R.E.M.’s ‘Monster’ Returns to HipHopMagz 200 Thanks to 25th-Anniversary Reissue


The album last appeared on the Billboard 200 in 1995.

Thanks to a new 25th-anniversary reissue, R.E.M.'s 1994 LP Monster re-enters the Billboard 200 albums chart (dated Nov. 16) at No. 115, up 1,237% to 7,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Nov. 8, according to Nielsen Music.

Monster had last appeared on the Billboard 200 in October 1995 and earned R.E.M. its second of two No. 1s upon its debut on Oct. 15, 1994. The group first topped the ranking with Out of Time in 1991.

Monster also places on Vinyl Albums at No. 3, Alternative Albums at No. 12, Top Album Sales at No. 16 and Top Rock Albums at No. 21.

The set spawned three Billboard Hot 100-charting hits: "What's the Frequency, Kenneth?," the album's lead single, reached No. 21 in November 1994; "Bang and Blame" rose to No. 19 the following February; and "Strange Currencies" hit No. 47 in June 1995.

"Kenneth" and "Bang" both hit No. 1 on the Alternative Songs airplay chart, for five and three weeks, respectively, while the album's "Star 69" also reached the top 10 (No. 8, April 1995). On the Pop Songs airplay tally, "Kenneth," "Bang" and "Strange" hit Nos. 10, 13 and 30, respectively.

R.E.M. disbanded in 2011 after the release of its LP Collapse Into Now. The band last debuted on the Billboard 200 in 2014 with Unplugged The Complete 1991 & 2001 Sessions (No. 21 peak), and last appeared on the chart in December 2017, when 1992's Automatic for the People re-entered at No. 118 after its 25th-anniversary reissue.

Notably, R.E.M.'s members charted together earlier this year, but under a different moniker. The group released a 1991 live album on Record Store Day (April 13) under the pseudonym Bingo Hand Job titled Live at the Borderline 1991. The set reached No. 83 on the Top Album Sales chart dated April 27.