Death is good for business in the music industry, according to an academic study that found fans flock to buy discs by the recently departed.

Researchers discovered sales increasing by more than 50% in some cases after examining examples including Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston and Lou Reed.

Researchers looked at 446 albums from 77 acts who died between 1992 and 2010, including stars like Jackson, Wilson Pickett, Dusty Springfield, Aaliyah and Notorious B.I.G. and found album sales increased on average by 54.1% in the 4 months after death compared to the 4 months before death.

In the case of Houston, a week after her death 3 of her albums were in the US Billboard top 10.

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