XXXTentacion Streams Jump 549% Following Death
On the day when XXXTentacion was murdered, June 18, his on-demand streams in the U.S. climbed by 549 percent, according to Nielsen Music. On Monday, the rapper/singer’s catalog of songs collected 59.6 million streams (audio and video combined) – up from 9.2 million on Sunday, June 17th. XXXTentacion’s most on-demand streamed songs on June 18 were: “Sad!” (8.97 million; up 408 percent from 1.77 million). “Jocelyn Flores” (4.46 million; up 628 percent from 613,000). “Moonlight” (4.23 million; up 370 percent from 900,000). “Changes” (4.04 million; up 462 percent from 719,000) and “F**k Love,” featuring Trippie Redd (3.83 million; up 499 percent from 639,000).
“Sad!” was the artist’s only top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart before he died, which peaked at No. 7 on the March 31st dated list. The song can be found on XXXTentacion’s “?” album, which debuted atop the Billboard 200 chart that same week. This marked his first chart-topper. XXXTentacion previously hit the top 10 on the Billboard 200 with 17, in 2017, which peaked at No. 2.
XXXTentacion will re-enter top five
Industry forecasters suggest “?” will return to the top five on next week’s Billboard 200. The album received over 80,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending June 21st. However, on the current chart, the set stood at No. 24 with 19,000 units earned, according to Nielsen Music. Additionally, the “17” album also could vault back to the top 10. This week there were 50,000 units earned. On the June 23-dated list, the set was No. 60 with 10,000 units. XXXTentacion made his Billboard chart debut in February 2017 and collected 16 hits on the Hot 100 and three entries on the Billboard 200 during his lifetime. However, his chart success was concurrent with consistent legal trouble. At the time of his death, he was awaiting trial on more than a dozen felony charges and allegations of domestic violence against his then-pregnant girlfriend.