Joe Cocker’s death on December 22 at age 70 after a battle with lung cancer apparently inspired music fans to revisit – or discover, as the case may be – the soulful British singer’s music.
Billboard reports that Cocker’s album catalog experienced a rise of more than 2300 percent in sales during the week ending on December 28, with 22,000 units sold, compared to 1,000 the previous week.
The best-selling individual Cocker album following his death was the 2000 compilation The Best of Joe Cocker: 20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection, which sold 7,000 copies, a 4,878-percent increase from the prior week.
The retrospective even landed at #75 on the Billboard 200, marking the singer’s first appearance on that chart since 2007.
Looking at Cocker’s digital sales, a total of 121,000 downloads of his songs were purchased during the week ending on December 28, an increase of more than 3600 percent.
The best-selling individual track that week was his classic cover of The Beatles’ “With a Little Help from My Friends,” which was downloaded 32,000 times: a gain of more than 5,000 percent.
As a result, the tune debuted at #6 on the Billboard Rock Digital Songs tally, and bowed at #8 on the Hot Rock Songs chart, which takes into account sales, airplay and streaming.
In addition, Joe’s 1972 version of Dave Mason’s “Feeling Alright,” was downloaded 13,000 times over the past sales week – a gain of more than 2700 percent. It debuted at #22 on the Hot Rock Songs chart.