- Warner Bros.
Prince’s death proved the lasting power of his music.
Though his status on Billboard’s charts had faded in the previous two decades, in the three days following his untimely death at 57, Prince sold over 579,000 albums, as tracked by Nielsen Music.
That’s an increase of over 42,000% over the prior three days, Nielsen said in a press release, and took him to the top of the Billboard 200 album chart.
The most popular album has been “The Very Best of Prince,” which sold over 250,000 albums in the three-day period, while “Purple Rain” had over 133,000 sales.
There were also 2.3 million Prince song sales in that time after his 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 were buying up in droves after Prince died.
1. “Purple Rain” (287,000 sales)
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.