Prince Rules On The Charts

In Review

Overall album sales are up 3% over last week, and down 21% year-to-date over 2015. CDs are up 1% in the week, but down 16% year-on-year; digital albums are down 10%, and down 29% overall.

Record Store Day on April 16 helped drive Vinyl LP sales up 260% over the previous week and the format shows 43% growth year-on-year.

Track sales continue to grind down, declining 4% in the week and 23% overall.

Overall streams are down slightly over last week while year-to-date streaming totals are up 80.2%.

On the Chart

The passing of Prince on Thursday the 21st triggered a buying spree of his catalogue. With 12 hours to go before SoundScan closed the sales window on the week, Canadians snapped up 3,600 copies of  his 2001 compilation album The Very Best Of Prince (Warner), pushing its re-entry onto the  Billboard Canadian Album consumption chart at No. 1.

The consumption chart blends track equivalent and equivalent sales using a formula of 10 tracks equaling an album, and 1,500 interactive streams equaling one track download sale.

In the same window, Canadian fans downloaded 38,000 digital tracks from online stores, as compared with the 15,000 purchased year-to-date. His catalogue also did brisk business, selling  8,000 copies, which is more than double the 3,250 that were sold in all of 2016 before last week.

Prince tracks on the Billboard Albums Chart

  • No. 1 -- Very Best Of Prince 
  • No. 26 -- Purple Rain
  • No. 61 -- The Hits/The B-Sides

On the Digital Songs Chart

  • Purple Rain -- No. 13
  • When Doves Cry--  No. 20
  • Kiss -- No. 23
  • Little Red Corvette -- No. 28
  • Let’s Go Crazy -- No. 33
  • 1999  -- No. 45
  • Raspberry Beret --  No. 48
  • I Would Die 4 U -- No. 83
  • Cream -- No. 136
  • U Got The Look -- No. 165
  • I Wanna Be Your Lover -- No. 184

* All data courtesy of BDS, SoundScan and Nielsen Music Director Paul Tuch




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