Right before we entered this year, we heard of Juice Wrld’s death. It was heartbreaking because at the time of his death, he was only 21. And he isn’t the only musician to have died in recent times.
When an artiste dies, sometimes their estate (whoever has the rights to their music) will allow the release of a posthumous album. That’s work that is released after a creative’s death (in any field). Today, we are looking at 8 of the best posthumous music releases of our time.
Legends Never Die – Juice Wrld
Juice Wrld (Jarad Anthony Higgins) was born on December 2, 1998 and passed on December 8, 2019 as a result of an accidental overdose. The album Legends Never Die was released seven months after the artiste’s death and topped the Billboard album chart.
Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon – Pop Smoke
Pop Smoke (Bashar Jackson) was born on July 20, 1999 and passed earlier this year—on February 19, 2020. Pop Smoke was fatally shot by four armed men who entered the Hollywood Hills house where the rapper was staying. He died a few hours later in the hospital (source: Vulture). The album, Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon was released on July 3, 2020 and topped the Billboard 200 chart.
Circles – Mac Miller
Mac Miller (Malcom James McCornick) was born on January 19, 1992 and passed on September 7, 2018. Mac Miller died of an accidental drug overdose (source: Wikipedia). The posthumous album by the rapper, Circles, was released two years after his death on January 17, 2020. The album has several accolades including Billboard‘s 50 Best Albums of 2020–Mid-Year.
Skins // Bad Vibes Forever – XXXTentacion
XXXTentacion (Jahseh Dwayne Ricardo Onfroy) was born on January 23, 1998 and was assassinated on June 18, 2018. His posthumous albums, Skins and Bad Vibes Forever were released in 2018 and 2019 respectively. His final album Bad Vibes Forever failed to match the chart success of his previous albums and debuted at number 5 on the Billboard 200 chart.