No surprise…Leonard Cohen sales explode since his passing

Doug Spence, VP for client and business development at Border City Media in Canada, writes to FYI Music to update readers on the uptick in sales on Leonard Cohen’s catalogue sales.

“The expected resurgence of interest in Leonard Cohen’s catalog has already begun, since the announcement of his passing on Nov 10th.

“For the six days leading up to the announcement (Nov 4-9,) Cohen’s catalogue combined for a total of slightly over 3,500 album sales. On the day of the announcement, the one-day total album sales of his catalogue was 3,350 units. BuzzAngle can also report a total catalogue sales number of 15,100 units for the first two days after his passing (Friday Nov 11- Saturday Nov 12th).

“The increases were led by his latest release, You Want it Darker, surging to the top position on the BuzzAngle Album Consumption Ranking (week-to-date Nov 11 &12) with a two-day consumption total of 9,300 units, along with The Essential Leonard Cohen coming in at #3. In total, the Leonard Cohen catalogue holds 13 positions in the Top 100 rankings week-to-date.

“Also, during the two days of reporting since his passing, Leonard Cohen songs have been streamed an incredible 1.9 million times, obviously led by the beautiful ‘Hallelujah.'”