(Gibson) Sales of Beastie Boys albums and songs have surged in the wake of Adam Yauch's passing, highlighted by the re-entry of the trio's 1986 album, Licensed to Ill, into the top 20 on the Billboard 200 chart. Upon its original release, Licensed to Ill became the first rap album to reach #1 on the Billboard 200 chart, hitting that spot in March of 1987 and remaining there for seven straight weeks.
Other Beastie Boys albums re-entering the Billboard 200 include Solid Gold Hits (#51), Paul's Boutique (#56), Hot Sauce Committee Part Two (#107), Ill Communication (#109), Check Your Head (#124) and Beastie Boys Anthology: The Sounds of Silence (#141).
In addition, Billboard reports that 151,000 downloads of Beastie Boys songs were sold this past week, up from 14,000 the week before. The top seller was the single, "Brass Monkey," which hit #48 on the Billboard Hot 100. more on this story