Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” is First Double Platinum Digital Track

First made available through the iTunes Store on April 28, 2003, the timeless power ballad “Don’t Stop Believin’” has become the top-selling catalog track in iTunes history and the sole catalog track to have crossed the 2million (double platinum) threshold.

Following its original release in 1981, “Don’t Stop Believin’,” the second single from Journey’s groundbreaking chart-topping “Escape” album, peaked at #8 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock chart and at #9 on the Pop Singles chart. Propelled by what the All Music Guide has called “one of the
best opening keyboard riffs in rock,” “Don’t Stop Believin’” quickly established itself as one of Journey’s signature songs while helping to spawn the “arena rock” genre.

“Don’t Stop Believin’” hit a grand slam in 2005 when it became the unofficial theme song for the Chicago White Sox, World Series Champions. Journey frontman Steve Perry performed the song at the World Series Championship celebration in Chicago.

The song enjoyed a massive resurgence in popularity in June 2007 after serving as the soundtrack to the climactic final set-piece of HBO’s hit mafia family television series, “The Sopranos.” Download sales
of the song on iTunes rocketed an incredible 482% for the period from Saturday, June 9th (the night before “The Sopranos” finale) through Tuesday, June 12th, of that year, at which time Hillary Clinton also chose it as her presidential campaign theme song.

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  • Neil Anderson

    Awesome! And he’s wearing a leopard-print shirt.

  • itsmarkda

    We’ve got Armadillos in our trouser.

  • mathias

    dang,
    I had to buy the track right away… what horrible clothing – love it!

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