August 9, 2017 / 10:55 PM / a year ago

Glen Campbell album sales soar 13,000 percent after singer's death

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Sales of Glen Campbell’s music soared after the death of the “Rhinestone Cowboy” singer after a public struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.

FILE PHOTO: American country music artist Glen Campbell performs during the Country Music Association (CMA) Music Festival in Nashville, Tennessee June 7, 2012. REUTERS/Harrison McClary/File Photo

Analytics company BuzzAngle Music said Campbell’s digital album sales rose more than 13,000 percent on Tuesday after news of the musician’s passing at the age of 81.

Most of the sales came for Campbell’s greatest hits albums, but streaming and sales of his hit songs were also up more than 6,000 percent, BuzzAngle Music reported on Wednesday.

A makeshift memorial appears for late country music entertainer Glen Campbell around his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, California, U.S. August 8, 2017. REUTERS/Kyle Grillot

Campbell’s death in Nashville, following a nationwide farewell tour in 2012 following his Alzheimer’s announcement, brought emotional tributes from country music stars and fans alike.

Jimmy Webb, who wrote many of Campbell’s biggest hits including “Witchita Lineman” and “Galveston,” called Campbell “the American Beatle, the secret link between so many artists and records that we can only marvel.”

Country singer Brad Paisley told Variety it was “a mind-blowing thing just being around him,” and Dolly Parton tweeted that he “was one of the greatest voices of all time.”

BuzzAngle Music said the top Glen Campbell songs sold on Tuesday were “Wichita Lineman,” “Rhinestone Cowboy,” “Gentle On My Mind,” “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” and “Galveston.”

Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by David Gregorio

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