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On The Charts: Beastie Boys Re-Enter Top 20, Lionel Richie Falls Further

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Beastie Boys (Evan Agostini/Getty Images)

Beastie Boys (Evan Agostini/Getty Images)

Following the death of Beastie Boys member Adam “MCA” Yauch last week, the pioneering hip-hop group re-enters the Billboard 200 album chart this week.

The band’s 1986 debut Licensed To Ill, the first rap to ever reach No. 1 on the album chart 25 years ago, comes in at No. 18 on the Billboard 200 this week with 19,000 copies sold, reports Billboard. As if that isn’t impressive enough, the album’s sales increase of 802 percent reflects the week ending May 6, a mere two days after Yauch’s lost battle with cancer was publicly announced the afternoon of May 4th. Six other Beastie Boys titles also re-entered the album chart this week, and next week’s sales are expected to be even higher. The Beasties’ song downloads also soared, with 1987’s “Brass Monkey” leading the pack.

As for the rest of the album chart, last week saw Lionel Richie dethroned by Jack White after two weeks atop the Billboard 200, but this week finds both Richie and White slipping past the top 10.

Richie’s Tuskegee drops to No. 6 this week, down from No. 3 last week. The album, which features the former Commodores singer revisiting his biggest hits alongside country music stars, has sold 679,433 copies to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan. White’s ’70s-rock-inspired solo debut, Blunderbuss, drops to No. 7, behind new releases from Carrie Underwood and Norah Jones, and naturally, Adele’s 21.

George Harrison debuts in the top 20 this week (at No. 20, in fact) with Early Takes, Volume I, which sold 18,382 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The compilation is comprised of demo versions of his solo hits such as “My Sweet Lord” and “All Things Must Pass.” Its release last week accompanied the DVD debut of Martin Scorsese’s in-depth Living in the Material World documentary on Harrison, which first aired on HBO last October.

–Jillian Mapes, CBS Local

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