Consumers rush out to buy the albums of a recently deceased musician because of a curiosity about their music, according to nearly half of the respondents to a recently completed Billboard.com poll. O
Consumers rush out to buy the albums of a recently deceased musician because of a curiosity about their music, according to nearly half of the respondents to a recently completed Billboard.com poll. Of 3,804 voters, 49% believe that after reading and hearing so much about an artist in the wake of their death, many want to see what the artist's music was all about. Another 29% said consumers seek out a recently deceased artist's work in order to feel a connection with that late celebrity.
Both may have been the case with Aaliyah, whose latest self-titled Blackground/Virgin release shoots 19-1  on The Billboard 200 this week, based on a sales jump from 62,000 to 306,000 units in the U.S., according to SoundScan. As previously reported , the artist was killed in an Aug. 25 plane crash that took her life and that of eight others.
Conversely, 15% peg a more morbid reason for the purchases, saying some buy the catalog of the dead artist's releases in hopes the value will increase in the wake of their passing. Another 7% say consumers are seeking to complete an already started collection of that artist's work.
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