Beastie Boys Albums Downloaded Massively Following Member’s Death
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Beastie Boys – the American hip-hop band from Manhattan/Brooklyn – have suffered the loss of their member and founder of Oscilloscope Laboratories – Adam Yauch on Friday (4th of May 2012). Ever since, file-sharing of their albums has increased by 300%.
Torrent data from music analytics company Musicmetric reveals that ever since Adam Yauch passed away, file-sharing has increased by 300%. The biggest recorded spike was on the 5th of May.
The most popular album among file-sharers is Licence to Ill released in 1983, while the number one city is their hometown of New York, followed by LA, Chicago, Philadelphia and Toronto.
Similar spikes were noticed on social networks with regards to numbers of online fans added per day – which increased by 700% – and total online plays – which increased by 2000%.
These numbers complement the figures released a week ago by Billboard, putting License To Ill back into the Billboard 200 alongside with Paul’s Boutique, Hot Sauce Committee Part Two, Ill Communication, Check Your Head and Beastie Boys Anthology: The Sounds of Science.