Prince’s “Purple Rain” Leads The Artist’s Songs, Albums Flooding iTunes Charts After His Death

Robbie Daw | April 21, 2016 4:41 pm

Following the devastating news of his untimely death today at age 57, Prince‘s staggering run of worldwide hit songs and albums will ultimately be his legacy, as proven by the volume of each that are now filling the upper reaches of the iTunes charts just hours after the announcement of the artist’s death.

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Currently only four tracks in the Top 10 of the digital retailer’s top songs are by artists other than Prince, with the title cut to the late musician’s Grammy-winning 1984 album Purple Rain having shot straight up to #1. The rest of the Top 10 includes “Little Red Corvette” (#2), “When Doves Cry” (#3), “Kiss” (#4), “Let’s Go Crazy” (#5) and “1999” (#10).

Likewise, six Prince LPs are currently filling the iTunes Top 10, led by 2001 compilation The Very Best Of Prince at #1. Behind it are Purple Rain (#2), 1993 box set The Hits/The B-Sides (#3), 1999 (#4), Sign O’ The Times (#6) and Prince’s 1979 self-titled sophomore album (#10).

Prince’s string of five chart-topping singles on the Billboard Hot 100 kicked off in 1984 with “When Doves Cry,” thanks in part to the song’s heavy rotation on MTV. Further #1s like “Let’s Go Crazy” and “Kiss” soon followed. In 1989, Prince hit the top of the Hot 100 once again, with his Batman soundtrack hit “Batdance.” The singer’s final chart topper during his lifetime came with 1991’s “Cream,” off the album Diamonds And Pearls.

Between 1984 and 2006, Prince also racked up four chart-topping albums, including Purple Rain, Around The World In A Day, the Batman soundtrack and 2006’s 3121.

Altogether, Prince released a staggering 39 studio albums.

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