Friday, April 22, 2016

Prince Takes Nineteen of the Top Twenty Selling Albums at Amazon.com

Back in January when David Bowie died, we asked "Why do people wait?"

Why do people wait until an artist is gone before they buy their music? At that time, the day after his passing, Bowie had fourteen of the top twenty top selling albums at Amazon.com. Prince has taken that to a whole new level.

As of the time of this article, only the original cast album from Hamilton would prevent Prince from having a complete sweep of the top twenty and, as it is, he has the top 19. His collection, The Very Best of Prince, is the top seller and there are four other collections on the list. Also included are the vinyl editions of three of the albums including the Purple Rain LP which is at 2 on CD and 3 on vinyl.

Of note, Prince's last two albums, HITNRUN Volumes 1 and 2 are both in the top ten. Neither was a runaway hit upon their initial release.

The current top twenty at Amazon.com:

  1. The Very Best of Prince - Prince
  2. Music From the Motion Picture "Purple Rain" - Prince
  3. Music From the Motion Picture "Purple Rain" - Prince (Vinyl)
  4. 1999 - Prince
  5. HITNRUN Phase Two - Prince
  6. The Hits/The B-Sides - Prince
  7. Ultimate Prince - Prince
  8. Prince - Prince
  9. Around the World in a Day - Prince
  10. HITNRUN Phase One - Prince
  11. The Hits 1 - Prince
  12. Controversy - Prince
  13. Sign O the Times - Prince
  14. The Hits 2 - Prince
  15. Dirty Mind - Prince
  16. Art Official Age - Prince
  17. Parade: Music From the Motion Picture "Under the Cherry Moon" - Prince
  18. Prince - Prince (Vinyl)
  19. 1999 - Prince (Vinyl)
  20. Hamilton (Original Broadway Cast Recording) - Various Artists

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