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For the week ended Oct. 27, total sales of Reed's albums were 3,000, up 607% from the previous week's sales, which clocked in at less than 1,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
That time period includes less than a day after Reed's passing became public, so the tally will probably grow for the next week, especially considering that many people probably didn't learn about the news of the singer-songwriter's passing until Monday morning.
Reed's best-known solo album, "Transformer" (the one that features "Walk on the Wild Side," probably his best-known single), sold 1,400 copies for the week, up 527%, and digital download sales of "Walk on the Wild Side" jumped more than 700%. On the streaming service
Digital sales of Reed's songs have increased 590% to 17,000.
The Velvet Underground's catalog also saw a significant uptick, with album sales up 236% to about 3,000, while the best-selling record, unsurprisingly, was the debut "Velvet Underground & Nico," up 146%. The band's song sales quintupled to 5,000.
"Sweet Jane," from the 1970 album "Loaded," grew 521% to 1,000 downloads.
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