Sales of George Michael’s music have risen by nearly 3,000 per cent in the days following his death on Christmas Day.
According to Nielsen Music, Michael sold around 477,000 albums and songs in the week ending 29 December compared to 17,000 the week before – an increase of 2,678 per cent.
Of those sales, solo sales accounted for 429,000 – an increase from 16,000 the previous week. The singer’s music with Wham! sold 103,000 units the same week, up from 5,000 the week before. Michael was found dead at his home in Oxfordshire, England, on Christmas Day aged 53.
A host of stars came forward to pay tribute to the icon following his tragic passing, with chat show host James Corden the latest to remember the music veteran. “I feel like I’ve loved George Michael as long as I’ve loved music, in a way, and I know so many of his fans feel the same,” he said on his show The Late Late Show with James Corden on Tuesday night.
“I can remember so many specific times in my life where I might have felt on my own, and George’s music would feel like, you would listen to a song and he would reach his hand out and tell you that you weren’t on your own and that these feelings were not particular to you.”
Corden has a lot to thank Michael for as well, considering a 2011 charity sketch with the singer inspired the comedian’s Carpool Karaoke segment, now one of the favorite parts of his nightly show that frequently goes viral. “It was the first time I’d ever sung in a car with anybody, and it’s become quite a big part of my life now, and he really inspired it,” he said.
That sketch was also responsible for convincing Mariah Carey to sign up as the first participant of Carpool Karaoke. “Her words were, ‘If it’s good enough for George, then it’s good enough for me. I’ll do it.’ So we all have so much to thank him for, for the music that he’s given that will last forever, but we personally, here at this show, we owe him so much,” he concluded.
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