Whitney Houston's music is expected to soar to the top of the charts after the news of her death on Saturday, the Official Charts Company (OCC) has said.

soar: 高耸;往上飞舞;高飞;高涨

The company expects a sales surge to impact on the charts, with the singer's songs likely to take places in the official singles chart and official albums chart over the next week.

sales surge:销路猛增

Although first verified sales reports will not be made until Tuesday morning, incorporating sales from Sunday and Monday, the OCC said it understood sales were already surging.

A similar effect was seen after the deaths of Michael Jackson in June 2009 and Amy Winehouse in August 2011 as fans paid tribute by buying the artists' singles and albums.

pay tribute: 致敬

In summer 2009, six Michael Jackson albums hit the albums chart top 40, including a greatest hits at No 1, while five singles hit the singles chart top 40 a week after the singer's death.

Two years later, Amy Winehouse's albums took three places in the official top 10, and five of her singles were in the top 40.

The OCC described Houston as a "true legend" of the UK's charts. Her first hit in the country, Saving All My Love For You, became No 1 in 1985. She racked up four No 1 singles and 13 more top 10 singles, along with two No 1 albums.

rack up: 击倒;获胜

The star's biggest hit was a cover of Dolly's Parton's I Will Always Love You, which featured in The Bodyguard, which became the biggest-selling single of 1992 and the 10th biggest single of 1993, according to official charts data. It held the No 1 spot for 10 weeks.