Following the death of Juice WRLD on December 8th, fans have been mourning by streaming his music, according to initial reports to Nielsen Music.
The music reporting service shows that in the two days following the tragic event, the hip-hop artist’s catalog of songs garnered 115 million on-demand streams (audio and video combined) in the U.S. – up a whopping 453% as compared to the two days previous (25 million on December 6-7). Among the top-streaming songs were his No. 2 Billboard Hot 100 hit single “Lucid Dreams” (18 million), “Bandit” with YoungBoy Never Broke Again (13 million), “Legends” (13 million), “Robbery” (8 million) and his breakout track “All Girls Are the Same” (8 million).
Further, it is expected that Juice WLRD’s two solo albums, Goodbye & Good Riddance and Death Race for Love, will vault back into the top 15 on next week’s Billboard 200 chart.
While it is incredible to see how fans choose to mourn the death of someone they cared about, it is also important to understand why they died so young. Reports have claimed that the 21-year-old took a handful of pills to hide them and others from the crew of his private plane, eventually ending with his seizure and subsequent death. In these situations, it’s not enough to say that it is tragic he is gone, but it may be the right time for many fans to reassess how they interact with their favorite artists and if those relationships push listeners to do risky things they otherwise wouldn’t.