In a sad reality of the music industry, an artist’s death often creates a curiosity about their existing body of work.
The late rapper Mac Miller is the latest recipient of this somewhat macabre interest, as three of his songs now chart in the latest edition of the Billboard Hot 100. The three songs, titled “Self Care,” “Hurt Feelings,” and “Come Back To Earth” all made their debuts on the Hot 100 after languishing on the outside since the release of Miller’s album Swimming on August 3. Swimming was also the recipient of that same bump, jumping to the Number six position on the charts from Number 71, according to reports from Billboard. The album originally debuted in the third position upon its original release.
“Self Care” managed to hit the highest position of the three songs, making its debut at number 33, making the song Miller’s highest-charting song debut as a leading artist of his career and overall his second highest entry ever. Miller’s highest entry remains his 2013 duet with then-girlfriend Ariana Grande, “The Way,” which entered the charts at the number 9 position. “Self Care” charts with, according to Billboard, 18.4 million U.S. streams, which according to Nielsen Media is a 625 percent jump from the week before his death. The song also sold 8,000 downloads, which is a 3,660 percent improvement. On Billboard’s tertiary charts, “Self Care” hit number 15 on the Streaming Songs chart and number 32 on Digital Song Sales.
Of the other two songs of Miller’s to chart, “Hurt Feelings” entered the Hot 100 at the number 70 position, with 11.2 million streams and a 596 percent jump in interest — and “Come Back to Earth” hit number 91, with 8.6 million streams reflecting a jump of 724 percent from the established bar. The three songs all shared their debut on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, with the three songs respectively hitting 18, 29 and 41. The eighteenth-place debut counts as Miller’s highest-ever debut on this specific chart. Two other songs joined in the top 50, with “2009” and “Ladders” landing at 49 and 50, respectively. Both songs are also from Miller’s final album Swimming.
These singles join a huge chunk of Mac Miller’s discography that ended up on the Billboard 200 in the aftermath of the rapper’s death. After Swimming’s sixth position, Best Day Ever makes its debut at 26, GO:OD AM re-entered the chart at 32, Blue Slide Park re-entered the chart at 49, The Divine Feminine re-entered the chart at 50, Watching Movies With the Sound Off re-entered the chart at 59, and Macadelic re-entered the chart at 106.
This success is marred by the tragic fact that Miller can not bear witness to it, his life cut short.