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Monkees' Album Sales Soar Following Davy Jones' Death

In OnScreen & Music by Wendy Michaels , on Friday, March 09, 2012, 7:58 AM (PST)
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Davy Jones' Death Prompts Surge in Monkees Album Sales

Hey, hey, The Monkees album sales are way up after the death of band member Davy Jones on February 29.

It's typical for album sales to soar after a singer's death, but this band's sales saw a huge spike.

The Monkees returned to the Billboard 200 albums chart again for the first time since June 21, 2003.

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The Best of the Monkees landed at number 20, with 17,000 (Nielsen SoundScan reports that's up 7,808%), while their Flashback with the Monkees popped in at number 125, making a 252% gain.

The sales of their albums collectively sold 29,000 copies in the week ending March 4, making a gain of 1,265%.

Not surprisingly, "Daydream Believer" was a big digital sale as well.

Jones died after suffering a heart attack, though his daughter Talia tells the National Enquirer that her dad just thought his chest pains were just indigestion.

She shared that her dad recently had been given a clean bill of health: "My father just had all of these tests and everything came back great. He was told his heart was like a 25-year-old's."

Given that information, Jones apparently dismissed the chest pains, believing it was never "anything but a bad case of heartburn. In fact, he needed more extensive testing to know what was going on," Talia explained.

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His daughter believes it was stress that contributed to the heart attack: "Of course there was stress. What stressed him was just living the lifestyle he did -- literally going from one country to the next, one state to the next. He was always trying to do so much and please everybody."

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