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Chart Moves: The Doors' Sales Surge
By Keith Caulfield, Los Angeles | May 31, 2013 9:30 AM EDT
-- The Doors, "The Very Best of the Doors" (No. 84): Following the death of Doors keyboardist and founding member Ray Manzarek on May 20, the legendary rock band tallies big sales gains on the Billboard charts this week.
Sales of the Doors' albums catalog grew 121% in the week ending May 26, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The collected works shifted a little less than 13,000 copies for the week (up from 6,000 the week previous). The best seller of the bunch was the 2007 album "The Very Best of the Doors," which moved 5,000 -- its best sales week since August of 2012 -- and re-enters the Billboard 200 at No. 84.
The band's digital song sales soared by 208% this past week as well, rising to 34,000 downloads sold. The Doors’ first No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hit "Light My Fire" was their biggest seller for the week, with 5,000 downloads sold (up by 270%). Their 1971 No. 14 Hot 100 hit "Riders on the Storm" was their second largest of the week, with 4,000.
Oddly enough, the group’s second and final No. 1, "Hello, I Love You," was only their 10th-largest seller in the week after Manzarek's passing, with 1,000 (up 204%).