On Thursday, Prince was pronounced dead after being found unresponsive in his home in Minnesota. The iconic singer rose to fame in the 1970s, and he found himself on top of the music charts time and time again. It’s only poetic, then, that his album has taken the No. 1 spot on iTunes less than one hour after his death was confirmed.
According to E! News, Prince’s rep released the following statement shortly after Prince’s death was reported by TMZ.
“It is with profound sadness that I am confirming that the legendary, iconic performer, Prince Rogers Nelson, has died at his Paisley Park residence this morning at the age of 57. There are no further details as to the cause of death at this time.”
As an investigation surrounding Prince’s sudden passing gets underway, fans are busy purchasing his songs and listening to the very best of the legendary performer’s repertoire. According to Just Jared, Prince previously chose not to allow fans to stream his songs. The majority of his greatest hits are not available for streaming on Spotify or Apple Music, which explains the hike in iTunes purchases.
Prince made the decision to remove his songs from streaming services just a few months ago.
“My thing is this. The catalog has to be protected. And some of our fans were actually disingenuous. Taking the time to get their playlists together and yeah, it’s gone. Now you got to actually go subscribe to get the music that you lost on Spotify. Spotify wasn’t paying, so you gotta shut it down,” Prince previously said of his decision, according to Stereo Gum.
Fans have still supported Prince and have enjoyed listening to his music. That has not and will not change now that he has passed away, and that has been proven already today.
“The Very Best of Prince is the top album right now while the Purple Rain soundtrack is not far behind, followed by The Hits/ The B-Sides in the third spot. Meanwhile, the song “Purple Rain” currently sits at No. 7 on the list of top songs,” reports Just Jared.
Prince’s music will always be iconic. No matter who you are or what generation you grew up in, chances are you’ve heard a Prince song (and you probably can sing the lyrics). If you were a music fan in the 70s and 80s, you more than likely listened to Prince. Do you recall your favorite Prince song? Here are two of his most popular choruses.
“Purple rain, purple rain
I only wanted to see you
Bathing in the purple rain.”
Little Red Corvette
“Little red Corvette
Baby you’re much too fast
Little red Corvette
You need a love that’s gonna last.”
The Carver County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating Prince’s death. They say that it does not look as though foul play was involved. A cause of death has yet to be determined (an autopsy will be needed to confirm this), but it was previously reported that Prince had been sick for a couple of weeks with the flu. According to the Inquisitr, he was recently taken to the hospital due to his flu symptoms, but Prince was said to be at home resting shortly after his hospital visit.
Further details on what happened to Prince have not been made available at this time.
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