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The entire 17-album catalogue by The Tragically Hip has dominated the Canadian charts following an August 20 farewell concert in the band’s hometown of Kingston, ON.
Billboard reports the band sits at No. 1 on the Billboard Canadian Albums chart with their 2005 compilation, “Yer Favourites”, while their latest release, “Man Machine Poem”, comes in at No. 6.
Two of the group’s classic albums also sit in the Top Ten – 1992’s “Fully Completely” at No. 8 and 1989’s “Up To Here” at No. 9.
Over the previous week, the band’s total album sales had a 157% increase, while digital song sales are up 342% and on-demand streams are up 185%.
On the Digital Songs chart, 29 Hip tunes chart in the Top 200, including 5 in the top 20 led by “Ahead By A Century” at No. 6 and “Bobcaygeon” at No. 7.
The outpouring of interest and demand for The Tragically Hip comes in the aftermath of a farewell event broadcast nationwide as the last show of a tour following news in May that singer Gord Downie had been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.
Calling it “an unprecedented event,” the CBC broadcast and stream drew 11.7 million Canadians – or about one-third of the country’s population – with the television broadcast averaging 4 million viewers.
One of Canada’s most beloved bands, The Tragically Hip formed in 1984 and have issued 13 studio albums to huge success in their homeland, earning 14 Juno Awards and inductions into both the Canadian Music Hall Of Fame and Canada’s Walk Of Fame.
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