‘The Very Best of Prince’ & ‘Purple Rain’ top the U.S. album chart
Prince's sudden and tragic death last on April 21 has caused an unsurprising spike in sales of his records, which has landed him with three of the Top 10 albums in the U.S. The Very Best Of Prince is the #1 album, followed by Purple Rain at #2, and then the triple-disc The Hits/The B-Sides. He's the first artist to have the #1 and #2 spots on the LP charts since Nelly in 2004. His sales are especially strong as there's almost no Prince on YouTube and his music is only streaming at Tidal. He's got six other LPs in the Top 200 chart: 1999 (#31), yet another greatest hits package, Ultimate (#61), Sign ‘O’ the Times (#95), HITnRun: Phase One (#147) and his 1979 self-titled album (#160). The most amazing thing about this is how quick it happened. Thursdays are the last reporting day for the chart, news of Prince's death hit around noon last Thursday, meaning all these sales are just from a less than 12-hour period!
The Very Best of Prince is the first Prince LP to go to #1 in 10 years, and its the first best-of compiliation to top Billboard's album chart since The Notorious B.I.G.’s Greatest Hits in 2007.