It has now been just over five years since musical legend Prince passed away suddenly at the age of only 57. Since then, his fans have continued to stream and buy his biggest singles and his most beloved albums, and the artist’s legacy lives on through the art he created during his many years as a superstar.
As a way to commemorate him on the five-year anniversary of his passing, Prince fans showed up in even larger numbers than usual last week to consume his smashes and one of his most important releases, and now the Grammy and Oscar winner is back on the Billboard charts in a major way.
Here is a breakdown of Prince’s surge on a number of Billboard rankings following the fifth anniversary of his death.
Digital Song Sales
On this week’s Digital Song Sales, the all-genre ranking of the bestselling individual tunes in the U.S., four Prince tracks return, and it’s that quartet of tunes that make their way back to a handful of tallies, as they continue to rank among his most successful cuts ever.
The highest-ranking of the bunch is “Purple Rain,” which re-enters the race at No. 21. That hit stands out as Prince’s only No. 1 on the Digital Song Sales chart, as it went all the way to the top the week following his passing.
Just a few spots further down, “When Doves Cry” reappears at No. 27, while “Lets’ Go Crazy” and “Kiss” both find their way onto the 50-spot list at Nos. 42 and 46, respectively. All four tracks once peaked inside the top 10.
forbesR&B/Hip-Hop Digital Song Sales
The R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Song Sales chart incorporates all forms of R&B, hip-hop and rap, so it’s not shocking that while Prince’s music does perform well, he doesn’t rule this list like he does when looking only at one style.
“Purple Rain” re-enters the top 10 on this week’s R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Song Sales ranking, landing at No. 9. It was almost joined in that highest space by “When Doves Cry,” which stalls one rung shy, at No. 11.
Not far behind, but still inside the top 20, are “Let’s Go Crazy” and “Kiss,” which find their way to Nos. 16 and 17, respectively.
R&B Digital Song Sales
Prince’s singles fare best on the R&B Digital Song Sales chart, which makes sense, as there isn’t quite as much competition, as that tally focuses solely on the one style of music. Just 15 spaces long, the rocker and R&B titan controls a third of the ranking, as he fills five spots.
Back at Nos. 3 and 4, respectively, are “Purple Rain” and “When Doves Cry,” which land behind only the unstoppable “Leave The Door Open” by Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak (now known as Silk Sonic) and Justin Bieber, Giveon and Daniel Caesar’s “Peaches,” which occupy the highest two spaces.
Prince rules 40% of the top 10 on the R&B Digital Song Sales chart, as “Let’s Go Crazy” appears at No. 8 and “Kiss” breaks in at No. 9. Coming in last place on the short tally is “I Would Die 4 U,” which makes it a full month on the ranking as it returns at No. 15.
Looking at all the albums charts, Purple Rain gains the most ground on the Billboard 200, which isn’t shocking, as it’s the longest of all the rankings of the best-performing full-lengths. This week, the beloved soundtrack jumps from No. 195 all the way to No. 135, surging 60 spots in one move.
Top Album Sales
Prince’s Purple Rain album sells well every week, and it can be found on Billboard’s Top Album Sales list more often than not. This frame, it improves from No. 30 to No. 24 as it celebrates three full years on the tally (or 156 weeks).
Of all the Billboard charts Prince’s name appears on this week, he ranks highest on the Top Soundtracks list, as Purple Rain was almost a champion once again. This frame, the Oscar-winning set lifts from No. 4 to No. 2, missing the top spot by just one rung. The title has now lived on that one ranking for an incredible 500 weeks, making it the longest-charting soundtrack on the tally by a huge margin.
Top R&B Albums
Purple Rain almost became a top 10 R&B bestseller once again this week, but it didn’t quite reach the highest tier on the Top R&B Albums sales list. This time around, the release pushes from No. 22 to No. 14.