Last week it was reported that Prince received an upsurge in sales following his unfortunate passing, and that it was expected that he would take the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200. It looks like those reports were true, as Billboard has confirmed that he’s occupied the No. 1 spot on the chart this week, and he’s also landed the No. 2 spot, too. The Very Best of Prince and the Purple Rain soundtrack sit at No. 1 and No. 2 respectively.
The Very Best of Prince is Prince’s first No. 1 on the chart in ten years, with his album 3121 charting at No. 1 back in April 2006. The compilation album is also his fifth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, earning 179,000 equivalent album sales during the week ending April 21, while Purple Rain earned 69,000 sales. The sales of The Very best of Prince went up 10,872 percent compared to the previous sales week.
It’s interesting to note that these sales figures only reflect the day of Prince’s passing, meaning the albums reached the No. 1 and No. 2 spots in less than 24 hours of sales. Another Prince compilation entered the chart, with The Hits/The B-Sides finding itself at No. 6 with 41,000 equivalent album sales. His entire catalog sold 256,00 during the sales week ending April 21, which is 5,298 percent increase compared to the previous week.
With the limited availability of his music on streaming services outside of Tidal, it seems Prince will be sticking around in the top 10 for the foreseeable future.