Exclusive: Prince Sales Increase By 42,000%

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The sudden death of Prince Rogers Nelson, the legendary singer, songwriter, and musician, sent shockwaves throughout the world. Fans mourned the loss of the artist who had a significant impact on the music industry and influenced numerous artists across genres. However, in the days following his death, something else was happening: Prince’s album and song sales were skyrocketing, breaking several records in the process.

According to Nielsen Music, Prince’s album sales jumped 42,000% in just three days following his death. The Very Best Of Prince sold over 250,000 copies, and Purple Rain sold over 133,000 copies in that time period. Prince’s song sales also surged, with more than 2.3 million songs sold in the three days following his death. ‘Purple Rain’ led the way, selling 287,000 copies, followed by ‘When Doves Cry,’ ‘Little Red Corvette,’ and ‘Let’s Go Crazy.’

The spike in sales following an artist’s death is not a new phenomenon. It is known as the “death bump,” and it has been observed with other artists such as Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, and David Bowie. Fans often seek out their favorite artists’ music to remember and celebrate their lives and legacies. However, Prince’s death bump was unprecedented.

Prince famously disliked streaming services like Spotify, SoundCloud, and YouTube. He pulled all his music from those platforms, with the exception of Jay Z’s Tidal. Therefore, finding his music became a little more challenging for fans. However, Prince fans flocked to the platforms that did have his music available, such as iTunes and Amazon, which could be the reason why sales surged so significantly on these platforms.

Prince’s music catalog was a treasure trove of hits, containing some of the most iconic songs in music history. From ‘1999’ to ‘Kiss’ to ‘Purple Rain,’ Prince’s music had a significant impact on the music industry and popular culture. His music was an amalgamation of various genres such as rock, funk, R&B, and pop, making him a unique and versatile artist. His influence can still be felt in the works of contemporary artists like Bruno Mars, D’Angelo, and Janelle Monáe.

Prince’s impact on the music industry was not limited to his music. He was also a trailblazer in the business aspect of the industry. In 1993, he changed his name to an unpronounceable symbol, which became known as “The Love Symbol.” The move was seen as a protest against his record label Warner Bros., which he accused of not giving him creative control over his music. The move was also seen as a way to get out of his contract with the label. He later changed his name back to Prince in 2000 after his contract with the label expired.

Prince’s revolutionary approach to the music industry can be attributed to his upbringing. He was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and grew up in a musical family. His parents were both musicians, and he learned to play several instruments at a young age. He was also exposed to different genres of music, which he incorporated into his music.

In conclusion, the sudden death of Prince Rogers Nelson was a significant loss for the music industry and fans worldwide. However, his legacy lives on through his music, which continues to inspire and influence artists today. The spike in album and song sales following his death was a testament to his impact on the industry and the world. As the saying goes, “legends never die,” and Prince’s music will undoubtedly continue to be celebrated for generations to come.

(Image by Christopher Michel, Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC by 2.0))

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  1. No, seriously

    When that happened with the music on our label, they removed our music from online stores. I wonder if they’ll do the same with Prince? No kidding, our distributor told us our music sales had increased 38,000 percent over the previous year and told us that was impossible. Algorithms rule.