Foo Fighters’ ‘Greatest Hits’ flies up ‘Billboard’ charts following death of Taylor Hawkins

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Foo Fighters fans are finding solace in the band’s music as the rock world continues to mourn the unexpected death of drummer Taylor Hawkins.

According to Billboard, the Dave Grohl-led group’s 2009 Greatest Hits compilation jumped 179% in equivalent album units for the tracking week following Hawkins’ death on Friday, March 25.

As a result, Greatest Hits flew up a number of Billboard charts, including to number one on the Top Hard Rock Albums tally, and number two on the Top Rock Albums ranking. On the all-genre Billboard 200, Greatest Hits leaped from number 147 all the way to number 18.

Additionally, the Foo Fighters song “Everlong” saw a significant bump, increasing in streams by 56%, radio airplay by 34%, and downloads by 391%. While the original “Everlong” recording does not feature Hawkins on drums — he joined the band after the completion of 1997’s The Colour and the Shape album — the song is widely considered to be the Foos’ signature tune.

Hawkins died March 25 ahead of a Foo Fighters show in Bogotá, Colombia, planned for that night. He was 50 years old.

On March 29, the Foos announced the cancellation of rest of their scheduled tour dates.

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