Prince Takes No. 1 And 2 Spots On Billboard 200 After Selling 250,000 Albums The Day He Died

The Artist Formerly Known as Prince in concert at the Birmingham NEC, March 1995. (Photo by Graham Wiltshire/Getty Images)

Prince Takes No. 1 And 2 Spots On Billboard 200 After Selling 250,000 Albums The Day He Died

Looks like he's still cementing his legacy posthumously.

Published April 25, 2016

It’s no surprise that when artists pass away, their records do numbers as fans and those who want to learn more start to fill in their catalog. After his death, Prince apparently did some numbers, but it was probably more than anyone ever expected.

According to Billboard, The Very Best of Prince, a greatest hits compilation released by the late musician, sold north of 179,000 copies last week claiming the No. 1 spot, while his 1984 classic Purple Rain took No. 2, with fans procuring 69,000 copies.

This week’s chart accounts for all albums sold between April 15 to April 21, so that means these numbers were primarily done beginning Thursday (April 21). His album sales for The Hits/The B-Sides landed at No. 6, which pushed Prince’s total last week to over 256,000 albums sold. There are also sales that reportedly haven’t been counted for, so it’s likely we'll see Prince own the charts next week as well.

Prince passed away Thursday at his home in Paisley Park, Minnesota. He was hospitalized last Friday (April 15) after his private plane made an emergency landing in Illinois. He had been fighting the flu, however things seemed to be looking upward as he threw a party at his estate just a day after returning home from the hospital. He was 57 years old. is your No. 1 source for Black celebrity news, photos, exclusive videos and all the latest in the world of hip hop and R&B music.

(Photo: Graham Wiltshire/Getty Images)

Written by Paul Meara


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