Prince skyrockets to the top of the charts

Photo Credit: Prince's Instagram (@prince)
Photo credit: Prince’s Instagram (@prince)

Last week’s sudden death of music legend and icon Prince left a gaping hole in the hearts of millions of music fans across the globe and both fans and celebs alike have been sharing their sadness online about losing Prince so soon. But people aren’t just grieving Prince, they’re also going out and buying his music in droves because a few of Prince’s albums have now shot to the top of the Billboard charts.

As previously reported, Prince was, tragically, found dead in his Paisley Park studio in Minnesota last Thursday. Recent reports have revealed that he has already been cremated and that his family held a private memorial service for the singer.

The exact cause of his death has yet to be determined, but reports have spread that the singer suffered a drug overdose the week before his death when his private plane had to make an emergency stop in Illinois so that the singer could be rushed to the emergency room.

Thousands of other fans are going out and buying Prince’s records and making the late singer a chart-topper, once again.

According to Billboard, the singer’s greatest hits, The Very Best of Prince and the Purple Rain soundtrack have both re-entered the Billboard 200 chart and landed at the No. 1 and No. 2 spots respectively for the week ending April 21. The Very Best of Prince reportedly sold 179,000 equivalent album units in the week ending April 21, with 100,000 units moved in traditional album sales while the rest were track equivalent albums and streaming equivalent albums.

Meanwhile, the Purple Rain soundtrack sold 69,000 units, with 63,000 being pure albums. Another of the singer’s albums, his triple album, The Hits/The B-Sides, also re-entered the charts at the No. 6 spot with 41,000 units sold, with 24,000 of that sum in pure album sales.

According to the site, Prince’s overall catalog of records sold 256,000 last week. The latest chart numbers will officially be posted by Billboard on Tuesday, April 26.

We’re not surprised at all that Prince is posthumously the top-selling artist in the country as the death of top-rated artists usually results in a spike in their album sales.

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