BEYOND THE GRAVE: Music's Most Iconic And Best-Selling Posthumous Albums

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Because of the nature of the music industry, artists often have songs — and sometimes entire albums — finished and waiting to be released.Thanks to these reserves, posthumous albums have become commonplace, allowing the industry to simultaneously pay tribute to an artist and capitalise on the attention surrounding his or her death.

The latest instance of this will arrive on December 5, when “Lioness: Hidden Treasures,” a collection of material Amy Winehouse recorded between 2005 and 2008, will be released by Island Records.

Unlike some cash-in records, however, a one-pound donation will be made on every sale to the Amy Winehouse Foundation.

Based on the fervor Winehouse’s death provoked, there’s a good chance her record will join the ranks of these other top-selling posthumous albums.

Other musicians' sales increased after they adopted an alias.

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