Following Prince’s shock death last April, fans paid their respects in the most appropriate way: by buying his albums and listening to his music.
The Purple One sold more albums than any other artist in 2016, Billboard reports. His 2.23 million album haul even edged out chart-topping megastar Adele, who sold 2.21 million.
According to the US figures, his bestsellers were the 2001 compilation The Very Best of Prince (668,000 copies) and his 1984 classic Purple Rain (498,000), with most of the traditional sales coming in the four weeks straight after his April 21 death.
Of course, the musician’s prickly relationship with new media may have buoyed those figures.
Before this February, the bulk of Prince’s work wasn’t available on any streaming service other than Tidal, after he pulled his music from sites including Spotify and Apple Music in 2015.
Plans to release new music from the artist this Friday, on what is the first anniversary of his death, were blocked by a US judge earlier this week, following a lawsuit from Prince’s estate claiming the tracks on the six-song EP Deliverance were stolen by his former sound engineer.
Two albums of new material and a remastered version of Purple Rain featuring previously unreleased material are also due for release later this year.