Days after his sad passing, Prince could be about to hit number one in both the UK album and single charts for the first time ever.
Early sales figures suggest that Purple Rain, his iconic 1984 ballad, and his compilation album The Very Best Of, are both on track to top the charts.
Sales of Prince’s music have skyrocketed since his death last Thursday, at the age of 57.
The Very Best of Prince and Purple Rain hold the number one and two spot respectively in the US Billboard chart.
The chart is compiled on a Friday, meaning Prince outsold the rest of the market in just 24 hours.
In the UK, two of his albums also entered the Top 40 on Friday. Some of the sales were spurred by the lack of Prince material on streaming services.
And impressively these mid-week figures come purely through sales alone, as Prince only very recently signed a deal with Tidal to allow his music to be streamed online and figures have yet to be calculated.
Prince currently has four singles in the Top 5, with When Doves Cry at number two, Kiss at number four and the party track 1999 at number five.
Purple Rain first entered the UK charts in the Eighties at number eight, so if it holds the top spot it would be the highest position the track has ever reached.
Prince has only ever had one number one single in the UK once before, with 1994 song The Most Beautiful Girl In The World.
The pop star died on Thursday April 21. His cause of death is still unknown; he was found unresponsive in a lift in his Paisley Park studio.
The full Official Singles Chart and Albums Chart Top 100 will be published on Friday at 5.45pm on OfficialCharts.com.
Meanwhile, Prince’s ex-wife Manuela Testolini says she building a school in his memory
Prince’s ex-wife Manuela Testolini has announced that she is building a school in memory of her late ex-husband.
The Toronto native was married to Prince for five years until 2006, after they had met working for his charitable foundation, Love4OneAnother, in his hometown of Minneapolis, according to People.
Prince was found dead in his Minneapolis mansion on Thursday, aged 57, and she released a statement to The Hollywood Reporter soon after the shock.
Prince and I had a magical journey together and I loved him immensely. The world knew him as a musical genius — I knew him as a husband, friend and fierce philanthropist. Philanthropy brought us together and it was Prince who encouraged me to start my own charity over 10 years ago. I just reached out to him a few days ago to let him know that I was building a school in his honour. My heart aches that the school will now be built in his memory.
His passing leaves me with such a devastating feeling of pain and loss. The love we shared, the music he made and our life together is forever engraved in my heart. I will always love and respect him. I am heartbroken beyond words.
Autopsy results are reported to take several weeks, although it was confirmed that cause of death was not suicide. No other details have been released, however his spokespeople at the time confirmed he had been suffering with the flu.
Testolini is now married to singer-songwriter, Eric Benet, and runs the In a Perfect World Foundation in Los Angeles.
Prince and Testolini split amicably after five years of marriage in 2006.
After his body was quietly released to family members on Friday, Prince was cremated in a private ceremony shortly after 1pm that day.
His family were later seen transporting his ashes to his final resting place.
A spokesperson told Metro.co.uk in a statement: ‘A few hours ago, Prince was celebrated by a small group of his most beloved: family, friends and his musicians, in a private, beautiful ceremony to say a loving goodbye. Prince’s remains have been cremated and their final storage will remain private.
‘We ask for your blessings and prayers of comfort for his family and close friends at this time. The cause of death remains unknown and it will be at least four weeks before we receive the results of the autopsy. An announcement will be made at a future date for a musical celebration.’
Culled from Metro.co.uk