Prince soars to top of US chart after death

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NEW YORK: Prince soared Sunday (Monday in Manila) to no. 1 on the US chart after his sudden death, with three of his albums entering the top 10.

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The pop icon passed away suddenly at his Paisley Park estate in Minnesota on April 21, the last day under consideration for the weekly chart, indicating a massive interest in his work in the hours after the news broke.

The Very Best of Prince, a greatest hits collection released in 2001, topped the weekly chart and his classic 1984 album “Purple Rain” came in at number two of the Billboard chart, tracking service Nielsen Music said.

A three-disc collection from 1993, “The Hits/The B-Sides,” re-entered the latest chart at no. 6.

The strength of the compilations indicates the renewed popularity of Prince’s hits such as “Let’s Go Crazy,” “When Doves Cry,” “1999,” “Raspberry Beret” and “Kiss.”

He released 39 studio albums during his life, selling more than 100 million records.

AFP

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