Apr 26, 2016

    Prince tops US chart, 2 other albums also in top 10


    PRINCE soared to number one on the United States chart on Sunday after his sudden death, with three albums in the top 10.

    The pop icon died suddenly at his Paisley Park estate in Minnesota on 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 released in 2001, topped the weekly Billboard chart and his classic 1984 album Purple Rain came in second, tracking service Nielsen Music said.

    A three-disc collection from 1993, The Hits/The B-Sides, came in at number six.

    In one factor that likely increased outright sales, fans looking for Prince's music were unlikely to find it through streaming.

    He streamed his music only on Jay-Z's Tidal service, through which he released his last two albums.

    As a champion of artists' rights against labels, he aggressively took down unauthorised versions of his music online, including YouTube.

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