Prince’s music has re-entered both the UK albums and singles chart following his untimely death on Thursday.
Prince is back in the UK charts this week, just hours after after news of his untimely death broke on Thursday evening. Early numbers also indicate that Prince could find himself on top of the UK charts later this week, despite most of his music being unavailable on streaming services.
Prince has re-entered the UK charts following his death on Thursday.
In the album chart two Prince complications re-entered the top 20. Ultimate Prince, released in 2007, went straight in at number 10, after previously debuting at number six nine years ago. Another compilation, The Very Best Of Prince, from 2001, re-entered at number 18.
In the singles chart,’Purple Rain’ landed at number 65, while ‘When Doves Cry’ and ‘Kiss’ are further down, showing just how fast fans flocked to buy his music following Thursday’s news. Official Charts Company chief executive Martin Talbot said: “The great shock of last night is already translating into a clear outpouring of respect and love for Prince.”
“The rapid impact on the Official Albums Chart – and no doubt the Official Singles Chart next week – underlines just what this extraordinary, iconic artist meant to the great British public.” According to the Official Charts Company, Prince could even find himself at number one in Friday’s charts.
Based on just one days data (which is comprised of Friday sales up to midnight but not yet counting streams), ‘Purple Rain’ has claimed a strong early lead in the singles chart race. Early rankings also show that Prince could occupy four of the top five slots with ‘When Doves Cry’, ‘Kiss’ and ‘1999’ all on course to chart high.
Early album sales figures also show that Prince will most likely dominate the charts. Counting album sales only, early bulletins show that Prince could occupy as much as 50% of the album chart. The Very Best Of is currently on course to claim the top spot, with Ultimate Prince coming in at number two.
The soundtrack to 1984 movie Purple Rain is currently sitting at number three, while The Hits/The B-Sides is at five and Sign O’ The Times is at six. If Prince does top the chart on Friday it will give him his sixth UK number one album.