George Jones Music Sales Surge In Days Following His Death
People appear to be taking Brad Paisley's advice. Following George Jones' death last Friday morning, Paisley urged those who aren't familiar with the country legend's music to "discover him now." Billboard.com says Jones' sales surged in the three days after he died, increasing a total of one-thousand-and-two-percent from the previous week. His best-of sets have seen the biggest sales increases. The 1998 collection "16 Biggest Hits" logged sales of nine-thousand -- up 441-percent from the previous week -- and is debuting at number 42 on the Billboard 200. That's also Jones' highest placement on the all genre list.
Meanwhile, Jones downloads were up by two-thousand-739-percent. His total digital sales of 149-thousand last week more than doubled his cumulative sales for 2013. Jones' signature song, "He Stopped Loving Her Today," was the biggest seller. It's entering the Country Digital Songs chart at number 15 with sales of 34-thousand -- up from one-thousand a week earlier. "Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes" was also a popular download with eleven-thousand in sales, which Billboard.com says is "up from basically nothing" the previous week.