George Michael smashes charts after shock death
GEORGE Michael is set to dominate global charts again after his shock death.
His compilations Twenty Five and Ladies and Gentlemen are No. 1 and No. 2 on the Australian iTunes chart respectively.
Other albums in the Top 100 include the Wham! compilation The Final at No. 13, his solo debut Faith at No. 18, Older at No. 30 and Wham!'s Make It Big and Fantastic, his Symphonica live album, the covers album Songs from the Last Century and his final solo album Patience.
Those sales will be reflected in next week's ARIA chart, which is compiled on Thursday night and released on Saturday.
George Michael's songs have seen a 3000-per-cent increase in streams on Spotify since his passing.
The most popular songs are Wham!'s Last Christmas and Wake Me Up Before You Go Go and his solo hits Careless Whisper, Faith and Freedom 90.
2016 has already seen David Bowie and Prince flood the Top 40 with their back catalogue after their deaths.
In January this year Bowie's Blackstar entered at No. 1 the week after his death, one of 13 Bowie albums in the ARIA Top 50 that week. That feat equalled 13 Michael Jackson albums re-entering the ARIA chart the week after his death in 2009.
12 Prince albums entered the ARIA Top 100 the week after his death in May, with fans cleaning out physical stock in CD stores across the country.
A similar situation has occurred with record stores wiped of George Michael and Wham! albums; his various record labels will be rush-producing new stock to hit stores as soon as possible.
George Michael was not the most prolific of artists, which means he will struggle to match the feats of Bowie, Prince and Michael Jackson.
He released just five solo studio albums (Faith, Listen Without Prejudice, Older, Songs from the Last Century, Patience), two compilations (Ladies and Gentlemen, Twenty Five and a live album Symphonica.
Wham! released two studio albums, Fantastic and Make It Big and two compilations The Final and The Best of Wham!
Fans are also buying videos on iTunes, with Careless Whisper at No. 2, Freedom 90 at No. 5, the Elton John duet Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me at No. 6, Faith at No. 7, Wham!'s Last Christmas at No. 8 and I Want Your Sex at No. 10.
Videos for Outside, Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go, Somebody to Love, Fastlove, the Aretha Franklin duet I Knew You Were Waiting for Me plus A Different Corner, Too Funky, Amazing and I'm Your Man are also in the Top 30.