Friday, January 10, 2014

Everly Brothers' Song Sales Up 696% Following Death of Phil Everly

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Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Image
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% 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% from less than 1,000 a week ago). In total, 18,000 Everly Brothers songs were purchased this past week -- up 696% 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.

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