Michael Jackson Earned More Than Any Living Celebrity In 2016

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).

Source: http://nypost.com/2016/10/14/michael-jackson-earned-more-than-any-living-celebrity-this-year/

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New Music: Wale – ‘My P.Y.T’

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.”


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Invincible: A Glorious Tribute to Michael Jackson at NJPAC

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.

Check out the video below to get a glimpse and be sure to book your tickets today:

If you have any further questions please contact NJPAC by email or social media outlets.

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Top 10 Moments When Other Musicians Reference Michael Jackson

We all know that Michael Jackson was loved by many people around the globe, but what about his fellow peers? While aimlessly skipping through tracks on my Spotify playlist, I came across several instances where Michael’s name happened to be dropped! Have you ever caught it? I’m sure you have once or twice, but here’s my top 10 favorite reference songs from modern day music.

10. Ja Rule feat Jennifer Lopez- Ain’t It Funny (Murder Remix) [2005]

Album: Exodus


“I’m the rule in the shot call/ Off The Wall/Like MJ in his early days/It’s the Inc. and Lopez now”

9. Musiq Soulchild – L’ Is Gone [2000]

Album: Aijuswanaseing

“So see me tonight /All the while I’m hoping that she would inhale /So I could be like Michael Jackson and enjoy myself”

8. Travis Barker feat Beanie Sigel & Bun B, Kobe – Just Chill [2011]

Album: Give The Drummer Some

“Mike Jack missing/ The glove glisten/The moon walk thriller theme/The jacket 100 zippers”

7. Usher- U- Turn [2002]

Album: 8701


“In the 80s/Fresh was the talk /MJ had everybody doing the moonwalk”

6. Jay-Z feat Kanye West- Welcome To The Jungle [2011]

Album: Watch The Throne

“I’m a tortured soul/I live in disguise/Rest in peace to the leader of the Jackson 5”

5. Justice- D.A.N.C.E. [2007]

Album: Cross

“You were such a P.Y.T pretty youg thing /Catching all the lights /Just easy as A.B.C /That’s how you make it right”

4. R. Kelly- Number One [2010]

Album:  Love Letter

“You are my Elvis and Priscilla/My Michael Jackson Thriller”

3. Kendrick Lamar- Mortal Man [2015]

Album: To Pimp A Butterfly

“How many leaders you said you needed then left ‘em for dead/Is it Moses, is it Huey Newton or Detroit Red/Is it Martin Luther, JFK, shoot or you assassin/Is it Jackie, is it Jesse/Oh I know, it’s Michael Jackson, oh”

2. Janet Jackson feat J.Cole- No Sl33p [2015]

Album: Unbreakable


J.Cole Verse:

“For the moment this adrenaline, got me feeling like a kid again/Butterflies like MJ, had to fit it in/My schedule, check the bezel, gotta escape by six/Damn, how’d it get so late so quick”

1. Drake- Over [2010]

Album: Thank Me Later

“‘Bout to go Thriller Mike Jackson on these ni*gas/All I need is a f*cking red jacket with some zippers”



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Miguel to Honor Michael Jackson at 2016 Grammys

Miguel has been announced as one of the artists expected to slay the stage during Sunday night’s 58th Annual Grammy Awards, Billboard reports.

The Grammy winner and two-time 2016 award nominee will perform a special tribute to the King of Pop.

Accompanied by award-winning keyboardist Greg Phillinganes, Miguel will sing “She’s Outta My Life” to honor the reissuing of Michael Jackson’s 1979 album Off the Wall.

Ice Cube and O’Shea Jackson Jr. are also expected to hit the Grammy stage together as presenters.

The show’s executive producer, Ken Ehrlich, said that Cube and O’Shea were selected to represent the biopic about pioneer rap group N.W.A. and summer box-office success, Straight Outta Compton.

“That movie and that soundtrack had a tremendous impact on our culture this past year,” he said.

The Grammy Awards will air on February 15 at 8 p.m. on CBS.


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At Super Bowl 50, Beyoncé Pays Homage to Michael Jackson

Beyoncé has had quite a weekend. First, she dropped “Formation,” a single with a pointed message and fierce fashion; then she stole the show with her halftime performance at Super Bowl 50. Dazzling onstage in a custom military-inspired look by Dsquared2 (over an Ashton Michael bodysuit), the superstar was clearly paying homage to what Michael Jackson wore when he sang at Super Bowl XXVII, back in 1993. “He is her biggest musical influence,” said Knowles’s stylist Marni Senofonte in an exclusive interview with Vogue.com’s Marjon Carlos.

