Once again, Michael Jackson tops the earnings list of dead celebrities for yet another year. The King of pop died in 2009 aged 50.
His estate made about $60 million over the past year.
Michael Jackson retained his place despite the rather nasty scandal involving allegations of abuse of minors. The documentary, ‘Leaving Neverland’ really ramped up the scrutiny on the late singer with people on both sides of the divide.
Jackson’s streaming numbers went up even with the controversy to 2.1 billion, up from 1.8 billion the year before.
According to Forbes, “With proceeds flowing from his Mijac Music catalogue, a Las Vegas show and a long-term deal with Sony, he retains his post mortem cash crown for the seventh consecutive year,”
His numbers this year are less than last year when his estate raked an eye-watering $400 million.
While many might think the fall was caused by the scandal, this wasn’t the case as, according to Forbes, the tumble had more to do with the fact that last year’s earnings were incredibly boosted by the sale of Jackson’s stake in EMI Music Publishing which came to almost $300 million.
David Bakula, Nielsen’s senior VP of Insight and Analytics explained the reason why Jackson’s streaming numbers aren’t going down in the face of the scandal “Michael Jackson … maybe had a little bit of a downside from the detractors, probably an equal amount of upside from the supporters,
“He’s just going to continue to grow because streaming’s continuing to grow, and because he’s got some unbelievably popular pop songs.”
There were others on the list including Whitney Houston, Elvis Presley and John Lennon. You can check out the full list below:
Michael Jackson – Musician (overdose/homicide) June 25, 2009: $60million
Elvis – Musician (heart attack) August 16, 1977: $39million
Charles Schultz – Cartoonist (cancer) February 12, 2000: $38million
Arnold Palmer – Golfer (heart disease) September 25, 2016: $30million
Bob Marley – Musician (cancer) May 11, 1981: $20million
Dr. Seuss – Author (cancer) September 24, 1991: $19million
John Lennon – Musician (homicide) December 8, 1980: $14million
Marilyn Monroe – Actress (overdose) August 5, 1962: $13million
Prince – Musician (overdose) April 21, 2016: $12million
Nipsey Hussle – Musician (homicide) March 31, 2019: $11million
XXXtentacion – Musician (homicide) June 18, 2018: $10million
Whitney Houston – Musician (drowning) February 11, 2012: $9.5million
George Harrison – Musician (cancer) November 29, 2001: $9million
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