Prince’s Music Tops Download Lists After His Death
By Ryan Velez
Only hours after the news of his passing was revealed, the top eight spots on the iTunes singles charts were all Prince songs: “Purple Rain,” “Little Red Corvette,” “When Doves Cry,” “Kiss,” “Let’s Go Crazy,” “1999,” “I Would Die 4 U,” and “Raspberry Beret.”
Prince has been well known for his opposition to online streaming of his music, as well as his steps to remove it from streaming platforms like Spotify, although he did allow his songs to remain on Tidal. His latest album, “HITNRUN Phase Two,” is currently available to stream via Apple Music.
Music Chart Feeds says that Prince also held seven of the top ten best-selling albums: “The Very Best of Prince,” “Purple Rain,” “The Hits / The B-Sides,” “1999,” “Sign O’ the Times,” “Ultimate: Prince,” as well as his self-titled 1978 album.
Prince’s unique sound, musical talent, and blending of genres like rock, soul, and funk drove him to over 100 million records sold throughout his 40-year career. The cause of Prince’s death is still unknown, though it is reported that he had fallen ill with the flu last week. His private plane had made an emergency landing in Illinois because of the symptoms, but he was released three hours later, and made an appearance at a Paisley Park party the following day.