Lou Reed music sales jump after his death
Lou Reed lives on through his music.
Nielsen SoundScan's weekly tracking schedule ended on Oct. 27, the day the rock pioneer died. But just this week, 3,000 copies of his album catalog have been sold. That's up from the previous week, which showed less than 1,000 in sales. Velvet Underground, of which Lou Reed was a member, saw sales more than double this week.
In the digital realm, Reed sold 17,000 downloads last week, showing a gain of 590%, Nielsen says. Velvet Underground song sales swelled to 5,000, a gain of 410%. One of Reed's most famous tunes, Walk on the Wild Side, sold 6,000 downloads. When Nielsen numbers come in next week, a bigger boost is expected, says Billboard.
On Spotify, his streams saw a whopping 3,000% increase the day of his passing.