12:18pm PT by Keith Caulfield, Billboard
Leonard Cohen's Music Sales and Streams Gain 400+ Percent Following Death
On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart (dated Dec. 3), A Tribe Called Quest nabbed its first No. 1 in more than 20 years, as We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service launched atop the list. The album earned 135,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Nov. 17, according to Nielsen Music, of which 112,000 were in traditional album sales.
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the week's most popular albums based on their overall consumption. That overall unit figure combines pure album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).
A closer look from the latest Billboard 200 chart:
Leonard Cohen, The Essential Leonard Cohen: No. 13
Cohen, who died on Nov. 7, debuts at No. 13 with this best-of compilation, The Essential Leonard Cohen (20,000 units; 11,000 in traditional album sales). Up inside the top 10, his newest studio album, You Want It Darker, climbs 48-7 with 30,000 units (up 197 percent) and 28,000 sold (up 188 percent). Cohen died on Nov. 7, but his death was not announced until Nov. 10.
In the week ending Nov. 17, Cohen's catalog of albums sold 56,000 (up 283 percent from 15,000), while his songs sold 72,000 downloads (up 631 percent from just 10,000). In terms of on-demand streams, his tunes collected 18.3 million streams during that tracking frame, a gain of 407 percent (from 3.6 million).
In total, his album and song sales, along with on-demand streams, rose 407 percent to 18.45 million for the week (up from 3.64 million).
A version of this article first appeared on Billboard.com.