Disturbed is seeing a spike in sales and streams of their 20 year old, uhh, classic “Down with the Sickness,” thanks in part to the coronavirus, and perhaps people making pandemic-related playlists.
Billboard reports that “Down with the Sickness” was up 31 percent in digital song sales to 1,000 sales last week, and digital streams went up 3% to 2.6 million.
Another hard rock track getting big streams is At the Drive In’s “Quarantined” from their 2000 album Relationship of Command, which saw a 70 percent jump in U.S. streams, up to 7,000.
The big winner is R.E.M.’s “It’s the End of the World As We Know It.,” which actually debuted for the first time on the Digital Song Sales chart this week, up 482% with over 5,000 downloads sold. The song came out in 1987, as part of the Document album. Streaming saw a 169% gain to 1.7 million streams in the US. The track is currently at #4 on the US Hot Rock Songs chart, making its debut.
Other songs seeing a big bump include Joy Division’s “Isolation,” Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive,” The Minutemen’s “Corona,” The Knack’s “My Sharona,” and Weird Al Yankovic’s “My Bologna,” among others.
What’s your go-to jam right now about the pandemic?
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