- Warner Bros.
Prince’s death proved the lasting power of his music.
Though his status on Billboard’s charts had faded in previous decades, when the musician died at 57 last Thursday, he sold 239,000 albums just that day, according to Nielsen Music, which tracks sales. Over that weekend, he sold another 399,000 albums.
Those weekend sales were up 16,000% over the previous weekend, when just 2,500 Prince albums got bought up.
The surge in sales shot Prince up to the top of the Billboard 200 album chart.
Prince fans have also bought over 2.8 million songs from his output since the death. While Prince was long famous for scrubbing the internet clean of streaming copies of his tracks, it seems like the strategy helped sell a lot of songs while people mourned his loss.
Here are the top songs fans have been buying up in droves since Prince died.
1. “Purple Rain”
When you think of Prince, the first thing to come to mind is surely “Purple Rain,” both the album and the movie it accompanied. The title song, one of the artist’s more rock-centric efforts, has moved people to wave their lighters (and cellphones) the world over.
2. “When Doves Cry”
The stark and emotional song, from “Purple Rain,” was Prince’s first No. 1 American hit.
3. “Little Red Corvette”
Off of Prince’s “1999” album,” this single was supposedly inspired by Prince falling asleep in his The Revolution band member Lisa Coleman’s pink Edsel.
4. “Let’s Go Crazy”
Yet another “Purple Rain” track, this opening cut is also one of Prince’s most deliriously fun. And the lyrics about making it through “this thing called life” are a perfect way to honor the artist.