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George Michael albums and singles soar up the charts following pop star's death

George Michael's musical collection has been celebrated posthumously, with a number of the pop superstar's albums and songs charting five days after his death.

The Wham! singer's greatest hit record, Ladies & Gentlemen, broke the top 10 of the album charts for the first time in 17 years with a combined sales and streams surge of 5625%.

Five other of Michael's albums also broke the top 100, including his last Wham! record, The Final, which reached 40, and 2014's Symphonica was at 73.

In the Official Singles Chart, Wham!'s Last Christmas reached number seven as it returned to the top 10 for the first time in 31 years, while Careless Whisper placed just outside the top 40 at 44.

His duet with Elton John for Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me landed at 91 while Faith hit 64 and his Freedom '90 re-released record hit the top of the Official Vinyl Singles Chart.

The 53-year-old singer was found dead at his home in Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, on Christmas Day.

Martin Talbot, chief executive of the Official Charts Company, said: "The sudden and terribly sad death of George Michael has naturally prompted his fans to re-explore his rich catalogue again, paying tribute to his incredible talent, both as a solo artist and founder of Wham!.

"Quite appropriately, given the season, it is Last Christmas which makes the biggest impact."

Elsewhere, Little Mix album Glory Days reclaimed the top of the album charts while Clean Bandit, who last week took the Christmas number one crown, end the year in pole position with Rockabye.

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