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Prince’s music sales, streams skyrocketed since his death

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Like all great artists, Prince's music sales soared like a dove after his death.

The celebrated pop icon, who died one year ago on April 21, 2016 at 57, was the best-selling artist of 2016, but sadly he wasn't alive to bask in the glory.

The "When Dove's Cry" artist sold more than 2.2 million albums in 2016 and also sold 5.4 million in digital songs, Nielsen reports. Beating out living artists Drake and Adele who trailed behind with just one best-selling album as opposed to an entire catalog. File Photo: U.S. musician Prince performs on stage at Yas Arena in Yas Island © REUTERS/Jumana El-Heloueh/File Photo File Photo: U.S. musician Prince performs on stage at Yas Arena in Yas Island

Prince — born Prince Rogers Nelson — is one of the highest paid dead celebrities of 2016, raking in more than $2.5 million in album sales for 2016 and holding a net worth of $25 million from beyond the grave, second to late pop star Michael Jackson who topped the chart with a whopping $825 million.

The Purple One leaves behind a massive music catalogue and hundreds of unreleased jams, which are said to be worth nearly $35 million, according to Billboard. In this file photo, Prince performs during the 46th Annual Grammy Awards in a Los Angeles, Ca. © AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, File In this file photo, Prince performs during the 46th Annual Grammy Awards in a Los Angeles, Ca.

A new EP was even set to drop this Friday to mark one year since his passing, but the family members handling his estate blocked the producer from ever letting it go public in a court ruling on Wednesday.

Special edition picture disc singles of Prince's iconic song "Little Red Corvette" are being distributed across the globe for Record Store Day this Saturday — and the prized piece of vinyl is one of the highest releases in demand for the annual day.

Five of Prince's albums landed in the Top 10 of the Billboard 200 in the weeks following his death and his record sales jumped by more than 40,000% — but the presence of the tunes on the charts gradually slowed down once the shock of his passing wore off.

"People aren't just going on to hear the big hits, they're going back and rediscovering the very bottom of the catalog," David Bakula, vice president of analytics at Nielsen Entertainment, told the Star Tribune.

"They do well when it's these kind of numbers," he added.

However, as the one-year anniversary of the "Purple Rain" singer's death approached, his record sales saw a massive uptick, especially in his home state of Minnesota where a four-day celebration of life was being held to remember the great musician.

The owner of local record shop Eclipse Records, Joe Furth, told KSTP-TV that he was sold out of Prince 45s and had to order a shipment of Prince records to meet the high demand.

The artist formerly known as Prince just had his discography added to Spotify, Google Play, Apple Music and Amazon this February and he's already reached more than 4 million listeners per month on Spotify. His most popular songs on the streaming service include "Purple Rain," "Kiss," "When Doves Cry" and "Let's Go Crazy."

All of his greatest hits were streamed 17 million times in just one week on the various streaming sites — "Purple Rain" alone reached more than 1 million hits. Prince: Life in Pictures


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