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KING OF POP #1 EARNER AMONG
DEAD CELEBS

Michael Jackson tops Forbes’ annual list of dead celebrities, having taken in a cool $48m during the 12-month period ending 10/1/20. “Jackson’s Mijac Music catalog, which includes tunes by Elvis and Aretha Franklin, and a long-term deal with Sony, account for more than 70% of his earnings,” reads the explanatory copy.

MJ’s tally is $15m greater than that of runner-up Dr. Seuss. Kudos to estate co-executor John Branca, who dropped a very large dime once again on behalf of his late client.

No fewer than eight of the 13 dead celebs listed come from the musical universe, as you’ll see immediately below.

  1. Michael Jackson ($48m)
  2. Dr. Seuss ($33m)
  3. Charles M. Schultz ($32.5m)
  4. Arnold Palmer ($25m)
  5. Elvis Presley ($23m)
  6. Kobe Bryant ($20m)
  7. Juice WRLD ($15m)
  8. Bob Marley ($14m)
  9. John Lennon ($13m)
  10. Prince ($10m)
  11. Freddie Mercury ($9m)
  12. George Harrison ($8.5m)
  13. Marilyn Monroe ($8m)
1 TRENDING TOPIC:
THE CAT’S PAJAMAS
Doja claws her way toward stardom. (4/16a)
NEW & DEVELOPING ARTISTS: Q2 EDITION
Who's next? (4/16a)
STREAMING SONGS:
POLO'S SOLO
"RAPSTAR" is accurately titled. (4/16a)
HITS LIST: RULES
FOR ENTRY
It's exclusive, but you're invited to come on in. (4/16a)
U.K. CHARTS: SWIFT TOPS THE BEATLES
She's huge on both sides of the pond. (4/16a)
RHYTHM, BLUES AND THE FUTURE
The musical tapestry we know as R&B.
WHO'S NEXT?
Predicting the next big catalog deal.
JUST THE VAX, MA'AM
Once we all get vaccinated, how long before we can party?
WORLDWIDE GROOVE
How is globalization bringing far-flung territories into the musical mainstream?
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