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Prince reigns over Adele and all
other artists for top music sales
As the crass adage goes, death is a
good career move. A year following
his April 21 death, Prince's catalog
has sold more music than any other
Through the week ending April 13,
his albums and songs moved more
than 7.7 million copies over the past
12 months, according to Nielsen Music.
As Billboard reports, 2.3 million came
from album sales, with the remain-
ing 5.4 million from individual song
His album total bested Adele's 2.2
million albums sold in the same time
To put Prince's feat into perspec-
tive, since Nielsen began tracking
digital downloads in 2003, Prince has
sold 18.6 downloads, meaning almost
one-third of his total download sales
have come since his death. The most
downloaded song over the past year was
Purple Rain with 621,000 downloads.
The top selling album was The Very Best
of Prince, which sold 668,000 units.
A new greatest hits set released last
November has only sold 67,000 copies.
As Billboard notes, some of these
numbers come with caveats: until Feb.
12, 2017, only Tidal carried Prince's full
catalog for streaming. Not surprising-
ly, on-demand video streaming, via
such outlets as YouTube, also rose.
Of Prince's 97.6 million on-demand
audio and video streams, 61 million
came from on-demand video.
This news comes as the fighting over
Prince's estate continues. A US dis-
trict court judge issued a temporary
restraining order earlier today halting
the release of Deliverance, a six-song
EP of previously unreleased Prince mu-
sic. The title track, which had gone up
on iTunes and Apple Music last night
was yanked down, according to Roll-
ing Stone, and Prince's estate filed suit
against the EP's producer, George Ian
Boxill. As Forbes previously reported,
Boxill claims to have co-written and
co-produced the songs, originally re-
corded in 2006. (forbes.com)
Stevie Wonder pays tribute to Motown songwriter Sylvia Moy
Stevie Wonder penned a tribute to
Motown songwriter Sylvia Moy, the
co-writer on Wonder's early hits like
Uptight (Everything's Alright), My
Cherie Amour and I Was Made to Love
Her. Moy died on April 15 at the age of 78.
"How do you stop loving the ones you
loved for a lifetime -- you don't! Sylvia Moy
has made it possible to enrich my world of
songs with some of the greatest lyrics," Won-
der wrote in a statement to Rolling Stone.
"But, not only that, she, through her par-
ticipation and our co-writing those songs,
helped me become a far better writer of
Following the chart-topping success of
the then-13-year-old Little Stevie Wonder's
1963 single Fingertips, the singer struggled
with both a change in his voice and a dry
spell of hits. Motown honcho Berry Gordy
considered terminating Wonder's contract,
but Moy persuaded him to keep Wonder as
a Motown artist.
The partnership between Moy, Wonder
and songwriter Henry Cosby yielded hits like
Uptight (Everything's Alright), My Cherie
Amour, I Was Made to Love Her, I'm Won-
dering and Signed, Sealed & Delivered's
Never Had a Dream Come True, the final
track the trio co-wrote together in 1969.
In 2006, Wonder surprised Moy by ap-
pearing at her induction into the Songwriters
Hall of Fame.
"Even in these later years, I longed for us to
collaborate again, yet who am I to fight with
the Most High in His decision to making her
one of his angels of song for eternity," Won-
der wrote in his tribute. "Maybe someday
in eternity, at its given time and space, we
will write together again. I love you, Sylvia."
Wonder closed out his remembrance with
the melody of My Cherie Amour, "La La La
Moy was Motown's first female producer
and "pioneered some really, really unique
things for women," said Motown arranger
and musician Paul Riser.
Riser said she was a great song and lyric
writer, a classical vocalist, sang opera and
taught other vocalists. She later moved from
songwriting into producing and arranging,
and eventually opened her own recording
studio in Detroit.
Sylvia Moy was discovered by the late
Motown legend Marvin Gaye, while she was
singing at a Detroit club in 1963. The label
signed Moy to a dual songwriting/perform-
ing deal, although her talents were largely
focused on penning songs for Motown's
stable of artists, which included Wonder.
"Motown came forth with a recording
contract for me, a management contract and
a songwriter's contract --- which shocked
me," Moy told the Detroit Free Press news-
paper in 2016. "Then I was told, 'Sylvia, we'll
get to you as a singer. But in the meantime,
we've got all these artists and they have no
material. You're going to have to write.' I said
OK. Because I was kind of shy anyway. And
so that's what I started doing. I got into it,
and the hits started coming."
Moy's sister Anita announced that the
producer-songwriter died at a Dearborn,
Michigan hospital of apparent complica-
tions from pneumonia.
Stevie Wonder and Sylvia Moy who died on April 15.
Chasity Spearman of Minneapolis takes a picture of her aunt, Ethel Smith, of Toledo,
Ohio, outside First Avenue nightclub yesterday in Minneapolis. A few fans stopped
by the star-painted gold in Prince's honour to remember and pay respects to him.
Prince died a year ago from an accidental fentanyl overdose.AP PHOTO
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