According to Billboard.com, MOTÖRHEAD‘s most recognizable tune, 1980’s “Ace Of Spades”, has landed on multiple Billboard charts for the first time — less than two weeks after the death of the band’s iconic frontman, Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister.
“Ace Of Spades” entered the Hot Rock Songs chart at No. 12, with the bulk of its chart points from streams. The track also debuted on the Rock Streaming Songs chart at No. 24 after accruing 1.8 million U.S. streams in the week ending December 31, up 1,096 percent from 149,000, according to Nielsen Music. “Ace Of Spades” also came in at No. 8 on the Hard Rock Digital Songs chart, with 8,000 downloads sold, a 2,151 percent increase.
MOTÖRHEAD ‘s final album, “Bad Magic”, re-entered the Hard Rock Albums chart at No. 11 with with 2,000 copies sold — a 265 percent gain. The effort opened at No. 2 on the September 19 chart with 10,000 copies sold in its first week of release.
In other news, “Ace Of Spades” is reportedly set to crack the British Top 10 chart for the first time ever.
MOTÖRHEAD fans had mounted a campaign following Lemmy‘s death to launch “Ace Of Spaces” to the top of the British singles chart starting at midnight on January 1, according to a Facebook fan community.
Lemmy, who just celebrated his 70th birthday on Christmas Eve (December 24), learned two days later that he was afflicted with an aggressive form of cancer. He died two days later, on December 28, in Los Angeles.