Prince music flies off shelves in the days after his death

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BY ANGELA BRONNER HELM
THE ROOT

Days after the tragic death of Prince at age 57, the pop legend’s music is predictably swelling in sales.

USA Today reported that on April 21, the day he was pronounced dead, Prince sold a total of 231,800 albums — a staggering jump from the 4,300 sold during the week preceding it.

“The Very Best of Prince’’ is the top-selling album this week on Billboard.

“The Very Best of Prince’’ is the top-selling album this week on Billboard.

His greatest-hits album, “The Very Best of Prince,’’ led the pack with a whopping 94,600 copies sold followed by “Purple Rain’’ (55,300), “The Hits / The B-Sides’’ (22,400), “1999’’ (11,600) and “Ultimate Prince’’ (9,000).

““The Very Best of Prince’’ took the No. 1 and No. 2 spots on the Billboard 200 album chart this week. It earned 179,000 equivalent album units in the week ending April 21, up 10,872 percent compared to the previous week).

1.1 million songs sold
Moreover, Prince reportedly sold 1.1 million songs on April 21, jumping from the 18,800 sold between April 15 and April 20, according to Buzzangle Music, a music sales tracking service.

The top of these songs include “Purple Rain” (125,800), “Little Red
Corvette” (90,000), “Kiss” (86,400), “Let’s Go Crazy” (77,800) and “When Doves Cry” (66,500).

At the time of publication, Prince had 18 of the 20 top albums in Amazon’s digital music store and 45 of the 50 best-selling songs. On iTunes, his royal badness holds 13 of the top 20 album slots and 17 of the 20 highest-selling songs.

Only on Tidal
Because Prince reportedly owned all of his masters, this incredible surge in sales will add considerably to his estate. In life, he was a vehement activist when it came to artists’ rights and being fairly compensated. Presently, his catalog of albums is only available for streaming on Tidal.

USA Today reports that he withdrew his music from all streaming services (except for Tidal) last summer, and spoke out against Spotify, saying it was “co-owned by record labels.”

His 39th and final album, “HITnRUN Phase Two,’’ was released as a Tidal exclusive last December, before it went to iTunes in January.

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