Sunderland-bound Beyonce knocks Prince off top spot

Sunderland-bound Beyonce has knocked Prince off the top of the album charts with Lemonade, preventing the late singer from earning his sixth UK album No 1.

Friday, 29th April 2016, 5:00 pm
Updated Wednesday, 4th May 2016, 2:11 pm
Beyonce's new album has knocked Prince off the top of the album charts.

On Monday it looked set to be a clean sweep for Prince after his death last week at the age of 57, as the artist held all positions in the Top 5 of the album charts.

But despite being unseated by Beyonce, Prince still has three spots in the Top 5, with The Very Best Of at No 2, Ultimate at No 3, and Purple Rain at No 4.

In total there are 14 Prince albums in the Top 100, according to the Official Charts Company.

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He also has six songs in the singles chart Top 100, including Purple Rain at No 6 and When Doves Cry at No 26.

Lemonade was released on Saturday and has now racked up 73,000 chart sales, making it the second-fastest selling artist record of the year, behind David Bowie's Blackstar.

It becomes her third No 1 album in the UK, following Dangerously In Love (2003) and No 4 (2011).

Six of the record's tracks have also hit the Top 40 in the singles chart, with Hold Up at No 17, Formation at No 31, Sorry at No 33, Don't Hurt Yourself at No 36, and Freedom at No 40.

Beyonce's chart success comes as she begins her blockbuster Formation World Tour, whose UK leg kicks off at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland on Tuesday, June 28.