Prince Takes 2, 3 & 4 on British Albums Chart, 14 in Top 100; "Purple Rain" Single at Number 6

Prince has placed fourteen albums in the British Top 100 just eight days after his death.

The bigger news, though, is that four of them have reached new peaks with Ultimate coming back at number 3 after previously going to 6, Purple Rain coming in at 4 (previous high 7), 1999 at 28 (previously 30) and Dirty Mind at 61 which is the first time that it has charted in the U.K.

The full list:
  • 02. The Very Best of Prince
  • 03. Ultimate Prince
  • 04. Purple Rain
  • 13. The Hits/The B-Sides
  • 15. Sign O' the Times
  • 28. 1999
  • 41. Parade
  • 47. Around the World in a Day
  • 50. HITNRUN Phase 1
  • 51. Diamonds and Pearls
  • 61. Dirty Mind
  • 75. Lovesexy
  • 92. Batman (Original Soundtrack)
  • 94. Art Official Age
Six of Prince's singles have also made their way up the British Singles chart:
  • 06. Purple Rain
  • 26. When Doves Cry
  • 38. Kiss
  • 47. Raspberry Beret
  • 49. 1999
  • 70. Little Red Corvet
The highest charting new album by a veteran artist for the week goes to British folk icon Sandy Denny and I've Always Kept a Unicorn: Acoustic Sandy Denny which opens at 31. The positing ties her best ever as a solo artist with her 1971 album The North Star Grassman and the Ravens. She, of course, had a number of big albums as a member of Fairport Convention. 

The only other veteran with a new album on the charts is the rock band Wire with Nocturnal Koreans which starts at 98. 

The top ten albums this week in the U.K. by veteran artists:
  1. The Very Best of Prince - Prince
  2. Ultimate Prince - Prince
  3. Purple Rain - Prince
  4. One Voice - Aled Jones
  5. Best of Bowie - David Bowie
  6. The Hits/The B-Sides - Prince
  7. Sign O' the Times - Prince
  8. The Hope Six Demolition Project P.J. Harvey
  9. 1999 - Prince
  10. I've Always Kept a Unicorn: The Acoustic Sandy Denny - Sandy Denny
The top five albums overall:
  1. Lemonade - Beyonce
  2. The Very Best of Prince - Prince
  3. Ultimate Prince - Prince
  4. Purple Rain - Prince
  5. This is Acting - Sia
The top five singles:
  1. One Dance - Drake Featuring Wizkid & Kyla
  2. Cheap Thrills - Sia
  3. I Took a Pill in Ibiza - Mike Posner
  4. Cake by the Ocean - DNCE
  5. Work From Home - Fifth Harmony Featuring Ty Dolla Sign
Veteran artists at the top of other British charts:
  • Albums
    • Soundtrack Albums - Purple Rain - Prince
    • Record Store Album Sales - The Hope Six Demolition Project P.J. Harvey
    • Country Compilation Albums - The Best of Music & Memories - Daniel O'Donnell
  • Tracks/Singles
    • Scottish Singles - Purple Rain - Prince
  • Video
    • Music Videos - Magic of the Waltz - Andre Rieu

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