10 Jan

This week special feature:

Top selling posthumous records

Enjoying fame even after death

Anya Martinez

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With the release of Michael Jackson’s first posthumous record, I wanted to take a look at those artists who continued making top selling records after death. “Michael” is the first of seven posthumous albums to be released by the Sony cooperation after a $250 million dollar deal with Jackson’s estate. Michael Jackson is not the only artist to enjoy fame after death. Elvis Presley holds the record for most number one singles after he died in 1977…….

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The British Rock band Joy Division holds the record for most albums sold after the suicide of lead singer Ian Curtis. Hailed as their best record ever, “Closer” is listed at #157 on the Rolling Stones top 500 albums of all time. While many claim the record is simply depressing, it is an ode to Curtis’ troubled life, his battle with epilepsy and the failure of his marriage.

Nirvana comes in close second with their MTV Unplugged album, released in 1994 shortly after Kurt Cobain’s tragic suicide. It debuted at number one on the Billboard hot 100 and it later received the Grammy for Best Alternative Album.

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I cannot talk about top selling posthumous rerecords without mentioning The Notorious B.I.G. and his appropriately titled “Life after Death” album. This album is one of only three Hip-Hop albums to sell ten million U.S. copies. It received three Grammy award nominations and is responsible for hits like “Mo Money Mo Problems”. Biggie was killed during a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles, and two weeks later, he released what has been called the best hip hop album of all time.

Whether you think posthumous records are just a tacky last ditch attempt to break even, or a money grubbing family’s claim to fame, you have to admit, posthumous records include some of the best selling and highly acclaimed albums of all time.


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