Just a week after the death of Tom Petty, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers are bouncing back on to the Billboard charts. The band is at the top of the Billboard Artist 100 chart and may not let up any time soon.
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Top Billboard’s Artist 100 Chart
“The Artist 100, which launched in July 2014, measures artist activity across key metrics of music consumption, blending album and track sales, radio airplay, streaming and social media fan interaction to provide a weekly multi-dimensional ranking of artist popularity,” according to Billboard.
“Petty returns to the chart at the summit with a monstrous 10,413 percent surge in overall activity. He and the band previously topped the tally dated Aug. 16, 2014 (five weeks after the chart launched). They had last appeared on the chart on Sept. 6, 2014.”
Petty is another one of the great 80s acts that jumped to the top of the chart following his passing. Prince and David Bowie were the two most recent 80s acts to do so, according to the report. The report also claims that album sales have been the major driving factor for the resurgence of Petty, following his death. As plenty of great artists’ music tends to do after their passing, the songs and music videos have been playing non-stop.
Generations who were unaware of his greatest are now coming across it in an unfortunate way.
“Petty boasts five albums on the Billboard 200, led by his and the Heartbreakers’ Greatest Hits, which re-enters at a new No. 2 peak with 84,000 equivalent album units (up 2,231 percent),” according to the report.
None-the-less, they are being introduced to one of the great musical minds of the 80s.