by Gregg Chadwick
President Barack Obama sang the first line of Al Green's hit "Let's Stay Together" at a January 19, 2012 fundraiser at New York's historic Apollo Theater and, according to Billboard, sales have increased almost 500% this past week after the video of the moment went viral. Al Green was at the event and evidently inspired our President to surprise the crowd and his staff with a confident a cappella rendition.
Al Green's "Let's Stay Together" sold 16,000 downloads in the week ending January 22, 2012 according to Nielsen SoundScan. This is the best sales week for Green's classic song since SoundScan began tracking downloads in 2003.