The Beastie Boys top the charts

You’ve gotta fight… for your right… to get into the stores where the Beastie Boys’ “Hello Nasty” is on sale. At least that’s the way it seems, judging from “Nasty”‘s extraordinarily nice first-week sales figure of more than 681,000. For those keeping score, that’s by far the best opening-week tally yet for a 1998 release, eclipsing sales of new releases by Madonna, Dave Matthews Band, Pearl Jam, and Mr. P.

“I thought the record would debut high, but not thathigh,” says EW music critic David Browne. “It appears the band is attracting both old fans who are now in their late 20s and early 30s and teenagers who see them as their own Rolling Stones — revered veterans whose new album you have to check out. Plus, there’s some crossover to hip-hop fans, who are legendary for buying their heroes’ albums the week they come out.”