Stone Temple Pilots’ Sales Soar Following Scott Weiland’s Death

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Sell more records if I’m dead.
Purple flowers once again.
Hope it’s sooner, hope it’s near,
corporate records’ fiscal year.

Billboard is reporting that 8 of the top 10 titles on the Hard Rock Digital Songs chart (dated Dec. 26) are by either Stone Temple Pilots (six) or Velvet Revolver (two), the two non-solo acts that Weiland fronted. The top-performing song, Stone Temple Pilots’ “Plush,” returns to top the chart, up by 1,405 percent to 18,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen Music. (It sold 1,000 the week before.) STP’s “Interstate Love Song” also re-enters at No. 2 (14,000, up 1,447 percent), followed by the band’s “Creep” at No. 3 (9,000, up 1,192 percent). “Fall to Pieces,” the top-selling track from Velvet Revolver, ranks at No. 4 (8,000, up 2,512 percent).

STP’s “Vasoline,” “Big Empty” and “Sex Type Thing” arrive at Nos. 6-8, respectively, with Velvet Revolver’s “Slither” new at No. 9.

Stone Temple Pilots’ 2003 greatest hits set Thank You re-enters the Billboard 200 at No. 47, up by 1,787 percent to 17,000 equivalent album units. Core clocks in at No. 145 (7,000, up 530 percent), marking its first appearance on the chart in slightly more than 20 years.

Streaming for Weiland tracks also surged, with “Plush” drawing 1.3 million U.S. clicks in the tracking week — a 313 percent rise.

Three Stone Temple Pilots songs additionally are on Hot Rock Songs (which launched in 2009): “Plush” (No. 7), “Interstate” (No. 9) and “Creep” (No. 12). (They’re the band’s best placements since “Between the Lines” spent seven weeks No. 1 beginning in April 2010.)