Tupac Shakur Music Sales Rise After Coachella 2012 Hologram Debut
Tupac Hologram Coachella 2012
Every since the death of famed and legendary rapper Tupac Amaru Shakur at the age of 25, there have been rumors and conspiracy theories as to whether he was really killed. On April 16 2012, he was "resurrected" in the form of a hologram at The 2012 Coachella festival and it caused a internet sensation. His music is timeless and came at a time when hip-hop was becoming mainstream. Just two weeks after the hologram appearance, Billboard reports a huge spike in Tupac's music. Billboard reports:
Tupac's 1998 album "Greatest Hits" returns to the Billboard 200 for the first time since 2000, as it jumps back in at No. 129 with 4,000 copies sold according to Nielsen SoundScan (a gain of 571% over the previous week). The MC's other albums also saw gains, including "All Eyez On Me" (2,000; up 95%) and "Me Against the World" (1,000; up 53%).
The late rapper's songs got a boost too. His biggest seller of the week was "Hail Mary" — the song his projection opened with at Coachella. The song moved 13,000 downloads last week for a 1,530% sales increase. His second biggest seller was his No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hit "California Love" (featuring Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman), shifting 11,000 downloads (119% increase). His third best-seller was the second Tupac song that was performed at Coachella — "2 Of Amerikaz Most Wanted" (with Snoop). It sold 9,000 (up 881%).
Tupac was shot on September 7, 1996 in Las Vegas after attending a Mike Tyson fight at the MGM Grand. He died on September 13, 1996 and his murder was never "officially" solved.
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