Post-mortem album sales surge are becoming common for entertainers. However the late Queen of Disco Donna Summer, who died last Thursday at 63 after a battle with cancer, could be a little complicated.
Billboard.com is report that nearly half of the late Donna Summer’s studio albums released by Geffen and Atlantic in the 80s and 90s are off the market both physically and digitally and are owned by her estate.
The unavailable albums includes Geffen’s “The Wanderer” (1980), “Donna Summer” (1982), “Cats Without Claws” (1984), “All Systems Go” (1987) and “I’m a Rainbow” (a shelved album from the early 1980s that was unreleased until 1996).
So what can we expect from the diva’s catalog? Billboard.com sources chimes the biggest seller of the bunch might be “The Journey: The Very Best of Donna Summer,” which was released in 2003, also her first best-of, 1979’s “On the Radio – Greatest Hits Volumes I & II.”
Robin Gibb, one of three brothers who made up the group the Bee Gees behind “How Can You Mend A Broken Heart” and other iconic sounds from the 1970s, died on Sunday, according to a statement on his website.
He was 62.
“The family of Robin Gibb, of the Bee Gees, announce with great sadness that Robin passed away on Sunday 20 May, 2012 at 10:46pm following his long battle with cancer and intestinal surgery. They have asked that their privacy is respected at this very difficult time,” read the statement.
Gibb has had a history of health problems stemming from a 2010 liver and colon cancer diagnosis. Though Gibb had recovered from his first bout with the disease, another tumor recently surfaced in conjunction with pneumonia, leaving him in a coma at a London hospital in mid-April.
Gibb did awaken from his coma in late April and was able to speak with his family members, though he was still reliant on an oxygen mask and intravenous feeding.
An article earlier from Billboard.com noted that the Bee Gees, which Gibb was a part, was ranked third for the most No. 1s in history behind the Beatles and the Supremes .
The group’s accomplishment also includes writing their owns songs and other huge hit records for Barbra Streisand, Diana Ross, Dionne Warwick, Celine Dion, Destiny’s Child, Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, and others.
- Bee Gee Robin Gibb dies at 62 (marquee.blogs.cnn.com)
- Bee Gees’s Robin Gibb Dead at 62 (livelyindepthmusicent.com)
- Bee Gees co-founder Robin Gibb dies (respectedlife.org)