Tracy Chapman Leads 2024 Grammy Awards’ Big Winners in Streams & Sales

Tracy Chapman performs onstage during the 66th GRAMMY Awards on Feb. 4, 2024 in Los Angeles. John Shearer/Getty Images for The Recording Academy

Chapman, SZA, Joni Mitchell and more took home catalog consumption gains – and chart wins – following the Feb. 4 ceremony.

By Kevin Rutherford, Billboard, 02/14/2024

Songs that were performed at and/or snagged wins at the 2024 Grammy Awards saw bumps in U.S. streams and sales toward the Billboard charts, resulting in multiple gains, re-entries and even debuts on the Feb. 17-dated tallies.

Perhaps no one benefited more from the Feb. 4 ceremony than Tracy Chapman, whose 1988 single “Fast Car,” as previously reported, returns to the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time since October of that year, re-entering at No. 42. (Older songs are eligible to appear on Billboard’s multimetric charts if in the top half and with a meaningful reason for their re-entry.)

“Fast Car,” which was performed as a duet with Luke Combs during the broadcast, earned 6 million official U.S. streams Feb. 2-8, a boost of 153%, according to Luminate. It also accumulated 35,000 digital downloads, enough to send it to No. 1 on Digital Song Sales for the first time.

Gains for Chapman’s catalog weren’t limited to “Fast Car,” though. In all, on-demand streams of Chapman’s music totaled 13.5 million, a 217% jump from 4.3 million listens Jan. 26-Feb. 1.

She also racked up 50,000 total song sales, a 5,909% boost from 1,000 Jan. 26-Feb. 1.

Chapman’s next-best-performing song, “Give Me One Reason,” hops onto Digital Song Sales at No. 15 thanks to 7,000 downloads, up 3,544%. It also earned 2.6 million streams, a leap of 40%.

Chapman’s music dots the Rock Digital Song Sales ranking as well, in addition to the appearances of “Fast Car” (No. 1) and “Give Me One Reason” (No. 3). Other entries include “Talkin’ Bout a Revolution” (No. 7; 2,000 downloads, up 5,600%), “Baby Can I Hold You” (No. 9; 2,000 downloads, up 2,557%), “Stand By Me (Live From The Late Show With David Letterman)” (No. 10; 2,000, up 4,149%) and “The Promise” (No. 15; 1,000, up 2,740%).

As previously reported, Chapman’s self-titled 1988 debut returns to the Billboard 200 with 15,000 equivalent album units earned. The set also appears on Americana/Folk Albums and Top Rock & Alternative Albums at Nos. 4 and 13, respectively, and her Greatest Hits reaches the former at No. 16 (7,000 units).

Chapman’s original wasn’t the only version of “Fast Car” to see chart movement. Combs’ cover rebounds to the top 10 of the Hot 100, leaping 20-8 thanks to 13.6 million streams, a gain of 26%, plus 17,000 downloads, up 1,168%.

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