Linkin Park sees a huge jump in their music sales following frontman Chester Bennington’s death. Days after the lead vocalist committed suicide in his Los Angeles home, four of the band’s albums re-enter the Billboard 200 chart.
Those four records include their latest “One More Light” and their oldest one “Hybrid Theory”. The former title, which gave Linkin Park their sixt No. 1 effort when it debuted atop the list back on June 10, now sits at No. 17 with 23,000 equivalent album units. That number includes 18,000 copies of traditional album sales.
If you’re not familiar with Billboard’s album chart, they count sales of full albums, the streaming of full albums as well as the streaming of songs featured in the albums. The totaled numbers, called equivalent album units, are then used to determine the positions of the albums in the Billboard chart.
As for “Hybrid Theory”, Linkin Park’s debut effort lands at No. 27 with 15,000 units sold. It peaked at No. 2 when released back in 2000. Its follow-up, 2003’s “Meteora”, returns to No. 41 with 11,000 units. The band’s last album to make up this week’s Billboard 200 is 2007’s “Minutes to Midnight” which appears at No. 115 with 6,000 units.
Billboard predicts that the sales of Linkin Park’s music will rise even higher this week. It’s worth noting that Bennington died on Thursday, July 20 – shortly before Billboard’s tracking for that week ended.
TMZ, which first reported Bennington’s death, said that he hanged himself when alone in his home. The frontman, a father of six from 2 marriages, died on the same day his close friend Chris Cornell would have celebrated his 53rd birthday. Cornell also committed suicide in May.
Prior to his passing, Bennington had battled drugs and alcohol addiction for years. He once also said that he considered suicide when he was much younger after getting sexually abused by an older man.
In honor of their late bandmate, the rest members of Linkin Park recently launched suicide prevention site chester.linkinpark.com. Through the page, the band urges suicidal fans to seek helps. They also allow mourning fans all across the world to pay tribute to the late singer. Their messages from all social media platform will be shown in the page and the posts will be updated in real time. (dth/gaekon)