Millions of Prince records sold since star's sad passing

The Purple One occupies the top two spots on the Billboard 200...

In the three days following the tragic death of Prince, 2.3 million of his records were sold in the US.

Nielsen Music has also confirmed a whopping one million units were purchased by grieving fans and curious newcomers on Thursday April 21st, the day of his passing, alone.

The Very Best of Prince and his 1984 classic Purple Rain are currently sitting at No. 1 and No. 2 on the US Billboard 200 respectively.

He becomes the first artist in over 10 years to do so. The last was Nelly's simultaneously-released Suit and Sweat albums back in 2004.

The placing of The Very Best of Prince gives the Minneapolis musical icon his fifth number one album in the US, and his first since 3121 debuted at the summit almost exactly one decade ago.

It shifted 179,000 units in the week ending April 21, up 10,872% on the previous week. Of that total, 100,000 were traditional record sales. Purple Rain sold 69,000, up 3,101%. A massive 63,000 of those were physical copies. It marks the soundtrack's 100th week on the chart. 

Prince passed on the final day of the chart's tracking week, meaning fans pushed him to the top two spots on the charts in just half a day.

Prince's overall catalogue sold 256,000 copies.

His biggest-selling tracks were 'When Doves Cry', 'Little Red Corvette' and 'Let's Go Crazy'.

In 2015, Prince released HITnRUN Phase One and HITnRUN Phase Two. Phase One reached No. 70 on the Billboard 200, while Phase Two did not chart at all.

In 2014, his Plectrumelectrum and Art Official Age had fared much better, hitting No. 8 and No. 5 respectively.

The artist had sold over 100 million records over the course of his four decade career.

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