Prince Posthumously Tops The Billboard 200

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The person may be gone, but the music lives on. That is definitely the case as Prince posthumously tops the Billboard 200, with three albums gracing the top 10 this week. At No. 1, The Very Best of Prince has the biggest impact, moving a robust 179,000 units. Of that total, only 56% is pure album sales. Why? Likely, people purchased their favorite tracks as opposed to the entire album. Also, Prince’s music is unavailable for streaming, save for Tidal. 

But enough technicality, what about more Prince? The Purple One’s ‘ace in the hole’ Purple Rain landed at no. 2, moving 69,000 units, with 91% of that total comprising of sales. Down the line at no. 6, another greatest hits compilation, The Hits/The B-Sides moves 41,000 units. Interestingly, according to Billboard, this is the highest peak position for this particular set. 

While Prince’s untimely death and his resurgence on the Billboard 200 is the big headline, the Billboard 200 did feature some new releases. Country singer/songwriter Sturgill Simpson lays claim to the highest new entry on the Billboard 200 as A Sailor’s Guide To Earth enters at no 3 moving 55,000 units, with nearly all comprising of pure sales. Santana is the other newbie as the veteran rock band start at no. 5 with Santana IV, to the tune of 42,000 units. Like Simpson, most of Santana’s “units” are pure sales.

Beyond The Purple One, Sturgill Simpson, and Santana, the remainder of the top 10 is unsurprising for the most part. Here are some highlights! Rihanna Anti is the highest remaining top-10 album from last week (behind Prince’s rebound and Sturgill Simpson’s debut). The Lumineers’ Cleopatra tumbles from no. 1 to no. 9 in its second week on the charts. As for Adele’s 25, this week, she’s been bumped from the top 10 – GASPS* with shock! 

On the Billboard Hot 100, Rihanna has been dethroned. Yep, no more “Work” at no. 1. This week, it’s Desiigner’s infectious “Panda” that takes the reins and it’s “kind of a big deal.” Also worth noting, Billboard reports that six of Prince’s songs re-enter the Hot 100: “Purple Rain,” “When Doves Cry,” “Kiss,” “Little Red Corvette,” “Let’s Go Crazy” and “1999.” R.I.P. Prince!

So, how do the chart fortunes look for next week? Likely, Prince will continue to impact the charts given the fact his spike in sales only accounted for one day of the current charting cycle. That makes his rise to no. 1 that more impressive – it’s one day of sales. Besides Prince, A$AP Ferg should debut near the top with Always Strive And Prosper, the biggest music release of the week.

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