Beastie Boys

Beastie BoysThe Beastie Boys saw their classic 1986 album, License To Ill, return to the Billboard 200’s Top 20 this week, more than 25 years after it became the first rap album to ever hit #1 on the chart.

Fueled by the death of member MCA (real name: Adam Yauch), the album re-enters the rankings at #18 with 19,000 sold (up 802%), reports Billboard.biz.

Licensed To Ill topped the Billboard 200 back in March 1987 and spent seven straight weeks at #1.

Billboard.biz reports that the Beastie Boys’ catalog of albums and single tracks saw a sales surge in the tracking week that ended on May 6 (reflecting only two full days of sales after MCA’s passing).

Collectively, the trio’s albums sold 55,000 last week — up 1,235% from 4,000 the previous week.

Other Beastie’s albums to return to the Billboard 200 include Solid Gold Hits (#51 with 8,000; up 806%), Paul’s Boutique (#56 with 8,000; up 4,287%), Hot Sauce Committee Part Two (#107 with 4,000; up 1,150%), Ill Communication (#109 with 4,000; up 2,799%), Check Your Head” (#124 with 4,000; up 2,727%) and Beastie Boys Anthology: The Sounds of Science (#141 with 3,000; up 3,303%).

That’s not it either. Digital songs raked up a combined 151,000 downloads this past week — up from 14,000 the week previous. Its best seller was “Brass Monkey”, which returned to the Billboard 100 at #48 with 15,000 sold (up 807%). The next biggest seller this week was “(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party!)” with 14,000 (up 304%); “No Sleep Till Brooklyn” was third (14,000; up 1,087%); and then, “Sabotage” (14,000; up 885%), “Intergalactic” (12,000; up 953%), “Paul Revere” (11,000; up 1,114%) and “So What’cha Want” (11,000; up 1,621%).

This is just the start though. The Beastie’s albums and songs are expected to see big gains on next week’s charts, after a full seven days of impact from MCA’s death hits the charts. Next week’s tallies will reflect the sales week that ends on Sunday, May 13.