The late Minneapolis singer’s tracks have flooded the French singles chart in a way rarely seen.
As is happening in all major record markets around the globe, France saw this week a purple tide sweeping its charts, following Prince’s death last week.
19 Prince tracks made their way to the tally’s top 100 positions.
‘Purple Rain’ is the week’s best-seller. With 8k downloads, it sets the record for the highest-selling number one of the year.
What’s more, ‘Kiss’, standing at number 2, makes Prince the only lead artist of the decade to hold the first two positions on the singles chart. (Pharrell Williams was up till now the only featured artist of the decade to appear both on a number 1 and a number 2 singles on the same week, in May 2013, when Daft Punk’s ‘Get Lucky’ held the top spot from Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’).
Various other Prince tracks appear in the top 50. Some of them also feature on the charts in the UK, the US, Germany or Australia. Others are specific to French audience, such as ‘I Wanna Be Your Lover’, ‘Money Don’t Matter 2 Night’ and, most of all, ‘Sometimes It Snows In April’ made popular here in the 90s by a cover version from French duet Native.