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This Week in Billboard Chart History: The All-Prince Edition

Prince tribute on 'Saturday Night Live' on April 23, 2016.
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Prince tribute on 'Saturday Night Live' on April 23, 2016. 

Looking back at Prince chart achievements each day this week in the '80s, '90s and 2000s.

April 25, 1987
"Sign 'O' the Times" hits its No. 3 high on the Billboard Hot 100. From his album of the same name, it concurrently logs its third of three weeks atop Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.

April 26, 1986
"Kiss" spends its second of two weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Prince also ranks at No. 4 … as the writer (pen name: Christopher) of "Manic Monday" by the Bangles, which had reached No. 2 the week before.

April 27, 1985
The fifth and final single from Purple Rain wraps its run on the Billboard Hot 100, as "Take Me With U" spends its last week on the chart, after reaching No. 25.

April 28, 1990
Sinead O'Connor's cover of Prince's "Nothing Compares 2 U" logs its second of four weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100. By then a former No. 1 on Alternative Songs, it also leaps into the top 10 (13-5) on Adult Contemporary.

April 29, 2006
3121 tallies its fourth week on the Billboard 200 after debuting at No. 1. The set became Prince's last Billboard 200 topper during his lifetime.

Chart Royalty: Prince's Hot 100 & Billboard 200 Highlights

April 30, 1983
"Little Red Corvette" becomes Prince's first Billboard Hot 100 top 10, of 19 total. The same week, it also cruises onto Mainstream Rock Songs at No. 32. It marked the first, and highest-peaking, of five entries for the uncommonly versatile artist on the chart. Two others would also hit the top 20: "Let's Go Crazy" (No. 19) and "Purple Rain" (No. 18).

Also on this date: in 1994, "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World" rises to its No. 3 Hot 100 peak (marking his last top 10 to date).

May 1, 1993
"7" completes its 23-week run on the Billboard Hot 100 after peaking at, appropriately, No. 7.