Nickelback See Spike In Streams And Sales Of Photograph Following Trump Tweet
As was widely reported last week, Nickelback – the band everyone loves to hate – got in a bit of a Twitter tussle with Donald Trump – the president everyone loves to hate — for a match made in, well, Hell.
Nickelback came off that round in the ring as the winners on points, after Trump used their song Photograph to disparage former Vice-President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter. Twitter later removed the president’s tweet for copyright infringement. It even inspired Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic to announce his support of the band.
Now, the Canadian band have delivered an inadvertent knockout punch to the POTUS, after it was revealed by Billboard that sales of the song have spiked following the incident.
According to a report in the music industry publication, the song “earned 772,000 on-demand streams (audio and video combined) on Oct 2 – 3, a 38% gain from the 558,000 it collected on Sept 30-Oct 1.”
In addition to that, “digital download sales of Photograph on Oct 2 – 3 were up 569% over the previous two days. However, in both pairs of days, sales were still negligible. In total for the week ending Oct 3, the song garnered 1,000 downloads.”
Negligible it may be, but given that the song was released some 14 years ago as the lead single from Nickleback’s fifth studio album, All The Right Reasons, which was released on October 22 2005.
According to Billboard, who are also the keepers of all things chart-related on the other side of the Atlantic, the song peaked at the number two spot on the Billboard Hot 100, making it the Canadian band’s second-biggest hit of their career after — what else? — How You Remind Me, from 2001’s Silver Side Up, the band’s third album.
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