Sales of Leonard Cohen’s music rise by 400% following his death

The legendary musician passed away earlier this month, aged 82

Leonard Cohen‘s music has seen a 400% spike in sales following the announcement of his death earlier this month.

The musician passed away following “a fall in the middle of the night” on November 7. His funeral took place shortly after, before his death was officially confirmed on November 11.

Cohen’s 1984 song ‘Hallelujah’ returned to the US singles chart last week , and, in national chart and sales information collated by Billboard, Cohen’s music has made a big return to the US charts in the wake of his death.


A best-of compilation, ‘The Essential Leonard Cohen’, entered the Billboard 200 at number 13 (20,000 units; 11,000 in traditional album sales), while his most recent album, ‘You Want It Darker’, climbed to number 7 (with sales up by 197%).

In total, Cohen’s album and song sales – in combination with on-demand streams – rose by 407% to 18.45 million for the week ending November 17.

Meanwhile in the UK, Cohen’s ‘You Want It Darker’ also climbed to number 7 in the album charts, up 22 places from the previous week. ‘The Essential’ compilation re-entered the charts at number 26.

Read more: Leonard Cohen’s Graceful Final Years: Hey, That’s The Way To Say Goodbye

After news of his death broke earlier this month, the world of music and countless artists he inspired rushed to pay tribute to the late musician.

Nick Cave hailed him as “the greatest songwriter of them all,” while Rufus Wainwright wrote: “We need you now up there as much as we did down here.”


Cohen’s son Adam also shared a touching tribute to his father.

“My sister and I just buried my father in Montreal,” Adam Cohen wrote. “With only immediate family and a few lifelong friends present, he was lowered into the ground in an unadorned pine box, next to his mother and father. Exactly as he’d asked.”