Online searches, music sales show Prince's reach and impact


Prince's sudden death Thursday was met with shock and sadness across the world and in Minnesota.

There were fans who went to Paisley Park and First Avenue, the people that danced the night away celebrating Prince and his music, the tributes from musicians and celebrities online, and memories about Prince and his impact from Twin Cities musicians.

And the magnitude of his death, an example of just how many lives he touched, can also be seen online.

Google searches

At one point yesterday, 29 percent of all Google searches were for "Prince."


You can see how quickly word of his death spread. At 11:12 a.m., search interest for Prince was pretty minimal. That was just a few minutes before the story of a medical emergency at Paisley Park broke.

Just over an hour later, searches for Prince had skyrocketed as word of his death got out.

A lot of it was coming from the U.S., but you can see there were people Googling for information around the world.

Music sales climb

Sales of Prince's music have jumped quickly as well

(Note that it doesn't stream on Spotify, and he's been notoriously fickle about his tunes on YouTube – you need to subscribe to Tidal to stream his music legally.)

On Amazon, he held 19 of the top 20 spots for album sales:

And was at the top of digital album and single song sales:

And the DVD of "Purple Rain" is sold out, with the item coming in as the No. 1 best-seller in movies and TV category.

The iTunes charts showed similar figures. Here are the top songs:

And top albums:

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