Even a year after his untimely death, fans continue to give Prince a royal sendoff, reports indicate.
The legendary singer/songwriter, who passed away on April 21, 2016, not only set a number of sales records the week after his death, but even more well into the year. In fact, Nielsen Music now reports 8-time Grammy winner sold more albums in 2016 than any other artist (including the previously purported top-seller Adele).
“In the year after Prince’s death on April 21, 2016, the Purple One’s catalog of albums and songs have sold a combined 7.7 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen Music, through the week ending April 13. Of that sum, 2.3 million were in traditional album sales, and 5.4 million were from digital song downloads.” [source]
It should be noted that of that 7.7 million song and album sales, a whopping 5.65 million were registered in just the month after this death (between April 21 and May 19, 2016). Besting Adele’s 2.21 million album sales in 2016, Prince’s discography sales were so massive they nearly made up a third of his overall digital sales.
“…those 5.4 million digital song downloads account for nearly one third of the 18.64 million downloads of his songs since Nielsen began tracking the digital format — in 2003. His best-selling titles last year were the The Very Best Of Prince (668,000 copies), followed by Purple Rain (498,000) and 1999 (169,000). Among his songs, “Purple Rain” was his best-selling title last year with 621,000 downloads, followed by three titles with between 335,000-345,000 sales each: “Little Red Corvette,” Let’s Go Crazy” and “Kiss.” [Source]