Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car” Up 38,000% In US Sales Following Grammys Performance

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35 years after its debut, “Fast Car” by Tracy Chapman is once again making waves in the music industry. Follwing its initial release in 1988, the song earned Chapman a total of three Grammy nominations, and she took home the award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.

Over three decades later, “Fast Car” has gained newfound exposure due to country music superstar, Luke Combs, releasing his own rendition of the song.

Tracy Chapman and Luke Combs Perform “Fast Car” at the Grammy Awards

Luke Combs’ 2023 version of “Fast Car” was nominated for Country Solo Performance at the 2024 Grammy Awards, and Tracy Chapman joined him on the Grammy stage to celebrate the smash hit.

This was a significant appearance as Chapman had only given three televised performances since the conclusion of her last tour in 2009, according to Variety.

The crowd was captivated by the performance that seamlessly blended old and new. Many audience members rose to their feet to sing and dance along and the pair earned a well-deserved standing ovation for the duet. See a clip of the memorable performance below.

Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car” Tops iTunes Charts

One day after the noteworthy Grammy performance, Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car” climbed to the #1 spot on the U.S. iTunes chart, a first time feat for Chapman.

Chapman shared news of the achievement online, calling the occurrence “crazy.”

Sales of “Fast Car” by Tracy Chapman Soar Following Grammy Performance

Now a few days later, the momentum behind “Fast Car” is showing in signs of slowing down. According to Billboard chart data, Tracy Chapman’s original track has seen an increase of 241% in on-demand streams and a 38,000% increase in US download sales.

The revitalized success of “Fast Car” goes to show the timeless nature of truly great music. Congrats, Tracy Chapman!