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Huge surge in George Michael hit sales

George Michael on stage for Wham's last sell out concert in 1986 Credit: PA

George Michael's death on Christmas Day has sparked a surge in sales of his extensive back catalogue, according to latest chart data.

Ladies & Gentlemen is now number one in the iTunes album chart.

Three further entries covering Michael's solo career and work with boy band Wham! feature in the top 10.

Solo album Twenty Five is at number six, and Wham! records The Final and its deluxe edition feature at five and 10 respectively.

Careless Whisper, one of Michael's best known works, is at number 12 in the singles chart, but likely to move into the top 10 today.

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Corbyn and Cyrus commend Michael's LGBT campaigning

George Michael became a prominent supporter of LGBT rights after his relationship with former partner Kenny Goss became public. Credit: PA

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and American popstar Miley Cyrus have both paid tribute to the work George Michael did to support and further LGBT rights.

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Elton and Andrew Ridgeley lead tributes to ex-Wham! star

Tributes are pouring in to George Michael after his publicist confirmed the pop star had passed away at the age of 53.

Elton John said he had lost a "beloved friend" while the singer's former Wham! partner Andrew Ridgeley said he was "heartbroken".

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Farewell My Friend: Madonna's tribute to George Michael

Madonna is among a host of well-known names who have paid tribute to George Michael, who has died, aged 53.

Writing on Twitter, the singer wrote: "Farewell my friend. Another great artist leaves us. Can 2016 f**k off now."

The singer hailed George Michael as a 'great artist'. Credit: Twitter/Madonna
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