The late Velvet Underground rocker has seen his record sales skyrocket.
Lou Reed, the 71 year-old singer and musician who died last Sunday, has experienced a massive surge of interest to his music and has seen sales spike, sending his albums Transformer and Rock 'N' Roll Animal into the iTunes and Amazon top 25 charts.
Lou Reed's Death Prompted A Renewed Interest In His Music.
Reed's album catalogue sold 3,000 copies last Sunday (27th Oct.) alone, compared to fewer than 1,000 the previous week, which marks a tremendous an increase of 607 percent. Additionally, his solo digital song sales jumped from 2,000 to 17,000, a 590 percent rise, according to Nielsen SoundScan, via Rolling Stone.
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Lou Reed, dead at 71.
Lou Reed - one of the most influential rock singer-songwriters of all time - has died aged 71. The legendary Brooklyn born musician had suffered serious health problems earlier this year, though the cause of death remains unknown.
Reed's agent confirmed the news to The Guardian though details remain scant and his representatives could not immediately be reached.
Reed emerged as one of his generation's most significant rock figures as the frontman and primary songwriter for The Velvet Underground, often considered the most influential rock group in history. Though they failed to achieve initial commercial success, Brian Eno famously claimed everyone who bought one of the 30,000 copies sold in the band's early years went on to start a band. The group's 1967 debut album, The Velvet Underground & Nico - with its instantly recognizable Andy Warhol designed cover - is one of the greatest rock and roll albums of all time.
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The singer posted an update on his condition on his official Facebook page this weekend.
Singer/songwriter/rock God Lou Reed is currently in Ohio's Cleveland Clinic recovering from an apparently life-saving liver transplant he underwent several weeks ago. According to an interview with his wife, Laurie Anderson, published in The Times, his condition was critical before going into hospital and he is unlikely to ever fully recover from the procedure, with Anderson saying, "It's as serious as it gets. He was dying."
"I don't think he'll ever totally recover from this, but he'll certainly be back to doing (things) in a few months," Anderson went on to say, however she was keen to indicate that the singer is already on the road to recover and already "working and doing t'ai chi."
Reed posted an update on his condition on his official Facebook page on Saturday (1 June), thanking the wonders of modern science and his oriental health regime for his success in the operating room and his subsequnt road to recovery. He wrote; "I am a triumph of modern medicine, physics and chemistry. I am bigger and stronger than stronger than ever. My Chen Taiji and health regimen has served me well all of these years, thanks to Master Ren Guang-yi. I look forward to being on stage performing, and writing more songs to connect with your hearts and spirits and the universe well into the future."
It isn't clear yet whether The Velvet Underground won or not.
If you’ve been keeping up on your Velvet Underground news lately, you know that big disputes can erupt over something as innocent as a banana. The dispute over the Andy Warhol Foundation’s sale of the digital rights over Warhol’s iconic banana (painting, get your mind out of the gutter) has finally been settled.
The conflict erupted last year, when the band sued the foundation for selling rights to the iconic banana design created by Warhol for its 1967 debut album for use on iPhone and iPad products. It is a piece of iconography from the 60s, a memorable remnant from the pop art era. And considering that pop art was all about bright bold designs with little to no meaning, often inspired by advertising, it might be that the banana actually belongs on a pricey iPhone cover.
John McEnroe attends a Warhol photocall