Photo: Timothy Greenfield-SandersLou Reed influenced and inspired countless of popular musicians over the years, although he had relatively little commercial success during his lifetime. However, the edgy singer/songwriter's death on Sunday at the age of 71, has resulted in a major increase in sales of his back catalog.
Billboard reports that, according to Nielsen SoundScan, Reed sold a total of 3,000 albums during the sales week ending this past Sunday, marking a 607-percent spike from the previous week. In addition, Lou's old band The Velvet Underground also sold about 3,000 albums last week -- a 236-percent increase from the week before.
The individual Reed-associated albums that sold the best last week were 1972's Transformer and The Velvets' 1967 debut, The Velvet Underground & Nico, which each moved about 1,000 copies.
As for digital song sales, Lou and The Velvet Underground notched 17,000 and 5,000 downloads, respectively, seeing gains of 590 percent and 410 percent from the previous week.
The most downloaded single Reed track was, not surprisingly, 1972's "Walk on the Wild Side," which was Lou's only single ever to enter the top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100. With 6,000 downloads, the track's sales improved by 729 percent from the week before. The song lands at No. 38 on Billboard's Rock Digital Songs tally.
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