In the wake of his untimely death on Thursday (April 21) Prince is set to dominate the UK charts with five of his albums settling into the top five.
His 2001 release ‘The Very Best Of’ is currently leading the all-Prince Top 5 on the midweek update. 2006’s ‘Ultimate’ follows at number two, with the Grammy Award-winning official soundtrack to the movie Purple Rain at number three.
‘The Hits/The B-Sides’ is at number four and finally, ‘Sign O’ The Times’ is sitting at number five. If sales continues, ‘The Very Best Of’ would be Prince’s sixth number one album in the UK.
He’s also on course to enter the singles chart, with ‘Purple Rain’ slotting in at number two behind Drake’s ‘One Dance’. ‘Purple Rain’ originally made it to number eight when it was released in 1984.
Five other classic hits are also on course to re-enter the Top 40. ‘When Doves Cry’ is at number six, ‘Kiss’ is sitting at number 11, ‘Raspberry Beret’ is at number 15 and ‘Little Red Corvette’ is at number 26.
Born Prince Rogers Nelson on June 7, 1958, the singer went on to release 39 studio albums over a music career that lasted nearly 40 years. He rose to world fame in 1982 with the release of fifth album ‘1999’, and achieved worldwide success with his sixth, 1984’s ‘Purple Rain’, which was certified platinum in countries including the USA, UK, Australia, Switzerland and France.
Last year he released two albums, ‘HITnRUN Phase One’ and ‘HITnRUN Phase Two’. He was recently reported to be in the middle of writing his memoir, ‘The Beautiful Ones’.