Purple Rain at No. 4 on Billboard chart

NEW YORK •Purple Rain, the classic 1984 soundtrack by Prince And The Revolution, has re-entered the Billboard album chart, holding the No. 4 spot this week.

The sales renaissance springs from the inclusion of bonus tracks from Prince's storied recording vault. The release was initially announced as part of a deal he struck with Warner Bros, his old label, three years ago.

The reissue notes say it was "overseen" by Prince before he died of an opioid overdose last year at age 57.

Purple Rain, which spent 24 weeks atop the chart when it was rolled out in 1984, yielded his first Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 hit, When Doves Cry.

Meanwhile, Grateful, the latest by producer-performer and now social media star DJ Khaled, opened at No. 1 on the album chart, according to Nielsen. It features guest appearances on almost every track, by artists such as Drake, Nicki Minaj, Beyonce and Jay-Z.

Grateful narrowly beat Evolve, the new album by Imagine Dragons. Kendrick Lamar's Damn. is at No. 3 while Lorde's Melodrama, which was No. 1 last week, ran out of gas to plunge to No. 13.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 05, 2017, with the headline 'Purple Rain at No. 4 on Billboard chart'. Print Edition | Subscribe