In the wake of the death of Adam "MCA" Yauch , Beastie Boys fans have put the trio's 1986 debut album, Licensed to Ill , back in the Billboard Top 200 albums chart this week. The album returns to the chart at #18, with 19,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Licensed to Ill was the first rap album to top the Billboard 200 back in 1987, dominating the #1 spot for seven weeks.
In addition, some of the Beasties' other albums have resurfaced on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Their 2005 greatest hits album, Solid Gold Hits comes in at #51, while 1989’s Paul's Boutique claims the #56 slot, with both albums selling 8,000 copies. The Beastie Boys’ final studio album, last year's Hot Sauce Committee Part Two , 1994's Ill Communication , and 1992's Check Your Head all sold 4,000 copies, scoring the #107, #109 and #124 positions, respectively. The band’s 1999 compilation album, Beastie Boys Anthology: The Sounds of Silence , also appears on the chart this week at #141 after selling 3,000 copies.
Digital sales for the band’s music have also increased 949 percent, with the band racking up 151,000 downloads this week. “Brass Monkey” sold 15,000 downloads, while "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!),” "No Sleep Till Brooklyn" and "Sabotage" each sold 14,000. Also, “Intergalactic” scored 12,000 downloads, while “Paul Revere” and "So What'cha Want" both sold 11,000.
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