Prince’s death sparks renewed interest in his music

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(CBS) — While Prince may be gone, his reign is far from over.

Photo: Zuma Press / MGN
Photo: Zuma Press / MGN

News of the music legend’s death prompted nearly 1,000 Southern California high school students to learn “Purple Rain” to honor his legacy, reports CBS News correspondent John Blackstone.

“When the director brought it out, we were like, ‘Oh, this is cool.’ Everyone was excited,” said senior Louis Castor.

“Moments like these, they just really speak, and we can all connect through song,” said Tesfa Wondemagegnehu, manager of the Choral Works Initiative.

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art paid tribute in its own way, by bathing its popular rain room attraction in deep purple to create, quite literally, “Purple Rain.”

“It’s tough to find another place where you could do something like this — where you could actually get purple rain,” said Doug Leonghardt of LACMA.

Memorials to the late pop icon have sprung up in his home state of Minnesota and as far away as New York.

“It’s all of our loss, but it’s my loss,” said one emotional fan.

And loyal fans swarmed record stores around the country to buy Prince albums and memorabilia.

FILE - In this Feb. 18, 1985 file photo, Prince performs at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Prince, widely acclaimed as one of the most inventive and influential musicians of his era with hits including "Little Red Corvette," ''Let's Go Crazy" and "When Doves Cry," was found dead at his home on Thursday, April 21, 2016, in suburban Minneapolis, according to his publicist. He was 57. (AP Photo/Liu Heung Shing, File)
FILE – In this Feb. 18, 1985 file photo, Prince performs at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Prince, widely acclaimed as one of the most inventive and influential musicians of his era with hits including “Little Red Corvette,” ”Let’s Go Crazy” and “When Doves Cry,” was found dead at his home on Thursday, April 21, 2016, in suburban Minneapolis, according to his publicist. He was 57. (AP Photo/Liu Heung Shing, File)

Fans are also showing their love in online downloads. The day after his death, 18 of the 20 best-selling albums on Amazon’s digital music store belonged to Prince. His greatest hits album is now headed for number one on the Billboard 200 chart.

Recent deaths of other music icons like David Bowie and Glenn Frey of the Eagles have sparked similar trends.

“I actually feel like his influence will be greater than ever as more people discover him and as more people are inspired by him,” said Jem Aswad, senior editor at Billboard.

FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2007 file photo, Prince plays his guitar during a press conference at the Miami Beach Convention Center in Miami Beach, Fla. Prince's publicist has confirmed that Prince died at his home in Minnesota, Thursday, April 21, 2016. He was 57. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)
FILE – In this Feb. 1, 2007 file photo, Prince plays his guitar during a press conference at the Miami Beach Convention Center in Miami Beach, Fla. Prince’s publicist has confirmed that Prince died at his home in Minnesota, Thursday, April 21, 2016. He was 57. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

On Friday, two movie theater chains also announced plans to screen “Purple Rain” in over 160 locations around the country. The film earned Prince an Academy Award for the score back in 1985.

“He touched many, many generations. He touched many, many cultures,” said a woman at his Minnesota studio.

“It’s a hard day for me, but I have years and years ahead of me to enjoy his music forever and ever,” said another fan. “So today is more like a celebration. Yesterday we mourned, today we celebrate.”

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