April 25, 2016


Prince Albums Top Billboard 200's Top Two Spots

Kevin Winter/Getty Images
Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Prince passed away on Thursday at the age of 57, but even with the news arriving on the final tracking day for the week's music sales, he managed to grab the Billboard 200's two top spots. The Very Best of Prince, released back in 2001, sold 179,000 equivalent album units, while 1984's Purple Rain moved 69,000. "We will see continued impact from the icon’s passing on the following week’s chart," Billboard writes.

The 1993 triple album The Hits/The B-Sides also hit No. 6, shifting 41,000 units. Overall, Prince's album sales shot up by 5,298 percent from the previous week. His last No. 1 LP was 2006's 3121.

Prince's sales surely benefited from the fact that his music is only publicly available to stream on Tidal. He and his team were always fastidious about pulling clips—live, studio and video clips—from YouTube and other mainstream websites. The Purple One's catalog exited Spotify in mid-2015.

In the last few days Prince tributes have arrived via celebrity Twitter, live performances by Mariah CareyRihanna and Usher, plus emotional written/interview remembrances by Stevie WonderSaturday Night Live and Madonna.