Just about any time a star of Prince‘s magnitude fades to black (or purple, in His Royal Badass’ case,) it’s safe to assume that a spike in that artist’s sales is soon to follow. Just how soon you ask? Prior to the week of his untimely passing, The Purple One had moved roughly 14,000 songs and 5,ooo albums per week. Fairly unimpressive by most standards. However, in the week following his passing, sales shot through the damn ceiling. According to Billboard, Prince moved 611,000 in total album sales and 1,309,000 in song sales. To put this in perspective, Beyonce, who currently has the hottest album in the country, is slated to pull in roughly 500,000 copies of Lemonade in its first week on the market, as a surprise release.
And while we can’t rightfully say just how long this upward trend will continue, we are happy to see that the world is stocking up on purple goodies. But with the estate in limbo and reportedly no will to guide the way, it’s equally difficult to figure out precisely where/who the sales will go to. While that hopefully sorts itself out, you can peep the more-than-impressive sales figures in full down below.
The Very Best of Prince — 291,000
Purple Rain (Soundtrack) — 168,000
The Hits/The B-Sides — 73,000
Ultimate — 41,000
1999 — 38,000
“Purple Rain” — 377,000
“When Doves Cry” — 280,000
“Little Red Corvette” — 227,000
“Let’s Go Crazy” — 215,000
“Kiss” — 210,000