Foo Fighters, Justin Timberlake, Tim McGraw See Sales Spikes from Inauguration Performances

2021-01-26

Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters performing with his baby blue, Gibson ES-335.

Story by Cat Badra, photo by Ken Settle

Foo Fighters’ 2003 hit “Times Like These” saw a sales increase of 8,700% following the band’s performance during the Celebrating America inauguration special

Foo Fighters performed during last Wednesday’s (Jan. 20) Celebrating America inauguration special, and now, Dave Grohl and company are seeing the fruits of their performance. Sales of the song the group performed on the special, their 2003 hit “Times Like These,” went up more than 8,700% after the special aired, according to Billboard, selling 3,000 downloads that same day. During the show, the band performed a unique arrangement of “Times Like These,” starting out with bare-bones instrumentals and eventually blasting into a full-fledged rock anthem with heavy guitars and rhythms.

Another act, New Radicals, is also seeing a spike in sales following their inauguration performance. The classic alternative band reunited for the first time in 22 years at the virtual Parade Across America inaugural event, which took place following the inauguration of President Biden. During the special, the band performed their popular song, “Get What You Give,” and after that performance, the song scored a sales increase of more than 260%, according to Billboard, pushing 1,500 copies.

In the pop realm, Justin Timberlake and Ant Clemons performed their hit “Better Days” during the Celebrating America inauguration special, and the song sold 13,000 downloads that day, an increase of 15,351% compared to the day before. In country, Tim McGraw and Tyler Hubbard played their hit “Undivided” during the special, which sold 8,500 copies that day, up 2,272% from the day previous. Psychedelic soul band Black Pumas also saw an increase in sales after performing their song, “Colors,” and pushing 4,000 downloads on inauguration day, up 11,415% from the day before.

Other sales boosts following inauguration day performances included Withers with “Lovely Day,” up 1,897%; Katy Perry with “Firework, up 2,292%; and Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee with “Despacito,” featuring Justin Bieber, up 1,894%, the latter which was performed by Fonsi without Daddy Yankee and Bieber during the special. For more details on how acts fared after their inauguration day performances, head to Billboard.

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