Following his sudden death last Thursday (April 21), fans have been flocking back to Prince’s music this week as they mourn the loss of a music icon.
14 of the superstar’s records flood back in to this week’s Official Albums Chart today, the biggest selling of which is The Very Best Of, which matches its original peak at Number 2 when it was first released in 2001.
Two more of his retrospectives appear in this week’s Top 40; 2006’s Ultimate reaches a new peak at Number 3 with 36,000 chart sales (it previously peaked at 6), and The Hits/The B-sides re-enters at 13.
There are also new peaks for his Purple Rain soundtrack at 4 (previous peak was Number 7), 1999 at 28 (previous peak at 30) and Dirty Mind at 61 (didn’t previously chart in the UK).
On the Official Singles Chart, the star’s signature hit Purple Rain leads six Top 100 entries at Number 6 (45,000 combined sales). The track previously peaked at Number 8 on its original 1984 release. The five other classics that enter the tally are When Doves Cry (26), Kiss (38), Raspberry Beret (47), 1999 (49) and Little Red Corvette (70).
Prince’s 14 entries in the Official Albums Chart Top 100 appear below:
|2||THE VERY BEST OF||WARNER BROS|
|4||PURPLE RAIN - OST||PAISLEY PARK|
|13||THE HITS/THE B-SIDES||PAISLEY PARK|
|15||SIGN O' THE TIMES||PAISLEY PARK|
|41||PARADE – OST||PAISLEY PARK|
|47||AROUND THE WORLD IN A DAY||PAISLEY PARK|
|50||HITNRUN PHASE ONE||NPG|
|51||DIAMONDS AND PEARLS||PAISLEY PARK|
|61||DIRTY MIND||PAISLEY PARK|
|92||BATMAN – OST||PAISLEY PARK|
|94||ART OFFICIAL AGE||NPG/WARNER BROS|
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