Wednesday 28 September 2016

Beyonce dethrones Prince at top of album charts

Published 29/04/2016 | 18:06

Beyonce took the top spot - although the late Prince had several entries in this week's album charts
Beyonce took the top spot - although the late Prince had several entries in this week's album charts

Beyonce has knocked Prince off the top of the album chart with Lemonade, preventing the late singer from earning his sixth UK album number one.

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On Monday it looked set to be a clean sweep for Prince after his death last week at the age of 57, as the artist held all positions in the Top 5 of the album charts.

But despite being unseated by Beyonce, Prince still has three spots in the Top 5, with The Very Best Of at number two, Ultimate at number three, and Purple Rain at four.

In total there are 14 Prince albums in the Top 100, according to the Official Charts Company.

He also has six songs in the singles chart Top 100, including Purple Rain at number six and When Doves Cry at 26.

Lemonade was released on Saturday and has now racked up 73,000 chart sales, making it the second-fastest selling artist record of the year, behind David Bowie's Blackstar.

It becomes Beyonce's third number one album in the UK, following Dangerously In Love (2003) and 4 (2011).

Six of the record's tracks have also hit the Top 40 in the singles chart, with Hold Up at 17, Formation at 31, Sorry at 33, Don't Hurt Yourself at 36, and Freedom at 40.

Beyonce's chart success comes as she begins her blockbuster Formation World Tour, which will bring her to the UK in June.

Topping the singles chart, Drake has smashed the Official Chart streaming record with One Dance, which was streamed 7.86 million times in one week.

This beats the previous record held by Adele's Hello, which notched up 7.32 million streams in the week of its release in October.

With One Dance holding the number one for the third week running, Sia's Cheap Thrills remains at two, followed by Mike Posner's I Took A Pill in Ibiza. At Number four is DNCE's Cake By The Ocean, with Fifth Harmony's Work From Home at number five.

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