"Good Times!" moves over 24,000 copies in its first week; Album will debut in Top 15, highest chart placement since 1968 (UPDATED x4)
Good Times! The Monkees Finish at Number 8 Chart Debut with New Album, Beat Adele, Prince, Ariana Grande
UPDATED 1pm EST: According to Rhino's John Hughes on the Zilch Facebook page, Good Times! will enter the Billboard Top 200 chart at #14. This placement includes digital & physical copies sold as well as streaming activity, which Hughes said was underreported in the Friedman piece linked above. Regarding the article's mention of 1,000 streams for Good Times! Hughes said, "Um, no. Try at least 200x that."
The #8 debut refers to the Album Sales chart that counts only physical and digital copies sold (there are several different types of charts on Billboard nowadays based on a variety of calculations).
UPDATE 2pm EST: The Monkees' official Facebook page just posted the following message, with more detailed information on chart placements for Good Times!
And Michael Lynch on Facebook shared a photo of the last time a Monkees album sat inside the Top 15:
"Until today, this was the last time The Monkees had an album in the Top 15. From the chart of July 20, 1968."
UPDATE Wednesday, June 7: Good Times! landed at #6 on the Album Sales chart today, two spots higher than previously reported. For more chart information, visit: Updates on "Good Times!" debuting on Billboard.
UPDATE Thursday, June 8: Billboard is reporting first week sales of Good Times! at 23,000 and not 24,000 as first mentioned.