Jamaica Observer:- Album and singles sales for rapper/singer Xxxtentacion have shot through the roof in the wake of his death.
The rapper, whose given name is Jahseh Dwayne Ricardo Onfroy, succumbed to injuries on Monday, June 18, following a shooting incident in Deerfield, Florida. His mother and father are Jamaicans.
Nine of the songs from his most recent album ? are currently charting on the Billboard Hot 100. Sad, which peaked at number seven, has jumped from 52 to number one. This makes him the first artiste to score a posthumous number one song on that chart in a lead role since The Notorious BIG’s Mo Money, Mo Problems topped the chart in 1997. Notorious BIG also has Jamaican roots.
Sad is also number one on Billboard’s R&B Hip Hop Songs chart. The other songs from ? which are on the Hot 100 are Moonlight (which re-enters at number 16 and is also number 11 on the R&B chart); Changes (another re-entry at number 18, also number 13 R&B); Jocelyn Flores (mixed by producer Jon FX, re-enters the chart at number 19 and is number 14 on the R&B chart); F**k Love (re-enters at number 28, number 18 R&B); Everybody Dies in their Nightmares (re-enters at number 42, currently number 22 R&B); The Remedy for a Broke Heart (re-entry at number 58, number 29 R&B); Numb (re-entry at number 82) and the new entry Hope at number 80 (debuts at number 40 on R&B).
Xxxtentacion’s surge in sales are not limited to the United States. Similarly in the UK Sad re-enters the Official UK Top 100 chart at number 31; Moonlight re-enters at number 32; and Changes jumps back onto the chart at number 33.
On the UK album chart, ? races from 83 to number 9, while his previous album 17 re-enters at number 13.
On the Billboard 200 album chart, ? sold an additional 94,000 in equivalent album units to rise from 24 to three. It had topped the chart upon its release in March. Over on the Top R&B Hip Hop Albums chart, ? rises to number two, while his previous set 17 is at number five.
The single Sad is number one on Billboard’s Hot Rap Songs chart, while ? is number 12 on the Top Rap Albums chart.
Over on Billboard’s On Demand Streaming Songs chart, Xxxtentacion continues his dominance with nine entries charting simultaneously.
New at number one is Sad (48.9 million US streams up 264 per cent), while Moonlight is at number four. Jocelyn Flores is at number five, while F**k Love is number seven. Changes is number 11, while Everybody Dies in their Nightmares is number. The Remedy for a Broke Heart is number 21, while Look at Me is at number 45. Hope is new at number 46.
All the songs are also charting on Billboard’s R&B Hip Hop Streaming Songs chart.
Aside from The Notorious BIG, John Lennon, Janis Joplin and Otis Redding have all hit the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart posthumously.