[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Last Updated: Friday, 31 March 2006, 10:56 GMT 11:56 UK
Prince returns to US chart summit
Prince at the Brit Awards
Prince is also in the top 10 of the UK album chart
Pop legend Prince has scored his first US number one album for 17 years.

The singer's new CD, 3121, sold 183,000 copies in its first week, according to music magazine Billboard, sending him straight to the top of the chart.

His last chart-topping US album was the Batman soundtrack in 1989. He has also enjoyed number one success with Around the World in a Day and Purple Rain.

Last week's number one, the High School Musical soundtrack, is at number two, with James Blunt dropping to three.

TV boost

Barry Manilow's latest collection, The Greatest Songs of the Fifties, has risen 20 places to number four after an appearance on American Idol.

In the singles rundown, Canadian singer/songwriter Daniel Powter has risen to number one, displacing Sean Paul's Temperature.

In 1984, Purple Rain was Prince's first album to reach number one, spending 24 weeks at the top.

Two years ago, his last album Musicology sold more copies in the US in its first week than 3121, with 191,000 - but that was only enough to enter the chart at number three at the time.

Prince also went into the UK album chart at number nine on Sunday.

Prince signs deal for new album
13 Dec 05 |  Entertainment
Prince crowned 'top music earner'
09 Feb 05 |  Entertainment
Prince signs Columbia record deal
24 Mar 04 |  Entertainment


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific