Sales of albums from the Beastie Boys spiked on Wednesday's Billboard 200 album chart due to the tragic death of band member Adam "MCA" Yauch last Friday (May 4th). The group's 1986 debut, Licensed To Ill, vaulted to Number 18 on the chart with 19,000 copies sold -- an 800 percent increase from the previous week.
Other Beasties albums that re-entered the chart included Solid Gold Hits at Number 51, Paul's Boutique at Number 56, Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 - their latest and now most likely their last effort -- at Number 107, Ill Communication at Number 109 and Check Your Head at Number 124.
Collectively, the trio's albums sold 55,000 copies last week, up 1,235 percent from 4,000 copies the week previous.
The numbers are only from two days of sales following Yauch's passing, so they could climb even higher on next week's chart after a full week.
The Beasties also sold 151,000 downloads this past week -- up from 14,000 the week previous for a gain of nearly 1,000 percent. The top-selling song was "Brass Monkey."