Sales of Prince songs, albums spike after superstar’s death

FILE - In this Nov. 22, 2015 file photo, Prince presents the award for favorite album - soul/R&B at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles. Saturday Night Live alum Jimmy Fallon hosted SNL's episode Saturday, April 23, which featured clips of Prince performing on the comedy show over the past four decades and skits with Fred Armisen, another SNL alum, portraying the artist. The 57-year-old Prince died Thursday at his Paisley Park compound in suburban Minneapolis. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)

(AP) — Sales of Prince’s music have skyrocketed since the artist’s death last week.

According to Nielsen Music, in the three days following his death there were 2.3 million Prince song sales, including nearly 1 million on Thursday.

Sales were led by “Purple Rain,” followed by “When Doves Cry,” ”Little Red Corvette” and “Let’s Go Crazy.”

Albums sales were led by “The Very Best Of Prince.”

The 57-year-old singer was found dead Thursday at his Paisley Park compound in suburban Minneapolis. An autopsy was conducted Friday. Authorities said it could be weeks before the cause of death is released.

Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson said Prince’s body had no signs of violence and there was nothing to suggest suicide.

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