Everly Brothers' Song Sales Up 696 Percent Following Phil Everly's Death
This article first appeared on Billboard.com.
The death of Phil Everly -- one-half of the singing duo the Everly Brothers -- resonates on the charts this week.
Everly passed away on on Jan. 3 of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was 74.
The Everly Brothers' catalog of albums saw a 455 percent gain in sales for the week ending Jan. 5, rising to 5,000 sold for the week according to Nielsen SoundScan. The biggest seller of the bunch was the 25-song collection The Very Best of the Everly Brothers, which moved 2,000 copies. It debuts at No. 8 on the Country Catalog Albums chart.
The act's top selling song of the week was "All I Have To Do Is Dream," which moved 4,000 downloads (up 490 percent from less than 1,000 a week ago). In total, 18,000 Everly Brothers songs were purchased this past week -- up 696 percent compared to the previous frame.
"All I Have To Do Is Dream" was one of the duo's four No. 1 singles on the Hot Country Songs chart, hitting the top in 1958. The pair also charted 31 singles on the Billboard Hot 100, including 12 top 10 hits. They claimed a No. 1 single with "Cathy's Clown" in 1960, which spent five weeks atop the chart.
Billboard recently ranked the duo as the No. 66 biggest act in the 55-year history of the Hot 100 chart. They are the chart's third biggest duo ever, following Daryl Hall & John Oates, and the Carpenters.