Pink Floyd’s Charity Single for Ukraine Rules Rock Digital Song Sales Chart
Charity single “Hey Hey Rise Up,” which features vocalist Andriy Khlyvnyuk, starts with 10,200 downloads sold in the April 8-14 tracking week, according to Luminate, formerly MRC Data.
It is Pink Floyd’s first No. 1 on Rock Digital Song Sales, which began in 2010. The chart also features three other titles by the band: “Wish You Were There” (No. 6 peak, May 2020), “Eclipse” (No. 24, September 2017) and “Another Brick in the Wall (Part II)” (No. 29, March 2012). The songs are originally from 1975, 1973 and 1979, respectively.
“Rise” also ranks at No. 2 on the all-format Digital Song Sales chart, the band’s first appearance on the ranking, which began in 2004.
“Rise” is currently at No. 22 on the multi-metric Hot Rock & Alternative Songs chart, which launched in 2009. This is Pink Floyd’s second appearance after “Wish” (No. 9, May 2020). In addition to the 1 million downloads, “Rise”, in its first tracking week, drew 1,000,000 official U.S streams.
“Rise was created to support Ukraine during Russia’s invasion. It’s based on the 1914 Ukrainian song “Oh, the Red Viburnum in the Meadow.” Khlyvnyuk is the Ukrainian-born lead singer of BoomBox.
“My daughter-in-law is Ukrainian,” Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour recently told Rolling Stone of the new song’s origin. “It struck me that we are here, with our name [Pink Floyd], and this platform, and could use it more .”
Proceeds from “Rise” benefit the Ukraine Humanitarian Relief Fund.
The track marks the first new material that Pink Floyd — which formed in London in 1965 and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996 — has recorded since the sessions for 1994’s The Division Bell. The band’s 1973 classic The Dark Side of the Moon (which includes “Eclipse” as its closing track) has spent a record 962 weeks on the Billboard 200, most recently this February. It led the list dated April 28, 1973.
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