There are some words for movies released starring actors/actresses who died before their release. There are also similar words for books. But what is the equivalent term for a song or album released after the artist died?

For example, Mac Miller and Michael Jackson are two artists who did this.

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Such a release is known as a 'posthumous release.' According to Oxford Languages, posthumous is an adjective meaning

occurring, awarded, or appearing after the death of the originator.

And Merriam-Webster gives us:

published after the death of the author : following or occurring after death

A song, then, could be released posthumously: "Michael Jackson's Breaking News was released posthumously."

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