Beyonce and Prince have dominated the UK album chart this week, with Beyonce’s Lemonade at one and Prince albums taking the next three places.
They also have multiple entries in the singles chart, where Drake remains top.
Beyonce’s “visual album” sold 73,000 copies, making it the second-fastest selling artist record of 2016, behind David Bowie’s Blackstar.
Fifteen of Prince’s albums made it into the chart as fans rushed to buy his music following his sudden death.
Six are in the top 40 with The Very Best Of, Ultimate and Purple Rain at two, three and four.
In the midweek chart Prince had held every spot in the top five, but many retailers ran out of physical stock at the start of the week and could not keep up with fan demand. The singer’s catalogue is also only available on streaming service Tidal, limiting its reach.
Record label Warner Music, which published most of his classic albums, said more CDs were being pressed this week.
Ultimate, which was released in 2006, reached a new peak at three after first only making it to number six when it was first released in 2006.
The Purple Rain soundtrack at four, is up on its previous peak of seven when it was first released in 1984. Dirty Mind, which entered the chart at 61, did not previously chart in the UK.
TOP FIVE ALBUMS1) Beyonce
The Very Best Of
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Beyonce’s Lemonade sold 10,000 copies via streaming – which is the biggest streaming sales since they were introduced into the chart last year.
In the singles chart, Beyonce has six tracks in the top 40 – the highest being Hold Up at 17. Formation, Sorry, 6 Inch, Don’t Hurt Yourself and Freedom also made the top 40.
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Source:: BBC Entertainment