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樂壇傳奇歌手Prince死訊發佈後的數小時內音樂銷售量急遽增長

樂壇傳奇歌手Prince死訊發佈後的數小時內音樂銷售量急遽增長

◎樂壇傳奇歌手Prince的死訊於美國時間4月21日午間發佈,此事震驚了全球樂壇,在社群網路上迅速造成藝人、名人及粉絲的哀悼潮。

◎而在Prince死訊發佈的兩個多小時後,他的音樂銷售急遽地衝擊iTunes榜單,經典歌曲〈Purple Rain〉、〈Little Red Corvette〉和〈When Doves Cry〉旋即分別登上iTunes歌曲排行榜的第7、第9及第10名,而四張經典專輯《The Very Best of Prince》、《Purple Rain》、《The Hits / The B-Sides》和《1999》則迅速登上iTunes專輯榜的第1、第2、第3及第8名。

◎Prince去年的《HITNRUN Phase One & Two,》專輯只有在Tidal串流服務中可聽到,其他串流服務如Spotify和Rhapsody都未提供Prince的歌曲。華納音樂的發言人未在第一時間回應關於Prince和華納音樂之間合約的現況問題。

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CHANHASSEN, Minn. (AP) — The Latest on the death of pop superstar Prince

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's music catalog, including last year's "HITNRUN Phase One & Two," was streaming on Tidal, another high-profile exclusive for the Jay Z-backed service. Other streaming services like Spotify and Rhapsody did not offer Prince's songs.

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

Reaction is pouring in from fans and celebrities following the death of music superstar Prince.

Many celebrities took to Twitter to express their sadness Thursday. Basketball star Magic Johnson wrote that he was "so devastated by the passing of my good friend Prince."

Director Spike Lee remembered Prince as "A Funny Cat" with a "Great Sense of Humor."

The Rev. Jesse Jackson praised Prince for fighting for the freedom of artists and for himself, recalling the rocker's skirmishes with the recording industry. Jackson says Price "was a transformer."

Price's publicist told The Associated Press that the music icon was found dead at his home Thursday in Chanhassen, a suburb of Minneapolis.

A small group of fans has gathered in the rain on a hillside opposite Prince's home and studios at Paisley Park, some taking photos with their cellphones.

The music superstar's publicist tells the AP that Prince died at his home Thursday at the age of 57.

Thirty-two-year-old Steven Scott of Eden Prairie said he was at Paisley Park last Saturday for Prince's dance party. He called Prince "a beautiful person" whose message was that people should love one another.

One woman cried hysterically as she waved away an Associated Press reporter.

Pop music superstar Prince has been found dead at his home in suburban Minneapolis

His publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure, told The Associated Press the music icon was found dead at his home Thursday in Chanhassen.

The singer, songwriter, arranger and instrumentalist was widely acclaimed as one of the most inventive musicians of his era, drawing upon influences ranging from James Brown to the Beatles to Jimi Hendrix. His hits included "Little Red Corvette," "Let's Go Crazy" and "When Doves Cry."

The Minneapolis native broke through in the late 1970s with the hits "Wanna Be Your Lover" and soared over the following decade with such albums as "1999" and "Purple Rain."

The title song from "1999" includes one of the most widely quoted refrains of popular culture: "Tonight I'm gonna party like it's 1999."

 

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