Saturday 26 May 2018

All-Prince albums Top 5 as late star's music floods charts

Prince's death last month at the age of 57 shocked the music world
Prince's death last month at the age of 57 shocked the music world

Prince's music has flooded the charts as fans pay tribute to the late music icon.

Following his sudden death on Thursday at the age of 57, Prince's music is dominating the official album chart - holding every position in the Top 5.

The all-Prince Top 5 includes The Very Best Of, followed by 2006's Ultimate, his Grammy Award-winning movie soundtrack Purple Rain, The Hits/The B-Sides, and Sign O' The Times.

If compilation album The Very Best Of remains at the top of the chart by Friday, it will become his sixth number one album in the UK, according to figures from the Official Charts Company.

Further down the chart, 1999 is at number 18, the Parade soundtrack at 21, Diamonds and Pearls at 25, Hitnrun Phase One at 30, and Lovesexy at 39 - ensuring Prince makes up a quarter of the Top 40.

The late musician's fans have also ensured that Prince's hit song Purple Rain takes second place on the official singles chart.

Purple Rain could still unseat Drake ft. Wizkid & Kyla's single One Dance from the number one position by the end of the week, when the official number one will be announced.

When Doves Cry has also re-entered the charts at number six, followed by Kiss at 11, Raspberry Beret at 15, 1999 at 17 and Little Red Corvette at 26.

Fighting for their position in the Top 5 are Sia's Cheap Thrills, currently at number three, followed by Mike Posner's I Took A Pill In Ibiza and DNCE's Cake By The Ocean.

Eight newly-released albums look set to hit the Top 40 but may not get a look-in for the Top 5 as they compete with the albums from across Prince's career.

Katherine Jenkins' Celebration is at number six, while Katy B's album Honey is at 13, and We Are Scientists' Helter Seltzer lands at 27.

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