20 Best-Selling Prince Songs Following His Death

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Prince performing at Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View Calif. on Oct. 10, 1997.  

The late icon claims 20 of the 25 positions on the R&B Digital Songs chart. Plus, Royce da 5'9 debuts at No. 1 on Top R&B Hip-Hop Albums.

The April 21 death of Prince triggered a swell in digital song sales for the icon. Notably, 20 tracks of his soar onto Billboard's 25-position R&B Digital Songs chart (dated May 7), marking the most simultaneously charting tracks ever on the chart (which launched in 2010; Rihanna and The Weeknd now share the second-best sum, 12 each).

As previously reported, Prince claims the Nos. 1 and 2 spots on the Billboard 200 albums chart with The Very Best of Prince and the Purple Rain soundtrack, as both titles re-enter. Prince died on the final day of the latest tracking week for Billboard's sales and streaming charts, meaning that fans rushed to purchase his music (and, to a much lesser degree, stream it, as he was a steadfast opponent of most platforms) in the roughly half-day left in the tracking week, after the news of his death broke around 1 p.m. ET. We will see continued impact from the icon's passing on the following week's charts, dated May 14 and reflecting activity in the week ending April 28.

Prince Has Sold Nearly 3.5 Million Albums & Songs in U.S. Since His Death

Here's a look at Prince's top 20 best-selling songs in the week ending April 21, according to Nielsen Music:

Sales, Title (Rank on R&B Digital Songs chart)
122,000, "Purple Rain"* (1)
100,000, "When Doves Cry" (2)
85,000, "Little Red Corvette" (3)
82,000, "Kiss"* (5)
75,000, "Let's Go Crazy"* (6)
65,000, "1999" (7)
52,000, "I Would Die 4 U"* (8)
49,000, "Raspberry Beret"* (9)
37,000, "I Wanna Be Your Lover" (11)
24,000, "Diamonds and Pearls"** (13)
23,000, "U Got the Look" (15)
22,000, "Darling Nikki"* (16)
19,000, "Adore" (17)
18,000, "Erotic City"* (18)
16,000, "7"*** (19)
13,000, "Cream"** (20)
13,000, "Baby I'm a Star"* (21)
13,000, "The Beautiful Ones"* (22)
12,000, "Gett Off"** (23)
12,000, "Do Me Baby" (24)

*Prince and the Revolution
**Prince and the N.P.G.
***Prince and the New Power Generation

Prince No. 1 on Billboard Artist 100 Chart

ROYCE ROLLS: Rapper Royce da 5’9 tallies his first solo No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, as his latest set, Layers, arrives with 15,000 copies sold in the week ending April 21. The Detroit native previously crowned the chart as one half of hip-hop duo Bad Meets Evil, along with Eminem, when the act debuted at No. 1 in 2011 with EP Hell: The Sequel. Royce first appeared on the album chart in 2002 with his debut set, Rock City, which reached No. 29.

FUTURE HIT: Over on the Hot Rap Songs chart, Future logs his 41st charting song as “Wicked” enters at No. 16. The entrance is fueled in part by 4.5 million streams through the week ending April 21, with 61 percent from YouTube views.


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