UPDATE @ 9pm ET: Rhino's John Hughes commented on the Zilch Facebook page that these early numbers being reported are not reliable. "Hits is way off," Hughes said.
The music industry website HITS Daily Double features a 'Building Album Sales Chart' that collects sales figures each week. The site is described on Wikipedia:
Hits is an American music industry trade publication. Founded by Lenny Beer and Dennis Lavinthal, who had previously worked in independent promotion, it was launched as a print magazine in August 1986. By 1997, it had become the most successful tip sheet in the music world.
An online version of the magazine, Hits Daily Double, premiered in May 2000. Both on and offline, the magazine's content includes proprietary weekly sales and airplay data, a section on breaking artists ("Vibe-Raters"), interviews with music industry leaders, a weekly cartoon, music and music industry news, and charts provided by Shazaam, Vevo, and Mediabase. The "Rumor Mill" column, described as "music industry news and innuendo," has been widely read within the music business since the magazine's launch.
Here are HDD's first sales projections for The Monkees' brand new album Good Times! as of today at 6pm ET:
NOTE: I haven't checked the HITS website for years, and don't recall how their sales projections reflect on final chart placement in Billboard. These projections also don't appear to include streaming or downloading services. That being said, please remember these are not official numbers from Billboard, The Monkees, or Rhino Records, and is merely a reflection of what HITS is reporting. And the sales figures will be updated as the week progresses. Keep checking back for more information!
In a message posted to his Facebook page minutes ago, Michael discussed his song "I Know What I Know" from The Monkees' new album, Good Times! Nez also made a surprise announcement: he will be appearing with The Monkees' via Skype during Wednesday evening's concert at Town Hall in New York City. Michael will join Micky, Peter, and the band for a live performance of "Papa Gene's Blues." Read his below message for more details!
Last week, Andrew Sandoval announced on Facebook that The Monkees will be guests on ABC's Good Morning America on Wednesday, June 1. Monkees touring drummer Rich Dart posted the following on Facebook earlier this morning about the appearance. Don't forget to set your DVR's!
Anyone want to take a guess at how many copies Good Times! will move during its first week of release? There should be preliminary numbers available tomorrow...check back later!
A big thanks to Michelle Weinstock who shared her photos from Saturday night's concert at the Keswick Theatre in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania!
The Monkees performed at Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, New Jersey on Sunday, May 29:
And here's "Take a Giant Step" and "Heart and Soul" from last night's soundcheck:
John Billings, bassist in The Monkees' touring band, shared this photo on Facebook of Wayne Avers (lead guitarist in the band) and Vance Brescia backstage at last night's show at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, New Jersey. Brescia wrote The Monkees' 1986 comeback hit single, "That Was Then, This is Now," and joined Micky and Peter onstage last summer, too:
That is Wayne's very cool Gretsch that Vance is holding:
Vance also joined Micky and Peter onstage for the performance of "That Was Then, This Is Now."
In this interview with Steve Earle, Michael talks about The Monkees' new album, Good Times!, The First National Band, Red Rhodes, and much, much more. And if you are a SiriusXM subscriber, the conversation with Nez is available on demand.
UPDATE June 8: Listen to the audio of the interview below, which was recently shared on Facebook by a Monkees fan:
Pre-orders are being taken for the Barnes & Noble vinyl package for Good Times!, which includes a bonus 7" of "Love's What I Want" b/w "A Better World." The set will be released on August 12.
Peter Tork sings "A Better World," which is an exclusive CD bonus song on The Monkees' new album available only at f.y.e. retail outlets and online. Written by Peter's brother, Nick, the song was produced by Andrew Sandoval. "A Better World" is also the b-side to another exclusive, a 7" single that accompanies vinyl purchases of Good Times! at Barnes and Noble. Two members of Peter's band Shoe Suede Blues, Joe Boyle and Sturgis Cunningham, play on the track.