Prince album tops US chart

NEW YORK • Prince soared on Sunday to No. 1 on the United States chart after his death, with three of his albums entering the top 10.

The pop icon died at his Paisley Park estate in Minnesota last Thursday, the last day under consideration for the weekly chart, indicating a massive interest in his work in the hours after the news broke.

The Very Best Of Prince, a greatest hits collection from 2001, topped the chart and his classic 1984 album Purple Rain came in at No. 2 of the Billboard chart, tracking service Nielsen Music said.

A three-disc collection from 1993, The Hits/The B-Sides, re-entered the latest chart at No. 6.

The strength of the compilations shows the renewed popularity of his hits such as Let's Go Crazy, When Doves Cry, 1999 and Kiss.

In one factor that likely increased outright sales, fans looking for Prince's music were unlikely to find it through streaming, which is factored into the chart through its own formula.

Prince, whose relationship with the Internet swung between love and hate, streamed his music only on Jay Z's Tidal service, through which he released his last two albums.

It is rare for artists to assume both the first and second places on the chart, with the feat last achieved by rapper Nelly when he simultaneously released the Sweat and Suit albums in 2004.

The top new album was country singer Sturgill Simpson's Sailor's Guide To Earth, which debuted at No. 3.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 26, 2016, with the headline 'Prince album tops US chart'. Print Edition | Subscribe