Van Halen Songs Top Rock Charts After Eddie Van Halen’s Death – Billboard

The Van Halen catalog infuses Billboardfollowing the death of founding guitarist Eddie Van Halen on October 6 after his long battle with throat cancer.

During the tracking week of Oct. 2-8, Van Halen’s discography generated 49.3 million on-demand streams in the United States, a jump of 463%, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. Additionally, the group’s album sales soared 1,442% to 27,000 sales, while its digital song sales rose 2,522% to 88,000.

Thus, several albums and classic songs of the group reach the charts dated October 17. At the top, “Jump” becomes the first song in the catalog of the four-month history of the Hot Hard Rock Songs chart based on streaming, airplay and sales to reach No. 1, debuting at the top of the chart, ahead of five other Van Halen songs. (Older titles may appear on BillboardThe charts of which use the same methodology as the Billboard Hot 100 all genres if they rank in the top half and with a significant reason for their return; for Hot Hard Rock Songs, a track must reach the Hot Rock & Alternative Songs top 25 to be eligible).

“Jump” reigns with 4.2 million US streams (+136%) and 8,000 downloads sold (+2,176%) in the tracking week. The band’s single Hot 100 No. 1 (for five weeks in 1984), among 16 of the top 40 hits, also ruled Hard Rock digital song sales and Hard Rock streaming songs for the first time. It debuted at No. 2 on Digital Rock Songs Sales and at No. 9 on Hot Rock & Alternative Songs and Rock Streaming Songs.

After “Jump” on Hot Hard Rock Songs, there is “Panama” (No. 2; 3.5 million plays, 6,000 sold), “Runnin’ With the Devil” (No. 3; 2.8 million streams, 5,000 sold), “You Really Got Me” (#5; 2.1 million streams, 5,000 sold), “Eruption” (#6; 2 million streams, 5,000 sold) and “Hot for Teacher” (#7; 2.4 million streams, 4,000 sold) “Eruption” in particular premieres Billboard although it has long been considered one of the genre’s greatest guitar solos of all time.

In addition to these six tracks, nine other Van Halen songs reach Rock Digital Song Sales: “Why Can’t This Be Love” (#8), “Dance the Night Away” (#9), “Right Now” (#12), “Ain’t Talkin’ Bout Love” (#13), “Jamie’s Cryin'” (#14), “Dreams” (#15), “Love Walks In” (#17 ), “When it’s love” (n°23) and “J’attendrai” (n°24).

All of the aforementioned Van Halen songs, plus “Beautiful Girls” (#18), “Unchained” (#20), “And the Cradle Will Rock…” (#21), “(Oh) Pretty Woman” ( No. 20). . 23) and “Ice Cream Man” (#25), also made Hard Rock digital song sales, giving Van Halen 20 of the 25 chart positions. This puts the band tied with AC/DC for the most at any given time in tally history. AC/DC achieved the feat on the chart dated December 8, 2012, after its catalog first became available digitally.

Despite not charting on the digital rock charts, a famed hit featuring the talents of Eddie Van Halen, Michael Jackson’s “Beat It,” re-enters digital R&B song sales at No. 10 with 1,000 downloads sold, up 201%. Van Halen contributed electric guitar to the song, including his signature guitar solo.

Van Halen’s self-titled debut album simultaneously dominates Hard Rock Albums, debuting at No. 1 with 18,000 equivalent album units earned (up 747%), followed by the band 1984 (No. 4; 15,000 units, up 402%), The best of volume 1 (#6; 13,000, up 1,256%) and The best of both worlds (#11; 7,000, up 3,315%). The band landed four entries on the all-format Billboard 200, led by Van Halen at number 30.

Meanwhile, 20 of the 25 positions on the LyricFind US chart, which tracks searches and uses of lyrics in the United States, are Van Halen songs. “Ain’t Talkin’ Bout Love” topped at No. 4 (up 9,100% in lyrical views), followed by “Poundcake” (No. 5) and “Jump” (No. 6).

On the Social 50, Eddie Van Halen drops to No. 3, mainly due to Wikipedia views (1.3 million during the tracking week of October 2-8, up 14,907% from only 9,000), with the band Van Halen (#9, with 19,000 mentions on Twitter and 654,000 views on Wikipedia) and intermittent Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth (#28; 194,000 views on Wikipedia, 27,000 reactions on Twitter).

Further gains for Van Halen’s music are likely on the October 24 charts, following the first full follow-up week (October 9-15) of airplay and sales following Eddie Van Halen’s passing.