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Prince's albums reach top two spots in US chart

People gather at a memorial created below Prince's star, centre top, on First Avenue in Minneapolis last week. Picture by Jim Mone, Associated Press
Staff Reporter

SALES of Prince's music have soared since his death last week with The Very Best of Prince and Purple Rain reaching the number one and two spot respectively in the US charts.

The multi-award winning singer died on Thursday at the age of 57.

The chart was compiled on Friday, meaning that the late singer outsold every other artist in less than 24 hours.

The Official Charts Company said Prince could have the number one single and album in the UK on Friday.

His songs reached every position in the top five midweek chart update. A total of 16 albums are set to enter the top 100, including 2001 retrospective The Very Best Of which was at number one in the midweek chart.

The singer was cremated at a private service in his Paisley Park compound in Minneapolis on Saturday.

Prince's brother-in-law Maurice Phillips reportedly told mourners at Saturday's service that the singer had worked for six days without sleep before his death.

Mr Phillips, who is married to Prince's sister Tyka Nelson, is said to have told fans outside Paisley Park: "He worked 154 hours straight. I was with him just last weekend. He was a good brother-in-law."

The mayor of Chanhassen, the city which is home to Paisley Park, said discussions were taking place to stage a public service in honour of Prince in the Minneapolis area.

"It's clear his friends and family would support the idea," Denny Laufenburger said.

A private funeral service at a local church is expected to take place in early May, he added.

Prince was found collapsed in a lift by staff members on Thursday morning, more than 12 hours after he was last seen alive when he was dropped off at Paisley Park. The singer was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police are investigating whether foul play was involved in Prince's death after authorities said they had "no reason to believe" he killed himself and there were "no obvious signs of trauma" on his body.

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