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Prince’s “Purple Rain” album goes #1 (1984)

Prince's "Purple Rain" album goes #1 (1984)

Purple Rain is the sixth studio album by American recording artist Prince, released on June 25th, 1984, by Warner Bros. Records. Purple Rain was musically denser than Prince’s previous albums, with full band performances, and multiple layers of guitars, keyboards, electronic synthesizer effects, drum machines, and other instruments.

The album debuted at number 11 on the Billboard 200 the week of July 14, 1984. After four weeks on chart, it reached number one on August 4, 1984. The album spent 24 consecutive weeks at number one on the Billboard 200 from August 4, 1984 to January 18, 1985, and more than 32 weeks in the top 10, becoming one of the most successful soundtracks ever!


Activity Ideas:

  • Listen to the full Prince Purple Rain album – here
  • Listen to the sounds of rain by making your own rain sticks – here
  • Or enjoy your own “purple rain” using a sensory rain activity – here
  • Print off and enjoy our Prince themed word search – here