Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images

Album Sales Surge in Wake of Chris Cornell’s Death

Death has, ironically, never been bad for a musical artist's sales, and such is the case for Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, who passed away on May 18 after a concert in Detroit.

Five Cornell-related albums appear on the Billboard 200 this week: Soundgarden's Superuknown tops the list at No. 31, while the group's Badmotorfinger is at No. 110. The debut album by Audioslave, which Cornell fronted with members of Rage Against The Machine, is at No. 54, and the lone, self-titled album by the one-off Temple Of The Dog hit No. 136. Rounding out the quintet is Cornell's 2011 solo live album Songbook at No. 183.

A private funeral service will be held for Cornell -- whose death was ruled a suicide by hanging -- today (May 26) at the Hollywood Forever cemetery; He was cremated on Tuesday (May 23), and his gravesite will be open to the public after 6 p.m. EST.

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.