Sales of Prince’s music soar after news of death

In this Aug. 9, 2011 file photo, U.S. musician Prince performs during his concert at the Sziget Festival on the Shipyard Island, northern Budapest, Hungary. The enigmatic star flew into London on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, at the start of a still-evolving string of dates in support of forthcoming album "Plectrum Electrum," recorded with all-female trio 3RDEYEGIRL. (AP Photo/MTI, Balazs Mohai, File)

CHANHASSEN, Minn. (AP) — Sales of Prince’s music have soared since news broke of the pop star’s death.

Three of his songs — “Purple Rain,” ”Little Red Corvette,” and “When Doves Cry,” — surged to 7th, 9th and 10th on iTunes’ Top Songs chart.

Four of his albums — “The Very Best of Prince,” ”Purple Rain,” ”The Hits / The B-Sides,” and “1999” — jumped to 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 8th on iTunes’ Top Albums chart by Thursday afternoon.

Price’s publicist tells the AP he was found dead at his suburban Minneapolis home earlier Thursday.

The singer was averse to streaming, however. A Spotify spokesman said Prince’s catalog is not on the music service. His artist page on Spotify says: “Prince’s publisher has asked all streaming services to remove his catalog.” It’s not clear when the songs were removed.

A Warner Music spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the latest state of his contract with the record label.

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