Foo Fighters, New Radicals score sales boosts after Biden inaugural event appearances

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Foo Fighters was one of the few acts to perform one of their own songs, rather than a cover, on Wednesday’s Celebrating America inauguration special, and that decision seemed to pay off for them.

Billboard notes that sales of the song the Foos performed — their classic “Times Like These” — increased by more than 8,700% after the special aired.

Meanwhile, New Radicals‘ decision to reunite for the first time in 22 years for the virtual Parade Across America inaugural event also turned out to be a good move.

During the parade, which was held following the inauguration of President Biden, the band sang their signature hit “Get What You Give.”  Following that performance, according to Billboard, the song experienced a sales bump of more than 260%.

As Rolling Stone reported, “Get What You Give” has special significance for both the Biden and Harris camps. Harris’ husband, Doug Emhoff, used the song as his walk-on music during the 2020 campaign, while Biden’s late son, Beau, would often listen to it during his battle with cancer.

“Get What You Give” was the lead single from New Radicals’ one and only album, Maybe You’ve Been Brainwashed Too, which came out in 1998.  It reached the top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 that same year. 

In addition to frontman Gregg Alexander, the only other permanent member of New Radicals is former child actress Danielle Brisebois, who you may remember for her role as Stephanie Mills on the TV series Archie Bunker’s Place.

By Andrea Dresdale
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