Headliners Coldplay had said they wanted to “honor past, present, and future” this year. To that end, they invited the Youth Orchestra LA to represent the future, and asked Beyoncé, who had performed in 2013, back to the stage. Past is generally not a word that applies to Beyoncé and her relentlessly forward-thinking vision, but in nodding to the Black Panthers’s kit (via the dancers’ berets and harnesses) and, most directly, Jackson’s Super Bowl performance—said to be one of the most viewed in television history—she honored history while making it.



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From Usher to “Scream”: We Spoke to Jimmy Jam About the Greatest Shit He’s Ever Made

Here’s a wonderful article I found from Noisy Vice News!! Check it out:

This article originally appeared on Noisey UK. 

A great producer is like a really great wing buddy: They accentuate all your best points and they make other people love you. They’ll pay you compliments when you need them, and the truth when you don’t. And if we take this hastily-constructed analogy as gospel, then Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis would truly make the world’s greatest wingmen. They could get you laid at a Toploader gig.

The legendary songwriting and production duo’s roll call reads like who’s who of Grammy-brandishing alumni, and in their 30-plus years in the game they’ve worked with (amongst others): Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, Prince, Luther Vandross, Usher, Beyonce, Mariah Carey, Shaggy, Gwen Stefani, TLC, and Kanye West. Basically, all the artists you bang on at 6 AM at a house party once everyone is too tired and too fucked to keep pretending that they truly enjoy PC Music, and everyone just wants soothing classics. Hell, they even worked with 5ive once, but the less said about that the better.

Anyway, Jam and Lewis recently went back into the studio with Janet Jackson to record her Unbreakable record, so we got to sit down for an hour with Jimmy Jam himself to chat about some of the most memorable shit he’s ever contributed to; a task that, due to the breadth of what his golden fingers have touched, he says is “basically impossible.” Still, he tried, and this is what came out of it.



Jimmy: Michael had told us he wanted to do a song with Janet, so she came to the studio and we came up with five or six ideas to take to him, one of which would become “Scream.”

Michael comes into the studio that day very quietly, wearing a bunch of bangles, jewelry and hard shoes – all the things you’re not supposed to have in a studio. He’s all timid, very quiet, and says [Jimmy affects a perfect Michael voice], “Go ahead, play it from the top.”  Straight away he turned into some sort of Tasmanian devil; dancing all around the studio, clapping, snapping, stomping his feet. Normally you’d say something like, “Hey, you gotta stay on the mic.”  But we were just were like, “We’re just gonna watch this while you do your thing.” Janet—who was supposed to be recording her vocal the same day—saw this, turned to me and said, “Erm, I think I’ll do my vocal down in Minneapolis.”

I’d never seen anything like it before. I’ve never seen anything like it since. Over the years I’ve had some wonderful and moving studio experiences, but there was an earthquake in New York that day, and it was Michael. The force of Michael. He had just got married to Lisa-Marie Presley at that point. We asked her what brought them together, besides the fact they had showbiz in common, famous families and everything. She said he was the kindest person she’d ever met. That really struck me because that’s exactly what I thought about him too.

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Michael Jackson Loved Toni Braxton’s ‘Breathe Again’

Recently ‘Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart’ biopic turned out to be Lifetime Network’s top-rated show in its debut, getting 3.6 million viewers on its debut show last Saturday. But did you know the King Of Pop (Michael Jackson) loved Toni’s 1993 single Breathe Again? Here’s what she had to say in a 2009 interview with Lime Magazine.

How did you feel when you heard about the death of Michael Jackson?

Gosh it was very surreal to me, I heard about his passing before the press did because I’m with AEG and so was Michael Jackson. When I found out I didn’t believe it because I’m a huge fan. I remember when I first met him; he came over to me which was a really big deal. We were at a charity ball (Carousel Of Hope 2000) and he came over to me and said, ‘Toni Braxton, oh my God I love you. Your voice is so incredible, so androgynous – it’s so unique. Breathe Again is my favorite song, let’s take a picture together.’ Of course I was like, ‘It’s Michael Jackson!’ Years later he called me on my phone and introduced himself but I was like, ‘Yeah right please like that’s Michael Jackson’ and put down the phone! Then his assistant called and was like, ‘No seriously Toni – it’s Michael Jackson’, when he called back I was like ‘Michael I’m so, so sorry’ and he said: ‘Everyone does that, I’m used to it!’

 Toni Braxton’s ‘Breathe Again’



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