Nickelback saw a dramatic surge in streaming of its music after a since-removed tweet by President TrumpDonald John TrumpPelosi hits back at Trump over letter: ‘Only the latest attempt to cover up his betrayal of our democracy’ Trump directed Perry, State Dept. officials to talk to Giuliani on Ukraine: report Murkowski warns against rushing to conclusions on Trump impeachment MORE incorporating its 2005 song “Photograph,” according to USA Today.
The song saw an increase of nearly 40 percent between Oct. 2., the day of the Trump tweet, and Oct. 3, according to USA Today, citing data from Nielsen. Digital downloads also increased about 569 percent during the same period, although this only represents 1,000 downloads, according to the newspaper.
The tweet by Trump edited the band’s video for the song to incorporate a photograph of former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenPelosi hits back at Trump over letter: ‘Only the latest attempt to cover up his betrayal of our democracy’ Clinton jokes she could ‘obviously’ beat Trump in 2020 ‘rematch’ Gowdy in talks to join Trump’s impeachment defense team MORE and his son Hunter with a Ukrainian gas company executive that has made the rounds in conservative media, intercut with a clip of the elder Biden saying “I’ve never spoken to my son about his business dealings.”
Trump’s baseless allegations that Biden improperly had a Ukrainian prosecutor removed to prevent him from investigating a company on whose board his son sat gave rise to a July call between him and Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky in which Trump pressured Zelensky to investigate the Bidens.
The band reported the tweet for a copyright violation, leading to the video’s removal the next day.