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Celebrities whose deaths increased record sales

Death, it seems, can be good for record sales for some musicians. Amy Winehouse died Saturday, July 23, and since then sales of her albums have soared. According to, the singer’s second album, “Back to Black,” is back on the Billboard 200 albums chart at No. 9. Her first album, “Frank,” is also back on the coveted list at No. 57. Why the sudden rise?

A huge surge of public interest seems to accompany certain artists' deaths, most likely propelled by new mention of their most noteworthy music, or music yet to be released. Buying the deceased's music seems not only a way to educate yourself on why the artist was important, but a way of paying homage to the musician's person and craft.

Check out this list of musicians whose records sales skyrocketed after their deaths according to MSNBC and Forbes:

Elvis Presley
Michael Jackson
Ray Charles
Janis Joplin
Nirvana (Kurt Cobain)
The Notorious B.I.G.
Bob Marley
John Lennon
Tupac Shakur
Jimi Hendrix
Frank Sinatra

Did you become a posthumous fan of anyone on this list?

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