Tragedy has launched Linkin Park back to number 1 of the Billboard Artist 100 chart for the first time since the heartbreaking news of frontman Chester Beddington’s suicide last month. They first hit No. 1 on the heels of latest release One More Light on June 10th andthis week, (chart dated August 12, 2017) it’s right back there, ahead of Lana Del Rey’s newest, Lust for Life.
One More Light has been floating around on a few different Billboard charts in the weeks since its release, and the jarring news has sent Beddington’s last recording straight to the top. And proving that the masses are on a solace-seeking trip down memory lane into Linkin Park’s full repertoire, their 17-year old album Hybrid Theory is right up there at number 8 on the Billboard 200 in addition to a whopping 23 songs on the Hot Rock Songs chart (beating David Bowie’s record of 21 tracks on the same chart on January 31, 2016) with their 2003 hit Numb at number two.