Skip to main content
Publish date:

'Clouds' by Zach Sobiech again climbs iTunes charts

A movie about his death premiered on Disney+ last week.

Seven years after Zach Sobiech's death, his song "Clouds" has once against climbed the iTunes charts.

Zach, of Stillwater, died in 2013 of cancer when he was 18, Before he died, he wrote "Clouds," a song about facing death, which went viral, topping the iTunes charts in 2013. 

Just two days after a movie based on his life, also called "Clouds," premiered on the streaming service Disney+, his song reached the top of the charts again, Zach's mom, Laura Sobiech, shared on her Instagram story, with the message "sorry Biebs."

The Star Tribune reports "Clouds" took the No. 1 spot on iTunes from Justin Beiber on Sunday. By 9:20 a.m. Monday morning, "Clouds" was at the No. 2 spot on iTunes, sandwiched between two Bieber songs, according to the iTunes app.

iTunes' ranking is based on the downloads of the song. Profits from the song "Clouds," which is $0.99, go toward cancer research via the Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund, which has raised more than $2.19 million for the cause.

After Zach's song went viral in 2013 (it currently has more than 15 million views on YouTube) it became an annual tradition for thousands of people to congregate at the Mall of America to sing it in his memory.

The movie "Clouds" is based on a book his mother, Laura Sobiech, wrote called "Fly a Little Higher." It follows Zach as he navigates high school and his treatment for the bone cancer Osteosarcoma.

In the movie, Zach is played by Fin Argus, with his parents played by Thomas Everett Scott ("La La Land") and Neve Campbell ("Scream"). Director Justin Baldoni previously made a short film about Zach's life.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2021-11-27 at 9.03.06 AM

Charges: Man shot Uber Eats driver making a delivery in Cottage Grove

Otis Donnell Shipp was charged with second-degree attempted murder after turning himself in on Wednesday.

Screen Shot 2021-11-27 at 7.36.14 AM

Waterfront hotel in Duluth sustains damage in kitchen fire

Authorities estimate the damage at around $75,000.

Screen Shot 2021-11-27 at 7.15.18 AM

Large groups of thieves target 2 Twin Cities Best Buys on Black Friday

It bears similarities to the flash-mob style thefts seen recently in California.

Karl-Anthony Towns

Timberwolves' winning streak snapped at five games

The Wolves' bid for their longest winning streak since 2014 came up short.

Screen Shot 2020-08-14 at 6.45.53 PM

Teen arrested over fatal shooting of 5-year-old boy in Brooklyn Park

Police say the teen was filming a social media video while handling a gun.

Joe Biden

President Biden coming to Minnesota to promote Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

Tuesday's trip follows passage of the $1.2 trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal.

Kirill Kaprizov

Kaprizov gets into the holiday spirit to rout Jets

Kirill Kaprizov's four points led the Wild to a 7-1 victory.

Kirk Cousins

Coller: Cure to Vikings' disrupted season lies in an explosive passing game

The Vikings go to San Francisco knowing that a win would be a huge boost to their playoff hopes.

unsplash football helmet ground

Judge upholds star QBs suspension for state championship game

Sam Backer, of Chatfield Senior High, won't be allowed to play in Friday's title game.

Screen Shot 2021-11-25 at 7.53.37 AM

Another 5,000 lbs. of goldfish removed from Carver County lakes

It all likely stemmed from people dumping their pets into local waters a few years ago.


Screen Shot 2020-05-15 at 8.14.07 AM

Movie about Minnesota's Zach Sobiech will debut on Disney+ in fall

Called 'Clouds,' it is based on the memoir written by his mother.


Neve Campbell signs on for movie about MN teen Zach Sobiech

Warner Bros. is making a picture about the teen's inspirational life.