Muse & Soundgarden ‘Black Hole’ Songs Get a Cosmic Boost From First Black Hole Photo


Muse’s “Supermassive Black Hole” and Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun” both posted big gains in streams following the April 10 unveiling of the first image of a supermassive black hole, according to Nielsen Music.

“Supermassive” scored a 33% increase in on-demand streams (audio and video combined) in the U.S. on April 10-13, as compared to its streams earned on April 7-9. Its sum of streams rose from 149,000 to 199,000.

Breaking that down further, the song’s on-demand video streams bolted from 13,000 to 33,000 (a gain of 153%); while on-demand audio streams jumped from 136,000 to 165,000 (up 22%).

As for Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun,” its combined on-demand streams zoomed from 622,000 to 783,000 (up 26%). Of that sum, on-demand video streams rose from 163,000 to 267,000 (up 64%) while on-demand audio streams increased from 460,000 to 516,000 (up 12%).

“Supermassive” peaked at No. 6 on the Alternative Songs airplay chart in 2007, while “Black Hole Sun” reached No. 2 on the same list in 1994.