The announcement that Prince had died was made late on Thursday morning in the U.S. The Billboard charts for the week closed at midnight Thursday night.
In just the 16 to 18 hours after Prince's passing, he sold 200,000 albums and 900,000 tracks and the albums flew up the charts to where he will have the top two albums in the country when the Billboard charts are released on Tuesday.
According to Hits Daily Double, who does a scientific sample of retailers to project sales and chart position for the week, The Very Best of Prince sold 95,824 estimated copies (what they call "sales index") while, with streaming added, the number jumps to 171,923. That will give him the fifth number 1 album of his tragically shortened career:
- Purple Rain (1984)
- Around the World in a Day (1985)
- Batman (1989)
- 3121 (2006)
- The Very Best of Prince (released 2001, reaching number 1 in 2016)
- The Hits/The B-Sides (Sales: 21,698 / #7 // Sales + Streaming: 32,418 / #10)
- 1999 (Sales: 12,231 / #14 // Sales + Streaming: 17,881 / #20)
- Ultimate Prince (Sales: 7,613 / #23 // Sales + Streaming: 10,523 / #43)
- Sign O' the Times (Sales: 5,719 / #37 // Sales + Streaming: Did not make top 50)