Prince Charts His First Posthumous Top 10 Album And Hits A Special Career Milestone
It’s been more than five years since the legendary Prince passed away unexpectedly, and since then, fans have kept his memory alive by consuming the music he made during his lifetime non-stop. His biggest hits and most successful full-lengths continue to perform well, and his estate has been diligent about doling out previously unheard recordings and new repackagings, giving his followers more of what they crave.
This week, Prince is back on the Billboard 200, Billboard’s weekly ranking of the most-consumed albums in the U.S., and his latest placement on the tally is special for several reasons.
Prince’s new release Welcome 2 America opens at No. 4 on this week’s Billboard 200, starting off with 55,000 equivalent units shifted, with around 50,000 of those being actual purchases. The set has become his biggest win in some time, and it proves that the rocker is still incredibly popular to this day.
Welcome 2 America is Prince’s third official posthumous album of new material, and it’s now his first to reach the top 10 on the Billboard 200. In the past several years, the musician’s estate has dropped two other collections, Piano and a Microphone 1983 and Originals, and while they both performed well, neither one quite managed to enter the highest tier on the tally. The former missed out on the loftiest area by just a single space, while Originals peaked at No. 15.
In addition to becoming Prince’s first posthumous top 10 (when looking at previously-unreleased material), Welcome 2 America also helps the Grammy and Oscar winner hit a special career milestone. The title is his twentieth title to break into the top 10 on the Billboard 200. That’s an impressive mark to approach, and one which even some of the biggest in the business haven’t yet reached. Looking at his entire discography, Prince has now appeared anywhere on the Billboard 200 with an astounding 46 different projects.