The one bright spot for Beastie Boys fans following the death of founder Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch, is that a huge new audience is rediscovering their music. According to recent reports, the classic hip-hop act has seen its sales skyrocket 1,235 percent in the days since Yauch’s passing. The Huffington Post reports:
Beastie Boys’ album sales have skyrocketed in the wake of Adam “MCA” Yauch’s passing. The group has seven albums on the Billboard Hot 200, according to industry rankings website.
Licensed to Ill was the first rap album to top the Billboard charts, and it’s back in the top 20 at No. 18. The 1986 debut LP for Adam “MCA” Yauch, Adam “Ad-Rock” Horowitz and Michael “Mike D” Diamond moved 18,000 copies this past week.
Other Boys albums on the charts this week: Solid Gold Hits at No. 51, Paul’s Boutique at No. 56, Hot Sauce Committee Part Two at No. 107, Ill Communication at No. 109, Check Your Head at No. 124 and Beastie Boys Anthology: The Sounds of Science No. 141.
Altogether, 55,000 Beastie Boy albums were sold over the week — a 1,235% increase over the previous week’s 4,000 units.
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