PEAK POSITION: Number 2 in December 2013 (Chart History)
COMBINED SALES: 1.0 million (April 2018)
RELEASE DATE: September 2013
WHEN DID IT REACH ONE MILLION SALES: June 2017 (estimated)
Hey Brother was a smash hit in 2013 and 2014. The song was on Avicii’s album True. It charted on the release of the album but then charted again a couple of later and it climbed up to Number 2 just before Christmas. The song spent ten weeks in the Top 10, including six in the Top Five during a 40 consecutive-week chart run.
The song sold around 700,000 copies and then performed well on streaming services. By September 2017 the single was a combined million seller with sales of over 1.025 million.
After Avicii’s sad death in April 2018 (when the song re-entered the chart at Number 43) sales were confirmed as 1.085 million.
Alan Jones of Music Week wrote:
A third artist to reach the three-track limit is Swedish DJ Avicii, who died last Friday (April 20), aged 28. Consumption of Avicii recordings in the latest frame amounted to 11,097 albums, and 279,392 tracks. His hits Wake Me Up (No.1, 2013), Levels (No.4, 2011) and Hey Brother (No.2, 2013) re-enter at No.26 (15,708 sales), No.36 (11,992 sales) and No.43 (9,683 sales), respectively. He also has album chart re-entries with True (No.2, 2013) and Stories (No.9, 2015), at No.14 (4,690 sales) and No.17 (3,325 sales), respectively. Cumulative Avicii sales are: singles – 10,061,500, albums – 521,420. Please be aware that while weekly chart consumption figures are based on either the 150:1 or 300:1 conversion ratio for streams, OCC archive data, including current weeks is at the 100:1 conversion rate. With that caveat, Levels has sold 1,014,182 copies to date, while Hey Brother has sold 1,085,825 and Wake Me Up has sold 2,086,902 copies.