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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Singer’s Death Can Cause Record Sales Increase

Obit-amy-winehouse-240cs072611_186x136 Many singers’ record sales increase after the singer dies. Record sales for Amy Winehouse, who passed away July 23, have increased since her death, causing her second album to reach the number 9 spot on the Billboard 200 albums chart.

According to MNSBC and Forbes, the record sales for the follow musicians also increased substantially following their respective deaths:

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

See Risa Dixon, Celebrities whose deaths increased record sales, Newsday, Jul. 27, 2011.

Special thanks to Jim Hillhouse (WealthCounsel) for bringing this article to my attention.


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