An Update on Prince’s Music Sales in Canada and the US. This is Incredible.

Word of Prince’s death came out just after noon on Thursday, meaning that there were less than 12 hours to go in the sales week. That makes these US SoundScan sales number beyond insane.

Billboard Top 200

  • Very Best of Prince, 180,000 (#1)
  • Purple Rain, 69,000 (#2)
  • Prince, Hits-The B-Sides, 41,000 (#6)

More information from Billboard here.

Hot Digital Tracks

  • Purple Rain, 122,000 copies (#1)
  • Little Red Corvette, 84,000, (#6)
  • Kiss, 80,000, (#7)
  • Let’s Go Crazy, 74,000 (#9)
  • When Doves Cry, 69,000 (#10)
  • I Would Die 4 U, 52,000 (#16)
  • Raspberry Beret, 48,000 (#18)
  • 1999, 42,000 (#19)

Overall Digital Albums

  • The Very Best of Prince, 96,000 (#1)
  • Purple Rain, 54,000 (#2)
  • Hits-The B-Sides, 24,000 (#4)
  • 1999, 12,000 (#7)

Now let’s look at Canada where the sales week is exactly the same. In other words, Canadian had about 12 hours to buy Prince stuff before the sales week closed.

There are four Prince albums on the Billboard Top 200 album consumption chart (that includes track equivalent sales and stream equivalent sales). Last week, Canadians purchased 8,000 Prince albums, more than twice the 3,250 that were sold in all of 2016 before last week!  When it comes to digital tracks, people bought 38,000 of them. Compare that to the 15,000 bought year-to-date!

ON THE CANADIAN BILLBOARD CHARTS:

  • Very Best Of Prince is #1
  • Purple Rain #26
  • The Hits/The B-Sides #61
  • Ultimate #131

On the Digital Songs chart, 11 songs entered the top 200:

  • Purple Rain #13
  • When Doves Cry #20
  • Kiss #23
  • Little Red Corvette #28
  • Let’s Go Crazy #33
  • 1999 #45
  • Raspberry Beret #48
  • I Would Die 4 U #83
  • Cream #136
  • U Got The Look #165
  • I Wanna Be Your Lover #184

Just wait until next week’s chart. Meanwhile, BuzzAngle, the company who monitors such things, has this update.

 

 

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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