Is it Wrong to Talk About ‘Sopranos’ Sales After Gandolfini’s Death?


In the days that followed the June 19 death of actor James Gandolfini, his fans have flooded the world with tributes and remembrances. And, as if so often the case, they’ve also sparked a new interest in his work. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the first season of The Sopranos, the show that catapulted Gandolfini to stardom, rose to No. 2 in iTunes sales( from No. 1,463); the complete DVD set for the series (which costs more than $100) has also jumped in Amazon sales to the top slot.

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It’s a phenomenon commonly seen with recently deceased stars, musicians in particular—the week after Michael Jackson‘s death in 2009, he took the top three spots on the list of best-selling albums, according to the New York Times. Since his death…

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