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% according to Nielsen SoundScan) while "Flashback With the Monkees" debuts at No. 125 with 5,000 (a gain of 252%). They were last seen on the Billboard 200 on June 21, 2003, when "The Best of the Monkees" wrapped a then-five week run.
Collectively, the group's albums sold 29,000 in the week ending March 4 -- a gain of 1,265% 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%) and debuts at No. 49 on Digital Songs.
The Monkees' overall track sales grew by 3,750% -- 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.