- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Sales of music by The Cars increased by 2,662% following the recent death of frontman Ric Ocasek, according to a report Wednesday.

Citing initial figures from Nielsen Music, Billboard reported that sales of albums and songs by The Cars skyrocketed after news broke of Ocasek’s death Sunday.

“In terms of only album sales, The Cars sold 5,000 copies on Sept. 15 and 16 (versus a negligible figure in the two previous days) while the band’s songs sold 22,000 downloads (up from a little under 1,000),” Billboard reported.

The report said the surge should be reflected in Billboard’s upcoming weekly music charts, which factors in sales in addition to digital downloads and streams, after the current tracking period ends on Friday, Sept. 20.

Ocasek, a Baltimore native, formed The Cars in Boston in 1976. Released two years later, the group’s self-titled first album spawned three hit singles — “Just What I Needed,” “My Best Friend’s Girl” and “Good Times Roll” — earning a spot on the weekly Billboard 200 chart for nearly three years and establishing the band’s place as one of the most influential groups of the budding new wave genre.

He died in Manhattan of heart disease at the age of 75.

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