Last week, The Monkees' new album Good Times! debuted on the Billboard Top 200 at #14 (reflecting digital and physical copies sold as well as streaming activity), while landing at #6 on the Top Album Sales chart in its first week (which reflects physical and digital copies sold only). For its second week of release, the music industry website HITS Daily Double estimated that Good Times! sold 8,072 physical and digital copies, resulting in a #32 placement on Billboard's Top Album Sales chart:
But on the Billboard 200, which is the industry's standard, Good Times! fared worse, dropping from #14 to #77. Despite a strong first week of sales, the lack of streaming activity for the album (which is now a big part of how the Top 200 is measured) clearly hurt its performance there.
Monkees fans obviously frontloaded Good Times! album sales, which allowed it to experience a Top 20 debut, an impressive feat and something the group has not accomplished since The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees hit record shops in the spring of 1968. In comparison to other veteran acts nowadays (like Madonna, Janet Jackson, Duran Duran, etc.), The Monkees are on a familiar course, experiencing high debuts and then suffering significant sales drop-offs in the following weeks. With a buzz surrounding the current tour and overwhelmingly positive reviews for Good Times!, the album will hopefully maintain a presence on the Album Sales chart for weeks to come.
Good Times! did continue to fare strongly on the Tastemaker Albums chart, where it debuted at #1. Tastemaker, which measures the top-selling albums based on an influential panel of stores comprised of independent retailer coalitions and smaller regional chains, places The Monkees' new album at #7 in its second week of release.
Live in 2021