Much like the passing of Scott Weiland in and of itself, this is sad, but not terribly surprising. Following the former Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver frontman’s passing, sales of his music has gone up significantly. Billboard reports that many of his songs have increased in sales on their rock digital sales charts. Of the top ten songs on the Har Rock Digital Songs chart, six are by Stone Temple Pilots and two are by Velvet Revolver. The #1 song was “Plush,” selling 18,000 copies (it’d sold 1,000 the week before). It’s followed by “Interstate Love Song” (14,000 copies), “Creep” (9,000) and Velvet Revolver’s “Fall to Pieces” (8,000). STP’s “Vasoline,” “Big Empty” and “Sex Type Thing,” while Velvet Revolver’s “Slither” also debuted in the top ten at #9.
Stone Temple Pilots also rebounded on the album charts as well. Their 2003 greatest hits set, Thank You, re-entered Billboard’s album sales chart at #47, selling the equivalent of 17,000 albums, which is the highest position it had since it entered 12 years ago at #26. And their 1993 debut album, Core, re-entered the charts at #145, selling 7,000 and making its first appearance on the charts in 20 years. Again, it’s sad that it took a death for so many people to rediscover Weiland’s music, but perhaps it might lead some addicts to try a little harder to get clean, as Mary Weiland wished in her letter.