Monkees' Albums Sales Rise 1,265 Percent After Davy Jones' Death
Following the death of the Monkees' Davy Jones on Feb. 29, the pop group returns to the Billboard 200 albums chart for the first time since 2003.
The Best of the Monkees re-enters at No. 20 with 17,000 (up 7,808 percent according to Nielsen SoundScan) while Flashback With the Monkees debuts at No. 125 with 5,000 (a gain of 252 percent). They were last seen on the Billboard 200 on June 21, 2003, when The Best of the Monkees wrapped a then-five week run.
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Collectively, the group's albums sold 29,000 in the week ending March 4 -- a gain of 1,265 percent over the 2,000 copies sold the previous week. In terms of digital track sales, the act's best seller this week is "Daydream Believer," which shifts 39,000 (up 5,346 percent) and debuts at No. 49 on Digital Songs.
The Monkees' overall track sales grew by 3,750 percent -- moving from 4,000 sold in the week that ended Feb. 26 to 140,000 this past week. In all of 2011, the band sold 174,000 tracks and 96,000 albums.