The music of Prince soared to the top of the album charts in the US and the UK, after the singer’s sudden death last week.

Nielsen Music said on 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 in the US were led by The Very Best of Prince, a 2001 compilation of the R&B artist’s hits including Purple Rain and Kiss, which sold more than 250,000 copies in the three days.

The compilation topped the US Billboard 200 album chart, which measures music sales on a Friday through Thursday week, with 179,000 units from album and song sales and limited streaming, according to figures from Nielsen.

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.

In the UK, Prince held every position in the top five of the album charts including The Very Best Of, followed by 2006’s Ultimate, Purple Rain, The Hits/The B-Sides, and Sign O’ The Times.

If compilation album The Very Best Of remains at the top of the chart by Friday, it will become his sixth number one album in the UK, according to figures from the Official Charts Company.


Further down the chart, 1999 is at No. 18, the Parade soundtrack at 21, Diamonds and Pearls at 25, Hitnrun Phase One at 30, and Lovesexy at 39 – ensuring Prince makes up a quarter of the UK’s Top 40.

The late musician’s fans have also ensured that Prince’s hit song Purple Rain takes second place on the official singles chart.

When Doves Cry has also re-entered the charts at number six, followed by Kiss at 11, Raspberry Beret at 15, 1999 at 17 and Little Red Corvette at 26.