Which Musicians Released Their Posthumous Albums The Fastest?

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Following the announcement that Amy Winehouse‘s first posthumous album will be released a mere four months after her death on July 23, we started wondering how that timeline compared to some of history’s other notable posthumous record releases. From Nirvana to the Notorious B.I.G., we take a look back at the often uneasy relationship between art and commerce.

Artist:The Notorious B.I.G
Died: March 9, 2007
Album: Life After Death
Release Date: March 25, 2007
Speed To Market: 16 days

Artist: Otis Redding
Died: December 10, 1967
Album: (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay
Release Date: January 8, 1968
Speed To Market: 29 days

Artist: Tupac
Died: September 7, 1996
Album: The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory
Release Date: November 5, 1996
Speed To Market: 59 days

Artist: Joy Division / Ian Curtis
Died: May 18, 1980
Album: Closer
Release Date: July 18, 1980
Speed To Market: 61 days

Artist: Sublime / Bradley Nowell
Died: May 25, 1996
Album: Sublime
Release Date: July 30, 1996
Speed To Market: 66 days

Artist: Janis Joplin
Died: October 4, 1970
Album: Pearl
Release Date: January 11, 1971
Speed To Market: 99 days

Artist: Selena
Died: March 31, 1995
Album: Dreaming Of You
Release Date: July 18, 1995
Speed To Market: 109 days

Artist: Sparklehorse / Mark Linkous
Died: March 6, 2010
Album: Dark Night Of The Soul
Release Date: July 12, 2010
Speed To Market: 128 days

Artist: Nirvana / Kurt Cobain
Died: April 5, 1994
Album: Unplugged In New York
Release Date: November 1, 1994
Speed To Market: 210 days

Artist: J Dilla
Died: February 10, 2006
Album: The Shining
Release Date: August 22, 2006
Speed To Market: 210 days

Artist: George Harrison
Died: November 29, 2001
Album: Brainwashed
Release Date: November 18, 2002
Speed To Market: 354 days

Artist: Jeff Buckley
Died: June 4, 1997
Album: Sketches For My Sweetheart The Drunk
Release Date: May 26, 1998
Speed To Market: 356 days