One way to honor late musicians: Listen to their songs. 

That’s what many fans have done this past week while mourning the loss of “Take Me Home Tonight” rocker Eddie Money and The Cars frontman Ric Ocasek.

According to BuzzAngle Music, compared with the previous day, Eddie Money’s U.S. album sales jumped 11,273% (3,000 albums) the day of his death, Sept. 13. His song sales soared 12,819% (18,345 song sales) and his songs were streamed 3.9 million times that same day. As Mediabase tracks it, Money’s songs were played on the radio 2,349 times on Sept. 13.

The Cars, BuzzAngle says, had a 3,700% increase in album sales in the 48 hours since news of Ocasek’s death (6,000 albums; news came in the evening), and the band’s song sales increased 14,695% in the same time period, with 25,000 song sales (and beating out next-top-sellers Post Malone and Lizzo). According to Mediabase, The Cars’ songs were spun on the radio 4,345 times for Sept. 15 and 16.

Those are significant increases in streams and sales for the musicians, but it’s hard to top the buying power of Prince’s fans: 650,000 Prince albums were sold the four days after the singer’s death in 2016. 

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