University of Minnesota has decided to honor the late rock star Prince with a honorary degree to appreciate his influence on music and also for his role in shaping his hometown of Minneapolis. The school’s highest honor, the Doctorate of Humane Letters, were presented to Prince’s sister by University President Eric Kaler and Regent Darrin Rosha.
Several guest artists joined the students from the University’s School of Music, some of which include St. Paul Peterson and Cameron Kinghorn, in performing music associated with Prince’s career, a tribute to the late star.
Reports by news outlets had it that even in death he was able to sell a record number of his music. In 2016 his music sold for a record high of $7.7 million in sales according to Nielsen Music.
News reports had it that most of those sales, totaling 5.65 million, were accumulated after Prince’s death. It states that, “Fans of the eclectic musician purchased 2.3 million copies of his various albums and 5.4 million songs were digitally downloaded. Naturally outshining every artist, even in death, Prince sold more albums than every recording artist in 2016 including Drake and Adele, who pushed 2.23 million copies. One of his albums, The Very Best of Prince, landed at #8 on Neilson Music’s Top 10 Selling Albums of 2016 with a total of 668,000 units sold. This was followed by Purple Rain (498,000) and 1999 (169,000) among many more of his musical masterpieces. His signature cut “Purple Rain” sold the most copies out of all his recorded numbers with 621,000 downloads and unapologetic re-entered the Billboard charts at #17, eventually making its way up to #4 after his tragic demise. Prince’s cherished hits “Little Red Corvette,” Let’s Go Crazy” and “Kiss” sold between 335,000-345,000 units respectively.”
The late songwriter and legendary singer died at age 57 in his Paisley Park estate, Minnesota. His publicist confirmed the news to news outlets of the death of the pop music superstar. And the month after his death was characterized with fans rushing to buy his music, which shot his sales very high.
Hip Hop DX reported that, “Prince stormed onto the music scene in the 1970s and dominated popular culture with his sensual and soulful style. He was the recipient of seven Grammy Awards and had multiple #1 albums, including Around the World in a Day, 3121 and Purple Rain, which Future paid tribute to with his Purple Reign mixtape. The legend directly influenced the production outfit The Soulquarians, who worked with The Roots, Common, Erykah Badu and D’Angelo, among others.”
Following his death many fans mourned hi on social media appreciating his impact and influence in music. One person said, “May he rest in peace. A true musical genius who had a brilliant career. A true master. A true disciple of a soul. A legend more than anything.”
With the love many still have for the late star, the award was received with much love and appreciation. The event attracted a great multitude and it was booked to capacity ahead of time, nonetheless it was free.