In the first full tracking week after The Prodigy singer Keith Flint’s death on March 4, the band returns to Billboard’s charts.
Most notably, The Prodigy debut three tracks on the Hot Dance/Electronic Song Sales chart. The group’s familiar hit, “Firestarter,” debuts the highest at No. 13, with 2,000 downloads sold in the U.S. in the tracking week ending March 7, according to Nielsen Music. The song reached No. 30 on the Billboard Hot 100 on March 22, 1997, earning The Prodigy its first (of an eventual two) Hot 100-charting singles. “Breathe” debuts just behind “Firestarter” at No. 14 (also with 2,000 downloads), followed by “Smack My Bitch Up” at No. 23 with 1,000 downloads. “Smack My Bitch Up” was The Prodigy’s second Hot 100 entry, reaching No. 89 on Jan. 17, 1998.
The group’s albums also saw an increase in activity. On the Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart, the group’s third studio album, The Fat of the Land, debuts at No. 13 with 3,000 equivalent album units earned. The album was the group’s first and only No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in 1997. They landed five total albums on the chart between 1997 and 2015.
The Prodigy also storms the LyricFind Global and U.S. charts, which rank the fastest momentum-gaining tracks in lyric-search queries globally and in the U.S., respectively, provided by LyricFind. The Global chart includes queries from all countries except the U.S. The company is the world’s leader in licensed lyrics, with data provided by more than 5,000 publishers and utilized by more than 100 services, including Amazon, Pandora, Deezer, Microsoft, SoundHound and iHeartRadio. The latest tracking week ended March 3.
The group lands six songs on the LyricFind Global chart, led by “Firestarter,” “Breathe” and “Smack My Bitch Up,” at Nos. 1, 2 and 3, respectively. “Narayan” follows at No. 5, then “Omen” at No. 17 and “Diesel Power” at No. 22.
The group concurrently logs nine songs on the LyricFind U.S. ranking, including the top 4. “Firestarter” also leads the way at No. 1.
Flint’s death was ruled a suicide on March 11, according to a report from the London Evening Standard.