Sales of Prince’s music have skyrocketed since his death last Thursday, at the age of 57.
The Very Best of Prince and Purple Rain hold the number one and two spot respectively in the US Billboard chart.
The chart is compiled on a Friday, meaning Prince outsold the rest of the market in just 24 hours.
In the UK, two of his albums also entered the Top 40 on Friday. Some of the sales were spurred by the lack of Prince material on streaming services.
The star’s catalogue was only available to stream on Tidal, while he relentlessly pursued people who illegally uploaded his material to sites like SoundCloud, Daily Motion and YouTube.
“I have a team of female black lawyers who keep an eye on such transgressions,” Prince once said. “And you know they’re sharp.”
The Official Charts Company in the UK said that, based on early figures, Prince could have the number one single and album in the UK this coming Friday.
Prince died at his Paisley Park home near Minneapolis last week, after reports he was suffering with flu.
He was found in an unresponsive state in a lift on the first floor of his home. Emergency service personnel performed CPR, but were unable to revive him.
“Yes, it’s Prince,” an unidentified male caller told emergency services, according to a transcript of the 911 call.
The star was pronounced dead at the scene. Details of the post-mortem examination have yet to be released, but his body was released to his family on Friday afternoon and he was cremated on Saturday.
Thousands of fans have flocked to Paisley Park, the First Avenue nightclub, and other sites made famous by Prince since his death, while tributes have come from Lady Gaga, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Justin Timberlake and President Obama, amongst others.
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Source:: BBC Entertainment