Rage Against the Machine Streams Increase 77% During Ongoing Protests
2020 continues to be a big year for Rage Against the Machine, despite the fact that the coronavirus pandemic forced them to delay their reunion tour until 2021.
The band’s eponymous 1992 recently re-entered the charts as a result of the ongoing protests — inspired by the murder of George Floyd at the hands of the police — demanding racial equality and increased scrutiny of law enforcement.
Now Billboard reports that the band’s streaming figures have also surged: the week ending June 11, the pioneering rap-metal band’s music was streaming 11.1 million times in the U.S. That’s a 15% increase from the week of June 4… which itself saw a 62% increase from the week of May 28.
Unsurprisingly, “Killing in the Name” remains RATM’s most popular song, enjoying a 14% increase in streams for the same week (June 4 – 11).