Washington (BTG): 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.  Leif Brandes, Assistant Professor of Marketing at Warwick Business School, said the sales boost came from nostalgic fans and new listeners who became aware of acts after the publicity surrounding their deaths.

 Dr Brandes said: ‘Our research indicates death-related publicity serves primarily as informational advertising that informs new customers.