It’s no uncommon occurrence for an artist to dominate digital download and streaming outlets in the wake of news of his or her death. It is uncommon, however, when a fallen performer is so popular that his or her work posthumously dominates the Billboard charts to the tune of career highs. The latter is the case for the late DMX.
As we reported here, fans and supporters of the 50-year-old – who succumbed to complications from a heart attack reportedly caused by a drug overdose – rushed out to buy and stream his greatest hits as reports surfaced of his passing. The uptick in streaming and digital download activity led to impress re-entries on the Hot 100 this week.
See what we mean inside:
While the likes of career favorite, “X Gon’ Give It To Ya,” hit #46 (after previously peaking at #60 at the height of its popularity in 2003), “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem” returned to the hitlist at #16 (after a peak at #94).
The #16 entry represents a career-best for the late artist as his previous high came via “Money, Power & Respect,” a collaboration with The Lox and Lil Kim, which peaked at #17. Another notable X hit, “Party Up (Up In Here),” is found at #40 on the refreshed chart.
Look below to see who joins him in the top 25 on this week’s Chart Check: Hot 100.