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The Monkees Earn Highest-Charting Album Since 1968 on Billboard 200 Chart

Mickey Dolenz and Peter Tork of The Monkees
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Mickey Dolenz and Peter Tork of The Monkees perform on Good Morning America on June 1, 2016. 

Hey, hey, it’s The Monkees! The veteran group nabs its highest-charting album since 1968 on the Billboard 200, as Good Times! debuts at No. 14.

The set, which is the act’s first studio album since 1996 (and first recorded without the late Davy Jones, who died in 2012), launches with 23,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending June 2, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 22,000 were in pure album sales -- the group’s biggest sales week since Nielsen Music began tracking data in 1991. (The robust number lands the set at No. 6 on the Top Album Sales chart.)

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The Monkees last charted higher on the Billboard 200 back in 1968, when The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees peaked at No. 3. They previously logged five top 10s, with their first four albums all reaching No. 1 in 1966 and 1967.

The new album commemorates the 50th anniversary of the group’s formation in 1965 and the debut of its eponymous, Emmy Award-winning TV show in 1966. The set also enters at high ranks on a host of other charts, including a No. 1 bow on Tastemakers, No. 6 on Top Album Sales and No. 3 on Top Internet Albums.

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The three surviving Monkees (Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork) all appear on Good Times!, as does Jones on one track, via an archival recording.

The album sports new songs written by Rivers Cuomo, Noel Gallagher, Paul Weller and Ben Gibbard. Those all-new tracks are joined by recently completed songs that date back to the 1960s, by some of the writers who penned The Monkees’ biggest hits (Neil Diamond, Carole King, Gerry Goffin, Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart).