Prince left an indelible mark on the music industry — one finished with a truly impressive posthumous flourish.
With just eight hours left to the week in music, The Purple One’s The Very Best Of Prince and Purple Rain soundtrack became the #1 and #2 albums on the Billboard 200 chart.
Now it’s been revealed the number one selling song of the entire week was Purple Rain! It sold 122,000 digital copies, up from only 2,000 the week before.
In fact, SIX separate tracks re-entered the Hot 100 chart! Here are their rankings for the week AND their previous peak on the charts:
No. 17 – Purple Rain (No. 2, 1984)
No. 20 – When Doves Cry (No. 1, five weeks, 1984)
No. 28 – Kiss (No. 1, two weeks, 1986)
No. 29 – Little Red Corvette (No. 6, 1983)
No. 39 – Let’s Go Crazy (No. 1, two weeks, 1984)
No. 41 – 1999 (No. 12, 1983)
In case you were wondering how Purple Rain could be the top selling song but only make it to #17, the Hot 100 is based on sales, radio play, AND streaming.
Since Prince was not a fan of putting his music on streaming services, the hot tracks made a bit less impact than they would have otherwise.
Still, an astounding accomplishment!