Prince beat out Adele as America's top-selling album artist in 2016

21st Apr 17 | Entertainment News

Prince was America's top-selling album artist in 2016.

Prince live in Birmingham in 2014

In the months following the music icon's death in April, 2016, the Purple Rain star's albums and songs sold a combined 7.7 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen Music.

The bulk of this sales rush came in the month following his death, and he sold more albums than any other artist - even Adele - with 2.23 million copies sold.

The Very Best Of Prince was the top seller, with 668,000 copies, followed by the Purple Rain soundtrack (498,000) and 1999 (169,000). Meanwhile, Purple Rain was the late superstar's bestselling single last year, with 621,000 downloads.

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