Bee Gees' Album Sales Jump 339% After Robin Gibb's Death

Following the death of Bee Gees member Robin Gibb on May 20, his band's catalog of albums and songs saw great sales gains in the week ending May 27.

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Following the death of Bee Gees member Robin Gibb on May 20, his band's catalog of albums and songs saw great sales gains in the week ending May 27.

According to Nielsen SoundScan, the group sold 27,000 albums this past week - up 339% from 6,000 in the week of May 20. (That includes the "Saturday Night Fever" soundtrack.) The pop trio's best-selling album last week was "The Ultimate Bee Gees" greatest hits, which reenters the Billboard 200 chart at No. 49 with 9,000 sold (up 291%).

The act also returns to the Billboard 200 with "Number Ones" (No. 70 with 7,000; up 695%) and the "Saturday Night Fever" album (No. 168 with 3,000; up 133%). On the Catalog Albums chart, "Ultimate Bee Gees" returns at No. 4, while "Number Ones" jumps back in at No. 8. (The Catalog chart ranks the best-selling older albums of the week - those that are generally at least 18 months old.)

On the digital song side of things, Bee Gees moved 102,000 song downloads last week - up from 21,000 the week previous (a gain of 379%).

The group's two biggest songs last week were "Stayin' Alive", which sold 14,000 (up 198%), and "How Deep Is Your Love" (11,000; up 362%). Neither tune sold enough to rank on the 75-position Digital Songs chart.

Thanks for the report to Billboard.com.

14 comments sorted by best / new / date

    iommi600
    Always been like that, always will be. Anyway, good thing that more people are getting into their career, at least.
    Hippykiller
    The best part about this article is that it doesn't really address the fact that the dude died, nobody cares about that but they do care that sales are up! Congratulations to the record companies, they have clearly demonstrated how important the people they represent are [$$$].
    tblaze
    Travis...Rush still important today???? to whom, Rush fans??? Though Bee Gees not together as a group anymore wouldn't say they've tanked..Still much more relevant and important today than Rush
    dewitt
    tblaze wrote: Travis...Rush still important today???? to whom, Rush fans??? Though Bee Gees not together as a group anymore wouldn't say they've tanked..Still much more relevant and important today than Rush
    I wouldn't say they're more important, but they're at least not less important. The Bee Gees may not have been active, and Rush may still be, but Rush hasn't really been that relevant in terms of new music in the music industry for 20+ years. For your argument's sake, you're probably more likely to quickly find someone who knows Stayin' Alive than someone who knows Tom Sawyer .
    Konsing26
    I find BeeGees sound truly music to my ears. I listen to their songs EVERYDAY! Today' s generation listen to hiphop, heavy metal rock - which invite crime & drugs. No pure , clean "romance" there at all- only ass grinding and sex . It makes me sad and wonder why people buy these garbage.
    travislausch
    You can always tell which bands have kind of tanked because when a member dies, all of a sudden they're important again, when there are bands from that era that are still important today (like Rush). It's sad, because these guys did put out some quality material when they weren't trying to be all disco.
    tblaze
    travislausch wrote: You can always tell which bands have kind of tanked because when a member dies, all of a sudden they're important again, when there are bands from that era that are still important today (like Rush). It's sad, because these guys did put out some quality material when they weren't trying to be all disco.
    travislausch wrote: You can always tell which bands have kind of tanked because when a member dies, all of a sudden they're important again, when there are bands from that era that are still important today (like Rush). It's sad, because these guys did put out some quality material when they weren't trying to be all disco.
    metallica-#1
    I get why sales spike after an artist dies, but why does it have to be that way? If people really care about the artist that passed on, why do they always wait until they die before showing their support?
    tennesseehild
    I'd like someone to explain to me why it is record sales go up after someone dies? It's not like you're gaining gold for an album that was in the works but wasn't released. No you're buying the same thing that has been out for your years that you really didn't care about the day before. Plus that album you just bought... pretty sure the record companies are still going to push them out even after the artist is dead.