Following the death of Tawny Kitaen, who starred in Whitesnake’s ’80s anthem video “Here I Go Again,” the track debuted at No. 1 on Billboardfrom the Hot Hard Rock Songs chart for May 22.
During the week ending May 13, “Here I Go Again,” which led the Billboard Hot 100 for one week in October 1987, drew 2.5 million US streams, up 22%, and sold 1,000 downloads, up 178%, according to MRC Data. (Older songs are allowed on the Hot 100 and its genre-based charts which use the same methodology if they rank in the top halves of the lists and have significant reasons for their resurgences.)
Kitaen died on May 7 at the age of 59. The cause of death has not yet been announced.
The single’s entry marks Whitesnake’s first visit to Hot Hard Rock Songs, which began nearly a year ago. This is also the band’s first appearance on Hot rock and alternative songs (which launched in 2009), where it starts at #21.
Simultaneously, “Here I Go Again”‘s download count was enough for it to re-enter Hard Rock Digital Song Sales at No. 3 and Digital Rock Song Sales at No. 20. The song reached Number 3 and 8 of the charts. , respectively, in 2016, when he was featured in a Walmart back-to-school ad. “Is This Love,” another Whitesnake song whose video features Kitaen, also returns to Hard Rock Digital Song Sales at No. 24, up 173% to 1,000 sold.
“Here I Go Again” is one of many classic Hot Rock & Alternative Songs, with others returning largely thanks to the iTunes Store’s latest 69-cent sale, led by “Dreams” by Fleetwood Mac at No. 10.