Prince song, album sales spike after recording artist's death

Sales of Prince's music have skyrocketed since his death last week. Family and friends of the Grammy-winning artist held a private funeral service over the weekend.

Grammy-winning singer wrote many chart-toppers for himself and other artists

Prince died on April 21, 2016, at the age of 57. Medical personnel who were called to his home found the singer-songwriter unresponsive in an elevator. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Sales of Prince's music have skyrocketed since the artist's death last week.

According to Nielsen Music, in the three days following his death there were 2.3 million Prince song sales, including nearly 1 million on Thursday.

Sales were led by Purple Rain, followed by When Doves CryLittle Red Corvette and Let's Go Crazy.

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Albums sales were led by The Very Best Of Prince.

The 57-year-old singer was found dead last Thursday at his Paisley Park compound in suburban Minneapolis.

An autopsy was conducted Friday. Authorities said it could be weeks before the cause of death is released.

Regina street artist and rapper Danny Fernandez painted this mural of Prince on a taco truck in Denver, shortly after hearing new of his death. (Danny Fernandez)

Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson said Prince's body, discovered by medical workers in an elevator on the first floor of his home, had no signs of violence and there was nothing to suggest suicide.

A group of friends, family and musicians celebrated his life on Saturday during a small, private service, after his remains had been cremated.

CHANHASSEN, MN - APRIL 22: Fans have been visiting a growing makeshift memorial outside Paisley Park, the home and studio of Prince in Chanhassen, Minnesota. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Friends such as percussionist Sheila E. and bassist Larry Graham were both seen Saturday entering Paisley Park. Prince's sister Tyka Nelson and brother-in-law Maurice Phillips also were seen on the grounds.

A private funeral service at a local church is expected to take place in early May, according to Denny Laufenburger, the mayor of Chanhassen.