As it often is, tragedy has turned into good business for the late Scott Weiland and the bands he was in.
Billboard reports significant sales and sales increases for Weiland's catalog since his death on December 3 in Minnesota, with two Stone Temple Pilot albums -- the 1993 debut Core and the compilation Thank You -- selling well enough to land in the Billboard 200, at No. 25 and No. 47, respectively.
Moreover, eight of the Top 10 songs on the Hard Rock Digital Songs chart are from STP and Velvet Revolver, with "Plush" and "Interstate Love Song" at No. 1 and No. 2 and Velvet Revolver's "Fall To Pieces" and "Slither" ranking No. 4 and No. 9, respectively. STP's "Creep," "Vasoline," "Big Empty" and "Sex Type Thing" also landed on the list. "Plush" also registered 1.3 million streams since Weiland's death.
A toxicology report to determine the cause of his demise is expected during January.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.