Michael Jackson is setting records even from the afterlife.
The King of Pop topped Forbes’ list of the highest-paid dead celebrities in 2016, raking in $825 million in pretax earnings — the biggest haul of any celeb in the past year, living or dead.
Jackson’s huge payday was largely due to the sale of his half of the Sony/ATV music-publishing catalog, which included a library of Beatles songs and fetched $750 million in March. He originally purchased the catalog in 1985 for $47.5 million and sold a 50 percent stake to Sony for $115 million in 1995, according to Forbes (Sony bought out his estate’s remaining half earlier this year).
To put Jackson’s haul in perspective, the still-living celebrities who topped their own Forbes list this year had earnings that paled in comparison, like Dr. Phil ($88 million, highest-paid TV-show host), Kevin Hart ($87.5 million, highest-paid comedian), Diddy ($62 million, highest-paid hip-hop act) and Sofía Vegara ($43 million, highest-paid TV actress).
Also joining Jackson on the Forbes list of richest dead celebrities (which measured pretax income from Oct. 1, 2015 through Oct. 1, 2016) were Peanuts creator Charles Schultz at No. 2 ($48 million), golf legend Arnold Palmer ($40 million) and Elvis Presley ($27 million).
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Michael Jackson’s nephews, Taj, TJ, and Taryll Jackson, are suing Radar Online for $100 million over published stories alleging they were sexually abused and bribed by their King of Pop uncle.
The three men filed the $100 million libel lawsuit on Wednesday after the celebrity gossip website published multiple stories during June about Michael Jackson. The stories stated that the King of Pop stockpiled “images of pornography, animal torture, S&M and gore in a bid to seduce innocent young boys,” and that this stockpile was discovered in a police search of his Neverland ranch home back in 2003.
In one of the articles, the celebrity rumor website said, “The detectives’ report cites Michael even used sexy photos of his own nephews, who were in the band 3T, in their underwear to excite young boys,” referring to Taj, TJ, and Taryll.
Entertainment lawyer Bert Fields is representing the Jacksons and wrote in the libel suit, “Radar has tried to profit by launching a vicious and unrelenting attack on [Jackson] based on claims that, years ago, he was guilty of sexual abuse, even though, at the time, he was found ‘not guilty’ of that very charge.”
Fields continued by stating that Radar Online represents its “reports” as being “new” and based on official “detective reports.” However, he says that not only have the detective reports been available to the public for many years, Radar Online has misrepresented what the reports actually say.
Calling all pretty young things. Wale is back to serenade the ladies on his new single “My P.Y.T,” which pays homage to Michael Jackson’s Thriller classic. In addition to borrowing lyrics from the King of Pop, the self-proclaimed “James Bond ni**a” crowns his queen and promises to be the only man she needs.
“I wanna love you, pretty young thing / You need some lovin’ from a real one,” he sings on The Dope Boyz-produced track.
The day he wrote the record, he met MJ’s mother, Katherine Jackson. “It inspired me so much that it was pretty much all I could think about in the studio later that night,” Wale told EW. “I wanted to pay homage to the legend that is Michael in some way, and the chorus popped into my head and just felt right with the music. It’s just one of those songs that’s been omnipresent in my life since I was a kid.”
The D.C. spitter has been in the studio working on his fifth album SHINE (Still Here Ignoring Negative Energy), the follow-up to 2015’s The Album About Nothing, due this fall.
“This is my first upbeat, ‘for the clubs’ record in years,” he added. “I’m coming back with an album of straight hits.”
A huge thanks goes out to the wonderful people @ The New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, New Jersey. I got an email several ago informing me of a great event taking place in their Arts Center: The Invincible Show!
The event with take place on June 11, 2016 in Prudential Hall @ 8:00 PM. This amazing show pays tribute to the King Of Pop in a very extraordinary way! You’ll take a trip down memory lane; listening to the catchy Jackson 5 vibes, and also getting in the groove with some of Michael’s most famous hits!
As part of Michael Jackson day, a Michael Jackson collection of memorabilia, never before seen, will be on display for VIP guests.
Paris Jackson was only 11 years old when her father passed away at the age of 50 in 2009. “To everyone else, he was the King of Pop. To me, well, he was the king of my heart,” Jackson wrote of the late Michael Jackson in an Instagram post from April 2016. Last night, she showed her love for her father with a new tattoo on her forearm.
The tat is a re-creation of Michael Jackson’s iconic album cover for Dangerous, which was released in 1991. “Black or White” was the album’s biggest single. Paris’s new tattoo depicts the part of the album cover with her father’s eyes peering through a filigree framework containing a monkey’s head, elephant, ram, and other assorted animals. The quote Paris chose to accompany the photograph of her new ink comes from her father’s 1992 book, Dancing the Dream. According to Paris’s tattoo artist, Justin Lewis, it’ll take one more session to complete the piece, during which he’ll add some shading.
Paris got her first tattoo in honor of her father in April of this year. It reads “Queen of my Heart,” in Michael Jackson’s handwriting.
The 87-year-old was undergoing a routine checkup with his primary doctor in Los Angeles last week when he fell ill. TMZ reports that the music manager was having some tests done when he ‘became weak’ and came down with a high fever. Sources told the website that Jackson saw his doctor on Friday and was immediately hospitalized. He is currently still at hospital as doctors are still attempting to find a diagnosis.
Joe, patriarch of the Jackson family of musical performers, suffered a stroke in Brazil last year where he was treated in a Sao Paulo hospital.
The manager, who was in Brazil to celebrate his 87th birthday, was diagnosed with a stroke associated with cardiac arrhythmia, the Albert Einstein hospital said in an e-mailed statement.
Joe was estranged from Michael – who became one of the world’s most successful and best-known performers – before his 2009 death. He also strayed apart from his wife, Katherine, and many of his other eight children.
In 2010, Joe confessed during an interview with Oprah Winfry that he beat his children. ‘I don’t [regret the beatings],’ he said. ‘It kept them out of jail and kept them right.’
Joe was initially defensive about his relationship with Michael, insisting: ‘I don’t think he was afraid of me. What he was afraid of, he may do something wrong and I’d chastise him but not beat him. I never beat him like the media tried to say.’But he was forced to admit he used the strap on his nine children when his wife Katherine stepped in. She said. ‘He used a strap. Yes, he did use a strap.’ Joe then chastised his wife for being too soft.
‘Katherine is too easy with people… just like Michael,’ he said.