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Aretha Franklin Streams, Sales Soar in the Days After Her Death

Not surprisingly, "Respect" leads the way.

Aretha Franklin performs at the world
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Not surprisingly, sales and streams for Aretha Franklin’s dozens of albums and hundreds of songs soared in the days after her death on Aug. 16.

According to BuzzAngle Music, her song streams rocketed some 1,452% on the day of her death to just over 26 million total, while her album sales climbed 1,362% on the day of her death to just over 21,000 — a solid figure in the age of streaming. From Thursday through the end of the surveyed period on Sunday, she was the top-selling artist with more than 45,000 total album sales, and the fourth most-streamed artist with 57 million song streams.

The top-streamed song, not surprisingly, was the Queen of Soul’s legendary anthem, the Otis Redding-penned 1968 hit “Respect,” with 4,987,752 streams, with “I Say a Little Prayer,” from the same year, not far behind with 4,076,003. (Interestingly, both songs were originally hits for other artists — Redding and Dionne Warwick, respectively — yet Franklin indisputably made them her own.)

The top-selling album was the near-definitive 1985 collection of hits from her long stint with Atlantic Records, “30 Greatest Hits,” with 22,251 units sold in those four days.

Top Aretha Franklin Songs Streamed between 8/16/18 – 8/20/18 Total Streams
Respect 4,987,752
I Say A Little Prayer 4,076,003
Chain Of Fools 2,602,926
(You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman 2,400,327
Think 1,791,244
Ain’t No Way 1,745,226
Until You Come Back To Me (That’s What I’m Gonna Do) 1,704,493
I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You) 1,677,077
Bridge Over Troubled Water 1,507,578
Rock Steady 1,388,776
Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time) 1,187,264
[You Make Me Feel Like] A Natural Woman [Mono Single Version] 1,179,792
Something He Can Feel 1,163,345
DO RIGHT WOMAN – DO RIGHT MAN 1,140,940
BABY, I LOVE YOU 1,055,258
Dr. Feelgood (Love Is A Serious Business) 926,041
A Rose Is Still A Rose 922,671
Freeway Of Love 842,953
Don’t Play That Song 825,774
Son of a Preacher Man 808,822