Eddie Van Halen’s Death Leads To Spike In Streams Of Songs

Songs from Van Halen saw a sharp spike in streams following the death of legendary guitarist Eddie Van Halen last Tuesday (October 6).

According to Nielsen Music/MRC Data, the band’s songs were streamed over 31 million times in the U.S. since Eddie’s passing.

On October 6-7, Van Halen’s collected songs earned 31.19 million on-demand streams — up 1,369% compared to 2.12 million clicks on October 4-5, the data showed.

The band’s top five most-streamed songs on October 6-7 were all tunes that were originally released between 1978 and 1984. The group’s lone No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 single “Jump” garnered 2.33 million streams, a whopping 554% surge over the previous two days.

“Panama” attracted 1.97 million streams, a jump of 653%, “Runnin’ With the Devil” saw a 925% spike to 1.78 million streams, while “Hot for Teacher” and “Eruption” logged 1.51 million and 1.37 million streams, respectively, soaring 1,044% and 2,662%.

Sales of the band’s albums and songs also skyrocketed, generating 112,000 in sales on October 6-8 — up 4,896% compared to the 2,000 sold on October 3-5.

The group’s 1978 self-titled debut album sold nearly 6,000 copies on October 6-8.

(Photo: Abby Gillardi)

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