Monday 26 September 2016

Prince album makes Top 10 day after untimely death

Published 22/04/2016 | 18:06

Bumper hits package Ultimate has re-entered the Official Albums Chart at number 10 (AP)
Bumper hits package Ultimate has re-entered the Official Albums Chart at number 10 (AP)

Prince has jumped into the Top 10 on the Official Albums Chart despite much of his music being unavailable on streaming services.

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Two collections have broken the Top 20, with sales counted from the moment news of his untimely death broke on Thursday evening until midnight.

Bumper hits package Ultimate, which originally peaked at number six in 2007, has re-entered the Official Albums Chart at number 10.

The Very Best Of Prince, which hit number two in 2001, is at number 18.

In addition to the greatest hits packages resurfacing, a number of classic Prince tracks hover outside the Official Singles Chart Top 40.

Purple Rain, a 1984 anthem and Oscar-winning song, has made the biggest showing at number 65, while When Doves Cry and Kiss follow further down.

These tracks are expected to climb higher as more fans reconnect with Prince's music in the coming days.

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."

He added: "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."

Prince is likely to dominate both charts in Monday's Official Chart Update, which assesses sales and streams from Friday and over the weekend.

On the Official Singles Chart, Drake is top of the bops for a second week with One Dance.

The track, featuring Wizkid and Kyla, is the Canadian rapper's first UK chart-topper as lead artist.

It shifted an impressive 115,000 combined chart sales and was the most streamed song of the week, notching up almost 7.08 million plays over the last seven days.

Sia and Sean Paul's Cheap Thrills is a non-mover at number two.

Mike Posner's I Took A Pill In Ibiza and Fifth Harmony's Work From Home featuring Ty Dolla Sign hold firm at number three and four respectively.

Tinie Tempah's Girls Like featuring Zara Larsson is up one to number five.

Little Mix and Sean Paul's new version of Hair is in at number 31, and Pink has returned to the Top 40 after almost three years away.

The American's latest track Just Like Fire, from the Alice Through The Looking Glass soundtrack, is new at number 32.

Britain's Got Talent 2015 star Calum Scott is up 151 places to number 40 with his cover of Robyn's Dancing On My Own.

US rapper Desiigner jumps 20 places to number 27 to make his chart debut with Panda.

On the Official Albums Chart, PJ Harvey has her first number one with The Hope Six Demolition Project.

The singer-songwriter's ninth studio collection held off competition from Adele's 25, which remains at number two.

The Hello singer's global smash, which has broken records on both sides of the Atlantic, has logged a 22nd consecutive week in the top five.

Aled Jones' One Voice has climbed for the third week running to sit at number three.

Santana's latest album is new at number four. Santana IV is the band's first release with the full early 1970s line-up in 45 years.

Elsewhere, Justin Bieber's Purpose is up two places to number five, and Little Mix's Get Weird notches up an 18th week in the Top 10 at number eight.

English rockers Hawkwind enter at number 29 with The Machine Stops, and a deluxe re-release of Phil Collins' No Jacket Required is at number 35.

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