Over 10 million viewers tuned into Wednesday’s (January 20) live simulcast of ‘Celebrating America’ – a concert that assembled some of music’s biggest music and shakers to commemorate the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.
That gargantuan viewership figure made the platform a prime spot to showcase new and old music, an opportunity taken advantage of in earnest by the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Katy Perry, Ant Clemons & Justin Timberlake, and other big names on the bill who opted to perform original songs instead of inspirational covers like Demi Lovato, John Legend, and more.
For Clemons and Timberlake, the exposure proved particularly lucrative as the duo unveiled the first live showing of their new song ‘Better Days.’
If real-time sales tallies are to judge by, America was pleased with the performance.
As of time reported, ‘Days’ – as a result of the stirring live outing on ‘Celebrating America’ – is dominating real-time iTunes sales charts on the “all genres,” “Pop,” and “R&B” listings.
The song is one of three featured on the program (which was simulcast on ABC, NBC, MSNBC, PBS, CBS, and a number of Web outlets) found in the current top 10 of iTunes’ highest sellers.
“The top-seller on Jan. 20 from [‘Celebrating America’] was Clemons and Timberlake’s “Better Days,” which sold 13,000 downloads that day — a gain of 15,351% compared to the negligible sum it sold on Jan. 19. The song was released in December but has yet to chart on a Billboard tally. That will likely change come next week, once the new charts (dated Jan. 30, reflecting sales and streaming data for the week ending Jan. 21) are compiled and announced.”
Real-Time iTunes Chart (All Genres)
Click here to watch the full ‘Celebrating America’ concert.