Prince’s Music Sales Since His Death: 3.2 Million Songs, 735K Albums
Prince may be gone, but his music will carry on entertaining fans both old and new, as evidenced by the staggering amount of sales of the Purple One’s output since his death last week. The late musician’s 2001 compilation The Very Best Of Prince is currently atop the Billboard 200 album chart, based on just half a day of sales on the day of his death (which happened the be on a Thursday, the day Nielsen cuts off its weekly chart tracking period). But now, a week later, Billboard reports that over 3.2 million songs and 735,000 albums have been sold since Prince died, on April 21.
Below are the top-selling Prince albums and songs from the past week, which will be reflected on the new Billboard 200 and Hot 100 charts once they’re published early next week.
The Very Best of Prince (291,000 copies)
Purple Rain (168,000)
The Hits/The B-Sides (73,000)
“Purple Rain” (377,000)
“When Doves Cry” (280,000)
“Little Red Corvette” (227,000)
“Let’s Go Crazy” (215,000)