Fans honor Prince by launching him to the top of the charts.
Prince claimed the top two spots on the Billboard 200 following the sudden news of his passing.
Last Thursday (April 21), Prince rocked the world when authorities confirmed the legendary singer had died at his home in Paisley Park. It’s unclear how Prince left us, but there are reports the emergency landing event which took place several days prior to his death was due to an overdose of Percocet.
In the wake of recent events, Prince fans stormed iTunes and catapulted the singer to the top of the Billboard 200. The Very Best of Prince and the Purple Rain soundtrack take the No. 1 and No. 2 spots respectively.
The only streaming service that offers Prince’s catalogue is Tidal. In 2013, Prince said he hired professionals to scour the Internet and pull footage of him performing. “I have a team of female black lawyers who keep an eye on such transgressions,” Prince said at the time. “And you know they’re sharp,” he added with a laugh.
The numbers via Billboard:
The Very Best of Prince marks the Purple One’s fifth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, and first since 3121 debuted atop the list on April 8, 2006, spending one week at No. 1.
The Very Best of Prince earned 179,000 equivalent album units in the week ending April 21 (up 10,872 percent compared to the previous week). Of that sum, 100,000 were in traditional album sales (up 11,232 percent). As for Purple Rain, it shifted 69,000 units (63,000 in pure album sales; up 3,101 percent).
24 hours after news broke, Prince dominated the iTunes Top Songs and Albums charts with nearly every spot in the top 10.