Prince Sales Soar, Beyonce Dominates and More: 5 Things We Loved This Week

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Prince performs during his "Diamonds and Pearls Tour" at the Earl's Court Arena in London on June 15, 1992. Dylan Martinez/Reuters

From an explosion in Prince sales to Beyonce dominating the music world, here are five things in Arts & Culture we loved this week:

  • Music fans dove deep into Prince's catalogue following his untimely death. The pop superstar topped the album charts in the U.S. and U.K. with millions of units sold and downloaded, and was on track to occupy the top five positions on the U.K. charts for the period that ended Friday. It's all the more impressive considering Prince was unlike most artists in tightly controlling the availability of his back catalogue, with his albums only available on Tidal and iTunes, outside of stores. 

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  • An academic researcher argues that playing video games has health benefits for older adults, activating the "mind and body, and it facilitates social connectedness." Noting that the adult gamer community has grown rapidly over the past 25 years, Bob De Schutter argues for games to be developed with older players in mind, as uniniated adults tend to struggle with many of today's titles. 

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  • The Monkees are back with their first album in 20 years, and the '60s fabricated pop act have some of today's brightest stars contributing songs to the reunion collection, Good Times!. Weezer's Rivers Cuomo penned "She Makes Me Laugh," with other album submissions from Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie and Noel Gallagher and Peter Weller. 

  • Beyonce fans have been breathless since she dropped her Lemonade HBO video and album, with lyrics on infidelity sparking speculation on the state of Queen Bey's marriage to Jay-Z. Of course, Lemonade was released on her husband's streaming service Tidal, and J-Hova himself appears on the album, prompting questions of whether it's all just a PR stunt. Regardless of whether there's trouble in paradise, Beyonce surely owned the week in music. 

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