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Aretha Franklin, Queen of the Soul, died last week. In its wake, Franklin has left behind a musical legacy few other artists will ever touch – and as expected, hits from the legendary R & B singer catalog have recorded the music charts since their deaths.
Billboard reports that sales of Franklin's album 30 Greatest Hits increased by 12,693 percent from 1985 and again on the Billboard 200 album charts in 7th place reached their highest placing on the Billboard 200 since 1972 Amazing Grace also reached her 7th place.
30 Greatest Hits contains, of course, some of Franklin's most long-lived footage – " Respect "," (you make me like a natural woman) "," think "and more. The compilation also reached the first place in Apple's iTunes chart a day after her death. As of August 19, eight of their songs had also taken place in Spotify's "Viral 50" playlist.
The increase in purchases and streaming of the record began on the same day as Franklin's death, on Thursday, August 16 Last day of the tracking window for the week. With that in mind, Franklin's catalog is likely to generate multiple placements next week. The Billboard 200 album table uses a mix of "pure" album sales and a formula for streams and downloads of these albums; The journal has recently updated this method and gave more weight to paid streaming.
Since the singer's first entry in 1960, Franklin had won the title of Most Hot 100 Entries among women with 73 entries, a record that was broken at Nicki in 2017. Minaj surpassed that number with 76 entries on the Hot 100. Outside of the streaming and radio world, artists such as Ariana Grande and Alicia Keys have already dedicated performances for the Detroit-born star.
Franklin's body will rest in peace for public viewing for two days next week – between 9am and 9pm on August 28th and 29th at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit. A private funeral is scheduled for Friday, August 31, at the Greater Grace Temple, also in Detroit.
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