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Linkin Park’s U.S. Music Sales Rise 5,332% After Death of Chester Bennington

In the wake of Chester Bennington's death on Thursday (July 20), sales of his band Linkin Park’s music grew tremendously, according to Nielsen Music. Based on initial U.S. sales reports for July 20, the combined sales of Linkin Park’s catalog of albums and songs increased by 5,332 percent (as compared to sales on July 19).

On July 20, the band’s albums sold 21,000 copies (up from less than 1,000 on July 19), while their collected songs sold 90,000 downloads (up from 2,000 the previous day).

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.


The group’s best-selling album on July 20 was its most recent studio album, One More Light, which sold more than 6,000 copies that day (up from a negligible figure on the day previous). The set, which was released in May, debuted atop the Billboard 200 albums chart, granting the act its sixth chart-topper.

It’s anticipated that at least three of Linkin Park’s albums will re-enter the Billboard 200 chart dated Aug. 5, which reflects the tracking week ending July 20. In addition to One More Light likely returning to the list, both Hybrid Theory and Meteora are on track to jump back onto the tally.

The top 10 of the Aug. 5-dated Billboard 200 chart is slated to be revealed on Sunday, July 23.


As for the band’s best-selling songs on July 20, here are their top 10 sellers that day, according to Nielsen Music. (All songs increased from a negligible figure in the day previous.)

Linkin Park’s Top Selling Songs (July 20)
“In the End,” 11,000 downloads
“Numb,” 10,000
“Heavy,” featuring Kiiara, 7,000
“What I’ve Done,” 6,000
“Crawling,” 5,000
“Somewhere I Belong,” 4,000
“Breaking the Habit,” 4,000
“One More Light,” 3,000
“Shadow of the Day,” 3,000
“One Step Closer,” 3,000