Amoeba Records in Hollywood, California hosted a Good Times! listening party on the evening of May 27, the day the album was released. In attendance were both Bobby Hart and John Hughes of Rhino Records, who also acted as executive producer of Good Times! A big thanks to Tim Powers of Deep Dish Radio (a longtime supporter of the Live Almanac - be sure to check out Tim's programs!) for submitting his pictures from the event.
This morning, Micky, Peter, and the band appeared on the ABC morning program, performing both "I'm a Believer" and "She Makes Me Laugh."
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!
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!
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