Here's How Much George Michael's Estate Is Worth
The singer's music is surging in popularity after his death
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 28, 2016 1:35 PM CST
George Michael performs at a concert to raise money for the AIDS charity Sidaction, during the Symphonica tour at Palais Garnier Opera house in Paris, France, in 2012.   (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)

(Newser) – The estate of George Michael—who died of heart failure on Christmas Day at the age of 53—is valued at $125 million, People reports. But that number looks likely to increase in the wake of his death. According to Forbes, both Michael's solo work as well as the WHAM! back catalog are seeing a surge in popularity. In the 24 hours after his death, plays of Michael's songs on Spotify increased by 3,100%. And 10 of his songs suddenly appeared in iTunes' top 100 list. “The music already, in terms of streaming and downloads, has increased significantly since news of his death,” attorney Donald David tells People. David says the posthumous increase in popularity could add up to $10 million to Michael's estate over the next two years.

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