Sales of Scott Weiland’s Music Skyrocket Following His Death
According to Billboard, eight of the top 10 songs on the Hard Rock Digital Songs chart are held by one of those two Weiland-fronted groups, with six of those belonging to Stone Temple Pilots. Leading the charge is "Plush," Stone Temple Pilots' breakthrough single, with 18,000 downloads sold, and "Interstate Love Song" (14,000 downloads) is at No. 2. "Creep," "Vasoline," "Big Empty" and "Sex Type Thing" also cracked the chart. Two tracks from Velvet Revolver's debut Contraband, "Fall to Pieces" and "Slither" came in at No. 4 and No. 9, respectively.
Two Stone Temple Pilots albums also sold enough to chart on the Billboard 200, with Thank You, their compilation, selling 17,000 units, good enough to get it to No. 47. It peaked at No. 26 upon its 2003 release. Core, their debut, sold 7,000 copies (No. 145), causing it return to the chart for the first time in more than 20 years.
Combined with an increase in airplay and streams -- "Plush" had 1.3 million streams last week -- Stone Temple Pilots ranked No. 33 on Billboard's Artist 100 chart.
Weiland's body was discovered in the bedroom of his tour bus outside a Bloomington, Minn., hotel. The police report said that an "unknown white substance packed in baggies" was discovered near the body, along with numerous prescription medications. The toxicology report on Weiland, who had a well-known history with drug addiction, is expected within four to eight weeks.
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