George Jones Album Sales Increase 1,000% Following Death

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From The Hollywood Reporter:

The late country icon George Jones is remembered on the Billboard charts this week, following his his death on April 26. The country music icon’s catalog of albums sold 35,000 last week, up from 3,000 the week previous.

As Nielsen SoundScan’s sales tracking week ended on April 28, Billboard’s new sales charts reflect only three days since Jones’ passing. (SoundScan provides data to Billboard for its music chart rankings.)

On the Billboard 200 albums chart, Jones logs his highest-charting set ever on the tally, as the 1998 release 16 Biggest Hits debuts at No. 42 with a 441 percent gain (9,000 copies sold in the week, up from less than 1,000 a week ago). While a titan on our country charts, Jones never went higher than No. 53 on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart, with his 1999 album Cold Hard Truth.

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