The latest Billboard charts (dated Jan. 10) reflect the first full sales tracking week since the death of British rocker Joe Cocker, who died of lung cancer on Dec. 22 at age 70.
Upon his passing, fans celebrated the legend’s music in droves.
Cocker’s catalog of albums saw a 2,319 percent sales gain in the week ending Dec. 28, according to Nielsen Music, rising to 22,000 sold (up from 1,000 the week before). His biggest seller for the week was The Best of Joe Cocker: 20th Century Masters the Millennium Collection (released in 2000), which sold 7,000 (up 4,878 percent). It debuts at No. 75 on the Billboard 200, his first appearance since 2007.
Additionally, Cocker’s songs sold a combined 121,000 downloads in the week ending Dec. 28, a 3,630 percent surge. His best-selling tune during the week was his iconic cover of The Beatles‘ “With a Little Help From My Friends,” which moved 32,000 downloads (up 5,090 percent). It debuts at No. 6 on Rock Digital Songs, while its sales help power its No. 8 debut on the overall Hot Rock Songs chart (which measures sales, airplay and streaming).
One of Cocker’s most famous songs, “Help” was his first hit single on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at No. 68 in 1968. His version later served as the theme song for ABC’s The Wonder Years, which ran from 1988 to 1993. (“Help” was written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney and first appeared on The Beatles’ landmark 1967 album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.)
Cocker’s second Hot 100 hit, 1972’s No. 33-peaking “Feeling Alright,” also bows on Hot Rock Songs, at No. 22. The song sold 13,000 downloads for the week (up 2,734 percent).
Meanwhile, overall streams of Cocker’s songs grew to 3.87 million for the week, a 1,241 percent blast. His top-streamed song in the week ending Dec. 28 was “Help” with 1.3 million (up 1,716 percent).
Cocker also debuts at No. 14 on the Social 50 chart, primarily driven by 800,000 views to his Wikipedia page. (The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists across YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, Wikipedia, Myspace and Instagram as measured by music analytics company Next Big Sound.)
The affection and sales and streaming activity shown for Cocker spurs his No. 84 debut on the Billboard Artist 100. The survey ranks the most popular acts across Billboard’s most influential charts, including the Hot 100, Top Album Sales and the Social 50.