Questions remain over Prince’s death

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Los Angeles: After Prince died on Thursday, his fans rushed to listen to his music, but since it is mostly unavailable for streaming – Tidal is the only major streaming outlet that has Prince’s full catalogue – they did something that fewer and fewer people do anymore: actually buy the music.

The music of Prince soared to the top of the weekly US Billboard 200 album chart on Monday after the singer’s sudden death, as mourning fans rushed to remember the artist’s legacy through his music.

Huge sales ...  Prince is back on top of the charts thanks to huge album and digital sales.Huge sales … Prince is back on top of the charts thanks to huge album and digital sales. Photo: Afshin Shahidi

Nielsen Music said Monday it had tracked 2.3 million song sales and more than 579,000 albums sales from Prince’s catalogue in the three days following the news of his unexpected death at age 57 at his Minnesota estate last Thursday.

Album sales were led by The Very Best of Prince, a 2001 compilation of the R&B artist’s hits including Purple Rain, When Doves Cry and Kiss, which sold more than 250,000 copies in the three days.

It shot to No. 1 on Billboard’s latest album chart with 100,000 sales and 292,000 streams in the United States, according to data from Nielsen.

Fans have responded to Prince's death by buying his music and sending him back to the top of the album and digital charts.Fans have responded to Prince’s death by buying his music and sending him back to the top of the album and digital charts.

Prince’s 1984 album Purple Rain came in at No. 2 with 69,000 units sold, and the singer’s 1993 box-set The Hits/The B-Sides reached No. 6 with 41,000 units sold.

Prince had been tenacious in limiting use of his material on YouTube and digital music streaming platforms such as Spotify and Rhapsody. The singer did make his entire catalogue available on the artist-owned, premium subscription streaming service Tidal, launched by rapper Jay Z.

On the Digital Songs chart, Purple Rain led five Prince songs in the top 10, which measures online song download sales.

Reuters