Sunday, June 16, 2024

Prince Advance Album Sales Soar After “60 Minutes” Feature, “Welcome 2 America” Hits Number 2 on Amazon 14 Weeks Before Release


The heirs of Prince may be fighting among themselves, but they should happy about all their recent publicity.

Thanks to a big promotional segment on Sunday’s “60 Minutes,” sales took off big time.

Prince’s never released 2010 album, “Welcome 2 America,” set for July, has soared to number 2 on amazon’s album chart. And that’s just the single CD. The deluxe album package, priced at ninety nine dollars, is number 5!

At the same time, Prince’s “Purple Rain” album jumped to number 36 on iTunes.

So the Prince estate should be feeling very royal right now. And what if “Welcome 2 America” is a little disappointing? Well, what isn’t these days?

Here’s Jon Wertheim’s excellent piece.


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Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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