Prince is on track to have a very big week on the album charts next week. Early data predicts The Very Best of Prince compilation album will sell around 85,000 to 100,000 copies in less than 24 hours. Earlier in the week, Billboard actually predicted it would be Rihanna‘s ANTI and Sturgill Simpson‘s A Sailor’s Guide to Earth that would be fighting it out for the top album spot. Even then, both albums were only estimated to sell around 45,000 each in the week ending April 21.
However, that was before Prince’s untimely passing. In the wake of his death, fans have eagerly been streaming, purchasing, and playing the songs from Prince’s decades long career. Prince currently holds every spot on the Top 10 songs chart on iTunes. He also has seven of the top 10 spots on the iTunes Top 10 Albums Chart, including the top six spaces with only A$AP Ferg‘s Always Strive and Prosper keeping the albums from having a consecutive hold on the list. Prince singles are also doing noticeably well with his track sales expected to reach above 900,000.
Prince’s posthumous success shouldn’t be too much of a surprise to many who witnessed David Bowie‘s music collection receive a similar response following his death. Bowie’s last record, Blackstar, earned the singer his first No. 1 record after he had passed away and simultaneously became the No. 1 album on both iTunes and Amazon. At the time, Bowie logged nine other records in the Top-200. Clearly, fans understand the best way to tribute their favorite musicians is to celebrate the lives with the music they left behind. Dig into your favorite Prince tracks on the music service of your choice and read about the very important lessons Prince taught us here.
and 900k+ tracks sold. #PrinceRIP
— Chart News (@chartnews) April 22, 2016