Remember when Barack Obama delivered a few bars of Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together,” and all those people wavering about whether to vote for him again just threw in the towel and got back on board for another four years? Well, it looks like Green is laughing all the way to the bank, as sales of his classic track have jumped dramatically according to Billboard.
The video was shot on Jan. 19 and quickly went viral the next day. Sales of the song totaled 16,000 downloads in the week ending Jan. 22, which is (unsurprisingly) the track’s best ever week since SoundScan began keeping tack of digital sales. Billboard says it’s a 490 per cent sales increase, whatever that means.
The report also points out that views of YouTube clips featuring Obama’s speech have soared into the millions—the most popular video (below) currently stands at 4,150,000 views. So, record company people and eagle-eyed PR employees, now you know how to wring some money out of recorded music in these ailing times—just get the President on board and watch the money roll right in.