Beastie Boys Back in the Billboard 200


Story by Charles Ken

Hip-hop tri Beastie Boys return to Billboard 200 following death of Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch

The Beastie Boys are back on top. Following the passing of Beastie Boys founding member Adam “MCA” Yauch, fans of the band have put the hip-hop trio’s 1986 debut, “Licensed to Ill,” back on the charts. The album reentered the Billboard 200 albums chart this week, coming in at No. 18, with 19,000 copies sold, reports to Nielsen SoundScan. When the album first hit stories in 1987, “Licensed to Ill” was the first rap set to hit No. 1 on the Billboard.

“Licensed to Ill” isn’t the only Beasties album getting love on the charts. Several of the band’s other releases have also entered the Billboard 200 albums chart this week. The band’s 2005 greatest hits collection, “Solid Gold Hits,” ranked No. 51 on the chart, and the group’s 1989 release, “Paul’s Boutique,” hit No. 56, with both albums pushing around 8,000 copies. As for other releases, 2011’s “Hot Sauce Committee Part Two,” 1994’s “Ill Communication” and 1992’s “Check Your Head” all pushed around 4,000 copies, landing at the No. 107, No. 109 and No. 124 spots, respectively. The Beastie Boy’s 1999 compilation set, “Beastie Boys Anthology: The Sounds of Silence,” landed at No. 141 on the chart, selling 3,000 copies.

Overall, digital sales for the trio’s songs has jumped a weighty 949 percent, with the band scoring 151,000 downloads this week. “Brass Monkey” pushed 15,000 units sold; “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!),” “No Sleep Till Brooklyn” and “Sabotage” each sold 14,000; “Intergalactic” landed at 12,000 downloads; and “So What’cha Want” and “Paul Revere” both sold 11,000 downloads.


Charles Ken
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