Call them tribute purchases or some kind of morbid curiosity, but Donna Summer’s album sales are expected to rise after her recent death. A post-mortem album sales surge is common these days, and you don’t need to look much further back than Whitney and Michael for examples. Unlike Whitney and Michael, however, almost half of Donna Summer’s albums are out of print. According to Billboard, a total of seven of Summer’s albums released by Geffen and Atlantic in the 80s and 90s are out of print and are owned by her estate. This could make things a little more complicated.
Because of the lack of availability of her catalog, the records that will most likely see the surge in sales are her five (!) hits collections on the market including 2003’s The Journey: The Very Best of Donna Summer and On the Radio: Greatest Hits Vol. 1 & 2 with the latter being offered by Amazon as an on demand CD-R instead of a traditional release.