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Prince's greatest hits album soars to No. 1

'The Very Best of Prince' lands at the top of the Billboard 200 after his death

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Prince had no shortage of No. 1’s throughout his career, but the funk pop legend’s sales have soared even higher in the wake of his April 21 death. Both his 2001 greatest hits set The Very Best of Prince and his 1984 smash soundtrack, Purple Rain, have posthumously shot to the top of the Billboard Hot 200, selling 179,000 and 69,000 copies respectively.

The Very Best of Prince lands the Purple One his fifth No. 1 album and first since 2006. With the resurge in sales, Prince also nabs claim as the first artist to hold both the No. 1 and 2 spots on the Billboard 200 since Nelly in 2004.

Billboard estimates the icon sold around 256,000 records since his death, and currently has eight albums on the Billboard Hot 200. His collections have also conquered other services, filling the top five digital albums on Amazon and dominating the fist six slots on iTunes. In the three-day period following his death, Prince sold 2.3 million songs.

Prince released his 39th and final album, HITnRUN Phase Two, as a Tidal exclusive last December, later putting it on iTunes in January. He withdrew his work from all streaming services other than Tidal last summer, making purchasing his music the primary way to revisit his storied legacy.

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