected to make an impact on next week’s Billboard charts.