The Mayan calendar prophecy of the apocalypse on December 21 was a bust, but it was a boon for R.E.M. Their signature song "It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" received a surge in sales and airplay.
According to Billboard , sales of the 1987 track jumped 612 percent from December 17-23 as sales increased from 3,000 to 19,000. The song re-entered the Billboard Rock Digital Songs chart at number 18 and the Alternative Digital Songs chart at number 14. In addition, airplay on radio stations monitored by Nielsen jumped from 50 plays on December 20 to 135 on December 21.
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