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Prince, who tragically passed away on April 21, is reigning the music charts.
His greatest hits compilation, The Very Best of Prince, has taken the #1 spot on the Billboard 200 chart, with the classic soundtrack to Purple Rain following at #2.
The Very Best of Prince is Prince’s fifth #1 album on the Billboard chart.
It has also been confirmed that Prince has been cremated and was given a low-key service for family, friends and musicians. Percussionist Sheila E and bassist Larry Graham were among the musicians who attended the ceremony. The official cause of his death is still unknown.
Many celebrities and fans are paying tribute to the innovative musician in a variety of ways. On Saturday in Brooklyn, rock star Bruce Springsteen kicked off his concert with a cover of the track “Purple Rain.”
British pop stars Duran Duran, who are currently touring the US, also paid tribute by dedicating their show and particularly their song Save a Prayer to Prince, whilst lighting up the stage in purple.
— David Glickler (@JudgeGlickler) April 23, 2016
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— Duran Duran (@duranduran) April 23, 2016
Prince’s connection with the color purple has been used globally to honor his memory.
Outside the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square, “Purple Rain” lyrics and “RIP Prince” are displayed on a screen with a purple background. In Australia, the Melbourne Arts Centre spire has been lit in purple, and in the UK many large publications have added subtle tints of purple to their features.
Impromptu parties to celebrate the life of Prince have also been taking place, and many radio shows have been dedicating time slots to his music.
A tribute was also made on Broadway by the Oscar winning Jennifer Hudson last Thursday, as she led the cast of The Color Purple in singing a version of “Purple Rain.” The performance has been described as “truly stunning.”
At the age of 57, Prince left a legacy of a career that spanned four decades. He sold over 100 million records globally, making him one of the best selling artists of all time.