Slain rapper Xxxtentacion makes posthumous chart impact

Slain rapper Xxxtentacion makes posthumous chart impact

Xxxtentacion is set to make a posthumous chart impact following his murder in Florida earlier this week.

According to the latest Midweek sales flash, the late rapper is already on course for chart entries on both the singles and albums charts based on 24 hours of data. Given the widespread media coverage of the tragedy, the continuing increase in consumption – heavily skewed towards streaming – is likely to push the LPs and tracks further up the charts by Friday (June 22).

Xxxtentacion’s recent album, ? (Bad Vibes Forever), has already moved 83-26 based on sales of 2,110, according to the Official Charts Company. Consumption has increased by 183% week-on-week for the record, which peaked at No.3 in March and has sales to date of 38,321.

The rapper’s 2017 debut album, 17, has increased weekly sales by 229% and moved up 120 places to No.42. The record peaked at No.12 last September and has sales to date of 64,863. 

While the singles chart requires significant streaming numbers to make an immediate impact, Xxxtentacion would already have five Top 100 entries this week but for the OCC’s three-track limit.

Sad! is currently new at No.60 having increased weekly sales by 170%; its sales-to-date total is 230,287. Moonlight is at No.77, while Changes is at No.80.

In the US, Xxxtentacion’s music sales have increased by 1,603%, following the death of the 20-year-old on Monday (June 18).

Manager Solomon Sobande of Empire, lawyer Bob Celestin and AKW PR issued the following statement: "Xxxtentacion touched the lives of millions around the globe and will forever reside in the hearts of countless fans who listened to his music, attended his concerts, and felt the glow of his uncontainable, undeniable, and unique spirit.”

Capitol Music Group subsidiary Caroline issued the following statement to Music Week: “Everyone at Caroline is shocked to learn of the tragic death of Jahseh Onfroy, professionally known as Xxxtentacion. We extend our heartfelt condolences to his family and loved ones.”

Tributes were also paid by fellow artists including Kanye West, Diplo, Pusha T, J Cole and Diddy. The rapper had recently received support after becoming embroiled in the Spotify hate conduct policy and his music was restored to playlists on the streaming service.

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