The Artist: Ray Charles
The Album: 2004's Genius Loves Company
Dead-On or Dead Wrong? Dead-On! While there's no doubt that Charles' death in June 2004 and the success of his biopic, Ray, later that year helped fuel sales of Genius Loves Company, Charles' posthumous release is also credited with breathing some life into his legacy. Thanks to duets with everyone from Elton John to Natalie Cole, Charles went out on top after releasing a string of less-successful albums prior to his death.