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Beastie Boys Sales Surge After Death of Adam Yauch

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In what was to be expected, sales of the Beastie Boys‘ music catalog have skyrocketed since the May 4 death of founding member Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch. The group’s album sales saw an increase of a whopping 1,235% in just two days since Yauch’s passing.

The Beastie Boys’ landmark album, ‘License to Ill,’ sold 19,000 copies to land at number 18 on the Billboard 200 chart. The disc originally peaked at No. 1 on March 7, 1987, and spent the next seven weeks at the top.

Six more Beasties albums found their way back into the Billboard 200, including ‘Solid Gold Hits’ (No. 51 with 8,000; up 806%), ‘Paul’s Boutique’ (No. 56 with 8,000; up 4,287%), ‘Hot Sauce Committee Part Two’ (No. 107 with 4,000; up 1,150%), ‘Ill Communication’ (No. 109 with 4,000; up 2,799%), ‘Check Your Head’ (No. 124 with 4,000; up 2,727%) and ‘Beastie Boys Anthology: The Sounds of Science’ (No. 141 with 3,000; up 3,303%).

The hip-hop trio did just as well on the digital side of things, selling a total of 151,000 downloads this past week. That is a 949% increase from the previous week’s sale of just 14,000 downloads. Four of the seven singles that made huge impacts were from ‘License to Ill,’ including ‘(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party),’ ‘Brass Monkey,’ ‘Paul Revere,’ and ‘No Sleep ‘Til Brooklyn.’

Yauch died on May 4 after a nearly three-year bout with salivary gland cancer.

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