Prince Breaks All-Time Record With Five Albums in the Top Ten

When Michael Jackson passed away, his albums surged back onto the charts in a way that nobody thought would be seen again.

Until this week.

Prince has smashed all chart records, putting five albums in the top ten and nineteen albums in the Billboard 200.
  • 02. The Very Best of Prince
  • 03. Purple Rain
  • 04. The Hits/The B-Sides
  • 06. Ultimate
  • 07. 1999
  • 20. Sign O' the Times
  • 48. HITNRUN Phase One
  • 50. Parade: Music From the Motion Picture Under the Cherry Moon
  • 51. Around the World in a Day
  • 52. Prince
  • 55. Controversy
  • 56. Dirty Mind
  • 61. Batman
  • 80. Diamonds and Pearls
  • 81. Art Official Age
  • 111. Love Symbol Album
  • 116. HITNRUN Phase Two
  • 138. For You
  • 192. PLECTRUMELECTRUM
Prince sold 4.41 million albums in singles last week, the first full chart week since his death.

Billboard notes that Prince's record would have actually been a tie but, due to changes in chart methodology, Michael Jackson and the Beatles were not eligible for the Billboard 200 at the time that they would have equaled the record. When Jackson died and when the Beatles' catalog came to digital, older albums were relegated to the Catalog Albums chart. Each would have had five in the top ten had the charts been combined.

One of the albums, HITNRUN Phase Two, is making its chart debut this week based on sales only from the Tidal service. As of this past Friday, the first day of the new chart week, it became available through all retailers, so expect it to jump next week.

On the Hot 100, Prince has eight tracks in the top 40 including two in the top ten:
  • 04. Purple Rain
  • 08. When Doves Cry
  • 20. Little Red Corvette
  • 23. Kiss
  • 25. Let's Go Crazy
  • 27. 1999
  • 33. Raspberry Beret
  • 39. I Would Die 4 U
The only other debuting album by a veteran artist of the week goes to Candlebox whose Disappearing in Airports starts at 112. It's their first album that did not make the top 100.

The top ten albums this week by veteran artists:
  1. The Very Best of Prince - Prince
  2. Purple Rain - Prince
  3. The Hits/The B-Sides - Prince
  4. Ultimate Prince - Prince
  5. 1999 - Prince
  6. Sign O' the Times - Prince
  7. Santana IV - Santana
  8. Essential - Michael Jackson
  9. HITNRUN Phase One - Prince
  10. Parade: Music From the Motion Picture Under the Cherry Moon - Prince
The top five albums overall:
  1. Lemonade - Beyonce
  2. The Very Best of Prince - Prince
  3. Purple Rain - Prince
  4. The Hits/The B-Sides - Prince
  5. Anti - Rhianna
The top ten vinyl albums:
  1. Sailor's Guide to Earth - Sturgill Simpson
  2. Cleopatra - Lumineers
  3. White Noise - PVRIS
  4. Death of a Bachelor - Panic! At the Disco
  5. Blurryface - twenty one pilots
  6. Legend - Bob Marley & the Wailers
  7. Deadpool - Soundtrack
  8. Back to Black - Amy Winehouse
  9. Abbey Road - Beatles
  10. Ride the Lighting Metallica
The top five singles:
  1. Panda - Desiigner
  2. One Dance - Drake Featuring WizKid & Kyla
  3. 7 Years - Lukas Graham
  4. Purple Rain - Prince
  5. I Took a Pill in Ibiza - Mike Posner
Veteran artists at the top of other Billboard charts:
  • Albums
    • Catalog Albums - The Very Best of Prince - Prince
    • Tastemaker Albums - Purple Rain - Prince
    • Bluegrass Albums - Del and Woody - Del McCoury Band
    • Latin Pop Albums - Los Dos 2 - Juan Gabriel
    • Blues Albums - Dig in Deep - Bonnie Raitt
    • Jazz Albums - Some Other Time: The Lost From the Black Forrest - Bill Evans With Edie Gomez and Jack DeJohnette
    • New Age Albums - Dark Sky Island - Enya
    • Soundtrack Albums - Purple Rain - Prince
    • World Albums - Sing Me Home - Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble
    • Classical Albums - Cinema - Andrea Bocelli
  • Tracks/Singles
    • Digital Songs - Purple Rain - Prince
    • Rock Songs - Purple Rain - Prince
    • Rock Digital Songs - Purple Rain - Prince
    • Country Digital Songs - Humble & Kind - Tim McGraw
    • R&B/Hip Hop Digital Songs - Purple Rain - Prince
    • Adult R&B Songs - This One's For Me & You - Johnny Gill Featuring New Edition
    • Latin Songs - Duele El Corazon - Enrique Iglesias Featuring Wisin
    • Latin Digital Songs - Duele El Corazon - Enrique Iglesias Featuring Wisin
    • Latin Pop Songs - Duele El Corazon - Enrique Iglesias Featuring Wisin
    • Gospel Songs - Wanna Be Happy? - Kirk Franklin
  • Artists
    • Artist 100 - Prince



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