His Purpleness, reigns.
On top of the Billboard 200 chart this week is none other than Prince, who rules the top two slots with his magnum opus Purple Rain and greatest hits collection The Very Best of Prince. According to Billboard, both albums surfaced on top of the chart following Prince's death on April 21.
The Very Best Of Prince re-entered at No. 1 with sales of 179,000 units. Of that sum, 100,000 was in pure traditional sales. Right behind the greatest hits set is Purple Reign, which pulled in 69,000 copies. This latest feat from the Purple One has produced more accolades for the singer as Very Best happens to now be his fifth No. 1 album on the chart. Prince's last chart-topping LP on the 200 chart was 2006's 3121.
The late singer is now the first artist with both a No. 1 and No. 2 album in 10 years, last person to do so was Nelly with 2005's Sweatsuit. Additionally, Very Best is the first greatest hits collection to top the chart since The Notorious B.I.G.'s 2007 compilation album, Greatest Hits. Meanwhile, Purple Rain has now spent its 100th cumulative week on the chart. Its last appearance was November 2014.