Sales of Prince songs, albums spike after superstar's death

Bruce Springsteen opened his NY gig on Saturday by performing a passionate version of Prince's "Purple Rain".

"Yes, it's Prince", an unidentified male caller told emergency services, according to a transcript of the 911 call.

Prince was found unresponsive in an elevator at Paisley Park, in Minnesota, on April 21, and was declared dead at the age of 57.

Ambassador Barzun is a well-known fan of indie music, hosting bands such as "Belle & Sebastien" at his residence, a mansion in Regent's Park. A postmortem has been carried out but no cause of death has yet been confirmed.

HOME's screening will be held on Saturday, April 30 at 8.40pm, complete with Prince tribute music.

The strength of the compilations indicates the renewed popularity of Prince's hits such as "Let's Go Crazy", "When Doves Cry", "1999", "Raspberry Beret" and "Kiss".

NASA tweeted a picture of a purple nebula in honour of the musician, while buildings and bridges - including the Empire State Building in NY - were bathed in purple light in tribute to Prince. Springsteen's concerts are the stuff of legend, attracting attendees hundreds of times over on the merit of their exuberant, cathartic energy, and the already-anthemic Prince classic fit perfectly into Springsteen's set.

Springsteen performed at Barclays Center in Brooklyn and kicked off the show with a cover of "Purple Rain".

A spokesperson told Metro.co.uk in a statement: 'A few hours ago, Prince was celebrated by a small group of his most beloved: family, friends and his musicians, in a private, handsome ceremony to say a loving goodbye.

Asked whether there was any reason to believe foul play was involved, Sheriff Olson said: "We have no reason to believe at this time it was a suicide, the rest of it is under investigation". Industry experts estimated that the final tally for The Very Best Of Prince for the chart week ending May 7.

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