Prince's Music Floods Australia's Charts as Beyoncé & Pink Land No. 1s

Prince 2016
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Prince performs live at the Fabulous Forum on February 19, 1985 in Inglewood, Calif.

Beyoncé and Pink locked in No. 1s on Australia’s charts this week, but the national surveys are unmistakably tinged in the color purple as Prince makes impressive posthumous splashes.

The late music genius has four sets in the Top 10 and no less than nine recordings re-entering the Top 50 of the ARIA Albums Chart, while eight Prince tracks crack the Top 50 on the singles chart.

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Prince’s double-platinum The Very Best Of (Warner) is the best-performer of his bunch, vaulting to No. 2 on the ARIA Albums Chart, easily eclipsing its previous peak of No. 40 following its release in 2001. The late music genius also charts with The Hits / The B-Sides (No. 4), Purple Rain (No. 5), Ultimate (No. 6), Sign "O" The Times (No. 20), Diamonds And Pearls (No. 22), HITNRUN Phase One (No. 25), The Hits 1 (No. 40) and 1999 (No. 46).

Leading the albums chart is Beyonce, who earned her second chart-topper on the survey with Lemonade (Columbia/Sony). The pop star’s surprise sixth studio album release is the follow-up to Beyoncé, which also peaked at No. 1 on the chart in January 2014.

Reality TV star Dami Im, who will represent Australia at the Eurovision Song Contess in the days ahead, sees her third album Classic Carpenters (Sony), a collection of Carpenters covers, open at No. 3. This week’s chart also features new entries from Paul Kelly (Seven Sonnets And A Song at No. 9), A$AP Ferg (Always Strive And Prosper at No. 16) and John Williamson (Looking For A Story at No. 32).

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Pink, a bona fide superstar in the market, scores another best-seller on the singles chart with “Just Like Fire” (RCA/Sony), which rises 2-1 in its second week. It’s Pink’s eighth No. 1 on the ARIA Singles Chart, and the first since “Just Give Me A Reason” hit the top in February 2013.

Gnash Feat. Olivia O'Brien’s “I Hate U, I Love U” (Warner) is at No. 2 this week, just ahead of the first of Prince’s eight appearances -- the No. 3-ranked "Purple Rain" (its previous peak was No. 41 in November 1984). 

Prince is also impacting the chart with “When Doves Cry” (No. 11), “Little Red Corvette” (No. 22), “Kiss” (No. 27), “1999” (No. 28), “Cream” (No. 30), “Raspberry Beret” (No. 31) and “Diamonds And Pearls” (No. 50).

The top five is rounded out by The Chainsmokers Feat. Daya’s “Don't Let Me Down” (Columbia/Sony), which drops 3-4; and Drake Feat. Wizkid & Kyla’s “One Dance” (Republic/Universal), which rises 10-5. Flume just misses a Top  5 berth with “Say It” (Future Classic), the Sydney producer’s collab with Tove Lo which debuts at No. 7. It’s the third release from Flume’s forthcoming album Skin after “Never Be Like You” (No. 1 in February 2016) and “Smoke & Retribution” (No. 23 in Feb. 2016).


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