January 26, 2012 10:47

Etta James album sales increase by 378% after her death

'At Last' has sold over 63,000 alone in the last week

Etta James album sales increase by 378% after her death

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Sales of Etta James' back catalogue have increased by 378% since she passed away last week.

James passed away last Friday (January 20) at the age of 73. She had been suffering from terminal leukemia, kidney disease, hepatitis C and dementia.

According to Billboard, James has posthumously scored her highest ever chart position with her 'Best Of' compilation 'The Best of Etta James - 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection', which rose from Number 162 to Number 46 on the US Billboard chart.

Overall sales of James' albums numbered at just over 30,000 copies, which marked a 378% increase from the previous week, when sales of all her albums was just over 6,000.

The singer's biggest hit 'At Last' has also shifted over 63,000 downloads in the last week, out of a total of 118,000 downloads of James' tracks.

Etta James' funeral is set to take place this Saturday, January 28, in Gardena, Los Angeles.

The private funeral will follow a public viewing, which will happen on Friday in Inglewood, Los Angeles. James' family has asked for donations to be sent to the Rhythm & Blues Foundation in Philadelphia.

The Reverend Al Sharpton will preside over the private event, and a statement from his representative has said that the funeral will include performances from a series of as yet unnamed celebrities.

Etta James, 1938-2012 - obituary

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