Friday (April 21) marked the one-year anniversary of Prince’s heavenly ascension and since his departure from Earth at age 57, his catalog has raked in 7.7 million in sales according to Nielsen Music, Billboard reports.
The majority of those sales, totaling 5.65 million, accumulated in the month following Prince’s death at his Paisley Park home in Chanhassen, Minnesota last year between April 21 and May 19, 2016.
Fans of the eclectic musician purchased 2.3 million copies of his various albums and 5.4 million songs were digitally downloaded.
Naturally outshining every artist, even in death, Prince sold more albums than every recording artist in 2016 including Drake and Adele, who pushed 2.23 million copies.
One of his albums, The Very Best of Prince, landed at #8 on Neilson Music’s Top 10 Selling Albums of 2016 with a total of 668,000 units sold. This was followed by Purple Rain (498,000) and 1999 (169,000) among many more of his musical masterpieces.
His signature cut “Purple Rain” sold the most copies out of all his recorded numbers with 621,000 downloads and unapologetically re-entered the Billboard charts at #17, eventually making its way up to #4 after his tragic demise. Prince’s cherished hits “Little Red Corvette,” Let’s Go Crazy” and “Kiss” sold between 335,000-345,000 units respectively.
The “Pop Life” performer’s posthumous greatest hits project 4ever dropped November 20, 2016 and scanned 67,000 copies.
Upon his death, TIDAL was the only streaming service that had exclusive rights to The Purple One’s catalog. Earlier this year, access to his music became readily available to music mavens everywhere who subscribe to Apple Music and Spotify.